View the program and abstracts for the 40th Annual Meeting


The SSPC Board of Directors is the governing body for the organization. It has the privilege and responsibility of maintaining the vitality of the organization, including its financial well-being and efforts toward meeting its mission. The board is comprised of officers (President, Vice President/President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, and Immediate Past President) and board members at-large. A maximum of 14 people may serve on the board. Board members serve three-year terms that begin at the time of the Annual Meeting (usually mid-April), and they may serve two consecutive terms. One position is reserved for a trainee, and one for a non-physician professional.

Day 1: Friday, September 25, 2020
1:00pm – 2:20pm ET
10:00am – 11:20am PT
Hughes and Spiegel Fellowship Award Panel
“They are coming to hurt me,” Cries for Structurally Competent Psychiatric Care from Central American Migrants in the United StatesView AbstractJonathan Gomez
Cultural Formulation in a Case of Spiritual Possession: Religion, Dissociation, and CultureView AbstractAndrea Mendiola
Traditional healers’ explanatory models of intellectual disability in Cape TownView AbstractSiyabulela Mkabile
2:20pm – 2:30pm ET
11:20am – 11:30am PT
2:30pm – 4pm ET
11:30am – 1pm PT
Workshop 1: Using the Cultural Formulation InterviewView AbstractAndrea Mendiola
G. Eric Jarvis
Kenneth Fung
Lisa Andermann
Azaad Kassam
Workshop 2: GMH passion project consultation workshop: Examining the bi-directional impact of our workView AbstractGwen Mitchell
Yusra Ahmad
Omar Reda
Workshop 3: When Life Depends on a Piece of Paper: The Role of Mental Health Workers in Completing Government Paperwork for RefugeesView AbstractKyle Baird
Mario Lintz
Daniella Schlander
Daniel Savin
Workshop 4: “A Person Is A Person Through Other Persons” – How Culture & Identity Are Constructed Through Relationships & BelongingView AbstractVincenzo Di Nicola
Anjali Joseph
4:00pm – 4:30pm ET
1:00pm – 1:30p PT
Want to learn more about SSPC's committees and get involved? Committee leaders are available for drop-in informal chats
Optional: Meet the committee chairs
ProgramBonnie Kaiser
EducationKenneth Fung
Family Interest GroupSteve Wolin
Vincenzo Di Nicola
Senior Advisory Group EffortJim Boehnlein
Advocacy CommitteeSeran Schug
Pamela Montano
Day 2: Friday, October 9, 2020
1:00pm – 2:20pm ET
10:00am – 11:20am PT
Plenary: Community Partnered Participatory Research: Overview and Example of DepressionView AbstractFelica Jones
Kenneth Wells
2:20pm – 2:30pm ET
11:20am – 11:30am PT
2:30pm – 4:00pm ET
11:30am – 1:00pm PT
Workshop 5: We’re Right in the Middle of It: Navigating Complex Group Dynamics in Multicultural EducationView AbstractAnique Forrester
Gabriela Nagy
Seamus Bhatt-Mackin
Workshop 6: Integration and Empowerment - Expressive Arts Therapy group works with newcomer adults (immigrants and refugees) in TorontoView AbstractNeslihan Memiguven
Workshop 7: An Experiential Workshop on Cross-Cultural CollaborationSeetha Davis
Alisa Miller
Kenneth Fung
Ted Lo
Lisa Andermann
Workshop 8: Applications of Community Engagement Principles to Projects and Research

(If you would like to briefly present (and receive feedback on) a proposed/emerging Community Partnered Participatory Research project as part of this session, email; others may attend even if not presenting.)
View AbstractFelica Jones
Kenneth Wells
4:00pm – 4:30pm ET
1:00pm – 1:30pm PT
4:30pm – 6:00pm ET
1:30pm – 3:00pm PT
Documentary Film and discussion: The Healer and the Psychiatrist - US Premiere (Mike Poltorak). In the South Pacific Island group of Tonga, a traditional healer and a Psychiatrist treat spiritual affliction and mental illness in challenging and inspirational ways
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Day 3: Saturday, October 10, 2020
All sessions on Day 3 are live discussion sessions based on prerecorded talks. Please go to Watch to view these materials.
1:00pm – 1:45pm ET
10:00am – 10:45am PT
Symposium 1: Weaving Collaborations and Negotiating Firewalls in Polarized TimesView Abstract
Collective Case Formulation on Violent RadicalizationView Abstract
Yann Zoldan
Janique Johnson-Lafleur
What variables do we have in common? Transnational collaborations on violent radicalizationView Abstract
Rochelle Frounfelker
Diana Miconi
The Fireman in the Bedroom: Collaborations between Clinicians and Security Agencies in the Field of Violent RadicalizationView Abstract
Cecile Rousseau
Symposium 2: Working Separate and Together: Lessons Learned in Global and Local Academic-Community Research PartnershipsView Abstract
On Field Methods and Stigma: Conducting Research on Illness Categories that Do Not Exist LocallyView Abstract
Jonathan Yahalom
Synergizing Health Disparities Efforts across Settings in the SER Hispano Project: Facilitators and Barriers of an Interdisciplinary Academic-Community PartnershipView Abstract
Gabriela Nagy
Utilizing community-based research to test and refine interventions in global mental health: A pilot evaluation of an emotion-focused intervention for school-going youth in post-earthquake NepalView Abstract
Megan Ramaiya
Paper session 1: Considering Culture in Care
Cross-cultural, trans-cultural, and global perspectives on mindfulness: Lessons and future directions from comparing Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy and Morita Psychotherapy from JapanView Abstract
Hiroe Hu
Incómodo: A Mixed-Methods Examination of Primary Care Nurses’ Experiences Managing Depression in Rural GuatemalaView Abstract
Shanna Stryker
Rachel Kishton
Situating Mental Disorders in Cultural FramesView Abstract
George Eric Jarvis
Paper session 2: Interdisciplinary Collaboration
Collaborative Care for Racial/Ethnic Minority Populations in Primary Care: A Systematic ReviewView Abstract
Jennifer Hu
Tina Wu
Swathi Damodaran
The ‘Science of Morals’ of a Psychiatric Emergency ServiceView Abstract
Sang Ik Song
Urban Hospital Collaboration to Improve Cross-Cultural CareView Abstract
Mark Nathanson
Jennifer Traxler
Dhruv Gupta
Anthy Phillips
1:45pm – 2:00pm ET
10:45am – 11:00am PT
2:00pm – 2:45pm ET
11:00am – 11:45am PT
Symposium 3: The Development of an Educational Partnership and Ethiopian-Canadian Academic Collaboration: The Story of TAAPP and TAAACView Abstract
Moderator: Clare Pain
The Development of Psychiatric Education in Ethiopia: 15 years of TAAPPView Abstract
Lisa Andermann
Ethiopian Perspectives on an Educational Partnership: The Toronto Addis Ababa Psychiatry Program (TAAPP)View Abstract
Benyam Worku Dubale
Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration (TAAAC): a relational partnership model for building educational capacity between a high- and low-income university: lessons learnedView Abstract
Clare Pain
Symposium 4: Insights and Lessons Learned in International Mental Health PromotionView Abstract
Applying the RE-AIM Framework in International Mental Health Implementation ResearchView Abstract
Kenneth P. Fung
Facilitators and Barriers to Interdisciplinary and International Collaborations in Mental Health PromotionView Abstract
Weijia Tan
What Constitutes “Culture” in International Cross-Cultural CollaborationsView Abstract
Jenny JW Liu
Paper session 3: Services for Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Prioritizing Refugees’ Voices: Reconceptualizing Refugee Ethics Protocols in Refugee ResearchView Abstract
Neil Bilotta
Understanding the Experience of Latin American Female Asylum Seekers in Quebec: An Intersectional and Narrative ApproachView Abstract
Laura Gallo Tapias
“We are all under the same roof”: Coping and meaning making among older Bhutanese with a refugee life experienceView Abstract
Bhuwan Gautam
Tej Mishra
Mental health of conflict-affected internally displaced persons in Northern Sri Lanka: The COMGAP-S studyView Abstract
Shannon Doherty
Giselle Dass
Paper session 4: Inclusion and Access
Developing a Meaningful and Culturally Safe Collaborative Space for First-Line Workers in Youth Mental Health and Wellness in Nunavik: The Atautsikut Community of Practice (CoP) ExperienceView Abstract
Janique Johnson-Lafleur
Moving Indigenous Mental Wellness Knowledge to Action in a Manitoba First Nation CommunityView Abstract
Grace Kyoon-Achan
Diane Linklater
The Use of Information Communication Technologies Among Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Descriptive Qualitative StudyView Abstract
Theoneste Ntalindwa
Therapy with Remote Patients: Principle ConceptsView Abstract
James Griffith
2:45pm – 3:15pm ET
11:45am – 12:15pm PT
Business Meeting – Open to all (announcements, reports, awards)
3:15pm – 4:00pm ET
12:15pm – 1:00pm PT
Poster Session
Refugee Mental Health Upon Arrival to Kentucky: Correlation of Refugee Health Screener 15 (RHS-15) score to Social and Ethnographic VariablesBarbara Ekeh
When Family Decisions Conflict with Standard of Care: Case Report of a Korean Immigrant with Schizophrenia and Medication-Resistant CatatoniaCrystal Han*
The First Episode Psychosis Experience of Filipino-Canadians in Montreal: An Interpretative Phenomenological AnalysisJenna Pastorini
Participatory evaluation of a co-designed group psychosocial intervention to promote well-being in GuatemalaKatherine Pizarro*
The Weighty Teenage Years: Weight Assessment Accuracy as a Function of Gender, Sleep, and Depression in Minnesota High School StudentsMolly Fennig*
Psychiatry After the Bell: An Ongoing Collaboration to Address to Mental Health Issues in After School ProgramsNayla Khoury
The Role of Primary Care in the Use of Specialty Mental Health ServicesNina Jhaveri*
Baksbat, Nelumbo nucifera and Robam Kbach Boran: Exploring perspectives and experiences of a Cambodian idiom of distress through the filmic imageIngrid Olivia Norrmén-Smith*
Sustainability of a Multicultural Consultation Service within an Academic Medical CenterMacey Arnold*
Challenges and lessons learned in re-filming the WHO mhGAP training videos for Sri Lankan context - a qualitative studyGergana Manolova*
*All posters will be available on the conference website. Presenters with an asterisk will also be available during the live poster session for Q&A.