Free Webinar TODAY Dec 9, 2020 @ 10am – Understanding the Power Human Behavior Wields in Our Lives (Sponsored by the NNLM SCR)


The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM), South Central Region (SCR) housed at the Gibson D. Lewis Library would like to invite you to join us for the next session of our monthly webinar series. SCR CONNECTions is a monthly 1 hour series that focuses on topics of interest to clinicians, researchers, faculty, and information professionals.

Details on joining the meeting are available at the event link above. No registration is required, and the session is free to any interested parties.

Webinar Description: This webinar will help demystify the concept of behavioral and mental health by describing the continuum of human thoughts and emotions from wellness to illness to chronic impairment.

Speakers will share insights and updated approaches for managing common conditions such as depression and anxiety. Additionally, new ways of approaching mental health outside specialty care as well as methods to address the persistently mentally ill will be inventoried. Special focus will be given to the role society can play in recognizing the impact of childhood trauma and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Key Takeaways:
1. Describe a framework for characterizing human behavior in a continuum from well to ill
2. Describe two methods to impact the listener’s own behavior
3. List two conditions that if depression coexists, outcomes are worse if depression is unaddressed
4. Describe the traditional structure of medical and behavioral funding in health benefits
5. List one outcomes-demonstrated solution for integrating mental health into medical settings

Presenter Descriptions:
Joe Parks, M.D.
Dr. Parks, a practicing psychiatrist and state policymaker, has a track record of translating clinical experience in mental and substance use disorders into patient-centered policy recommendations and state of the science primary and behavioral health treatment programs. With the addition of Dr. Parks, the National Council expands its capacity to serve its members and the nearly 40 million Americans who experience a mental illness or an addiction each year.

In his home state of Missouri, Dr. Parks served both as Director of Missouri Division of Comprehensive Psychiatric Services and Missouri Medicaid Director, leading development of the nation’s first approved Medicaid state plan amendment for health care homes for people with serious mental illness. He then expanded the concept to community mental health centers and federally qualified health centers. He will continue to serve as a professor at the Missouri Institute of Mental Health and will maintain his clinical psychiatry practice on an outpatient basis at Family Health Center, a federally-funded community health center established to expand services to uninsured and underinsured patients in central Missouri.
Randi Proffitt Leyva, PhD
Randi Proffitt Leyva, PhD, is an evolutionary health and social psychologist interested in studying and educating others about human behavior and health. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Medical Education in the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine and a Visiting Lecturer in the John V. Roach Honors College at TCU. Her research focuses on understanding how early childhood environmental stressors such as unpredictability drive behaviors that modern medicine often deems “maladaptive” or bad for health. However, when viewed through an evolutionary lens, certain behaviors such as over-eating can actually serve as adaptive strategies evolved to ensure survival in given environmental conditions.

Dr. Proffitt Leyva earned her master’s and doctoral degrees at TCU under the supervision of Sarah E. Hill, PhD, where she did extensive interdisciplinary work in at the intersection of social psychology, health and evolutionary psychology, and psychoneuroimmunology. Prior to graduate school, Randi worked in community and medical research in the Fort Worth area after earning her B.A at Hendrix College. Her combined experience in the community, in the laboratory, and in the classroom has sparked her interest in making science accessible in and outside the classroom. In her free time, Randi enjoys cooking and wine, crafting, and traveling.
Ken Hopper, MD, MBA
Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association

Ken Hopper, MD, MBA has had a lifetime career leading and participating in the explosion of knowledge and tools for the optimization of human behavior from Wellness to Illness. His chair roles and committee contributions include:

– The American Psychiatric Association’s Integrated Care committee
– The Texas Medical Association’s Socioeconomic Committee
– Founding member of The National Council for Behavioral Health Medical Director Institute

Dr. Hopper’s current academic appointment is as a Physician Development Coach at The TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine. He earned his undergraduate degree from Baylor University, attended medical school in Galveston at The University of Texas Medical Branch, completed his residency in Psychiatry at Parkland Hospital and UT Southwestern (UTSW) Medical School, and earned an MBA via The University of Texas at Dallas in collaboration with UTSW.