Thank You for Joining Us

Thank you for registering for our recent panel, "Exploring advances in mental health and progress in public policy."

For those who were able to participate live, we hope you enjoyed the conversation between Margaret Laws (President & CEO, HopeLab), Mary Giliberti LAW ’92 (Chief Public Policy Officer, Mental Health America), Philip Corlett (Assoc. Prof, Yale University Center for Mind and Brain Health), and Hilary Blumberg (Prof. of Psychiatry & Director of Mood Disorders Research Program, Yale School of Medicine) as they discussed advances, innovations and solutions, well-being, tech investment, public policy progress, and information for friends and families with regard to suicide prevention and mental health.

We are pleased to provide you with a video and an audio recording of the event, as well as some additional resources in case you were unable to attend or would like to share.

Many thanks, and hope to see you at an upcoming YANA event!

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Margaret Laws

President & CEO


Margaret is President and CEO of Hopelab where she leads a multidisciplinary team combining behavioral science, user-centered design and partnership with innovators to create technology products to help improve health and well-being for teens and young adults. In 2020 Hopelab launched an external investments practice, investing in companies focused on mental health and wellbeing of teens and young adults and the health of LGBTQ+ young people.


Prior to Hopelab, Margaret spent 17 years at the California HealthCare Foundation in a number of roles, including Director of Public Financing and Policy and Director of the Innovations for the Underserved program. She founded the CHCF Health Innovation Fund, a mission-focused fund investing in health care technology and service companies that improve access to and lower costs of health care. Prior to CHCF, Margaret held positions with Accenture, the World Health Organization, Mentor Clinical Care and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


Margaret holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and an A.B. in English Literature from Princeton University. Margaret is a lecturer in entrepreneurship at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She serves on the boards of Health Leads and Project Glimmer and is an adviser to Acumen America, United States of Care, Consejo Sano, and Galileo Health.

Mary Giliberti LAW '92

Chief Public Policy Officer

Mental Health America

Mary Giliberti serves as Chief Public Policy Officer for Mental Health America, a community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. Ms. Giliberti focuses on federal policy to promote prevention, early intervention and recovery.  


She previously served for five years as the Chief Executive Officer of The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Ms. Giliberti also was a Section Chief in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where she worked on interagency collaborations, health reform, and civil rights regulations. 


During her 20+ years in the mental health field, Ms. Giliberti also served as Disability Counsel for the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and as a senior attorney at the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. She clerked for Judge Phyllis Kravitch on the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.


Mary earned her B.A. at Harvard College and her J.D. at Yale Law School. 

Philip Corlett, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology

Yale University Center for Mind and Brain Health

Associate Professor Philip Corlett has for 20 years been interested in the mind and brain, how they relate to one another and how those relations break down in serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia - giving rise to hallucinations and delusions. At the Yale Center for Mind and Brain Health, he uses functional neuroimaging, behavioral testing and computational modeling of behavior to build and test models of how these symptoms arise. Corlett previously worked solely in academia; however, he recently created a digital health diagnostic device funded by One Mind. His skills and experience readily translate to workplaces that focus on data science, artificial intelligence, machine learning and clinical research. His focus is on creative solutions to difficult problems, constructing and leading teams to deliver those solutions, distilling complex fields into manageable areas of focus, and identifying trends critical stress tests of accepted theories. He is an iconoclast with an appetite to build better and more veridical understanding of the processes that drive human behavior and brain function.

Hilary Blumberg, MD

Professor of Psychiatry

Director of Mood Disorders Research Program

Yale School of Medicine

Dr. Hilary Patricia Blumberg is the John and Hope Furth Professor of Psychiatric Neuroscience, Professor of Psychiatry, Radiology and Biomedical Imaging and in the Child Center, and Director of the Mood Disorders Research Program, at the Yale School of Medicine. She graduated summa cum laude in neuroscience from Harvard University and completed her medical degree, psychiatry training and specialty training in brain scanning research at Cornell University Medical College.

Dr. Blumberg’s research is devoted to understanding the brain circuitry differences that underlie mood disorders across the lifespan, with a focus on bipolar disorder and on suicide prevention. She directs the Mood Disorders Research Program at Yale that brings together a multi-disciplinary group of scientists to study the genetic, developmental and environmental factors that cause mood disorders to develop new methods for early detection, more effective interventions, and prevention of the disorders and their associated high risk for suicide. This research includes the use of new state-of-the-art brain scanning methods. The program is also known for training young scientists to be new leaders in the field.

Dr. Blumberg has served as principal investigator on awards from the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Department of Veterans Affairs, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, International Bipolar Disorder Foundation, For the Love of Travis Foundation, MQ Foundation, Stanley Medical Research Institute and Women’s Health Research at Yale. She has received numerous awards including the 2021 International Society of Bipolar Disorders Mogens Schou Award for Research in Bipolar Disorder, 2021 Sethi Award, 2018 American Psychiatric Association Blanche F. Ittleson Award for outstanding and published research in child and adolescent psychiatry and 2017 Brain and Behavior Foundation Colvin Prize for Research Achievement in Mood Disorders. In 2021, she was nominated for the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. She is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and a member of the Society of Biological Psychiatry.

Eleanor Evans Pepples '86


YANA Bay Area Chair, Yale Club of San Francisco Board Director



Mental Health America 

B4stage4: philosophy of early intervention and support

988: the suicide and crisis hotline; call or text if you or anyone you know is thinking of taking your own or his/her/their life or who has attempted suicide and is thinking of trying again; find out ways to help another person if you don’t know how.)

(800) 662-HELP (4357): Mental health national helpline (24/7) in English and Spanish

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA); plus additional information.

Child Mind Institute

Yale University Resources & Departments:

National Institute of Mental Health 

Well Being Trust: a national foundation dedicated to advancing the mental, social, and spiritual health of the nation includes resources for youth and young adults and parents

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 

Early Psychosis Intervention Network (EPINET, NIH) 

Specialized Treatment Early in Psychosis (STEP): a collaborative program of the Connecticut Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services and Yale University Department of Psychiatry. The clinic, based at Connecticut Mental Health Center is staffed by mental health providers in different fields – psychology, psychiatry, nursing, and social work. This "interdisciplinary" team seeks to provide comprehensive care for individuals who are early in the course of a psychotic illness in order to prevent symptoms from becoming disabling.


Overcoming Social Isolation With New Technologies (AARP)

CBT-i Coach: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia app from VA

Papa Pal (Companionship for Older Adults/Flexible Family Care)

Kognito: Practice-based digital learning experiences to improve mental health and well-being in schools, campuses, and communities. Kognito role-play simulations enable organizations to rapidly build the capacity of educators and students to lead real-life conversations that change lives.

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