OPAL Center Seminars and Events

The OPAL Center supports several interdisciplinary activities including seminar series, research and outreach symposia, workshops, and student interest groups. If you are interested and would like to have more information, please contact Xiaoyan Xu.


OPAL Annual Meeting

March 30, 2023, 12 noon - 3pm

OPAL Stakeholder Advisory Board Meeting

OPAL NSAB, September 14, 2023, 1 - 2
OPAL LPAB, September 28, 2023, 1 - 2
OPAL LCAB, October 20, 2 - 3

Seminars in Fall 2023 are coming soon...


OPAL Qualitative Interview Training Workshop

Date: October 15th, 2019
Time: 3-4
Location: NYSPI Pardes 6204

OPAL Qualitative Interest Group  Workshop

Date: March 28th, 2019
Time: 2:30-4
Location: NYSPI Pardes 3001

OPAL Qualitative Interest Group  Workshop

Date: January 16th, 2019
Time: 2-4
Location: NYSPI Pardes 5001

OPAL Qualitative Interest Group  Workshop

Date: September 25th, 2018
Time: 3-4
Location: NYSPI Pardes 5001



From Being Tokenized to Feeling Heard: Improving Intervention by Tackling Anti-Black Racism through Community Engagement and Support

Speaker: Deidre M. Anglin, PhD
Date: May 2, 2023
Time: 4-5


A Research Update on Critical Time Intervention

Speaker: Daniel Herman, MSW, PhD
Date: February 28, 2023
Time: 4-5



Developing a Peer Coaching program for Community Engagement: Community Living Bridge

Speaker: Alicia Lucksted, Ph.D.
Date: November 1, 2022
Time: 4-5

Clinical data landscape for research at CUIMC

Speaker: Soumitra Sengupta, PhD
Date: October 25, 2022
Time: 4-5


Optimizing tobacco treatment in people with schizophrenia and other serious mental illness

Speaker: Mary F. Brunette, MD
Date: September 27, 2022
Time: 4-5




Illness Self-Management for Older Adults with Serious Mental Illness

Speaker: Judith A. Cook, PhD
Date: June 28, 2022
Time: 4-5





Violence risk and psychosis:  Threading the needle between safety, stigma, and scientific uncertainty

Speaker: Jeffrey Swanson, PhD
Date: April 26, 2022
Time: 4-5




Beyond Beds: 988/Crisis Services

Speaker: Brian M. Hepburn, MD
Date: March 22, 2022
Time: 4-5




Deepening the conversation about racism, racial equity, and involuntary outpatient commitment

Speaker: Abbe Duke (she/her/hers), OnTrackNY Recovery Specialist Trainer and Supervisor
Chacku Mathai (he/him/his), Project Director, Healthy Transitions at OnTrackNY
Ro Speight, OnTrackNY Recovery Specialist Trainer
Date: February 8, 2022
Time: 4-5



Unwinding History: How Shifting Priorities and Policies Affected Early Intervention in Psychosis in the US​

Speaker: Howard H. Goldman, MD, PhD
Date: February 1, 2022
Time: 4-5




Assisted Outpatient Treatment: The Data and the Controversy

Speaker: Marvin S. Swartz, MD
Date: January 25, 2022
Time: 4-5




COVID infection and mortality in serious mental illness.

Speaker: Donald C. Goff, MD
Date: November 23rd, 2021
Time: 4-5


OPAL pilot awardees present

Early Auditory Information Processing in People with First Episode Psychosis
Speaker: Alice Saperstein, PhD
Contingency Management to Reduce Cannabis Use Among Individuals with First Episode Psychosis in OnTrackNY: A Proof of Concept Study (?)
Speaker: Leslie Marino, MD, MPH
Date: October 26, 2021
Time: 4-5



Studies of resilience and neurobehavior in the NACC v4 neuropathological database

Speaker: Terry E. Goldberg, PhD
Date: September 28th, 2021
Time: 4-5




OPAL pilot awardees present
Violence risk for young adults with early psychosis 
Speaker: Stephanie Rolin, MD, MPH
Variation in Psychotropic Medication Prescriptions for Individuals Diagnosed with Schizophrenia in the United States 
Speaker: Natalie Bareis, PhD
Understanding Physical Health Needs and Services among Young Adults Experiencing First Episode Psychosis
Speaker: Ana Stefancic, PhD
Date: June 22nd, 2021
Time: 4-5


Suicide risk in schizophrenia across the lifespan

Speaker: Mark Olfson, MD, MPH
Date: May 4th, 2021
Time: 4-5





Individual Cultural Assessment and Treatment Engagement

Speaker: Roberto Lewis-Fernández, MD
Date: April 6th, 2021
Time: 4-5





Psychosis, meaning, and social context: Psychiatric care and treatment in state hospitals, 1950-1980.

Speaker: Joel Braslow, MD, PhD
Date: March 23rd, 2021
Time: 4-5



Beyond Telehealth: Advances in Digital Mental Health Research and Practical Clinical Considerations for Smartphone Apps in Care

Speaker: John Torous, MD MBI​
Date: March 2nd, 2021
Time: 4-5


Criminal Justice Involvement Among Persons with Serious Mental Illness: Opportunities for Collaboration and Reshaping the Ethic of Care

Speaker: Leah Pope, PhD​
Date: February 2nd, 2021
Time: 4-5




Digital phenotyping of social activity in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder: challenges and opportunities for causal inference​

Speaker: Linda Valeri, PhD​
Date: January 26th, 2021
Time: 4-5​




Age-specific Incidence and Prevalence of Dementia Diagnoses in Older U.S. Adults with Schizophrenia​

Speaker: Tobias Gerhard, PhD​
Date: December 1st, 2020
Time: 4-5



Racism, the Social Environment, and Psychosis​

Speaker: Deidre M. Anglin, PhD
Date: November 17th, 2020
Time: 4-5


The impact of COVID-19 on clinical practice and well-being of global mental health professionals​

Speaker: Geoffrey Reed, PhD
Date: October 6th, 2020
Time: 4-5





Introduction to Causal Random Forests

Speaker: Min Qian, PhD
Date: September 22nd, 2020
Time: 4-5





Interdisciplinary Health Services Research, Center for Health Policy Columbia University School of Nursing​

Speaker: Patricia W. Stone, PhD, RN, FAAN, Lusine Poghosyan, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN
Date: June 23rd, 2020
Time: 4-5





Integrated Care's Final Frontier: Primary Care in Assertive Community Treatment 

Speaker: David Woodlock, ICL president and CEO, Jeanie Tse MD, ICL Chief Medical Officer
Date: June 2nd, 2020
Time: 4-5





Does early intervention improve the long-term course of schizophrenia?

Speaker: Donald C. Goff, MD
Date: March 3rd, 2020
Time: 4-5
Location: NYSPI Multipurpose Room 




Paying Managed Care Plans Fairly for Persons with Mental Illness and Other Chronic Conditions.

Speaker: Thomas G. McGuire, PhD
Date: February 25th, 2020
Time: 4-5
Location: NYSPI Multipurpose Room 




Everyday Bias for Healthcare Professionals

Speaker: Michael J. Devlin, MD and Jean-Marie Bradford, MD
Date: January 28, 2020
Time: 4-5
Location: NYSPI Multipurpose Room 



Signal and Noise: Restoring Balance to the Epic driven Clinician Digital Experience?

Speaker: Devin Mann, MD, MS
Date: November 26th, 2019
Time: 4-5
Location: NYSPI Multipurpose Room 


UW ALACRITY: A User-Centered Approach to Redesigning Mental Health

Speaker: Emily Friedman, MID, CPE
Date: November 14th, 2019
Time: 3-4
Location: NYSPI Boardroom



How do we learn what works? Emulating target trials from ovservational data.

Speaker: Miguel Hernán, MD, Dr.PH
Date: October 23rd, 2019
Time: 2-3
Location: NYSPI Multipurpose Room



Recency and Intensification of Positive Symptoms Enhance Prediction of Conversion to Syndromal Psychosis in Clinical High-Risk Patients

Speaker: Ragy Girgis, MD
Date: October 22nd, 2019
Time: 4-5
Location: NYSPI Multipurpose Room




Moving Early Psychosis Intervention from Research to On-The-Ground Community Practice

Speaker: Lisa Dixon, MD, MPH
Date: September 24th, 2019
Time: 4-5
Location: NYSPI Multipurpose Room 




Suicide Risk in Schizophrenia Across the Lifespan

Speaker: Mark Olfson, MD, MPH
Date: June 25th, 2019
Time: 4-5
Location: NYSPI Multipurpose Room 




Aging Persons with Chronic Mental Illness-Observations and Recommendations from Mobile Crisis and CPEP

Speaker: Mark R. Nathanson, MD
Date: May 28th, 2019
Time: 4-5
Location: NYSPI Room 2001



Off-label second-generation antipsychotic utilization in racially/ethnically diverse publicly insured populations

Speaker: Marcela Horvitz-Lennon, MD, MPH
Date: May 7th, 2019
Time: 4-5
Location: NYSPI Boardroom, #6601


Use of mHealth Technologies in Research and Treatment of Individuals with Schizophrenia

Speaker: David Kimhy, PhD
Date: April 23rd, 2019
Time: 4-5
Location: NYSPI Multipurpose room, #6602



Re-thinking Consent to Research

Speaker: David H. Strauss, PhD
Date: March 26th, 2019
Time: 4-5
Location: NYSPI Multipurpose room, #6602




Peer Support & Peer Providers in the Context of Psychosis & Serious Mental Illness​

Speaker: Nev Jones, PhD
Date: March 5th, 2019
Time: 4-5
Location: NYSPI Multipurpose room, #6602




Introduction to Machine Learning, Part II

Speaker: Melanie Wall, PhD
Date: February 26th, 2019
Time: 4-5
Location: NYSPI Multipurpose room, #6602




Introduction to Machine Learning, Part I

Speaker: Min Qian, PhD
Date: February 5th, 2019
Time: 4-5
Location: NYSPI Multipurpose room, #6602





Mental health, Disability, and Social Policy

Speaker: Sherry Glied, PhD
Date: November 13, 2018
Time: 4-5
Location: NYSPI Multipurpose room, #6602




A causal mediation analysis approach to explain the relative efficacy of antipsychotics

Speaker: Linda Valeri, PhD.
Date: October 23, 2018
Time: 3-4
Location: NYSPI Pardes 3001




Implementation & Adaptation Science seminar

Speaker: Leopoldo J. Cabassa, PhD, Ana Stefancic, PhD
Date: October 2, 2018
Time: 4-5
Location: NYSPI Multipurpose room, #6602



Comparative Effectiveness of Adjunctive Pharmacotherapies for Schizophrenia

Speaker: T. Scott Stroup, MD, MPH
Date: September 11, 2018
Time: 4-5
Location: NYSPI Multipurpose room, #6602

Clinical Assessments training

Speaker: David Kimhy, PhD
Date: Aug 1, 2018
Time: 11-12

Qualitative Interview Training

Speaker: Leopoldo J. Cabassa, PhD, Ana Stefancic, PhD
Date: July 26, 2018
Time: 2-4
Location: NYSPI Pardes 4002