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The Chicago School of Professional Psychology brings experts together to discuss new insights from Neuroscience for Mental Health Solutions

To place much-needed focus on the necessity of including mental health care as a core part of any discussion on the future of healthcare in the U.S., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology will be hosting a  “No Health Without Mental Health  symposium on Wednesday, March 18th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST. at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health.

The “No Health Without Mental Health” symposium will offer attendees a high-impact discussion on the way we think about ongoing healthcare reform, placing particular emphasis on neuroscience and exploring new insights from studies of the brain that provide solutions to some of the most complex problems facing our healthcare delivery system.

“We can no longer think of mental health as separate from physical health,” said Michele Nealon, Psy.D., president of The Chicago School.  “One in five Americans receives prescriptions for psychiatric drugs, and 6 percent of children are being treated with medication for mental health issues. Neuroscience shows us that the profound interplay between physical and mental health must be understood by policy makers and the general public if we are to have a highly functioning health care system that works for everyone.”

“We can no longer think of mental health as separate from physical health,”

Top tier experts at the symposium will discuss emerging neuroscience and its implications for policy and healthcare practice.

Presenters and panelists include:

  • Keynote speaker, Stephen W. Porges, Ph.D., professor  of psychiatry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Mohammad Akhter, M.D., M.P. H., former chairman, D.C. Health Benefits Exchange Authority; former director, D.C. Department of Health
  • Georges Benjamin, M.D., executive director, American Public Health Association
  • Sue Carter, Ph.D., director, The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Michele Nealon, Psy.D., president, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

The No Health Without Mental Health symposium is a complimentary event and is co-sponsored by the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health and the Mental Health Association of Montgomery County. An ongoing part of TCSPP’s 35thAnniversary celebration, the symposium is the second in a series of events designed to create a national conversation to reframe views on mental health. The first event, Let’s Talk Solutions, took place in November 2014. Also in 2014, The Chicago School established the institution’s first Master of Public Health Program, linking mental health to overall health and well-being through a new Health Sciences Division. The results of the No Health Without Mental Health symposium and the Let’s Talk Solutions event will be compiled to be released in a fall 2015 report, also entitled No Health Without Mental Health.  The purpose of the report is to outline the mental wellness issues facing our society today and to suggest some strategies for dealing with them.


About The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Founded in 1979, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) is a nonprofit, private university devoted exclusively to psychology, and related behavioral and health sciences. The university serves nearly 4,500 students across campuses in Chicago; Southern California (Los Angeles and Irvine); and Washington, D.C., as well as through online programs. The Chicago School is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, (WSCUC), and its Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program in Chicago is accredited by the American Psychological Association. A member of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology, TCSPP is recognized for its distinguished service and outstanding contributions to cultural diversity and advocacy. The community service initiatives on the Chicago Campus have also earned recognition on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for six consecutive years. The Los Angeles Campus gained its second recognition in 2014, and its Washington, D.C. Campus received its first award in 2014. With more than 20 graduate degree programs, thousands of hours of real-world training, and a wealth of international opportunities, TCSPP is the leader in professional psychology education. To learn more, visit


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