Keynote: What is Brain Health? Looking Towards the Integration of Neuroscience and Psychology
The National Institute of Aging point to the need to ensure “brain health” of the aging population. Mental Health, however, is an integral part of so-called Brain Health, and understanding the complex interplay between the psychological/social aspects, resilience, and spiritual aspect of the individual is essential to our understanding “Brain Health”. In the end, the Psyche and the Brain are one and as such we cannot separate biology from psychology. Participants will be able to define Brain Health and understand the importance of mental health determinants in achieving optimal functioning.
Presented by Dr. Constantine “Charlie” Ioannou, the Chairman of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Services at Nassau University Medical Center. Prior to this, he was Director of Psychiatric Residency Training at Stony Brook University. He has held multiple leadership positions over the past 30 years, first at Kings County Hospital Center, through his present position at NUMC.
He was a diagnostic consultant for the Collaboration of the Genetics of Alcoholism, and was involved in developing programs for a variety of special populations including the HIV infected populations, substance abuse patients and the severe persistent mentally ill. Despite his work in Public Sector psychiatry and work with the SPMI population he has maintained his interest in psychodynamic psychotherapy and is a member of the CJ Jung Institute and has completed training in Meaning Centered Psychotherapy. He teaches didactics to both Nassau University Medical Center and Stony Brook psychiatric residents. He also supervises psychiatric residents in providing insight oriented psychotherapy and supportive expressive psychotherapy.
His interest is in combining psychotherapy, medication management and issues of meaning and purpose into the care of individuals. He is also interested in the historical context of Public Psychiatry, especially in the role that “Cost Shifting” has had on the design of the mental health system and the inherent problems that exist due to this.