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Psychology Department Hosts Lecture on Youth Mental Health

March 24, 2017

Chip Underhill
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John BroderickOn Tuesday, April 4, the psychology department will host former New Hampshire Supreme Court Justice John Broderick and Professor Lorena Estrada-Martinez of University of Massachusetts Boston for the fourth annual Hechtl/Lasky Psychology Lecture series in the Dana Center for the Humanities. This year's event will focus on the importance of attending to mental health in youth.

Justice Broderick and Estrada-Martinez are noted mental health advocates and researchers whose work is helping draw attention to the importance of recognizing early signs of mental health challenges in youth.

Mr. Broderick will present his personal family story of recognizing and recovering from mental illness, an experience that led him to promote mental health awareness through a "Know the Five Signs" campaign.

Assistant Professor of Urban Public Health, Lorena Estrada-Martinez teaches at UMass Boston's College of Public and Community Service. She will report on her research, which highlights ways communities can support mental wellness in minority and under-represented youth.

A moderated panel discussion will follow with Professor Loretta L.C. Brady of the psychology department at Saint Anselm College.

Lorena Estrada-MartinezThe series is in honor of former faculty members Richard Hechtl and Julian Jack Lasky, who were leaders in Saint Anselm College's psychology department, having devoted their careers to promoting wellness through basic and applied psychology research.

Professor Emeritus Hechtl is responsible for developing the psychology curriculum at the college and was the first chair of the department. In addition to serving many roles at the college, he worked at various facilities as a clinical psychologist. He passed away in May 2013.

Professor Lasky taught in the psychology department for many years following a distinguished career in the field. Past roles included chief of psychology for the V.A. Hospital System and running the selection program for the Peace Corps. He passed away in January 2012.

The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, please contact Professor Loretta Brady.

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