Mental Health & Health Communication

The Center for Health (CHC) is excited about the launch of our new 2-year theme on Mental Health and Health Communication. The theme begins in Fall 2018 and will run throughout the 2018-19 and 2019-2020 academic years.

Mental health is a pressing public health issue, and as operationalized in our 2-year theme, encompasses a broad continuum across which communication is integral, including mental health promotion for all, stigma reduction, and treatment optimization.


Thursday, February 21, 2019, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Health Learning Building (HLB) 1.111

1501 Red River St

Austin, TX 78701

The Center for Health Communication (CHC) cordially invites you to an interactive symposium that is a part of the CHC’s Mental Health & Health Communication theme. The day's activities include a flash funding grant competition, student poster session, panels of advocacy organizations and researchers, and keynote speakers.

Download the agenda here

Flash Funding Awards:

Student Grant: one $1,000 award Faculty Grants: up to $15,000

Download the Flash Funding Announcement here.

Call for Student Posters:

Graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to submit abstracts for review. Poster presentations are invited on the conference theme of mental health and health communication. Details for submission can be found here

Guest Speakers

  • David L. Lakey, M.D.: Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Chief Medical Officer at The University of Texas System; Senior Advisor to the President and Professor of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler
  • Maria K. Venetis, Ph.D.: Assistant Professor of Communication, Brian Lamb School of Communication, Purdue University
  • R. Garrett Key, M.D., FAPA: Director of Mental Health Integration, Department of Psychiatry; Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, the University of Texas at Austin
  • Karen Ranus: Executive Director, NAMI Austin
  • Katherine Jones, M.A.: Director of Strategy and Mission/s, Design Institute for Health, the University of Texas at Austin
  • Darilynn Cardona-Beiler, MSSA, LCSW: Director of Adult Behavioral Health Systems, Integral Care
  • Daniel Oppenheimer, M.F.A.: Director of Population Health Communication, UT Health Science Center at Tyler
  • Kristen Diou, M.S., LPC, RPT: Founder, Pop Culture Therapists
  • Anna Zapata: M.S., LPC, RYT: Founder, Pop Culture Therapists


Learn More About the Theme

2019 Symposium Sponsor:

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