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Minding the Gap: Gender and the Mental Health Crisis

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In a world challenged by COVID-19, the climate crisis, and political and economic instability, mental health issues are escalating. Although recognized as a critical component of public health, mental health services and support remain unevenly available.

Harvard Radcliffe Institute’s 2023 gender conference will explore the relationship between gender and mental health from an intersectional perspective, with a focus on youth, underserved communities, and the impact of social justice issues. Physicians, scholars, writers, educators, scientists, artists, and activists will consider the relationship between gender and mental health along multiple axes—including genetics, lived experience, vulnerabilities, disparate impacts, and access to healthcare. Finally, we will discuss ways to increase resilience and focus on prevention.

Harvard Radcliffe Institute gratefully acknowledges the Perrin Moorhead Grayson and Bruns Grayson Dean’s Leadership Fund for Academic Ventures, which is supporting this event.

See "Tireless Sacred Work: Performance and Conversation with Ezra Furman" for event information on the Thursday, April 27, 2023, evening conference opening program.


Free and open to the public.

We are planning "Minding the Gap: Gender and the Mental Health Crisis" as a hybrid event.

Join Us in Person

To attend in person, each individual will need to register.

Join Us Online

To view this event online, individuals will need to register via Zoom.

For instructions on how to join online, see the How to Attend a Radcliffe Event on Zoom webpage.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing a link and password for this meeting.

Live closed captioning will be available for the webinar.


Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagha, Julia A. Okoro Professor of Black Maternal Health, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine

Chase Anderson, associate professor of child and adolescent psychiatry, University of California San Francisco

Rahn K. Bailey, chair, Department of Psychiatry, Louisiana State University New Orleans School of Medicine

Sara Bleich, director of the social sciences program and Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor, Harvard Radcliffe Institute; professor of public health policy, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; and vice provost for special projects, Harvard University

Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart, associate professor, Department of Psychiatry; director, Native American and disparities research, Center for Rural and Community Behavioral Health, University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Tomiko Brown-Nagin, dean, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law, Harvard Law School; and professor of history, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

Munmun De Choudhury, associate professor, School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology 

Immaculata De Vivo, codirector of the science program, Harvard Radcliffe Institute; professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School; and professor of epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Devin-Norelle, professional model, trans advocate, opinion writer, and public speaker

Renee M. Johnson, associate professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Laura Kubzansky, professor of social and behavioral sciences, director of the Society and Health Laboratory, and special advisor of the Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Teresa LaFromboise, professor of education in developmental and psychological sciences, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University

Richard Layard, professor of economics emeritus and codirector, Wellbeing Programme, Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics

Tey Meadow, associate professor of sociology, Columbia University

Alisha Moreland-Capuia, assistant professor of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; director of trauma-informed treatment, consultation, and outreach, Division of Depression and Anxiety Disorders, McLean Hospital

Carol J. Oja, director of the humanities program, Harvard Radcliffe Institute; William Powell Mason Professor of Music, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Olivia Okereke, associate professor of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; inaugural director, Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry’s Center for Racial Equity and Justice

Rebecca Shansky, associate professor of psychology, Northeastern University

Lise Van Susteren, clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Esmé Weijun Wang, writer and founder, Unexpected Shape Writing Academy

Michelle A. Williams, dean of the faculty and Angelopoulos Professor in Public Health and International Development, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

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