Your Mind Matters Radio Show

On her FM radio show, “Your Mind Matters,” Dr. Evrard speaks with myriad guests who work in the world of brain (mental) disorders, or who suffer from those conditions themselves. Tune in to the show every other Wednesday at 6 p.m Eastern Time (US & Canada), -5GMT, on WESU 88.1 FM, and www.wesufm.org.

Click on any of the links below to listen to one of the archived radio shows:

  • Episode 89, Matthew Genuchi PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Boise State University, continuing on issues relating to to depression in men, including the findings that men complete suicide more than women. Part II
  • Episode 88, Matthew Genuchi PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Boise State University, on his experience and research in approaching gender differences when dealing with persons with depression, including the use of the Masculine Depression Scale. Part I
  • Episode 87, Jennifer Eifrig, MALS, author, mother, and brain health advocate, on her complicated first pregnancy, and how she faced issues after the birth of her daughter that were eventually attributed to a generalized anxiety disorder.
  • Episode 86, Julia Cardone, MEd, educator, mother, and brain health advocate, on how she and her family dealt with seeking help for her oldest son, who was eventually diagnosed with a condition called borderline personality disorder.
  • Episode 85, Christina Crosby PhD, Professor of English at Wesleyan University, on her journey in dealing with the the quadriplegia and pain that resulted from a bicycle accident, which is chronicled in her 2016 memoir, “A Body, Undone: Living On After Great Pain.”
  • Episode 84, Rev. Kapriel Mouradijian (“Padre”), pastor of Armenian Church of Holy Resurrection, on how he was drawn to the priesthood, and on his work in New Britain CT to raise awareness about early detection of brain health issues, including addiction..
  • Episode 83, Madison, a Baby Boomer transgender, continuing on the brain health issues she encountered and deals with during her life and transition, and on how she faces the problems that arise from ignorance and discrimination, Part II.
  • Episode 82, Madison, a Baby Boomer transgender, on the unfolding of her life from stealth to transition, and the many brain conditions she encountered and deals with along the way, Part I.
  • Episode 81, Rev. Julia Burkey, MDiv., Minister of First Church UCC Middletown, CT, returning for the third year of broadcast, on the importance of community and connection in reaching out to help others, and on her experience as a 21st Century female Christian minister.
  • Episode 80, Nassir Ghaemi, MD, MPH, Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts Medical Center and author of “A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links between Leadership and Mental Illness” as well as other books, on the benefits that accompany brain health issues, the problems with the biopsychosocial model, and much more.
  • Episode 79, Lauren Pedersen, LMFT, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, on the relatively new specialty of MFT, and how that approach differs from the older fields of social work and psychology, and on her work at the Klingberg Family Centers in Connecticut.
  • Episode 78, JP, a thirty-something year old heroin addict, on how he continues to encounter difficulties in the modern rehab system, and on his personal experience with Suboxone. Part II
  • Episode 77, JP, a thirty-something year old heroin addict, on how the whole process started, and how the Connecticut rehab system did – or didn’t – help him find a way to kick the habit. Part I
  • Episode 76, Karen Caffrey, LPC, JD, activist, therapist, and contributing author to “The Adoptee Survival Guide: Adoptees Share Their Wisdom and Tools,” on the uncertainty and abandonment that can plague adopted persons, and the culture of silence that stifles learning about birth families.
  • Episode 75, Todd Roach, professional percussionist and co-founder of the Kindle Farm School in Vermont, on how he helps growing boys with emotional/behavioral issues find structure and strength through drumming and much more.
  • Episode 74, John (“Mickey”) Nardo, MD, faculty member of the Emory Psychoanalytic Institute, on his perspective on how psychiatry shifted to a more biological model, and how he sees the role of medication in a twenty-first century practice.
  • Episode 73, John (“Mickey”) Nardo, MD, faculty member of the Emory Psychoanalytic Institute, on his work with international colleagues to reanalyze a decades-old study of Paxil in adolescent depression, and the subsequent discovery of unreported negative findings. Part I
  • Episode 72, Carla Fry, PsyD and Lisa Ferrari, PsyD, founders of the Real Parenting Lab, on their methods to foster gratitude and kindness when raising children, and how this impacts brain health in a positive way. Part II
  • Episode 71, Carla Fry, PsyD and Lisa Ferrari, PsyD, authors of “Gratitude & Kindness: A Modern Parents Guide to Raising Children in an Era of Entitlement,” on their parenting methods to foster these virtues, with the goal of reducing negative impacts on brain health. Part I.
  • Episode 70: Mary Duffy, BA, an Active Minds Emerging Scholar, on her research in educating people about eating disorders, as well as a revealing study on self-harm and suicide statistics in the transgender population. Part II.
  • Episode 69: Trish Buchanan, founder of Believe208, on the establishment of a foundation in honor of her husband, Paul Buchanan, a law enforcement officer who suffered from depression and died by suicide.
  • Episode 68: Mary Duffy, BA, an Active Minds Emerging Scholar, on her budding career as a research psychologist, and her early studies exploring the world of eating disorders. Part I.
  • Episode 67: William B. Irvine, PhD, author of “A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy,” on the principles of Greek Stoic wisdom that he uses every day, and their potential application to help those with the challenges of illness.
  • Episode 66: Kate Thompson, MA, author of “Therapeutic Journal Writing: An Introduction for Professionals,” on methods used in therapeutic writing, and differences between therapy in the UK and US, and more. Part II.
  • Episode 65: Kate Thompson, MA, author of “Therapeutic Journal Writing: An Introduction for Professionals,” on the development and use of expressive writing as a therapy tool for people with the brain conditions we call mental illness. Part I.
  • Episode 64: John Kelley, PhD, of the Program in Placebo Studies and the Therapeutic Encounter at the Harvard Medical School, on issues relating to the doctor-patient relationship, and more on the placebo effect. Part II.
  • Episode 63: John Kelley, PhD, of the Program in Placebo Studies (PiPS) at the Harvard Medical School, on the many issues surrounding the concept of the placebo effect. Part I.
  • Episode 62: Roberta Dolan, author of “Say It Out Loud: Revealing and Healing the Scars of Sexual Abuse,” on her personal story of the methods she uses to recover from childhood sexual abuse.
  • Episode 61: Matthew Kurtz, PhD, Director of the Schizophrenia Cognition Lab at Wesleyan University, on methods used to improve social skills in those who have this chronic brain condition. Part II.
  • Episode 60: Matthew Kurtz, PhD, Director of the Schizophrenia Cognition Lab at Wesleyan University, on the diagnosis of schizophrenia, and the learning programs he creates and studies to help those who suffer from this condition. Part I.
  • Episode 59: Forest Sunshine Perrupato, spiritual teacher and healer, on the principles he uses – within the framework of contemporary treatments – to help people adjust to their brain disorders. Part II.
  • Episode 58: Forest Sunshine Perrupato, spiritual healer and teacher, on his path from a childhood of abuse and neglect to the establishment of a practice that uses spiritual and holistic methods to help those who struggle. Part I.
  • Episode 57: Ann Dagle, co-founder of the Brian T Dagle Memorial Foundation, on how she honors the death (by suicide) of her son Brian by helping others through grief and loss.
  • Episode 56: Paul Quinnett, PhD, suicidologist, author, and founder of the QPR Institute, on the creation of his groundbreaking Question, Persuade, Refer gatekeeper training program for suicide prevention.
  • Episode 55: Paul Gionfriddo, CEO of Mental Health America, author, and former Connecticut legislator, on early detection of mental health issues, online screening tools, and the creation of MHA’s B4Stage4 campaign. Part II.
  • Episode 54: Paul Gionfriddo, CEO of Mental Health America, author, and former Connecticut legislator, on parenting a child with schizophrenia, and his work to promote early detection of mental health issues in the US. Part I.
  • Episode 53: Wendy Lader, PhD, MEd, author and pioneering advocate, on what she learned about self-injury after decades in the field, and on her ongoing work to help those who continue to suffer.
  • Episode 52: Lynn Reilly, MS, a psychotherapist, on being a “little psychiatrist” to her bipolar mother growing up, and on her use of natural empathy to help others heal.
  • Episode 51: Hadar Lubin, MD, author of “Principles and Techniques of Trauma-centered Psychotherapy” and co-founder of the Post Traumatic Stress Center in CT, on her ground-breaking three-step approach to PTSD and other disorders.
  • Episode 50: Gene Ang, PhD, an Ivy League-trained neuroscientist, on following his life calling to pursue energy work in healing techniques, and to enlighten others about the metaphysical paradigms involved therein.
  • Episode 49: David Aspenson, PhD  author of “The Life You Can Call Your own,” on the ways he approaches those who encounter midlife crisis, or other difficult turning points in life.
  • Episode 48: Kate Mitcheom, CNM, a nurse midwife, on her work in teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction techniques, and her use of energy healing and yoga modalities.
  • Episode 47: Ingrid Gillespie, MS, Executive Director of Communities 4 Action and the Connecticut Prevention Network, on her community advocacy and outreach in prevention efforts in the state of Connecticut.
  • Episode 46: Celeste Mattingly, LCSW, author and creator of “Celestial Psychology,” on her efforts to study the difference between a psychotic break and a spiritual emergence, and her view of the importance of spirituality in the work of helping and healing.
  • Episode 45: Tom Steen,  Executive Director of CASAC, a regional public/private partnership Connecticut, on his work to prevent substance abuse and suicide, a mission that took on personal significance after his son took his own life.
  • Episode 44: Mylène Poitras, certified Laughter Yoga teacher on the importance of laughter in daily life, and the ways she uses laughter yoga to help others.
  • Episode 43: Adam Russo, B.S., on his capstone project for his Master’s degree in counseling, which examines important concepts and issues in the relatively new area of “Positive Psychology.”
  • Episode 42: Jonice Webb, PhD, author of “Running on Empty:  Overcome Your Childhood Emotional neglect,” on what may result when important emotional signals are neglected in both children and adults.
  • Episode 41: Jody Rowell, LCSW, on her experience using equine-assisted therapy to help people who suffer, and the need for an individualistic and holistic approach in mental health work.
  • Episode 40: Lorry Villemaire, SSJ, MA, on her discovery of the healing power of labyrinths, and her work to establish the only walking labyrinth in a men’s prison in the US (in Northampton, MA).
  • Episode 39: Rev. Julia Burkey, who returns for a first anniversary show, on her spiritual approach to people who suffer, including facing the dark, embodiment techniques, and issues surrounding the LGBTQ community.
  • Episode 38: Susan Cloney, LPN, CADC, on her story of withdrawal from heroin addiction in a Connecticut prison, and the inadequacies of support for persons with addiction and brain disorders in the incarcerated population.
  • Episode 37: Susan Campbell, journalist, author, and Board Member of the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, on the issues surrounding homeless persons in the US, many of whom suffer from mental health conditions.
  • Episode 36: Thomas Cordier, MA/LPC, Founder and Director of the New England Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), on the application of CBT in treatment of brain disorders, and his own approach of interpersonal CBT. Part II.
  • Episode 35: Thomas Cordier, MA/LPC, Founder and Director of the New England Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), on the application of CBT in treatment of brain disorders, and his own approach of interpersonal CBT. Part I.
  • Episode 34: Donna Zaharevitz, Judicial Liaison and Recovery Coach for the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling, on her own issues with gambling addiction (ludomania) and the services that are available for people so affected.
  • Episode 33: Abbe Miller, MS, Director of the Master of Arts program in Art Therapy at Albertus Magnus College, on the use of art therapy techniques in helping those with the brain disorders called mental illness. Part II.
  • Episode 32: Abbe Miller, MS, Director of the Master of Arts program in Art Therapy at Albertus Magnus College, on the use of art therapy techniques in helping those with the brain disorders called mental illness. Part I.
  • Episode 31: Richard Shulman PhD, founder of Volunteers in Psychotherapy, on his novel organization in which people receive private psychotherapy in exchange for volunteer work in the community. Part II.
  • Episode 30: Richard Shulman PhD, founder of Volunteers in Psychotherapy, on his novel organization in which people receive private psychotherapy in exchange for volunteer work in the community. Part I.
  • Episode 29: Michele Waldner, Director of New Horizons Domestic Violence Services, on the handling of mental health issues in victims of domestic violence.
  • Episode 28: Randye Kaye, author of  “Ben Behind HIs Voices: One Family’s Journey from the Chaos of Schizophrenia to Hope”, on the impact of her son’s schizophrenia diagnosis on her family, and how they’ve adapted to it. Part II.
  • Episode 27: Randye Kaye, author of  “Ben Behind HIs Voices: One Family’s Journey from the Chaos of Schizophrenia to Hope”, on the impact of her son’s schizophrenia diagnosis on her family, and how they’ve adapted to it. Part I.
  • Episode 26: Agneta Borstein, astrologer and shamanic practitioner, on the application of her skills in helping people with mental health issues.
  • Episode 25: Hilary Jamron, author of “Surrealistic Trials: Surviving My Life After Death”, on life after a near-fatal drug overdose, cancer, and her experience working in the field of mental health.
  • Episode 24: Don deGraffenreid, LSCW on EMDR, an eye movement-based therapy.
  • Episode 23: Stewart Pearce, author of “The Alchemy of Voice,” on his enlightened view of brain (mental) disorders, and his encounter with angelic beings.
  • Episode 22: Alissa Wurtzel, LCSW, on the three questions you can ask someone who may be considering suicide.
  • Episode 21: Ronna Keil, Director of Recovery Community Affairs for DMHAS, on instituting Hearing Voices support groups in CT.
  • Episode 20: don Oscar Miro-Quesada, co-author of “Lessons in Courage: Peruvian Shamanic Wisdom for Everyday Life”, on the creation of his Pachakuti Mesa method of healing, Part II.
  • Episode 19: don Oscar Miro-Quesada, co-author of “Lessons in Courage: Peruvian Shamanic Wisdom for Everyday Life”,  on the creation of his Pachakuti Mesa method of healing, Part I.
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  • Episode 17: Patty Burke of Gilead Community Services, on her work with this non-profit organization that serves people with brain disorders in CT.
  • Episode 16: Audrey Bennett, LCSW, LACD, on the use of herbs, symbols, and energy modalities in her therapy work. Part II.
  • Episode 15: Audrey Bennett, LCSW, LACD, on the use of herbs, symbols, and energy modalities in her therapy work, Part I.
  • Episode 14: Bob Vinci, on his decades-long experience with meditation as a renewing and healing exercise.
  • Episode 13: Alan Rosenthal on his story of adapting to bipolar disorder.
  • Episode 12: Diane Donato, Holistic Image Consultant, Reiki master, and author, on the importance of your self-expression and how it can be used to your advantage.
  • Episode 11: Susan Nathiel, PhD., author of two books about children who had parents with brain (mental) disorders.
  • Episode 10: Mike Robinson, PhD., on his lab work at Wesleyan University on the basic science of addiction. Part II.
  • Episode 9: Mike Robinson, PhD., on his lab work at Wesleyan University on the basic science of addiction. Part I.
  • Episode 8: Amy O’Rourke, Reiki master and music & sound practitioner, on the use of sound in treating patients in psychiatric facilities, Part II.
  • Episode 7: Amy O’Rourke, Reiki master and music & sound practitioner, on the use of sound in treating patients in psychiatric facilities, Part I.
  • Episode 6: Dr. Stephen Greenberg, on his experience as an acupuncturist treating brain (mental) disorders and addiction.
  • Episode 5: Gregory Field, PhD., Psychotherapist, on the use of psychodynamic therapy in depression and other disorders.
  • Episode 4: Beth Lapin, LCSW, on the process of ecotherapy and its benefits in treating brain (mental) disorders.
  • Episode 3: Becca Atkins, on her work as Director of Artreach, a performance art program for those with brain (mental) disorders.
  • Episode 2: Diane Esposito, on EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) as a treatment modality.
  • Episode 1 (Inaugural): Rev. Julia Burkey, on aspects of how spiritual leaders approach those who suffer from brain (mental) illness.