2007 Africa Distinguished Lecture
Thu, September 20, 2007 • 7:00 PM • ECJ 1.202 (It is on Dean Keeton, across the street from RLM across the large pedestrian bridge, the north side of Dean Keeton)
The lecture will explore the myths and realities of mental health disparities in African American communities and the racial policies that were adopted by state governments over the years. Davis will examine the historical approaches that science has taken in response to mental illness in African American populations and the role that communities, families, and churches have taken in response to these problems. He will present information on the rates of illness in African Americans and the impo***Distinguished Speaker: Professor King Davis***
King Davis is Executive Director of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health Services, Research, Policy and Education. He has held this position since April 2003. He also holds the Robert Lee Sutherland Chair in Mental Health and Social Policy at the University of Texas at Austin, School of Social Work. He was a professor of Public Mental Health Policy and Planning at the Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond Virginia, from 1984-2000, retiring in 1999. As the Galt Scholar, he held full professorships at each of Virginia's medical schools from 1985-1988. From 1998-1999, he was the holder of the William and Camille Cosby Chair at Howard University, Washington D.C. Also in 1998, he was appointed to the Libra Chair in the School of Business and Public Policy at the University of Maine. He taught at Norfolk State University School of Social Work from 1974 to 1984. Professor Davis was awarded the Ph.D. from the Florence G. Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University in 1971. He holds the masters and bachelor's degrees in social work (concentration in mental health) from California State University in Fresno California.
Dr. Davis is a former Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services serving from 1990 to 1994. His research interests focus on mental health finance, organizational cultural competence, and the impact of mental health policy as a vehicle for change in mental health systems. He is co-author of The Color of Social Policy, published in March, 2004 by CSWE Press. Currently, the Hogg Foundation is funding and evaluating three priority initiatives: integrated health and mental health services; cultural adaptations of evidence based practices; and, mental health workforce development.