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Mental Health Rounds

Social Justice is a Mental Health Issue

Mental Health Services (MHS) facilitates this educational lunchtime series that focuses on social justice issues and the interface with the healthcare professions. These events are open to students, faculty, and administrators and lunch is provided.  

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Other Social Justice Related Events

Please check back for upcoming Social Justice related events.

Previous Mental Health Rounds

Best Practices of Care in the Now

In collaboration with Sexual Violence Response as part of Sexual Assault Awareness month, a discussion on the best practices of care when working with individuals impacted by sexual violence and other forms of trauma. Learn techniques to incorporate into your current or future work. Panel:  Marcy Ferdschneider MD, Executive Director CUMC SHS; Marina Catallozzi, MD, MSCE, Assisant Professor Mailman School of Public Health; Cary Bosak LCSW, CUMC MHS.  April 27, 2017

Bystander Intervention: Mental Health and Suicidality

Join AIMS and MHS in exploring how we step in and effect change in our moment-to-moment lived experience. Joli M. Ienuso, MEd of Sexual Violence Response, CUMC. April 10, 2017

Where Are We?  Where Are We Going?: Examinations of Power and Movement  

In collaboration with Sexual Violence Response, an experiential workshop exploring how we experience systems of violence and oppression, as individuals and communities, and how we can work to dismantle them. S. Leigh Thompson, Board President, Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed, Inc.  Dec 1, 2016

Transgender Issues at the Interface with the Healthcare Professions: Supporting Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People in our Work

A workshop about best practices and cultural competence in treating trans and gender non-conforming patients.  Oscar Dimant, MD candidate, NYU School of Medicine.  September 22, 2016.

Transgender Issues at the Interface with Healthcare Providers

A workshop and conversation about the issues transgender patients encounter as they seek services within the healthcare system and the issues transgender students experience as they are trained within this system.  Oscar Dimant, MD Candidate, NYU School of Medicine.  May 12, 2016  

Systemic Discrimination and Microaggressions

In collaboration with Sexual Violence Response, an exploration of the ways that microaggressions create a climate that lends itself to sexual discrimination and violence. Kevin Nadal, PhD, MA, MS. Center for LGBTQ Studies at the Graduate Center at CUNY.  April 12, 2016

Exploring Intersectionality for CUMC Students and Their Patients

 An experiential workshop about intersectionality that addresses ways in which these issues impact patient assessment and evaluation.  Mayowa Obasaju, PhD.  Furman Counseling Center, Barnard College.  March 10th, 2016

Let’s Talk About Stress: Microaggressions, Realities and Strategies for CUMC Students and Your Patients

A workshop exploring student and patient experiences of microaggressions at CUMC and identifying change strategies. Sidney Hankerson, MD, MBA. Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and the New York State Psychiatric Institute.  November 17, 2015 


If you have an event you would like to develop for Mental Health Rounds, or you would like to work on one of these events, please reach out to Dr. Claire Haiman at