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Save the Date for the Adolescent Health Symposium

February 6-7, 2020 in Madison, Wis.

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We are thrilled to announce our 2020 opening keynote speaker, Dr. Ryan McKelley. Dr. McKelley will be speaking on “Developing a Mutually-Beneficial Mindfulness Approach to Enhancing the Health and Well-Being of Adolescents: Students and Staff Engaged in a Collective Health Assets Strategy.”

Ryan A. McKelley, LP, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and associate chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He teaches courses on health psychology, behavior modification, abnormal psychology, group counseling, and men and masculinities. He has co-authored over 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, mostly in the area of men and masculinities. Specific research and presentation topics include men’s help-seeking, alternative treatment models, nontraditional work and family roles, fatherhood, men and depression, marketing mental health, and various areas of health psychology. In addition to his teaching and research, McKelley has provided clinical services in a community mental health center, three university counseling centers and a pain clinic, and currently maintains a small private practice providing individual and group therapy. He is the President of the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinities and a member of the Society for Health Psychology, both divisions of the American Psychological Association. McKelley has been interviewed extensively in the area of mental health and changing gender roles. In the last few years, he has been quoted in print outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, and local papers in both U.S. and Australian cities. He has also appeared on several radio stations and podcasts such as National Public Radio and ABC Radio News. McKelley’s TEDx talk, “Unmasking Masculinity: Helping Boys Become Connected Men,” has been viewed over 165,000 times. He has a reputation for being able to translate research and academic concepts into practical information that audiences can implement in their own lives.


The Symposium is offered in partnership with the UW-La Crosse Department of Health Education and Health Promotion and Community Health, UW-La Crosse Continuing Education and the UW Oshkosh Division of Online and Continuing Education, with support from the Samaritan Family Wellness Foundation.


Special thanks to the Wisconsin Association for Middle Level Education (WAMLE) for their support and assistance advertising the Symposium.

For more information, contact or call (920) 424-1129.