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2021 Conference Materials

In October 2018, DMH funded two new centers of research excellence. On June 14, 2021, the two research centers held a joint conference for DMH clients, their family members, DMH staff, and providers to learn more about the work these two centers are doing. The conference also allowed these centers to learn about how their research can best support DMH, 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.

2021 Virtual Conference: How Stakeholder-Engaged Research Can Change Care Provision and Policy: An Inside Look at the Centers of Excellence

Hosted by UMass Chan Medical School’s Implementation Science & Practice Advances Research Center (iSPARC) & Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center of Excellence for Psychosocial and Systemic Research
Recorded live on June 14th, 2021

COE Conference Agenda

Full Video Recording

Breakout Session Presentation Slides:

Topic Format Center(s) Presenter
Welcome/Virtual Housekeeping Presentation Slides iSPARC Maryann Davis, Director of iSPARC
Commissioner’s Remarks     Brooke Doyle, Commissioner of DMH
Introduction to the Centers of Excellence → Presentation iSPARC and MGH COE
  • Maryann Davis, Director of iSPARC
  • Cori CatherDirector of MGH COE
Community Health Worker Support Improves Provision of Effective Treatment and Smoking Cessation Success →  Presentation MGH COE Eden Evins, Director of MGH Center for Addiction Medicine; Professor of Psychiatry, MGH/Harvard Medical School
Implementation Science: What Is It and What Does It Do For Me? → Presentations iSPARC and BU
  • Marianne Farkas, Professor (Clinical); Director of Training, Dissemination & TA;  BU Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation
  • Gina Vincent, Associate Professor, UMass Chan
Engaging Persons with Lived Experience: Successes and Challenges from the Peer Perspective → Panel Presentation MGH COE and
  • Anne Whitman, Senior Peer Consultant, MGH
  • Cynthia Piltch, Community Research Consultant, MGH

Learning from the Challenges of COVID-19

  • Abigail Wright, Instructor, MGH
  • Oliver Freudenreich, Associate Professor, MGH
  • Daphne Holt, Associate Professor, MGH
  • Kathryn Sabella, Instructor, iSPARC
  • Rachael Perrault, Project Director II, iSPARC
Wrap up Presentation MGH COE and
  • Cori Cather, Director of MGH COE
  • Maryann Davis, Director of iSPARC