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Friday, May 11th (9:00 AM - 4:30 PM)
Saturday, May 12th (9:00 AM - 1:00 PM)

The Bridging the Divide: Mental Health and Cancer Care symposium is designed to raise awareness about disparities in cancer care for patients with serious mental illness (SMI) and bring together diverse stakeholders to generate priorities for patient-centered research, clinical innovation, and policy change.

The symposium will highlight:

  • Patient and caregiver perspectives as we identify best practices to bridge the gap between mental health and cancer care.
  • Expert speakers from mental health and oncology paired with patients and caregivers to educate participants on the state of the science of the continuum of cancer care.
  • An interactive panel with representation from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the Depression-Bipolar Support Alliance, and Mass General to discuss barriers to participation in research for people with serious mental illness.
  • A plenary delivered by Lisa Dixon, MD, MPH from the Columbia University Psychiatry highlighting how to develop partnerships at multiple levels to engage caregivers, accelerate research, and impact policy change.
  • Morning and afternoon breakouts sessions: participants will choose among four topics and engage in a dialogue with researchers, clinicians, advocates, policy-makers, patients and family and community-based caregivers to create an agenda for practice change.
  • Presentations from policy leaders (Senator Cindy Friedman, Dr. Kathy Sanders, Medical Director, DMH) regarding reform in the structure of the Department of Mental Health, accountable care models, and a legislative agenda for change.

By collaborating across disciplines and roles, we aim to strengthen the community network of individuals who are committed to promoting equity in cancer care and research for people affected by mental illness.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the disparities in cancer care and research experienced by patients with comorbid serious mental health
  • Recommend best practices regarding the integration of psychiatry and cancer care and models of clinical care delivery from the perspective of mental health and oncology clinicians, patients, and caregivers that meets identified training gaps in the context of cancer
  • Create academic-community partnerships and build the capacity for patient-centered research at the intersection of cancer and mental illness
  • Discuss integrated models of social work and cancer care and best practice for the support of caregivers of patients with cancer and serious mental illness
  • Identify opportunities for dissemination of integrated models and best practices beyond the academic center


Content and faculty subject to change.

FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2018

8:30 - 9:00AM

Registration & Breakfast

9:00 - 9:15AM

Welcome and Introduction
David P. Ryan, MD, Chief, Hematology/Oncology and Clinical Director, Mass General Cancer Center
Kelly Irwin, MD, MPH, Director, Collaborative Care & Communicty Engagement Program, Mass General Cancer Center
Joan Mikula, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Mental Health

9:15 - 10:00AM

Research: Lessons Learned, Remaining Questions
Patient and Caregiver Narratives
Prevention: Elyse R. Park, PhD, MPH
Treatment: Jesse Fann, MD, MPH

10:00 - 10:20AM

Progress Made: Advancing Equity in Cancer Care for Patients with Serious Mental Illness
Patient Narrative
Speaker: Kelly Irwin, MD MPH

10:20 - 10:35AM


10:35 - 11:35AM

PANEL: Barriers to Participation in Research for People with Mental Illness
Moderator: David C. Henderson, MD
Members: Beverly Moy, MD, MPH, Andrew N. Nierenberg, MD, Allen Doederlein, Richard Schilsky, MD, FACP, FASCO, FSCT

11:35AM - 12:35PM

Morning Breakout Sessions

Serious Mental Illness: Managing Psychiatric Symptoms in Cancer Care and Community Mental Health
Benjamin Macri, NP, Emily Lynch, MSW, LICSW, Ilana Braun, MD, Kelly Irwin, MD, MPH

Palliative Care: Ethics, Guardianship, and End of Life Decision-Making
Jennifer Shin, MD, MPH, Lisa Lovett, MSW, LICSW, Joshua Abrams, JD, Emily Rubin, MD

The Continuum of Cancer Care: Prevention, Screening, Clinical Trials, and Supportive Care
Sanja Percac-Lima, MD, PhD, MPH, Ryan Nipp, MD, MPH, Eric Hanson, MSW, LICSW, Laura Petrillo, MD

Communicating Effectively Across Disciplines: Broadening the Team
Rhaea Photopoulos, MS, MSN, ANP-BC, Sarah MacLaurin, PMHNP, Robert Rousseau, M.Div., MA, CPS, Rachel Allende, MSW, LICSW

12:35 - 1:35PM

Lunch and Networking, Poster and Art Walk

1:35 - 2:15PM

PLENARY: Partnering Effectively to Improve Care, Accelerate Research, and Advance Policy
Caregiver Narrative
Speaker: Lisa Dixon, MD, MPH

2:15 - 3:15PM

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Addiction, Cancer and Mental Illness: Patient-Centered Approaches
Helen Shih, MD, MS, MPH, Samantha Ciarocco, MSW, LICSW, LADC II, Martha Kane, PhD, Carlos Fernandez-Robles, MD

Caregivers: Building a Toolkit to Support the Patient
Amy Corveleyn, MSW, LICSW, Maryrose Mongelli, MSW, LMSW, Elyse Levin Russman, MSW, LICSW, OSW-C, Kelly Grill

There are No Beds: Homelessness, Medically and Psychiatrically Complex Patients
David Munson, MD, Derri Shtasel, MD, MPH, Shunda McGahee, MD, Meghan Mooradian, MD

Increasing Access to Patient-Centered Research: Engagement Strategies, Informed Consent
Louisa Sylvia, PhD, Jonathan Jackson, PhD, Joseph Greer, PhD, Marina Broitman, PhD

3:15 - 3:30PM


3:30 - 4:30PM

Policy: Strategies That Work, Broadening Our Reach
Moderator: Benjamin Sommers, MD, PhD
Presenters: Paul D'Alton, DClin Psych, Inga Lennes, MD, MPH, MBA, Senator Cindy Friedman, Kathy Sanders, MD


Closing Remarks, Adjourn

SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2018

8:30 - 9:00AM

Registration and Breakfast

9:00 - 9:10AM

Welcome and Introductions
Kelly Irwin, MD, MPH
Bruce Chabner, MD

9:10 - 9:55AM

PLENARY: Engaging Family and Community-Based Caregivers
Speaker: Cheri Andes, MA, Executive Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness-Massachusetts
Speaker: Areej El-Jawarhi, MD, Director of BMT Survivorship Program
Speaker: Shukriyah Brown, Cancer and Mental Health Collaborative

9:55 - 10:55AM

PANEL: Changing the System to Foster Integration and Communication
Moderator: Nancy Norman, MD, MPH
Members: Daniel Breslin, MD, Vicki Fung, PhD, Gary Hodgetts, DipHE, Paula Richard, BSN

10:55 - 11:10AM


11:10AM - 12:10PM

Breakout Sessions

Broadening the Caregiving Team: Engaging Family Members and Community Supports
Deborah Forst, MD, Cameron Ware, MEd, Kelly Trevino, PhD, Maryrose Mongelli, MSW, LMSW

Navigating the Cancer Care Continuum: From Prevention through Survivorship
Efren Flores, MD, Leanne Miller, MSW, LCSW, Fremonta Meyer, MD

Children and Young Adults: Access to Integrated Care
Giselle Perez, PhD, Annah Abrams, MD, Howard Weinstein, MD

Unlearning Helplessness as Clinicians: Fostering Resilience
Karen Adler, MD, Beriline Akwe, RN, MPH, Kelly Irwin, MD, MPH, Sally Reyering, MD

12:10 - 12:40PM

Come Together to Create Shared Agenda




  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
    Harvard Medical School

    Division of Pediatric Psycho-Oncology
    Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Consultation Liaison Service
    Massachusetts Generaly Hospital
  • Per Diem Psychiatrist
    McLean Hospital

    Instructor in Psychiatry
    Harvard Medical School
  • Community Outreach Nurse
    North Suffolk Mental Health Association
  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Executive Director
    National Alliance on Mental Illness of Massachusetts
  • Chief
    Division of Adult Psychosocial Oncology

    Senior Physician
    Dana Farber Cancer Institute

    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
    Harvard Medical School
  • Area Medical Director
    Northeast Area
    Massachusetts Department of Mental Health

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Psychiatry
    University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Senior Program Officer
    Peer Review
    Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
  • Senior Program Coordinator
    Residential Services Coordinator
  • Clinical Director, Emeritus, and Allen Distinguished Investigator
    Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Clinical Social Worker,
    Addiction Consult Team
    MGH Department of Psychiatry

    Per Diem Clinical Social Worker
    MGH Social Services
  • Social Work Case Manager, Collaborative Care and Community Engagement Program
    Clinical Social Worker, North Shore Medical Center, Partners HealthCare, and Private Practice
  • Principal Clinical Psychologist, St. Vincent’s University Hospital

    Head and Clinical Lead of the Psycho-oncology Department, St. Vincent’s University Hospital

    Adjunct Associate Professor, The School of Psychology, University College Dublin
  • Edna L. Edison Professor of Psychiatry at the Columbia University Medical Center
    Director, Division of Behavioral Health Services and Policy Research & Center for Practice Innovations
    Editor, Psychiatric Services
  • Executive Vice President of External Affairs
    Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

    Co-principal investigator
    Mood Network
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine
    Harvard Medical School

    Bone Marrow Transplant Survivorship Program
    Massachusetts General Hospital

    Associate Director
    MGH Cancer Center Survivorship Program
  • Director, Psychiatry and Psychology Service, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
    Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Adjunct Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine
    Adjunct Professor, Department of Epidemiology, University of Washington School of Public Health
    Affiliate Investigator, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  • Staff Radiologist
    Massachusetts General Hospital

    Instructor of Radiology
    Harvard Medical School

    Director of Radiology Community Health Improvement.
  • Neuro-Oncologist
    Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center

    Instructor in Neurology
    Harvard Medical School

    Associate Program Director
    MGH-BWH-DFCI Neuro-Oncology Fellowship Program
  • Massachusetts State Senator, 4th Middlesex district
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine
    Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
  • Program Director
    Center for Psychiatric Oncology & Behavioral Sciences

    Associate Director
    Cancer Outcomes Research Program
    MGH Cancer Center
  • Executive Director of the Hopkinton Center for the Arts
  • Oncology Social Worker
  • Professor and Chair
    Department of Psychiatry
    Boston University School of Medicine

    Division of Psychiatry
    Boston Medical Center
  • Senior Program Coordinator
    North Suffolk Mental Health Association
  • Founding Director
    Collaborative Care and Community Engagement Program
    Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center

    Instructor in Psychiatry
    Harvard Medical School
  • Instructor in Neurology
    Harvard Medical School

    Center Director
    CARE Research Center
    Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Clinical Director, Center for Addiction Medicine
    Co-Founder and Director, Addiction Recovery
    Management Service
    Clinical Director, Ambulatory Psychiatry
    Massachusetts General Hospital
  • SVP, Service Excellence and Practice Improvement, MGPO
  • Clinical Social Worker
    Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
  • Clinical Social Worker
    Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Clinical Manager
    North Suffolk Mental Health Associations Freedom Trail Clinic
  • Director of Community Health Integration for Schizophrenia Clinical and Research Program and North Suffolk Mental Health Association
  • Instructor in Psychiatry
    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Director, Medical Student Education in Psychiatry
    Senior Physician
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
    Harvard Medical School
  • Commissioner
    Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH)
  • Clinical Social Worker
    Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Oncology Social Worker
  • Clinical Instructor
    Harvard Medical School

    Clinical Oncologist
    The MGH Cancer Center
  • Clinical Director
    Gillette Center for Women’s Cancers – Center for Breast Cancer
    Massachusetts General Hospital

    Associate Professor, Medicine
    Harvard Medical School
  • Medical Director of Respite Programs
    Instructor in Medicine Harvard Medical School
  • Thomas P. Hackett, MD, Endowed Chair in Psychiatry
    Director, Dauten Family Center for Bipolar Treatment Innovation
    Associate Director, Depression Clinical and Research Program
    Director, Training and Education, MGH Research Institute
    Massachusetts General Hospital
    Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Assistant in Medicine
    Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center

    Harvard Medical School
  • Medical Director of Integration at Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership, Beacon Health Options
  • Associate Professor
    Department of Psychiatry
    Harvard Medical School

    Senior Scientist
    Mongan Institute Health Policy Center

    Associate Director
    MGH Cancer Center Survivorship Program

    Director of Behavioral Sciences Research
    MGH Tobacco Research & Treatment Center

    Director of Behavioral Health Research
    Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body
  • Physician Leader for Cancer Outreach Programs
    Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center

    Associate Professor
    Harvard Medical School
  • Instructor of Psychiatry
    Harvard Medical School
  • Assistant in Medicine
    MGH Division of Palliative Care and Geriatrics

    Instructor in Medicine
    Harvard Medical School
  • Nurse Practitioner
    Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Bay Cove Human Services
    Co-Principal Investigator
    PCORI Integrated Smoking Cessation Project

    Distinguished Fellow
    American Psychiatric Association
  • Infection Prevention and Control Nurse
    Quality Assurance Nurse
  • Director of Recovery
    Area Human Rights Coordinator
    Department of Mental Health – Metro Boston
  • Instructor
    Harvard Medical School

    Assistant in Medicine
    Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

    Massachusetts General Hospital Optimum Care Committee
  • Chief of Hematology/Oncology, MGH Cancer Center
    Clinical Director of MGH Cancer Center
    Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
    OIF Medical and Scientific Advisory Board
  • Deputy Commissioner for Clinical and Professional Services
    State Medical Director
    Department of Mental Health
    Commonwealth of Massachusetts

    Assistant Professor Psychiatry
    Harvard Medical School
  • Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
    American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Associate Medical Director, Francis H. Burr Proton Therapy Center
    MGH Associate Program Director, Harvard Radiation Oncology Residency Program
    Director, CNS Service
  • Assistant Physician
    Massachusetts General Hospital

    Co-director of the MGH Outpatient Palliative Care Clinic

    Instructor in Medicine
    Harvard Medical School
  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry
    Harvard Medical School
  • Associate Professor of Health Policy and Economics

    Associate Professor of Medicine
    Harvard Medical School
  • Associate Director of Psychology Bipolar Clinic and Research Program
    Massachusetts General Hospital

    Director of Resilient Warrior Program,
    Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program

    Assistant Professor of Psychology
    Harvard Medical School
  • Assistant Professor of Psychology in Medicine
  • Chief
    Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
    MassGeneral Hospital for Children

    R. Alan Ezekowitz Professor of Pediatrics
    Harvard Medical School

Target Audience

This program is intended to bring together diverse stakeholders invested in achieving equity in cancer care for people with serious mental illness, including:

  • Oncology and mental health clinicians (nursing, physicians, social work, psychologists)
  • Researchers
  • Advocates
  • Patients
  • Family and Community-based Caregivers
  • Policy-makers


Physicians (CME): $50.00

Psychologists & Allied Health (CEU): $25.00

No CME/CEU/CE credit: Free

Contact Information

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Live Event Date: May 11, 2018 - May 12, 2018






AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of McLean Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. McLean Hospital is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

McLean Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.75 AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Psychologists CE Credit

The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This offering meets the criteria for 29.50 Continuing Education (CE) credit per presentation for psychologists.

This offering meeting the criteria for 7.75 Continuing Education (CE) credits per presentation for psychologists.


Nursing Contact Hours

Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 13, sections 13, 14, 14A, 15 and 15D and Chapter 112, sections 74 through 81C authorize the Board of Registration in Nursing to regulate nursing practice and education.

This program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR 5.00) for 7.75 contact hours of nursing continuing education credit. Advance practice nurses, please note: Educational activities which meet the requirements of the ACCME (such as this activity) count towards 50% of the nursing requirement for ANCC accreditation.


Social Workers

The Collaborative of NASW, Boston College, and Simmons College Schools of Social Work authorizes social work continuing education credits for courses, workshops, and educational programs that meet the criteria outlined in 258 CMR of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Social Workers

This program has been approved for 7.00 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work Authorization Number D73569.


Licensed Mental Health Counselors

The Center for Social Innovation is approved by the NBCC to provide continuing education credits for Licensed Mental Health Counselors.

This program has been approved for 9.00 Licensed Mental Health Counselor Category 1 credits. MaMHCA Authorization Number 18-0383



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