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

75th Anniversary

March 18, 2024

Preliminary Agenda*

Opening Remarks – 8:30 AM
Dr. Joshua Gordon
Director, National Institute of Mental Health

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

Session 1: Engaging Stakeholder Perspectives in Research  
Dr. Loretta Sweet Jemmott  
Vice President, Health and Health Equity
Professor, College of Nursing and Health Professions
Drexel University

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

Mr. Carlos Larrauri  
Zuckerman Fellow, Harvard's Center for Public Leadership
The University of Michigan Law School 
Harvard Kennedy School

Session 2: Accessibility to the Benefits of Mental Health Research: Addressing Disparities
Dr. Jessica Goodkind 
Professor & Associate Chair, Department of Sociology
Co-Director, School of Medicine DEI UME Curricular Development
University of New Mexico

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

Dr. Sidney Hankerson 
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

Session 3: Cultivating Inclusion in the Mental Health Research Workforce
Dr. Gina Poe 
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

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

Dr. Fátima Sancheznieto 
Associate Researcher, Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
University of Wisconsin–Madison

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

Closing Keynote: 
Dr. Ruth Shim 
Associate Dean, Diverse and Inclusive Education
Director, Cultural Psychiatry
Luke & Grace Kim Professor in Cultural Psychiatry
University of California, Davis

Closing Remarks
Dr. Joshua Gordon
Director, National Institute of Mental Health

Adjourn – 5:00 PM


*Agenda is subject to change