Working with an interdisciplinary team, I am spearheading a multi-project initiative to improve public understanding and change attitudes about serious mental illnesses.

The initiative is a collaboration with Bruce M. Cohen, MD, PhD, Director of the Program in Neuropsychiatric Research at McLean Hospital, Robertson-Steele Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and President and Psychiatrist-in-Chief Emeritus at McLean Hospital;  and Lynda M. Cutrell, MBA, professional artist, mental health advocate, former global investments and finance executive, and former Boston College Marketing and Communications adjunct professor.

Projects include:

  • Frameworks Institute collaboration: I am directing a major project with the FrameWorks Institute in Washington, DC, to test public assumptions about mental illness and design research-based messages that move beyond stigma to increase public support.  The first phase of the project will gather and disseminate a set of tips for educational and advocacy organizations, based on existing research, disseminating them broadly via interactive web site and materials.
  • The 99 Faces Project: Created and directed by Lynda Cutrell, 99 Faces is a collection of photographic portraits of people with diagnoses on the schizophrenia and bipolar spectrums, together with their loved ones, combating negative stereotypes. After a successful 8-month run as a special exhibit at the Boston Museum of Science, the collection is now at Salem State University, combining art and science to convey important messages about mental illnesses, such as how common they are across all groups, how present the symptoms are in all of us, and how much they affect us physically—the whole body, not just the brain.

You can find a short list of existing resources for understanding serious mental illnesses here.

Or contact me for further information.