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Stakeholders Commentary

The active role of community stakeholders in community partnered participatory research (CPPR) is necessary to ensure fair, equal, and equitable representation of the communities they serve. In CPPR, community partners are viewed equally in research development, implementation, and dissemination. In…

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Elizabeth Lizaola, MPH

Elizabeth Lizaola received her BA in Psychology and Master of Public Health from UC Los Angeles in 2001 and 2005, respectively. Ms. Lizaola was a member of Dr. Marian Sigman's research group for 7 years and has 7 years of…

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Erik Pena, MA

Erik Pena obtained his MA in Latin American Studies and MPH in Community Health Sciences from UCLA in 2016. As a graduate student, he executed several needs assessments in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Nicaragua. Mr. Pena worked directly with…

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The One With Friends

The One With Friends was a play and research project produced by the UCLA Center for Health Services and Society as part of the California Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health and recently featured in JAMA: The Journal of the American…

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The Center Cannot Hold Opera

The Center Cannot Hold: A Chamber Opera is a new musical work based on the memoir of the same name by Elyn Saks. The opera had its workshop premiere on July 8th, 10th, and 16th, 2016; Presented by Pacific Opera…

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Chantal Figueroa, PhD

Contact: chantalfigueroa@mednet.ucla.edu Chantal Figueroa earned her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota Twin in Comparative and International Development Education. Her dissertation entitled, “State of Terror, States of Mind: mental health care in Guatemala City” compares the experiences of women diagnosed with…

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Sophie Feller, MD

Sophie Feller received her Doctor of Medicine at Jefferson Medical College and her BA in Health and Societies from the University of Pennsylvania. Her interests include the social determinants of health across the lifespan, substance use disorders and suicide prevention.…

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About Elyn Saks

Elyn R. Saks is Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law, Psychology, and Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law; Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, at the University of California, San Diego, School of…

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The Memoir

National Bestseller The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness is available in paperback, hardback, e-book, and audio file. "Schizophrenia is an ominous word -- and we too often equate it with a life of misery, isolation, and psychotic torment.…

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