Mental Health Expert and Advocate, American Soldier, Scientist, & Physician
Delvena R. Thomas is a mother, Soldier, scientist, and physician advocating tirelessly for healthy living to strengthen individuals, families, communities, workplaces around the world. She is an ardent champion for sound mental health and an expert in the development of evidence-based prevention and treatment strategies. Trained in medicine and psychiatry at the University of Maryland in Baltimore (MD), she is board-certified in psychiatry, neurology, and maintains a private practice in psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, alternative health. She is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserve and an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran who has completed three combat tours.
Dr. Thomas holds key leadership roles on panel discussions that have included congressional and community leaders such as US Congresswoman Fredericka Wilson and Civil Rights Activist Al Sharpton. She has been the mental health expert for forums led by renowned minister and author Bishop T.D. Jakes and has been a guest on Sirius XM Radio - the “Karen Hunter Show”. She is called upon regularly as a mental health expert on Miami’s NBC 6 Sunday show, “Voices” and has appeared on Miami radio stations on numerous occasions.
Affectionately known as Dr. Delvena, she is the author and producer of her own podcast “The Brain Love Podcast” which also bears the name of her nonprofit organization, The DRT Brain Love Foundation formed in 2018. Its mission: to provide a culturally sensitive and holistic approach to mental and behavioral health for disadvantaged individuals by encompassing awareness, education, prevention, and treatment modalities to improve the quality of life.
Overview: Social media platforms play a significant role in our daily lives with 3.5 billion users globally and nearly 300 million in the United States. When used properly, platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, WhatsApp, Weixin/WeChat, and YouTube are invaluable resources for employment, entrepreneurship, e-commerce, education, elections, and entertainment. There is a dark side, however. The increasing amounts of misinformation, disinformation, bullying, deep fakes, and unaccountable influencers have raised the question of whether the benefits outweigh the negative daviseffects. Are the algorithms that are used helpful or hurtful? During this workshop, panelists will discuss their opinions regarding these platforms and the greater awareness and skills that are needed in navigating the perils, pitfalls, and possibilities of social media.
Sponsor: Ed Choice
Overview: Mental Health is not only a concern for adults, but it is also impacting the lives of our youth. "Research shows that the Black community experiences similar rates of mental illness as other populations. But individuals in this community may be less likely to seek treatment. Up to 75% of mental health challenges emerge during adolescence, and according to the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) curriculum, one in five teens has had a serious mental health disorder at some point in their life." During this workshop, panel experts will bring awareness to mental health so students can leave with valuable resources that will help create a positive change towards seeking help when needed.