Speakers

Xavier Amador, Ph.D.

 Dr. Xavier Amador is an internationally renowned clinical psychologist and leader in his field. His books, published clinical research, worldwide speaking tours, and extensive work in schizophrenia, bipolar and other disorders have been translated into 30 languages. He is also the CEO of the Henry Amador Center on Anosognosia and a family caregiver of two close relatives with serious mental illness.

Author of many popular books including I’m Right, You’re Wrong, Now What?; I am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help!; and When Someone You Love is Depressed: How to Help Your Loved One Without Losing Yourself, Dr. Amador draws on thirty years of experience as a therapist, his personal story, and published scientific research when giving advice.

From 1989 to 2002, Dr. Amador was on the medical school faculty at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. In 2002, Dr. Amador resigned a tenured faculty position at Columbia University and as Director of Psychology at the New York State Psychiatric Institute to honor his commitment to families that asked him to help educate mental health practitioners, family caregivers, and others about anosognosia and science-based practices proven to help persons with serious mental illness.

Dr. Amador was not only keeping a promise he made but also responding to his frustration as a clinical researcher who saw much needed knowledge stranded in professional journals rather than in the hands of clinicians, families, law enforcement, judges, and legislators attempting to address the needs of persons with severe and persistent mental illness.

At that time, he was appointed Director, Center for Research Education and Practice at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) where he founded NAMI’s Scientific Council, nationally launched Family to Family, Peer to Peer, and In Our Own Voices as well as NAMI’s national initiative on Assertive Community Treatment. After his tenure on staff, he resigned to serve on the Board of Directors at NAMI.

He is a Visiting Professor of Psychology at the State University of New York and over the course of two decades he was Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University and Director of Psychology at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. He served as co-chair of the Schizophrenia and Psychotic Disorders section of the DSM-IV-TR.

His expertise has been called upon by government, industry, and the broadcast and print media where he has appeared as a frequent expert.

Lisa Dailey, J. D.

Lisa Dailey is the executive director of the Treatment Advocacy Center, leading an energetic team to improve state and federal civil commitment laws and promote evidence-based policies to positively affect those with severe mental illness. Lisa joined the Treatment Advocacy Center in 2015, bringing many years of nonprofit policy and advocacy experience. Her prior work includes the representation of refugees seeking asylum in the United States and many years of experience as a litigator in the areas of human rights and civil liberties.

Lisa received a master’s in law degree from the University of Oxford after earning a J.D. from Hamline Mitchell School of Law and bachelor’s degrees in psychology and English from Macalester College.