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Neuroscience research and society - impact or flop? Diana Martinez and Steve Mahler| AH Epi.41

Neuroscience research and society - impact or flop? Diana Martinez and Steve Mahler| AH Epi.41

A must listen, quintessential Addy Hour conversation! In this episode, we discuss the place of science in society as we talk through both big picture and practical, and both straightforward and nuanced aspects science. I’m joined by psychiatrist Dr. Diana Martinez, and neuroscientist Dr. Steve Mahler. We start with personal, family stories related to addiction and mental health. In considering career journeys, we hear some surprising parallels, as our guests describe early roadblocks, hard work and perseverance, their internal motivation, and the importance of being open to unexpected opportunities. We also delve into important, but sometimes uncomfortable and easily ignored topics. We talk about drug experimentation, use and misuse in teens and others, as well as the challenges of overdose and drug-related assaults. We consider the challenges of anxiety and depression, the realities of things like antisocial personality disorder and pedophilia, the line between good and bad behavior, and our societal struggles around these topics. Thankfully, we also talk about ways that attitudes are shifting around these topics. Both guests powerfully describe the importance of different perspectives, and the ways we can incorporate science informed approaches in our societal conversations and daily lives. Impressively, they brilliantly share from their expertise in addiction research, while also integrating their perspectives informed by psychology and philosophy. A thought provoking and engaging conversation! Whether you’re generally interested in mental health and neuroscience, a student training in research, or a scientist, clinician or mental health provider, this is an episode for you.
Episode 40: Justice, Activism, and the Black Church with Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III

Episode 40: Justice, Activism, and the Black Church with Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III

Pastor, author and activist Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III joins for a wonderful and wide-ranging conversation on justice, activism, and community. We begin with practical reminders of the necessity of grounding in community, even as we consider the many layers of community. This ranges from personal friendships to local gatherings in places like the barbershop, to engagement our larger societal communities. Dr. Moss also shares honestly about the daily realities of pastoring in the Black Church, walking through joys and challenges of life and death with his congregants. Dr. Moss knows the power of community to change narratives, perspectives, and opportunities from the cradle to the grave. In light of this power, he shares his church’s ongoing transformative community development efforts on the southside of Chicago. Their three development pillars are to benefit the local community, to engage in green and sustainable endeavors, and to disrupt the mass incarceration system. Listen in to these powerful stories of that work in action, including community facilitated renovations to the renowned Carter G. Woodson library, the creation local community jobs, home ownership, and a health care clinic. These efforts also include enhanced community engagement in libraries, schools and churches. An inspiring conversation on the power of community, especially in navigating the joys and trauma of life, to promote healthy flourishing.
Psychology, Society & Faith with Thema Bryant | Addy Hour Episode 39

Psychology, Society & Faith with Thema Bryant | Addy Hour Episode 39

A quintessential Addy Hour conversation with Dr. Thema Bryant, president of the American Psychological Association (APA), psychologist, practitioner, minister, trauma expert and author. In this reflective discussion, we explore the ways psychology continues to fill a void in society and the ongoing needs these perspectives can address. We also contemplate how psychological approaches impact society, our schools, faith communities, businesses and non-profit organizations, as well as the implications for health care, health care access, climate change and policy. In this wide-ranging conversation, Dr. Bryant graciously reveals her leadership principles as the current president of the 130,000-member APA. She highlights the important role of mentorship and sponsorship in her path to becoming the second Black woman to lead this premier psychological organization. With keen insights from her years of clinical practice, research, leadership and advocacy, she also provides helpful perspectives on the guiding psychological principles that impact both individuals and systems. We’ll hear Dr. Bryant’s powerful inspiration and witness from working with trauma survivors and the offenders who’ve inflicted the trauma. As a “bridgebuilder” and the daughter of two pastors, Dr. Bryant also shares ways we can all thrive and bear witness amidst the joys and challenges of daily life. Finally, we consider the important role of the creative arts in holistic psychological approaches. Join us for a rich and dynamic conversation, full of helpful perspectives and vital tips on how we can successfully navigate each day as individuals and a society.

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