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Past Events

Roberto Gonzales

Child Mental Health Forum - Roberto G. Gonzales, Ph.D.

March 1, 2017

Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America Roberto G. Gonzales, Ph.D.Assistant Professor of EducationHarvard Graduate School of Education This presentation draws on two longitudinal studies to examine the relationship between undocumented immigration status and mental and emotional health for young immigrants who grow up in the United States. In particular, it focuses on transitions from childhood to adolescence and young adulthood, as these young people exit the legally protected status of K-12 students and enter into adult roles that require legal status as the basis for parti...
Alice Carter

Child Mental Health Forum - Alice Carter, Ph.D.

February 1, 2017

Addressing Health Disparities in Early Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorders Alice Carter, Ph.D.Professor, Department of PsychologyUniversity of Massachusetts Boston Dr. Carter will present findings from a screening initiative conducted in partnership with three Boston-based early intervention agencies that was initiated to address health disparities in age of ASD detection. Despite heightened emphasis on screening and early detection of ASD in pediatric and early education settings, children from marginalized and underprivileged demographic groups are less likely to receive ASD diagnose...
Blaise Aguirre

Child Mental Health Forum - Blaise Aguirre, M.D.

January 4, 2017

The Application of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in the Treatment of Adolescents with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Blaise Aguirre, M.D.Medical Director, McLean HospitalAssistant Professor of PsychiatryHarvard Medical School Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a cognitive-behavioral treatment approach that emphasizes the development of four skill sets: mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation and distress tolerance. DBT has been clinically tested and proven to be effective in adolescents and adults with borderline personality disorder and emerging borderline ...
Catherine Tamis-LeMonda

Child Mental Health Forum - Catherine Tamis-LeMonda, Ph.D.

December 7, 2016

Culture, Context and Communication in Parent-Child Interactions: Foundations to Child Learning and Development Catherine S. Tamis-LeMonda, Ph.D.Professor of Applied PsychologySteinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human DevelopmentNew York University Parent-child interactions are a core conduit for children learning about their worlds and developing skills that are valued in their cultural communities. Parents from different ethnic backgrounds provide infants with unique social experiences that portend individual- and culture-specific patterns of development. A key way that parents convey...

Child Mental Health Forum: Robert Althoff, M.D., Ph.D.

November 2, 2016

Poor Self-Regulation in Children: From Genes to Brains to TreatmentRobert Althoff, M.D., Ph.D.Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics & Psychological ScienceDirector of Behavioral GeneticsUniversity of Vermont College of Medicine   Clinical neuroscience has struggled to adequately characterize children who have profound problems regulating their affect, behavior, and cognition but who do not meet the criteria for the most severe form of mood dysregulation - pediatric bipolar disorder. These children are best described as having dysregulation (or impaired self-regulation). Twin studi...
Robert Stickgold

Child Mental Health Forum: Robert Stickgold, Ph.D.

October 5, 2016

Sleep and Psychiatric Disorders: Cause or Effect?Robert Stickgold, Ph.D.Associate Professor of PsychiatryBeth Israel Deaconess CenterHarvard Medical School Most of the major psychiatric disorders, including all of the DSM-IV axis one disorders, list dysregulations of sleep as one of their defining characteristics.  Invariably, the assumption has been that the sleep disorder is a consequence of the psychiatric disorder.  But a range of studies now raises the question of the extent to which independent sleep disorders can contribute to, or even cause, psychiatric illness. Studies of children w...

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