Aggie Hero: Carolyn Dewa

Carolyn Dewa speaking at event.

“When I was growing up, one of the stories that I found inspiring was about Father Damien, a Belgian priest who ministered to the physical and emotional needs of those in the leper colony on the island. His life story inspired me because it demonstrated his commitment and passion to improving the lives of people who were considered outcasts,” said Carolyn Dewa, professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. “Today, among the most marginalized in our society are those who suffer mental illnesses. By improving the services, systems and understanding, we can improve their lives and the lives of those who support them. That is something in which I believe strongly and which I hope to contribute.”