Psychology faculty joins Kennedy mental health summit

Kenneth Levy, associate professor of psychology at Penn State, joined former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, Vice President Joe Biden, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Chelsea Clinton to celebrate the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s Community Mental Health Act at the inaugural meeting of the Kennedy Forum on Oct. 23 and 24 in Boston.

The goal of the forum, the brain child of Patrick Kennedy, was “to unite the mental health community to engage in a national dialogue and to advocate for future breakthroughs in policies affecting those with mental illness, disabilities and addictions." 

Working with Congressman Kennedy, Levy, a noted treatment and psychotherapy researcher, has been consulting on the implications of the existing mental health treatment data for the provision of mental health services. He said he "looks forward to future collaboration with Congressman Patrick Kennedy in working to establish parity guidelines that will assure those suffering from psychological difficulties receive the quality mental health care that they both need and deserve." Levy is on the faculty of the Department of Psychology in the College of the Liberal Arts.

At the two-day event, Kennedy spoke about ensuring mental health parity within the Affordable Care Act, along with Biden, Sebelius and football star Brandon Marshall, an advocate for those with personality disorders and founding director of Project Borderline. There also were several panel discussions to address concerns about how best to ensure parity and deliver effective mental health services. Panelists included David Gergen a CNN political analyst and professor, Harvard's Kennedy School; David Satcher, director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute and the 16th surgeon general; and Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, among others.   

Levy is the recipient of early career awards from the Society for Psychotherapy Research, the American Psychological Association, and the National Association for Research in Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders as well as a recent mid-career award from the North American Association for the Study of Personality Disorders.


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Last Updated January 09, 2015