Symposium Speakers - Invictus Games 2016 - Orlando - May 8 - 12 - ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

Symposium Speakers

Symposium Speakers

The Invictus Games Symposium on Invisible Wounds 

Presented by George W. Bush Institute

On Sunday, May 8, 2016, President George W. Bush and the Bush Institute will host an international symposium on the invisible wounds of war at the Invictus Games Orlando 2016.  President Bush, along with a lineup of experts and Invictus Games competitors, will discuss solutions to help returning servicemen and women overcome the invisible wounds of war, such as post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury, to facilitate a successful transition back to civilian life.  President Bush is also proud to serve as the Honorary Chairman of the Invictus Games Orlando 2016.

General Peter Chiarelli,

United States Army (Ret.)

General Peter Chiarelli, USA (Ret.) was appointed CEO of ONE MIND in 2012. As the 32nd Vice Chief of Staff in the Army, Chiarelli was responsible for the operations of the Army and its 1.1 million active and reserve soldiers. This included the oversight of the Army’s R&D programs, and the implementation of recommendations related to its behavioral health programs, specifically its Health Promotion, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention Program.

Chiarelli continues his advocacy to benefit all affected by brain disease and injury by eliminating the associated stigma and fostering changes to accelerate development, improved diagnostics, and treatments. ONE MIND is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that believes in Open Science Principles and creates global public-private partnerships between health care providers, researchers, academics and the health care industry, while supporting groundbreaking new research.
In 2013, Chiarelli received the National Patriot Award, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s highest honor for his dedication and ongoing efforts to help soldiers, civilians and families suffering from the invisible wounds of war.

Professor Neil Greenberg

Royal College of Psychiatrists Lead for Military and Veterans’ Health

Professor of Defence Mental Health

Professor Neil Greenberg is an academic psychiatrist based at King’s College London UK and is a consultant occupational and forensic psychiatrist. Neil served in the United Kingdom Armed Forces for more than 23 years and has deployed, as a psychiatrist and researcher, to a number of hostile environments including Afghanistan and Iraq.

Neil has published more than 190 scientific papers and book chapters many of which are on occupational and traumatic stress management within organizations. He is the current President of the UK Psychological Trauma Society, the Royal College of Psychiatrists Presidential Lead for Military and Veterans’ Health, and a trustee for two military charities in the UK. Neil is also the clinical and managing director of March on Stress ( which is a psychological health consultancy which aims to promote better mental health within organizations.

James Kelly

MA, MD, FAAN, a neurologist, is one of America’s top experts on treating concussions. With 32 years of experience, Dr. Kelly has worked with patients with traumatic brain injuries and has researched concussions in athletes and military personnel. In 2015, Dr. Kelly was named one of the Top Doctors in America in Neurology by Castle Connolly. Dr. Kelly currently serves as a private consultant and Clinical Professor at The University of Colorado School of Medicine. The Bush Institute has engaged Dr. Kelly as Senior Fellow for Wellness to help guide 2016 efforts in support of the Invictus Games and beyond.

Dr. Kelly served as the founder and director of National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), a Department of Defense institute that provides cutting-edge evaluation, treatment planning, research and education for service members and their families. NICoE also treats complex interactions of mild and traumatic brain injuries and psychological health conditions, conducts research, and provides clinical patient care.

Paul Warren

Liaison officer, Mates 4 Mates

Paul Warren was a martial arts national title winner as a teenager and at the age of 17 represented Australia in the World Championships held in Denmark, eventually finishing 4th. He spent the next 10 years competing and won two QLD super middleweight titles and two Australian super middleweight belts. In 2006, he fractured his shin so badly that his fighting career ended.

Warren then enlisted in the Australian Army and spent six years serving in the Australian Defence Force. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2009 where, while on patrol in the Baluchi valley, he was struck by an IED and lost his right leg. He underwent extensive physical and psychological rehabilitation and left the Defence Force in 2013. For his actions while deployed, Warren was awarded the Afghan campaign medal and ICB.

Although he was told several times he would never run again, Warren finished 5th in the 100m at Prince Harry’s inaugural Invictus Games in London in 2014. He recently completed his autobiography “The Fighter“in September 2015 and currently lives in Townsville with his wife and two children.

Rachel O’Hern, MSW

Executive Director, Quality of Life Foundation

Rachel O’Hern serves as Executive Director of Quality of Life Foundation, where she has enhanced the organization’s reach to support and empower caregivers across the country. In this role, she and her team educate policy makers, develop and pilot innovative programs to support veteran family wellness, and coordinate support from collaborating organizations and local partners to improve the lives of caregiving families every day.
An Army wife of six years, O’Hern was named the 2015 Pentagon Military Spouse of the Year. She is a subject matter expert on military caregivers and holds a B.A. in Political Science from Texas A&M University and a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Southern California with a focus on program administration and military families.

She currently resides on Fort Belvoir, VA where she enjoys biking and exploring the D.C. area with her husband Larkin, an infantry officer and triple amputee.

Terri Tanielian

Senior Social Research Analyst, RAND Corporation

Terri Tanielian is a senior social research analyst at the RAND Corporation and leading national expert in military and veteran health policy. Tanielian co-led RAND’s seminal 2008 study Invisible Wounds of War: Psychological and Cognitive Injuries, Their Consequences, and Services to Assist Recovery as well as the 2014 study of military and veteran caregivers titled Hidden Heroes: America’s Military Caregivers.

She has conducted several assessments of issues facing veterans living in Detroit, Massachusetts, and New York state. She leads several other RAND studies including the Deployment Life Study, a study of military families across the deployment cycle, and a study examining community-based models for expanding mental health care for veterans and their families under the Welcome Back Veterans Initiative.

Tanielian has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and serves on many advisory committees related to veteran mental health policy. Tanielian has a M.A. in psychology from the American University.


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