Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Awards Grant to the Adler School's Institute on Social Exclusion for First-Of-Its-Kind Conference on Mental Health Issues

Jan 21, 2010, 09:20 ET from Adler School of Professional Psychology

CHICAGO, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Adler School of Professional Psychology has received a $25,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support the Annual Conference of the Institute on Social Exclusion. This year's conference, titled "The Social Determinants of Mental Health: from Awareness to Action," will be the first ever in the United States to convene innovative thinkers from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to address this topic, and has already received international interest.  

"We're extremely proud to receive the recognition and support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation," said Lynn Todman, PhD, director of the Institute on Social Exclusion (ISE). "The conference will be a major step forward in reshaping how we view and address the mental health issues facing society's most vulnerable members."

Featuring keynote speaker David Satcher, MD, PhD, the 16th Surgeon General of the United States and former Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the conference will focus specifically on the social conditions that impact mental health, aiming to increase awareness and create multidisciplinary collaborations to identify and address the multifaceted social conditions that affect mental health.

For more information on the conference or to register for the event, please contact the ISE via email.

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More about the Adler School of Professional Psychology: The Adler School of Professional Psychology has provided quality education through a Scholar/Practitioner model for over 50 years. The School's mission is to train socially responsible graduates who practice psychology throughout the world. The Adler School has ten graduate-level programs with approximately 900 students enrolled at the main campus in Chicago and a second campus in Vancouver, British Columbia.

More about the Institute on Social Exclusion: The Adler Institute on Social Exclusion (ISE) was established in 2005 as the first of three planned Institutes for Social Change at the Adler School of Professional Psychology. The mission of the Institute is to pursue the Adler School's vision of social justice by directing attention to and addressing the structural origins of social disadvantage.

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