Please join us for our FREE virtual Open Mind / #WOW programs that feature inspiring conversations about mental health. "Zoom" in to hear renowned thought leaders in science and culture and esteemed UCLA Semel Institute faculty share their knowledge and expertise and address specific concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic.

All programs are FREE but registration is required

Now that Open Mind / #WOW has gone virtual (think no traffic, no parking hassles!), please let your friends family and colleagues who live outside the Los Angeles area know about our programs and invite them to join us. We welcome their participation and look forward to growing our Open Mind / #WOW community of people interested in learning about the mind and brain, in sickness and in health, and helping erase the stigma of mental illness.

CALENDAR OF UPCOMING VIRTUAL OPEN MIND EVENTS

Dr. Wendelin Slusser

Dr. Robert Bilder

On Being Together - Six Feet Apart:
How to stay socially and emotionally connected in the coronavirus era

Tuesday, May 19, 4PM

Join Wendelin Slusser, M.D. and Robert Bilder, Ph.D. for a conversation about how the global coronavirus pandemic has threatened our health and security and caused massive disruptions in all our lives. How can we cope with the actual and potential risks from invisible forces, the social and physical restrictions designed to promote public health, and other impacts on our plans for the future? This talk focuses on what we know so far about the impacts of the pandemic on emotional health, and what we can do to maximize well-being in ourselves and others.

Dr. Slusser is the Associate Vice Provost, Semel Institute Healthy Campus Initiative Center and Clinical Professor, UCLA Schools of Medicine and Public Health.

Dr. Bilder is the Professor and Chief, Division of Psychology; Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences; Co-Director MindWell Pod, Healthy Campus

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Please submit any questions in advance to Wendy Kelman at wkelman@mednet.ucla.edu. Please specify to whom the question is to be addressed.

Hidden Valley Road:
Inside the Mind of an American Family 

Thursday, June 4, 4PM

OPRAH’s BOOK CLUB pick! Join Robert Kolker, who will talk about his New York Times #1 bestselling book, Hidden Valley Road, the story of a midcentury American family with 12 children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science’s great hope in the quest to understand the disease. Mr. Kolker will be joined in discussion by Dr. Stephen Marder, UCLA Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and a world-renowned expert on schizophrenia. Lindsay Galvin Rauch, one of the Galvin family sisters, will also talk about what it was like growing up in a family with siblings who had severe mental illness.

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Please submit any questions in advance to Wendy Kelman at wkelman@mednet.ucla.edu. Please specify to whom the question is to be addressed.

Lori Gottlieb

Daniel Siegel, M.D.

Parenting During the Pandemic

Friday, June 12, 4PM

Join Lori Gottlieb and Daniel Siegel, M.D. for a virtual Open Mind program. Lori Gottlieb is the New York Times best-selling author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, psychotherapist, and "Dear Therapist" columnist for The Atlantic. Dr.  Siegel is a psychiatrist, best-selling author of numerous books including Parenting From the Inside Out, The Whole Brain Child, The Developing Mind, and Co-founder and Director of The Mindsight Institute.

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Please submit any questions in advance to Wendy Kelman at wkelman@mednet.ucla.edu. Please specify to whom the question is to be addressed.

Jonathan Salk, M.D.

Susan Smalley, Ph.D.

My Father, Our Future: A New Reality
A Conversation with Jonathan Salk, M.D. and Susan Smalley, Ph.D. 

 

Monday, June 22, 4PM

Jonathan Salk, M.D., highly respected adult and child psychiatrist at UCLA and son of Dr. Jonas Salk, legendary scientist who developed the vaccine for polio, will be joined in conversation by Susan Smalley, Ph.D. In the book A New Reality: Human Evolution for a Sustainable Future, co-written with his father in 1981 and updated in 2017, Dr. Salk helps us understand the current confusion and conflict we are experiencing, and provides us with a science-driven basis for hope, and a groundwork for understanding how we can achieve a better future for humanity.

Susan Smalley, Ph.D., Professor Emerita in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA. Is a behavioral geneticist, writer and activist. Her research centered on the genetic basis of childhood-onset behavior disorders and the role of mindfulness in enhancing health and wellbeing. She is the founder of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center at the Semel Institute and co-author of Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness. Dr. Smalley has been an activist for gender equality and an investor in companies that have the potential to enhance the human condition. She recently played an instrumental role in the establishment of the Bedari Kindness Institute at UCLA and serves as the Chair of the Executive Committee for the Institute.

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Please submit any questions in advance to Wendy Kelman at wkelman@mednet.ucla.edu. Please specify to whom the question is to be addressed.

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