La Casa now offering FREE Mental Health Speaker Series in Spanish


(July16, 2021) La Casa is now offering a FREE series on mental health (in Spanish only) on the 4th Wednesday of every month in partnership with The American Society of Hispanic Psychiatry.  The series features medical experts from all over the world who will be speaking about various mental illnesses.

July’s webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, July 28th at 5PM and the topic is major depressive disorder. The discussion will be led by Dr. Fernando Espi. To register, e-mail youth&families@lacasanwk.org or call 973-483-2703. Or, login directly via Zoom at http://tinyurl.com/ponenciassaludmental, or with ID: 915 4819 5211, password 395114.



Dr. Fernando Espi works at Massachusetts General Hospital Inpatient Psych Unit and supervises psych residents and medical students from Harvard Medical School. Born and raised in Spain, he graduated from Medical School at the University of Murcia. At the same university, he wrote a PhD on the History of Psychiatry titled “Demons, Fast and Death:  Mental Health in the Late Middle Ages,” in which he studied the approach to mental illness in Europe during the 13th and 14th centuries. As a result of the publications from this work, Dr. Espi was awarded best PhD by the health science program for the 2015-16 academic year. He did his psychiatry residency at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, then a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Chicago and another fellowship in psycho-oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. 

As an attending physician, he worked at Rush from 2015 to 2020 to as a consult liaison psychiatrist with a particular focus on patients in need of liver and kidney transplants. He worked primarily for the underserved community of West Chicago and that is how he was granted a National Interest Green Card. In the scientific field, his publications have contributed to a variety of aspects in the field of neuropsychiatry. He studied akathisia in children and adolescents and patients with cancer then did a study in patients with catatonia comparing the phenomenology in patients who had catatonia associated with another mental disorder as compared to those who had catatonic disorder due to a medical condition.

In addition to the contributions described above, Dr. Espi has been published extensively in the field of history of psychiatry, where he studied the state of mental health in the Late Middle Ages. Another area of interest and research has been cultural psychiatry, where he studied cultural aspects in International Medical Graduates and historical aspects of Hispanic and Latinx Psychiatry. One of his main interests is the depiction of psychiatry in the media. Dr. Espi has published articles on horror films and TV shows and has presented this work at most of the major academic meetings, including the APA, WPA, APM, AACAP and AAAP. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychiatry and the author of the book Monsters, Demons and Psychopaths: Psychiatry and Horror Film. In this book, he studies society’s perception of mental illness throughout horror films according to its historical context. He also started a psychiatry podcast titled El Ultimo Humanists with more than 9,000 subscribers.



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