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Vikram Patel, MBBS, PhD

Presidential Citation for Distinguished Contributions to Mental Health and Social Justice

In elevating our understanding of the burden of mental disorders globally and their association with poverty and social disadvantage, Dr. Patel has demonstrated how community resources can be used effectively to deliver mental health prevention and treatment services, thereby making mental health care more accessible to all. In 2015, Dr. Patel was listed as one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People. Learn more about Dr. Patel's approach by watching his Ted Talk


Chirlane McCray

Presidential Citation for Distinguished Contributions to Mental Health and Social Justice Award Address

The First Lady of New York City, Ms. McCray created ThriveNYC, the most comprehensive mental health plan of any city or state in the nation, and she is recognized nationally as a powerful champion of mental health reform. Ms. McCray spearheads the Cities Thrive Coalition of mayors, which advocates for a more integrated and better-funded behavioral health system. 


Alicia Lieberman, PhD

Blanche F. Ittleson Award Address

Developer of an evidence-based mental health treatment for young children exposed to domestic violence and other traumatic life events, Dr. Lieberman has advanced our understanding of attachments, toddler development and the effects of domestic violence on children and families. She currently directs the Child Trauma Research Program at the University of California, San Francisco and serves on Zero to Three's board of directors. Watch this video to hear Dr. Lieberman explain the significance of relationships in the first three years of a child's life.  


Bradley Olson, PhD

Marion Langer Award Address

A past president of Psychologists for Social Responsibility and co-founder of the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology, Dr. Olson focuses on human rights, nonviolence, community organizing, and substance abuse.      



Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart, PhD

Max Hayman Award Address

A social worker and expert in mental health, Dr. Brave Heart is best known for her efforts to understand mental health and substance abuse in indigenous populations and to intervene to help indigenous populations heal from historical trauma. Hear Dr. Brave Heart talk about her experience working with native peoples in this interview.

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