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Bright Nights Community Forums

The University of Michigan Depression Center’s Bright Nights™ public forum series gives community members the opportunity to obtain up-to-date information on a variety of topics related to depression. The forums are designed to allow for discussion and Q & A between audience members and expert panelists.

Each forum begins with an overview of the evening's topic, presented by an expert from the Depression Center, followed by a Q & A and discussion session between the audience and panel. The panels are comprised of the Depression Center content expert and additional panelists, including participants from outside of the U-M Health System, in order to make this a truly community-wide forum.


Supporting the Mental Health Needs of Returning Veterans

Tuesday, November 18, from 7:00-8:30 pm at the Ann Arbor District Library (Downtown Branch)


  • Marcia Valenstein, MD, MS, Professor, U-M Department of Psychiatry, and Member, U-M Depression Center


  • Edward J Thomas, LMSW, BCD, Staff Social Worker, PTSD Clinical Team, and Military Sexual Trauma Coordinator, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System
  • Nick Anderson, Systems of Care Coordinator, Michigan Army National Guard

Sleep and Depression: Connections from Adolescence through Adulthood

Tuesday, January 27, from 7:00-8:30 pm at the Plymouth District Library, 223 S. Main Street, Plymouth, MI


  • Deirdre Conroy, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Clinical Director, Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program, University of Michigan


  • Richard Dopp, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan
  • Dawn Dore-Stites, PhD, Assistant Professor, Pediatric Child Behavioral Health and Psychology, Department of Pediatrics, University of Michigan Health System
  • Shelley Hershner, MD, Assistant Professor, Neurology, and Director, Collegiate Sleep Disorders Clinic, University of Michigan Health System