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Child Mental Health Forum

Child Mental Health Forum

Dr. Claudio Toppelberg

Claudio O. Toppelberg, MD
Director of Continuing Education and Research Scientist, Judge Baker Children’s Center
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

The Child Mental Health Forum is one of the longest continuously running lecture series in the country.  Forum presenters are renowned clinical, research, and academic leaders in child and adolescent mental health. The Forum aims to provide intellectually stimulating information on scientific advances and evidence supporting clinical practice and research.

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Wednesdays 10:00AM TO 11:15AM
Free parking at JBCC or on street

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View recordings of previous Child Mental Health Forum presentations

2017-2018 CALENDAR (click here for PDF version)

  • October 4, 2017 - Addressing the Impact of Trauma on Children from Brain to Policy: State and National Efforts to Make a Difference

Lisa Amaya-Jackson, M.D.
Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences,
Duke University School of Medicine
Associate Director, UCLA-Duke National Center for Child Traumatic Stress
Training Director, Center for Child & Family Health

  • November 1, 2017 - The Science and Practice of Social and Emotional Learning in Preschools and Schools

Stephanie M. Jones, Ph.D.
Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education

  • December 6, 2017 - Promoting Best Practices in Supervision in Systems of Care

Michael A. Hoge, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of Clinical Training in Psychology
Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine

  • January 3, 2018 - The Childhood and Adolescent Obesity Epidemic: The Most Cost-Effective Prevention Strategies

Steven Gortmaker, Ph.D.
Professor of the Practice of Health Sociology, 
Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 
Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health

  • February 7, 2018 - Leveraging Neuroscience to Strengthen the Building Blocks of Mental Health in the Early Years

Jack Shonkoff, M.D.
Julius B. Richmond FAMRI Professor of Child Health and Development 
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Graduate School of Education
Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital
Director, Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

  • March 7, 2018 - Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports: Outcomes, Practices, and Systems

George Sugai, Ph.D.
Professor and Carol J. Neag Endowed Chair 
Center for Behavioral Education and Research 
Neag School of Education
University of Connecticut, Storrs

  • April 4, 2018 - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Life Course Burden Within and Across Generations

Karestan Koenen, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology 
Departments of Epidemiology and Social and Behavioral Sciences 
Harvard School of Public Health

  • May 2, 2018 - Language Deprivation Syndrome in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children and Adolescents: An Under-Appreciated Clinical Entity and its Mental Health Implications

Sanjay Gulati, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry,
Harvard Medical School

For more information, or to be added to the mailing list, please email or call 617-278-4104.

Physicians: The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

Psychologists: The Children's Hospital Boston Psychology Division is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The Children's Hospital Boston Psychology Division maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  

Social Workers: The National Association of Social Workers has approved this series for continuing education credits for social workers.


2016-2017 Child Mental Health Forum:

  • October 5, 2016 - Sleep and Psychiatric Disorders: Cause or Effect?

Robert Stickgold, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Beth Israel Deaconess Center and Harvard Medical School

  • November 2, 2016 - Poor Self-Regulation in Children: From Genes to Brains to Treatment

Robert Althoff, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics & Psychological Science
Director of Behavioral Genetics
University of Vermont College of Medicine

  • December 7, 2016 - Culture, Context and Communication: Foundations to Learning and Development

Catherine Tamis-LeMonda, Ph.D.
Professor of Applied Psychology
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development
New York University

  • 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, 3East DBT-Continuum, McLean Hospital
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School

  • February 1, 2017 - Addressing Health Disparities in Early Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Alice Carter, Ph.D.
Professor, Director of Clinical Psychology Graduate Program
College of Liberal Arts, University of Massachusetts Boston

  • March 1, 2017 - Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America

Roberto G. Gonzales, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
Harvard Graduate School of Education

  • April 5, 2017 - Wraparound Care Coordination for Youth with Complex Needs: Myths, Realities, and the Research Base

Eric J. Bruns, Ph.D.
University of Washington School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

  • May 3, 2017 - Change is Great - You Go First: Using Implementation Science to Support Practice, Organization, and Systems Change

Karen Blase, Ph.D.
Founder, National Implementation Research Network
Senior Scientist Emerita
Frank  Porter Graham Child Development Institute
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill


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