The MHIA Work Group

Pioneering an interdisciplinary approach 
to addressing mental health.

Pioneering an interdisciplinary approach
to addressing mental health.

The MHIA Work Group

Reflecting the strong multidisciplinary focus of the Institute on Social Exclusion (ISE) and the Adler University, the MHIA project includes stakeholders representing a range of practice sectors. They include psychiatrists, urban planners, community and clinical psychologists, social workers, lawyers, and public health professionals.

Led by Lynn Todman, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Institute on Social Exclusion, the MHIA Work Group encompasses leadership of the ISE and the Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice;  faculty and students of the doctoral clinical psychology program at the Adler University; and staff from the University’s Library and Training Department. Members of the group include:

  • Sherrod Taylor, J.D., Faculty Fellow, Institute on Social Exclusion
  • Eunha Kim, Ph.D., Core Faculty, M.A. in Counseling Psychology Program
  • Nataka Moore, Psy.D., Core Faculty, Psy.D. Program 
  • Cecil Thomas, M.A., Associate Director of Community Engagement
  • Dan Cooper, M.S., M.U.P.P., Assistant Director, Institute on Public Safety & Social Justice
  • Vida Dyson, Ph.D., Core Faculty, Psy.D. Program
  • Tiffany McDowell, Ph.D., Research Associate, Institute on Social Exclusion
  • Sherri Boyle, Project Coordinator
  • Mark Driscoll, Ph.D., MHIA Post Doctorate

In addition, we have consulted with organizations from the public and private sectors, including:

  • Teamwork Englewood
  • Imagine Englewood–IF
  • Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives
  • The Illinois Department of Public Health/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Support for the MHIA Project

Leading support from two significant foundation partners is enabling development of the groundbreaking Mental Health Impact Assessment (MHIA) project through the Institute on Social Exclusion at the Adler University.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has provided a $250,000 grant to support the project “as a critical opportunity to improve people’s health beyond the healthcare system—in the communities where people live, work and play.” As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted solely to public health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation supports projects aligned with its mission to improve the health and health care of all Americans, and its goal to help society transform itself for the better.

The W. K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded $150,000 to the Adler University and its Institute on Social Exclusion to support the MHIA project. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, established in 1940, supports children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society.  Its grants are concentrated in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and southern Africa. 

The Pierce Family Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to support the University’s Institute on Social Exclusion and its pioneering MHIA project, developed to improve the mental health and well-being of people in vulnerable communities. The Foundation provided its support based on the ISE’s ongoing MHIA project launched in January, as well as its MHIA work in fall 2010 examining how amendments to Chicago’s vacant property ordinance would affect community mental health in the city’s Englewood neighborhood. The Pierce Family Foundation supports nonprofit organizations providing essential social services in the areas of housing and opportunities for homeless people primarily in the Chicago metropolitan region.