UVU Conference on Addiction

Addiction Conference


Utah Valley University will host the 5th annual UVU Conference on Addiction Friday, March 4, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Sorensen Student Center on the UVU Orem campus.

Our goal is to provide information on a wide-range of issues specific to the topic of addiction. The symposium advisory committee welcomes our keynote presenter, Sean Astin, and a selection of concurrent session workshops dealing with various aspects of addiction including – treatment, prevention, recovery, non-chemical addictive behavior (such as pornography, gambling, etc) and various other related issues.

The conference is designed to meet the needs of university students, addiction professionals and community participants. Based upon previous participation – we anticipate over a dozen concurrent presentations to offer insight and education on addiction-specific topics. Sessions will provide information to anyone with an interest in substance abuse or compulsive addiction.

In order to provide additional resources and information to conference participants, exhibition space is being made available for community and state service providers. Exhibitors will offer information packets, guidance and insight to participants visiting their booths.

Parking Map and Instructions

Parking is free in the Parking Garage for conference registrants. You can find details on this map.


Registration is now closed. We are sold out so there will be no same-day tickets available.

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.


Sean Astin

Sean Astin is a film actor, director, voice artist and producer, best known for his film roles as Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Mikey Walsh in The Goonies and the title character of Rudy. Since Lord of the Rings, Astin has served on the board of several non-profit organizations. A vocal advocate for many health and social issues, Astin is an energetic, passionate speaker who promotes a culture of volunteerism to all audiences.


Carl Hart

Carl Hart is an associate professor at Columbia University. His recent book, High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society, was the 2014 winner of the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. Fast Company named Hart one of the Most Creative People for 2014.

Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals has ended.


Concurrent Session Presenters

Ryan JudsonRyan Judson, NCC, CMHC
Ryan is a licensed therapist with the DORA program of UCaDDAPT. With bachelor’s degree from BYU in psychology and a Master of Education in counselor education from Southeastern Louisiana University, he has been practicing EMDR therapy for 5 years. Ryan’s primary interest is in working with survivors of abuse/trauma and those with addiction issues. He enjoys spending time at home with his wife and 5 kids participating in sports activities, watching movies and sharing good books.

Jeffrey Quamme
Jeffrey QuammeJeffrey Quamme is the Executive Director at the Connecticut Certification Board. An alumnus of Eastern Connecticut State University and the University of Connecticut, Jeff has over 25 years of diverse experience in non-profit agencies with expertise in medication assisted recovery, co-occurring recovery, group treatment and professional ethics. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the Co-Occurring Disorders Committee and on the Finance Committee for the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC), as a subject matter expert and item writer for Schroeder Measurement Technologies/Iso-Quality Testing and serves on the planning committee faculty for the New England Institute of Addiction Studies. Jeff’s expertise in Medication Assisted Treatment has led to his active presence in Washington, DC consulting on workforce development issues as the federal policymakers address the current opioid crisis.

Kelly LundbergKelly J. Lundberg, PhD
Dr. Kelly Lundberg is a licensed psychologist who is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Utah, the Executive Director of Assessment & Referral Services and the Director of Psychotherapy Training for the Adult Residency Program.  She provides ongoing consulting to the Salt Lake City Police Department, Lawyers Helping Lawyers and the Utah State Bar Character and Fitness Committee.  Dr. Lundberg was the recipient of the Governor’s Award for Contributions to Substance Abuse Treatment and Anti-Violence in 1997 and was the 2006 recipient of the Treatment Award from the State Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health.  She has a statewide reputation as one of the leading experts in addictions and is sought throughout Utah for her teaching and consultative services.

Michael Cain, LMFT
Michael CainMichael Cain received a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Brigham Young University.  He has been a Behavioral Health clinician or clinical manager since 1983, first in the Wyoming Mental Health system and then in Utah; 20 years for Intermountain Healthcare, 4 years for Davis Behavioral Health and 7 years as Clinical Director for Southwest Behavioral Health Center.  His passion is Recovery.   He is committed to making Recovery a reality for those who suffer from mental illness and addiction.  Michael focuses on developing and improving service quality, team vitality, and clinical outcome.   He loves his work, but his favorite title is ‘Grandpa!’

Martha L. Thompson, PsyD, LPC, CAADC
Martha Thompson
Dr. Martha Thompson graduated with both her masters and doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in Springfield, Missouri. She holds a double bachelor’s degree in in Psychology and Human Services with a minor in Spanish from Grandview University in Des Moines, Iowa. Dr. Thompson is the founder of Empower the Mind LLC a mental health and addictions outpatient counseling clinic and provides many professional development trainings per year for various agencies.  Additionally, she is an Adjunct Professor in Psychology at three Central Pennsylvania Universities.  Her current areas of research are synthetic substances and suicide prevention. 

Jason Burrow-Sanchez, PhD
Jason Burrow-SanchezDr. Jason Burrow-Sanchez is a Professor of Counseling Psychology in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Utah. He is also the Principal Investigator of the Central Rockies Region 8 Addiction Technology and Transfer Center (ATTC) funded by SAMHSA at the Utah Addictions Center, University of Utah. His research interests include the prevention and treatment of substance abuse problems for adolescents in school and community settings with a particular interest in Latino adolescents. His research has been funded at the local, state, and national levels and has published numerous articles, chapters and books. He is also licensed psychologist in the State of Utah.

 Judge F. Richards Smith
Judge SmithJudge F. Richards Smith was appointed to the Fourth District Juvenile Court in 2012 by Governor Gary Herbert. He is a board certified Child Welfare Law Specialist by the National Association of Counsel for Children. Prior to taking the bench Judge Smith worked as director of the Office of Guardian ad Litem; an attorney for that office; and in private and corporate law practices. He earned his law degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU. He serves on the Board of Juvenile Court Judges, and on the Court Improvement Program and Language Access Committees, and previously served on Governor Huntsman's Child and Family Cabinet Council and various committees and boards. He was named 2004 Child Advocate of the Year by the Utah County Abuse Council.

Dr. Kevin Skinner

Mark H. Keep, MD
Mark Keep Dr. Mark Keep has been in healthcare for over 35 years, starting as a paramedic in California. He received his MD in 1988. In addition to internal medicine residency, he also trained in heart transplant/heart failure during a 3 year cardiology fellowship. He worked as an interventional Cardiologist in Utah for nearly 20 years. In 2008, his 7 year old daughter, Alissa, was killed in an automobile accident. This tragedy caused devastating emotional trauma and set off complex grief. Unable to sleep more than 2 hours a night, despite typical sleep medication, Dr. Keep turned to alcohol. His path to recovery from the death of his daughter and alcohol use led to much research on grief induced substance abuse and the medical ramifications of grief and loss. He is now a prolific speaker on the topic. He believes that these opportunities to present and serve others has been vital in his own recovery, allow him to ‘pay it forward’ for all of the help he has received.

Elina Chernyak

Tiffany Berg Coughran
Tiffany CoughranTiffany Berg Coughran has been on both sides of loss; as a young widow and as a certified clinician working with those in loss, addiction and trauma. Since 2002 Tiffany has spoken professionally and authored multiple books on emotional wellness. Tiffany served as Mrs. Utah 2007 with the platform “Recovery Is Possible”. After losing her husband to cancer in 2009, she returned to fulltime classes and certified as a corporate and hospice chaplain. As a clinician in hundreds of case studies, she has worked with families and individuals in the intensities of the ER, ICU, hospice care, suicide support, and complicated end-of-life decisions. With this expertise and personal experience with loss, she is a frequent presenter at hospitals, social work conferences, grief support groups and cancer awareness events for adults and children.

In addition to her chaplaincy, Tiffany has worked for many years with local and national media and understands the complexity of emotion in highly charged situations and losses. As a consultant, Tiffany has prepared individuals emotionally and intellectually for high visibility national interviews. Tiffany is passionate about life, love and healing. In 2013 she was reconnected to her high school sweetheart Vernon and the two were married in 2014. Today they enjoy their eight children and are delighted to be grandparents together.

 Blu Robinson, SUDC, CMHC
Blu RobinsonBlu Robinson is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CMHC) and a Substance Use Disorder Counselor (SUDC) and the founder and Head Coach of Addict to Athlete. He has specialized in addiction treatment for over a decade and is passionate about helping others. Blu has overcome addiction in his own life and replaced it with things of greater value. Blu is married to Marissa Robinson who is a Recreational Therapist and Athletic Director of Addict to Athlete. Along with being a father of 4 children who all participate in and race with team AIIA, he currently serves as an LDS Bishop.

William Marchand, MD
William MarchandDr. William Marchand is a board certified academic psychiatrist with over 25 years of clinical experience. He is currently the Chief of Psychiatry and the Associate Chief of Mental Health at the George E. Wahlen Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.  He is also a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Utah School of Medicine. His research interests involve using functional brain imaging to increase our understanding of human neural circuitry as well as investigating the causes of bipolar disorder and major depression. He is a mindfulness practitioner and teaches Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy to individuals with psychiatric conditions. He is the author of multiple scientific publications as well as two books, Depression and Bipolar Disorder: Your Guide to Recovery and Mindfulness for Bipolar Disorder: How Mindfulness and Neuroscience Can Help You Manage Your Bipolar Symptoms.

Sara Moscato Howe, MS, CHES
Sara HoweSara Moscato Howe, MS, CHES, is Chief Executive Officer of the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association (IADDA).  Ms. Howe also oversees the planning and implementation of the Association’s two addiction prevention programs: Operation Snowball (OS) and the Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute (CGTI).  She is Chair of the Illinois Department of Human Services Social Services Advisory Council, is a member of Illinois’ Human Services Commission and a co-chair of the Commission’s One Health & Human Services Workgroup and is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Council for Behavioral Health.  Ms. Howe joined the Association in 2000 from the Denver Public Health Department where she served as the coordinator of the Denver Alliance on Tobacco and Health. She holds a Master’s degree in Health Promotion with a research emphasis in collegiate peer alcohol abuse prevention from Purdue University and a Bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion, also from Purdue.  

Patrick Gauthier

Session Descriptions

2016 Conference Sessions



If you're an event sponsor and would like to have a space in our Addiction Conference Exhibitor hall you can download the application here.

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If you have any questions about exhibit space or becoming an event sponsor please contact Toni Harris at 801-863-6816 or harristo@uvu.edu.

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