Mental Health
Section Newsletter
Spring 2004



It’s been a tough winter in some parts of the country, and the world news continues to be depressing. I’m pleased to report, though, that Section activities are proceeding along. This is due mainly to the tireless effort of our various committee folks, who seem to be able to rise to occasions promptly and to cope with my general level of tardiness and disorganization. They have my sincere gratitude.

Thanks to all of you who submitted abstracts for the 2004 meetings in Washington, and also to those of who encouraged non-members or students to do so. From my perspective, the scientific program that is the heart of what the national meetings are about, and ensuring that we continue to have good quality sessions that will be well attended needs to be an important focus of our efforts.

In that regard, I want to reiterate a point I made at the final business meeting last fall and that has been reinforced through conversations with a number of persons in the academic research community. At one time, APHA was an important venue for the presentation of new research findings. For many of us it still is, but for some in the academic community it has taken a back seat to other conferences where audiences are larger. This trend has long-term repercussions for the health and viability of our section. When leading investigators bypass APHA in favor of other settings, it’s likely that their doctoral students, post-docs and junior colleagues will do likewise. Ultimately this could adversely affect our membership numbers and. deplete the flow of young, energetic people into the Section.

I would also like to make personal appeals to those of you who once were active in the section but who, for one reason or another, have “lapsed.” We want you back! Many of you were the people who were responsible for reviving the Section in the ‘80s and ‘90s, and your wisdom and energy are greatly missed! (Many of those folks won’t see this, of course, because they are no longer members. Maybe someone could pass it on.)

That said, we don’t want to make our section one that welcomes only academics, and I think that, largely through the efforts of previous section officers and members that is not the case. We want to continue to work toward creating an environment that welcomes consumers, family members and practitioners of all kinds. Again, though, we need to recognize that we are now one of several venues where people who share our interests can go. With that in mind, persons in these sectors of our community should also be encouraging others to think of us as an organization to which they would like to belong.

None of this is to say that we are losing members; in fact, my communications with APHA suggest that, while other sections have seen a decline in membership, we are essentially holding our own. That’s a tribute to all of you who’ve hung in and worked to broaden the scope of our membership. We need to continue these efforts to ensure the future viability of our section.

Thanks again to all the folks who’ve been so enormously helpful in my fledgling term as Section Chair, and best wishes for a great summer!


This year's Social Hour is being planned to take advantage of the excellent restaurants located near the Washington Convention Center where the APHA Annual Meeting will be held. Current plans are for a cocktail hour reception with plentiful hors d'oeuvres and small plates at the Lei Garden, 631 H Street, NW, on Monday, Nov. 8th. The reception will include presentation of awards and recognition of the many contributors to our activities. APHA will not permit receptions and social hours held outside of the Convention Center to be listed in the Annual Meeting Program (claiming that it would affect their insurance liability!!!), so plan on stopping by the Section Exhibit on Sunday or Monday to get final details on the Social Hour.

Deferring to the preferences of many members, we will not seek financial support for this event from pharmaceutical suppliers. The Florida Mental Health Institute and the Academy of Organizational and Occupational Psychiatry have expressed interest in providing sponsorship for the Social Hour.


C. Hendricks Brown, Ph.D., Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the College of Public Health of the University of South Florida is to receive the Rema Lapouse Award of the American Public Health Association. Granted by the Mental Health, Biostatistics, and Epidemiology Sections, the Rema Lapouse award is presented annually to an outstanding scientist in the field of psychiatric epidemiology. This year’s award is to be presented at a special session of the American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting in Washington, DC where Dr. Brown is to deliver a special lecture at a session in his honor.

Dr. Brown received his Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Chicago in 1981. Prior to moving to the University of South Florida in 1992, he was Associate Professor of Biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. Since 1995, he has been a NIMH and NIDA funded Independent Scientist devoting 80% time to research for the design and analysis of preventive trials in mental health. A major responsibility has been directing the Prevention Science and Methodology Group which cosponsors methodology workshops at funded prevention research centers across the country. Brown has also been Principal Investigator of NIMH and CDC funded research in methodology for population-based approaches to prevent suicide and a NIDA project for the prevention of early drug abuse risk in schools.

Dr Brown has specialized in designing analytic methods to tackle problems of selection bias and differential attrition in a series of prevention trials merging biostatistical (exploratory methods, Gibbs Sampler, data augmentations, and multiple imputations) and psychometric methods (measurement error models) regarding intervention impact, including models of mediation and effect modification and growth curve modeling. In addition to teaching in the University of South Florida, he is Co-principal Investigator of a NIMH training grant program for the Baltimore Prevention Research Center at the Johns Hopkins University Department of Mental Health.

Hendricks has served on numerous advisory panels including: the NIH, NIMH, NIDA, DHHS, CDC, Pew Charitable Trusts, RW Johnson, and states of Florida and Illinois. He has published some 50 peer and 20 non-peer reviewed papers or chapters. These have appeared in: statistical, behavioral and social science, drug and addictions, social work, education, counseling, and medical (general, pediatrics, and psychiatric) journals. According to his c.v. he has delivered 99 scientific presentations since 1988.

We hope everyone attends the Rema Lapouse Award ceremony at the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting in Washington, DC this November where Dr. C. Hendricks Brown will present his invited lecture, his 100th scientific presentation, as the Rema Lapouse Awardee for 2004.


It is time to begin to plan for the 132nd Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, DC, November 6-10, 2004. We need your help to make the Mental Health Section Booth interesting and inviting to catch the eye of visitors to the exhibit hall. Please think about the work that you have been doing this year and what policy reports, briefs, journal articles, tools, conference announcements, and related materials you can share with visitors to the section’s booth. The booth is an opportunity to meet section members and recruit new members, as well as a way to communicate your work to the thousands of public health professionals and students attending the meeting.

Please think about planning to volunteer for a shift at the Mental Health Section Booth. It is truly enjoyable, time well spent, and a great way to network, and raise awareness about mental health issues. As we get closer to the meeting I will share the work schedule with you so that you can choose your preferred time to staff the booth. I am looking forward to working with you to make the 132nd meeting a rousing success. If you have questions or ideas I would really like to hear from you, please e-mail me at

-- Gloria Thornton,

Forty-year Anniversaries

APHA recently released the list of individuals celebrating their 40th APHA anniversary in 2004. The section would like to recognize and congratulate two Mental Health Section members on that list -- R. W. Finner, MD and Monroe Winter Spero, MD, MPH.

Annual Meeting attendees can receive full access to these expanded sessions by registering for E-ssentialLearning on the Annual Meeting registration form. Special introductory discounted fees of $25 for Annual Meeting session presenters, $50 for APHA members (who are not session presenters), and $100 for non-members and are in effect for anyone registering for the full APHA Annual Meeting by the October 1st pre-registration deadline. These fees will increase substantially for anyone registering on-site at the Annual Meeting in Washington.

Log-in information and password access to these EssentialLearning
sessions will be provided to registrants immediately following theAnnual Meeting.

NEW! Presenters Able to Upload PowerPoint Presentations in Advance

LCD projectors and computers are now included as part of the standard audiovisual package in each session room. This new technology will enable presenters to upload their PowerPoint presentations in advance of the meeting and have them pre-loaded on the APHA session computers. Individual presentations then begin with a click of the mouse. The cost and inconvenience of bringing a computer to the annual meeting has been eliminated for presenters allowing them to take advantage of new technologies and be a part of the E-ssentialLearning experience.

NEW! E-ssentialLearning

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Expanded Access to Annual Meeting Sessions

APHA is expanding the educational experience of both presenters and attendees at the APHA Annual Meeting by investing in LCD projectors, computers and new web based technology for all scientific sessions. This new technology will enable voice and PowerPoint presentations to be recorded and uploaded to the APHA web-site following the meeting, thus extending the life of the meeting and providing access to hundreds of actual scientific session presentations that Annual Meeting registrants
may have missed while attending other sessions.

Mental Health Section Leadership 2004

The mental health section website is at:

William H. Fisher, PhD
University of Massachusetts
5 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA 01655
Ph: (508) 856 8711
Fax: (508) 856 8700
251 Prospect Street
Shrewsbury, MA 01545

Janice E. Cohen MD
1369 Fourth Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94122-2615
Home:(415) 566 7223
Cell: (415) 336 1260

James E. Hall, PhD
Northeast Psychiatric and Psychological Institute
380 Copperfield Boulevard
Concord, North Carolina 28025
Ph: (704) 262 1800
(704) 262 1818
Fax: (704) 262 1836

Program Chairs for 2004
Rani A. Desai, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Yale University Dept. of Psychiatry
Associate Director, Northeast Program Evaluation Center NEPEC/182
950 Campbell Avenue
West Haven, CT 06516
Ph: (203) 932 5711 x3615
Fax: (203) 937 3463

Mayur Desai, PhD, MPH
Northeast Program Evaluation Center NEPEC/182
950 Campbell Avenue
West Haven, CT 06516
Ph: (203) 937 3850
Fax: (203) 937 4762

Governing Council
Anita Saranga Coen, LCSW 2003-2004
4039 S. Quince St.
Denver CO 80237
Ph: (303) 721 1032
Cell: (720) 988 9633

Jean Demmler, PhD 2002-2003
Graduate School of Social Work
University of Denver
2148 S. High St.
Denver, CO 80208
Ph: (303) 871 4099

Mary E. Evans, MSN, Ph.D 2002-2003
College of Nursing
University of South Florida
12401 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33612
Ph: (813) 974 9112

John Kastan, PhD 2004-2005
St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Centers of NY
Behavioral Health Services
203 W. 12th Street
O’Toole Building, Rm 603
New York, NY 10011
Ph: (212) 604 1571
Fax: (212) 604 8794

Section Council
Roger A.Boothroyd, PhD
Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute
13301 Bruce B. Downs Blvd, MHC 2719
University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida 33612-3807
Ph: (813) 974 1915
Fax: (813) 974 9327
502 Stratfield Drive
Lutz FL 33549
Ph: (813) 949 9046

David Y. Brown
Senior Research Associate
CARF...The Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission
4891 East Grant Road
Tucson, AZ 85712
Ph: (520) 325 1044 ext. 105
Fax: (520) 318 1129

Matthew Johnsen, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor
Research Director, Program for Clubhouse Research
Center for Mental Health Services Research
Department of Psychiatry
University of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lave Avenue North
Ph: (508) 856 8692
Fax: (508) 856 8700

Virginia Mulkern, PhD
Human Services Research Institute
2336 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02140
Ph: (617) 876 0426

Kenneth Thompson, MD
6108 Kentucky Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Ph: (412) 383 9805
Pgr: (412) 565 8078


Gloria Jane Thornton, MA, MFT
Senior Health Promotion Specialist
Blue Cross of California
State Sponsored Programs
816 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94109
Ph: (415) 474 2212
Fax: (415) 474 9508

Bruno Lima Symposium/MH Section Representative to the Task Force on Aging
John M. de Figueiredo, MD
Department of Psychiatry
Yale School of Medicine
PO Box 573
Cheshire, CT 06410
Ph: (203) 757 6060
Fax: (203) 757 5382

Consumer Survivor/Family Member
Sylvia Caras (Co-Chair)
People Who
146-5 Chrystal Terrace
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Ph/Fax:(831) 426 5335

Laura Ciprotti (Co-Chair)
43 Park St.
Marietta GA 30060
Fax: (770) 794 1596

Jean Demmler, PhD

Newsletter Editor
Elizabeth (Betty) Lin, PhD
Center for Addiction & Mental Health
ARF Site, Room T313
33 Russell Street
Toronto, ON, Canada
Ph: (416) 535 8501 x 4102
Fax: (416) 979 4703

Richard H. Beinecke, PhD

Policy Committee
Bill Fisher

John Kastan

John S. Lyons, Ph.D.
Mental Health Services and Policy Program
Northwestern University
710 North Lakeshore Drive, Abbott 1206
Chicago, Il. 60611
Ph: (312) 503 0425
Fax: (312) 503 0466
Cell: (312) 209 4940

Rema LaPousse Award
Anthony Kouzis
Johns Hopkins University
4100 North Charles Street #411
Baltimore, Maryland 21218

Section, Student, and Carl Taube Awards
Roger A.Boothroyd, PhD
Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute
13301 Bruce B. Downs Blvd, MHC 2719
University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida 33612-3807
Ph: (813) 974 1915
Fax: (813) 974 9327
502 Stratfield Drive
Lutz FL 33549
Ph: (813) 949 9046

(A.) Michael Wylie, Ph.D. (Site Sponsor)
Associate Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology
University of Hawaii
Honolulu, HI 96822
Ph: (808) 539 3941
Fax: (808) 539 3940

Casie H. Tanimura (Web Master)

APHA National Committee Membership
Rick Beinecke
Sylvia Caras
Martin Gittelman

Continuing Education, Special Sessions, and Leadership Support
Martin Gittelman, PhD
Manhattan Psychiatry Center
New York University
100 West 94th Street
New York, NY 10025
Ph: (212) 663 0131
Fax: (212) 725 7875

Rex Green PhD
PO Box 1151
Cupertino, CA 95015
Ph: (408) 255 0671
(408) 255 0238

Phil Leaf, PhD
Johns Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence
624 North Broadway, Room 819
Baltimore, MD 21205
Ph: (410) 955 3962
Fax: (410) 955 9088

Ron Manderscheid, PhD,
Parklawn Bldg. 15C01
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857
Ph: (301) 443 3345 (43)
Fax: (301) 299 3119

David Shern, PhD
Florida Mental Health Institute
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL 33612
Ph: (813) 980 2524

Zebulon Taintor, MD, FAPA
Department of Psychiatry
New York University Medical Center
19 E. 93rd Street
New York, NY 10128-0608
Ph: (914) 398 6526

Evelyn L. Barbee, PhD, RN
12 Hall Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02136
Ph: (617) 524 8899


Please note that for the first time, LCD projectors will be available for all presenters at the 2004 meeting. In addition, APHA plans to record and upload scientific sessions to its website after the meeting to allow increased access for those unable to attend or who were attending other concurrent presentations. For more details, see the ‘Other Announcements” section of this newsletter – editor

Sunday afternoon, November 7

Mental Health Section council and general business meetings

Monday, November 8

Breakfast: Current Federal research on mental health and criminal justice
Mental health care in the criminal/juvenile justice system
Multi-site findings of consumer-operated programs
Findings from the National Latino and Asian-American Study
Rema Lapouse Award Lecture
Violence and mental health
The role of consumers and families in mental health treatment
Psychiatric Epidemiology I
Carl Taube Award lecture
Mental Health Poster Sessions I, II, and III

Tuesday, November 9

Breakfast: Current Federal research on mental health and terrorism
Mental Health Poster Sessions IV and V
Battered women’s response to intimate partner violence
Findings from the CSAT Homeless Families Program
Bruno Lima Symposium
Mental health issues in primary and chronic medical care
Gambling and mental health
National expenditures on mental health treatment, 1991-2001
Developing a model of meaningful activity for people with SMI
Organization and financing of mental health care
Round table on innovative strategies in outreach and treatment
Mental health and medical comorbidity

Wednesday, November 10

Mental Health Poster Session VI
Mental health and the response to terrorism
A services research perspective on autism
Mental health and children: epidemiology and prevention
Integrating mental health, substance abuse, and Medicaid data
Mental health and children: identification and intervention
Psychiatric epidemiology II
Section Council Meeting

-- Rani Desai, Ph.D. and Mayur Desai, Ph.D., Program chairs