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Ph.D. Student Invited to White House Mental Health Forum

PhD student Bhattacharyya
Ph.D. student Sriya Bhattacharyya

Sriya Bhattacharyya, a doctoral student in the Lynch School’s Counseling Developmental Psychology program, was invited to the Asian American and Pacific Islander Behavioral Health Forum in Washington, D.C. on May 9, 2014.

“It was a great way to see how research and advocacy can translate into promotive and protective policies at the federal level,” Sriya, who was the only doctoral student to attend, explained.

The forum was co-hosted by the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and held in conjunction with Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. The event provided opportunities for learning and discussion on critical issues related to behavioral health equity for AAPIs.

Sriya engaged in dialogue that informed actionable steps, including policy recommendations, to better support, engage, and represent the Asian American community.

“I feel like my training and research at BC uniquely prepared me to push for social justice from multiple angles,” Sriya said.

She was also invited back to help write policies for the White House Initiative.