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Townhall: A Scientist’s Primer on Mental Health – September 9, 2020

Recent studies have revealed that mental health struggles are extremely common among researchers. Join the All Access Employee Resource Group Mental Health Initiative for “A Scientist’s Primer on Mental Health,” a one-hour seminar and discussion facilitated by Dragonfly Mental Health.

Date: Wednesday, September 9

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm

There are many misconceptions about mental health struggles, what causes them, who is at risk, and how they manifest.  Increasingly we are understanding how immense a problem this is for academics and researchers. “A Scientist’s Primer on Mental Health” is a 1 hour seminar and facilitated discussion which delivers the basics of mental health at a level that academics appreciate.


Slides: A Scientist’s Primer on Mental Health

PDF: Webinar Q&A Responses

Your voice matters! Test your knowledge and let your voice be heard by taking a couple of minutes to complete the anonymous post-presentation survey:

The purpose of the survey is to assess objective knowledge about mental health issues and to ensure that as many voices as possible can be heard. (Responses to this survey will be anonymous and some responses may be summarized in aggregate. Responses may also be used in peer reviewed paper(s) and will only be presented in anonymous, aggregated and statistical forms.)

Good Reads: Speaking up for Mental Health – Physics 13, 93, August 4, 2020

Speaker Bio: Wendy Marie Ingram, PhD is the Founder and Executive Director of Dragonfly Mental Health, a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating excellent mental health among academics worldwide.  She received her Bachelor of Science Degrees in Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics and Psychology at the University of Arizona in 2008, and her PhD from the Molecular and Cell Biology Department at the University of California, Berkeley in 2015. She went on to a postdoctoral fellowship in Psychiatric Epidemiology in the Department of Mental Health at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, jointly with the Psychiatry Department at Geisinger Health.  Wendy is dedicated to (1) understanding the underlying biology of mental illness through research, and (2) dismantling the stigma against these illnesses through advocacy and education. Her research involves leveraging electronic health records and big data to study the development of mood disorders and their treatments and has been featured in Scientific American.  Her advocacy work has been featured in Science Magazine and most recently eLife Magazine.


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