2019 NCPS Annual Conference

59th Annual Meeting & Scientific Program
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
400 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940

Registration is now open for the 2019 Annual Meeting & Scienific Program.  

Registration includes:*

  • Conference Presentations on Friday, Saturday & Sunday
  • Cocktail Reception on Friday and Saturday evening
  • Breakfast and Lunch on Saturday and Breakfast on Sunday (*Please note we will not have an evening dinner this year)
  • Opportunity to network with exhibitors and colleagues 




Conference Fees


Early Bird Rate
Dec. 11 - Jan. 31

Standard Rate
Feb. 01 - Mar. 24
General Members $300.00 $375.00
Early Career Psych.'s (ECP's) Members $200.00 $275.00
Residents & Medical Students Free $100.00
Retired/Spouse/Guest w/no CME $200.00 $275.00
Non-Member $400.00 $525.00

To register now, click here.

Please note that online registration will be closed on March 21, 2019. All registrations after March 21 will only be accepted onsite.


Conference registration cancellations must be received in writing on or before March 8, 2019 to receive a full refund minus a $35.00 administration fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after March 8.

If you have any questions regarding your registration, please email info@ncps.org or call (415) 334-2418.  

Early Bird Rate
Expires 01/31/2019


Our Line-Up of Distinguished Speakers

Mahendra Bhati, MD
Dr. Bhati is a board-certified neuropsychiatrist with expertise in psychiatric diagnosis, psychopharmacology, and neuromodulation.  He obtained a medical degree from Louisiana State University and completed residency at the University of Pennsylvania.  He is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosurgery at Stanford University where he specializes in treatment-resistant psychiatric disorders using a combination of treatment modalities.  He serves as the Section Chief of Interventional Psychiatry at Stanford where he also teaches a resident course in advanced psychopharmacology.  Dr. Bhati is interested in developing novel combinations of brain stimulation with pharmacological interventions to better treat psychiatric disorders. 


Renée Binder, M.D.
Dr. Binder is a distinguished professor of psychiatry, founding director of the Psychiatry and Law Program and Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF). Dr. Binder has served as President of the Northern California Psychiatric Association and the California Psychiatric Association. 

Anna Glezer, MD
Dr. Glezer began her training at Harvard and then transitioned to the University of California, San Francisco, where she has been a practicing physician on faculty with joint appointments in the Department of Psychiatry and Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. She is board certified in adult psychiatry, a member of the American Psychiatric Association, and on the executive council of the Northern California Psychiatric Society and the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law.

John Greene, MD
Dr. Greene is board certified in both General and Forensic Psychiatry. He began practicing in the San Francisco Bay 
Area in 1997. He became a member of Stanford University’s Adjunct Clinical Faculty in 2005, and currently teaches topics on psychiatry and the law to the residents in the Departmentof Psychiatry at Stanford. With extensive training and expertise, Dr. Greene is regularly relied upon to provide expert testimony in civil and criminal cases regarding mental illness.

Randall Hagar, CPA Director of GA
Randall Hagar is the Director of Government Affairs for the California Psychiatric Association (CPA). His primary duty is as a legislative advocate for the CPA and he also assists members of the Association in the development of policy for the Association on legislative, state budget, judicial and regulatory matters advocated by the Association, and staffs a number of CPA committees.

Thomas R. lnsel, M.D.
Dr. Insel is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist, is a co-founder and President of Mindstrong Health. From 2002-2015, Dr. Insel served as Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) committed to research on mental disorders. Dr. Insel is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and has received numerous national and international awards including honorary degrees in the U.S. and Europe

Dilip V. Jeste, M.D.
Dr. Jeste is Senior Associate Dean for Healthy Aging and Senior Care, Estelle and Edgar Levi Memorial Chair in Aging, Director of Stein Institute for Research on Aging, and Co-Director of the IBM-UCSD Center on Artificial Intelligence for Healthy Living. He completed psychiatry residency at Cornell, Neurology residency at George Washington University, and research fellowship at the NIMH.

Ricardo S. Juarez, MS

Ricardo is the Director of District Branch and International Relations for the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and responsible for facilitating communications and initiatives between the APA and its District Branches, State Associations and International Allied Organizations. He has been with the APA for over 12 years and has a fundamental knowledge and understanding of APA programs, policies and processes. Ricardo received an M.S. degree from George Mason University School of Public Policy, a B.A. and B.S. from Virginia Tech with concentrations in psychology, humanities, science, and technology, and completed a certificate program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.



DanielLevy, PhD 

Dr. Levy is a clinical psychologist and director of the Integrated Behavioral Health service at San Mateo Medical Center, where she leads clinical operations, manages training programs, and provides services to underserved adult populations. She specializes in short-term, culturally-sensitive cognitive and behavioral therapies, and is a certified trainer in TEAM-CBT, an innovative framework for delivering evidence-based psychological care.

Margaret May, MD
Dr. May completed her medical training at the Yale School of Medicine and graduated from Stanford's adult psychiatry residency in 2015.  Since then she has practiced emergency and consult-liaison psychiatry at the Palo Alto VA Health Care System and continues to teach and supervise residents and medical students as an affiliate faculty member at Stanford.  


Robert McCarron, DO
Dr. McCarron completed a dual residency in internal medicine and psychiatry at Rush University and received board certified in psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine and internal medicine. He serves at the UCI Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior as Vice Chair of Education and Integrated Care, as well as Residency Program Director, is the Co-director for the UC Davis Train New Trainers (TNT) Primary Care Psychiatry (PCP) Fellowship and is the current California Psychiatric Association (CPA) President. Dr. McCarron has received recognition for his national leadership and expertise in cross disciplinary medical / psychiatric integrated education from the UC Davis School of Medicine Vice Chancellor; the American College of Physicians; the Association of Medicine and Psychiatry; and the American Psychiatric Association and the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Joseph Obegi, PsyD
Dr. Obegi is a Senior Psychologist with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation where he coordinates suicide prevention programming at California State Prison, Solano. In the community, he provides training and consultation in topics related to suicide and has part-time practice working with adults.  

Raymond Reyes, MD
Dr. Reyes received his degree from the University of the East, in the Philippines, Wright State University, Department of Psychiatry, the United States Airforce for 11 years, and is currently at the California Medical Facility, state prison in Vacaville, California. He currently serves on the NCPS Council in the role of APA Assembly Representative and Parliamentarian and participates on Budget & Finance and Ethics Committees.

Randall Weingarten, MD
Dr. Weingarten received his education from Dartmouth College, BA in 1964; Tufts Medical School, MD in 1968; completed his Medical Internship at Michael Reese Hospital from 1968-1969; his Stanford Residency from 1969-1972. He was the Adjunct Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford Dept. of Psychiatry in 1992 and has had a Private Practice of Psychiatry from 1982-Present. Dr. Weingarten received the Irma Bland Award for sustained contribution to Resident education from the APA in 2017.

Nolan Williams, MD
Dr. Williams is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Director of the Stanford Brain Stimulation Lab. Dr. Williams has a broad background in neuropsychiatry, completing residencies in both neurology and psychiatry. In addition, he has specific training and clinical expertise in the development of brain stimulation methodologies under Mark George, MD. He has received several merit-based travel awards to attend and present at the annual meetings for American College of Neuropharmacology, Society of Biological Psychiatry, the American Academy of Neurology and the American Neuropsychiatric Association.


13.5 Hours of CME
* See Accredidation and Designation Statement below

Friday, March 22, 2019

11:00am - 12:30pm Council Meeting (All NCPS members are welcome, must RSVP)
01:00pm Registration Opens
01:30pm - 02:00pm Welcome & Introductions
02:00pm - 03:00pm Innovative Approaches to Expand Psychiatric Workforce in California ~ Robert McCarron, DO
03:00pm - 04;30pm Diagnosing Suicidality Panel ~ Joseph Obegi, PsyD, Renee Binder, MD, Margaret May, MD
04:30pm - 05:30pm Reception & Visit with Exhibitors 
07:30pm - 09:00pm Networking Techniques and Making the Most of Your APA Membership & Dessert Social ~ Ricardo Juarez, APA Director of District Branch Relations; Smita Das, MD, PhD, MPH

Saturday, March 23, 2019

08:30am Registration Opens & Breakfast
09:00am - 10:00am Brave Beginnings in Health Care: A New Administration Ushers in New Possibilities ~ Randall Hagar, CPA Director of Government Affairs
10:00am - 11:00am Purpose in Life After Retirement ~ Dilip Jeste, MD
11:00am - 11:30am Morning Break & Visit with Exhibitors
11:30pm - 12:30pm Psychiatry 2025 ~ Tom Insel, MD 
12:30pm - 02:00pm

Lunch & Resident Vignettes

- Unvaccinated and Stuporous: Catatonia as a Clinical Feature of Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis ~ M. Earth Hasassri, MD - PGY-2, University of California, San Francisco

- Distinguishing Huntington’s Disease from Schizophrenia and Substance Use ~ Belinda Wang, MD, PhD - PGY-1, University of California, San Francisco

- From Psychopathy to Psychosis: A Deeper Look at Violence in Psychiatry ~ Clayton Barnes, MD, MPH – PGY-3, San Mateo County Residency Program

02:00pm - 03:00pm Psychopharmacology Update ~ Mahendra Bhati, MD
03:00pm - 03:30pm Afternoon Break & Visit with Exhibitors
03:30pm - 05:00pm A Case Study Psychotherapy Panel ~ Daniele Levy, PhD, Randall Weingarten, MD, TBD
05:00pm - 06:30pm Reception & Visit with Exhibitors

Sunday, March 24, 2019

08:00am - 09:00am Breakfast & Caucus Meetings
09:00am - 10:00am  Rapid-Acting Antidepressants: Deconstructing One and Constructing Another ~ Nolan Williams, MD
10:00am - 10:30am Break 
10:30am - 12:00pm

Ethics Committee: Boundary Crossings & Violations Panel ~ John Greene, MD, Anna Glezer, MD, Raymond Reyes, MD

12:00pm Adjourn

Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and Northern California Psychiatric Society. The APA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement
The APA designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.
Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa | March 22 - 24, 2019

Our room block has expired. If you are in need of lodging, please email info@ncps.org for options or seek alternative nearby lodging. 

Room Rates:
Standard room: $229.00 per night

To reserve your room, please click here  
* note that this link will not work on mobile devices or for extended stay bookings. 
You may also book directly with the hotel or for questions, please call: (800) 334-3999

Other Lodging Options Within Walking Distance


Monterey Bay Inn CLICK HERE
1 minute walk to venue

Holiday Inn Express Monterey - Cannery Row CLICK HERE
2 minute walk to venue

Best Western Plus - Victorian Inn CLICK HERE
3 minute walk to venue

Cannery Row Inn - CLICK HERE
4 minute walk to venue

About Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

Perched dramatically on historic beachfront property above the crashing surf of the Pacific, Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa delights its guests with classic, California coastal experiences animated by an irresistible spirit of conviviality and play. Here you’ll be welcomed with warm hospitality and elegantly-appointed guest rooms with thoughtful extras and luxury touches. From our chef-driven oceanfront restaurant, award-winning rooftop luxury spa and prime location steps from charming Cannery Row, our elegant oceanfront hotel is the centerpiece of Monterey Bay.

Hotel Amenities:

  • Fiber-optic Internet access throughout the hotel
  • Complimentary daily newspaper
  • Complimentary apples in hotel lobby
  • Courtesy Land Rovers Shuttle Service
  • Concierge service
  • Nightly turndown service
  • 24-hour valet parking
  • 24-hour room service
  • 24-hour business center
  • Complimentary shoeshine
  • Complimentary bicycles
  • Same-day dry cleaning service
  • Electric vehicle chargers of 250v

Spa & Fitness Center:

  • Our award-winning luxury, spa and fitness center offer a coastal setting, to restore balance and refresh your sense of wellness. Enjoy a generous dose of sunshine on the stunning sundeck complete with two whirlpool spa tubs and a fireplace on the top floor of Monterey Plaza Hotel. Click here to learn more.

Hotel Dining:

  • Schooners: Perched dramatically over the bay, Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar is an award-winning, local landmark featuring approachable, contemporary American cuisine and sustainable seafood.

  • Tidal Coffee: Tidal Coffee is a celebration of place. Every artisan food we craft and thoughtfully sourced bean we brew salutes the history and character of Cannery Row — and the spirit of camaraderie that helped bring it to life. Here in this precious patch of Pacific Coast that inspired Ricketts and Steinbeck, we wanted to establish a comfortable place for locals and wanderers alike to commune over a cup of coffee in tribute to the artists and thinkers of Monterey’s past, present and future. 
  • Helmsman Loung: guests are drawn to the spirited conversation, inspired libations, live music and incredible views at the Helmsman Lounge. Meet friends for a round of cocktails handcrafted from small-batch, artisan spirits, or indulge in delicious small plates while gathered around the fire pit overlooking the bay.
  • In-Room Dining: For guests who prefer a quiet or romantic dinner in the comfort of their guest room, we provide in-room dining from our outstanding Schooners Coastal Kitchen and Bar. Fancy a pot of tea, or hankering for a late-night snack? We’re delighted to bring our gourmet fare directly to you.

Know Before You Go:

  • The Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa is a 100% non-smoking facility.
  • Check In: 4pm Check Out: 12pm (noon)
  • Guests 13 years of age or older are welcomed in the Vista Blue Spa facility with a parent/guardian at all times.
  • Alcoholic Beverages and outside food/drink are not permitted in the Vista Blue Spa.
  • Pack your swimsuit! Vista Blue Spa offers two luxurious rooftop hot tubs.
  • RESORT FEE: The Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa charges an amenity fee of $20 per room per night. This amenity fee is not itself a tax. We have included valet parking, the Spa facility fee, internet access, local telephone calls, and local transportation in this $20 nightly fee. For a full list of hotel services and amenities, please . * please note that this fee has been negotiated down for your event block (originally $29)
  • Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa does not allow pets.
  • Monterey weather can be unpredictable, we recommend packing a light jacket.
  • The Pacific Ocean is chilly, most visitors prefer to use a wetsuit.
  • Monterey Bay is a Marine Sanctuary, and is protected to ensure that our local wildlife continues to thrive. We encourage our guests to view the wildlife, but ask that they do not interact for everyone’s safety.
  • Adventures by the Sea offers complimentary bicycles to our guests, perfect for cruising the coastline! They also offer a variety of rental items ideal for every age. For more information, click here.
  • Our Team of Coastal Curators are delighted to create a personalized itinerary to meet your every need! Please contact them directly at  to start planning your perfect Monterey Bay vacation!
  • For guests flying in to San Francisco International, San Jose International, or Monterey Regional airports, Monterey Airbus offers shuttle services and point-to-point transportation to nearby locales. For more information, click here.


Thank You to Our 2019 Annual Sponsors and Exhibitors

Gold Partner

2019 Annual Meeting Exhibitors

Admera Health


American Professional Agency, Inc.

California Dept. of State Hospitals




Janssen Pharmaceuticals

Los Angeles County Dept. of Mental Health


MagVenture, Inc.

Medical Insurance Exchange of California

National Labs

Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc.

Neuronetics, Inc.

Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.

Professional Risk Management Services, Inc.


Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Our Exhibit Space is at Capacity. Please email info@ncps.org if you wish to get on our mailing list for next year's conference. 


Beauty Along the Coast

Conjuring up images of crashing surf, verdant wine valleys, charming seaside shops and buzzing street cafes, Monterey Bay has a classic, enduring appeal. Home to some of the world’s most spectacular coastline, vibrant streets of historic Cannery Row, scenic hiking trails, driving routes, glorious wine country, and pristine golf courses – Monterey is an unmatched California escape. Monterey Bay engages travelers in endless ways. And when the road beckons, visitors can take the beautiful coastal drive to neighboring destinations, such as Big Sur and Carmel, all within close proximity of the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa.

Monterey Bay Aquarium: Discover why the Monterey Bay Aquarium is consistently ranked #1 in the United States for its innovative exhibits and unsurpassed visitor experience. With a mission to inspire conservation of the oceans, the aquarium is a stunning showcase for the habitats and sea life of one of the world’s richest marine regions.

Cannery Row: Our luxury Monterey Resort is located on Historic Cannery Row. These once gritty dockside streets have been transformed into a vibrant modern, boulevard, alive with chic boutiques, upscale galleries, and over 25 restaurants and wine tasting rooms.

Adventures by the Sea: Right next door to our hotel, hotel guests enjoy complimentary bikes and can also rent kayaks, paddle boards or join an adventure tour of the area.

California's Finest Wine Tasting: As one of California’s premier wine-producing regions, wine lovers will delight in exclusive tasting rooms right on Cannery Row. Enjoy a day of wine tasting in Monterey’s Wine Country, home to over 85 vintners and growers including the nearby Carmel Valley.

Whale Watching: We’re part of a protected marine sanctuary, home to a rich marine life. Enjoy close sightings of blue, gray and humpback whales as well as dolphins and orcas in season. Visitors can enjoy whale sightings close to shore as they come to feed in the deep Monterey Submarine Canyon.

Old Fisherman's Wharf: Old Fisherman's Wharf is bustling marina at the heart of the area’s fishing industry. Sample a hot cup of clam chowder from one of the many restaurants, watch trawlers haul in the day’s catch and view the sea lions and otters frolicking in the calm inner harbor waters.

Scenic Day Trips: Explore the incredibly scenic ride along 17-Mile Drive, sojourn to charming Carmel-by-the-Sea, or visit the Big Sur, known for its epic scenery.

A Treasure Trove of History: Monterey's natural beauty has been the inspiration for artists, poets and novelists alike. Made famous by author and former resident John Steinbeck, in his famous book Cannery Row in 1945, there is a treasure trove of history to be discovered.

World's Top Golf Destination: The Monterey Peninsula is ranked the number-one golf destination in the world by Golf Digest Magazine. From the world-famous Pebble Beach Golf Links to the oldest golf course in continuous operation west of the Mississippi, Monterey County entices golf aficionados with some of the finest fairways in the world.

Hike the Valleys: Plan a day trip to Jacks Peak in Monterey or Garland Park in Carmel Valley, where you can explore dense forests, open meadows and paths alongside the Carmel River. Or head out to Big Sur, where meandering trails wind enticingly along the coast.

Beachfront Bike Trails: Bicyclists adore Monterey Bay, with miles of bike lanes, waterfront trails and off-road tracks. We offer complimentary bicycles, perfect to cruise along the scenic Monterey Coastal Recreation Trail, stretching 18 miles from Castroville to Pacific Grove. Along the way, you can stop for a bite to eat at Fisherman’s Wharf, or visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium.


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