Letter From the President

Welcome to the Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice (formerly the American Orthopsychiatric Association). We recently changed our name and our website to reflect the work we are doing internationally to focus attention on the needs and rights of people with little voice in society.

We are an interdisciplinary organization of researchers, practitioners and policy makers committed to improving the lives of individuals, especially those with behavioral health conditions. We believe that investments must be made in prevention as well as treatment, and we support the roles of families and communities in creating the conditions for better well-being.

We encourage you to explore our website. Be sure to check out our Policy & Advocacy page to learn more about our efforts and to access are resolutions and position statements. You can also become a member or renew your membership on the website. All members receive our prized journal, the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, published by the American Psychological Association.

Looking forward to having you join us in advocating for social justice!

Best regards,

Deborah Klein Walker, Ed.D., President


Board of Directors

 Board of Directors


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Deborah Klein Walker, EdD
Public Health Consultant
Cambridge, MA 


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Ryan P. Kilmer
, PhD
Professor of Psychology
University of North Carolina Charlotte 

Past President

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Mary I. Armstrong
, MSW, PhD
Executive Director, Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute
University of South Florida


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Elayne Tanner
President, Elayne Tanner & Associates



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John Sargent, MD
Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Tufts Medical Center 

Directors At Large

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Virginia Gil-Rivas
, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology
University of North Carolina Charlotte 

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Wesley Sowers
, MD
Director, Center for Public Service Psychiatry
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic  

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Cynthia Taylor Handrup
Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Nursing
University of Illinois at Chicago 


Student and Early Career Representative

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Jackie Larson
PhD Student, Health Psychology Program
University of North Carolina Charlotte  


American Journal of Orthopsychiatry


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Jill D. McLeigh
, PhD (ex officio)
Research Assistant Professor
University of Colorado School of Medicine 

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William Spaulding
, PhD (ex officio)
Professor of Psychology
University of Nebraska-Lincoln 


Executive Office

Executive Officer

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Robin Kimbrough-Melton, JD (ex officio)
Research Professor
Colorado School of Public Health

Communications Assistant

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Emily Winburn
PhD Student, International Family and Community Studies Program
Clemson University  


Our Past Presidents