Chairperson: Mark Weist

Mark D. Weist received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Virginia Tech in 1991 and is currently a Professor in Clinical-Community and School Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of South Carolina (USC).  He was on the faculty of the University of Maryland (UM) for 19 years where he helped to found and direct the Center for School Mental Health (, one of two national centers providing leadership to the advancement of school mental health (SMH) policies and programs in the United States. He has edited nine books and has published and presented widely in SMH and in the areas of Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS), interconnecting SMH and PBIS, trauma, violence and youth, evidence-based practice, and cognitive behavioral therapy.  With the Clifford Beers Foundation (CBF) and the UM he started the journal, Advances in School Mental Health Promotion (now published by Routledge of Taylor & Francis and edited by Sharon Stephan).  He Chairs the Advisory Board for CBF, helped to found the School Mental Health International Leadership Exchange (SMHILE), and is helping to lead the 9th World Congress on the Promotion of Mental Health and Prevention of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, to be held in Columbia, SC (and sponsored by USC and CBF), September 8 – 11, 2015 (see

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