Events and Lectures

Bending the Arc: Striving for Mental Health Equity in Trying Times

BHCOE Public Lecture with Ruth Shim, M.D., M.P.H.

Thursday, June 28, 2018
5:00pm - 6:30pm
UC Davis Health Education Building
Lecture Hall 1222
4610 X Street, Sacramento, CA 95817

Despite efforts to eliminate disparities and inequities in mental health over many years, unequal outcomes for people with mental illnesses and substance use disorders persist, and may even be getting worse. This presentation explores the root causes of mental health inequity, summarizes the existing data, and considers promising approaches to ensure mental health and wellness for all. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Strategies to effectively “bend the arc” in the current climate will be discussed. 

Event Flyer here

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Past Events

Mental Illness, Mass Shootings, and the Politics of American Firearms 

Thursday, March 22, 2018
5:00pm - 6:30pm
UC Davis Health Education Building
Lecture Hall 1222
4610 X Street, Sacramento, CA 95817

Jonathan Metzl is the Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Psychiatry, and the Director of the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Metzl has a focus on stereotypes of race and mental illness surrounding gun violence. He also specializes in the history of mental health, and gender and race politics in the United States.

Event Flyer here

Watch the video recording here.

Psychosis: Understanding Your Treatment Options 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
8:00am - 2:00pm
UC Davis Health Education Building
Lecture Hall 1222
4610 X Street, Sacramento, CA 95817

This community education event aims to give care providers, community members, and consumers knowledge of treatment options available for individuals experiencing psychosis.

A series of short learning sessions will cover the importance of:

  • Identifying symptoms of psychosis and accessing treatment as soon as possible
  • Understanding treatment options such as:
    • Long-acting injectable antipsychotic medications
    • Nutritional supplements
    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBTp)
    • Inclusion of family and caregivers in treatment services


The University of California, Davis, Health is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

This activity has been approved for up to 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ can be used by multidisciplinary team members.

Please note that due to policy changes credit is not applicable for MFT and LCSW. Please check with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences for more information.

Program (PDF)

Event videos here. 

Event Slides

  • Understanding Psychosis, Tara Niendam, Ph.D. (PDF)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBTp), Laura Tully, Ph.D. (PDF)
  • Medication, Paula Wadell, M.D. (PDF)
  • Benefits of Family Involvement, Bonnie Hotz (PDF)

12th Annual UC Davis Psychotic Disorders Conference 

Monday, November 6, 2017
Hilton Sacramento Arden West

**This is a CME Conference 

More information here. 

Removing the Stigma

Stephen Hinshaw speaks about his new book, "Another Kind of Madness: A Journey Through Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness"

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
5:30pm - 7:15pm
UC Davis Health Education Building
Lecture Hall 1222
4610 X Street, Sacramento, CA 95817

Dr. Stephen Hinshaw, a professor of psychology at UC Berkeley and of psychiatry at UC San Francisco, and internationally renowned researcher of child psychopathology, shares his family’s journey with mental illness—and his vision to remove the stigma.

Event Flyer (PDF)

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Psychiatric Bed Availability in California: Is it a Problem, and If So, What Do We Do About It? 

Thursday, May 11, 2017
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
The UC Center Sacramento
1130 K Street, Room LL3

The Behavioral Health Centers of Excellence present at the UC Center Sacramento's Thursday Speaker Series. UC Davis and UCLA experts, Dr. Cameron Carter, Dr. Ken Wells, Dr. Aimee Moulin and Dr. Thomas Strouse will explore the problem of California's psychiatric bed shortage.

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A SacBee Conversations Event: How Can We Improve Mental Health Treatment? 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
6:00 p.m.
The Sacramento Bee
2100 Q Street, Sacramento

Dan Morain from the SacBee moderates a discussion with experts for families in order to explore the challenges faced by families trying to help loved ones with mental illness.

Hear from Behavioral Health Center of Excellence team members including UC Davis Director, Dr. Cameron Carter, UC Davis Policy Director and Sacramento Mayor, Darrell Steinberg, UC Davis Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Aimee Moulin, and UCLA Director, Dr. Ken Wells.

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The purpose of this webinar series is to highlight underserved and vulnerable populations and offer participants the current knowledge about effective services and treatment for these populations. The aim of this series is to facilitate discussion that inspires positive change.  This series of four webinars begins with the Deputy Director of the Office of Health Equity’s overview of the definition of health equity and the State of California’s plan to promote health and mental health equity for all Californians.  In the following webinars, experts will discuss evidence-based services and treatments for specific underserved communities. 

February 22, 2017: 3pm-4pm PST: Increasing Access through Reducing Disparities (Watch now) 

March 15, 2017: 11am-12pm PST: Approaches to Culturally Informed Evidence-Based Mental Health Treatments for Asian Americans (Watch now)

April 13, 2017: 11am-12pm PST: Making The Invisible Visible: Addressing The Mental Health Needs of Those with Developmental Disabilities (Watch now)

May 11, 2017: 11am-12pm PST: Promoting Mental Health of LGBTQ Youth: Evidence-Based Practices and Promising Strategies (Watch now)

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UC Davis Symposium-- Serving Early Psychosis Populations: Evidence-Based Practices & Systems

Monday, May 1, 2017
9:00am - 4:30pm
UC Davis Health Education Building
Lecture Hall 1222
4610 X Street, Sacramento, CA 95817

Event Flyer (PDF) 

This one-day Symposium brings together decision makers, providers, consumers, family members, and researchers to exchange ideas and information about evidence-based practices and systems serving early psychosis populations.  We will cover a diverse set of topics including pathways into care, statewide approaches to providing services, addressing the needs of diverse populations, and funding approaches.  We hope you will join in on the dialogue.

Research Keynote Speakers

Lisa Dixon, M.D., M.P.H., professor of Psychiatry at the Columbia University Medical Center and the director of the Division of Behavioral Health Services and Policy Research within the Department of Psychiatry. She also directs the Center for Practice Innovations at the New York State Psychiatric Institute

Tamara Sale, M.A., director of the Early Assessment and Support Alliance (EASA) Center for Excellence at Portland State University Regional Research Institute. Ms. Sale was responsible for the development and implementation of early psychosis services in Oregon, starting with a five-county regional program in 2001 and statewide dissemination beginning in 2007.

Stakeholder Perspectives of Early Psychosis Services and Treatments in California Panel

Brandon Staglin, One Mind Institute

Bettie Reinhardt, NAMI California

Kirstin Barlow, County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California

Athena Chapman, California Association of Health Plans

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UCLA Conference: The Way Forward

Advancing Mental Health Equity Under the Mental Health Services Act: From Research to Practice and Policy

Thursday, March 30, 2017
8:30am - 5:00pm
UCLA Luskin Conference Center
425 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095

More information here.

View recordings from the event here.


September 22, 2016 1pm-2pm: An Overview of Early Intervention for Psychosis Programs (Watch)

October 11, 2016 11am-12pm: Guidelines and Best Practices (Watch)

November 8, 2016 12pm-1pm: Early Psychosis Program Implementation in California (Watch)

December 15, 2016 11am-12pm: Psychotherapeutics Best Practices (Watch)

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Firearm Violence and Mental Illness

Garen Wintemute, M.D., M.P.H. and Amy Barnhorst, M.D.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
3:00pm - 4:30pm
UC Davis Health
Education Building
Lecture Hall 1222
4610 X St., Sacramento

Each year in the United States, firearm violence results in approximately 30,000 deaths and approximately 75,000 nonfatal injuries to patients seen in hospital emergency departments. 

Garen Wintemute, Susan P. Baker-Stephen P. Teret Chair in Violence Prevention at UC Davis and internationally known director of the Violence Prevention Research Program, will discuss new research on the epidemiology of firearm violence, including mass shootings. Amy Barnhorst, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, will explore the relationship between mental illness and firearm violence, and discuss firearm legislation that is aimed at people with mental illnesses. 

In this seminar, you will learn more regarding the broad policy implications that result from evidence-based research on the relationships between gun violence and mental illness.  

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Event Flyer (PDF)

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Art With Impact Movies for Mental Health

Thursday, April 21, 2016
ARC Ballroom B
Davis, CA 95618

Watch the short films here.

UC Davis Center for Neuroscience-Brain Awareness Week: The Healthy Aging Brain

John Morrison, Ph.D., Charan Ranganath, Ph.D., Gregg Recanzone, Ph.D., Leah Krubitzer, Ph.D.
Saturday, March 12, 2016
1:00 to 5pm
1544 Newman Court
Davis, CA 95618

The Center for Neuroscience will be hosting an interactive and hands-on public seminar for all ages. Participants will be able to learn more about the brain through visual illusions, test their knowledge of brain trivia, see and touch brain specimens and examine neurons under a microscope.

More event information here.

Transforming California’s Mental Health Services: The Story behind the Mental Health Services Act 

Rusty Selix, Co-author of Prop. 63 

Thursday, January 21, 2016
UC Davis Health
Education Building
Lecture Hall 1222
4610 X St., Sacramento

In 2004, voters in California passed a new initiative on the ballot named Propostion 63 or the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). The Act itself was created and written by Rusty Selix, the state’s lead advocate for mental health, and former Senate pro Tem, Darrell Steinberg, who was an assemblymember at the time. The MHSA was designed to expand and transform California’s county mental health service systems. 

Selix will share the story behind the Prop. 63 initiative and why keeping a focus on mental health policy has been critical for the people of California. This lecture is open to the public with a special focus on students from the UC Davis School of Medicine who are interested in policy and healthcare. 

Event Flyer (PDF)

Student Resiliency and Mental Health Fair

Tuesday, January 12, 2016
4:00pm - 5:30pm
UC Davis
Conference Center, Ballroom B/C

Mental and behavioral health is a growing concern across the country. Jordana Steinberg, a Sierra College student who recently began sharing her story about overcoming mental illness, will speak to the UC Davis community on January 12. Jordana inspires other students by telling about her struggles and emphasizing that recovery is possible. Jordana’s father, former Senator Darrell Steinberg, has long been a champion of mental health for all Californians and is currently director of policy and advocacy at the UC Davis Behavioral Health Center of Excellence. 

In addition to the lecture, student organizations centered on mental health and wellness will be tabling to showcase resources available at UC Davis.

Event Flyer (PDF) 

Statewide Science Informing Policy Symposium Early Psychosis: Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI)

Thursday, September 17, 2015
8:00am - 4:30pm
UC Davis Health
Education Building
Lecture Hall 2222
4610 X St., Sacramento

The Behavioral Health Centers of Excellence at UC Davis and UCLA will be hosting a symposium on innovation in evidence-based practice and policy at the county, state and national levels.

Keynote Speakers: Former Senate pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Robert K. Heinssen from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and Ken Wells from the UCLA Behavioral Health Center of Excellence

Event Flyer (PDF)

Parking and Hotel Information (PDF)

Event Agenda (PDF) 

Videos on Youtube

For more information or to RSVP please contact Amanda Berry at or by calling 916-734-4349.

Brain Research: New Discoveries

Dr. Cameron S. Carter
Director, Behavioral Health Center of Excellence at UC Davis 

Monday, August 17, 2015
5:00 – 6:00 pm, light refreshments afterward
Lecture Hall 1222, Education Building
It’s an exciting time in brain research. Hear from Cameron S. Carter, MD, director of the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence at UC Davis, about the latest discoveries in mental health. Dr. Carter is also the director of the recently launched Conte Center to study schizophrenia.

The Behavioral Health Center of Excellence awarded 21 project grants and launched its policy education program in partnership with the Steinberg Institute. Hear how these programs have high impact.

This lecture is open to the public, university faculty, staff and students.

RSVP required by emailing Amanda Berry at

Event Flyer (PDF)

View this lecture live streaming here. 

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: Out of the Darkness Walks - UC Davis Campus Walk Center 

The UC Davis Campus Walk will take place this April, and we are looking forward to a great event. Registration is free and open to the public.When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Campus Walks, you join the effort with thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow AFSP to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss. As the leader in the fight against suicide, and thanks to walkers like you from cities across the country, AFSP has been able to set a goal to reduce the annual suicide rate 20% by 2025.
Walk Date: 4/25/2015
Walk Location: Russell Field (Russel Ave & College Park)
Check-in/Registration Time:
4/25/2015 at 11:00 am
Walk Begins: 12:00 pm
Walk Ends: 3:00 pm

Looking Forward: Mental and Behavioral Health in California

Darrell Steinberg,
Visiting Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Director of Policy and Advocacy, UC Davis Behavioral Health Center of Excellence
Friday, April 17, 2015
Reception: 11 am
Presentation: 11:30 to 12:30 pm
PSSB Auditorium, G300
4150 V Street
Sacramento, 95817
For more information, please contact Naima Carter at:
(916) 734-2614 or

Positive Outcomes: Mental and Behavioral Health Policy

Featured Speaker: The Honorable Darrell Steinberg
Monday, April 6, 2015
5 to 6 pm
Education Building,
Lecture Hall 1222
4610 X Street
Former Senate Pro Tempore, Darrell Steinberg, will discuss current policy and share recent findings that indicate positive outcomes in our communities.

UC Davis Center for Neuroscience-Brain Awareness Week: The Diseased Brain

Featured Speakers:
Charles DeCarli, M.D., Vicki Wheelock, M.D., Christoph Lossin, Ph.D., Kimberley McAllister, Ph.D.
Saturday, March 14, 2015
1:30 to 5pm
1544 Newman Court
Davis, CA 95618
The Center for Neuroscience will be hosting an interactive and hands-on public seminar for all ages. Participants will be able to learn more about the brain through visual illusions, test their knowledge of brain trivia, see and touch brain specimens and examine neurons under a microscope.