Experts from the American Institutes for Research to Present at 9th World Conference on the Promotion of Mental Health

Washington, D.C. – Experts from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) will present at the 9th World Congress on the Promotion of Mental Health and the Prevention of Mental and Behavioural Disorders in Columbia, SC, September 9-11. AIR will also sponsor a day-long pre-conference session on September 8 devoted to implementing innovations in school mental health across North America.

The conference’s theme, “Global Knowledge for Local Change,” covers six key areas: integrated health, positive psychology, school mental health, social and technological innovation, underserved populations, and wellbeing. The conference, sponsored by the University of South Carolina and the U.K.- based Clifford Beers Foundation, will be held at the Hilton Columbia Center.

Presentations by AIR staff include:

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Preventing Mental and Behavioral Disorders: A Blueprint for Using Data to Reduce Disparities/Disproportionalities in Human Services

AIR Presenters: Kenneth Martinez and Karen Francis

Session 1H | 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. EDT
Columbia Ballroom C

Implementing Trauma-Informed Educational Strategies to Improve Academic Outcomes for Culturally Diverse Students

AIR Presenter: Gwendolyn Willis-Darpoh

Session 1I | 10:45 a.m.12:15 p.m. EDT
Congaree Meeting Room B

Building Systems That Support School Mental Health Includes Everyone: Creating Environments that Promote and Enhance the Healthy Social and Emotional Wellbeing of Children, Youth and Families

AIR Presenters: Sandra Keenan Williamson, Mary Thorngren and Kelly Wells

Session 2E | 3:00 p.m.4:30 p.m. EDT
Columbia Ballroom B

Empowering Mental Health-Using Build-Design to Incubate Innovation

AIR Presenters: Matthew Schnupp and Galen Cole

Session 2G | 3:00 p.m.4:30 p.m. EDT
Lexington Meeting Room A

More information about the conference may be found at

About AIR
Established in 1946, with headquarters in Washington, D.C., the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance both domestically and internationally in the areas of health, education and workforce productivity. For more information, visit


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