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Amplifying Voices and Building Bridges: Toward a More Inclusive Future—Agenda

75th Anniversary

March 18, 2024

This event explores the intersection of NIMH and society through the lens of inclusion. The symposium aims to bring together researchers, those living with mental illness, clinicians, and communities to reflect on challenges that prevent us from engaging people in mental health research in meaningful and equitable ways. It will examine inclusion in research, disparities in health and access to care, and diversity in the mental health workforce.

Welcome and Keynote Address

8:30–9:30 a.m.Opening Remarks

Monica Bertagnolli, M.D. 
Director, National Institutes of Health

Joshua A. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D.
National Institute of Mental Health

Keynote Address
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice in Mental Health Research: Reflections on the Past, Present, and Future
Ruth Shim, M.D., M.P.H. 
Associate Dean of Diverse and Inclusive Education
Director of Cultural Psychiatry
Luke & Grace Kim Professor in Cultural Psychiatry
University of California, Davis

Session 1: Engaging Partner Perspectives in Research

Moderator: Patricia A. Areán, Ph.D.
Director, Division of Services and Intervention Research
National Institute of Mental Health

9:30–11:00 a.m.Listening to the Voices and Responding: The Jemmott Community Engagement Model for Improving Inclusion and Health Outcomes

Loretta Sweet Jemmott, Ph.D., M.S.N., R.N., FAAN 
Vice President, Health and Health Equity Professor, College of Nursing and Health Professions
Drexel University

Amplifying the Voice of Constituents in efforts to Transform Behavioral Healthcare Delivery

Rinad Beidas, Ph.D. 
Ralph Seal Paffenbarger Professor Chair, 
Department of Medical Social Sciences Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Leveraging Lived Experience in Mental Health Research

Carlos Laurrari, M.S.N. 
Zuckerman Fellow at Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership
The University of Michigan Law School | Harvard Kennedy School

Moderated Discussion 
11:00–11:30 a.m.Break

Session 2: Inclusion in Access to Care/Health Disparities

Moderator: Christina P.C. Borba, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Director, Office for Disparities Research and Workforce Diversity
National Institute of Mental Health

11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.Increasing Mental Health Equity through Transformative and Transdisciplinary Research and Interventions: Centering the Participation, Experiences, Strengths, and Values of People Experiencing Health Disparities and Structural Inequities

Jessica Goodkind, Ph.D. 
Professor & Associate Chair, Department of Sociology
Co-Director, School of Medicine DEI UME Curricular Development University of New Mexico

The Potential for Person-Centered Policy- and Community-Level Interventions to Achieve Equity in Mental Health Treatment

Benjamin Le Cook, Ph.D. 
Director of the Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research and Health Equity Research Lab
Cambridge Health Alliance
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry Harvard Medical School

Leveraging Community Partnered Engagement to Address Depression Disparities

Sidney Hankerson, M.D., M.B.A. 
Associate Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry
Director, Mental Health Equity Research, Institute for Health Equity Research (IHER)
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Moderated Discussion 
1:00–2:00 p.m.Lunch

Session 3: Cultivating Inclusion in the Mental Health Research Workforce

Moderator: Janet Clark, Ph.D.
Director for Fellowship Training
Intramural Research Program
National Institute of Mental Health

2:00–3:30 p.m.How to navigate and eliminate the barriers that keep us from entering or advancing.

Gina Poe, Ph.D. 
Eleanor Leslie Professor of Innovative Brain Research Department of Integrative Biology & Physiology Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences Department of Neurobiology
University of California, Los Angeles

Inclusive Pathways: Navigating Challenges and Cultivating Diversity in Psychiatric Research

Cynthia Rogers, M.D. 
Blanche F. Ittleson Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Vice Chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Washington University School of Medicine Psychiatrist-in-Chief St. Louis Children’s Hospital

Empowering Early Career Researchers in Academic Training Environments

Fátima Sancheznieto, Ph.D. 
Associate Researcher, Institute for Clinical and Translational Research University of Winsconsin – Madison

Towards Inclusion: A health equity scientist’s journey in a biomedical research enriched psychiatry department

Cesar Escobar-Viera, M.D., Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
University of Pittsburgh

Moderated Discussion 

Keynote Address and Closing

3:30–4:15 p.m.NIMH at 75: A Black Psychiatrist’s Perspective on Inclusion Then, Now and in the Future

Altha Stewart, M.D. 
Senior Associate Dean for Community Health Engagement
Director, Public and Community Psychiatry Director, Center for Youth Advocacy and Well-Being
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center

4:15–4:20 p.m.Closing Remarks

Joshua A. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D.
National Institute of Mental Health