LORETTA JONES, MA, ThD (CO-PI)
Ms. Jones is founder and CEO of Healthy African American Families II (HAAF), a health advocacy organization in South Los Angeles. For the last
30 years, she has been a community activist and advocate for strategies to eliminate health disparities. She is an expert on community engagement, and her model for community-partnered participatory research was published in the Journal of the American Medical
Ms. Jones was the Co-PI on the Community Partners in Care (CPIC) study, which generated the data from which this proposed project’s script will be derived. She has been involved in depression research for under-resourced communities in Los Angeles for over ten years. In advancing the work of CPIC, Ms. Jones was actively involved in using the arts to destigmatize depression and build collective efficacy with spoken word, poetry slams, films, and skits. With her vast experience and knowledge in community building and depression research in the arts, Ms. Jones will be an integral part in overseeing study design, script development, recruitment of participants, and analysis.
FELICA JONES (CO-PI)
Formerly the Director of Programs at Healthy African American Families II (HAAF), Felica Jones is now the new Executive Director. As the Executive Director at HAAF, she is committed to decreasing health disparities in Los Angeles County by addressing the Social Determinants of Health in South Los Angeles and the surrounding communities. Over the past 20 years, Ms. Jones has worked on numerous research projects in various roles from Community Researcher to Co-Investigator, including projects funded by the NIH and PCORI. These projects have addressed such diverse topics as autism, depression, preterm pregnancy, diabetes, and asthma, just to name a few. In addition, she is a co-author on more than 40 peer-reviewed publications and has provided mentorship and training to junior researchers and community members. She views Community Partnered Participatory Research (CPPR) as a key method for improving community participation in research. Ms. Jones was one of the members of the partnership that received the 2015 UCLA Landmark Program of the Year Award, the 2015 Community Campus Partnerships for Health Award, and the 2014 Joint Team Science Award given by the Association for Clinical and Translational Science and the American Federation for Medical Research for Community Partners in Care, an NIH-funded CPPR project on depression in under-resourced communities.
ELIZABETH BROMLEY, MD, PhD
Dr. Bromley is a psychiatrist and anthropologist, and Associate Professor in Residence in the UCLA Semel Institute Center for Health Services and
Society, whose work focuses on the beliefs and contexts that shape therapeutic practices in severe mental illness. Dr. Bromley has extensive experience in designing and conducting mixed method evaluations, leading qualitative research teams, and engaging with a diverse set of
collaborators and research subjects. She was the PI on a research study that used video ethnography to test the assessments of cognition with the daily living experiences of individuals with schizophrenia. Dr. Bromley is also the director of the DMH UCLA Public Mental Health Partnership. For this study, Dr. Bromley contributed expertise as a psychiatrist, video ethnographer, and senior qualitative mentor.
BOWEN CHUNG, MD, MSHS
Dr. Chung is a board certified, child and adolescent psychiatrist,
Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, a full-time employee of LAC Department of Mental Health (DMH) and Department of Health Services (DHS). His research has focused on mental health service delivery and partnering with under-
resourced communities to improve mental health outcomes for of racial/ethnic minority adults. This work included leading an arts-based study that evaluated collective efficacy around depression using photo voice, spoken word, and comedy that was created and curated by the
community. Dr. Chung serves as mentor to Dr. Skrine Jeffers in developing and evaluating rigorous community-focused, arts-based research.
KENNETH WELLS, MD, MPH
Dr. Wells is the David Weil Professor-in-Residence of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Professor of Health Services in the Fielding School of Public Health, and Co-Director of the UCLA National Clinician Scholars Program. Dr. Wells is a leader in community-partnered and community engagement research, specifically related to depression. He is also a musician and opera composer. In 2010, Dr. Wells’ opera, “The First Lady”, which concerned the resiliency in the 2 weeks in the life of Eleanor Roosevelt after FDR’s death, had its world-premiere at UCLA. Most recently, Dr. Wells composed an opera based on Elyn Saks’ memoir, “The Center Cannot Hold”, about her experiences with schizophrenia, which was co-produced by the UCLA Center for Health Services and Society and Pacific Opera Project. As an advisory board member, Dr. Wells advised Dr. Skrine Jeffers on engaging the community in arts-based research.
ANTONIO DAVID LYONS, MA
Mr. Lyons is a performer and producer with an MA in Applied Theatre. In addition to his extensive list of credits as a television, film and theatre actor, he created "We Are Here,” a discursive play that engages men and boys about gender violence, identity, relationships, and HIV/AIDS. Mr. Lyons has engaged audiences in South Africa and in the US, including as an in-residence artist at the University of Michigan. He also co-created “The ‘WHY’ Factor,” which is a series of workshops that use applied theatre techniques to help men and boys develop life and decision-making skills. As a member of the advisory board, Mr. Lyons contributed his expertise in applied theatre and audience engagement. Mr. Lyons’ work is highlighted on www.antoniodavidlyons.com.
CHRISTINE SWANSON, MFA
Ms. Swanson is an award-winning filmmaker who has addressed topics such as depression, abuse, addiction, and poverty in her body of work. She has developed, written and directed projects for HBO Films, Magnolia Pictures, State Street Pictures, TV One and Faith Filmworks. She is also a professor for the University of Georgia’s MFA Screenwriting Program and an advisor to the Film and Television program at the University of Notre Dame. As a member of the advisory board, Ms. Swanson contributed her expertise on production value with a non-academic lens. Ms. Swanson’s work is highlighted on www.faithfilmworks.com.