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  • Students & Psychosis: A Panel Discussion

    Event Mission

    This panel discussion is a virtual informational gathering offering education, empowerment, and advocacy for college students who experience symptoms of early psychosis.

    College and University staff, students, and their family members are invited to join our panelists to learn more about early psychosis! We will feature expert panelists from across the state of Pennsylvania to answer your questions.



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    Special Needs Statement

    If special arrangements are required for an individual with a disability to attend this meeting, please contact Crystal Vatza, Education and Telehealth Manager, at

    Non-Discrimination Statement

    The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a Vietnam Era Veteran or disabled veteran in the administration of educational policies, programs or activities, admission policies; scholarship and loan awards; athletic or other administered programs or employment.  Questions or complaints regarding this policy should be directed to the Executive Director, Office of Affirmative Action, Franklin Building, 4th Floor, Room 421, Philadelphia, PA 19104 or 215-898-7803 (TDD).


    Event Details & Registration


    Join us virtually for the FREE event Wednesday, March 29, 2023 from 10:30am-12:00pm ET. Click here to register for the event and submit your questions to the panel members about early psychosis.

    For questions or concerns contact:

    Keynote Speaker - Emeka Chima

    HeadsUp is delighted to welcome Emeka Chima as the keynote speaker for our Students & Psychosis panel discussion! For the past two years, Emeka has served as an Executive Board Secretary for the non-profit Students with Psychosis coordinating with different hubs and communities worldwide next to his fellow students and advocates with the lived psychosis experience. Using his lived experience with schizophrenia Emeka has networked with various audiences through his advocacy work and hopes to serve underrepresented communities to create more fulfilling lives. Watch and share this brief video message from Emeka!

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    Emeka lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and has been a six-month Peer Support Specialist in recovery within the first episode psychosis On Track Maryland program significantly improving the lives of adolescents and young adults living with mental health diagnoses. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland Global Campus.  He has contributed as a Keynote speaker for mental health organizations such as the Tennessee Conference, Mental Health America National Conference, and the Schizophrenia International Research Society in Florence, Italy.

    Question Submission

    We want to hear from YOU! 

    Click here to register and submit your questions about early psychosis to our panelists. We look forward to an engaging discussion.

    Our Partners

    We want to thank our partners for uplifting this event and for their work in supporting the mental health of students.

    Meet the Panelists

    Emeka Chima

    Students with Psychosis Representative

    Christian Kohler, MD

    Co-Director, HeadsUp

    Monica Calkins, PhD

    Co-Director, HeadsUp

    Christine Michaels, MSHSA

    Chief Executive Officer of NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania

    Tushita Mayanil, MD

    Child Psychiatrist, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

    Marci Sturgeon-Rusiewicz, MS, LPC, NCC, CPSS, CPRP

    Senior Manager of Recovery and Resiliency, Wesley Family Services

    Bailey Higgins

    Case Manager, East Stroudsburg University

    Jaimi Laurie

    Administrative Supervisor for the On My Way Program at Child and Family Focus

    Crystal Vatza, MS

    Education and Tele-Health Manager, HeadsUp

    Thank you to our sponsors and collaborators!

    This training was made possible through a Community Mental Health Services Block Grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Grant Award Number: SM063411-01. © 2021 HeadsUp. All Rights Reserved.