Mental Tapas: Reframing Mental Illness 2018

Cure Alliance for Mental Illness

** Due to tomorrow’s storm, “Mental Tapas: Reframing Mental Illness” has been POSTPONED from 3/13 to 3/20 at Everett Theatre, starting at 6:30 p.m. Thanks for understanding, and stay warm! **


Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Place: Everett Theatre, 9 Duncan Avenue, Providence, RI (directions)
Open to: All ages (recommended for older kids and adults)
Price: Suggested Donation: $35; Sponsor a student or person on disability for an additional $35!
Space available: 90 seats

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Join us for an evening of stories, music, performance and science from the people who are reshaping how we think about mental illnesses. You will be moved and entertained, and dare we say you may even be educated! The program will be followed by a reception with refreshments. Watch a video recap of an earlier Mental Tapas.

Mental Tapas is sponsored by Cure Alliance for Mental Illness, a grass-roots social activist network committed to finding better, safer treatments for mental illnesses, the Rhode Island chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and PeaceLove Studios.

Confirmed Presenters

Gregory V. Carr, PhD, is a neuroscience researcher at the Lieber Institute for Brain Research and an Assistant Professor of Pharmacology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. At the Lieber Institute, he studies animals that model the effects of genes known to be involved in neuro-developmental and psychiatric disorders. He is a native of Providence and a graduate of Classical High School! 

Jeremy Richman, PhD, is a neuro-pharmacologist with more than 20 years of research and drug discovery experience. Jeremy is passionate about helping people live happier and healthier lives and is dedicated to engaging and educating youth, believing that our future relies on their imaginations.  Most importantly, he believes it is critical to empower youth to advocate for themselves and their peers when it comes to brain health and brain illnesses. Following the murder of his six year old daughter, Avielle, in the Sandy Hook Elementary School Murders, Dr. Richman and his wife, Jennifer Hensel, started the Avielle Foundation, committed to preventing violence and building compassion through brain health research, community engagement, and education. Dr. Richman serves as the CEO of the Avielle Foundation and has a Faculty Lecturer appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale’s School of Medicine.

Cheyenne IsomCheyenne Isom is a performer at CaseClosed! Company and a Barnstormer at Everett Company Stage and School. She is a graduate of Year Up. Read more about Cheyenne, Case Closed!, and Everett …

Jeremiah Rainville is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist and peer program manager for NAMI Rhode Island. In this capacity he trains and supports individuals living with mental illness, empowering them to lead Connection Recovery Support Groups for their peers. He also teaches NAMI’s Peer-to-Peer course, an experiential learning program for people with a serious mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery.

Marvin NovogrodskiMarvin Novogrodski "aka Marvelous Marvin" has been performing in New England for over 30 years. Mixing magic, circus arts, science, math, great visuals and a unique rhyming text, Marvin has been traveling to schools, libraries, camps, and community centers, entertaining and educating kids from young to old. Marvin likes his brain and, actually, has an extra one, so it was only natural to get involved with Brain Week Rhode Island.

Karen Hetzel, PhD, is a psychiatric nurse and professor at Rhode Island College. She has a private practice where she conducts therapy, prescribes medication and is an advocate for all patients.  Currently on sabbatical, her area of focus is eradicating stigma in mental illness.

Geoffrey Greene crosses musical boundaries with ease: In addition to being Minister of Music at Newman Congregational Church in Rumford, Rhode Island, he plays any instrument with a keyboard, including with the reggae/ska band Professor Roots. In his spare time, Geoff is Director of Departmental IT Systems at Brown University.