Mental Health
Section Newsletter
Annual Meeting 2005



This is the last of these “From the Chair” Newsletter items I will be writing. The two-year term seems in many ways to have gone by quickly. It also seems to me that over this time the Section has changed somewhat. Many longstanding members have gone on to do other things, gotten busy with other aspects of their careers, changed jobs, retired, found things about the Section or about APHA that don’t work for them, or, for any number of personal reasons, just “dropped out.” This is regrettable; many of these folks were among our most energetic members. But this may just be the trajectory of such organizations over time.

On the bright side, we have attracted a number of new members and have seen many of our younger members “rise in the ranks,” as it were, to assume leadership positions. At the conclusion of this year’s meetings, Rani Desai of Yale University will become chair, and David Mandell from the University of Pennsylvania will become chair-elect. The Section could not ask for two better leaders. Rani and her husband Mayur have done two (!) stints as program co-chairs, and are well aware of the APHA “way of doing things.”  David has been extremely active in the Section as well. There are important roles to be played by the chair-elect and the past chair, and I’m looking forward to working with Rani and David, along with a host of other officers, to provide continuity and, hopefully, to complete a couple of projects that were undertaken this year but not completed.

John Lennon observed that “Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” This could never have been better exemplified than in the case of this year’s APHA Annual Meeting. As the levees broke in New Orleans, many of us feared that the meeting would be among the many casualties of Katrina. But in a miraculous display of organizational dexterity, APHA managed quickly to get back on track, locate venues where we had recently been and were familiar with, and put on a conference in a terrific setting. We’re grateful to them for their efforts. Some things may not go off as planned, for sure, but the conference will undoubtedly be the usual success.  I’m looking forward to seeing everyone there. A number of things remain to be arranged as I’m writing this, and you will be informed about them by way of one of my “Messages from the Chair” sent to you electronically over the coming weeks.

While I’m passing along kudos to APHA, I want to take the opportunity in this last message to thank publicly our Section Liaison, Fran Atkinson. APHA is a big organization made up of multiple sections, each with its own personality and in some cases, its own sometimes marginally competent chair. From the sections’ standpoint, Fran is the “human being” at the other end of the line, who is immediately responsive, endlessly patient and extremely flexible. All large organizations should have a Fran whom folks could deal with!

As we mentioned in our last message, this year’s awardees are: for the Rema LaPouse Award, Mervyn Susser; for the Carl Taube Award, Hank Steadman; and for the Section Award, Rick Beinecke. Not mentioned in the last message was this year’s Kenneth Lutterman Award winner, Carl Foreman. Carl is a student at Portland State University in Oregon, and his paper “Implementation of Evidence-based Practices for State Mental Health Services: Lessons from Oregon” was an excellent piece of research that was right on target for the evidence-based practice theme of this year’s conference. There were several excellent papers under consideration, but Carl’s was high on everyone’s list.

The Section Social: (Or, Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus!)

With Katrina possibly looming as the “Grinch Who Stole the Section Social,” our plans for this event looked bleak, to say the least.  But within 15 minutes of my informing you all of that grim prospect, I received a call from Trevor Hadley at U Penn inviting us to join his “Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research Holiday Party.” This event will take place on Monday, Dec. 12  from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. at the Inn at Penn, which is located at 3600 Sansom Street in Philadelphia.  It promises to be a fun event -- hey with Trevor as host, how can it be otherwise? So our annual schmoozing, network and Section Award presentation event is on!

Trevor would like to get a count of the number of people who plan  to attend, so if you would, please e-mail my Administrative Assistant, Janice Robert at <> to let her know if you’ll be attending. A big thanks to Trevor Hadley!!!.

Other Details--As I said, a number of things remain to be finalized, including the Section breakfasts and a other details. We will be sending you information as it becomes available, so be on the lookout for further “Messages from the Chair.” Again, I’m looking forward to this event and to seeing all of my friends in the Section.


With very best wishes,


Bill Fisher

Section Chair


Please click on the link to view the Mental Health Annual Meeting Schedule.

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Mental Health Section Council member Sylvia Caras has been following the increasing adoption of electronic and personal health records nationally and in California, as well as what is happening internationally by attending the World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis. She also spoke at a regional transformation leadership meeting organized by the
National Governors Association and CMHS.


MH Section representative Martin Gittleman has recommended “Promoting mental health: Concepts, emerging evidence, practice - Full Report.”

The Report aims to bring to life the mental health dimension of health promotion. Like health promotion, mental health promotion involves actions that allow people to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles and create living conditions and environments that support health. This book describes the concepts relating to promotion of mental health, the emerging evidence for effectiveness of interventions and the public health policy and practice implications.

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William H. Fisher, PhD Chair 2003-2005
University of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA 01655
Work: (508) 856-8711
Home: (508) 842-3307
Fax: (508) 856-8700

Janice E. Cohen, MD Past Chair 2003-2005
Mental Health Researcher
1369 4th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 9412-2615
Phone: (415)566-6683

Rani A. Desai, PhD, MPH Chair-elect 2005-2005
Yale University/NEPEC
950 Campbell Avenue
West Haven, CT 06516
Phone: (203) 937-3850
Fax: (203) 937-3850

David S. Mandell, ScD Section Councilor; Chair Elect 2003-2005
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
3535 Market Street, #3019
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215)662-2504
Fax: (215) 349-8715

Martin Gittelman, PhD Governing Council 2003-2005
New York University SOM
100 W 94th Street
New York, NY 10025
Phone: (212) 725-7875
Home: (212) 663-0130
Fax: (212) 663-3013
APHA Mental Health Section Research - Choices – Recovery
December 2005 Newsletter, page 19

John Kastan, PhD. Governing Council 2003-2004
St Vincent Catholic Medical
77 7th Avenue, Apt 14G
Phone: (212) 604-1571
Fax: (212) 604-1571

Roger A. Boothroyd, PhD Governing Council
University of South Florida
502 Stratfield Drive
Lutz, FL 33549-6821
Phone: (813) 974-1915
Home: (813) 949-9046

Sylvia Caras, PhD Section Councilor 2004-2007
People Who
146 Chrystal Terrace 5
Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3654
Phone: (831) 426-5335

Huey-Jen Chen, PhD Section Councilor 2003-2006
Florida Mental Health Institute
13301 Bruce B Downs Blvd
Tampa, FL 33612
Phone: (813) 974-0709
Fax: (813) 974-9327

Mathew Johnsen, PhD Section Councilor 2002-2005
University of Massachusetts SOM
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA 1655
Phone: (508) 856-8692
Fax: (508) 856-8700

Paul G. Stiles, JD, PhD Section Councilor 2004-2007
University of South Florida
13301 Bruce B Downs Blvd
Tampa, FL 33612-3807
Phone: (813) 974-4510
Fax: (813) 974-4696

Kenneth S Thompson, MD Section Councilor 2002-22005
University of Pittsburgh
6108 Kentucky Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206-4213
Phone: (412) 605-1419
Home: (412) 661-2506

Anthony Kouzis, PhD Secretary; Newsletter Editor 2004-
Johns Hopkins University
4100 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218-1024
Phone:(410) 967-1176

Kathleen C. Thomas, PhD Chair, Booth Committee 2005
Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
725 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, CB #7590
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7590
Phone: (919) 966-3387
Fax: (919) 966-1634

Mayur Desai, PhD Program Committee
Yale University School of Medicine
VA Connecticut Healthcare System NEPEC (182)
950 Campbell Avenue
West Haven, CT 06516
Phone: (203) 932-5711 ext. 4728
Fax: (203) 937-4762 (fax)

Rani A. Desai, PhD, MPH Program Committee
Yale University School of Medicine
950 Campbell Avenue
West Haven, CT 06516
Phone: (203) 932-5711 x3615
Fax: (203) 937-3463

Jean Demmler, Ph.D. Membership Committee
School of Social Work
University of Denver
2148 S. High Street
Denver, CO 80208
Phone: (303) 871-4099

David S. Mandell, ScD Nominating committee

William H. Fisher, PhD Awards Committee

Anthony Kouzis, PhD Rema Lapouse Award Committee