Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove is dedicated to the psychology of place. As New School professor of urban policy and health, she investigates how broken connections between different sections of cities harm public health and explores ways to reconnect them. With her background in urbanism and psychiatry, Dr. Fullilove will share how the built environment can influence community wellness, and how fractured cities and regions can heal.
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ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, is a professor of urban policy and health at The New School, having moved there in 2016 after 26 years at New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University. Her research is focused on community epidemics and the mental health effects of environmental processes such as violence, segregation, and urban renewal. With colleagues in Upper Manhattan, Dr. Fullilove created the CLIMB Project, which advocated for re-investment in the area's cliffside parks, spurring millions in new investment to update Highbridge Park. With fellow community activists, she helped found the University of Orange, a free university for residents in her hometown of Orange, NJ that promotes civic engagement, citizen participation and activism so that residents can be more active in determining the future of their city. In 2015, Dr. Fullilove was named an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects for "advancing architecture and urban planning through her expansive knowledge of cities and the relationship between the built environment and the wellness of society." Her work is the subject of feature articles, including the NY Times Magazine, and she has published more than a hundred articles and six books.