Movies, Mental Illness Subjects of Program

The director of the Missouri Institute of Mental Health will speak about
“Movies and Mental Illness” at William Woods University Nov. 11, as part of the President’s Concert and Lecture Series. The program, which is free and open to the public, will be at 7 p.m. in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center.

Danny Wedding, a Fulbright Senior Scholar, professor and author, will use popular films to illustrate textbook descriptions of psychopathology and enhance the understanding of abnormal behavior.

“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Rain Man,” “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” “Anatomy of a Murder,” “Vertigo,” “The Piano” “All Quiet on the Western Front” and “Psycho” are all examples he cites of films that portray mental illness and addictions.

Wedding joined the University of Missouri School of Medicine in 1991 as professor of psychiatry and director of the Missouri Institute of Mental Health (MIMH). His primary responsibility is the oversight of MIMH, which is a university research and policy center.

He was trained as a clinical psychologist at the University of Hawaii and spent a postdoctoral year studying clinical neuropsychology and behavioral medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He later completed two years of postdoctoral training working as a Health Policy Fellow and Science Policy Fellow for the U.S. Congress.

Wedding is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and a past president of the Association of Medical School Psychologists and the Missouri Psychological Association.