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The Science of Mental Health: Journey Inside Your Brain

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The Science of Mental Health: Journey Inside Your Brain


In keeping with guidelines from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Medical College of Wisconsin for in-person events, the upcoming Conversations with Scientists learning series is postponed. This series was previously scheduled for April 22, April 29, May 6, and May 13. 

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Mental health is a commonly used term referred to in news headlines, social media, and in everyday conversation. But what does it really mean? These two words represent a broad array of conditions that are every bit as common as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Join AHW as we present MCW experts in mental and behavioral health and neuroscience to debunk the myths and stigma around mental wellness and explore how our brain really works in conditions like anxiety and fear disorders, depression and suicidality, and addiction.

Series Details

New dates for this four-part series will be announced in the coming weeks.

Speakers & Presentations

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  NIght 1: Mental and Behavioral Health: From the Brain to Society

It is all about the brain. On night one of the four-part series, Drs. Cecilia Hillard, Carlyle Chan, and Jon Lehrmann will introduce you to the regions of the brain that control your mood and thought and explore the relationship between mood, personality, and behavior. They’ll also explore the topic of stigma and other critical issues that impact how we as a society respond to mental health.


Carlyle Chan Cecilia Hillard Jon Lehrmann
Carlyle Chan, MD Cecilia Hillard, PhD Jon Lehrmann, MD


  Night 2: Bumps in the Night: Anxiety and Fear Disorders

Everyone experiences stress, but when does worry become problematic? Join us as Drs. Sadie Larsen, Himanshu Agrawal, and Joshua Hunt explore the topics of Anxiety and fear disorders. Learn about what happens in the brain during times of stress and trauma and related conditions including eating disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).


Himanshu Agrawal Joshua Hunt Sadie Larsen
Himanshu Agrawal, MD

Joshua Hunt, PhD, MA

Sadie Larsen, PhD, MA




  Night 3: More than the Blues: Major Depression and Suicidality

Just a case of the blues, or is it something more? Join us as Drs. Jennifer Knight, Joseph Goveas, and Rosa Kim describe depression, including symptoms, risk factors, and the changes that occur inside the brain. They’ll also discuss suicidality (thoughts, plans, and attempts of suicide), the relationship between depression and suicide, and how suicide can be prevented.



Joseph Goveas Rosa Kim Jennifer Knight
Joseph Goveas, MD Rosa Kim, MD Jennifer Knight, MD




  Night 4: Lost Control: Addiction

It could happen to anyone. The final evening of the series will dive into the hot topic of addiction. Join Drs. Christopher Olsen, Jeff Engelmann, and Mary-Anne Kowol to learn what causes this life-threatening disease, how the addicted brain is different from a normal brain, and how science is helping to find treatment options that work.



Jeffrey Englemann Mary-Anne Kowol Chris Olsen
Jeffrey Engelmann, PhD Mary-Anne Kowol, MD Christopher Olsen, PhD




How to join

Live In-person

Interactive Livestream


Medical College of Wisconsin
Kerrigan Auditorium
8701 Watertown Plank Rd., Milwaukee

Join faculty and staff at the MCW-Central Wisconsin and MCW-Green Bay campuses for the interactive broadcast from the Milwaukee campus. Ask questions and talk to the speakers just as if you were in Milwaukee via livestream technology.

Medical College of Wisconsin-Central Wisconsin
1900 Westwood Drive, Suite 3100, Wausau


Medical College of Wisconsin-Green Bay
110 Grant Street, De Pere

Link will be emailed to registrants prior to event


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