Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health


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Previous Events:

2015-2016 Guest Speaker Series

Monday, September 21st, 2015 (2:00 - 3:30 PM)

Biomedical Research Building (BRB) II/III Auditorium 
421 Curie Boulevard

Guest Speaker: Daniel Almirall, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan 
Getting SMART about Adaptive Interventions in Clinical and Health Services

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics


Previous Lectures

Monday, February 9th, 2015 (1:30-3:00 PM) 

University of Pennsylvania Houston Hall, Ben Franklin Meeting Room 
3417 Spruce Street 

Guest Speaker: Anthony Hemmelgarn, PhD

Research Scientist, University of Tennessee Children's Mental Health Services Research Center 
Improving Clients’ Lives: Research and Practice Innovation via the ARC Model of Organizational Effectiveness

Click here to view Dr. Hemmelgarn's presentation
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Monday, December 1st, 2014 (2:00-3:30 PM)

University of Pennsylvania Houston Hall, Bodek Lounge, Room 100 

Guest Speaker: Dr. Dror Ben-Zeev 

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth 
Development, Evaluation, and Implementation of Technology-based Interventions for People with Serious Mental Illness 

Monday, May 19, 2014 (2:00-3:30 PM)

Jon M. Huntsman Hall, Room 240
3730 Walnut Street

Guest Speaker: Benjamin Druss, MD, MPH

Professor and Rosalynn Carter Chair in Mental Health
Emory University Department of Health Policy and Management 
Improving Health and Healthcare for People with Serious Mental Illnesses: From Research to Practice and Back Again
Click here for video of Dr. Druss' talk

Monday, January 13, 2014 (2:00-3:30 PM)

Colonial Penn Center Auditorium, 3641 Locust Walk

Guest Speaker: Dr. Ron Manderscheid

Executive Director of the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors 
Co-Occurring Illnesses: Intersection of Physical and Mental Health 
Click for article on LDI Health Economist 
Click here for video of Dr. Manderscheid's talk

Monday, December 9th 2013 (2:00-3:30 PM)

3535 Market Street, 16th Floor Conference Room B

Guest Speaker: Dr. Gail Daumit

Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 
A Behavioral Weight Loss Intervention in Persons with Serious Mental Illness
Click here for video of Dr. Daumit's talk

Monday, May 20th 2013 (2:00-3:30pm)

Location: 3535 Market Street 16th Floor Conference Room D

Guest Speaker: Dr. David Chambers

Associate Director, Dissemination and Implementation Research, NIMH 
Research Areas: Dissemination and implementation of mental health care interventions
Dissemination and Implementation Research: Building the Mental Health System of the Future

Monday, January 7th 2013 (2:00-3:30pm)

Location: LDI Colonial Penn Center Auditorium, 1st Floor, 3641 Locust Walk

Guest Speaker: Dr. Curtis McMillen 

Professor, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration 
Where Intervention Development and Implementation Intersect: Services for Youth and Foster Care 
Research Areas: Improving mental health services for children and youth in foster care

Monday, October 1st 2012 (1:30-3:00pm) 

Location: SHDH 215

Guest Speaker: Dr. Marc Atkins 

Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, University Of Illinois at Chicago
“New Models for Children’s Mental Health Services in Urban Communities: Drilling Deeper in Urban Schools”
Full Length Video now available: Dr. Marc Atkins talk at CMHPSR/LDI

Research Areas: Development of effective mental health services for children and adolescents in low-income communities

Dr. Atkins is Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he holds appointments in the Department of Psychiatry and the Institute for Juvenile Research.  He is a leading researcher in the development of effective mental health services for children and families living in low-income communities.  He will present a mental health service model that identifies and leverages indigenous resources within schools and communities to change the social context of schooling for youth in urban poverty, and promote opportunities for positive mental health and improved academic outcomes for children.

Co-sponsored by The Neuroscience of Behavior Initiative and The Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics

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