The NIMH Director’s Innovation Speaker Series
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is pleased to invite you to attend a series of lectures dedicated to innovation, invention, and scientific discovery. NIMH established the Director’s Innovation Speaker Series to encourage broad, interdisciplinary thinking in the development of scientific initiatives and programs, and to press for theoretical leaps in science over the continuation of incremental thought. Innovation speakers are encouraged to describe their work from the perspective of breaking through existing boundaries and developing successful new ideas, as well as working outside their primary area of expertise in ways that have pushed their fields forward. We encourage discussions of the meaning of innovation, creativity, breakthroughs, and paradigm-shifting.
Submit general questions to the NIMH Director’s Innovation Speaker Series mailbox.
Speaker Schedule 2022-2023
Joshua Denny, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.M.I.
Talk Title: Director’s Innovation Speaker Series: All of Us Research Program: Improving Health Through Innovative Technology, Large and Diverse Cohorts, and Precision Medicine
Date: October 27, 2022, 2:00-3:00 PM ET via Zoom
Ken Duckworth, M.D.
Talk Title: Director’s Innovation Speaker Series: NAMI and NIMH: Then, Now, and the Future
Date: September 15, 2022, 3:00-4:00 PM ET via Zoom
Speaker Schedule 2021-2022
Helen A. Neville, Ph.D.
Talk Title: Director’s Innovation Speaker Series: Implementing Radical Healing Strategies to Promote Health Equity
Date: May 3, 2022, 3:00-4:00 PM ET via Zoom
Sylvester James Gates, Ph.D.
Talk Title: Director’s Innovation Speaker Series: How Looking at Genetics and Networks Led to Solving a Quantum Gravity Problem
Date: April 26, 2022, 12:00-1:00 PM ET via Zoom
Foluso Agboola, MBBS, MPH
Talk Title: Director’s Innovation Speaker Series: Beyond FDA Approval: Assessing the Value of New Health Technologies
Date: March 8, 2022, 3:00-4:00 PM ET via Zoom
Otis Webb Brawley, M.D.
Talk Title: Cancer Control in the 21st Century with an Emphasis on Risk Reduction
Date: February 22, 2022, 3:00-4:00 PM ET via Zoom
Cynthia Rogers, M.D.
Talk Title: Addressing Social Determinants to Optimize Infant Brain Development
Date: January 18, 2022, 3:00-4:00 PM ET via Zoom
Nii Addy, Ph.D.
Talk Title: Lessons from My Journey as a Black Scientist, NIH-funded Investigator, DEI Leader, and Mental Health Advocate
Date: December 9, 2021, 3:00-4:00 PM ET via Zoom
Glorinda Segay, D.B.H.
Talk Title: Life Through a Navajo Lens Beyond the Navajo Reservation
Date: October 12, 2021 - 3:00-4:00 PM via Zoom
Damien Fair PA-C, Ph.D.
Talk Title: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience in the Era of Big Data
Date: September 9, 2021 - 3:00-4:00 PM via Zoom
Speaker Schedule 2020-2021
Roberto Lewis-Fernández, M.D.
Talk Title: Addressing Ethnoracial Disparities in Mental Health Risk, Assessment, and Service Delivery
Date: June 22, 2021 - 3:00-4:00 PM via Zoom
Elise Robinson, Sc.D.
Talk Title: Genetic Clues to Autism Heterogeneity
Date: May 13, 2021 - 3:00-4:00 PM via Zoom
Beverly Davidson, PhD
Talk Title: Advancing Therapies for Central Nervous System
Date: April 15, 2021 - 3:00-4:00 PM via Zoom
Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP
Talk Title: What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City
Date: March 18, 2021 - 3:00 PM via Zoom
Martin Paulus, MD
Talk Title: Decision-Making and Computational Psychiatry: An Explanatory and Pragmatic Perspective
Date: November 12, 2020 - 3:00 PM via Zoom
Barak Richman, PhD
Talk Title: Pursuing an Innovation Agenda: A New Healthcare Architecture
Date: December 15, 2020 - 3:00 PM via Zoom
Michael Ungar, PhD
Talk Title: Diagnosing Resilience: A Multisystemic Model for Positive Development in Stressed Environments
Date: January 14, 2021 via Zoom