Course Information
Student Athlete Mental Health Summit

UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center
Los Angeles, California

*Course is sold out

January 16, 2020 to January 17, 2020
*Please note that the course syllabus will be available online only to registered attendees.
A password link will be sent prior to the course.

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Course Description

The Pac-12 Conference, the NCAA, and the Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA will host a Mental Health Summit on January 16-17, 2020 at the Luskin Center on the UCLA campus. The conference provides a unique opportunity for a multidisciplinary exchange with the leaders in both research and the clinical care of competitive athletes as it pertains to mental health. 

The course will feature sessions on effectiveness of mental health educational programming, mental health medical disqualification from athletic participation, management of eating disorders and substance abuse, mental health emergency action plans, exploration of models of care, psychology of injury, mental health screening, multi­disciplinary management of problematic cases, and panel presentations featuring athletic directors and coaches from around the NCAA to speak on current mental health topics. 
The two-day program will bring together top clinical psychologists, physicians, athletic trainers, and administrators from across the nation to explore the important issues surrounding mental health, present new findings and discuss policies and procedures that can help better treat the mental health of athletes. 

This course is targeted toward healthcare personnel within intercollegiate athletic departments who work directly with collegiate and elite athletes. This may include, but is not limited to, clinical psychologists, team physicians, athletic trainers, dietitians, academic advisors, and athletic administrators. 

Registration Information


*Course is sold out as of December 12. Please call our office at 310-794-2620 to be placed on a wait list. No onsite registrations will be allowed on the day of the course.

Course Fees

Conference Fee: $275
Includes lunch and breaks.


Cancellations must be received in writing by December 16, 2019 and will be subject to a $75 processing fee. No refunds will be granted after the cutoff date. If, for any reason, the course must be canceled, discontinued, or rescheduled by the Office of Continuing Medical Education, a full refund will be provided.


Guest Presenters

Amy Athey, PsyD
Executive Director. Student Wellness and Retention
University of Arizona

Jerry Azzinaro
Defensive Coordinator, UCLA Football

Erika Barnes
Senior Women's Administrator
University of Arizona

Joyce Bell
Associate Athletic Director, Risk Mangement & Student Services
University of Southern California

Kelsie Chaudoin
Assistant Coach, Women's Rowing
Stanford University

L. Kenneth Chew, Jr., PsyD
Director, Student Counseling Center
Indiana State University

Karen Cogan, PhD
Senior Sport Psychologist
United States Olympic Committee

Cody Commander, PsyD, CMPC
Director of Psychological Resources for OU Student-Athletes
University of Oklahoma Athletics Department

Darryl Conway
Senior Associate Athletic Director, Student-Athlete Health & Welfare
University of Michigan

Kris Eiring, PhD
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Former Director of Clinical and Sport Psychology Services at UW-Madison
Licensed Psychologist
Certified Mental Performance Consultant

Timothy Fong, MD
Director, UCLA Sports Psychiatry Service
Executive Committee, UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative

Tom Golightly, PhD
Assistant Director-Athletics Counseling and Psychological Services
Brigham Young University Research and Information Chair/ Advisory Board Member
Clinical/Counseling Collegiate Sport Psychology Association

Vincent Gouttebarge, PhD
Assistant Professor, Amsterdam University Medical Centers
(Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & AMC/ VUmc IOC Research Center of Excellence)
Chief Medical Officer, Football Players Worldwide (FIFPRO)

Alan G. Green, PhD
Associate Professor of Clinical Education
Faculty Athletics Representative, Rossier School of Education
University of Southern California

Brian Hainline, MD
NCAA Chief Medical Officer
Clinical Professor of Neurology, Indiana University School of Medicine
New York University School of Medicine

John Heil, DA, FAASP, FAPA
Clinical & Sport Psychologist
Psychological Health Roanoke Sport Science Board, International Swim Coaches Association

Dwight Hollier, Jr.
Senior Associate Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Health, Well­Being and Program Outreach, University of North Carolina

Laura lanello
Head Women's Golf Coach, University of Arizona

Kyle Kepler
Head Track & Field/Cross Country Coach, University of Utah

Melinda Kirschner, PhD
Clinical and Sport Psychologist Program Coordinator of CAPS, Athletics Services, UCLA

Valorie Kondos Field
Former Head Gymnastics Coach, UCLA

Emily Kroshus, ScD, MPH
University of Washington, Department of Pediatrics
Seattle Children's Research Institute, Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development

Denise Kwok, PhD
Senior Associate Athletic Director- Student Athlete Academic Services
University of Southern California

Jessica M. Mohler, PsyD, CMPC
Assistant Director, Clinical and Sports Psychologist
Midshipmen Development Center
United States Naval Academy

Aurelia Nattiv, MD
Professor, Departments of Family Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery
Division of Sports Medicine and Non-Operative Orthopaedics
Director, UCLA Bone Health Practice
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Associate Team Physician, UCLA Dept. of Intercollegiate Athletics
President, Female Athlete Triad Coalition

Riley Nickols, PhD, CEDS
Counseling and Sport Psychologist
Director of the Victory Program at McCallum Place Eating Disorder Centers

William D. Parham, PhD, ABPP
Professor, Counseling Program
Interim Associate Dean of Faculty School of Education
Loyola Marymount University

Russ Romano, MA, ATC
Associate Athletic Director for Sports Science and Performance
University of Southern California

Robin Scholefield, PhD
Senior Associate Athletic Director
Associate Director, Clinical & Sport Psychology Services, Athletics
Professor of Psychiatry
University of Southern California

Larry Scott
Commissioner, Pac-12 Conference

David Shaw
Head Football Coach, Stanford University

Scott Simon
Associate Vice President, Office of Athletic Compliance
University of Southern California

John Speraw
Head Men's Volleyball Coach, UCLA

Jeremy Summers, DC, DACBSP, LAc, ATC
Director of Sports Medicine, USA Fencing

Carmen Tebbe-Priebe, PhD
University of Iowa Athletics Counseling Psychologist

Eric A. Zillmer, PsyD
Director of Athletics
Carl R. Pacifico Professor of Neuropsychology
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Drexel University, Philadelphia

Program Agenda

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Morning Session- Current State of Mental Health in Athletics
7:30 Registration
8:00 Opening Remarks from the Pac-12
Larry Scott
8:15 NCAA Overview and Update
Brian Hainline, MD
9:00 Athletic Director Panel Interview: Promoting Athletic Environments that Support Mental Health & Resilience
Moderator: Amy Athey, PsyD
Erika Barnes,
 Eric A. Zillmer, PsyD, Dwight Hollier, Jr., Darryl Conway
9:45 BREAK
10:05 Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Challenging Mental Health and Behavioral Issues
Russ Romano, MA, ATC, Scott Simon, Robin Scholefield, PhD, Alan G. Green, PhD, Joyce Bell, Denise Kwok, PhD
10:50 Considerations for Mental Health Medical Disqualification
Brian Hainline, MD
11:20 Coaches Panel Interview: Promoting an Environment That Supports Mental Health & Resilience
Moderator: Amy Athey, PsyD
John Speraw, Laura lanello, Jerry Azzinaro, Valorie Kondos Field
12:00 LUNCH
Afternoon Session- Mental Health Best Practices
1:00 Best Practices for Mental Health Screening
Vincent Gouttebarge, PhD
2:00 Management of Disordered Eating
Riley Nickols, PhD, CEDS, Melinda Kirschner, PhD, Aurelia Nattiv, MD
3:15 BREAK
3:35 The Changing Landscape of Substance Use Disorders and Models of Treatment
Jessica M. Mohler, PsyD, CMPC, Timothy Fong, MD
4:15 Emergency Action Plans for Mental Health: Roles of Non-Mental Health Providers in Personal Endangerment
L. Kenneth Chew, Jr., PsyD, William D. Parham, PhD, ABPP

Friday, January 17, 2020

Morning Session- Models of Care
8:00 Effectiveness of Education/Programming & Barriers to Implementing Best Practices/Effective Models of Care
Emily Kroshus, ScD, MPH
8:45 Showcase of Models of Care
Carmen Tebbe-Priebe, PhD, Cody Commander, PsyD, CMPC, Robin Scholefield, PhD, Kris Eiring, PhD, Tom Golightly, PhD
10:30 BREAK
10:45 Psychology of Sports Injury
John Heil, DA, FAASP, FAPA, Karen Cogan, PhD, Jeremy Summers, DC, DACBSP, LAc, ATC
Coaches Panel
David Shaw, Kyle Kepler, Kelsie Chaudoin



At the completion of this program, participants should be better able to:

  • Adopt NCAA and Pac-12 mental health initiatives
  • Implement approaches to providing environments of supportive mental health care, promoting resiliency and supporting mental health concerns from the point of view of athletic administration and coaches
  • Recommend effective educational programming for collegiate and elite athletes
  • Identify optimal therapy strategies for patients with eating disorders or substance abuse concerns
  • Select optimal screening strategies for elite athletes
  • Apply institutional policies for medical disqualification for mental health diagnoses
  • Compare the models of care available for athlete care
  • Review emergency action plans for athlete mental health concerns in intercollegiate athletic departments
  • Classify the psychological impact of injury and the influence on return-to-play progress
  • Report a systematic approach to the multi-disciplinary care of mental health cases in the collegiate athlete population
  • Address barriers to implementation of the evidence-based practices for mental health screening, treatment, and prevention discussed


The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA designates this live activity for a maximum of 11.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Athletic Trainers: UCLA is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of 13 Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.


The FDA has issued a concept paper which classifies commercial support of scientific and educational programs as promotional unless it can be affirmed that the program is "truly independent" and free of commercial influence. In addition to independence, the FDA requires that non-promotional, commercially supported education be objective, balanced, and scientifically rigorous. The policy further states that all potential conflicts of interest of the CME staff and faculty be fully disclosed to the program's participants. In addition, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education policy mandates that the sponsor adequately manage all identified potential conflicts of interest prior to the program. We, at UCLA, fully endorse the letter and spirit of these concepts.



The Luskin Conference Center features 254 beautifully-appointed guest rooms, many with sweeping views of the stunning campus architecture and beautifully landscaped grounds. The gracious guest experience at the Luskin Conference Center is further enhanced by a full-service restaurant and lounge, on-site professional catering services, well-equipped fitness center, business center, and free Wi-Fi throughout the property.

UCLA has arranged a room block at the Luskin Conference Center for our guests. A room rate of $259 will be offered (tax exempt). Each individual guest must make their own reservations by going to the reservation link reserve/. The group code is 200115PA.

You may also call 855-LCC-UCLA (522-8252). All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card. Reservations must be made by December 13, 2019. Once the room block is filled, room rates will be subject to availability. Limited overnight parking is available at $32 per night.

UCLA Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center 
425 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 


From the 405 freeway, exit Wilshire Blvd., East toward Westwood. Turn left on Westwood Blvd., travel past Charles E. Young Dr. South and turn left on Structure 8 driveway. Drive up the ramp to the rooftop level to park. Pay stations are located up on the roof top. Participants are responsible for their own parking charges at a rate of $13 per vehicle. The Luskin Conference Center is located at Westwood Plaza and Strathmore Place.