Keynote Speakers


Dr. Jerome Adams was appointed as a Presidential Fellow and the Executive Director of Purdue’s Health Equity Initiatives on October 1, 2021. He is also a Distinguished Professor of Practice in the departments of Pharmacy Practice and Public Health.


As the 20th U.S. Surgeon General and a prior member of the President’s Coronavirus task force, Dr. Adams has been at the forefront of America’s most pressing health challenges. A regular communicator via tv, radio, and in print, Dr. Adams is an expert not just in the science, but also in communicating the science to the lay public, and making it relevant to various audiences.


Dr. Adams is a licensed anesthesiologist with a master’s degree in public health and ran the Indiana State Department of Health prior to becoming Surgeon General.


In addition to his recent COVID19 work, Dr. Adams has partnered with and assisted organizations as they navigate the opioid epidemic, maternal health, rising rates of chronic disease, the impacts of rising suicide rates in our Nation, and how businesses can become better stewards and stakeholders in promoting community health.


Roshni is a board-certified adult and child and adolescent psychiatrist with deep expertise in direct clinical care and healthcare administration. Prior to joining the Meadows Institute, she served as the inaugural medical director of the pediatric mental health service line for Dell Children’s Medical Center. Over the course of four years, she led the creation of the only service line within a children’s hospital in the state of Texas to provide an entire continuum of pediatric mental health care, including a 24-bed inpatient unit, a newly developed Partial Hospitalization Program, Intensive Outpatient Program, a comprehensive Consultation-Liaison Service, general outpatient and embedded behavioral health specialty clinics.


In her role at the Institute, Roshni serves as our top decision-maker on all things medical. She anchors the executive team’s activities in contemporary, innovative, and evidence-based medical knowledge, with a special emphasis on children, youth and families, and women. Roshni oversees all medically focused policy and practice guidance developed at the Institute, working closely with physicians and other clinicians across the organization. She brings decades of practical experience and deep caring for people and families affected by mental illness to help us always put people first as we pursue our mission and vision.


Recognizing the workforce shortage in child and adolescent psychiatry, she has served as an educator and mentor for medical students, psychiatry residents, pediatric residents, and child and adolescent psychiatry fellows. She continues to remain clinically active in her role as clinical adjunct faculty at the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School where she provides psychiatric consultation to pediatricians, sees patients, and teaches medical students and residents. 


Roshni’s passion is focused on the development of collaborative relationships with primary care and specialty care colleagues to comprehensively address the mental and behavioral health needs of children and adults. In partnership with behavioral health and primary care colleagues, she created innovative strategies to address the mental health crisis. Throughout her 15-year career in psychiatry, she has strived to achieve a goal of reducing stigma of mental health, increasing access to mental health care, and striving to ensure that there is no difference between physical and mental health care for all children.


Dr. Antonia Coello Novello was born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. She graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a B.S. and an M.D. She completed her residency/internship in pediatrics at University of Michigan, and a fellowship in pediatric nephrology at the University of Michigan and Georgetown University. Also, she received a Master’s and a Doctor of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.


In 1990, Dr. Antonia Novello was sworn as the 14th Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service, and became the first woman and the first Hispanic ever to hold this position. In 1999 she was nominated as the New York State Commissioner of Health. She is the co-author of Duty Calls: Lessons Learned from an Unexpected Life of Service.


Dr. Zapolski is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Indiana University School of Medicine. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Kentucky in 2013 under the mentorship of Dr. Gregory Smith. Dr. Zapolski is a clinician working in both the pediatric and adult clinics through IU Health, with clinical expertise in substance use, emotion dysregulation, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for both youth and adults.


She is the director of the Prevention Research in Substance Use and Minority Health (PRISM) lab, with two complementary lines of research: 1) understanding developmental and culturally based risk and promotive factors to substance use and mental health outcomes among racial/ethnic minority youth, and 2) the implementation of youth substance use and mental health interventions in community, clinical, and school settings.


Dr. Zapolski conducts most of her work in collaboration with community organizations and individuals. She is the Director of Community Engagement for the Indiana University School of Medicine Adolescent Behavioral Health Research Program and the Director of the Indiana University School of Medicine Youth Coalition, which provides mentorship, training, and leadership opportunities related to youth mental health to individuals age 13-18 in the Indianapolis area.




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Dr. Tamika Zapolski founded the Indiana University School of Medicine’s Youth Coalition (YOCO) in 2023. YOCO’s aim is to engage youth of diverse backgrounds in shaping mental health research and interventions. Our members share unique insights, ideas, and perspectives to shape adolescent mental health research projects that impact the world. In addition to collaborating with renowned researchers, YOCO members also enhance their critical-thinking and leadership skills, connect with other likeminded peers, and have the opportunity to create their own research projects and community service initiatives to create positive change. Youths aged 13-18 are eligible to join.


Membership for the 2024-2025 cohort will open in the fall of 2024.

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