In support of President Biden’s commitment to addressing the mental health crisis, and following the announcement of new actions as part of a comprehensive national strategy on mental health, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), held a series of virtual events that explored the science of the biological and behavioral basis of psychological distress and mental health challenges as well as the latest preventive, diagnostic, and therapeutic options being developed to improve the quality of life for millions of Americans suffering from psychological and psychiatric conditions.

Events Included:

  1. May 19, 2022: Neuroscience Behind the Youth Mental Health Crisis, featuring:
    • Dr. Shelli Avenevoli, Deputy Director for the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and Dr. Wilson M. Compton, Deputy Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) of the National Institutes of Health
    • Recording available at 
  2. May 26, 2022: Social Science Research and the Mental Health Crisis in Minority Youth and Adolescents, featuring:
    • Dr. Kathleen Ethier, Director of CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health in the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention and Dr. Maria Trent, a pediatrician and adolescent/young adult medicine specialist on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health
    • Recording available at
  3. June 23, 2022: The Science Behind Mental Health Conditions in Veterans, featuring:
    • Dr. Wendy Tenhula, Deputy Chief Research and Development Officer at the Veterans Health Administration, and Dr. Tamara Campbell, Acting Executive Director at the VA’s Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
    • Recording available at
  4. July 21, 2022: How Science has Offered Hope for Treatment-Resistant Depression, featuring:
    • Dr. Carlos A. Zarate, Chief, Section on the Neurobiology and Treatment of Mood Disorders and Chief of Experimental Therapeutics and Pathophysiology Branch at the National Institute of Mental Health and Michelle, a research participant
    • Recording available at 
  5. July 28, 2022: The Future of Mental Health Treatments and Neuroscience, featuring:
    • Dr. John Ngai, PhD, Director of the NIH’s Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN) Initiative and Dr. Kafui Dzirasa, K. Ranga Rama Krishnan Associate Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Neurobiology, Biomedical Engineering, and Neurosurgery at Duke University Medical Center
    • Recording available at
  6. August 4, 2022 at 1 PM ET: The Science Behind Alcohol Misuse as a Coping Mechanism, featuring:
    • Dr. Aaron White, the Chief of the Epidemiology and Biometry Branch and Senior Scientific Advisor to the Director at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and Dr. Daniel Calac, the Chief Medical Officer of Indian Health Council and Principal Investigator of the California Native American Research Centers for Health
    • Recording available at


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