Community Engagement and Commitment

Meet our Partners in the Community

Regional Work

  • Local School Consultation Services
    A team of faculty and fellows partner with local school districts to provide psychiatric consultation, program and systems implementation and education. Dr. Shashank Joshi, Dr. Steven Adelsheim, Dr. Moira Kessler and Dr. Steven Sust are among the faculty and staff that provide services in San Mateo Unified School District, Los Altos School District, Mountain View Los Altos District, Palo Alto Unified School District, and Sequoia Union High School District. 
  • Communication Interactive for Parents and Others (CHIPAO)
    The Stanford Communication Interactive for Parents and Others (CHIPAO) program partners Dr. Rona Hu and other faculty, students and staff with community partners to hold workshops that employ theatrical vignettes and audience participation to help Asian-American families in the greater Bay Area understand the challenges faced by adolescents. With a special emphasis of the impact of cultural expectations on mental health, the workshops aim to help families communicate more effectively about difficult topics and ultimately improve their well-being. 
  • Adolescent Mental Wellness Conference
    Dr. Steven Adelsheim co-chairs the Adolescent Mental Wellness Conference, in partnership with Lucile Packard Childrens Hospital. The inaugural conference held in August 2016 brought together 400 young people, families, educators, clinicians, and policymakers around the theme of Breaking Down Stigma, Building Support for Youth Mental Health.  Current plans are to make this a bi-annual event. 
  • High School Mental Health Innovation Challenge
    This two-day event planned for March 2017 is based on tested models of innovation events such as hackathons and idea pitching competitions. Led by Dr. Nina Vasan and Dr. Steven Adelsheim in partnership with Stanford undergraduate students, community partners and staff, the primary goal of this event is to give local high school students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the mental health challenges that affect their communities and develop innovative ideas to tackle these issues. Through this event, they will learn more about mental health and social innovation and practice what it takes to effectively drive change in their communities and beyond.
  • Stanford Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, in collaboration with Nuestra Casa
    The Stanford Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, in collaboration with Nuestra Casa (a community based health education organization in East Palo Alto), have an active partnership to increase awareness of dementia. Center members and Nuestra Casa staff collaboratively developed and launched a 3- session “Dementia Awareness Campaign” in October 2016 for the community. We plan to continue to educate Latino families in the area about cognitive changes in later life, and about how participating in research at the Stanford Alzheimer’s Center can benefit them and their community.
  • PACE (Partners in AIDS Care and Education) Clinic, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
    The PACE Clinic is the largest provider of comprehensive HIV care in Santa Clara County.  The patient population represents the diversity of the community it serves, including over 50% Hispanic and significant numbers of Asians and immigrants from Africa.  Dr. Lawrence McGlynn serves as the PACE Clinic’s Director of Mental Health Services.  In addition to primary and psychiatric care, the clinic also offers substance abuse counseling and treatment, pain management, Hepatitis C treatment, case management, and outreach. 
  • Ravenswood Family Health Center
    RFHC is a nonprofit federally qualified community health center based in East Palo Alto where residents and community-track child and adolescent psychiatry fellows can have the experience of rotating. RFHC provides healthcare for the underserved, uninsured and most vulnerable low-income residents of communities in southeastern San Mateo County.  Drs. Daryn Reicherter, Christina Khan, and Ryan Matlow provide services at Ravenswood Family Health Clinic.
  • Stanford Health and Wellness Study
    Stanford Health and Wellness Study is a three-year longitudinal, multi-method research evaluation of a district-wide yoga- and mindfulness-based health and wellness curriculum.  It is a partnership between The Sonima Foundation, Ravenswood City School District, Alum Rock Unified School District, Orchard School District and Stanford University.
  • Project Safety Net (PSN)
    PSN is a community coalition that was created in 2010 after the local community lost several teens to suicide. Since then a number of community partners, including LPCH, the Palo Alto Unified School District, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, the City of Palo Alto, and several others have maintained the urgency for the promotion of youth well being and the prevention of suicide. Ms. Sami Hartley, Dr. Shashank Joshi, and Dr. Steven Adelsheim represent the Department on this coalition, which invites new participants at any time.
  • The HEARD Alliance
    (Health Care Alliance for Response to Adolescent Depression) The HEARD Alliance’s mission is to increase collaboration amongst primary care, mental health and educational professionals to enhance the community’s ability to promote well-being, treat depression and related conditions, and prevent suicide in adolescents and young adults. The website is a place for health professionals, educators, families and youth to access and use resources created or compiled by the HEARD Alliance. Although the HEARD Alliance is focused on the peninsula region in the San Francisco Bay Area, the vast majority of our resources posted here (include link: are relevant for users anywhere. Ms. Jasmine Lopez, Dr. Shashank Joshi and Dr. Steven Adelsheim represent the Department on HEARD.
  • One East Palo Alto
    Dr. Ryan Matlow has participated and consulted in OEPA's Youth Empowerment and Strategies for Success (YESS) collaborative and Behavioral Health Advisory Group.
  • Tipping Point Mental Health Initiative
    The Tipping Point Community Mental Health Initiative began in 2012 through a partnership between the Tipping Point Community and Dr. Victor Carrion and Dr. Daryn Reicherter, of the Early Life Stress and Pediatric Anxiety Program at Stanford University School of Medicine. Initial goals of this program included developing a comprehensive Wellness Services program led by a mental health clinician, or Wellness Educator, at two Tipping Point grant-funded sites: Aspire East Palo Alto Charter School (EPACS) in Ravenswood City Unified School District in East Palo Alto, California, and JobTrain in Menlo Park, California.   
  • The California Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup
    State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) Tom Torlakson convened the Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup (SMHPW) to bring together individuals with diverse expertise to develop innovative policy recommendations to address the mental health challenges facing vulnerable youth. This work group is composed of teachers, school counselors, school social workers, school psychologists, school nurses, and school administrators, as well as state and county mental health professionals. This diverse group of experts has reviewed the current mental health needs of California students as well as the existing student mental health practices, and its first recommendation is that educators—including administrators and teachers—need more training in the area of student mental health. Dr. Shashank Joshi and Dr. Steven Adelsheim are members of this policy workgroup.
  • Center for Youth Wellness
    The Center for Youth Wellness (CYW) is an innovative, public-private initiative working to provide a full spectrum of services under one roof for San Francisco’s most vulnerable children.  Dr. Victor Carrion is a founding member and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee.
  • AchieveKids
    AchieveKids is a community-based organization, with sites in Palo Alto and San Jose, that provides special education services to Bay Area children, aged 5 to 22, with emotional and/or developmental disabilities including intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, mood, disruptive behavior, anxiety, and psychotic disorders. Drs. Grace Gengoux and Scott Hall provide training and clinical consultation at each site, and it is also a rotation site for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship.
  • Abilities United
    Abilities United is a community-based organization in Palo Alto that supports children and adults with disabilities, their families and the community, with aquatic activities, classes for children and parents, after-school care and family support, and support for adults with disabilities that help them to fully participate in their community through employment, educational, recreational, social, and volunteer activities.  The agency also has an inclusive preschool which offers developmentally-focused early childhood education to help children build strong relationships. Dr. Grace Gengoux provides training in naturalistic behavioral interventions to staff at this site.
  • Puente, the Community Resource Center for the South Coast
    Puente is a
    nonprofit organization, its mission is to provide vital services for men, women, children, and families living in the rural San Mateo South Coast communities of Pescadero, La Honda, Loma Mar, and San Gregorio. Dr. Steven Adelsheim provides consultation and support for the development and expansion of home visiting services for the communities within their South Coast area.
  • Stanford Early Life Stress and Pediatric Anxiety Program at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital -- Mindfulness Program
    The Mindfulness program began in 2012 with a Stanford University Office of Community Health Seed Grant awarded to the ELSPAP to conduct a pilot mindfulness intervention in the Ravenswood City School District (RCSD). Dr. John Rettger is the Director of the Mindfulness Program.
  • California's Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission
    The role of the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) is to oversee the implementation of the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA).   The MHSOAC is also responsible for developing strategies to overcome stigma.  In 2011, Dr. Victor Carrion was appointed by Attorney General Kamala Harris to the Mental Health Oversight and Accountability Commission of the State of California, where he co-chairs the Evaluation Committee. 
  • Santa Clara County Methamphetamine Task Force
    The Stanford/Santa Clara County Methamphetamine Task Force is a multidisciplinary organization founded in 2004 with the mission of reducing methamphetamine use and related HIV transmission in Santa Clara County.  The Task Force has been funded to conduct community-based research, education, and training. Dr. Lawrence McGlynn serves on the Task Force.
  • Santa Clara County Suicide Prevention Oversight Committee (SPOC)
    This group oversees the county’s Suicide Prevention Initiative, which develops activities to educate, train and facilitate suicide prevention efforts throughout the county. The mission of the SPOC is to bring community awareness to the issue of suicide and to engage the community in an effort to prevent deaths by suicide. Dr. Shashank Joshi is a member of this group, and Chairs the Data Committee, which tracks the location, means, and demographics of suicide in Santa Clara County.
  • California School-Based Health Alliance - Mental Health Committee
    The California School-Based Health Alliance is the statewide nonprofit organization helping to put more health services in schools. Dr. Steven Adelsheim provides consultation and technical assistance to the state School-Based Health Alliance on school mental health program development. 
  • California Prodrome/Early Psychosis Prevention Network  (CA-PEPPNET)
    In partnership with the Prodrome and First Episode Psychosis Programs across California, Dr. Steven Adelsheim worked with these unique programs to develop structures for communication and coordination.
  • San Jose AIDS Education and Training Center
    The SJ AETC, under the medical directorship of Dr. Lawrence McGlynn, provides training, clinical consultation and technical and capacity building assistance for health care professionals at no cost utilizing expert faculty on topics related to HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C prevention and care in the counties of Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Benito, Monterey and San Luis Obispo. SJ AETC provides customized presentations tailored to specific provider audiences and is able to offer capacity building support for the development and implementation of routine HIV testing in primary care practices. Training and coaching services are also available for primary care clinics interested in transforming into a Patient Centered Health/Medical Home.
  • Center for Survivors of Torture, Asian Americans for Community Involvement
    Since its inception in 2000, CST has provided specialized services, including individual and group psychotherapy, psychiatry, psychological and medical evaluations for political asylum cases, medical, social and legal services to more than 800 victims of torture and family members from 64 countries. Dr. Daryn Reicherter provides clinical services for victims of political torture from around the world.  He also helped develop rotations there to enhance exposure to community psychiatry for education at Stanford School of Medicine. 
  • Arbor Free Clinic: Stanford Medicine’s Free Clinic
    Founded in 1990, the ongoing mission of Arbor Free Clinic is to provide culturally appropriate, high quality transitional medical care for an underserved patient population and to educate and empower a new generation of healthcare leaders to proactively address health disparities and improve access to care in their communities. Dr. Daryn Reicherter is Faculty Advisor and an Attending Physician for the Mental Health Chapter of the Arbor Free Clinic.  This serves as a training experience for Resident Psychiatrists, Medical Students, and Pre-medical Undergraduates.
  • Gardner Family Health Network
    Dr. Daryn Reicherter
    is a Consulting Psychiatrist working to develop Integrated Behavioral Health for Gardner Primary Care.  Two of Gardner’s 7 sites have operational behavioral health, with expansion to Packard/Gardner Children’s Health Center expected in the near future.

National Work

  • American Psychiatric Association Minority HIV Fellowship
    The APA offers fourth year medical students the opportunity to spend one month at Stanford’s Positive Care Clinic and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center’s PACE Clinic working with Dr. Lawrence McGlynn in HIV psychiatry.  The fellowship provides a stipend for housing, as well as a fully-funded 3-day HIV training program in Washington D.C.
  • American Psychiatric Association’s Office of HIV Psychiatry
    The APA Office of HIV Psychiatry, co-chaired by Dr. Marshall Forstein and Dr. Lawrence McGlynn, coordinates the many HIV/AIDS-related educational, training, and support activities within the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychiatric Foundation. The office provides information on the spectrum of clinical, neuropsychiatric, and psychosocial aspects of HIV disease and AIDS, and offer a myriad of trainings and services for various audiences including psychiatrists, psychiatric residents, physicians, physician assistants, nurses, social workers, substance abuse professionals, mental health providers, case managers and individuals living with HIV. 
  • Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer Caregiver Health (REACH)
    These are two distinct evidence-based programs to reduce stress and improve coping in family caregivers of older adults with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. Originally funded by the National Institute on Aging, both programs are now self-sustaining and offered in a variety of community locations.
    • REACH I uses a psychoeducational small group approach to teach cognitive and behavioral skills for mood management, as well as communication skills so that the caregiver can get the extra help needed. Locally, Dr. Dolores Gallagher-Thompson has partnered with Rosener House’s Adult Day Services program in Menlo Park, where this class series is offered annually. 
    • REACH II uses a combination of home visits and telephone coaching to develop a more individualized approach to the problems faced by dementia family caregivers who are in significant distress. Dr. Dolores Gallagher-Thompson has partnered with an agency called the Southern Caregiver Resource Center - a program that won an award from the Rosalynn Carter Institute for its ability to take this evidence-based program and adapt it for successful use in a community setting.
  • At-Home Group Video Calling
    The Sierra Streams Institute in Nevada City, CA is collaborating in research with a group in the Stanford Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences led by Dr. Cheryl Koopman on the feasibility and acceptability of providing at-home breast cancer support groups using on-line video calling software that allows synchronous audio and visual communication among participants living in rural communities.
  • National Prodrome/Early Psychosis Programs Network (PEPPNET)
    In partnership with many national experts, academic institutions and government agencies, Dr. Steven Adelsheim, Dr. Kate Hardy and Dr. Douglas Noordsy work with prodrome and first episode psychosis programs across the country in supporting a national network (PEPPNET) to link training efforts, evidence-based treatment and outcomes tracking.
  • The headspace program
    With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Santa Clara County's Behavioral Health Board, Stanford Psychiatry's Center for Youth Mental Health & Wellbeing is leading the effort to bring the headspace model to the US by establishing stand-alone, integrated care sites for young people ages 12-25 to access early mental health support. Under the direction of Dr. Steven Adelsheim, the Center is in the process of creating infrastructure and partnerships to pilot the very first US-based implementation of the headspace model in the San Francisco Bay Area with the goal of national replication.
  • Mental Illness and Addictions Policy Work
    Dr. Keith Humphreys
    leads the mental health policy section in Department, whose faculty work with local, state and national policymakers to support public policies that improve the health and well-being of families facing mental illness and/or addictions.
  • Mental Health Screening for Early Detection- Through a recent agreement with Columbia University, Stanford’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences has been given access and shared rights to the screening tool and other components of the Columbia TeenScreen program. Through the Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing, collaboration is underway with colleagues at sites that still use the screening tool and interested others to plan for how to best utilize the TeenScreen resources in developing and expanding appropriate mental health screening models for early detection. The Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing will continue to partner with existing sites using the TeenScreen tool to support their ongoing efforts while we all work together to build on and improve early mental health screening tools and processes. 

International Work

  • TeachAIDS
    TeachAIDS is an interdisciplinary social venture that develops rich-media, culturally appropriate research-based learning applications to promote HIV/AIDS prevention education. Dr. Cheryl Koopman serves as the Psychological and Behavioral Studies Advisor. 
  • Global Caregiving: iSupport for Dementia Family Caregivers
    Dr. Dolores Gallagher-Thompson
    and colleagues have teamed up with the World Health Organization to develop an interactive web-based caregiver support tool (iSupport) that is accessible via computer, tablet and mobile phone. The pilot study is taking place in Bangalore, India where internet penetration is high and collaboration is secured with the NIMHANS Alzheimer's research center.  The study will determine if English speaking dementia family caregivers in India will use this website and if they benefit from the resources. Following that, the website and accompanying technological information will be released to countries globally, on request with modifications as necessary to ensure that it is culturally relevant and likely to be used in their countries.
  • The Documentation Center of Cambodia
    The DCCam is an independent research institute and has gained a reputation as an international leader in the quest for memory and justice.  Dr. Daryn Reicherter works with the DCCam to support victim mental health.  Dr. Reicherter has worked with Khmer agencies supporting survivors involved with the “Khmer Rouge Tribunal.”   His book “Cambodia’s Hidden Scars: Trauma Psychology in the Wake of the Khmer Rouge” was created with partners in Cambodia and used as advocacy for victim rights and was also accepted as evidence in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia.  He is a Visiting Scholar at the Sleuk Rith Institute and will offer a Stanford Seminar in Cambodia; Summer 2015. 
  • Humanitarian Parole Project: Represented by Reed Smith International Law Firm
    Dr. Daryn Reicherter
    works with Human Rights Attorneys to perform psychiatric assessment for the cause of Humanitarian Parole for victims of political violence and severe traumatic experience.  This project has involved travel to Haiti, but now relies on the use of tele-health technology.  It is a Child Psychiatry Fellow and Adult Psychiatry Resident training experience.
  • Global Mental Health Initiative
    The objective of the Global Mental Health Initiative, a special initiative of the Chair, Dr. Laura Roberts, is to create and sustain a platform to address global mental health as a substantive departmental priority. This platform will integrate clinical, research, service, leadership, and educational efforts focused on global mental health. This new program will unite existing faculty efforts and provide opportunities for new partnerships and initiatives. A core component of the Initiative will be to utilize information technology tools to scale up mental health activities on a global level, taking advantage of the expertise available in Silicon Valley.

Increasing Awareness