How employers can mitigate a looming mental health crisis

October 7, 2020 

School schedules nationwide have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with many districts opting for virtual or hybrid classes this fall. Mental health concerns are mounting, as employees exhaust both their time-off banks and reserves of resilience – and face increasing financial fragility.

In this program, thought leaders from the mental health and benefits space will explore key findings from a recent survey showing how U.S. employers are reacting to complexities caused by school closures, rising mental health challenges and the potential impacts to benefits enrollment season. They will also share best practices for how organizations can support employees during this fall and into 2021.

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Kerry Ressler

M.D., Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, McLean Hospital and Professor, Harvard Medical School

Kerry J. Ressler, M.D., Ph.D., is the Chief Scientific Officer at McLean Hospital, a world-renowned psychiatric hospital in Boston, and a professor at Harvard Medical School. His work focuses on translational research bridging molecular neurobiology in animal models with human genetic and epigenetic research on emotion, particularly fear and anxiety disorders. He has published over 300 manuscripts ranging from genetic basic molecular mechanisms of fear processing to understanding how emotion is encoded in the brain across animal models and human patients.

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Lisa Coyne

Ph.D, Founder and Senior Clinical Consultant of the OCD Institute for Children and Adolescents, McLean Hospital, and Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

Lisa Coyne, Ph.D., is the founder and Senior Clinical Consultant of the McLean OCD Institute for Children and Adolescents at McLean Hospital, and is an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. She is the founder and Executive Director of the New England Center for OCD and Anxiety (NECOA) and was elected president of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS). Dr. Coyne is a member of the Clinical and Scientific Advisory Board and is on the faculty of the Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF). She is also a licensed psychologist and a peer-reviewed Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) trainer. Dr. Coyne is the author of multiple articles and chapters on ACT with children and adolescents, and is a co-author of the books Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The Clinician’s Guide for Supporting Parents (Elsevier), and The Joy of Parenting (New Harbinger). Her new books, Stuff That’s Loud: A Teen’s Guide to Unspiralling When OCD Gets Noisy (New Harbinger & Little Brown) and Stop Avoiding Stuff: 25 Microskills to Face Your Fears and Do It Anyway, were published in 2020.
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Rob Hecker

Vice President, Global Total Rewards, Unum

Rob Hecker is currently the Vice President of Global Total Rewards, responsible for Unum’s health, medical and retirement plans, well-being strategies and compensation and rewards programs. Prior to moving into his current role, Rob was the Vice President of National Client Group Services, responsible for developing client service delivery strategies for Unum’s 2000+ employees customer segment. His areas of responsibility included client management strategy, new customer implementation, premium collections, contract services and administrative management services. Rob’s previous business experience includes Vice President of Unum’s Leave Management Center, Vice President Voluntary Claims Operations and Vice President LTD Benefits. Prior to joining Unum, Rob was employed by Holiday Inn Corporations as a labor relations specialist and Director of Human Resources. An active community leader, Rob has served on the boards of the Unum Charitable Foundation, The Chattanooga Y-ME Breast Cancer organization, Chattanooga Humane Educational Society and Unum’s United Way leadership council.

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