Leadership Team

SAM is governed by a board of directors, who serve to advance public health and safety by championing our four main objectives.

[tabs slidertype="left tabs"] [tabcontainer] [tabtext]Patrick J. Kennedy, Chairman[/tabtext] [tabtext]David Frum, J.D.[/tabtext] [tabtext]Kimber Richter, M.P.H., Ph.D.[/tabtext] [tabtext]Christian Thurstone, M.D.[/tabtext] [tabtext]Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D.[/tabtext] [tabtext]Sharon Levy, M.D., M.P.H.[/tabtext] [tabtext] Stuart Gitlow M.D., M.P.H., MBA [/tabtext] [tabtext] Kathryn Wells, M.D.[/tabtext] [tabtext]Paula Riggs, M.D., M.A.[/tabtext] [tabtext]Leslie R. Walker, M.D.[/tabtext] [tabtext] Ben Cort[/tabtext] [/tabcontainer] [tabcontent] [tab]

mug-kennedyBorn to Virginia Joan Kennedy and U.S. Sen. Edward “Ted” Moore Kennedy (D-Mass.) in 1967, Patrick Joseph Kennedy, has carved out a respected name for himself in American politics and mental-health advocacy.

He became the youngest member of his family to hold elected office when, in 1988, he won election to the Rhode Island House of Representatives at age 21. He received a bachelor’s degree from Providence College three years later. After serving two terms in the Rhode Island state house, Mr. Kennedy went on to serve 16 years a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, serving Rhode Island’s First District.

During his time in Washington, D.C., Mr. Kennedy — who has openly discussed his own lifelong struggles with depression and bipolar disorder — authored and co-sponsored dozens of bills to increase understanding and treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders, including the National Neurotechnology Initiative Act, the Genomics and Personalized Medicine Act and the COMBAT PTSD Act. In 2008, Mr. Kennedy drove his passion for mental health research and advocacy into the spotlight once again, when he co-authored and served as the lead sponsor of the Mental Health Parity & Addiction Equity Act. The legislation, which was the largest he and his father worked on together, provides tens of millions of Americans access to mental health treatment to which they previously were denied.

Soon after his father’s death in 2010, Mr. Kennedy made the difficult decision not to seek re-election to keep his eyes on a larger and more personal goal. That year, he co-founded The Next Frontier Campaign: One Mind for Research. The campaign — and Mr. Kennedy — are dedicated to supporting dramatic enhancements in funding and collaboration in research across all brain disorders.

In addition to his work with One Mind for Research, Mr. Kennedy strives to live out the call of his uncle — President John F. Kennedy — who urged Americans to give back to their country. So, he remains focused on changing national conversations about mental health. He serves as a board member of Best Buddies and as a member of the board of trustees of Bradley Hospital in East Providence, R.I., where he hopes to further his role as an advocate of mental health research and services. With hopes of educating younger generations about mental health and inspiring them to champion its causes, Mr. Kennedy also speaks as a visiting professor at Rutgers and Brown universities and serves on the national advisory committee for Active Minds, an organization focused on advancing and improving mental health on college campuses.

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mug-frumDavid Frum is a Canadian-American journalist whose politically conservative perspective has shaped the reporting and editorial stances of some of the world’s most prominent news organizations, including the Wall Street Journal, National Post, New York Times, Daily Telegraph and CNN.

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