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Alcohol, Substance Use Disorders and Suicide

Featuring Therese K. Killeen, Ph.D., APRN BC

Professor of Psychiatry, Addiction Science Division

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Medical University of South Carolina

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Join Dr. Therese Killeen, national expert in the field of substance use disorders and PTSD who will discuss the models that have shown to be successful regarding substance use disorder and suicide prevention.


Dr. Therese Killeen is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at MUSC. She has worked in the field of substance use disorders as clinician, supervisor and researcher over the past 30 years. Dr. Killeen's research is in the area of effective treatment approaches for substance use disorders (SUD) and comorbidity, with a particular expertise in PTSD and SUD comorbidity. She has lead several large National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) studies exploring psychosocial therapies in the treatment of substance use and comorbid disorders, particularly PTSD. She is an expert in motivational interviewing, cognitive behavior therapy, contingency management, integrated SUD and PTSD treatment interventions and more recently she is involved in research exploring the effectiveness of mindfulness-based relapse prevention in improving substance use and PTSD outcomes. Dr. Killeen is also co-author of the Concurrent Treatment of PTSD and SUD using prolonged exposure (COPE) treatment manual. Bridging the gap between research and clinical practice, she has worked with front line community treatment programs and clinicians to adopt evidence-based treatments. She has mentored numerous clinicians both within MUSC and in community practice using evidence-based supervision.

Fireside Chats fulfill training requirements for SC Foster Parent Association certification.  To qualify, foster parents should attend the live or recorded session, then email Robyn Hussa Farrell at to obtain a printable certificate. 


All Fireside Chats are hosted by Robyn Hussa Farrell, MFA, E-RYT, co-founder and CEO of Sharpen, who has spent the past 15 years collaborating with state agencies, educational systems, public health and psychology researchers to build and deliver evidence-based programs to K-12 schools and communities.  In her role, Robyn is responsible for building collaborative partnerships and developing programs that deliver powerful prevention content into communities across the U.S.


As part of her work in population health and prevention, Robyn built mindfulness, stress reduction and yoga-based programs for patients struggling with a variety of mental illnesses. Her work has been published in peer reviewed medical journals and in other publications.  Robyn’s experience working in treatment settings and with researchers in schools led her to scale her community-based programs by adapting them into video-based modules and a series of documentaries on mental health and educational initiatives.  Many of Robyn’s programs have been implemented through the award-winning non-profit, Mental Fitness, which Hussa founded in 2006 to deliver evidence-based content and resources to communities.


A leader in the mental health and wellness provider community, Robyn is certified in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through the University of Massachusetts Medical School model, as well as a certified trainer for NAMI NH CONNECT Suicide Postvention program.  Hussa has proudly served as Spartanburg county youth suicide prevention coordinator for the Behavioral Health Task Force for United Way of the Piedmont, is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Johnson College of Business and has served as a mentor for the StartME Spartanburg entrepreneurship program.  Robyn served as the Resilient Schools mindfulness trainer in Spartanburg, Cherokee, Richland and Lexington County Resilient Schools initiatives, is a Founding Member of the Eating Disorder Recovery on Campus in Boston, an advisory committee member for Way to Wellville/Rethink Health Community Engagement and Listening Campaign, and has been a Keynote and Invited Presenter in over 50 medical and educational conferences.

About Sharpen

Sharpen works with national researchers and practitioners to deliver evidence-based mental health programs that improve behavioral health outcomes for communities. Sharpen Fireside Chats are a free resource for communities and aspire to bring the latest best practices to more individuals, communities and families.

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