Assistant Director, The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism
Rebecca Palpant Shimkets is assistant director for The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism of the Carter Center Mental Health Program. Ms. Shimkets develops and oversees a journalism fellowship program that each year awards stipends to 10 professional journalists in the United States, Romania, and Colombia to produce a significant work on mental health or mental illnesses. The fellowship program has been sustained in New Zealand as the New Zealand Mental Health Media Grants Program through a partnership between Like Minds, Like Mine and the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand and within South Africa through the support of the South African Depression and Anxiety Group. Ms.Shimkets is also an active participant on advisory boards and within national work groups related to stigma and accurate portrayals of mental illnesses in the media. Ms. Shimkets received her master’s degree in community counseling from Georgia State University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Asbury College.