Demystifying Mental Health

Demystifying Mental Health

Join us for a discussion on Demystifying Mental Health.

John MacPhee ’89CC, ’12PH, the CEO and Executive Director of the JED Foundation, will moderate a discussion with leading experts Dr. Anne Marie Albano, Director of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders and Dr. Victor Schwartz, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine.

This important discussion will provide context and support for mental health awareness, understanding, and action for all age groups. Our experts will discuss preventive strategies, tips for recognizing issues, and resources to safeguarding individual and community health.

6:00PM: Registration and Reception
6:30PM: Discussion
7:45PM: Dinner (separate registration)

Co-hosted by the Columbia University Club and the Penn Club.

Dinner with the speakers is a separate registration. Tax and gratuity are included.
Registration is open to all Columbia University Club members. All registrations are final.

Penn Club affiliate members should register through your Penn Club account.


John MacPhee ’89CC, ’12PH brings 25 years of leadership and management experience from the business and not-for-profit settings to his role at JED. Passionate about supporting young adults in their transition to adulthood, John advises several organizations including the S. Jay Levy Fellowship for Future Leaders at City College, Trek Medics, Crisis Text Line, the Health Policy and Management Department at the Mailman School of Public Health, and HIV Hero.

Earlier in his career, he served in executive positions for Par Pharmaceutical, Inc. and Forest Laboratories, where he oversaw functions such as business development, alliance management, clinical development, regulatory affairs, sales and marketing. John continues to contribute to the development of novel medications for disorders such as Parkinson’s disease through board roles with Adamas Pharmaceuticals and Blackthorn Therapeutics.

In 2016, John received The Allan Rosenfield Alumni Award for Excellence in the field of public health from the Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. He earned a BA from Columbia College, an MBA from New York University and an MPH from Columbia University.

Anne Marie Albano PhD, ABPP is a professor of medical psychology, a clinical psychologist and board certified in clinical child and adolescent psychology. In addition to serving as Director of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders at 3 Columbus Circle, She also conducts research and train residents, fellows and psychology postdoctoral fellows and interns. Anne Marie devotes her career to the study and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders in children, adolescents, and young adults. She is an expert diagnostician and cognitive behavioral therapist.

Victor Schwartz M.D. has over 25 years of experience as a psychiatrist working in college mental health. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine. Victor was medical director of NYU’s Counseling Service, established a counseling center at Yeshiva University where he subsequently served as the University Dean of Students. He was an original member of the American Psychiatric Association’s Presidential Task Force on College Mental Health, co-chair of the APA working group on legal issues in college mental health and is an APA Distinguished Life Fellow. Victor served as a co-chair of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry Committee on the College Student and has served as an advisor to Active Minds on Campus and Gun Free Kids. He is co-editor with Dr. Jerald Kay, of Mental Health Care in the College Community (Wiley, 2010). Victor received a B.A. from Yeshiva College, earned his M.D. from SUNY Downstate Medical College and completed his Residency in Psychiatry at NYU Medical Center-Bellevue Hospital.

JED is a nonprofit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. They partner with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention programs and systems. JED equips teens and young adults with the skills and knowledge to help themselves and each other. They encourage community awareness, understanding and action for young adult mental health.