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University News | 05.25.23

Adler University, Fulbright Canada to host virtual panel on treatment and policy for mental health in marginalized communities

Adler University and Fulbright Canada will host a webinar, “Practical Perspectives on Treatment and Policy for Mental Health in Marginalized Communities,” on Wednesday, June 14, at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT/1 p.m. CDT). The webinar will feature a panel discussion with Adler University and Queen’s University experts, who will discuss the challenges and solutions for crafting and implementing effective mental health policies. It will also allow for shared learning and discussion about this important topic, especially in the post-pandemic period. The webinar will last one hour and include time at the end for questions from attendees.

The panelists include Dr. Anne Duffy, Kevin Osten-Garner, Psy.D., Elena Quintana, Ph.D., and Sandra Song, Ph.D.

  • Anne Duffy, M.D., is an academic psychiatrist in the Department of Psychiatry, Division of Student Mental Health at Queen’s University. Professor Duffy has a longstanding clinical and research focus on understanding the development and early course of mental illness in young people at variable risk — both high-risk children of mentally ill parents and the diverse population of university students who are in the peak period of risk for onset of mental health concerns and disorders.
  • Kevin Osten-Garner, Psy.D., executive director and chief psychologist of Adler Community Health Services at Adler University. Dr. Osten-Garner provides clinical and organizational leadership for the three community-embedded clinical training divisions of Adler Community Health Services, two located in the Chicago, IL metro area and the third in the Vancouver, B.C. metro area. Dr. Osten-Garner provides thought leadership on health care reform, community engagement best practices, and the application of socially responsible practice in clinical work.
  • Elena Quintana, Ph.D., executive director of the Adler University Institute for Public Safety and Social Justice. Dr. Quintana’s expertise includes creating programs, research, and events that promote socially just solutions to public safety problems. She also partners with community members and agencies, law enforcement, detention facility staff, inmates, universities, and government to implement socially just policies and practices that benefit all. Her work aims to increase public safety and violence prevention, and her areas of expertise focus on mass incarceration, reentry issues, and therapeutic approaches to dealing with trauma.
  • Sandra Song, Ph.D., binational chair of the Public Policy and Administration Programs at Adler University in Chicago and Vancouver. Dr. Song works to prepare graduates to address today’s complex policy issues, including climate justice. Before her role as faculty, she worked in government, shaping policy in different sectors of society. In addition to her work educating the next generation of social change agents, she is also involved with global partners, including the Global Diplomacy Lab, looking at ways to address climate justice. Dr. Song is also a three-time recipient of the Fulbright Canada – U.S. Embassy Community Leadership Program and is a past recipient of the Fulbright Canada Student Award.

To register for the webinar, visit The program will be recorded.

This webinar marks the launch of Fulbright Canada’s webinar series entitled “Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (EDIA): Working together to effect positive change.” This series explores various topics related to EDIA and how we can collectively foster a more inclusive environment.

About Adler University

Adler University educates students to engage the world and create a more just society. Established in 1952, the University continues the pioneering work of Alfred Adler, the first community psychologist, and enrolls more than 1,900 students in academic programs for social change at its Chicago, Vancouver, and Online campuses.

About Fulbright Canada
Fulbright Canada is a bi-national, treaty-based, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization with a mandate to identify excellence and engage people in international educational and academic exchange in Canada and the United States of America. Fulbright Canada is firmly committed to elevating the value of education, specifically learning abroad, collaborative research, and the importance of fostering mutual cross-cultural understanding for the people, communities, and networks engaging with our programs.

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