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10th Annual William S. Perper Faith-Health Symposium

Understanding Depressive and Alcohol Use Disorders: Promoting Healing and Recovery

A free conference for individuals and families impacted by depressive or alcohol use disorders, and for those who care for them.

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Thursday, November 10, 2022
8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church
7 W. 55th St, New York City

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2022 Agenda


  • Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D.Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D. is the Dalio Professor in Mood Disorders, Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and co–director of the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center. She is also an honorary professor of English at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She is co–author of the standard medical text on manic–depressive (bipolar) illness, which was chosen as the most outstanding book in biomedical sciences by the American Association of Publishers, and author of Touched with Fire, An Unquiet Mind, Night Falls Fast, Exuberance, and Nothing Was the Same. Dr. Jamison has written more than 125 scientific and clinical articles about mood disorders, suicide, creativity, and lithium. Her memoir, An Unquiet Mind, which chronicles her own experience with manic–depressive, or bipolar illness, was on The New York Times bestseller list for five months and translated into thirty languages. Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide was a national bestseller and selected by The New York Times as a Notable Book of 1999. Exuberance: The Passion for Life was selected by The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, and The San Francisco Chronicle as one of the best science books of 2004 and by Discover magazine as one of the best science books of the year. Dr. Jamison has been awarded numerous honorary degrees, including from the University of St. Andrews (literature), Brown University (medical sciences), and the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church (divinity). She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and the recipient of numerous literary and scientific awards, including the Lewis Thomas Prize, the Sarnat Prize from the National Academy of Medicine, and a MacArthur Fellowship. Her book about Robert Lowell, Robert Lowell: Setting the River on Fire, was a 2018 Pulitzer Prize Finalist.

  • Denis Antoine II, M.D.Denis Antoine II, M.D., is board-certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine. He completed his psychiatry residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and went on to complete an NIH-sponsored addiction research fellowship at the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit on the Johns Hopkins Bayview campus. He serves as the director of the Cornerstone Clinic at Helping Up Mission, Addiction Treatment Services and Center for Addiction and Pregnancy at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. These programs comprise nearly 400 patients and treat populations with substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health conditions. He is a core faculty member of the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Program where he serves as medical monitor and co-investigator of several NIH-funded clinical trials for the advancement of substance use disorder treatment. Beyond clinical care and research, he is a core faculty member in the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity, and is co-director of the Johns Hopkins Congregational Depression Awareness Program, which both aim to address health issues in underserved populations. He is also the co-director of the Generation Tomorrow: Summer Health Disparity Scholars program housed in the Johns Hopkins University Center for AIDS Research (CFAR). This program offers education, research experience, and mentorship to undergraduates who are underrepresented in medicine and who are seeking to enter health professional careers. He has been awarded the Francis J. Lentz Award by the National Alliance for Mental Illness Metropolitan Baltimore chapter; received an “Extra Mile” Recognition from the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) in the category of mental health and trauma informed care; and is the recipient of Johns Hopkins Medicine’s 2022 Levi Watkins Jr. Ideal Award.

  • Kate Dunn, M.Div. headshotKate Dunn, M.Div. is a graduate of Princeton University (BA), Union Theological Seminary in New York (MDiv), and Columbia University (MFA). She was ordained by the Presbyterian Church (PC) USA to a validated ministry with the West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing, where she worked for 10 years with formerly homeless seniors living with chronic mental illness. She joined the pastoral staff of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in 2004. After 15 years of overseeing Congregational Care and Outreach Ministries, Kate became FAPC’s Parish Visitor in 2021. When not providing pastoral care to church members at home or in care facilities, Kate enjoys devoting more time to her other passion -- fiction writing. Kate’s professional and personal experience with substance abuse and the gift of sobriety has been foundational to her work in pastoral ministry.
  • Greg Johnson, M.Div.Greg Johnson, M.Div., founder and president of Greg Johnson Partnerships International, Inc. (GJPI), considers his life in three acts:
    musician; international business entrepreneur; and health care professional through his creation of EmblemHealth’s Care for the Family Caregiver Initiative. Ordained in 2002 as an Inter-faith minister, and a family caregiver himself, Rev. Johnson continues his 20-plus years of serving EmblemHealth’s Care for the Family Caregiver initiative (first as its creator and now as Chief Advisor) along with his activities as speaker, author, lecturer, and retreat leader for family caregiving domestically and internationally. He has worked closely with Drs. Dan Hale and Rick Bennett for the last 10 years creating and co-authoring, Called to Care: A Guide for Family and Friends, and participating in the Perper Symposia in New York and in Baltimore. A fellow at the New York Academy of Medicine, Rev. Johnson has received many awards and recognitions locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Virginia Goss, M.Div. headshotVirginia Goss, M.Div., holds a master of divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rhodes College. She works as a staff chaplain at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She completed her clinical pastoral education (CPE) internship at Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health, and her residency at NYP Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. Along with the use of creative arts in her personal development and patient care, she enjoys working in a diverse patient population, including inpatient psychiatry, pediatrics, perinatal bereavement, and palliative care. Virginia is a candidate for ministry in the Presbyterian Church (PC) USA.

Online registration required by October 28. For more information, email

Everyone who registers and attends the conference will receive a complimentary copy of An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness.

Vendor Registration for Symposium Resource Fair Now Open

If you are an organization that provides support to individuals and families impacted by depressive and/or alcohol use disorders, we invite you to participate in a free resource fair. Organizations will be provided with a table and two chairs. Tablecloths will not be provided.

For more information or to reserve a table, email by October 26 with your name, organization and a brief description of the services you provide.

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