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This psychiatry conference examines the latest research and treatment advances across dozens of mental health conditions. It offers in-depth information that is important for all mental health and primary care settings. Topics include ADHD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, OCD, psychosis, PTSD, substance use disorders, and much more.

In every session, our faculty share any data from new clinical trials. They match it up against prior data and discuss what the changes mean. They also examine standards of care and share innovative ways to make care better. The agenda touches on many complex topics in mental health. Managing side effects, drug interactions, natural medications, combining pharmacologic and psychosocial treatments, and much more.

Most important of all, our faculty focus on how to translate all these insights into your daily practice. This empowers you to optimize your care for patients with psychiatric conditions. That makes our event ideal for professionals in psychiatry, primary care, psychology, and nursing.

Notice:In response to the rapidly developing challenges due to COVID-19, the 2020 Annual Psychopharmacology Convention will be conducted digitally. You will have the opportunity to participate from the comfort of your home or office.


Content and faculty subject to change.


4:00 - 8:00PM

Law and Psychiatry
Christine A. Darsney, PhD, Matthew Lahaie, MD, JD, Judith Edersheim,MD, JD, Rebecca Brendel, MD, JD

4:00 - 8:00PM

Psychosomatic Medicine/Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
Christopher M. Celano, MD, Theodore A. Stern, MD, Nicholas Kontos, MD, Franklin King, MD

4:00 - 8:00PM

The Neuroscience Revolution: How will it Affect Patient Care?
Tracy Barbour, MD; Randy Buckner, PhD; Thomas McCoy, MD; Joshua Roffman, MD


8:00 - 8:30AM

Welcoming Remarks & Introduction
Maurizio Fava, MD & Jerrold F. Rosenbaum, MD

Module Topic - Mood Disorders

8:30 - 9:15AM

Bipolar Depression
Andrew A. Nierenberg, MD

9:15 - 10:00AM

Bipolar Long-Term Management
Roy H. Perlis, MD, MSc

10:00 - 10:15AM


10:15 - 11:00AM

Treatment Resistant Depression
Maurizio Fava, MD

11:00 - 12:00PM

Panel Discussion
Moderator: Jerrold F. Rosenbaum, MD
Panelists:Andrew A. Nierenberg, MD, Roy H. Perlis, MD, MSc, Maurizio Fava, MD

12:00 - 1:00PM


Module Topic - Anxiety/PTSD

1:00 - 1:45PM

Eric Bui, MD. PhD & Luana Marques, PhD

1:45 - 2:30PM

Anxiety Disorders and Treatments
Jerrold Rosenbaum, MD

2:30 - 3:15PM

Panel Discussion
Moderator: Jerrold Rosenbaum, MD
Panelists: Eric Bui, MD. PhD & Luana Marques, PhD

3:15 - 3:30PM

Coffee Break

Module Topic - Women's Health

3:30 - 4:10PM

Course and Treatment of Mood and Anxiety Disorders During Pregnancy
Lee S. Cohen, MD

4:10 - 4:40PM

Postpartum Mood Disorders
Marlene P. Freeman, MD

4:40 - 5:30PM

Panel Discussion
Moderator: David H. Rubin, MD
Panelists: Lee S. Cohen, MD, Marlene P. Freeman, MD

5:30 - 6:30PM


6:30 - 7:30PM
7:30 - 8:30PM

Friday Evening Seminars:

Natural Medications for Psychiatric Disorders*

David Mischoulon, MD, PhD

Theodore A. Stern, MD

The Neurobiology of Addiction*
Jodi Gilman, PhD

Psychopharmacology of Sleep Disorders*
John W. Winkelman, MD, PhD

The Neurobiology of Mood and Psychotic Disorders*
Daphne J. Holt, MD, PhD

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy to Augment Psychopharmalogical Therapy*
Michael W. Otto, PhD

Psychedelic Medicine*
Franklin King, MD

*All Friday and Saturday evening sessions will be pre-recorded to allow all attendees access to each session.


8:00 - 8:15AM

Welcoming Remarks& Introduction
David H. Rubin, MD

Module Topic - Psychosis

8:15 - 9:00AM

First-Episode Psychosis and Schizophrenia
Oliver Freudenreich, MD, FACLP

9:00 - 9:45AM

Management of Side-Effects of Antipsychotics
Oliver Freudenreich, MD, FACLP

9:45 - 10:00AM



10:00 - 10:45AM

Ketamine and Esketamine: From Research to Clinical Practice
Cristina Cusin, MD

10:45 - 11:45AM

Panel Discussion
Moderator: David H. Rubin, MD
Panelists: Oliver Freudenreich, MD, FACLP, Cristina Cusin, MD

11:45 - 1:00PM


Module Topic - New Therapies: What is on the Horizon?

1:00 - 1:45PM

Stimulation and/or Surgical Approaches to Psychiatric Illness
Joan Camprodon, MD, PhD

1:45 - 2:30PM

New Treatments for Schizophrenia
Oliver Freudenreich, MD, FACLP

2:30 - 2:45PM


2:45 - 3:30PM

New Treatments for Mood Disorders
Michael E. Henry, MD

3:30 - 4:15PM

What is New in Addiction?
John F. Kelly, PhD

4:15 - 5:15PM

Panel Discussion
Moderator: David H. Rubin, MD
Panelists: Michael E. Henry, MD, John F. Kelly, PhD

5:15 - 6:30PM


6:30 - 7:30PM

Saturday Evening Seminars:

Violence Risk Assessment in Clinical Practice*
Ronald Schouten, MD, JD, Lieutenant Frederick Cabral

Feyza E. Marouf, MD

Traumatic Brain Injury: A Neuropsychiatric Perspective*
Kaloyan S. Tanev, MD

Illuminating the Black Box: Antidepressants, Youth and Suicide*
David H. Rubin, MD

PMDD and Depression During the Menopausal Transition: New Insights*
Laura Petrillo, MD

*All Friday and Saturday evening sessions will be pre-recorded to allow all attendees access to each session.


7:45 - 8:00AM

Welcoming Remarks& Introduction
David H. Rubin, MD

Module Topic - Addiction

8:00 - 8:45AM

Alcohol and Opiates
Vinod Rao, MD, PhD & John Kelly, PhD

8:45 - 9:30AM

Tobacco and Cocaine
A. Eden Evins, MD, MPH

9:30 - 10:00AM

Panel Discussion
Moderator: David H. Rubin, MD
Panelists: A. Eden Evins, MD, MPH, Vinod Rao, MD, PhD, John Kelly, PhD

10:00 - 10:15AM


Module Topic - OCD

10:15 - 11:00AM

Michael A. Jenike, MD

11:00 - 11:45AM

Obsessive-Compulsive Related Disorders
Lisa M. Zakhary, MD, PhD

11:45 - 12:15PM

Sabine Wilhelm, PhD

12:15 - 12:45PM

Panel Discussion
Moderator: Michael A. Jenike, MD
Panelists: Lisa M. Zakhary, MD, PhD, Sabine Wilhelm, PhD

12:45 - 1:45PM


Module Topic - Across the Lifespan

1:45 - 2:30PM

Pediatric Bipolar Disorder and Mood Disorders
Janet Wozniak, MD

2:30 - 3:15PM

Joseph Biederman, MD

3:15 - 3:30PM


3:40 - 4:15PM

Drug Interactions
Jonathan E. Alpert, MD, PhD

4:15 - 4:45PM

Panel Discussion
Moderator: Joseph Biederman, MD
Panelists: Jonathan E. Alpert, MD, Janet Wozniak, MD



Agenda: Psychiatric Disorders in Women

Content and faculty subject to change.

Psychiatric Disorders in Women: Diagnostic and Treatment Considerations Across the Female Lifespan

8:00 - 8:15AM

Welcome & Introduction
Marlene Freeman and Lee Cohen

8:15 - 8:45AM

Major Depressive Disorder in Pregnancy and the Postpartum
Lee S. Cohen, MD

8:45-9:15 AM

Bipolar Disorder: Considerations Across the Reproductive Lifespan
Marlene P. Freeman, MD

9:15-10:00 AM

Lee S. Cohen, MD, Marlene P. Freeman, MD

10:00-10:15 AM


10:15-10:45 AM

Laura Petrillo, MD

10:45-11:15 AM

The Menopausal Transition and Depression
Ruta Nonacs, MD, PhD

11:15-12:00 PM

Laura Petrillo, MD & Ruta Nonacs, MD, PhD

12:00-1:00 PM


1:00-1:30 PM

Substance Use Disorders and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Women of Reproductive Age
Edwin Raffi, MD, MPH

1:30-2:00 PM

ADHD in Women
Allison Baker, MD

2:00-2:30 PM

Psychotherapies for Perinatal Psychiatry
Rachel Vanderkruik

2:30-3:15 PM

Edwin Raffi, MD, MPH; Allison Baker, MD;Rachel Vanderkruik

3:15-3:30 PM

Conclusion & Closing Remarks
Lee S. Cohen, MD & Marlene P. Freeman, MD

Target Audience

This program is intended for:

General and Family Practice Physicians
Psychiatric Nurses
Physician Assistants
Nurse Practitioners
Social Workers



MDs/Doctoral-Level Professionals
Super Early Bird Registration (on or before August 4, 2020):$549.00***
Early Bird Registration (on or before September 4, 2020): $649.00
Regular Registration (after September 4, 2020): $699.00

Other Professionals or Trainees
Super Early Bird Registration (on or before August 4, 2020):$309.00***
Early Bird Registration (on or before September 4, 2020): $409.00
Regular Registration (after September 4, 2020): $549.00


Thursday Evening Sessions(October 22):$175

Women's Mental Health:$250
If you are interested in attending the Women's Mental Health session ONLY, you can register for it at


MDs/Doctoral-Level Professionals
Super Early Bird(on or before August 4, 2020)= $744
Early Bird(on or before September 4, 2020)= $844
Regular Registration (after September 4, 2020)= $894

Other Professionals or Trainees
Super Early Bird(on or before August 4, 2020) = $504
Early Bird (on or before September 4, 2020) = $604
Regular Registration(after September 4, 2020) = $654

***The deeply discounted Super Early Bird Registration rate is NON-REFUNDABLE and will not be refunded under any circumstances.


On or before October 1, 2020: $48.00

The conference syllabus is a printed book with all slide presentations and space to take notes adjacent to each slide.

As an alternative to purchasing a conference syllabus, we provide all attendees with completely free access to all slide presentations in digital PDF format prior to the conference. This is an environmentally friendly alternative and helps keep costs lower for all attendees.

IMPORTANT: PLEASE NOTE _ The syllabus cost does not include the additional shipping fee.

Due to the size and weight of the book, we will caluculate a shipping fee based on your location. The estimate from the printer is approximately $15-$25 per book within the United States. Please contact our customer service team at or (866) 644-7792 if you have questions about your shipping cost estimate.

If you purchase the syllabus, please verify during registration that we may charge the credit or debit card you register with for the shipment cost.

Cancellation Policy

A refund minus a $100.00 administrative fee will be issued for refund requests received by October 4, 2020. No refunds will be issued for refund requests made after October 4, 2020. Payments made may not be applied to future conferences or other educational activities. There are no exceptions to these policies.

***The deeply discounted Super Early Bird Registration rate is NON-REFUNDABLE and NON-TRANSFERABLE and will not be refunded under any circumstances.

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Additional Live Conferences

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CME Information






AMA PRA Category
1 Credit

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of McLean Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. McLean Hospital is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

McLean Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 29.75AMA PRA Category1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Psychologists CE Credit

The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This offering meets the criteria for 35.25 Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists.

This offering meets the criteria for29.75 Continuing Education (CE) credits per presentation for psychologists.


Nursing Contact Hours

Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 13, sections 13, 14, 14A, 15 and 15D and Chapter 112, sections 74 through 81C authorize the Board of Registration in Nursing to regulate nursing practice and education.

This program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR 5.00) for29.75contact hours of nursing continuing education credit. Advance practice nurses, please note: Educational activities which meet the requirements of the ACCME (such as this activity) count towards 50% of the nursing requirement for ANCC accreditation.

Social Workers

The Collaborative of NASW, Boston College, and Simmons College Schools of Social Work authorizes social work continuing education credits for courses, workshops, and educational programs that meet the criteria outlined in 258 CMR of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Social Workers

This program has been approved for6.25 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work Authorization Number D81571



Other Professions

This course allows other providers to claim a Participation Certificate upon successful completion of this course.

Participation Certificates will specify the title, location, type of activity, date of activity, and number of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTMassociated with the activity. Providers should check with their regulatory agencies to determine ways in which AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM may or may not fulfill continuing education requirements. Providers should also consider saving copies of brochures, agenda, and other supporting documents.

Policy on Faculty and Provider Disclosure

It is the policy of McLean Hospital that faculty and providers disclose real or apparent conflicts of interest relating to the topics of this educational activity. McLean Hospital has established policies in place that identify and resolve all conflicts of interest prior to this educational activity.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest (COI)

McLean Hospital has implemented a process to resolve COI for each CME activity. In order to help ensure content objectivity, independence, fair balance and ensure that the content is aligned with the interest of the public, McLean Hospital has resolved the conflict by External Content Review.

International Credits

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada recognizes conferences and workshops held outside of Canada that are developed by a university, academy, hospital, specialty society or college as accredited group learning activities.

Through an agreement between the American Medical Association and the

European Union of Medical Specialists, physicians may convert AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ to an equivalent number of European CME Credits®(ECMECs®).

Information on the process of converting AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ to ECMECs® can be found at:

Planner Disclosures

The MGH Psychiatry Academy adheres to all ACCME Essential Areas, Standards, and Policies. It is the Psychiatry Academy's policy that those who have influenced the content of a CME activity (e.g. planners, faculty, authors, reviewers and others) disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial entities so that the Psychiatry Academy may identify and resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the activity. These disclosures will be provided in the activity materials along with disclosure of any commercial support received for the activity. Additionally, faculty members have been instructed to disclose any limitations of data and unlabeled or investigational uses of products during their presentations.

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