Upcoming Events

GMH@Harvard Events

April 13, 2019: GMH@Harvard Open Day

The 2nd Annual GMHH@arvard Open Day will feature keynote speaker: Patrick J. Kennedy, Lead author of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008; founder of The Kennedy Forum and DontDenyMe.org; co-founder of One Mind. Followed by presentations from faculty, staff, students, and more working in the field of global mental health whose abstracts were selected from a pool of applicants. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER.

Harnessing mHealth Technology for Assessment of Early Child Development

GMH@Harvard Guest Seminar Series

Friday April 12th 1:00-2:00pm

Ballard Room, Countway Library, 10 Shattuck St. Boston, MA 02115

Presenter: Supriya Bhavnani, Public Health Foundation of India Sangath

Most children in low and middle income countries do not have access to regular developmental assessments due to the lack of validated scalable tools that can be administered by non-specialist workers. This results in a large 'detection gap' where most children in need of interventions do not get identified in a timely manner. The absence of such tools also limits our ability to monitor and evaluate the impact of interventions aimed at improving developmental outcomes. Our interdisciplinary team has devised novel solutions to this problem. Our tools, DEEP (Developmental Assessment on an E-Platform) and START (Screening Tools for Autism Risk Using Technology), harness the potential of mHealth technology for assessment of neurodevelopment in preschool children. Our pilot studies assess a) the acceptability of these tools to children and families, b) feasibility of their delivery by non-specialist workers in childrens' homes and c) their validity against gold standard child assessments. RSVP HERE.

Successful Societies and Collective Well-Being

GMH@Harvard Guest Seminar Series

Monday April 15th 5:30 - 7:00pm

Kresge G2, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

677 Huntington Ave. Boston MA

Presenter: Michèle Lamont, Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies; Professor of Sociology and of African and African American Studies; Director, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

With growing inequality, the American Dream is becoming less effective as a collective myth. With its focus on material success, competition and self-reliance, the intensified diffusion of neoliberal scripts of the self is leading the upper-middle class toward a mental health crisis while the working class and low-income groups do not have the resources needed to live the dream. This seminar discusses a possible way forward through broadening cultural membership by promoting new narratives of hope centered on a plurality of criteria of worth, ‘ordinary universalism’ and destigmatizing stigmatized groups. RSVP HERE.

Other Events

See below for other mental health events in the Harvard community. Interested in posting an event? Email us at GMH_Admin@hms.harvard.edu.

Department Seminar - HMS Department of Global Health and Social Medicine

Wednesday April 10th 12:00-1:30pm: Presenter: Melino Ndayizigiye, MD, MMsC-GHD, Partners In Health in Lesotho 

Wednesday April 24th 12:00-1:30pm: Unanswered Questions on Gender and Generation: Reflections from Postconflict and Disaster Research in Indonesia. Presenter: Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good, PhD

Science-Based Innovation Training: Reimagining Program Development and Evaluation

June 4th 2019, 9:00am - 5:00pm Cambridge, MA

Center on the Developing Child - Harvard University

Decades of research have shown it is possible to improve outcomes for children and families facing adversity. However, on average, the impacts of early childhood programs are modest, and they have not improved over time. So, how can we build better programs that achieve greater outcomes for more young children and families? Do you want to build stronger programs & achieve better outcomes? Attend our Science-Based Innovation Training! We go beyond asking whether a program works, & ask: What about the program works? How does it make a difference? Who benefits most? Join us for this one-day training to help programs increase impact for children and families.

23rd Congress of the World Association of Social Psychiatry at Bucharest

October 25-28, 2019

Description from the President of the World Association of Social Psychiatry: The theme of the Congress, “Social determinants of mental health and access to care” is contemporary and relevant. It reflects our concern for mental health in this age of globalization, commercialization and the merging of boundaries between nations. Despite rapid advances in all fields, enough attention has not been devoted to the social determinants of mental health. And access to care remains severely limited in most parts of the world including high income countries. Our world is changing as never before, which has profound implications for mental health. We are sure, the deliberations of the Congress will give us newer insights into the emerging dynamics in all these areas. We will have four days of rich scientific programme with invited lectures, symposia, workshops, free papers and posters. There will be also be cultural events and get togethers which will be very entertaining to you and families.

For more information and to submit an abstract to present contact: Alina Puscas.

Leadership in Mental Health Course

December 9th - December 20th 2019

Goa, India

Register by April 31st for early bird rates! This course is an excellent opportunity to enhance your understanding and skills in the field of global mental health. The course takes place annually at Sangath, Goa, India, and it welcomes participants from across the world to share their experiences and learn collaboratively. Email LMH@Sangath.in for more information.