A cornerstone of the Foundation is our Science Network (SN) and its Advisory Panel (SNAP). Membership in the Science Network is open to all. Membership in the Science Network Advisory Panel is based on representation of a diversity of public health goals, research areas, and scientific and health expertise, including patients and family members, with breadth and depth of interest in multi- and trans-disciplinary collaboration. Current members are shown below. The institutions they are affiliated with and may represent informally or formally include universities, hospitals, clinical practices, and mental health advocacy organizations. These include:
Dr. Eaton uses the epidemiologic framework to explain the risk factors, natural history, and consequences of major mental disorders.
Dr. Dobrosielski’s research focuses on the impact of exercise and diet on the cardiovascular consequences of chronic diseases. He is also interested in examining whether exercise can serve as an effective countermeasure to vascular impairment commonly observed in the presence of disturbed sleep.
Dr. Knuth's research focuses on obesity, body composition, macronutrient metabolism, and energy expenditure across the lifespan.
Dr. Moonaz, PhD is Associate Academic Director of Integrative Health Sciences at the Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH). Dr. Moonaz conducts continuing education programs for yoga therapists focusing on arthritis and directs a corporate health coaching program for self-insured companies.
Dr. Highfield is interested in sleep apnea, COPD, patient behavior, overlap with depression, and collaborating with wellness centers.
Dan Morhaim, MD, is a practicing physician at Sinai and Northwest Hospitals, and he is faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and at the University of Maryland. Dan has been a member of the Maryland General Assembly since 1994, and he serves as Deputy Majority Leader in the House of Delegates. He is on the Board of Health Care for the Homeless and is the author of "The Better End: Surviving (and Dying) on Your Own Terms in Today's Modern Medical World (Hopkins Press).
Dr. Barry is Associate Professor and Associate Chair for Research and Practice in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She conducts policy analysis and political communication research with a focus on vulnerable populations and often-stigmatized health conditions including mental illness, substance use and obesity.
Kate Farinholt, JD, is Executive Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Maryland. She is dedicated to improving access to and engagement in comperhensive and integrated health for patients with severe mental illness, and empowering patients and families to be increasingly effective participants in the continuum of prevention and care.
Representing patient and family perspectives and interests, Theresa works to improve access to mental health care through national policy and programming at Mental Health America.
Chairman of the Department of Physiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Thompson is especially interested in the physiology of depression, and works with a trans- and multi-disciplinary approach and team.
Professor in the Department of Physiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Bloch is a leading musculo-skeletal physiology scientist, and is working to establish a major center of excellence in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Dr. Gary R. Pasternack, MD, PhD serves as Chief Executive Officer of Asklepion Pharmaceuticals, LLC. Dr. Pasternack serves as a Principal of Intralytix, Inc. Dr. Pasternack is a Partner of Aqua Partners.
Heather Raley, LCPC works as a Clinical Research Manager for the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) and an adjunct faculty member in the Psychology Dept. at Towson University. Heather’s research experience is primarily involving substance abuse, severe mental illness, and co-occurring diagnoses.