The Annual DeWitt C. Alfred Jr. Psychiatry Research Symposium is the signature event for the Morehouse School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. A key aim of the symposium is to provide an opportunity for Department of Psychiatry faculty, psychiatry residents, community leaders, and regional professions to present the results of their diverse mental health research and community engagement activities.
This year’s symposium theme was “Culturally Competent Care” and featured a diversity of topics and presenters, with presentations focused on improving our understanding of cultural competency and cultural sensitivity as an essential component to mental and behavioral health interventions and as a strategy to address challenges to achieve improved mental health equity. Topics included recovery from mental illness, trauma informed engagement in mental health care and the physiological and psychological impact of violent video games on children and adolescents. Approximately 50 participants attended this year’s symposium.