Caring for Your Whole Body: Hearts, Minds, & More

Summary of Presentation
This panel discussed different aspects related to caring for your whole body and a self-advocate talked about the NAMI Hearts & Minds program. View presentation file by Megan Maroney, Pharm.D.



Kristen_smallKristen Heckeroth is the Hearts & Minds coordinator and Development and Database Manager at NAMI NJ. She serves on the Board of Trustees for NAMI Ocean County, where she also serves as a NAMI Connection facilitator.  As part of her advocacy efforts she is an In Our Own Voice speaker and has testified before Congressman Patrick Kennedy on the topic of mental health insurance parity.  She completed her BA in English Literature at Thomas Edison State College.



Neha pic_smallNeha Mehta, M.P.P. Candidate, graduated from Rutgers University with BA in Political Science and a minor in Psychology and Philosophy. She is certified as an ESL (English as a Second Language) instructor with over 2 years of teaching experience. Currently she is getting her Masters in Public Policy at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University and interns at the National Alliance on Mental Illness New Jersey (NAMI NJ). She is currently the Resident Advisor at the Rutgers Recovery House, for students who are actively in recovery from alcohol and substance abuse. She serves the mental health community as a trained presenter and speaker for two of NAMI’s educational and advocacy programs: In Our Own Voice (IOOV) and NAMI Hearts & Minds. Additionally, she is a facilitator at NAMI’s South Asian Mental Health Alliance in Jersey (SAMHAJ) consumer support group.


Jill Williams_smallJill M. Williams, M.D. received her medical degree from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway and completed her residency training at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Williams also completed a fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
She is Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Division of Addiction Psychiatry at the Rutgers University-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick. She also holds faculty appointments at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and is affiliated with the Rutgers Center for Alcohol Studies.

The focus of Dr. Williams’ work has been in Addressing Tobacco in individuals with mental illness. She is a member of the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD), the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT), and the American Association of Community Psychiatrists (AACP). The CHOICES Program (Consumers Helping Others Improve their Condition by Ending Smoking) she co-founded.

Megan M pic_smallMegan Maroney, Pharm.D. earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree with highest honors from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey in 2009. After completing a one year pharmacy practice residency with a focus in psychiatry at Barnabas Behavioral Health Center in Toms River New Jersey, she went on to join the faculty at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy as a Clinical Assistant Professor in 2010. She provides clinical pharmacy services and patient medication education at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, New Jersey in both the inpatient and outpatient programs.


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Meena Murthy, M.D. is Chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Nutrition and Metabolism at Saint Peter’s University Hospital. She is the Director of Saint Peter’s Thyroid and Diabetes Center and Community Outreach Director for the Department of Medicine. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine and at Rutgers – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Murthy serves as master trainer for Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) and works with New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) to develop peer leader participants for this program.


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