View the program and abstracts for the 42nd 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, Thursday, April 22, 2021

Time Session Speaker/Facilitator Abstract

12 – 12:45p ET

9 – 9:45a PT

John Spiegel Fellowship Presentation:

Foundations of Somali resiliency: Insights from a non-Western perspective

Alec Terrana Abstract

12:45 – 1p ET

9:45 – 10a PT


1 – 2:30p ET

10 – 11:30a PT

Symposium 1: ‘Together for Mental Health’: Using visual research methods to understand how health workers, families and healers work together to improve mental health and reduce coercion and restraint in Ghana and Indonesia Abstract
Background and lessons learned from Ghana and Indonesia Ursula Read
Erminia Colucci
An ethnographic film case study of collaboration between healers and mental health workers in Ghana Lily Kpobi
Ursula M. Read
An ethnographic film case study of collaborative mental health care in Indonesia Ade W. Prastyani
Diana Setiyawati
Workshop 1: Addressing the Elephant in the Room: Incorporating acceptance and commitment therapy principles to overcome intergroup anxiety and improve race relations among mental healthcare professionals Kartik Sreepada
Sarah-Margaret Marks
Lauren Hanna
James Hambrick
Paper session 1: Community, Society, Collaboration
Developing Advisory Boards within Community-based Participatory Approaches to Improve Mental Health among Refugee Communities Alisa Miller
Emily Hahn
Negotiating Collaborative Partnerships between Psychiatry and other Mental Health Professionals and the First Nation Population in Northwestern Ontario Bobby Chaudhuri Abstract
Community participation in intervention design to promote wellbeing in indigenous communities in Guatemala: a realist-inspired process evaluation Katherine Pizarro Abstract
Slow Thought, Slow Psychiatry: A Social Psychiatry Manifesto Vincenzo Di Nicola Abstract

2:30 – 3p ET

11:30a – 12p PT


3 – 4:30p ET

12 – 1:30p PT

Paper session 2: Navigating Healthcare Systems
Best Practices of Addressing Psychosocial Needs of Refugees Els Rommes Abstract
Refugees’ Agency in Dealing With a Mental Healthcare System José Renkens
Els Rommes
Multilingualism in Outpatient Mental Health Care Services in Germany Mike Mösko Abstract
Ethno-Racial Differences in Coercive Interventions and its Influence on Help-Seeking Behaviours among Black First Episode Psychosis Patients Sommer Knight Abstract
Workshop 2: Making Global Mental Health Truly Global: An interactive discussion Victor Pereira-Sanchez
Anna Fiskin
Jibril I.M Handuleh
Sanya Virani
Bernadette Mdawar
Paper session 3: Supporting Children, Youth, and Young Adults
Distress, Despair, and Suicidality in Rural South African Youth Oyedeji A. Ayonrinde Abstract
Improving Behavioral Health Screening in Primary Care through Inter-Disciplinary Collaboration Lidija Petrovic-Dovat Abstract
A Validation Study of Language and Health Brokering Measures in a Young Adult Population Andrea Ochoa
Anoushka Gokhale
Non-Suicidal Self Injury and Social Media: Public Health in the Culture of Online Communities Tess Wishart
Devyn DeMars

4:30 – 5p ET

1:30 – 2p PT

Optional: Meet the committee chairs
Program Committee Bonnie Kaiser
Education Committee Kenneth Fung
Advocacy Committee Anna Fiskin
Trainees Committee Jenny Liu
Membership Committee Eric Jarvis
Family Interest Group Steven Wolin
Senior Advisory Group Effort (SAGE) Jim Boehnlein

Day 2, Friday, April 23, 2021

Time Session Speaker/Facilitator Abstract
12 – 1:15p ET
9 – 10:15a PT
Plenary Presentation:
Diseases of Despair in Central Appalachia in the Time of COVID and Efforts to Assist
Larry Merkel
Scott Murphy
1:15 – 1:30p ET
10:15 – 10:30a PT
1:30 – 3p ET
10:30a – 12p PT
Symposium 2: Sociocultural Diversity, Mental Health, and COVID-19: From research to practice Abstract
Latent class analysis of COVID-19 experiences, social distancing, and mental health Rochelle L. Frounfelker
Ethno-cultural disparities in mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic Diana Miconi
From research to action: A collaborative community project to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in ethno-racial communities in Montreal Cecile Rousseau
Workshop 3: Arts-Based and Visual Methodologies as Tools for Collaborative Mental Health Research and Human Rights Activism Erminia Colucci Abstract
Workshop 4: Advancing Equitable Care: Taking Action to Address Sociocultural Influences on Pediatric Psychiatric Practices Cody Roi
Charles Coleman
Brittnie Fowler
Paper session 4: A Focus on Healthcare Worker Needs
Pride or Prejudice? In What Ways Does the Ethnicity of Medical Students and Doctors, alongside the Process of Medical Acculturation, impact on their Mental Health, Wellbeing and Professional Attainment? Diana Bass Abstract
Using Digital Platforms to Deliver Resilience Training to Counter Burnout in Healthcare Workers in Rural Nepal Eva Studer
Tula Gupta
Psychologists in Armenia: Agents of Change Amid Constraint and Intransigence Seran Schug
Narine Abrahamyan
Developing a Mental Health Curriculum with a Focus on Culture for Volunteers at a Student-Run Primary Care Free Clinic Serving Primarily Hispanic Patients Andrea Mendiola Abstract
3 – 3:30p ET
12 – 12:30p PT
3:30 – 4:30pm ET
12:30 – 1:30p PT
Works-In-Progress 1
Learning in Good Faith: Lessons from a cultural humility training day on mental health in Muslim communities Sarah Hanafi
Salam El-Majzoub
Sara Cohen-Fournier
Mario-Pierre Gervais
Jennifer Picado
Esperanza (hope): Community-University Partnership to Reduce Mental Health Disparities in Latinx Communities Stephen Quintana Abstract
Works-In-Progress 2
A Clinician’s Management of a Female Patient with Schizophrenia Desirous of Childbearing Nyamekye Richards Abstract
“The challenge is the healing method” The practice of Transcultural Psychiatry in the DyoNises Theatre Thiago Beck Raices Abstract
Resident Consultation Session Kenneth Fung
Anna Fiskin
Lisa Andermann

Day 3, Saturday, April 24, 2021

Time Session Speaker/Facilitator Abstract

12 – 1:30 ET

9 – 10:30 PT

Workshop 5: Finding Hope in Telling Our Stories:Understanding the Intersection of Discrimination and Shame in the Treatment of Eating Disorders in People of Color and LGBTQ+ Communities Norman Kim Abstract
Workshop 6: Enhancing Structural Humility: Using Community Mapping as a Therapeutic Tool Ana Ozdoba
Shaina Siber-Sanderowitz
Allison Glasgow
Elizabeth Beckford
Tara Chouake
Paper session 5: Trauma, Stigma, and Distress: Lessons Learned
Past trauma, resettlement stress, and mental health of older Bhutanese with a refugee life experience Tej Mishra
Rochelle Frounfelker
A Cross-Cultural Comparative Study of Demoralization and Subjective Incompetence in Italy and in the United States John de Figueiredo
Robert Kohn
Lived Experience, Policy and Resilience under COVID 19 Gerald McKinley Abstract
Self-stigma among individuals with psychosis and their caregivers in Yogyakarta, Indonesia Ria Dwi Agustina Abstract

1:30 – 1:45 ET

10:30 – 10:45 PT


1:45 – 2:30 ET

10:45 – 11:30 PT

Business Meeting

2:30 – 3:15 ET

11:30 – 12:15 PT

Poster Session
Exploring the Horizon of Culturally-Attuned Mobile Technology Assisted Mental Health Interventions Among Pregnant and Postpartum Women: An Equity Focused Systematic Review Ammar Saad
Olivia Magwood
The Ethics of Collaborative Partnerships Bobby Chaudhuri Abstract
Strengthening a community of practice during the COVID-19 pandemic: A co-created podcast series for Indigenous mental health promotion Caroline Bec Abstract
Yazidi Refugees and their Mental Health Care Providers in Canada: Perspectives on mental health, coping strategies and barriers to care Jacqueline Bobyn Abstract
Online Acceptance and Commitment to Empowerment (ACE) Training to increase Resilience and Promote Social Justice and Equity in response to the Pandemic Jenny JW Liu Abstract
Changes in acuity of mental illness in a residential school in South India in the context of COVID-19 Kartik Sreepada Abstract
Are Theatrical Vignettes a Viable Medium to Support Asian American Families Affected by COVID-19? CHATogether in Secondary Boarding Schools Max Su Abstract
Cultural adaptation of family psychoeducation for West African families of patients with First Episode Psychosis: A qualitative needs assessment Michaela Field Abstract
A Qualitative Study on the Experience of First Episode Psychosis and Pathways to Care for South Asian Women Using Early Intervention Services for Psychosis in Montreal Negin Zamani Abstract
Reported Psychosocial Benefits of Self Help Groups in Rural Rwanda Nina Sreshta
Sifa Dorcas
The effect of multiple cultural environments on divergent thinking: Does your culture impact your cognitive flexibility and problem-solving abilities? Pascale Bockelmann Abstract

3:15 – 4:45p ET

12:15 – 1:45p PT

Symposium 3: Bridging differences: A three-site comparison of cultural consultation Discussant: Laurence Kirmayer Abstract
20 Years of Cultural Consultation in Montreal G. Eric Jarvis
Essential components of an effective multicultural peer consultation service Gabriela Nagy
Bridging differences: The experience of Centre Minkowska in Paris, France Stéphanie Larchanché
Workshop 7: Strategies for Engaging & Collaborating With Refugee Communities to Deliver Mental Health Services Emma Cardeli
Osob Issa
Workshop 8: First Do No Harm: Teaching Ethics in Global Mental Health Training Programs James Griffith
Michael Sexton
Rida Malick
Raj Sachdej