On January 1, 2001, Laurie Flynn joined the Columbia University Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, working to improve services for children and adolescents with serious mental disorders. For the past 16 years, Ms. Flynn has served as the executive director of NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill). NAMI is the nation’s leading grassroots advocacy organization dedicated solely to improving the quality of life for people with severe mental illnesses and their families. Ms. Flynn is a member of many national advisory boards and professional association committees concerned with the care of the severely mentally ill, the quality of mental health care and family support, as well as research and ethical aspects of the treatment of mental illness. She is also the recipient of many service awards and commendations from national foundations and associations, including three from the American Psychiatric Association. Ms. Flynn is the author of several articles, books, and book chapters on health services for the mentally ill and family support. She has a daughter with a serious mental illness.