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Climate Change Driven Mental Health Inequities
Learning Objectives:
• Analyze impacts of global climate change-related disasters on mental health of vulnerable groups.
• Understand the historical roots of transgenerational trauma that impact vulnerable populations facing current climate impacts.
• Understand unique psychological and behavioral responses of diverse populations and the role of mental health professionals in ameliorating climate anxiety.
• Learn how to apply disaster psychiatry principles to enhance community preparedness, resilience, and recovery.

Dec 13, 2022 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Robin Cooper
CPA Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco; President of the
Dr. Cooper has been in private practice, focusing on both psychotherapy and medical management, throughout her thirty-five years in the field. She currently has a clinical appointment of Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. Her concern for environmental justice has fueled her interest in understanding the differential impacts of climate disruption on poor, under-served communities, including on mentally ill individuals. She is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
Dr. Carissa Cabán-Aleman
community psychiatrist, CrearConSalud; faculty at Florida International University
Dr. Cabán-Aleman is a leader of CrearConSalud which is focused on activities in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria and the bungled federal recovery/response. She and others in CrearConSalud work to support community resilience and to consult regarding mental health consequences in Puerto Rico. She has received acknowledgement from the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health by being awarded the January, 2019, Champion of the Month.
Dr. Jessica Isom
Clinical Instructor, Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine
While completing her medical residency at Yale University, Dr. Isom was the Chief of Medical Education as well as the Chief Resident of Diversity and Inclusion. Dr. Isom’s primary interests in mental health are working towards eradicating racial and ethnic mental health disparities, mitigating the impact of implicit racial bias, and the use of a community focused population health approach in psychiatric practice.
Dr. Joe Neidhardt
Author and Documentarian