COBE Connect

The first Tuesday of each month COBE hosts the COBE Connect lunch lecture series in the VCU Student Commons. Each lecture features a different faculty researcher discussing their work as well as a free lunch and opportunity to connect with faculty and students interested in mental health research at VCU.

Upcoming Events

October 3rd – Join Dept. of Psychiatry associate professor Dr. Nathan Gillespie for “Modeling the Direction of Causation between Cannabis Use and Misuse with Annual Income Across the Lifetime,” a discussion using twin data to examine the genetic and environmental risk factors in cannabis use, misuse and annual income, and how they are related. The lecture begins at 12pm in the Forum Room of the VCU Student Commons.

November 7th – Dr. Chris Reina, Dr. Patricia Kinser, Dr. Jo Robins and Dr. Abigail Conley present “Contemplative Science Research at VCU: Highlights from Four Faculty Members’ Recent Studies.” The lecture begins at 12pm in the Forum Room of the VCU Student Commons.

December 5th – Dr. Jinni Su presents on “Genes, Cultural Experiences and Alcohol Use.” The lecture begins at 12pm in the Common Ground Room of the VCU Student Commons.

To find out more, contact COBE Administrative Director Marcie Walsh at

Past Presentations

September 12, 2017
COBE Research in Action
Marcie Walsh, Administrative Director, COBE

May 2nd, 2017
Multidimensional Perfectionism and Well-Being
Dr. Philip Gnilka, Assistant Professor of Counselor Education, Virginia Commonwealth University

April 4, 2017
Service Utilization and Mental Health at VCU
Jessica Bourdon, PhD candidate in Clinical and Translational Sciences, VCU, founder, Translational Partnership for Mental Health

February 28, 2017
Uncovering the Science Behind E-Cigarettes
Tory Spindle, PhD candidate, VCU Health Psychology, researcher, VCU Center for the Study of Tobacco Products

February 7, 2017
Seven Years of Spit: An Update and Overview of the Spit for Science Study
Dr. Danielle Dick, Director, COBE, Primary Investigator, Spit for Science and Professor, VCU Psychology

December 7, 2016
The Contemplative Science Research Core
Dr. Kirk Warren Brown, Associate Professor, Psychology

November 1, 2016
Mindfulness 101
Dr. Amanda McGann, Assistant Director for Public Health Research and Education, The Wellness Resource Center at VCU
Elizabeth Bambacus, Student Engagement and Summer Studies Administrator, VCU Strategic Enrollment Management

Active Minds at VCU
Andrea Nguyen, President, Active Minds at VCU (Student Organization)

October 4, 2016
VCU Students Mental Health
Sydney Brodeur-McDonald, Assistant Director, University Counseling Services

September 7, 2016
7 Cups of Tea and Disruptive Innovation in our Mental Health System
Glen Moriarty, CEO, 7 Cups of Tea

May 3, 2016
Drunk in Love
Dr. Jessica Salvatore, Assistant Professor, Psychology

April 5, 2016
Through a Tilted Lens: #Alcohol and Instagram
Dr. Jeanine Guidry, Candidate, Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture

March 1, 2016
Political Humility
Dr. Everett Worthington, Commonwealth Professor, Psychology

February 2, 2016
Free Ice Water
John Freyer, Assistant Professor, VCU Arts
Molly Ransone, Assistant Director of Learning Media Innovation, Alt Lab