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Research Agenda to Address Early Mortality

September 29, 2022 / 11:00 – 11:30 am EST

Presentation Description: A new paradigm led by people with lived experience may advance basic, behavioral, and social sciences research, as well as reveal innovative and practical avenues for addressing early mortality in people with a diagnosis of an SMI. The following objectives are presented in order of priority, including: (1) improve the empirical understanding of the direct and indirect social and biological contributions of trauma on early mortality; (2) advance the role of family support, extended families, and informal support; (3) redefine clinical education and support clinicians with technological advancements to improve diagnostic accuracy; (4) recognition of the importance co-occurring disorders and early mortality; (5) advance the science of pharmaceuticals, drug discovery, and choice in medication use; (6) look beyond social determinants of health and examine outcomes meaningful to people with a diagnosis of an SMI as mechanisms of early mortality; (7) precision medicine can support personalize treatment; and (8) redefine system literacy and health literacy.

Presenter(s): Karen Fortuna, PhD, LICSW & Robert Walker, MS

Presenter(s) Bio: Dr. Fortuna is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Dartmouth College and Co-Founder of the Collaborative Design for Recovery and Health. As an international collaborative of patients, peer support specialists, caregivers, policymakers and payer systems, the Collaborative uses community-based participatory research to facilitate the development, evaluation, and implementation of digital tools that leverage mobile health to address needs identified by community members from vulnerable populations (

Achieving Equity through Partnerships

January 26, 2023 / 11:00 – 11:30 am EST

Presenter(s): Al Richmond, MS

Presenter(s) Bio: Al Richmond is executive director of Community-Campus Partnerships for Health. For more information on CCPH visit

Designing in Collaboration with the Disability Community

February 23, 2023 / 11:00 – 11:30 am EST

Presenter(s): Rupa Valdez, PhD

Integrated Knowledge Translation: Fostering Knowledge Co-Creation

March 23, 2023 / 11:00 – 11:30 am EST

Presenter(s): Branka Agic, MD, PhD

Presenter(s) Bio: Dr. Branka Agic is an Independent Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Toronto, Canada. She is an Assistant Professor and the Associate Director of the Master of Science in Community Health (MScHS) in Addiction and Mental Health Program at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.

Strengthening Academic and Community Partnerships

April 27, 2023 / 11:00 – 11:30 am EST

Presenter(s): Kisha Holden, PhD

Presenter(s) Bio: Kisha B. Holden, PhD, MSCR, a psychologist, is the Poussaint-Satcher Endowed Chair in Mental Health and Associate Director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM). Also at MSM, Dr. Holden is Professor and Director of Research & Scholarship for the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences; and Professor in the Department of Community Health & Preventive Medicine.

Community Integration and Research Co-Creation

May 25, 2023 / 11:00 – 11:30 am EST

Presenter(s): Theodore D Cosco, PhD

Presenter(s) Bio: Theodore D Cosco, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Mental Health & Aging at the Department of Gerontology, Simon Fraser University and Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, University of Oxford.

People-Powered Research: Exploring iConquerMS as a Model

June 22, 2023 / 11:00 – 11:30 am EST

Presenter(s): Sara Loud, MS

Presenter(s) Bio: Sara Loud, MS, MBA is the CEO of Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis (


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