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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

2018-2019 CALENDAR (click here for PDF version)

  • October 3, 2018 - Technology and the Assault on Empathy in Adolescents and Young Adults

Sherry Turkle, Ph.D.
Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • November 7, 2018 - Addressing Adolescent Mental Health Beyond the Clinic: Lessons from the Global South

Vikram Patel, MBBS, Ph.D.
The Pershing Square Professor of Global Health and Wellcome Trust Research Fellow,
Department of Global Health and Social Medicine,
Harvard Medical School and Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health

  • December 5, 2018 - Genetics of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Catalina Betancur, M.D., Ph.D.
Director of Research, INSERM,
Sorbonne University, Paris, France

  • January 9, 2019 - Why do People Hurt Themselves? Using New Technologies to Better Understand, Predict, and Prevent Suicidal Behavior

Matthew K. Nock, Ph.D.
Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology,
Harvard University

  • February 6, 2019 - Gender Identity Development in Children and Adolescents

Elizabeth Freidin Baumann, Ph.D.
Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, Cambridge Health Alliance and Harvard Medical School

Cynthia Telingator, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Cambridge Health Alliance and Harvard Medical School

  • March 6, 2019 - Exploring the Unique Needs of Adopted Teens: Four Essential Tasks for Parents and Providers

Katie Naftzger, LICSW
Author of “Parenting in the Eye of the Storm: The Adoptive Parent’s Guide to Navigating the Teen Years.”

  • April 3, 2019 - Boys' Friendships and the Crisis of Connection

Niobe Way, Ed.D.
Professor of Developmental Psychology,
New York University

  • May 1, 2019 - Treatment Strategies for Sleep Disorders in Children and Adolescents

Jess Shatkin, M.D., MPH
Professor, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Professor, Department of Pediatrics
New York University School of Medicine


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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 1.25 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.




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