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Conference Schedule

Thursday, April 20, 2017


6:00-8:00 pm Welcome Reception and Musical Performance by Issa Ibrahim

Friday, April 21, 2017

"Urbanism and Mental Health"
7:30 amRegistration
8:30 amOpening Remarks and Plenary Session"Urbanism and Mental Health"
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:15 amParallel SessionsImmigration, Education, Stakeholder Perspectives
11:45 amLunch
1:00 pmParallel SessionsCriminal Justice Reform, Gender & Sexuality, Advocacy Through the Arts
2:30 pmBreak
2:45 pmParallel SessionsLegislative Advocacy, Poverty and Mental Illness, Trauma
4:15 pmBreak
4:30 pmPlenary Session"Participatory Development Practice: Working in Mental Health from the Ground Up!"
5:30 pmClosing Remarks and Invitation to RebPsych 2018

Coverage of RebPsych 2017

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Watch a video of Keynote Speaker Mindy Fullilove, MD, delivering The Bertram H. Roberts Memorial Lecture

Featured Speakers, RebPsych 2017

Keynote Speaker: The Bertram H. Roberts Memorial Lecture

Mindy Fullilove, MD
Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, will present the Bertram H. Roberts Memorial Lecture. She is Professor of Urban Policy and Health in the Urban Policy Analysis and Management Program, Milano School for International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy at The New School for Public Engagement. Her research has focused on health in poor communities, with a special interest in the relationship between the collapse of communities and decline in health. From her research, she has published Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It, and The House of Joshua: Meditations on Family and Place. Her most recent book is Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America's Sorted-Out Cities (2013), which highlights the potential for urban planning and design to repair cities, reconnect communities, and improve residents’ collective well-being.

Issa Ibrahim
Issa Ibrahim is an artist, writer, musician and filmmaker born in 1965 in Jamaica, New York. He has been the Artist-In-Residence at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center’s Living Museum since 1992. Issa’s memoir The Hospital Always Wins will be published by Chicago Review Press in 2016.

Chris Underhill
Chris Underhill is a leading exponent on global mental health practice, a social entrepreneur, a mentor, a trainer in community-based facilitation technique, and regularly speaks at conferences worldwide. His current mentees work in organizational management, models of change in childhood deprivation, human trafficking, the psychology of gangs, Fair Trade, prisons and prisoners, leadership and executive search. He is the founder of BasicNeeds and previously founded Action on Disability and Development (ADD) and Thrive and is currently founding the collective action on cities for mental health: mhNOW. Chris is the Chair of the International Centre on Social Franchising, a Global Director of Leaders Quest and the Chair of Carers Worldwide. He is a Senior Fellow with the Ashoka Fellowship, a recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, and was selected as a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur for 2014. In 2000 Chris received an MBE from the Queen for his services to disability and development.