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Women in Science – Culture, Community & Impact | AH Episode 45
An engaging, thought-provoking and at times humorous conversation with three transformative scientists and leaders. We’ll hear about their journeys and learn about the opportunities and challenges they’ve encountered and embraced along the way. This is a truly refreshing discussion amongst leaders and role models who are empowering people and communities to tackle societal, scientific, health, and addiction-related challenges. We delve into the importance of realizing one’s value and excellence, while also embracing the attitude of a learner. Our guests share valuable insights from their efforts promoting inclusive and supportive cultures in their teams, institutions, and communities. Join in for this generative discussion, as our guests also share powerful practical tips we can all use to positively impact society. A timely and inspiring conversation!
Faith, Science, Meaning & Purpose with Sam Wilkinson| Addy Hour Episode 44
This week, psychiatrist, researcher, and author Dr. Sam Wilkinson, joins for a thought-provoking episode on topics encompassing faith, science, meaning and purpose. In this candid conversation, Sam shares honestly about his personal journey and reconciling the common perceived opposition between faith and science. Along the way, we’ll hear important insights from his experience as a community member, physician, researcher, husband, father, bishop, and author. We discuss his forthcoming book, Purpose – What Evolution and Human Nature Imply about the Meaning of our Existence. Interwoven throughout our conversation, we consider present day mental health topics, particularly depression, suicide and suicide prevention. We’ll hear helpful updates on breakthroughs in research and clinical practice and talk about the power of combining therapy and medication. Join in for this timely conversation, which again reminds us of the necessity of authentic community and deep relationships.
Social Justice, Activism & Health Disparities with Kendra Outler and Pebbles Fagan| Addy Hour Epi.43
This week, I welcome two pioneers who’ve been deeply engaged in medical practice and training, research, health disparities, and community interventions for years. Dr. Kendra Outler and Dr. Pebbles Fagan join to share their experiences working in academic, government and military arenas, in urban and rural areas, and with marginalized communities. In this conversation, we consider how we treat one another in our communities and discuss the necessity of working in coalitions with a spirit of collectivism. Both guests describe the realities of navigating when resources are trimmed and when retaliation arises. They highlight the ways we can empower one another, instead of staying in a place of anger. They remind us of our need to be complimentary, knowing that there is a role for everyone to play. We also consider the role of gratitude and hope, amidst the necessity to push for progress and change. Another truly informative, thought provoking, and generative conversation.
On Belonging with Kim Samuel | Addy Hour Episode 42
This week, I’m joined by activist, educator, and author, Kim Samuel. As a leading voice in the global movement for belonging, Kim takes us on a journey on this timely topic. We start with Kim’s captivating story, as she describes her inspiration, moments of epiphany, and the vocational calling that has shaped her life. As someone whose work has spanned across trade negotiations, poverty, human rights, climate change, and education, Kim shares keen insights from each aspect of her journey. We discuss the ways people are treated, and often othered, based on health, ability, resources or the perceived lack thereof. We also hear about the conversation Kim had with Nelson Mandela – a conversation that affirmed her life mission to ensure that no one feels alone. Gracefully, she describes candid and challenging family experiences that have also shaped her perspective. This is a truly rich episode touching on topics like calling and faith, loss and loneliness, advocacy, wholeness and healing.
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
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
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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