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2023 Conference Speakers


Brent E. Boyett DMD, DO, DFASAM

Dr. Brent Boyett received his doctorate in dental medicine from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and his osteopathic medical degree from the University of Health Sciences in Kansas City Missouri. He completed his residency in Family Medicine through the University of Mississippi and currently holds a board certification in Family Medicine and two board certifications in Addiction Medicine.  He has been recognized as a Distinguished Fellow by the American Society of Addiction Medicine.    

Dr. Boyett has served as the President of The Alabama Osteopathic Medical Association and the Alabama Society of Addiction Medicine and he currently sits on the national board for The American Society of Addiction Medicine. He has served as the principal investigator for numerous clinical trials, working to develop of variety of pharmaceuticals and medical devices with a particular focus in the research of buprenorphine and buprenorphine delivery systems. Dr. Boyett is the founder and former chief medical officer of Pathway Healthcare which focuses on the outpatient treatment of substance use disorders in 13 locations throughout 4 states

Dr. Brent Boyett is now working with North Mississippi Medical Center Neuroscience Department, practicing Addiction Medicine, and He is dedicated to continued growth in the rapidly evolving medical environment of addiction medicine. Today, his primary focus is on addiction treatment and research, he remains on the cutting edge of technology and training.  Giving back to his profession, he is a proctor to medical students, an international speaker and educator in the field of addiction medicine and serves on the board of trustees for the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

Margaret Bishop Baier, MD DFAPA


I completed my undergraduate education at Loyola New Orleans, and my medical education at LSU SOM New Orleans. My interest in multicultural psychiatry brought me  to continue my training and work in diverse locations over the years including: street psychiatry programs in NYC and Washington DC , Consult Liaison Psychiatry at LA County -USC , consulting psychiatry  rotation with  the Indian Health Services Apache Community  in  White River Junction, AZ and a one year appointment with the University of Otago teaching and practicing community psychiatry including with the Māori people of  Wellington, New Zealand.


My major area of research interest had been the genetics of schizophrenia and I eagerly participated in diagnostic interviews, collecting blood samples from extended family members, and being part of an NIH (National Institutes of Health) funded research protocol in my early career. I also participated as an investigator/diagnostician in some clinical trials of second-generation antipsychotics in those days. 

Since its inception in the late 1990’s, I have accepted referrals from the New Orleans Musicians Clinic.   Following Hurricane Katrina as part of the rebuilding of our city and the restoration of the LSU  Health Sciences Center back into New Orleans, I served as the Residency Program Director for the LSU Ochsner Adult Psychiatry Program. I am proud of developing a 4-year longitudinal resident curriculum that addresses what we now call socio-cultural psychiatry. In this course, residents  begin to address cultural formulation, ethics, spirituality and religion, gender, ethnicity, bias, genograms, family of origin/systems concerns, and social determinants of health.

I am currently the medical director of the LSUHSC Campus Assistance Program working as part of a team providing mental health services to the employees, faculty and students of the six schools  affiliated with the Health Sciences Center . I am a twenty year faculty member of our LSUHSC School of Medicine Admissions Committee.



Maeghan A Davis, MD


Dr. Maeghan A Davis is an Addiction Psychiatrist in New Orleans, Louisiana. She graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine In New Orleans in 2013. She has been practicing in the New Orleans area for 9 years.

Dr. Maeghan A Davis is affiliated with University Medical Center and Crescent Care.

Mary Helen Davis M.D., D.L.F.A.P.A

Mary Helen Davis has been board certified in Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She currently is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and has worked for the past 16 years in Supportive Oncology. Delivering integrated health care in settings with medical, surgical and radiation oncologists. She has founded Collaborative Psychosocial Oncology Consults PLLC providing consultation and program development strategies for community cancer centers. Currently contracted through Baptist Hospital of Louisville, she has assisted in the development of an integrated psychosocial oncology program, a geriatric functional assessment for older adults undergoing chemotherapy, Cancer University, a curriculum for patients and caregivers on understanding the cancer experience and journey as well as numerous other programs to meet the needs of cancer patients and providers.

She has served in numerous leadership roles on both the state and national level.  She is  past President of the Southern Psychiatric Association. She chaired the KASPER advisory council (The Prescription Drug Monitoring program for the state) and is past chair of the Policy and Advocacy Committee for the GLMS. She was named as a Community Connector in the KMA Leadership Program..


Martin J. Drell, MD

Dr. Martin J. Drell is the Carl P. Adatto, M.D. Professor of Community Psychiatry at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. He initiated the current Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Program at LSU in 1 987 and was its Head until 2018. He is a past President of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry-AACAP (2013-2014), as well as the Past President of the Society of Professors of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry-SPCAP (now the American Association of Directors of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry AADCAP - 1 996-1998), and the American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training-AADPRT — 2001-2002.

He is a consultant to DCFS (Department of Family Services) and involved in issues of the diagnosis and polypharmacy in children/adolescents in foster care. He has lectured and written numerous articles on clinical issues, including infant psychiatry, ethics, consultation/liaison, systems of care, mentoring, polypharmacy and diagnosis in foster care, management of disasters, administration, and the teaching of psychodynamic psychotherapy.

He is currently the co-chair of the leadership team for PSYFI (a mentoring program of the AACAP dedicated to enhancing the teaching of psychodynamic psychotherapy in child divisions). He is also Chair of the Steering Committee for the AACAP Leatherman-Ritvo Endowment Fund for the Advancement of Psychodynamic Understanding and Psychodynamically Informed Therapies.

Clyde E. Glenn, MD

Clyde E. Glenn, M.D., is the President and CEO of the Essie B. and William Glenn Foundation for Better Living, a sibling-run non-profit whose mission is to improve the quality of life for those living in the Mississippi Delta. Inspired by the example set by his loving parents, he and his siblings founded this organization to lend a helping hand to all in need.

In addition to the work that he does with his siblings, he is redefining what whole-person care means as a board-certified general psychiatrist, serving children, young adults, and the elderly. He received his medical degree from the University of Iowa’s Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and completed his residency at Ohio State University Hospital. As a naturally gifted scholar, he was an honor student throughout school, graduated Magna Cum Laude from undergrad, and was awarded two research fellowships from the Department of Internal Medicine at Iowa.

Wanting to focus on the collective body, mind, and spirit, he began his private practice, Rehoboth Psychiatric Services, PLLC, located in Ridgeland, MS, in 2000 and has been in practice for more than 22 years. With a humble, down-to-earth personality, Dr. Glenn uses his diverse experiences and educational training to understand the vast human experiences of his patients. He has earned top marks in all patient-rated categories, including examination thoroughness, clarity of instructions, active listening, positive attitude, and follow-up. He has served as a consultant, medical director, or chief clinical officer in small rural towns such as Fayette, MS;  Cleveland, MS; Greenwood, MS; and Meadville, MS—locations where residents are in great need of thoughtful mental health services.

Of all his achievements, Dr. Glenn is also proud to be an accomplished percussionist, a minister of more than 23 years, and a loving husband, father, and brother. He is pleased to share what the Glenn’s have learned across the intergenerational life spectrum. This learning will help build useful practices and tools to foster peaceful, thriving, and cohesive communities and families for generations to come

Tommy Karam, Ph.D.

He received his Ph.D. from L.S.U.

He is a Senior Instructor in the E.J. Ourso College of Business and the Flores MBA at L.S.U. where he teaches sports marketing, personal branding, negotiations and professional presentations courses.


In addition to working with sports teams and athletes, he also works with companies on personal branding and professional communication.

John J. Hutchings, M.D.

Dr. John Hutchings, is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Psychiatry at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. His responsibilities include a busy clinical practice, research in the microbiome and the brain-gut connection, and instruction in both gastroenterology and psychiatry. He is involved in several community organizations, including the New Orleans Musician’s Clinic and Assistance Foundation which  provides care and treatment options to the underserved population of New Orleans and the surrounding environs. In his free time he is an avid gardener and enjoys playing both the alto and tenor saxophones.

Lauren LaRose, MD


Dr. Lauren LaRose is a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist and Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Washington and Lee University majoring in Spanish, after which she attended and graduated from LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans. She then completed her residency training in the LSU New Orleans Adult Psychiatry program, serving as Chief Resident, and completed her fellowship training in the LSU New Orleans Child and Adolescent Psychiatry program. As part of her training, Dr. LaRose also completed the Harris Infant Mental Health training program, which focuses on treatment of trauma, attachment issues, anxiety, and mood and behavioral disturbances in children 6 years old and under.


Dr. LaRose has been in practice at Atlas Psychiatry in New Orleans, Louisiana since graduating from the LSU Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship. She manages a caseload of about 300-400 patients, consisting mostly of children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. LaRose specializes in treating a wide range of mental health issues from behavioral disturbances to severe mood and psychotic disorders. She strives to incorporate the biopsychosocial model in her practice, using evidence-based medicine to address presenting symptoms while also focusing on the client’s functioning at home, school, work, and in other activities of daily life. Dr. LaRose is particularly passionate about diagnosing and treating ADHD and about placing limits around the use of personal technology devices in children and

Ashifur Rahman, MD

Dr. Ashifur Rahman is a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist.  He is from Metairie, LA where he went to highschool. He went on to Loyola University New Orleans for college and Tulane University for his masters.  He continued in the LSU New Orleans health system where he attended medical school at LSU New Orleans and went on to complete his residency in the Ochsner/LSU Psychiatry residency program. 

He completed fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at LSU New Orleans. He currently is a staff physician at Children's Hospital New Orleans on the inpatient child and adolescent behavioral health unit.  He has particular interest in adolescent anxiety disorders and mood disorders.

Chasity Lynne Torrence, MD

Dr. Chasity Lynne Torrence currently serves as Medical Director of Hinds Behavioral Health Services in Jackson, MS and has several academic appointments including Associate Program Director of the Mississippi State Hospital Psychiatry Residency Program in Whitfield, MS and Adjunct Professor at William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Hattiesburg, MS.  

She is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. She completed her psychiatry residency training and received her Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine with Gold Humanism Honor Society recognition as both a medical student and resident.

She is active in both national and statewide medical organizations and has been published in nationally renowned journals including the prestigious psychiatric journal, Current Psychiatry. Dr. Torrence was recently honored as one of Mississippi Business Journal’s Distinguished Leading Business Women, received Mississippi State Medical Association’s Excellence in Community Service Award, and was awarded the Mississippi State Hospital’s 2022 Clinical Teaching Faculty of the Year.

Christopher Wear, MD


Dr. Christopher Wear received his medical degree from St. George's School of Medicine in St. George's, Grenada and completed his internship and residency Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) in New Orleans. He also completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at LSUHSC.

Dr. Wear is board-certified in adult and child & adolescent psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has been on staff at Ochsner since August 2020 and specializes in child and adolescent psychiatry.