UCI Population Health and Disease Prevention
Public Health Seminar Series
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Wednesday, December 9, 2015
3:00pm - 5:00pm
University Club

On behalf of the Academic Senate Council on Faculty Welfare, and with support from the Office of the Provost, I am honored to invite you to the first UC Irvine Faculty Forum on Mental Health. A month ago, Amy Bishop, the former professor of biology at the University of Alabama-Huntsville who is now serving a life sentence apologized for killing three colleagues and wounding three others at a faculty meeting in 2010. Writing about the unfortunate event in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Jennifer Ruark cited conversations on The Chronicle’s Web site that “people have seized on the killings as evidence that academic life today is a petri dish for madness: The high stress of the tenure process, the pressures to be brilliant at research and teaching, the cloistered environment, the extent to which internal politics affects people’s careers—it’s a combination that could damage even psychologically healthy people.” Data from the Standard Insurance Company that provides health-care coverage for employees in more than 1,000 universities indicate that more than 12% of disability claims at universities are for mental and nervous disorders, nearly double the level for other occupations. The UC Irvine Faculty Forum on Mental Illness aims to enlighten our campus to reveal, reflect, research, and reform the perception of mental health for our faculty members. I hope that you will join us for this landmark forum.

Oladele Ogunseitan,
Professor and Chair
Elyn Saks, J.D., Ph.D.
Elyn Saks, J.D., Ph.D.,
Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law, Psychology, and Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences, University of Southern California.

"Elyn Saks was a 2009 recipient of a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, and in Fall 2010 announced she is using funds from the "genius grant" to create the Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics. The Institute spotlights one important mental health issue per academic year and is a collaborative effort that includes faculty from seven USC departments: law, psychiatry, psychology, social work, gerontology, philosophy and engineering. Prof. Saks recently published The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness (Hyperion, 2007), a memoir about her struggles and successes with schizophrenia and acute psychosis. Other publications include Refusing Care: Forced Treatment and the Rights of the Mentally Ill (University of Chicago Press, 2002), Interpreting Interpretation: The Limits of Hermeneutic Psychoanalysis (Yale University Press, 1999), and Jekyll on Trial: Multiple Personality Disorder and Criminal Law (with Stephen H. Behnke, New York University Press, 1997). Her popular TED talk is available at: LINK. "
Bruce Link, Ph.D.
Bruce Link, Ph.D.,
Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, UC Riverside.

"Bruce Link is a Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology and Sociomedical sciences with joint appointments in Psychiatry and Sociology. Until recently, he was a professor at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. He earned his Masters in biostatistics and Doctorate in Sociology at Columbia. His research has focused on mental health consequences of stressful occupational conditions, the connection between mental illness and violent behaviors, and the impact of social stigma on the lives of people with mental illness and their families. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine."
Michele Goodwin, J.D.
Michele Goodwin, J.D.,
Chancellor's Professor, UC Irvine School of Law.

"Michele Goodwin is a Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine with appointments at the School of Law, School of Public Health, and Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is the former Everett Fraser Professor in Law at the University of Minnesota. She served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago and as a Visiting Scholar at the University of California-Berkeley and Columbia University Law School. She was a Gilder-Lehrman Post-Doctoral Fellow at Yale University. In Winter 2015, she moderated "Conversations on Mental Health, Race, and Society." The series provided a forum for thinking about the emotional, psychological, and mental health dimensions of social violence and discrimination. For example, does social violence impact mental health and well-being? How do we understand trauma and homophobia, racism, sexism, or religious bigotry as potentially linked? "
Sheena Danesh-Tellez, LCSW
Sheena Danesh-Tellez, LCSW,
Campus Social Worker, Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Wellness, Health & Counseling Services, UC Irvine

"Sheena Danesh received her bachelor's degree in Human Services from California State University, Fullerton and completed her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Higher Education Case Managers Association (HECMA). Sheena is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Before joining UC Irvine, she worked as a Mental Health Therapist for Community Services Guidance Center."