In 2017, Actively Moving Forward, (AMF) became a HealGrief program. HealGrief continues to honor the founding AMF Board members, as well as those members instrumental in the development and execution of the program and agency's mission.
Phil Meilman, Ph.D. (Chair)
Director of Counseling and Psychiatric Services, Georgetown University
Philip W. Meilman is the director of the Counseling and Psychiatric Service and a professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University. In this role, he provides leadership for the university counseling service, consults with university faculty, staff, and administration, and provides direct clinical services to students.
Dr. Meilman earned a B.S. from Harvard University, a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and did his internship in clinical psychology at the University of Minnesota Medical School. In addition to his work at Georgetown, Dr. Meilman has volunteered as the co-director of The Core Institute Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Studies at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale since 1990. Prior to coming to Georgetown, Dr. Meilman worked in counseling centers, conducted research, and taught at the College of William and Mary, Dartmouth Medical School, Dartmouth College Health Service, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
Books and monographs authored by Dr. Meilman include: Beating the College Blues: A Student’s Guide to Coping with the Emotional Ups and Downs of College Life, First and Second Editions (with P.A. Grayson), Alcohol and Drugs on American College Campuses: Use, Consequences, and Perceptions of the Campus Environment, Volumes I, II, III, and IV (with C.A. Presley and R. Lyerla), and College Mental Health Practice (also with Grayson). He is also published in Developmental Psychology, Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, The Clinical Journal of Pain, Journal of College Student Personnel, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Journal of American College Health, International Journal of the Addictions, Journal of College Student Development, The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, and College Mental Health Practice, among others.
Dr. Meilman was elected an honorary lifetime member of the Black Faculty and Staff Forum at College of William and Mary for his efforts to recruit black professionals to the university. He has been named to the Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, and Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare. He was given the Management Achievement Award by the University of Nebraska Medical Center administration, Outstanding Teacher for 1982-83 at the Nebraska Psychiatric Institute, and The Martin S. Wallach Award at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Meilman is married and the father of two. He resides in Arlington, Va.
David E. Balk, Ph.D., FT
Professor, Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences, Brooklyn College
David E. Balk is a professor at Brooklyn College where he directs Graduate Studies in Thanatology. His research has examined adolescent bereavement over the death of family members and friends. He is collaborating with colleagues at different universities, particularly Andrea Walker, to establish the prevalence and severity of college student bereavement. Dr. Balk is associate editor and book review editor of the peer-reviewed journal Death Studies, and editor-in-chief of the 2007 publication Handbook of Thanatology: The Essential Body of Knowledge for the Study of Death, Dying, and Bereavement. In addition, he is a member of the editorial board for the peer-reviewed journal Omega: Journal of Death and Dying. With Charles A. Corr, he edited for Springer Publishing Company Adolescent Encounters with Death, Bereavement, and Coping and Children’s Encounters with Death, Bereavement, and Coping. In 2011, Springer Publishing Company will publish his book, Helping the Bereaved College Student. Dr. Balk feels strongly that bridging the gap separating practitioners and researchers is both a practical and moral imperative for professional associations and for curriculum aimed at producing researchers or practitioners.
Dr. Balk earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1981. His father’s death from cancer while Balk was in doctoral studies influenced him to study death and bereavement. His dissertation examined the self-concept and bereavement reactions of adolescents following sibling death. He has worked as Director of Research and Director of Program Evaluation in two community mental health centers in Arizona. In 1987, he joined the faculty of Kansas State University, where he was promoted to full professor in 1995, and served as President of the K-State Faculty Senate from 1996-1997. From 1997-2004 he was a member of the faculty at Oklahoma State University. K-State’s College of Human Ecology honored him as Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 1992 and as Outstanding Researcher of the Year in 1995. OSU’s College of Human Environmental Sciences honored him in 2004 as Outstanding Advisor of the Year.
Dr. Balk is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) and is serving the last years of a three-year term on the ADEC Board of Directors. He was president of the board of directors for the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) programs in Manhattan, Kansas, and in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Dr. Balk also enjoys movies, reading a wide variety of books, and watching sporting events, including baseball and football. His favorite music is jazz, but he likes other music as well, particularly classical and some rock from the ‘60s and ‘70s. His wife is an expert in many things, including computers, and it is rumored that she can fix anything. His daughter is a very gifted teacher, and he finds he misses her a lot now that she has moved out and is living on her own. They both enjoy many types of movies and often watch movies when they get together.
R. Kelly Crace, Ph.D.
Director of Duke University Counseling and Psychological Services
President, Applied Psychology Resources
Kelly Crace is a staff psychologist at Duke University’s Counseling and Psychological Services. He was formerly the director of the Counseling Center at the College of William & Mary, where he was the recipient of the Chambers-Reid Award for Professional Excellence. He is a licensed psychologist, the co-author of the Life Values Inventory, and creator of The Praestare Project, an online mini-course for values clarification and personal development.
Dr. Crace is president of Applied Psychology Resources and has conducted more than a thousand seminars for business, sports and academic groups. He received his academic and clinical training from Vanderbilt University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Duke University. He has published and presented extensively in the areas of values, transition, family business dynamics, organizational development and performance psychology.
Dr. Crace is also a co-inventor of a U.S. Patented Interactive Sports Simulator System designed for scientific and entertainment application.
Illene Cupit, Ph.D.
Professor, Human Development/Psychology/Women’s Studies, Institute on Dying, Death and Bereavement, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Illene Cupit, who earned her doctorate at Temple University, is a Professor of Human Development at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. She developed the Dying, Death & Loss course on her campus more than 20 years ago, and is the founder of the campus Death, Dying and Bereavement Institute, providing outreach education for professionals in northeast Wisconsin. Dr. Cupit’s research has focused on college student bereavement, adolescent grief, death education and death in child care centers. She also founded Camp Lloyd, a day camp for grieving children, named in honor of her husband.
Dr. Cupit is a board member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling and is president-elect of ADEC for 2012. She is also a member of the American Psychological Society, International Society for Infant Studies, National Collegiate Honors Council, and Society for Research in Child Development. She was recently awarded the 2010 UW-Green Bay Research Scholar Award.
Dr. Cupit edited (with C. Sofka) Dying, Death and Grieving: The New Science of Thanatechnology, and co-authored (with H. Servaty-Seib, S.T. Parikh, R. Martin) “Forging a Pathway Through College During Bereavement and Grief: Findings of the National College Student Grief Study,” which is under review for the Journal of Adolescent Research.
Richard Kadison, M.D.
Chief of Mental Health Services, Harvard University Health Services
Richard Kadison is the Chief of the Mental Health Service at Harvard University Health Services. He is a board-certified Child and Adult Psychiatrist with special interests in student mental health and eating disorders. He has worked with student health and eating disorder programs at several schools for 25 years, and has consulted with universities around the country.
Dr. Kadison earned a B.S. from Brown University and his medical degree from Loyala University Medical School. He completed residencies in adult psychiatry at Boston University and child psychiatry at McLean Hospital.
He is the author of College of the Overwhelmed: The Campus Mental Health Crisis and What to Do About It published by John Wiley and Sons in 2004, and is the proud father of six-year-old Will Kadison.
Robin Lanzi, Ph. D., MPH
Associate Professor, School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Robin Lanzi is an associate professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Lanzi has expertise in adolescent parenting, child maltreatment, maternal depression, early intervention programs, developmental outcomes, research methods, ethical issues, and social policy. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Lanzi has been consistently funded by NIH and other federal and state agencies and foundations as Principal Investigator or Co Principal Investigator. Prior to her appointment at UAB, Robin was a professor at Georgetown University, where she supervised and collaborated with David Fajgenbaum on a summer research fellowship advisor and senior honors thesis which was a comprehensive assessment of university practices, policies and programs for bereaved college students. Lanzi also is a co-author on a paper, “Building a Network of Grief Support on College Campuses: A National Grassoots Initiative,” with Fajgenbaum and AMF co-founder Benjamin Chesson in the April issue of the Journal of College Student Psychotherapy.
Dr. Lanzi received her B.A. in Psychology from Hollins College Magna Cum Laude and her Ph.D. (Developmental Psychology) and M.P.H. (Maternal and Child Health) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. During graduate school, Dr. Lanzi was selected as a policy fellow in the “Putting Children First” Fellowship Program in Child and Family Policy at the Center for Young Children and Families, Teacher’s College, Columbia University.
“My dad passed away during my second year in graduate school at UAB,” Lanzi says. “It is important it is to have something like the National Students of AMF available. Grief is a very isolating experience, but it doesn’t have to be so. AMF provides tremendous resources and outlets to those learning to deal with their grief.”
Heather L. Servaty-Seib, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Counseling and Development, Department of Educational Studies, Purdue University
Heather Servaty-Seib is a counseling psychologist and received her Ph.D. from the University of North Texas. She is currently an associate professor and training director of the Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program in the Department of Educational Studies at Purdue University. Dr. Servaty-Seib also maintains a small, grief-focused, private practice.
She is well published in the areas of adolescent bereavement, social support and grief, and the use of loss as a broad model for conceptualizing significant life events. Her recent publications include an edited volume entitled Assisting Bereaved College Students published by Jossey-Bass, a chapter on friend death, and a review article on college student bereavement published in The Counseling Psychologist. Dr. Servaty-Seib currently serves as member of the editorial boards of four national refereed journals including Death Studies and Omega: Journal of Death and Dying. She is a past president of the Association for Death Education and Counseling and was principal investigator of ALIVE @ Purdue — a three-year, campus suicide prevention grant received from the Department of Health and Human Services.
Dr. Servaty-Seib is committed to translating scholarship into action. As examples, she teaches a service-learning course in which graduate students serve as the facilitators of an eight-week support program for bereaved families and she is currently organizing a two-day summit focused on developing a template for colleges and universities to implement bereavement leave policies for college students.
Dr. Servaty-Seib lives in Lafayette, Ind., is married and the mother of two small children. She enjoys playing with her girls, eating excellent meals, hiking, and reading (fiction!) in the hammock in her backyard.
Tamina Toray, Ph.D.
Professor, Psychology Division, Western Oregon University
Dr. Tamina Toray is a professor in the Psychology Division at Western Oregon University and affiliate faculty in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. She earned her Ph.D. in Family Studies from Oregon State University, and her M.S. in Counseling from Truman State University.
Dr. Toray has been involved in the field of death, dying and bereavement for more than two decades and has taught courses, been published in peer-reviewed articles, and been asked to contribute to edited book chapters on end-of-life topics. She has also been a speaker at national and international conferences on grief and loss. Dr. Toray served on ADEC’s National Test Committee, which was responsible for creating the body of knowledge required for national exam standards. She has served as a member of the board of directors for Benton County Hospice for the past eight years. During that time, she has served as a member of the Ethics Committee, Quality Assurance Committee and is currently the chair of the Transitions Committee (a new program providing palliative care to community members).
Dr. Toray co-founded one of the nation’s first grief and loss clinics focusing on the human animal bond at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and has taught clinical communication and end-of-life courses at several veterinary colleges.
Selected publications by Dr. Toray include (with Cooley and Roscoe) “Reactions to Loss Scale: Assessing Grief in College Students” in the Journal of Death and Dying;, “The Human-Animal Bond and Loss” in the Journal of Mental Health Counseling; (with Cooley); “Disordered Eating in Freshman Women: A Prospective Study” in the Journal of College Health (also with Cooley); “Coping in College Students: The Value of Experience” in the Journal of College Student Development;;“Children’s Bereavement Over the Deaths of Pets” in Children’s Encounters with Death, Bereavement, and Coping;”; and “Children’s Friendships and the Death of a Friend” in Corr & Corr’s, 1996 edition of Helping Children Cope with Death and Bereavement.
Dr. Toray was the recipient of the Oregon Academy of Science 2007 award for Outstanding Teacher in Higher Education, is a member of the Who’s Who in Death Dying, Suicide and Bereavement Community (awarded by King’s College Centre for Education about Death and Bereavement), was nominated for the Teacher of the Year Award, Western Oregon University 2000-2004 & 2010, and received the Academic Advisor of the Year, Western Oregon University in 2005.
Andrea Walker, Ph.D, LADC
Associate Professor, Psychology, Oral Roberts University
Andrea C. Walker, Ph.D., is a family science specialist, focusing her research on multicultural issues, adolescence, and grief within the family. She is Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and holds a License in Alcohol and Drug Counseling in the state of Oklahoma. Currently she is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) and the American Psychological Association (APA).
Jim Welsh, M.D.
Assistant Vice President for Student Health, Georgetown University Medical Center
James C. Welsh is currently the chairman of the Department of Family Medicine and assistant vice president of Student Health Services for Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He is an associate professor of Family Medicine in the School of Medicine and an associate professor in the Department of Human Science in the School of Nursing and Health Studies. Dr. Welsh completed his undergraduate degree with honors from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and completed a residency in Family Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. He received an MBA from the University of Mary Washington and received an M.S. in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. He is board-certified in Family Medicine and was a practicing family physician in Fredericksburg, Virginia before coming to Georgetown in 1995.
From 1995 to 2001, Dr. Welsh held a number of positions at Georgetown University Hospital, including the vice president of the Community Practice Network and the associate medical director of the hospital. Since 2001 he has been responsible for the Student Health Center and, in his current role, oversees all medical and behavioral health services delivered to more than 15,000 students of Georgetown University. He has chaired the Department of Family Medicine since 2008 and oversees the academic and research activities of faculty in that department.