Events: NIMH Conference Series
The latest in the National Institute of Mental Health funded Best Practices in Mental Health Research conference series, "Ethics and Community Engagement in Mental Health Research," will feature speakers well known for their work in the field of community engagement, including community partners in St. Louis and experts from across the country.
"I am very excited about this year's conference," says James DuBois, who coordinates the conference series. "Our speakers are nationally recognized experts who will share best practices for engaging communities in mental health research. Community engagement empowers people—it helps to give participants a voice regarding research agendas, study designs, and research protections."
The conference itself will consist of two parts—one open to the public, and then a closed session with all speakers and panelists designed to produce a published review article that identifies both best practices and needs for further research.
"The preliminary research we’ve put into the position paper is substantial," says Natalie Mergler, the research assistant supporting the 2009 conference. "We’ve already compiled a huge amount of research to inform the panel’s recommendation."
The event will take place in room 170 of the Busch Student Center at Saint Louis University on June 3, 2009, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Registration is required, but the event is free. CMEs/CEUs will be offered. Students, researchers and IRB members, especially those with an interest in psychology, social work or psychiatry, are encouraged to attend. For more information, visit the conference's website. Online registration will become available in the first week of May.