The Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences is diligent in fostering excellence in teaching, research, and clinical service. We recognize excellence is reached through the vibrant exchange of ideas, which thrives when people from a multitude of backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, and viewpoints collaborate. We uphold an environment of inclusivity, equal opportunity, and accessibility. We are committed to creating and maintaining an atmosphere in which similarities and differences are celebrated, mutual respect is cultivated, and intellectual growth is fueled.

The Inclusive Excellence and Well-Being (IEWB) Council supports our department by encouraging individuals to bring their best and authentic selves to work. IEWB encompasses diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), wellness and well-being, mentorship, advocacy and other topics that impact our department members’ ability to engage in their work. Our IEWB Council is composed of department members who represent various professions and who work in all three of our focus areas: Clinical, Research, and Education.

The Council meets monthly to design and implement specific initiatives and to address IEWB-related topics. It is led by the Director of Inclusive Excellence and Well-Being, Katie Lingras, PhD, LP and two Assistant Directors — Melissa Dalhoe, LICSW, and Piper Meyer-Kalos, PhD, LP. Additional members of the Council include Afshan Anjum, MD (Mentoring Lead); Jonas Attilus, MD (Learner Representative); Tess Kean, Patty Peters-Carlson, LICSW; Sasha Zagoloff, PhD, LP; and Lidia Zylowska, MD (Wellness Lead).

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May 22, 2024
Nice to Meet You: Bringing Humanity Back to Medicine
Ebony Williams, MS, CSM, Epic Applications Supervisor at Johns Hopkins Health System. 

Betsy Ranum

Jan 24, 2024
Reimagining Rest and Relaxation
Betsy Ranum MA, RN, NBC-HWC, Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coach and Community Holistic Nurse.

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September 27, 2023
Food Culture and Identity
Kate Shafto, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine.

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August 2, 2023
Mariann Johnson, Mindfulness and Wellbeing Instructor, Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing.

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April 19, 2023
Embodied Racial Healing
Sarah Bellamy, Artistic Director of Penumbra Theatre, and an ongoing department partner in our DEI work. Keynote speaker at our 2023 DEI Retreat.

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April 19, 2023
Fostering Mattering: Addressing Discrimination by Omission
Joel Wong, PhD, Professor of Counseling and Educational Psychology at Indiana University, whose keynote talk at our DEI 2023 retreat helped us focus on the joy of DEI and “belonging” work.

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March 22, 2023
An integrative look at mental health care from another perspective:  Chinese medicine diagnosis and treatment of mental health 
Andi Rhiel LAc, RN, an acupuncturist specializing in mental health and integrative care, providing acupuncture at the UMN Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, St. Louis Park Clinic.

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March 30, 2022
Cultural Humility and Curiosity: Creating a Community of Healing.
Selma Sroka MD, an integrative physician, fellow at AZCIM, and founder of Well Rooted:  an organization providing training in traditional approaches of Indigenous elders and healers.

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January 19, 2022
Intersection of Wellness and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. 
Cecilia Stanton Adams, Chief Executive Officer of The Diversity Institute.  

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September 29, 2021
ReConnect! Catalyzing Practices of Belonging for Wellness 
Marnita Schroedl, the founder of Marnita's Table, a non-profit organization based in the Twin Cities that specializes in bringing people together across differences. 

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July 28, 2021
Just Like Me: Finding Joy and Common Ground in Uncommon Times  
Roxane Battle, vice president of Advocacy and Community at Sanvello Health, Inc, a tele-mental health provider under UnitedHealth Group Ventures.

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May 26, 2021
Connect! Catalyzing Practices of Belonging for Wellness
Marnita Schroedl, the founder of Marnita's Table, a non-profit organization based in the Twin Cities that specializes in bringing people together across differences.