Neurobiology/Neuroscience

PsychoNeuroImmunology 101: Practical Tips on How Immunology Can Serve Psychiatry in Improving Outcomes

Sunday, October 28
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Location: Tangerine WF4

PsychoNeuroImmunology (PNI) is an emerging field that both explains the mind-body connection in psychiatric disorders, as well as offer insight into how to best address all the needs of our patients. This session will offer a primer on PNI and then take the participant step-by-step into how we can incorporate PNI-directed therapies, both pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic, into our practices to maximize clinical outcomes.

Rakesh Jain, MD

Clinical Professor
Texas Tech
Texas Tech University School of Medicine - Permian Bason
Austin, Texas

Rakesh Jain, MD, MPH, attended medical school at the University of Calcutta in India. He then attended graduate school at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston, where he was awarded a “National Institute/Center for Disease Control Competitive Traineeship”. His research thesis focused on impact of substance abuse. He graduated from the School of Public Health in 1987 with a Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree.

Dr. Jain served a three-year residency in Psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He followed that by obtaining further specialty training, by undergoing a two-year fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. In addition, Dr. Jain completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Research Psychiatry at the University of Texas Mental Sciences Institute, in Houston. He was awarded the “National Research Service Award” for the support of this postdoctoral fellowship.

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Saundra Jain, MA, PSyD, LPC

Adjunct Clinical Affiliate
University of Texas School of Nursing
University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing
Austin, Texas

Saundra Jain, MA, PsyD, LPC, is an Adjunct Clinical Affiliate for the School of Nursing at The University of Texas at Austin. She is focused on wellness and the impact of positive psychology on client outcomes. In 1992, she launched a private practice of psychotherapy where she currently provides services for a wide range of mental health issues.

Dr. Jain is a co-founder of the WILD 5 Wellness Program, which combines five elements of wellness (exercise, mindfulness, sleep, social connectedness, and nutrition) into a prescriptive, easy-to-follow wellness program. She is co-author of a well-received workbook written for those interested in improving their mental wellness titled, WILD 5 Wellness Ancient Practices for Modern Times: A Prescriptive & Proven 90-Day Mental Wellness Program. Dr. Jain is active in the area of peer-to-peer education especially in the disease states of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, and ADHD. Another strong clinical and educational interest involves differential diagnosis of major psychiatric disorders. She serves as a member of the Psych Congress Steering Committee providing direction regarding educational gaps/needs for healthcare practitioners in the world of mental health.

Dr. Jain obtained her Masters degree from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and a Doctoral degree from Southern California University for Professional Studies; she is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She demonstrated professional versatility by obtaining an MBA from Texas Woman's University. She was selected for a Postgraduate Clinical Fellowship at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas where she trained in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

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