February 2008

FMHI to Spotlight Insight, Innovation and Impact From Distinguished National Experts

Dr. Junius Gonzales, Dean of the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, is pleased to announce the Institute's new “3 I’s” Distinguished Lectures of Insight, Innovation and Impact Series, which will bring exceptionally accomplished national experts to the University to profile their scholarship and research activities, with a focus on “the three I's.”

The Institute’s work has been applied and focused on ‘making research work’, so this series was created to further inspire our work and draws from the following definitions:

Plans are underway for confirmed speakers in March and April 2008. On March 25 & 26, FMHI will Lisa Cooper, Ph.D.inaugurate the "3 I's Series" with Dr. Lisa Cooper, who is a Professor from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a nationally and internationally recognized physician and public health researcher whose scholarship focuses on reducing health disparities and improving medical outcomes for minorities in the United States.  Dr. Cooper will present "Race, Ethnicity & Gender: Lessons for Culturally Appropriate Care Models for Depression" on March 25 from 3:30 - 5:00 pm in Auditorium 1023 at the USF College of Public Health. Please RSVP to: Lectures@fmhi.usf.edu

In 2007, Dr. Cooper was selected as a MacArthur Fellow or ‘Genius’ awardee, a prestigious program intended to encourage people of outstanding talent to pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations for the benefit of human society. Dr. Cooper will share her work identifying the crucial roles race, ethnicity, and gender play in the physician-patient relationship and on developing culturally appropriate models to improve care for depression. Given the growing population in the U.S. of ethnically diverse consumers, Cooper’s analytical and clinical skills are key to enhancing the quality and delivery of medical care. Dr. Cooper is also a Liberian raised outside of the U.S. and brings a unique perspective to American medical care. This visit is also made possible by kind support from the College of Public Health.


Martha L. Bruce, Ph.D.On April 15 & 16, FMHI will welcome the second "3 I's" Distinguished Lecturer: Martha L. Bruce, Ph.D., M.P.H., Professor and Associate Vice-Chair for Research from the Department of Psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Dr. Bruce is a renowned mental health services researcher who has had several NIH grants, including community engaged scholarship as Principal Investigator of an NIMH-funded Interventions and Practice Research Infrastructure Program award (R24). This work is conducted in partnership with community-based agencies to develop shared research aimed at improving outcomes of depression in elderly patients receiving home health services. Dr. Bruce is also an exceptional mentor and is funded by NIMH as PI of an Advanced Research Institute in Geriatric Psychiatry. Currently, Dr. Bruce chairs the NIMH Services Research Review Group (SRV; now SRNS) and is incoming chair of the Board of Directors of the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation. She also serves on the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Health and Society Scholar's Program.

"This new series of Insight, Innovation and Impact allows the de la Parte Institute to better understand its work from new and exciting perspectives and to leverage these visits and interactions into new research, training, partnership and teaching endeavors. We are also delighted to make this '3 I's Series' open to the entire USF community," said Dr. Gonzales. "In addition to special lectures, we are arranging individual and small group meetings with our guests. We are planning visits with community leaders/groups in order to continue our commitment to community partnered participatory research and engaged scholarship."

The Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute (FMHI) has emerged as a national leader in behavioral health research. The Institute houses several state and national research and training centers focused on improving practices in treating mental, addictive, and developmental disorders.