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Cameron University’s Academic Festival XII continues with Dr. Nii Addy, neuroscientist and mental health advocate

Cameron University will continue its12th Academic Festival, “Care and Health: A Generational Approach,” with a presentation by neuroscientist and mental health advocate Dr. Nii Addy. The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place on Monday, November 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the University Theatre. Tickets are required for admission and can be reserved online at https://www.cameron.edu/festival beginning on October 1.

“According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five adults in America experiences a mental illness,” says CU President John McArthur. “Given his extensive knowledge of brain biology and track record for mental health advocacy, I anticipate that Dr. Addy’s presentation will resonate with all audience members.”

A renowned neuroscientist and noted mental health advocate, Addy will offer strategies for adults who struggle with mental health issues. Addy engages audiences through his expertise in the brain biology of anxiety, depression and addiction; his familiarity with effective psychological interventions; his perspective as a black scientist in the midst of ongoing racism and racial injustices; and as a person of faith.

Addy is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and of Cellular and Molecular Physiology at Yale University. At the Yale School of Medicine, he directs a federally funded research program investigating the neurobiological bases of depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders. He and his team also investigate new potential therapies for mental health challenges.

As the creator and host of powerful town hall events, he has built unique partnerships between scientists, clinicians, educators, faith leaders, entertainers, professional athletes, and community and mental health advocacy groups. In these engaging town hall conversations, panelists discuss topics at the intersection of neuroscience, mental health, faith, culture and social justice.

Addy is the host of “The Addy Hour” podcast, where he explores the same subjects with community leaders, scientists, professional athletes, entertainers, faith leaders and mental health experts.

He serves on the editorial boards of multiple scientific journals, reviews grant applications for the National Institutes of Health, and serves on the Board of Trustees for The Carver Project.

“Care and Health: A Generational Approach” will continues throughout the 2023-24 academic year. Through a series of presentations by nationally recognized speakers, Cameron will consider three distinct aspects of the festival theme: child and adolescent mental health, adult mental health and mental health support for caregivers and the individuals they support.

The McCasland Foundation of Duncan is the primary sponsor for CU’s academic festival series. Additional funding is provided by the Cameron University Foundation and through the CU Lectures and Concerts Series.

For more information, contact the Cameron University Office of Public Affairs at 580-581-2211 or via e-mail at publicaffairs@cameron.edu.



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