Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 1-5 PM in SUB Ballroom A.

This afternoon event will feature presenters from every MSU college sharing their research or other scholarship related to mental health.  In addition to social and natural science research, presentations will discuss suicide prevention outreach through Extension, film-making, and program evaluation.  Presentations will be followed by informal round-table discussions.  The forum aims to introduce participants to the diverse range of MSU scholarship related to mental health, and build cross-college connections for information sharing and possible future collaborations. The forum is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development. The forum is co-sponsored by the College of EHHD, the Center for Faculty Excellence, the College of Nursing and CAIRHE - the Center for American Indian and Rural Health Equity.


Master of Ceremonies: Dr. Anne Camper, Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering

Welcome: Dr. Mark Young, Associate Vice President, Office of Research and Economic Development


Session 1; Moderator: Kathy Jutila, M.D., Interim Director, Division of Health Sciences

1:05 - 2:05

  • Rebecca Brooker (Ass't Professor, Psychology): Children, the Early Environment, and Risk for Anxiety Problems
  • Joy Dietrich (Instructor, School of Film and Photography): The Attachment Project: A Film about the Bonding Process Between Adopted Children and Parents
        • Click here to watch video of presentation.
  • Deborah Keil (Assoc. Professor, Microbiology and Immunology): The Role of Environmental Contaminants on Mental Health
  • Sarah Keller (Visiting Faculty, College of Business): A Look at Stigma as it Relates to Suicide: Content Analysis of Community Theatre

2:05 - 2:20    Panel Discussion

2:20 - 2:30    Break for refreshments

Session 2; Moderator: Monica Skewes, Ass't Professor of Psychology

2:30 - 3:30

3:30 - 3:50     Panel discussion

3:50 - 4:00     Break for refreshments

4:00 - 5:00     Round-table discussions

Round-table Themes Faculty Co-Leaders
Suicide prevention in Montana Matt Byerly (CMHRR), Sarah Keller (Business), Janet Lindow (CMHRR)
Environmental psychology

Susanne Cowan (Architecture), Wade Hill (Nursing), Deborah Keil (Microbiology & Immunology), Laura Larsson (Nursing)

Children's mental health Wendy Stock (Ag Econ), Chris Stoddard (Ag Econ)

Mindfulness and stress reduction

Virginia Bratton (Business), Myleen Leary (Business), Alice Running (Nursing)
Trauma Colter Ellis (Sociology & Anthropology), Kelly Knight (Sociology & Anthropology), Mark Schure (HHD-Community Health), Coleen Trottier (HHD - Community Health)
Social interventions for mental health - what works? Anna Elliott (HHD - Counseling), Rebecca Koltz (HHD - Counseling), Molly Todd (History)
Mental health and aging Yoshi Colclough (Nursing), Dan Koltz (HHD - Community Health), Michele Meade (Psychology), Dawn Tarabochia (HHD - Community Health)
Uses of pharmaceutical and psychosocial treatment approaches Kathy Jutila (Div Health Sciences), Monica Skewes (Psychology)
Representing mental health in art and culture Robert Bennett (English), Gretchen Minton (English), John Thompson (Spanish), Elizabeth Croy (Music)
Brain science related to mental health Anja Kunze (ECE), Tracy Hellem (Nursing)