Dr. Thomas Bornemann presenting at the Children's Mental Health Research & Policy Conference

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Dr. Thomas Bornemann has been confirmed as the Monday afternoon speaker for the 27th Annual Children's Mental Health Research & Policy Conference on Monday, March 3rd, 2014. Dr. Bornemann's presentation will profile the work of the Carter Center, with a special focus on important issues facing children's mental health policy.

Dr. Thomas H. Bornemann became director of the Carter Center's Mental Health Program on Aug. 1, 2002. Prior to that, he served as senior adviser for mental health in the Department of Mental Health and Substance Dependence of the World Health Organization. While at WHO, Dr. Bornemann worked on the development of the World Health Report, which focused on Mental Health.

Dr. Bornemann has spent his entire career in public mental health working in all aspects including: clinical practice, research, research management, and policy development and administration at the national level. Early in his career, Dr. Bornemann served in a psychiatric emergency clinic in San Francisco, Calif. At the National Institute of Mental Health, he was part of — and later led — the team that designed and developed a series of inpatient and outpatient services for a variety of populations, particularly refugees.

Dr. Bornemann also served in the Office of International Health as the chief of refugee programs. In 1994, Dr. Bornemann was appointed the deputy director of the Federal Center for Mental Health Services in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. In that capacity, he had day-to-day responsibility for administering a national program that serves as the federal focal point for mental health services. He was responsible for directing program support to states and communities in service delivery and in promoting knowledge development and application of best practices. During his tenure at the center, Dr. Bornemann was part of a leadership team that developed the first ever Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health.

Among his areas of interest, Dr. Bornemann has expertise in humanitarian assistance in refugee and disaster situations and has published and lectured extensively in these areas. He has an overarching interest in overcoming the barriers to the application of research findings to practice settings and the integration of mental health into the larger public health arena. He has consulted extensively domestically and internationally. He formerly held an academic appointment in the Department of International Health, Division of Health Systems in the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. He currently has an adjunct appointment at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in the Department of Health Policy and Management. He received his doctorate in counseling from the University of San Francisco. A career public health officer, Dr. Bornemann retired at the rank of rear-admiral assistant surgeon general.

For more details on Dr. Bornemann, visit the The Carter Center.

Dr. Bornemann joins Dr. David Satcher, who will be presenting earlier in the day, for what will be a content rich and inspiring opening for the 27th Annual Children's Mental Health Research & Policy Conference.

About the conference

Since 1988, the Department of Child and Family Studies at the University of South Florida has been a leader in promoting the expansion of the research base essential to improved service systems for children with mental health challenges and their families. Visit the conference website for more information.


  1. Scott Bryant-Comstock's avatar
    Scott Bryant-Comstock
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    Nancy - Dates have not been finalized yet but as soon as they are we will post. It is a good bet that it will be right around the same time as this year.
  2. Nancy Martin's avatar
    Nancy Martin
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    Do you have the dates and location yet for the 2015 Annual Children's Mental Health Research and Policy Conference?
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