Introducing Nature Mental Health: The Publishing Landscape and Mental Health as a “Last Frontier”

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Recorded on 10/26/2022
Posted in The Authority File

Episode 287

In the final episode of this four-part series, Dr. Rebecca “Bek” Cooney, Chief Editor of Nature Mental Health, discusses the current publishing landscape and future of mental health research. She explores the balance between open access and subscription models through an equity lens, highlighting the importance of author-first and choice-driven perspectives. She also explains how the librarian’s role may shift in an increasingly open environment through heightened curation and direction for researchers. Last, Bek underscores mental health’s position as a “last frontier” by unpacking the obstacles that stigma creates, and how a more nuanced and widespread understanding of mental health can help overcome these barriers.

About the guest:

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Rebecca Cooney, PhD
Chief Editor
Nature Mental Health

Rebecca “Bek” Cooney is the Chief Editor of Nature Mental Health. Before joining the Nature Group in 2022, she served as the North American Executive Editor of The Lancet and the Assistant Editor of The Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. She received her PhD in Psychology from Stanford University in 2007, where her work focused on the neural basis of mood and anxiety disorders and rumination in depression using fMRI. She subsequently trained as a postdoctoral fellow in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University, where she studied inhibitory function in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Her research interests include a broad range of topics in psychology and psychiatry, but particularly, mood disorders, clinical trials, and public health policy. Bek is based in the New York office.

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