Brain Health & Fitness

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The Kennedy Forum is committed to advancing prevention and early intervention in mental health.

The Kennedy Forum is committed to advancing prevention and early intervention in mental health.

Emerging practices in brain fitness and health will empower us to better understand, develop and mobilize new ways to provide earlier interventions in mental illness and addiction and promote brain wellness and resilience. Additionally, new interventions including computer-based cognitive training exercises and biofeedback devices are making the brain more accessible to providers and patients.

While data over the last 20 years clearly support’s the value of early identification and intervention in mental illness, more resources are needed to support effective interventions. There is a clear gap in the tracking and translating of emerging scientific findings for the improvement of brain health.

The Kennedy Forum is committed to promoting faster translation of neuroscience research findings into preventative and treatment interventions that will improve the lives of individuals living with mental illness and addiction.

Why It Matters

  • An estimated 100,000 adolescents and young adults in the United States experience first-episode psychosis each year, with a peak onset occurring between 15-25 years of age.

Focus Group Participants

  • Christina D. Bethell, PhD

    Bloomberg School of Public Health

  • John Cammack

    Cammack Associates

  • Jocelyn Faubert, PhD


  • Alvaro Fernandez


  • Jen Foster, Psy.D, NCSP

    Perth Amboy Public Schools

  • John D. E. Gabrieli, PhD

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Ariel Garten


  • Nancy Grasmick, PhD

    Towson University and Kennedy Krieger Institute

  • Harry Kerasidis, MD

    XLNTbrain Sport Concussion Management

  • Mike Knable, MD

    Sylvan C. Herman Foundation

  • Phyllis Logan

    Educational Consultant

  • Holly McCormack

    Bennington College

  • Kimberly McNatt

    The Hawn Foundation

  • Travis Millman


  • Frances Murphy, MD, MPH

    Sigma Health Consulting

  • Elizabeth Prewitt

    ACEs Connection

  • Dinabandhu Sarley

    1440 Foundation

  • Naomi J Steiner, MD

    Boston Medical Center/Boston University

  • Philip Sune-En Wang, MD, Dr. PH

    National Institute of Mental Health

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