University Seminar: Dan Stein
Global Mental Health Meets Neuroscience: Synergy and Opportunity
Speaker: Dan Joseph Stein, BSc (Med), MB ChB, FRCPC, FRSSAf, PhD, DPhil • University of Capetown Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, Visiting Professor of Pyschiatry at Mt. Sinai Medical School
Dan J Stein is Professor and Chair of the Departmentt of Psychiatry and Mental Health at the University of Cape Town, Director of the Medical Research Council (MRC) Unit on Anxiety Disorders, and Visiting Professor of Psychiatry at Mt. Sinai Medical School in New York. He is interested in the psychobiology and management of the anxiety, obsessive-compulsive and related, and traumatic and stress disorders. He has also mentored work in other areas that are of particular relevance to South Africa and Africa, including neuroHIV/AIDS and substance use disorders.
Dan did his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Cape Town, and his doctorate (in the area of clinical neuroscience) at the University of Stellenbosch. He trained in psychiatry, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship (in the area of psychopharmacology) at Columbia University in New York. His training also includes a doctorate in philosophy. He is inspired by the way in which psychiatry integrates science and humanism, and contributes to addressing some of the big questions posed by life.
Dan’s work ranges from basic neuroscience, through clinical investigations and trials, and on to epidemiological and cross-cultural studies. He is enthusiastic about the possibility of clinical practice and scientific research that integrates theoretical concepts and empirical data across these different levels. Having worked for many years in South Africa, he is also enthusiastic about establishing integrative approaches to services, training, and research in the context of a low and-middle-income country.
Dan has authored or edited over 30 volumes, including Cognitive-Affective Neuroscience of Mood and Anxiety Disorders, and The Philosophy of Psychopharmacology: Smart Pills, Happy Pills, Pep Pills. Dan’s work has been continuously funded by extramural grants for more than 20 years. He is a recipient of CINP’s Max Hamilton Memorial Award for his contribution to psychopharmacology, and of CINP’s Ethics and Psychopharmacology Award for his contribution to the philosophy of psychopharmacology.
Love is EleMENTAL: Eve Ensler performing ‘In The Body of The World’
Join us for GMHP’s Annual Valentine Arts event!
February 9, 2018 from 6pm, NYC.
The Tony Award-winning author, performer and activist Eve Ensler, whose The Vagina Monologues is an international sensation, comes to MTC with a powerful new play based on her critically acclaimed memoir. While working with women suffering from the ravages of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ensler was stunned by a life-threatening diagnosis. Told with her signature brand of humor, Ensler’s personal journey uncovers surprising connections between her body and the earth and how illness can be both transformative and transcendent. Directing this bold, unflinching and inspiring piece is Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Waitress, Pippin).
Purchase your tickets to support the ongoing work of Columbia University’s Global Mental Health Program HERE .
University Seminar: Sara Gorman
The Psychology of Healthcare Decision Making (or How and Why We Fail to Do What the Data Tell Us?)
Speaker: Sara E. Gorman, MPH, PhD • Co-founder & CEO of Critica LLC
Sara Gorman, PhD, MPH is a public health and behavioral science expert and author based in New York. She has written extensively about global health, psychology, behavioral science, and mental health, among other topics. Her work has appeared or been reviewed in TIME, The New Yorker, Science, Scientific American, PLoS Medicine, Psychology Today, The Atlantic, New York Magazine,Daily Kos, and NPR, among others. Sara’s first book, Denying to the Grave: Why We Ignore the Facts That Will Save Us, was published by Oxford University Press in September 2016. The book examines the psychology of healthcare decision making and theorizes about public perception of risk. It includes tips for the general public about how to discriminate between valid and invalid science and pointers for public health professionals and doctors on how to communicate with people who don’t believe what science has taught us about health. A Chinese translation of the book will be released in June 2018.
Innovation in the Arts: Sarah Jones performing ‘Sell/Buy/Date’
March 6, 2018,
Geffen Playhouse Theater, Los Angeles.
Sarah Jones is a one-woman global village, and she’s receiving the 2017 Global Mental Health Award for Innovation in the Arts in honor of her unabashed exploration of people’s struggles, and her crusade to preserve the full humanity of voices seldom heard in the theater. Sarah is a Tony and Obie Award-winning playwright and performer best known to theater audiences for her multi-character, one-person shows Bridge & Tunnel and Sell/Buy/Date. The Global Mental Health Program at Columbia University is thrilled to offer a limited number of seats to benefit the work we are doing together to alleviate the stigma and suffering associated with mental illness around the world.
A Performance You Don’t Want to Miss!
To support the ongoing work of Columbia University’s Global Mental Health Program buy your ticketsHERE.
University Seminar: Cady Carlson
Focused Strategies to Address the Global issue of Violence as a Risk Factor for Mental Illness
Speaker: Cady Carlson, PhD • T32 Fellow Columbia Global Mental Health Program
Dr. Cady Carlson is an Assistant Professor in Social Work at the University of Alabama. Her research focuses on violence and mental health in low- and middle-income countries. Her current research to implement depression treatment for adolescents in Ugandan schools is funded by an Early Career Development Award (K01) from NIMH. She has previously conducted research on the intersection of violence against women and violence against children in Uganda and an effectiveness trial to reduce sexual risk and violence against women engaged in sex work in Mongolia. She has worked as a program manager and consultant for gender-based violence and child protection programs in humanitarian and development settings in Asia and Africa. Dr. Carlson is a former T32 Fellow in the Columbia Global Mental Health Program and earned her Ph.D. from Columbia University School of Social Work.
University Seminar: Silvia Martins
Violence, Mental Health and Early Childhood Development in Brazil: Initial Findings from a Collaborative Study
Speaker: Silvia Martins, MD, PhD • Co-Director, Substance Abuse Epidemiology Training Program
Dr. Silvia S. Martins is a faculty member of the Psych-Neuro cluster of the Department of Epidemiology, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She is the co-director of the NIDA T32 Substance Abuse Epidemiology Training Program in the department and the Course Director of Principles of Epidemiology (P6400). She is also the Department of Epidemiology Co-Investigator of the IMSD program at Columbia. She has co-authored more than 130 peer reviewed epidemiological and substance abuse journal articles, served as PI or MPI of multiple NIH funded grants. Notable recent findings have focused on recent trends in marijuana use, the relationship of perceived availability of marijuana with medical marijuana laws, traffic fatalities and medical marijuana laws and increasing trends in heroin use and heroin use disorder in the general U.S. adult population. She has received several awards for her research and mentoring, including, in 2011, the Award for pioneering efforts in gambling research, in 2013, the Columbia President’s Global Innovation Fund and more recently, in 2017, the Columbia University Mailman’s School of Public Health Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring. Her current research focuses on consequences of medical marijuana laws in the U.S, recreational marijuana laws in Uruguay, prescription drug monitoring programs, social media and marijuana, and gambling and impulsive behaviors among minority adolescents in the U.S. She has been continuously funded by NIH since 2006 as a Principal Investigator.
University Seminar: Helle Harnisch
The Soldier Must be Buried: Experiences of Appetitive Aggression, Avoidance, and Ways of Belonging among Former Forcibly Recruited Children and Youth
Speaker: Helle Harnisch • PhD Researcher, Danish Center for Prevention of Radicalization – The Danish Police
Helle Harnisch has a BA from Frederiksberg teacher training college in Denmark, and has in her years as a practitioner worked with at risk children and youth. After her masters in Educational Psychology, Helle became a PhD Fellow at Aarhus University, department of Education and Danish Institute Against Torture. Through qualitative, ethnographic fieldwork, interviews, surveys and video in the Acholi region of northern Uganda, her PhD explored resilience, mobilization and reintegration processes among children and youth associated with armed forces or groups. Today Helle still focuses on themes of radicalization, perpetration, survival, aggression, urge to kill, demobilization and in-and exclusion processes as a researcher at the Centre of Prevention of Radicalization with the Danish police.
That Way Madness Lies: Free Film Screening at Columbia
April 11, 2018.
Barnard College, Columbia University, NY.
The Athena Center for Leadership Studies, Barnard’s Film Studies department, and the Global Mental Health Program at Columbia University Present:
A free screening of That Way Madness Lies.
Followed by a followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker, Sandra Luckow, artist in residence 2018 with the Global Mental Health Program.
This important film is a documentary about one man’s paranoid schizophrenia, told in-part from his point-of-view with a collection of iPhone video clips he made before being committed to the Oregon State Hospital in Portland, Oregon. It has been described by Pete Earley as the ‘…most honest portrayal of how severe mental illness ravages families and lives that I’ve seen!’
This event is free and open to the public but registration is required here.
University Seminar: Anne Becker
Expanding Youth Mental Health Care Access in LMICs: Lessons from a School-Based Study in Haiti
Speaker: Anne Becker, MD, PhD • Maude and Lillian Presley Professor of Global Health and Social Science
Anne E. Becker, MD, PhD, SM is the Maude and Lillian Presley Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS). An anthropologist and psychiatrist, Dr. Becker has been lead investigator on a series of studies demonstrating the relationship between media exposure and eating pathology in the small-scale indigenous population of Fiji. In addition, Dr. Becker’s NIMH-funded research has investigated the impact of rapid economic and social transition on eating pathology, suicide, and other youth health risk behaviors in Fiji. She and her co-PI, Pere Eddy Eustache, have recently completed a school-based youth mental health pilot intervention in central Haiti with NIMH funding. Dr. Becker is founding and past Director of the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, former associate editor of the International Journal of Eating Disorders, past president of the Academy for Eating Disorders, and served as a member of the American Psychiatry Association’s DSM-5 Eating Disorders Work Group as well as vice chairperson of their Council on International Psychiatry. She received the 2013 Price Family Award for Research Excellence from the National Eating Disorders Association and in 2014 received the Mentorship Award in recognition of “Exceptional Mentorship of Women Faculty” at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Becker served as vice chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine from 2009-2016 and is also past director of the HMS MD-PhD Social Sciences program; she presently serves on the Leadership Council of the Harvard/MIT M.D.-Ph.D. Program.
Five Boro Bike Tour 2018
In any given year, about 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. — that’s 43.8 million, or 18.5% — experiences a mental disorder. Worldwide, mental and behavioral disorders account for approximately 7.4 percent of the global burden of disease, and represent the leading cause of disability—accounting for 22.2% of years lived with disability globally. It’s estimated that more than 75% of people with severe mental disorders in low- and middle-income countries receive no treatment for their disorders, and even in high-income countries, 35-50% of such individuals never receive care.
This year, the Global Fund for Mental Health is proud to support the Global Mental Health Program’s pioneering work by sponsoring a team in this year’s TD Five Boro Bike Tour. All proceeds from your ride are tax-deductible and will support thoughtful, comprehensive, and innovative research and program initiatives around the world that benefit millions of people suffering from psychological distress.
Join us! As a Global Fund for Mental Health team member, you’ll enjoy:
- An “early start” on the morning of May 6th — allowing you ample time to enjoy the sights and sounds of the route,
- A light breakfast before we set out,
- Lunch in a special tour hospitality area,
- A souvenir t-shirt and cap, and
- The satisfaction (and associated tax deduction) of supporting worldwide advances in mental health treatment.
Visit the Global Fund for Mental Health to register and for more information.