Binghamton University conference includes “Mass Murder and Mental Illness” workshop


BINGHAMTON, NY -- Binghamton University will host a conference “Conversations in the Discipline: Mental Health Disparities in Rural New York and Surrounding Areas,” on Friday, May 1, at the University Downtown Center, located on Washington Ave in Binghamton.

The conference will offer participants a broader understanding of mental health disparities in rural areas. Topics to be discussed will include strategies for managing dementia, innovative programs for accessing psychiatric services and meeting the needs of diverse populations.

In addition, Mary Muscari, psychiatric and forensic nurse specialist from the Decker School of Nursing and author of “Not My Kid: 21 Steps for Raising a Non-Violent Child” will speak about youth violence and prevention. Muscari will also conduct a workshop “Big Shootings in Small Towns: Mass Murder and Mental Illness” where she will discuss differences/similarities between adult and juvenile shooters, as well as prevention strategies.

The keynote speaker is James Stone, former commissioner of the New York State Office of Mental Health and currently the director of Division of Behavioral Health at the Indian Health Service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Symposium speakers include Dr. Janeice DeSocio, co-director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Rochester, and Michael Friedman, CSW, chairman of the Geriatric Mental Health Alliance of New York, an advocacy group dedicated to improving geriatric mental health practice and policy.

To register call (607) 777-6857, toll-free 1-877-313-2508, fax 607-777-4544, or visit

This conference is sponsored by the Decker School of Nursing's O’Connor Office of Rural Health, the Division of Social Work, the Department of Psychology, and the Alcohol and Other Drugs Program at Binghamton University, and SUNY Delhi's Department of Nursing and Allied Health and the Department of Psychiatry, and Health Sciences Library at SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Nursing.


Last Updated: 9/17/13