A discussion session with Nadine Kaslow on mental health measures to cope with current mental health struggles and coping skills post pandemic focusing on avenues of providing support for mental and psychological well-being of individuals during and after COVID-19 outbreak.
Date & Time: Friday May 29, 2020 | 1:00 pm WAT (8:00 am EST)
Nadine J. Kaslow, Ph.D., ABPP is a Professor with tenure; Vice Chair for Faculty Development, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and Director of the Atlanta Trauma Alliance, Emory University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She is also the Chief Psychologist at Grady Health System and the Director of the Postdoctoral Residency Program in Health Service Psychology at Emory University School of Medicine. She developed and directs Emory School of Medicine’s Caring Communities for COVID Caregivers, as well as the Mental Health Crisis Debriefing Team at both Grady Health System and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Dr. Kaslow was the 2014 President of the American Psychological Association (APA), which is the largest organization of psychologists in the world. This major national leadership role afforded her opportunities to participate regularly in psychology activities globally, including serving as a facilitator of the launch of the World Health Organization’s Mental Health Action Plan. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she has been a national and international (e.g., WHO- Africa) on the mental health impact of COVID-19 and ways to bolster resilience and coping. A member of the National Academies of Medicine Healthcare Services Board, Dr. Kaslow is the former Editor of the Journal of Family Psychology; past president of multiple organizations and a previous participant in multiple leadership and policy/advocacy fellowships. A former member of National Institute of Mental Health institution review groups, with 20 plus years of federal funding, she has over 350 publications including four books related to the culturally informed assessment and treatment of mental health problems (e.g., post-traumatic stress disorder,
depression, suicidal behavior) and psychology education and training. Dr. Kaslow has received a
number of awards for her contributions related to education and training, legislative advocacy,
and community service. A member of Rosalynn Carter’s Mental Health Advisory Board, Dr.
Kaslow is a frequent guest on local and national radio and television programs and is often called
upon to comment to newspapers and magazines on a broad array of mental health topics relevant
to stress and coping during times of tragedy and following disasters.
Aisha Abdullahi Bubah is a Psychologist, trained in Ghana and India with over 5 years experience practicing psychotherapy in various sectors of mental health including drug addiction rehabilitation, school setting, psychiatric care and community mental health. She is a certified Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) practitioner from the California Hypnosis Institute and also trained in Cognitive Analytical Therapy from IACAT UK. She is the lead Psychologist and founder of The Sunshine Series- Mind wellness, a psychotherapy centre where they offer services ranging from individual, couple, and other various forms of therapy, practical workshops on topics like stress management, emotions management, lay counselling skills, work-life balance and designing employee assistance program for organizations. Aisha is involved in training CHEWs, community / humanitarian aid workers on Lay counselling skills, equipping them with skills to serve as first responders for mental health services. Aisha has served as the National President Young African Leaders Inititiative (YALI RLC) Alumni Chapter of Nigeria where she and her team implemented various activities, including mental health programs create more national awareness on the matter.