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Cure Alliance on Campus: Temple University

Evan Calvo and Shanna CooperStudents from Temple University have  created a new campus chapter of Cure Alliance for Mental Illness. Cure Alliance campus groups unite students across disciplines to promote public understanding of mental illness and research. They support our mission by educating their peers about the science of mental illness, reaching out to the community through local schools and community groups, and advocating with their elected representatives for more funding for mental illness research. This is the second campus chapter of Cure Alliance; you can read about our inaugural chapter at George Mason University here.

The new group, called Cure Mental Illness–Temple, will be led by co-founders Evan Calvo and Shanna Cooper. Evan is a junior Psychology major and Biology minor and wishes to eventually pursue graduate education in Psychology. Shanna is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in Temple’s Clinical Psychology and Neuroscience programs. Her research interests include the relations between cognition and emotion in those at risk for psychosis. CMI–T also includes a core group of students who have helped get the organization up and running.

The group will be holding its first organizational meeting in late January or early February, and hopes to be active both on and off campus in its first semester. One of its scheduled activities for the spring is a regular journal club, where members and anyone else who wishes to attend will discuss recent research as a group. CMI-T also plans to engage in volunteer opportunities in the community, particularly during Brain Awareness Week. Finally, the group looks forward to collaboration with other relevant student groups in order to fulfill the mission of Cure Alliance for Mental Illness: to raise awareness for mental health issues, and to support and promote scientific research that will increase understanding of mental illnesses and find better treatments.

CMI–T looks forward to its first semester as a student group, and is very excited to get started on its activities.

If you are interested in creating a Cure Alliance chapter on your campus, here’s how.

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