Roundtable Discussion: Climate & Health
Join our roundtable discussion to learn from local experts about how science can inform policy interventions to address climate-related public health challenges.
Meet the Panelists
Dr. Jim Fleming, MD.
Dr Jim Fleming is a Board Certified Psychiatrist who has been in clinical practice since finishing psychiatric residency in 1989. He served as Chair of the APA Caucus on Climate Change and Mental Health of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) for two years and in February 2021 he was appointed to the newly formed APA Committee on Climate Change and Mental Health. From May 2015 to May 2020, Dr Fleming served as a Representative from Missouri to the APA’s main governance body, the Assembly, where he introduced several successful resolutions on climate change and mental health including an effort requiring the APA to cease investments in funds primarily derived from fossil fuels income. He also serves on the Steering Committee of the Climate Psychiatry Alliance (CPA) (www.climatepsychiatry.org), the mission of which is to "inform the profession and the public about the urgent risks of climate change and the profound impacts on mental health and well-being caused by climate disruption".
Dr. Christine C. Ekenga, PhD, MPH.
Christine C. Ekenga, PhD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Health at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Trained in epidemiology and the environmental health sciences, Dr. Ekenga's work focuses on investigating the contributions of environmental and occupational factors to human health and well-being. She utilizes transdisciplinary and community-engaged approaches to better understand complex public health challenges.
Sophie Watterson graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in May of 2020 with a B.A. in Environmental Policy and Spanish. As a student, her research and internship experiences spanned topics from remediating abandoned coal mines in the western United States to illustrating environmental injustice in the City of St. Louis, centering on local perspectives to inform policy change. After working as a Research Analyst with the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, Sophie returned to Missouri and joined the MCE staff as Policy Coordinator. Sophie hopes to help build a more equitable and sustainable Missouri through sound policy. Her happiest place is running or hiking trails with her partner and her dog, Bean.
Dr. Quinn Tyminski, OTD, OTR/L, BCMH
Dr. Tyminski earned her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Washington University in St. Louis in 2012. She then completed five years in community-based mental health practice in the St. Louis area with Peter & Paul Community Services. Within the agency, she served as the occupational therapist for a transitional housing program for men experiencing severe and persistent mental illness and homelessness and spent a year as the agency’s clinical director coordinating occupational therapy services and students. As part of her doctoral work, Dr. Tyminski introduced occupational therapy services to a local homeless shelter through the use of Level II fieldwork students. Following the success of the program, Dr. Tyminski opened an outpatient student experiential learning clinic in collaboration with St. Patrick Center in downtown St. Louis in 2018. The Community Independence Occupational Therapy Clinic provides occupational therapy services to individuals experiencing homelessness on referral from case managers at St. Patrick Center.