2023 Annual Research Centers of Excellence Conference

Monday, May 1, 2023
12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Overview   of 2023 Annual Research Centers of Excellence Conference

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The 2023 Annual Massachusetts Department of Mental Health Research Centers of Excellence Conference "Stories of Hope: Real World Change Through Mental Health Research" will be held on May 1, 2023.

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.

Our featured speakers are:

  • Kathryn Sabella, Assistant Professor, iSPARC, UMass Chan Medical School
  • Katherine Koh, Psychiatrist, MGH & Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
  • Colin Burke, Medical Director, MGH ARMS & Instructor, Harvard Medical School
  • Maya Ingram, Research Project Director, iSPARC, UMass Chan Medical School

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  • 12:30 – 12:40  Welcome
  • 12:40 – 1:00  Opening Remarks & Introduction to the new Community Behavorial Health Centers, Brooke Doyle, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
  • 1:00 – 2:00  Expanding the Reach of bryt, an Innovative Model to Support Students Who Have Experienced a Mental Health Disruption, Kathryn Sabella, Assistant Professor, UMass Chan
  • 2:00 – 2:10  BREAK
  • 2:10 – 3:10  Homelessness Across the Lifespan: Clinical Approaches, Prediction, and Prevention, Katherine Koh, Assistant Professor, MGH and Colin Burke, Instructor, MGH
  • 3:10 – 3:20  BREAK
  • 3:20 – 4:20  Lived Experience Experts: The Value of Qualified Research Advisors, Maya Ingram, Research Project Director, iSPARC
  • 4:20 – 4:30  Wrap-up

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