Susan Li Conference

The 2020 Susan Li Conference, which takes place annually in July, will be rescheduled. Please check back later for updated information.


Susan Li Conference 2019: The Neuroscience of Addiction: Bridging the Gaps Between Evidence and Practice

You may access the presentations from the two-day event below:

Opioid Addiction: Understanding a Global Epidemic, Jon E. Grant, JD, MD, MPH Professor, University of Chicago

Neurophysiological Basis of Alcohol-induced Cognitive Dysfunction in Rats, Christopher C. Lapish, PhD, IUPUI

The Intersection of Trauma and Addiction, Melody Stiles, MSW, LCSW, MAC

Drugs, Brain and Behavior, Stephen Boehm, PhD, IUPUI

Combatting Addiction & Supporting Recovery with Indiana’s Only Recovery High School and Alternative Peer Group, Rachelle Gardner, MA, LCAC, and Rachel Beehler, MSW, LSW

Neurocognitive Underpinnings of Impulsivity and Substance Use, Melissa A. Cyders, PhD, IUPUI

2019 Susan Li Conference

We’re grateful that we had the opportunity to host Stephen Boehm, PhD, as the Keynote Speaker at the 2019 Susan Li Conference. Watch a recap of our conversation on Drugs, Brain and Behavior here:

Posted by Fairbanks on Thursday, August 8, 2019


12 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) available. Contact Sara Hastings at 317-572-9350 or shastings@fairbankscd.org for more information.

Keynote Speaker: July 18

Stephen Boehm, Ph.D.

Stephen Boehm, Ph.D.
Drugs, Brain, and Behavior

Boehm is a professor of psychology and director of the undergraduate neuroscience program at IUPUI

He earned his Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience from the Oregon Health & Science University in 2002, where he studied the role of brain GABAB receptor systems in alcohol-related behavior in mice.

His research has focused on understanding how binge alcohol drinking and edible Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC; major psychoactive component of marijuana) intake alters brain and behavior in mice. His lab has been particularly interested in how early-life (childhood and adolescent) exposure to THC and other environmental stressors alters subsequent drug- and alcohol-related behavior.

Keynote Speaker: July 19

Jon E. Grant, MD, JD, MPH

Jon E. Grant, MD, JD, MPH
Understanding Opioid Addiction

Grant is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience at the University of Chicago. He directs a clinic and research lab on addictive, compulsive, and impulsive disorders. Grant is the author of over 300 peer-reviewed scientific articles and serves as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Gambling Studies.

Other speakers include:
Melissa Cyders, Ph.D.
Chris Lapish, Ph.D.
Brandon Oberlin, Ph.D.
Melody Stiles, MSW, LCSW, MAC, LCAC
Zachary Adams, Ph.D.
Laurie Redelman, LCSW
Ally Dir, Ph.D.
Other speakers to be announced

The Susan Li Conference at Fairbanks.Named for Susan N. Li, a licensed clinical social worker and mental health therapist with over 35 years of clinical and administrative experience in mental health and substance use disorders, this annual conference offers mental health and addiction recovery professionals the opportunity to learn best practices from medical professionals, researchers, and policy advocates.

The 2018 conference focused on substance use disorders in teens and young adults, and included sessions on the benefits of recovery high schools, adolescent tele-health treatment, recovery parenting, art therapy for adolescents, LGBT issues in the recovery community, and family engagement.

Attendees receive 12 Continuing Education Units from the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (IPLA) and the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC).