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Annual Massachusetts Department of Mental Health Research Centers of Excellence Conference

The 2022 Annual Massachusetts Department of Mental Health Research Centers of Excellence Conference "In This Together...But Not in the Same Boat: How we are supporting youth, young adults, and families facing mental health concerns" was held on May 9, 2022.

Hosted by: Massachusetts General Hospital Center of Excellence (COE) for Psychosocial and Systemic Research and UMass Chan Medical School Implementation Science & Practice Advances Research Center (iSPARC).

Featured Speakers Included: our very own Kathryn Sabella, Ph.D. along with Kathy Sanders, MD at Mass DMH, and Daphne Holt, MD, Ph.D. & Anne Whitman, Ph.D with MGH.

About: DMH funded two new centers of research excellence in October 2018.  The goal of the conference is for DMH clients, their family members, DMH staff, and providers to learn more about the work these two centers are doing, and for these centers to learn how their research can best support DMH, and its mission and the people served by DMH. The conference emphasized stakeholder-engaged research, including the importance of engaging persons living with mental health challenges, their family members, and the providers and staff who serve them in all phases of the research process.

Complete Video Recording →

COE Conference Agenda 2022 (pdf format)  

Agenda and Presentation Slides

Topic Presenter
Opening Remarks

Brooke Doyle, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH)

Collateral Damage During the COVID Pandemic: Behavioral health impact on youth, families, and community care  Kathy Sanders, MD, State Medical Director, DMH Deputy Commissioner, MGH COE

Flattening the Curve: What will it take to prevent mental health conditions in youth?

Daphne Holt, MD, PhD, MGH COE

Break  
Young adults with serious mental health conditions: Their experiences as children and their own parenting experiences

Kathryn Sabella, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, iSPARC

Optimizing parent and child resilience when a parent has a mental health concern: What parents and children need (Video and Panel Discussion) 

Anne Whitman, PhD, MGH COE

Wrap up