Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018
Time: 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Place: Smith-Buonano Hall 106, Brown University, Providence RI (directions)
Open to: Movie is rated PG-13
Space available: 128
Sponsored by the Brown University Film Forum.
Hollywood’s relationship with mental illness has always been controversial. Some films are respectful and accurate in their portrayals, while others are simplistic and see it only as a plot device. To examine the relationship between mental illness and the silver screen, Brown University Film Forum is screening the award-winning “Still Alice” and asking our expert panelists to discuss how the film portrayed Alzheimer’s Disease. Come see a great film and learn more about mental illness!
Victoria Heimer-McGinn, Ph. D. is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Providence College. She holds a PhD in Neuroscience and her research focuses on the brain’s ability to understand spatial context, which is crucial to higher-order functions like decision-making, memory, perception, navigation and attention. She is interested in how these functions are disrupted in neuropsychiatric diseases like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Dr. Heimer-McGinn is also the Outreach Director for Cure Alliance. She is committed to making neuroscience research accessible to non-scientists.
Paul Malloy, Ph.D. is Co-Director of the Butler Hospital Memory Disorders Program and Director of Psychology at Butler Hospital. Dr. Malloy has published over 100 scholarly articles, and has co-authored two books on neuropsychiatric disorders. His current research interests include measurement of executive functions and prediction of conversion to dementia in the elderly. He consults internationally with the pharmaceutical industry on outcome measures for clinical trials in dementia. He is the author of the The Frontal Systems Behavior Scale (FrSBe), a test that measures changes in behavior due to frontal lobe injury or disease.