The National Consortium on Stigma and Empowerment collaborates with a diverse body of stigma researchers towards the goal of empowering people with lived experience of mental illness. The following individuals have been named Affiliated Fellows of NCSE, in recognition of their significant achievements and impact on the field of stigma and empowerment research.
Dr. Dinesh Mittal
Dr. Mittal is a psychiatrist at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System and an investigator at the VA HSR&D Center for Mental Healthcare and Outcomes Research (CeMHOR). He is an Associate Professor at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He received research support for a career development award from VISN 16 for testing an intervention to improve adherence among older persons with serious mental illness. In addition, he has received research support for projects from National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, Alzheimer's Disease Center, Memory Disorders center at UAMS, and CeMHOR. His current interests include stigma of mental illness, both public and self-stigma, and how it affects delivery of quality care to Veterans, and interferes with help seeking and engagement in care among Veterans. He has utilized quantitative and qualitative methods to study provider stigma in an HSR&D study investigating stigmatizing attitudes among providers towards persons with serious mental illness. Additionally, he conducted a study evaluating perceived stigma associated with PTSD among OEF/OIF Veterans. Recently, he concluded a review of empirical self-stigma reduction strategies that was published in Psychiatric Services. His clinical and research experiences have led him towards studying provider stigma due to the huge opportunity he sees, as providers, to make a difference in the delivery of quality care for our patients. Click here to view Dr. Mittal's CV.
Dr. Nicolas Rüsch
Nicolas Rüsch is a Professor of Public Mental Health and consultant psychiatrist at the Department of Psychiatry II and BKH Günzburg, University of Ulm, Germany. He received his clinical training in adult psychiatry and neurology at the University of Freiburg, Germany, and in Rome, Italy, and later on worked for two years as a research fellow with Prof. P.W. Corrigan, Chicago, on mental illness stigma. In cooperation with colleagues at the Psychiatric University Hospital Zürich, Switzerland, he studied stigma in the context of at-risk states for psychosis, compulsory admission, supported employment; and examined the efficacy of the peer-led Coming Out Proud program.
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Jeneva L. Ohan
Jeneva Ohan is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Western Australia. She received her PhD in clinical psychology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, and completed her residency in the General Child Track of the University of Washington’s Medical School in Seattle, Washington. Her interest has been on discovering – and addressing – barriers to treatment in children with ADHD and other mental health problems. Her interest in stigma has emerged through discovering the immense barrier that it places in children receiving access to effective mental health interventions.
Hector W. H. Tsang
Professor Hector W.H. Tsang is the Associate Head of the Department of Rehabilitation Science and in-charge of the Neuropsychiatric Rehabilitation Laboratory at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. As an occupational therapist, he has extensive experiences working with individuals with various emotional and mental health problems. His research interests focused on social and vocational rehabilitation for severe mental illness, stigma and mental illness, and the application of complementary and alternative approaches to prevent and treat emotional disturbances. Prof. Tsang has obtained a number of research grants from various sources including Research Grants Council, Quality Education Fund, Health and Medical Research Fund, and National Institutes of Health in USA. He has published over 130 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 15 books or book chapters. Prof. Tsang is currently serving as Associate Editor of five journals including the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, and Administration and Policy in Mental Health Services and reviewer of more than 50 journals in the area of psychiatry and integrative medicine such as Schizophrenia Bulletin, Schizophrenia Research, Psychiatry Research and Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. He has been invited to serve as keynote speakers in conferences and workshops around the world including Australia, China, Japan, Philippines, Singapore, USA.