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The Fifth Annual Rita M. McGinley Symposium

"Exploring Social Justice for Vulnerable Populations:
The Face of the Person with Mental Illness"

The Rita M. McGinley Symposium is a unique scholarly forum for nurses and other health care professionals to address issues of social justice in health care. Organized annually by the holder of the Jacques Laval Chair for Justice for Vulnerable Populations at the Duquesne University School of Nursing, the McGinley Symposium is an expression of the mission of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, the Catholic missionary order that founded Duquesne and assists needy and marginalized persons throughout the world.

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Keynote Speakers

Carol Allen Carol Easley Allen, PhD, RN
Dr. Allen is co-owner of and consultant with Twin Solutions LLC, a firm dedicated to the promotion of excellence in nursing and health care education. Most of her professional career has been engaged in teaching in graduate and undergraduate programs in public health/community health nursing and in higher education administration. Read more...
Dorcas McLaughlin Dorcas McLaughlin, PhD, RN, CP, PMHCNS-BC
Dr. McLaughlin is a professor at Saint Louis University School of Nursing and a psychotherapist in private practice. She is board certified both as an advanced practice nurse in psychiatric mental health nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and as a psychodramatist by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Group Psychotherapy. Read more...
Charles Reynolds III Charles F. Reynolds III, M.D.
Dr. Reynolds is the UPMC Endowed Professor in Geriatric Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and Professor of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the Graduate School of Public Health. He directs the Aging Institute of the UPMC and University of Pittsburgh, and the NIMH sponsored Center of Excellence in the Prevention and Treatment of Late Life Mood Disorders. Read more...
James Withers James S. Withers, MD, FACP
Dr. Withers was raised in rural Pennsylvania where he made house calls with his father, a Family Practitioner. Dr. Withers received his undergraduate degree at Haverford College, and completed his medical school training at the University of Pittsburgh in 1984. His interest in service oriented medicine grew through medical trips to Central America and India. Read more...

Plenary Panel

Terry Carik

Terry Carik, LCS
Terry Carik, LCSW, is Service Coordination Unit director at Mercy Behavioral Health, part of Pittsburgh Mercy Health System and CHE Trinity Health, serving in the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy.

Terry graduated with honors from the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work Master's Program. In the early 1970s, her community work with those living with mental illness and addictions ignited her commitment to the underserved and strengthened her passion to empower those with disabilities. Read more...

Raymond J. Grabowski, MHS, FACMHA
Raymond Grabowski is currently the Director of Behavioral Health Services for the Excela Health System. He is a seasoned Behavioral Health Professional with over 35 yrs. experience. Over the course of his career, Mr. Grabowski has held Senior Management positions within organizations of varied size and scope including the nation's largest managed behavioral healthcare organization as well as one of the most respected academic, research and treatment institutions in the country. Read more...
Patricia Valentine Patricia Valentine
As DHS Executive Deputy Director for Integrated Program Services, Patricia Valentine is responsible for leading and promoting integration of all programmatic work in the Allegheny County Department of Human Services. Prior to becoming Executive Deputy Director for Integrated Program Services in June 2011, Ms. Valentine spent 13 years as DHS Deputy Director for the Office of Behavioral Health in the Allegheny County Department of Human Services and 17 years working in the Allegheny County Human Services provider system. Read more...
Kathleen Zamperini

Kathleen Zamperini, MA, LPC, NCGC-1
Kathleen has a master's degree in counseling psychology. She also has a master's degree in education with secondary guidance certification. She is a licensed professional counselor and is a nationally certified gambling counselor.

She has been practicing in the field of counseling for twenty - five years and has been an employee of Catholic Charities for fifteen years. Read more...

Continuing Education Credits for nurses and other health professionals.

Duquesne University School of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the PA State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM
The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.