Day 1 - Program Schedule (PDF Download)

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.


8:00 – 8:15 a.m.

Opening Remarks
David A. Lewis, M.D.
Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience
Thomas Detre Professor of Academic Psychiatry
Chairman, Department of Psychiatry
Medical Director and Director of Research
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC

8:15 – 8:40 a.m. Mapping Neural Circuitry of Risk and Resilience for Mood Disorders and Suicidal

J. John Mann, M.D.
Paul Janssen Professor of Translational Neuroscience
Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute
8:40 – 9:05 a.m.

Brain Structure, Child Experiences, and Emerging Mental Illness in Adolescence
Ian Goodyer, M.D. FRCPsych FmedSci
Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
University of Cambridge

9:05 – 9:30 a.m. Epigenetic Markers of Suicide Risk and Treatment Response
Gustavo Turecki, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University
Director, McGill Group for Suicide Studies
Head, Depressive Disorders Program
Douglas Mental Health Institute
9:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Q & A - Moderator:  Nadine Melhem, Ph.D.

10:00 – 10:20 a.m. Break

10:20 – 10:45 a.m.

Biomarkers in the HPA Axis and Inflammatory Pathways for Suicidal Behavior in Youth
Nadine Melhem, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine / Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC
10:45 – 11:10 a.m.

Metabolomics and Treatment Resistant Depression: Search for Novel Diagnostic and Therapeutic Tools
Lisa Pan, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical and Translational Science
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine / Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC

11:10 – 11:35 a.m. Imaging Concepts in the Suicidal Mind: Neurosemantic Probes of Suicidal Risk
Marcel Just, Ph.D.
D O Hebb University
Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology
Carnegie Mellon University
11:35 a.m -12:00 p.m.

Q & A - Moderator:  J. John Mann, M.D.

12:00 – 1:15 p.m.


Clinical Consultation Session During Lunch Hour (Optional)

12:15  – 1:15 p.m.

Day 1 Presentation (please indicate when registering if you will be attending)

Clinical Consultation: Setting up an Intensive Outpatient Program for Suicidal Youth
Betsy Kennard, Psy.D.
Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Kimberly Poling, LCSW
Clinical Manager, Services for Teens At Risk (STAR-Center)
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC

Suicide Prevention and Intervention in Different Cultural Settings:  Adaptation of Interventions at STAR-Center for Korean Youth at Risk for Suicide
Jae-Won Kim, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Seoul National University College of Medicine
1:15  – 1:30 p.m. Break / Return to Ballroom B
1:30 – 1:55 p.m. What have Observational Studies taught us about the Emergence and Course of Bipolar Disorder (BP) Among Youth?
Boris Birmaher, M.D.
Endowed Chair in Early Onset Bipolar Disease
Professor of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine / Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC
1:55 – 2:20 p.m.

Beyond the Usual Suspects: Novel Approaches to Suicide Risk Assessment
Matthew Nock, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Harvard University

2:20 – 2:45 p.m.

Neurocognitive Correlates and Predictors of Youth Suicidal Behavior
Jeffrey Bridge, Ph.D.
Professor of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University
Director, Center for Suicide Prevention and Research (CSPR), Nationwide Children’s Hospital
The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital

2:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Q & A - Moderator:  Tina Goldstein, Ph.D.

3:15 – 3:35 p.m.


3:35 – 4:00 p.m.

Computerized Adaptive Testing: An Efficient and Accurate Method of Screening for Suicide Risk
Robert Gibbons, Ph.D.
Blum-Riese Professor
Departments of Medicine and Public Health Sciences
University of Chicago

4:00 – 4:25 p.m. Neurocognitive Markers of Depression in Youth
Fadi Maalouf, M.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
4:25 - 4:50 p.m.

Sleep and Suicidal Behavior in Adolescents
Sami Hamdan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Academic College of Tel Aviv - Jaffa

4:50 - 5:15 p.m. Q & A - Moderator:  Cheryl King, Ph.D.
5:15 p.m. Program Adjourns
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