Psychiatry Unchained: Film Screening and Discussion

Raghu Appasani ’12 hollas:

Before heading on down to our benefit dinner at MONDO come and check out “Psychiatry Unchained” hosted by The MINDS Foundation. [Ed. Note: For MONDO event, refer to post above.]

Mental disorders will soon be the leading cause in global burden of disease. On a global scale major depressive disorder already causes health consequences that are equal to that of ischemic heart diseases.

Disability related to mental disorders has negative effects on productivity and financial consequences fort the individual and his family. But for people who in live in chronic conflict or poverty, psychological problems are not only important as determinants of health, but also as barriers to rebuild both individual and family life, as well as rebuilding society as a whole.

Date:   April 27
Time:   6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Place:  FISK 302

This event is hosted by The MINDS Foundation. Facebook event here.

Info on the discussion speakers after the jump.

Dr. Maya Prabhu is a member of the Medical Advisory Board for The MINDS Foundation and is currently a Physician in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine. She is also Lead Counsel for Sustainable International Health Law at the CISDL. Dr. Prabhu received her LL.B. from McGill University, M.D. from Dalhousie Medical School, M.Sc. in Political Economy from the London School of Economics, and her A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard University. Her research interests include international humanitarian law, post-traumatic stres disorder in post-conflict situations and various issues at the nexus of health and human rights. Dr. Prabhu’s past experience includes health policy analysis at the United Nations Policy Development Branch, the International Affairs Division of Health Canada, the Canadian International Development Agency and the Manitoba Center for Health Policy and Evaluation. She has previously practiced corporate litigation at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York and most recently was a Deputy Counsel with the Volcker investigation into the UN Oil-for-Food-Programme.

Dr. Matthew Kurtz is a member of the Board of Directors at The MINDS Foundation and is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience & Behavior at Wesleyan University. He also has an appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine and at the Institute of Living (Hartford, CT). Dr. Kurtz’s research program and clinical work is the development and evaluation of novel behavioral approaches for treatment of deficits in attention, memory and problem-solving in people with schizophrenia. The efficacy of these interventions, known collectively as cognitive remediation, are assessed with outcome measures that range across a variety of levels of analysis including functional neuroimaging data, standardized neurocognitive probes, clinic-administered mediational measures of functioning, and achieved community function and employment status.

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