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Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience Grand Rounds

Thursday, 03 October, 2019

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience will present a Joint Grand Rounds from 8 to 9 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3, in Lecture Hall 3, Schwitalla Hall.

Daniel Blash, Ph.D., will present “Academic Medicine & the U.S. Workforce.”

Blash is vice dean of diversity, equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer in the School of Medicine. He also serves as an adjunct associate professor of psychiatry.

Blash holds a master’s degree in counseling and a doctorate in marriage and family therapy. He is a decorated combat veteran of the U.S. Army. Blash is an experienced educator with a proven track record of advocacy in diversity and inclusion. He has worked as a counseling professor for nearly two decades prior to his current position.

He was the writer and/or co-writer of two successful grant initiatives that resulted in three diversity and inclusion programs targeting underrepresented minority students. His research and grant writing efforts have led to an extensive network of clergy-directed community initiatives for marginalized populations.

His community involvements are extensive. He is the founder of Blash Counseling Associates, one of the leading counseling agencies in the inner city of Old North St. Louis, which bridges the gap between mental health and some of St. Louis’ underrepresented minority communities. Additionally, the agency provides free backpacks and school supplies to over 100 underprivileged children in the Old North St. Louis school district. Blash also is active in the St. Louis deaf community. He speaks conversational German and American Sign Language.

Blash has given educational lectures and presentations in over 30 states and 5 countries, including Accra, Ghana (West Africa); Okinawa, Japan; Wiesbaden, Germany; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic. A recent presentation in Sacramento, California, focused on post-traumatic stress disorder and the neuropsychology of peace.