The Charles Evans Center held its second conference on promoting brain health.
The conference was held live online via Zoom and featured a keynote presentation, “What is Brain Health? Looking Towards the Integration of Neuroscience and Psychology” by Dr. Constantine “Charlie” Ioannou, the Chairman of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Services at Nassau University Medical Center. Ioannou spoke to more than 130 participants about Mental Health being an integral part of Brain Health, and understanding the complex interplay between the psychological/social aspects, resilience, and spiritual aspect of the individual is essential to our understanding “Brain Health”.
The executive director of the Charles Evans Center, James R. Dolan, Jr. PhD, noted that “at the Charles Evans Center we provide expert care that promotes brain health and consistent with that mission we are pleased to have hosted a conference that highlights what we can all do to maximize brain function”.
Workshops for participants were also presented. Oliver Medvedik, PhD, Director of The Maurice Kanbar Center for Biomedical Engineering at The Cooper Union for Advancement of Science and Art, presented on “Non-Pharmacological Interventions in Dementia Treatment”. Medvedik spoke about recent interventions in the treatment of dementias including transcranial direct current stimulation, light and sound therapies and diet, along with underlying biological mechanisms.
In addition, Sarah Silverstein, LCSW-R, of the Charles Evans Center, presented on “Dialectical Behavioral Therapy: Skills for Improving Our Lives”. Silverstein provided an overview of the history of dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and what populations it is used to treat.
The conference was coordinated in conjunction with the Mental Health Association of Nassau County.