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Serious Mental Illness Special Interest Group
Tuesday, July 23, 2024, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PDT
Category: Special Interest Groups

Sent on behalf of the LACPA Serious Mental Illness SIG:

Hello everyone,


I hope you will join us for our next SMI SIG meeting, on Tuesday, July 23, 12-1pm by Zoom- all are welcome! 


RSVP: Please fill out this form to register and receive the virtual meeting link


Topic:  Cultural Considerations in SMI Assessment and Family Feedback

Guest PresenterDr. Vanessa Calderon, Ph.D.MPH


Dr. Vanessa Calderon is a Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow and  Mental Health Disparities Researcher with the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Her program of research revolves around understanding and addressing mental health disparities impacting Latinx communities by examining and leveraging sociocultural influences. With expertise in the psychosis spectrum as well as adolescent and young adult mental health, her research is theory-driven, integrating psychological and public health frameworks. By employing a multidisciplinary approach, Dr. Calderon aims to contribute valuable insights to the field and disseminate innovative and impactful scholarship across academic and community settings.


About the SMI SIG:

This group will provide education and peer support related to the provision of care for individuals experiencing serious mental illness. We will host presentations and more informal research briefings by SMI experts, related to assessment and intervention recommendations from over 20+ years of longitudinal and cross-sectional clinical research through the UCLA Center for Assessment and Prevention of Prodromal States (CAPPS) and other collaborators. Community SIG members are invited to submit topics or presentations for upcoming meetings. 

Hope to see you there. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.




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