Media Tip Sheet: GW Experts: May is Mental Health Month

April 28, 2023

WASHINGTON (April 28, 2023) Since 1949, May has been designated Mental Health Awareness Month as a means of destigmatizing the issue and encouraging people to seek treatment without shame. The U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has called addressing mental health challenges of youths and adults, “the defining public health crisis of our time.”

The George Washington University has a number of leading experts available for interviews on a wide range of mental health topics. To interview an expert, please contact Kathy Fackelmann, [email protected] or Rachel Larris, [email protected].


George Howe is a professor of psychology. He can discuss the psychology of stress, as well as preventing depression, specifically in people who have recently become unemployed.

Daniel Lieberman, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is an expert on depression and anxiety. He is the author of “The Molecule of More,” which explains how the brain chemical dopamine influences the expectations and disappointments.  

Lorenzo Norris, is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Chief Wellness Officer at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Billy Mullins, clinical assistant professor of nursing, is an expert in medical-psychiatric inpatient care. He established the medical-psychiatric unit at Medstar Washington Hospital Center, which focuses on providing holistic medical and mental health care in collaboration versus the traditional silos. Mullins can discuss the importance of suicide assessment and prevention as well as therapeutic communication and relationships. He can also discuss anxiety and ways to manage anxiety, schizophrenia, depression and substance use disorders. 

Minority Mental Health

Jeffrey Akman is an associate professor and interim Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He is recognized as a pioneer in HIV/AIDS psychiatry and for his expertise in LGBTQ mental health.

David Huebner, an associate professor of prevention and community health, is an expert in psychology and public health. He studies how anti-gay discrimination affects health and can discuss how parents can prevent mental health issues in lesbian, gay or bisexual youth. 

Sherry Molock is an associate professor of clinical psychology. Her expertise includes risk and protective factors in suicide in African American adolescents/young adults and mental health help-seeking behaviors in African American adolescents/young adults.

Kathleen Roche, a professor of prevention and community health, is an expert on adolescent mental health in immigrant Latino/a families. She can talk about factors that can lead to depression and anxiety in Latino/a teens.

Rhonda Schwindt, associate professor of nursing, leads efforts to prepare future nurse practitioners in providing affirming mental health care to transgender and gender-expansive patients. She can discuss this work and the mental and physical health disparities in the LGBTQ population as well as the impacts of discrimination in healthcare overall. 


Olga Acosta Price, director of the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools, is an expert on school-based mental health services and the rising rates of anxiety, depression and other mental health difficulties in school-aged children. She can also talk about what parents and teachers can do to help children who are at risk.

Tony Roberson, an associate professor of nursing, is a mental health expert. He is an expert on anxiety, depression and childhood development. 

Beth Tuckwiller, an associate professor of secondary special education and transition services, is trained as a mental health counselor and previously specialized in child and adolescent mental health in her clinical work. She can discuss mental health among students and teachers and the impact the pandemic has had on those groups.