Dr. Douglas Jacobs – Founder and Medical Director

Douglas G. Jacobs, M.D., associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, is a nationally recognized expert on suicide and depression and a leader in the field of mental health. In 1991, Dr. Jacobs spearheaded National Depression Screening Day®, the first large-scale public campaign of mental health education and screening. The event’s success and his personal commitment to its continuance led to the founding of Screening for Mental Health, Inc., (SMH).

Building upon his expertise in suicide, Dr. Jacobs established the SMH Suicide Education and Research Division, which serves to educate academic and clinical professionals about the assessment and treatment of suicidal individuals. Dr. Jacobs edited a comprehensive book on suicide entitled, "The Harvard Medical School Guide to Suicide Assessment and Intervention", published by Jossey-Bass. He also served as the chair of the American Psychiatric Association's Work Group on "Practice Guideline for the Assessment and Treatment of Patients with Suicidal Behaviors."

Dr. Jacobs received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and his post-graduate clinical training at Harvard Medical School, where he completed a three-year residency in adult psychiatry at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center. Dr. Jacobs maintains an active clinical practice and is on the staff at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA.. He has been a member of the Harvard Medical School faculty since 1975.

Leonard Freedberg, M.D.
Private Practioner
Newton-Wellesley Psychiatry

Jefferson Bruce Prince, M.D.
Child Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School
North Shore Children’s Hospital

Saul Levin, MD, MPA
CEO and Medical Director
American Psychiatric Association

Shari I. Lusskin, MD
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science
Attending in Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical Center

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Daryl DeKarske, MPH
Senior Director, Global Regulatory Affairs
Shire Pharmaceuticals

Matthew D. Anthes
Founder and Managing Partner
Union Square Strategic

George Kimball
President & Chief Investment Officer
Kimball Capital Management, LLC.


Candice Porter, LICSW – Executive Director

Candice Porter is Executive Director of Screening for Mental Health, Inc., leading the organization as it strives to have mental health viewed and treated with the same gravity as physical health. She is responsible for the strategic direction of the organization and overseeing program development, technology, marketing and communications, development and financial growth, and operations.

Candice began her tenure at Screening for Mental Health as Youth Programs Manager, overseeing middle and high school suicide and self-injury prevention programs. Her focus on developing strategic partnerships led to her promotion to Director of External Relations. In this new role, she was responsible for expanding the organization’s national presence. After a transition in leadership in 2013, Candice Porter stepped in to fill the role of Interim Executive Director and moved into the position permanently in June of 2014.

Prior to joining Screening for Mental Health, Candice worked for the Devereux Foundation in both Philadelphia, PA and Rutland, MA as a therapist. She is a licensed independent clinical social worker and has over a decade of experience working in public and private settings.

Candice is a frequent speaker at conferences and provides clinical trainings to groups nationally. She holds a Master of Social Work from the State University of New York at Albany and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the State University of New York at Oswego. She is a member of the Will to Live Foundation board of directors, serves on The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention Workplace Task Force, and is an Executive Committee Member of Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention.

Yvonne Bayliss – Director of Operations

Yvonne Bayliss is Director of Operations and provides oversight of human resources, finance, and staff development. She has broad expertise in business administration, management, and employee relations. Prior to joining Screening for Mental Health, Yvonne had a successful career as Manager and General Manager at Back Bay Restaurant Group. She is originally from Ireland and holds a Bachelor’s degree from the National College of Ireland.

Sue Thorn – Director of Marketing and Communications

Sue Thorn is the Director of Marketing and Communications and is responsible for developing marketing, branding, and communications strategies that generate greater awareness and advance the mission of the organization. She brings twenty years of experience leading marketing communications and public relations programs for the higher education and technology sectors to her role. Sue holds a Master of Science in Organization Communication from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from New England College.

Lakhana Peou - Director of Progarms

Lakhana Peou is the Director of Programs and is responsible for overseeing the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of SMH programming. She brings twenty years of experience in program administration, community engagement, staff and organizational development. Prior to joining Screening for Mental Health, Lakhana served as the Director of Health and Wellness at The Notah Begay III Foundation and Senior Program Manager at the Acoma, Canoncito, Laguna Teen Centers/ Division of Prevention and Population Sciences/ Department of Pediatrics/ University of New Mexico.  She is a refugee from Cambodia and holds a Master of Social Work in Social Development from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Philosophy from Mount Holyoke College.