We'll be taking proposals for both oral and poster presentations in the near future. Depending on your expertise, you may also be assigned to a roundtable with people who work in a similar area but with varied backgrounds. Stay tuned for when we begin to solicit proposals by joining our mailing list here.

In the meantime, check out our speakers from the 2022 VCPC below!

(All speakers from 2022 were from Nashville, but we look forward to welcoming folks from all over in 2023!)


Steven Hollon, PhD

Keynote: It's Not What We Don't Know That Hurts - It's What We Know That Ain't So. Also, Panel 4: Scientific Controversies.

Gertrude Conaway Professor of Psychology


Dominique Béhague, PhD

Panel 1: Historical Foundations. Associate Professor of Medicine, Health & Society

Kenneth MacLeish, PhD

Panel 1: Historical Foundations. Associate Professor of Medicine, Health & Society

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Karrie Raymond

Panel 1: Historical Foundations. Master's Student, Social Foundations of Health

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Christy Erving, PhD

Panel 2: Cultural Perspectives. Assistant Professor of Sociology


Taylor Guzi

Panel 2: Cultural Perspectives. Undergraduate (2022)

Abdirahman Osman

Panel 2: Cultural Perspectives. Consultant, American Muslim Advisory Council


Gilbert Gonzales, PhD, MHA

Panel 3: Psychiatric Coercion and Patient-Clinician Dynamics. Assistant Professor of Medicine, Health & Society, Health Policy


Liz Davidson

Panel 3: Psychiatric Coercion and Patient-Clinician Dynamics. Undergraduate (2023), lived experience with psychiatric coercion


Jacob Horwitz

Panel 3: Psychiatric Coercion and Patient Clinician Dynamics. High schooler (Battle Ground Academy, Franklin, TN), lived experience with mental health care

Stephan Heckers, MD, MSc

Panel 4: Scientific Controversies. Department Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Vanderbilt University Medical Center)