Conference attendees view 42 research posters from faculty, students and community organizations.

2013 Annual Conference

Title: Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Texans
Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Time: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Location: Etter-Harbin Alumni Center | 2110 San Jacinto, Austin, Texas

Poster Presentation Abstracts: Click here to view the poster presentation abstracts!
PowerPoint Presentation: Click here to view the powerpoint presentation!
Brochure (includes speaker information, announcements): Click here to download the complete Brochure (PDF).

About the Conference

Welcome to Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Texans, a research conference presented by St. David’s CHPR. The conference will feature podium presentations by six individuals, renowned for their work in the areas of public health, health disparities and research-based interventions. This daylong event will also include a Poster Presentation session featuring research addressing a wide array of health promotion topics. Click here to learn About St. David's CHPR.

Conference Registration

Online registration closes at noon on March 22. On-site registration will be available as space allows, but cannot be guaranteed.

Registration Costs

  • Early Bird: $40.00 (Register by 5 pm CST on February 28 & save 20 percent!)
  • General Registration: $50.00 (Register by March 1 - 22 by noon CST)
  • Student Registration: $15.00
  • All rates include a continental breakfast, box lunch, and breaks.


The last day to cancel your registration and receive a full refund is March 15 by 5 pm CST. Substitutions from the same agency are allowed at any time with prior notification to the registrar (email

Conference Schedule

2013 conference schedule listing the event time and program details
Time Program
8:00 - 8:30 Conference Check-in & Continental Breakfast
8:35 - 8:40 Welcome:
Lorraine Walker, EdD, RN, MPH, FAAN
Director, St. David’s CHPR
8:40 - 9:00 Opening Remarks:
Alexa Stuifbergen, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean, The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing
9:00 - 10:00 Keynote:
The State of Mental Health Challenges and Innovations in Texas (PDF)
Sam Shore, MSSW, LMSW
Director of Mental Health Transformation and Behavioral
Health Operations, Texas Department of State Health Services
10:00 - 10:15 Break

10:15 - 12:00

Session 1: Children and Families
Moderator: Lynn Rew, EdD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN
The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing

Perinatal Depression: How Do We Respond?

Michael O’Hara, PhD
University of Iowa Department of Psychology

Substance Abuse Trends: Old and New Drugs
Jane Maxwell, PhD
The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work
12:00 - 1:15 Poster Session & Lunch (provided)

1:15 - 1:30

Award Presentation
1:30 - 3:15 Session 2: Midlife and Older Adults
Moderator: Sharon Brown, PhD, RN, FAAN
The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing

The Triple Threat: Depression, Diabetes and Health Disparities
Sue Penckofer, PhD, RN
Loyola University in Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Interventions to Help Caregivers of Dementia Patients (PDF)
Mark E. Kunik, MD, PhD
Baylor College of Medicine Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
3:15 - 3:30 Break
3:30 - 4:00 Mental Health Under the Affordable Care Act and the Congress
King Davis, PhD
The University of Texas at Austin Institute for Urban Policy
Research and Analysis, Department of African and African Diaspora Studies, School of Social Work



Click here to download 2013 CHPR Brochure to learn about the speakers, announcements and a full schedule of the conference events (PDF).

Continuing Education Hours Available

Nurses, Social Workers and Licensed Professional Counselors may earn continuing education contact hours by attending the entire conference.

Please visit our website for the most up-to-date information regarding the number of continuing education hours available, requirements and our accredited providers.

Scholarships Available

Application Deadline: February 15
Download the Scholarship Application (Word)

A small number of registration scholarships are available for staff members from non-profit community agencies. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please download and fill out the above form. Email the complete scholarship form to Scholarship applications will be accepted through February 15, and notifications of awards will be made via email by February 25.

Call for Poster Presentations

Abstract Deadline: February 4
Download the Poster Presentation Abstract Template (Word)

Poster presentations are invited on topics addressing ANY aspect of health disparities, health promotion, or disease prevention research in underserved populations. Posters may report preliminary results of work in progress. Faculty, community members, graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to submit abstracts for review. Scholarly presentations consistent with the mission of St. David's CHPR will be selected, and the first author will be notified via email by February 15, 2013.

Poster Presenters must Register and Pay for the Conference
Requirements for submission are as follow:


  • Format: One page, single spaced, Times 11-pt, 1” margins, 500 words maximum (Download & Use Poster Abstract Template - Word Format)
  • Organization: Purpose; Methods; Findings; Conclusions
  • Cover Letter: Request to submit, author(s) name, credentials, affiliation, address, phone, email, where previously presented (if appropriate) and a permission to publish statement as follows:
    • If selected, I agree to present a poster at the CHPR Conference on March 27, 2013. I give permission for the abstract and a photo of the poster to be used for distribution in all forms of media [print, electronic, website, video].
  • First Author: First author can be selected only once; first author will be contact person


  • Format: Maximum size to fit a poster board of 4’ x 6’; tacks will be provided
  • Handouts are optional and must be provided by the author (25 copies suggested)
  • The printing of accepted poster submissions must be scheduled with Media Coordinator, Lloyd Spruce, (512-471-0365) by Friday, March 15, 2013. Printing cost is $10 per linear foot (cash or check).


Questions? Call us at (512) 471–9910 or email us at