Living with Mental Illness: Support and Survival


About the Panelists

David-Baron_fob14David Baron is the executive vice chair of psychiatry and psychiatrist-in-chief at Keck Medical Center of USC. The former deputy clinical director of the National Institute of Mental Health, Baron is active in global psychiatry. He currently chairs the section for medicine, psychiatry and primary care for the World Psychiatric Association.


ShannonMayeda-1_fob14Shannon Mayeda, PhD, LCSW, CRADC, is a faculty member at the USC School of Social Work. In addition to teaching, she has more than 33 years of clinical experience working with people who have been diagnosed with severe mental illnesses and addictions in all levels of mental-health treatment settings, including state psychiatric hospitals, acute inpatient facilities, residential treatment programs, intensive outpatient programs, private practice and emergency psychiatric settings. Mayeda is authoring a book, Listening with Psychotic Ears: Clinical Skills for Accurate Understanding and Effective Communication with People Experiencing Psychosis.

Saks_ElynWeb_fob14Elyn Saks is Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law, Psychology and Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the USC Gould School of Law. The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness is a memoir about her struggles and successes with schizophrenia and acute psychosis. A specialist in mental-health law, criminal law and children and the law, Saks’s numerous publications include Refusing Care: Forced Treatment and the Rights of the Mentally Ill and Jekyll on Trial: Multiple Personality Disorder and Criminal Law (with Stephen H. Behnke).

Tory CoxTory Cox, MSW, LCSW, clinical associate professor (Moderator), is the assistant director of field education for USC’s School of Social Work and field coordinator for the social work and business concentration. He is an academic advisor and field liaison for MSW students and teaches integrative seminar and leadership courses. Cox previously held leadership positions in school social work, clinical practice and foster care services after starting his professional career as a journalist.