NBA player and UCLA bruin Kevin Love establishes new psychology chair at UCLA

June 22, 2020

UCLA announced that Cleveland Cavaliers star and former UCLA standout committed $500,000 through his foundation to establish a new Kevin Love Fund Centennial Chair in psychology. Love’s contribution, matched by the Centennial Term Chair Match, will fund research aimed to prevent, diagnose, treat and end the stigma around anxiety and depression. The news was announced concurrent withg Love’s acceptance of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award during the 2020 ESPY Awards for his openness and advocacy around mental health.

Kevin Love, left, and psychologist Michelle Craske at a talk co-hosted by the UCLA College and the Geffen Playhouse that explored the causes of depression and anxiety, stigma and diagnosis and treatment. (Photo Credit: UCLA)

UCLA Depression Grand Challenge (DGC) Co-Director Michelle Craske (psychology and psychiatry professor) praised Kevin for his ongoing mental health advocacy.

“When heroes like Kevin come forward and share their vulnerability, it shines a light on anxiety and depression, and that helps chip away at stigma. I want to thank Kevin for his leadership and his courage to share his personal story with the world. He has inspired and provided hope to many. Through his continued efforts, he is changing people’s lives.”

Michelle Craske and Kevin Love have appeared together several times this past year to discuss the importance of destigmatizing mental health.

Read more at UCLA Newsroom.

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