Advisory Council

Sue Abderholden
Executive Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness-Minnesota (NAMI-MN)

Erwin Concepcion
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Services (MHSATS) Clinical Services Director, Minnesota Department of Human Service – MN DHS

Troy Davidson
Officer in Charge (OIC) MN National Guard Resilience, Risk Reduction, and Suicide Prevention (R3SP) and Substance Abuse Prevention (SAP) program, Army National Guard

Cynthia Fashaw
Director of Multicultural Outreach and Children’s Program, National Alliance on Mental Illness-Minnesota (NAMI-MN)

Melanie Heu
Clinical Director, Pangea Care, Heuristics Counseling Services, LLC

Lorna Hunt-Ellison
Senior Social Worker/Senior Chemical Health Counselor – Clinical Review Team of Hennepin County, Hennepin County, Human Services & Public Health Department, Chemical Health Division

David Johnson
Coordinator of Graduate Programs in Evaluation Studies, Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota

Joe Merighi
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, School of Social Work, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota

Bob Rohret
Administrative Manager, Hennepin County Health and Human Services

Jinny Palen
Executive Director, Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health Programs (MACMHP)

Lynn Price
Behavioral Health Community Liaison, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

September 13 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study: Overview and Contributions to our Understanding of Adolescent Mental Health

The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study is a national Consortium study funded by the National Institutes of Health. To date, 11,875 children (including both singletons and twins) ages 9-10 have been enrolled across 21 data collection sites with the goal of investigating brain and behavioral development between late childhood and young adulthood. Because participants will complete comprehensive behavioral and neuroimaging assessments longitudinally, the ABCD Study is well-positioned to answer questions about the developing brain and the many childhood experiences that shape social, emotional, intellectual, and physical growth as well as mental health. Drs. Luciana and Iacono direct the University of Minnesota’s ABCD data collection site. They will provide an overview of the study and will discuss its potential to inform our understanding of adolescent mental health. Learn More