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Let's Talk: Mental Health

May 30, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
440 S Gary Ave, Tulsa, OK
Event Summary

May is Mental Health Awareness month. Come help us #BreakTheStigma!

Event Details

Tulsa World is hosting a special community forum to openly discuss the Mental State of Oklahoma. Such topics will include progress, reform, funding, current trends, and more. Joining us for this evening are:


Dr. Gerard Clancy, President of University of Tulsa

Terri White, Oklahoma Mental Health Commissioner

Dr. Martin Paulus, President and Scientific Director of Laureate Institute for Brain Research 


Special Guests: 

Sarah Stitt, First Lady of Oklahoma 

Mike Brose, Chief Empowerment Officer of the Oklahoma Mental Health Association



Moderator for the evening: Wayne Greene, Editorial Pages Editor Tulsa World



If you would like to submit a question for our panel, please submit it when you RSVP. Questions will also be taken during the forum's Q & A.  You can also tweet your questions @tulsaworld and using the hashtag #LetsTalk. 



Parking can be found just West of the Student Union in the McFarlin Library lot. For a map of the University of Tulsa's campus click here



Anyone, this event is free and open to the public. 


More About our Guests:

Dr. Gerard Clancy, President of University of Tulsa

Gerard Clancy serves as the 20th President of The University of Tulsa. Prior to assuming the presidency, Clancy served as Vice President for Health Affairs, Dean of the Oxley College of Health Sciences and held the Oxley Foundation Chair in Community Medicine, all at the University of Tulsa. He serves on numerous Boards across Oklahoma and is the 2015 Chairman of the Board of the Tulsa Area United Way. He continues to work at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research and continues to see psychiatric patients. Dr. Clancy’s areas of expertise include health disparities, health care delivery system and health professions education transformation, severe mental illness and creative talent development, retention and recruitment for regional economic development.



Terri White, Oklahoma Mental Health Commissioner

Terri White, commissioner for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, is a passionate advocate for individuals experiencing mental illness and addiction. Because of her leadership, ODMHSAS has become nationally known for its children’s behavioral health services; community-based treatment programs; technological innovations such as “telepsychiatry;” and the integration of behavioral health care into primary healthcare settings.



Dr. Martin Paulus, President and Scientific Director of Laureate Institute for Brain Research

Dr. Paulus studied Medicine at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz from 1979-1985. He received a postdoctoral fellowship from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation) in 1986 to study the effects of calcium antagonists on animal models of mania at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). In 1993, Dr. Paulus left UCSD to resume his medical training and completed his internship at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center/Zucker Hillside Hospital on Long Island, NY. In 1994, he rejoined the Department of Psychiatry at UCSD as a psychiatric resident. Dr. Paulus completed his residency in psychiatry in 1997. At that time, he joined the Department of Psychiatry at UCSD as an Assistant Professor and became a staff psychiatrist at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Health Care System (VASDHS). In May 2014, Dr. Paulus joined the Laureate Institute for Brain Research (LIBR) in Tulsa, OK, as the Scientific Director and President.


Special Guests:

Michael W. Brose, Chief Empowerment Officer of the Oklahoma Mental Health Association



In 1993, Mike Brose became the Association’s CEO at a time when the Association could only offer housing to 12 people, and Brose could count his staff members on one hand. Today, the Association offers approximately 1,500 units of housing in Tulsa and Oklahoma City and has over 180 employees.

Brose grew up in Liberal, Kansas, and later attended Oral Roberts University, where he majored in social work. In 1980 Brose received his master’s degree in social work from the University of Kansas. He has practiced in Tulsa as a licensed clinical social worker, in public, private and faith-based settings. Brose has also worked in medical social work, clinical mental health, and in community organization roles.

Because of his many contributions to our state, Brose has been inducted into the social work hall of fame at both Oral Roberts University and the University of Oklahoma’s Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work.



Sarah Stitt, First Lady of Oklahoma


Sarah Stitt has been married to Kevin Stitt for 20 years and is the mother of 6 children. She has spent the past 20 years cultivating a work friendly environment at Gateway Mortgage that builds employees spiritually, relationally, and professionally. 

As First Lady, she intends on utilizing her resources and position to advocate for those suffering from mental health issues and adverse childhood situations who don’t have the means to do so for themselves.

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440 S Gary Ave
440 South Gary Avenue
University of Tulsa Student Union Great Hall
Tulsa, OK 74104

May 30, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM CDT
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