Seminar to Address Implications of Early Detection of Psychosis

Dr. Lawrence Yang will speak March 4 about how culture plays a role in the development of psychosis

By Robert Parsons

Dr. Lawrence Yang

Dr. Lawrence Yang

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Dr. Lawrence Yang, a psychiatric epidemiologist at Columbia University, will discuss global mental health issues, particularly the ways in which culture shapes how stigma related to these issues is experienced in different cultural contexts, on Friday, March 4. Dr. Yang will speak from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Interdisciplinary South 1111.

The event is presented by the School of Public Policy Seminar Series and the University of California Global Health Institute. It is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, so reservations are requested and may be made online. Parking permits may be purchased at the kiosk on West Campus Drive at the University Avenue entrance to the campus.

Dr. Yang specializes in psychiatric epidemiology, which deals with the controlling of diseases with an emphasis on mental health. His lecture, “Culture, Stigma, and Global Mental Health: Examining the Effects of Early Identification and Context on Psychosis,” will discuss the implications of the “clinical high risk state for psychosis,” a landmark diagnostic status that could help identify individuals who are vulnerable to psychosis before their first episode.

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, a division of the National Library of Medicine for the National Institutes of Health, this diagnostic tool would provide information on how mental illness develops over time and how to prevent the onset of full-blown psychosis.

A focus of his research is applying interventions that help those who suffer from stigmatizing conditions, such as HIV and mental illness. He will discuss how social factors influence individuals who are at risk of mental illness, and how social recovery from schizophrenia could best be promoted.

Using data from a group of people who represent 12 percent of China’s population, Dr. Yang will discuss the social factors that define and shape the path of mental illness.

Dr. Yang is an associate professor of epidemiology at Columbia University Medical Center. He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles in publications such as Psychological Medicine and the British Journal of Psychiatry. He is part of the Stigma Associated with the Clinical High Risk State for Psychosis project, a project funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) that closely examines those who are at the clinical high risk state for psychosis.

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