2021 Gil Taylor Behavioral Health Symposium

Welcome & Keynote Speakers

About the Keynote Speakers

Holly Oxhandler, Ph.D., LMSW. Dr. Holly Oxhandler is the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and an Associate Professor at Baylor University’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work. Dr. Oxhandler has developed various instruments to measure the integration of clients' religion/spirituality in mental health treatment, the integration of the helping professionals' faith in their work, as well as clients' views toward discussing their spirituality in treatment. Learn more about Dr. Oxhandler.

Dennis Gillan: Mental Health Advocate. Dennis Gillan is a national thought leader on the topic of Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Advocacy. He travels internationally speaking, raising awareness, and opening up the conversation of mental health. Dennis has been deeply touched by suicide after the losses of two of his brothers to suicide 11 years apart. After years of sitting on the sidelines, he jumped into helping those in need by working on the suicide prevention hotline when he lived in Chicago. After moving to South Carolina, Gillan began serving several non-profits that take on mental health issues which affords him opportunities to lobby lawmakers and raise awareness by sharing his story. Learn more about Dennis Gillan.

Breakout Sessions

Panel Discussion on Behavioral Health Among Marginalized Populations
  • Quenette L. Walton, PhD, AM, LCSW, Assistant Professor, University of Houston
  • Iliana Neumann, MD, Waco Family Medicine
  • Sung Seek Moon, PhD, MSW, MACE, MDIV, Professor, Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, Baylor University
  • Fernando Arroyo, MBA, Chief of Staff, Waco Family Medicine
  • Moderator: Charles Williams, CEO, Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Hospital
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Helping Youth Navigate the New Normal: Mental Health and Well-being in Childhood and Adolescence

Presented by Brad Schwall, Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Psychotherapy. Dr. Schwall shares how those involved in the lives of children and teens - parents, educators, faith leaders, health professionals - can encourage the mental health and well-being of youth. By being able to identify concerns and nurture well-being and resilience, we can help youth develop healthy perspectives and habits for life. With a special look at how the pandemic has impacted youth, you will learn how we can leverage increased awareness about mental health in our culture to create healthy environments for healthy youth development. 

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Building Resiliency - Caregivers of Persons Living with Dementia


  • Dennis Myers, PhD, MSSW, Professor, The Danny and Lenn Prince Endowed Professor for the Residential Care of Older Adults, Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, Baylor University
  • Donald Stephens, LMSW, Supervisor - Behavioral Health, Ascension Providence DePaul Center
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Substance Misuse and Substance Use Disorder


  • Dr. Stacy Ryan-Pettes,  Assistant Professor of Psychology, Baylor University
  • Lilly Ettinger, Beauchamp Addiction Recovery Center (BARC), Baylor University
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