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Past Events

Child Mental Health Forum

May 7, 2014

“Applied Behavior Analysis, Intervention of Choice for Autism: How Does It Work and What is the Evidence Behind It?” - Richard B. Graff, PhD, BCBA Clinical Director, New England Center for Children There are many interventions touted as being effective for individuals for autism. Most have little to no empirical support proving their effectiveness.  However, one approach, applied behavior analysis (ABA), has been shown to produce positive results for individuals with autism.  Because hundreds of studies showing the effectiveness of ABA have been published in scientific, peer-reviewed jou...

Child Mental Health Forum

April 2, 2014

“Social Networks, Competence and Mental Health among Unaccompanied Minors who are Seeking Asylum in Norway”-Brit Oppedal, PhD Principal Investigator, “Youth, Culture and Competence Study”Senior Scientist, Department of Child Development, Norwegian Institute of Public Health The radical increase in the involvement of civil populations in war affairs over the last century has contributed to a record high number of children and youth travelling unaccompanied by their legal caretakers to seek asylum in Western countries. The extant research has documented a higher level of traumatic experi...

Child Mental Health Forum

March 5, 2014

"Preventing Depression in At-Risk Adolescents: The CATCH-IT Intervention Program" -Tracy R.G. Gladstone, PhD Senior Research Scientist, and Director, Roberts S. and Grace W. Stone Primary Prevention InitiativesWellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College The CATCH-IT preventive intervention is a primary care, technology-based depression prevention program targeting adolescents who are at risk for depressive illness.  CATCH-IT includes 14 web modules that teach strategies from behavioral activation, cognitive behavioral therapy, and interpersonal psychotherapy to strengthen protective factor...

Child Mental Health Forum

February 5, 2014

The February 5th CMHF has been cancelled due to predicted snow.  Stay tuned for a rescheduled date. "DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder and Their Bases" -Walter E. Kaufmann, MD Director, Rett Syndrome Program; Co-Director, Fragile X Syndrome and Down Syndrome ProgramsClinical Director, Translational Neuroscience Center, Boston Children's HospitalVisiting Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

Child Mental Health Forum

January 8, 2014

"Diagnosis of Mood Disorders in DSM-5: Highlights and Review of the Evidence for Change" -Jeffrey Hunt, MD Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Alpert Medical School of Brown University This session will focus on the DSM-5 changes that have been made within mood disorders. The structure of the DMS-5 emphasizes the developmental trajectory in the onset of various disorders. Bipolar disorders are discussed first with emphasis on the modification of core criteria as well as the addition of two specifiers, anxious distress and mixed presentations. The highlights of the...

Child Mental Health Forum

December 4, 2013

"The Science of Child Mental Health Prevention: Evolving a More Caring Society" -Anthony Biglan, PhD Senior Scientist, Oregon Research Institute An emerging convergence in the human sciences can guide the evolution of more caring societies. Biological and behavioral research has produced an integrated understanding of the biological and social conditions needed to ensure the successful development of children and adolescents. A growing body of experimental evidence has identified family, school, and community interventions that are capable of nurturing development from the prenatal period thro...