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Past Events

Elisabeth Cannata

Child Mental Health Forum - Elisabeth Cannata, PhD

April 6, 2016

"Partnership to Promote Workforce Readiness for Evidence-Based Practice: Providers Influencing Graduate Curricula" Elisabeth Cannata, Ph.D. Vice President, Community-Based Family Services and Practice InnovationWheeler Clinic, Plainville, CT Behavioral health provider organizations often lament a disconnect between the clinical skill sets needed for “real world” practice and the academic training of professionals entering the field. In Connecticut, this challenge became particularly salient following broad-sweeping reform of the service delivery system to promote in-home evidence-based tre...
Dr. Abe Wandersman

Child Mental Health Forum - Abraham Wandersman, PhD

March 2, 2016

"Organizational Readiness: A Critical Step in Implementing Programs, Policies, or Practices" Abraham Wandersman, PhD Professor of Psychology, University of South Carolina-Columbia Dr. Wandersman will describe the practical organizational readiness heuristic, R = MC2 (Readiness = Motivation x General Capacity x Innovation-specific Capacity). He will present on the research evidence that supports this framework and how readiness can be assessed and monitored within organizations and systems of care. Dr. Wandersman will also share his ongoing work funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to d...
 Mahzarin R. Banaji, Ph.D.

Child Mental Health Forum

February 3, 2016

"Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People" Mahzarin R. Banaji, Ph.D. Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, Department of Psychology, Harvard University We think that we know our own minds and that we are able to assess others in a fair and accurate way. Mahzarin Banaji will challenge these self-perceptions during her talk as she explores the hidden biases we all carry from a lifetime of exposure to cultural attitudes about age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status, and nationality. In particular, Dr. Banaji will explain how these biases sha...
John Knight

Child Mental Health Forum

January 6, 2016

"Adolescent Substance Use: New Strategies for Screening and Early Prevention" John Rogers Knight, Jr., MD Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School Boston Children’s Hospital Chair in Developmental Medicine Greater than 70% of all deaths among US adolescents are from motor vehicle crashes and other unintentional injuries, homicides and suicides. These are strongly linked to alcohol and drug use as are a wide variety of non-lethal but serious medical problems. Healthcare clinicians are viewed by teens as authoritative and trustworthy sources of heath information; making clinic...

Child Mental Health Forum

December 2, 2015

"Culturally Informed Child and Adolescent Mental Health Care"   Andres J. Pumariega, M.D. Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry,Cooper Medical School of Rowan University and Cooper Health System, Camden, NJ The United States faces a rapidly changing demographic and cultural landscape, with its pediatric population becoming increasingly multiracial and multicultural, and becoming a plurality by 2019. In consequence, cultural and racial factors relating to development, mental illness and emotional disturbances in children and youth deserve closer attention and consideration. This presen...
Heidi Ellis PhD

Child Mental Health Forum

November 4, 2015

“Mental Health, Violence, and Resilience Among Young Somali Refugees: When Community Engagement is not a Method but an Answer” Heidi Ellis, Ph.D. Director, Refugee Trauma and Resilience Center, Boston Children’s HospitalAssistant Professor in Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School With increasing numbers of refugees fleeing violence and political instability, questions of how to support their healthy adaptation in countries of resettlement have taken on new urgency. Somali refugees, one of the largest groups of refugees to resettle i...

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