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TAMEST Conversation on COVID-19: Mental and Behavioral Health

TAMEST (The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas) hosted a conversation on COVID-19: Mental and Behavioral Health on Thursday, May 28, 2020. TAMEST member institutions, the greater Texas research community and more joined TAMEST Member Ellen R. Gritz, Ph.D. (NAM), The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, for a conversation with state, national and international experts Lynn F. Bufka, Ph.D., American Psychological Association, Andy Keller, Ph.D., The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, and Thomas R. Kosten, M.D., Baylor College of Medicine, on the modeling and study of the mental health impacts of the pandemic, including substance abuse, anxiety, depression and psychiatric treatment.

Ellen Gritz

Moderator: Ellen R. Gritz, Ph.D. (NAM)
Professor Emerita
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Lynn Bufka

Speaker: Lynn F. Bufka, Ph.D.
Senior Director
Practice Research and Policy
American Psychological Association

Andy Keller

Speaker: Andy Keller, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Linda Perryman Evans Presidential Chair
The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

Thomas Kosten

Speaker: Thomas R. Kosten, M.D.
Waggoner Professor in Psychiatry,
Pharmacology, Neuroscience, Immunology
Baylor College of Medicine


TAMEST was co-founded in 2004 by the Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison and Nobel Laureates Michael S. Brown, M.D., and Richard E. Smalley, Ph.D. With more than 300 members and 18 member institutions, TAMEST is composed of the Texas-based members of the three National Academies (National Academy of Medicine, National Academy of Engineering, and National Academy of Sciences), the Royal Society and the state’s 11 Nobel Laureates. We bring together the state’s brightest minds in medicine, engineering, science and technology to foster collaboration, and to advance research, innovation and business in Texas. TAMEST’s unique interdisciplinary model has become an effective recruitment tool for top research and development centers across Texas. Since our founding, more than 225 TAMEST members have been inducted into the National Academies or relocated to Texas.


TAMEST The Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas