Meet the #EPION2019 Plenary Speakers


Dr. Chiachen (Chi) Cheng

Keynote – Partners in Practice and Progress

Dr. Chiachen Cheng

Chi Cheng is a Child & Adolescent, Adult Psychiatrist, Physician Researcher, and VP North America for the IEPA Network. Chi’s research has examined program implementation and development, fidelity to EPI standards, evaluation of EPI training for healthcare workers, delivery of EPI services in rural and remote regions, and pathways to care among vulnerable populations (e.g., youth, Indigenous people). In 2017, Chi and the NorthBEAT team received a 4-year Ontario Trillium Foundation Youth Opportunities Fund grant to support the NorthBEAT Collaborative, which aims to improve coordination of care, build capacity to detect psychosis symptoms early, and enhance access to appropriate services for youth with psychosis who live in Northwestern Ontario.


Amy Willans

From the ice to the page: A story of hope

Amy Willans

Amy Willans is an award-winning mental health advocate, and was the first Peer Support Worker on an Alberta Health Services (AHS) Addiction and Mental Health clinical team. She is currently a Community Education Presenter and Peer Support Worker for the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta (SSA). Amy is the author of Haunted by Blue (The Rasp and The Wine, 2014), and her written work has been published in The Globe and Mail, and various journals and anthologies. She is a past participant in the Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate program at the University of Iowa; and has been a guest on CBC’s White Coat, Black Art; Global News and Bell Media.


Dr. Sean Kidd

Technology-Driven Supports for people with Psychosis

Dr. Sean Kidd

Sean Kidd is a Clinical Psychologist, Senior Scientist, and Division Chief-Psychology at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Canada and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. The focus of his career has been upon developing and trialing interventions for individuals with severe mental illnesses and homeless youth. He has also worked extensively in the areas of mental health reform and the study of marginalization and community participation amongst diverse individuals experiencing poverty and mental health challenges. Sean’s intervention research has included the study of models of peer support, cognitive interventions for schizophrenia, complex interventions for homeless youth, and mobile health strategies for psychosis.


Dr. Martin Lepage

Recent (and not so recent) advances in psychological treatments in early psychosis

Dr. Martin Le Page

Martin Lepage is the James McGill Professor of Psychiatry at McGill University and holds a Research Chair from the Fonds de la Recherche du Québec – Santé on the cognitive neuroscience of psychosis. Martin holds several leadership positions at the Douglas Institute, including Deputy Scientific Director of the Douglas Research Centre and the coordinator of psychological services for the psychosis program. His research activities are designed to have immediate and direct impact on the well-being of clients with psychotic disorders. Interventions currently being tested include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for social anxiety adapted for people with psychosis, CBT for engulfment, and cognitive remediation therapy for memory problems. His research is supported by CIHR, NSERC, FRQS, MEI and by the industry (Lundbeck, Otsuka, & Janssen).