Big Questions: How do we move beyond stigma in mental health?

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Big Questions is a series brought to you by the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts and MPR News. This series will foster thoughtful discussion through a liberal arts lens, bringing multiple and diverse perspectives to bear on today’s pressing questions. Moderated by MPR News host, Tom Weber, the event will feature a discussion centered around the following question:

How do we move beyond stigma in mental health?

Discussions about mental health often focus on the role of stigma in preventing people from accessing mental health resources. Join us as we explore how we can move beyond stigma in our efforts to address mental health concerns, improve access to mental health services, and enhance well being for all.


  • Victoria Blakeborough, student advisor, Active Minds and College of Liberal Arts undergraduate
  • Glenn Hirsch, PhD., assistant vice provost and director, Student Counseling Center, Office for Student Affairs
  • Richard Lee, professor, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts
  • Abeer Syedah, president, Minnesota Student Association and College of Liberal Arts undergraduate

Big Questions is free but registration is required.


My talk on international adoption at my alma mater – VCU

Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity to be speak about my research at my alma mater РVCU Рas part of their Distinguished Speaker Series. It was  wonderful trip down memory lane and a great chance to meet with scholars and students in the Department o Psychology. Click on the photo or go to to view the talk. Fast forward to around 5:30 to begin my talk.