Keynote Speakers

John Kelly, PhD

Dr. Kelly is the Elizabeth R. Spallin Associate Professor of Psychiatry in Addiction Medicine at Harvard Medical School-the first ever endowed professor in addiction medicine at Harvard. He is the Founder and Director of the Recovery Research Institute at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and Associate Director of the Center for Addiction Medicine. Dr. Kelly is a former President, and current Fellow, of the American Psychological Association Society of Addiction Psychology. Dr. Kelly sits on numerous Scientific Advisory Boards and serves as consultant to U.S. federal agencies and foreign governments. With clinical and research expertise in addiction treatment and recovery, Dr. Kelly’s work has highlighted the mechanisms of behavior change and the effects of stigma and discrimination on individuals suffering from substance use disorder.

With over two decades of research, Dr. Kelly has published more than 140 peer-reviewed articles, reviews, and chapters in the field of addiction science. He is an Associate Editor for several academic journals and was an author on the 2016 Surgeon General’s report “Facing Addiction in America.” Dr. Kelly is also the blogger of Addiction & Recovery 101 for Psychology Today.

As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Kelly continues to see patients weekly.

Marvin Seppala, MD

Marvin Seppala, MD, is chief medical officer at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, and serves as adjunct Assistant Professor at the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies. His responsibilities include overseeing all interdisciplinary clinical practices, maintaining and improving standards of care, and supporting growth strategies for residential and nonresidential addiction treatment programs and services throughout the country.

Seppala attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and is a graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He obtained his M.D. at Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota, serving his residency in psychiatry and a fellowship in addiction at University of Minnesota Hospitals in Minneapolis.

Seppala is author of Clinician's Guide to the Twelve Step Principles, a McGraw-Hill/Hazelden book published in 2002. He co-authored When Painkillers Become Dangerous, Hazelden Publishing, in 2004, followed by Pain-Free Living for Drug-Free People, Hazelden Publishing, in 2005. He is also the author of Prescription Painkillers: History, Pharmacology and Treatment, Hazelden Publishing (2010).

Seppala served as a board member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) for several years and is a national expert on addiction treatment. He has appeared as a guest on CBS's The Early Show, CNN, and National Public Radio. He has been quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal