Keris Jän Myrick

Ms. Myrick is a leading mental health advocate and executive, known for her innovative and inclusive approach to mental health and substance use reform and the public disclosure of her personal story. Ms. Myrick is the developer and host of the podcast “Unapologetically Black Unicorns” focusing on mental health, race equity and lived experience, is an in-demand national trainer and keynote speaker, and has authored several peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters. She is known for her collaborative style and innovative “whole person” approach to mental health care and a proven national expert in management, program development, evaluation, policy formulation, communications and strategic planning.

Ms. Myrick has over 20 years of experience in mental health services innovations, transformation, peer workforce development and addressing race equity throughout her work at the local, state, federal and national levels. Keris Jän Myrick is Co-Director of the Mental Health Strategic Impact Initiative (S2i), Co-Editor of the Lived Experience Inclusion and Leadership column of Journal of Psychiatric Services and board member/policy Liaison for National Association of Peer Supporters (NAPS). An early adopter, self-identified “geek” and interest in leveraging technology to aid in behavioral health recovery and wellbeing especially as it pertains to ensuring access for communities of color, Ms. Myrick lead the development of a peer designed and delivered Digital Health Literacy Curriculum and has a certification in Geek Therapy Culture Competency, Therapeutic Game Master, CPMC (Certified Personal Medicine Coach) and serves on the American Psychiatric Association’s App Advisor Panel. My Myrick resides in Los Angeles California with her dog Obi.