Scott Zeller, MD
Vice President, Leading Acute Psychiatry
Scott Zeller, MD is Vice-President leading the Acute Psychiatric Medicine division of the 2,000-physician partnership Vituity (formerly known as CEP America); the division includes the Emergency Psychiatry, Inpatient Psychiatry, and Telepsychiatry Practice Lines. Dr. Zeller is the former Chief of the Psychiatric Emergency Services for the Alameda County Medical System in Oakland, CA — where he developed what has become known as “The Alameda Model” where he was for over 30 years in Emergency Psychiatry, where he has personally cared for more than 80,000 patients. Dr. Zeller co-founded JSA Health Telepsychiatry in 2006; the company pioneered the concept of On-Demand Emergency Telepsychiatry. Dr. Zeller is an Assistant Clinical Professor at both the University of California-Riverside and Touro University medical schools, and is Past-President of the American Association for Emergency Psychiatry.
He is the author of multiple textbooks, peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and lectures internationally as a keynote speaker. He led the development of both the USA and International Guidelines on Evaluation of Treatment of Agitation, and has published research on innovative designs for emergency mental health care, which he has also helped to implement in hospitals around the country; these works led his being named the 2015 USA “Doctor of the Year” by the National Council for Behavioral Health in Washington, DC. Dr. Zeller’s most recent book is “The Diagnosis and Management of Agitation”, published in 2017 by Cambridge University Press of London.
Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble
AAKOMA Project, Inc.
Dr. Alfiee M. Breland-Noble (Dr. Alfiee) is an internationally recognized scientist, author, speaker and media contributor. As Founder of the AAKOMA Project, Inc. (an innovative 501(c)(3) mental health nonprofit) she translates complex scientific concepts (developed over 25+ years as a disparities researcher at Duke and Georgetown Psychiatry) into useful, everyday language for communities of color. A sought-after mental health expert, Dr. Alfiee’s media work includes hosting her video podcast “Couched in Color with Dr. Alfiee”, which is currently airing Season 2, and addresses mental health issues in BIPOC youth, young adults across all marginalized identities (i.e. LGBTQ+ and disabilities). She regularly appears on media platforms like CNN, NBC, Refinery29, Black Enterprise, Dr. Oz, Shape Magazine, Roland Martin Unfiltered, Areva Martin’s Special Report, National Press Foundation, NPR, and others. Widely recognized for her ability to draw in audiences and inspire, she embodies her belief that there is enough love and light (informed by strong culturally relevant science) to help everyone achieve #optimalmentalhealth.