The Misericordia University Department of Psychology Department and the Honors Exploration Program are observing Mental Health Awareness Month in October by offering a film screening with a panel discussion and a lecture that addresses societal stigmas attached to mental illness. The events are free, and open to the public.
The 40-minute documentary film, "What Are You Thinking?," is being screened on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall. The film was produced to expose viewers to societal stigmas against people with disabilities and encourage them to examine their own stigmatizing behavior. The documentary features several experts who explain how stigma contributes to the way the public is conditioned to think about people with disabilities. At the conclusion of the film, a panel of anti-stigma experts from Misericordia University and local mental health organizations will discuss the film. The panel includes disability researchers Rebecca Steinberger, Ph.D., professor, English; Melissa Sgroi, Ed.D., chair, Department of Mass Communications and Design; Allison Maloney, Ph.D., R.N., assistant professor, nursing, all from Misericordia University, as well as Joseph Fedak and Magen Washileski from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. The panel and post-film discussion is going to moderated by Misericordia University Professor Alicia Nordstrom, Ph.D., of the Department of Psychology.
The lecture, "Erasing the Stigma of Mental Illness: What Says the Dodo Bird?," will be presented by Patrick Corrigan, Psy.D., distinguished professor of psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology, on Friday, Oct. 20, at 12 p.m. in Lemmond Theater at Walsh Hall. The former professor of psychiatry and executive director of the Center on Psychiatric Rehabilitation at the University of Chicago, Dr. Corrigan's research examines psychiatric disability and the impact of stigma on recovery and rehabilitation.
Dr. Corrigan currently serves as principal investigator of the National Consortium for Stigma and Empowerment, a collaboration of investigators and advocates from more than a dozen institutions funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. In addition, he is the principal investigator on grants from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, as well as the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute regarding behavioral health care. The author of more than 300 peer-reviewed articles, he is editor emeritus of the American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and editor of Stigma and Health, a new journal published by the American Psychological Association. Corrigan has authored or edited 15 books, most recently, "The Stigma of Disease and Disability."For more information about the Department of Psychology at Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or visit www.misericordia.edu/psychology.