Dr. Shashank Joshi is Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Education, and Director of School Mental Health at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), and Co-chair of the AACAP Committee on Schools. He is a member of the Steering Committee of Project Safety Net Palo Alto, and of the Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup for the State of California. He has been the recipient of numerous awards in teaching and public service, including an Unsung Hero Award for his work in suicide prevention from the Santa Clara County Mental Health Board in May 2012.
Dr. Joshi’s scholarly work focuses on cultural aspects of mental health, doctor-parent-teacher collaboration in medical care, and suicide prevention in school settings. He is co-editor of the recent book: Partnerships for Mental Health: A Guide to Community and Academic Collaboration. Philadelphia, Springer (2015).
Recently Edited Book: Partnerships for Mental Health: Narratives of Community and Academic Collaboration
This unique title richly tells the stories of partnership and collaboration. The narrative voice of each chapter derives from the people who tell their story -- immigrants, survivors of torture, mental health experts, urban people, rural people, teachers, doctors, attorneys, students and international leaders. These authors provide emotionally powerful tales that move, affect and encourage readers. The collection of narratives is inspired by these individuals, who believe that collaboration can bring authentic mutualism, promise-keeping and innovation to address the hardest problems we face as a world community. Partnerships for Mental Health: Narratives of Community and Academic Collaboration is about the stories of innovation and collaboration occurring between community and academic partners who have undertaken among the very hardest of problems – such as the care of veterans with ravaging posttraumatic stress disorder; the care of homeless individuals with HIV, addiction and mental illness; the care of caregivers for Hispanic family members with Alzheimer’s disease; the prevention of illness in impoverished vulnerable youth; and the rescue of profoundly mentally ill earthquake survivors. In addition, this title not only also tells the story of identity formation of early-career physicians with a calling to work with distinct populations for whom suffering and stigma are immense, but also the stories of the special bonds that develop and are strengthened between community members and academic colleagues and ultimately, between friends. A truly indispensable contribution to the literature, this captivating and novel title illustrates and inspires collaboration in order to bring about better health outcomes for people affected by mental health issues in communities throughout the world.