There is growing evidence that exercise has numerous benefits beyond improving physical health, including enhancing cognitive functioning and well-being, and increasing resiliency in response to stress. This presentation will review research on the mental health benefits of exercise. Practical tips for integrating more exercise into one’s personal lifestyle will be provided. Couch potatoes are encouraged to attend!
Kim T. Mueser, PhD is Professor of Occupational Therapy, Psychological and Brain Sciences, and Psychiatry, and researcher at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University, and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. His research interests are on the development and evaluation of psychosocial interventions for persons with major mental illnesses. His work has involved a range of different interventions, including cognitive behavioral therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder in a range of populations, teaching illness self-management, family psychoeducation, cognitive remediation, comprehensive treatment of first episode psychosis, integrated treatment for co-occurring substance use disorders, and supported employment,. He has published over 400 publications in peer reviewed journals, and co-authored over ten books and 100 book chapters. His research has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. In 2017 he was given the Michael S. Neale Award by Division 18 (Psychologists in Public Service) of the American Psychological Association.
Susan R. McGurk, PhD is clinical and neuropsychologist, Professor of Occupational Therapy, and Psychological and Brain Sciences, and researcher at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University. Her research interests focus on the treatment and rehabilitation of persons with schizophrenia and other serious mental illnesses. She has published over100 publications in peer reviewed journals. Her research has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research, and the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. She was given the Gerard E. Hogarty Excellence in Schizophrenia Award, University of Pittsburgh, and the Rehabilitation Practitioner of Distinction Award, National Rehabilitation Association.