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Psychology Guest Speaker - Stephen Hinshaw

February 6, 2020 - 3:00pm

Stigma, Mental Illness, and Families: Breaking the Silence


Stephen P. Hinshaw

UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco

Thursday, February 6, 2020

3:00pm | COB2 130

Mental disorders are distressingly prevalent and highly impairing, in fact comprising some of the most disabling illnesses on earth.  Public knowledge of mental health conditions has risen considerably over recent decades, but public attitudes have shown little change--in contrast (for example) to gay marriage and cancer, about which attitudes are sharply improved.  In this talk I define the concept of stigma, especially as it relates to mental and neurodevelopmental disorders. I consider the related issues of internalized stigma and courtesy stigma, which are highly relevant to lack of access to treatment.  After presenting empirical evidence for mental illness stigma and its pernicious effects, I shift to a narrative account of my family's own experiences of serious mental illness, accompanied by doctor-ordered silence throughout my childhood.  As discussed in my 2017 book, "Another Kind of Madness: A Journey through the Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness," overcoming such shame and stigma is a multi-faceted task but an essential one for realizing the full potential of our species.


Stephen Hinshaw is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also Professor of Psychiatry and Vice-Chair for Child and Adolescent Psychology at the University of California, San Francisco. He received his A.B. from Harvard (summa cum laude) and, after directing school programs and residential summer camps, his doctorate in clinical psychology from UCLA. He performed his post-doctoral fellowship the Langley Porter Institute of UC San Francisco.  His work focuses on developmental psychopathology, clinical interventions with children and adolescents (particularly mechanisms underlying therapeutic change), and mental illness stigma. He has directed research programs and conducted clinical trials and longitudinal studies for boys and—more recently—for girls with inattention and impulse-control problems, having received over $20 million in NIH funding and an equal amount in foundation support.


BOOK SIGNING      4:30pm | COB2 290

Dr. Hinshaw's book will be available for purchase and signing after the lecture.




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