2016 Mental Health Symposium

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The UVU College of Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to present the 2016 UVU Mental Health Symposium. This single-day event is scheduled for Friday, January 15, 2016 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Sorensen Student Center on UVU campus.


*Registration is closed.

**Admission to the conference is FREE for all UVU students and they don't need to register. 


Please be aware that free parking for the Mental Health Symposium is only available in the Parking Garage. Guests who park in other lots may be ticketed. 

Accessibility Services

For accessibility information or to request accommodations, please contact the Accessibility Services Department at (801) 863-8747 or asd@uvu.edu. Requests should be made at least one week in advance.


Tim Ballard

Tim BallardTimothy Ballard is the Founder and CEO of Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.). He also serves as O.U.R.'s Jump Team Commander for rescue operations. Ballard began his career at the Central Intelligence Agency where he worked cases dealing with terrorism and Latin America. He has spent over a decade working as a Special Agent for the Department of Homeland Security where he was assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and deployed as an undercover operative for the U.S. Child Sex Tourism Jump Team. He has worked every type of case imaginable in the fight to dismantle child trafficking rings. In this effort he has successfully dismantled dozens of these organizations and rescued countless children from sex slavery. Ballard is the best-selling author of The Covenant: One Nation Under God and is the author of the sequel to that work, The Covenant, Lincoln, and The War.

Sean Reyes

Sean ReyesIn 2013, the Honorable Sean Reyes was appointed by Governor Gary Herbert as Utah’s 21st Attorney General. With striking leadership, innovative programs and historic wins against drug dealers, human traffickers, child predators and white collar criminals, General Reyes has won the trust of the people of Utah. After winning election in 2014 by one of the largest margins nationwide, Reyes was selected in 2015 by the Republican National Committee as one of its four national rising stars. The son of a Spanish-Filipino immigrant father, who fled the Marcos regime and a Japanese-Hawaiian mother, AG Reyes is Utah’s first minority elected statewide. General Reyes and his wife, Saysha, are the proud parents of six children.

Call For Proposals



Plenary Presenter

Kris DotyKristine J. Doty, Ph.D.
Kristine Doty is a graduate of Utah Valley University, having received her bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science. She earned a Master of Social Work degree from Brigham Young University and a doctorate in social work from the University of Utah. Kris is a licensed clinical social worker with a specialty in crisis intervention. Her practice experience includes working in the emergency room at Utah Valley Hospital, and disaster mental health work with the American Red Cross. Kris is currently the Chair of the Behavioral Science Department at UVU and teaches in the social work program.

Concurrent Session Presenters

Brett BretonBrett Breton, Ph.D.
Brett M. Breton is an assistant professor of Psychology at Utah Valley University. He completed his doctoral work in Psychology from Brigham Young University.  He also obtained a dual master’s degree in Counseling and School Psychology. Breton has worked in the leadership of the Multicultural Student Services department at UVU since 2000. His research includes cross-cultural studies, philosophical basis for psychological theory, and socio-cultural aspects of relationality and humanity.

Martin RoundyMartin Roundy
For more than 45 years Martin has been a teaching and training professional and has delivered more than 9,000 training and teaching sessions. In addition, for 23 years he was a psychotherapist working directly with adult survivors of childhood trauma, including emotional, physical and sexual abuse. His current life focus is raising awareness to the need for greater trauma-informed perspectives and judgments. Martin and his wife, Judy, who live in Springville, are the parents of eight and grandparents of 20.

Madison HanksMadison Hanks
Madison Hanks is in her junior year at Utah Valley University and is majoring in Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Psychology. Madison is a native to Utah and comes from a diverse background, being African American and Caucasian. She is the President of the Black Student Union and the VP for Phi Theta Kappa for International Relations. Madison is currently preparing for graduate school and aspires to earn a Ph.D. in either Clinical or Counseling Psychology.

Matthew DraperMatthew Draper, Ph.D.  
Matthew R. Draper is an Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences at Utah Valley University. He completed his doctoral work in Counseling Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. Before working at UVU, Matt served as Director of Clinical Training and Mental Health Counseling Program Director at Indiana State University. His teaching specialization is in the areas of psychotherapy theory and practice, the history of psychotherapy and philosophy of the behavioral sciences.  Matt’s research and scholarship entails careful examinations of the philosophy and practice of psychotherapy, particularly the moral philosophy of psychotherapy, from a broadly phenomenological hermeneutic frame.  

James McGrawJames McGraw
James McGraw is an undergraduate student at Utah Valley University studying Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Psychology, and a minor in religious studies. His research interests include the effects of religion and spirituality on mental health and psychotherapy, especially among Latter-day Saints; perfectionism among religious denominations; faith transitions; how depression and anxiety manifest in religious contexts; theory and philosophy of psychotherapy; hermeneutics and phenomenology in psychology; applied quantitative methods; qualitative research design; and education, specifically childhood literacy and reading motivation. He is a research assistant to Matthew Draper.

Lars EggertsenLars Eggertsen, Ph.D.
Lars Eggertsen has a degree in Family Science from BYU, received his Master of Social Work degree from Loma Linda University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Utah. He has worked with perpetrators and victims of violence and currently teaches Interpersonal Violence, Post-Traumatic Growth, and Social Policy at Utah Valley University.

Jenny ChengJenny Cheng, MSW
Jenny Cheng holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Utah. She is currently a study coordinator at the Social Research Institute. Jenny works on studies and program evaluations with state and regional level government agencies, exploring the characteristics and needs of various low income populations, primarily cash assistance recipients. Jenny provides assistance to agencies in incorporating the data into program and policy development.

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