From Being Beaten Up By Voices, To Having a Voice

Keris Jän Myrick

ISPS is really excited to have Keris Jän Myrick as one of our plenary speakers at our international conference, to be held March 18 – 22, 2015 at The Cooper Union in New York City.

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Keris was once so disturbed by voices, and so confused about what to do about them, that she proposed having her neurologist cut off her head.  But that was then and this is now:  Keris has found ways to live with her sometimes unruly mind and her voices and is now herself a leading voice for services oriented toward recovery.

From 2008 until recently she headed up the Project Return Peer Support Network of Mental Health America of Los Angeles and served as president of the NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) board of directors. Now she has taken a job with SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the US government) as Associate Director of Consumer Affairs.

She earned her B.B.A. at Temple University, her M.B.A. at Case Western Reserve University and her M.S. at the California School of Psychology, where she is currently a Ph.D. candidate.

Recent stories in the news about Keris Myrick:

Carey, B. (2011, October 23). A high-profile executive job as defense against mental ills.The New York Times, retrieved

Gorman, A. (2012, July 30). Mental-health advocate is also a symbol of recovery. Los Angeles Times, retrieved from

So we hope you join us to listen to Keris and many others, in New York City for the 19th International Conference of ISPS


 The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis (ISPS)

March 18 – 22, 2015 at The Cooper Union

From DNA to Neighborhood: 

Relationship and Experience in Psychosis – An International Dialogue  

About Ron Unger

I am a licensed clinical social worker and therapist who works with people diagnosed with schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, using a respectful and skill building approach called cognitive therapy for psychosis. I also talk and teach seminars related to this approach. You can read more about me and about how I became interested in this field by going to my blog,, and clicking on the tab "about Ron Unger."
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