James D. (Jamie) Huysman, PsyD, LCSW, CAP has built a career on believing in the resilience of the human spirit. He is an engaging, energetic, motivational speaker on topics ranging from Reality TV to Corporate Wellness to Healthcare Reform. He is an expert on compassion fatigue and burnout, caregiving and addictions, often called upon to provide information and insight to the media.
Jamie began his career serving in vice presidential roles at freestanding psychiatric and chemical dependency treatment centers. Subsequently he was called upon to integrate behavioral healthcare with medical services in the same capacity at several national medical surgical hospital groups. He now works for a senior care model that works with managed-care systems to create better quality and cost efficiency.
His mantra has been "Necessity is the Mother of Invention". A longtime proponent of empowering our medical culture to integrate modalities to create a comprehensive continuum of care has driven his philosophy throughout. He is a fierce advocate of patient-centered healthcare and a workforce in touch with its own wellness.
His hospital background was crucial to the success of the Leeza’s Place program he created on behalf of the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation, which he co-founded in 2002. As Executive Director, he opened ten community caregiver support locations, each with a different funding partner, in a four-year period.
Returning to his behavioral health roots in 2010, he partnered with InTheRooms.com to develop a social support platform for Caregivers In Recovery (CIR) for caregivers also in 12 Step recovery to share information, experience, concerns and hope.
In the 90’s he worked as a clinical consultant on a number of TV talk shows. Seeing a need he created and developed TV Aftercare™, a provider network which ended up arranging over $8,000,000 of follow-up care for reality, court and television talk show guests. He was the expert witness in the infamous Jenny Jones trial.
Dr. Huysman writes for Florida MD and Today's Caregiver magazines. Huysman was one of a specially selected National Association of Social Workers (NASW) panel to craft new NASW Standards for Social Work Practice with Family Caregivers of Older Adults. He co-authored Take Your Oxygen First and was featured in The 100 Mile Walk: A Father and Son on a Quest to Find the Essence of Leadership by S. and J. Flaum.He also contributed to "Voices of Alcoholism" and “Voices of Caregiving” for the Healing Project. In 2008 he was honored as Florida State Social Worker of the Year. His website is www.drjamie.com.