In the conclusion of our conversation revolving around the Impact of Climate Change on Retirement, Chris is joined by Dr. Robin Cooper, the co-founder of Climate Psychiatry Alliance. Robin talks about her efforts to address climate change impacts on mental health and health.
About Robin Cooper, MD: Robin is a psychiatrist who has had a private practice in San Francisco for 40 years. She is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco Medical School where she is actively involved in efforts to address climate change impacts on mental health and health, both within psychiatry and the broader UCSF campus.
She is co-founder of Climate Psychiatry Alliance, (www.climatepsychiatry.org) a national group with a current membership of nearly 800 psychiatrists and mental health professionals dedicated to understanding, educating, and advocating for the specific impact of climate change on mental health. As she moves into semi-retirement in her clinical work, her workaround for climate change impacts on health and mental health has become a second career.
Dr. Cooper has spoken to many professional and public sector groups on mental health impacts of climate change, including addressing impacts on aging populations for the National Council on Mental Health and Aging and the Marin Council on Aging. She is often called upon by journalists and media sources to discuss climate change’s impacts on mental health.