About the Program

The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry invites you to attend our upcoming Patient and Family Education Event: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Education Day.

Program Description

This exciting event will offer an update on new research findings and important clinical topics for parents, their family, friends, and others. The morning will feature a variety of topics including:

  • Obsessive compulsive behaviors
  • Mood issues
  • Substance use
  • Learning disabilities
  • Working with schools
  • Behavioral interventions for children with food allergies

In the afternoon, our discussions will focus on:

  • Parenting children with anxiety and personality disorders
  • Launching transitional age youth
  • Family discussion
  • Resiliency training for youth

We will offer interactive panel discussions throughout the day that include our presenting faculty and a parent panel. Patients and families will also have the opportunity to offer comments and ask question.

This program is made possible through the generosity of the Joan and Leonard Engle Family Foundation.

About the Department of Psychiatry

The Department of Psychiatry was established in 1934. In the course of eight decades, its scientists and clinicians have made significant contributions to the understanding and treatment of mental health disorders. Today, the department includes more than 600 affiliated psychiatrists and psychologists and has the largest clinical research program in the hospital, which includes research in neuroscience, genetics, and the assessment of new and established treatments for mental health disorders.

The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry has been named the #1 psychiatry department in the country by U.S. News and World Report 17 times.

Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

The Massachusetts General Hospital's Department of Psychiatry offers a wide range of evaluation and treatment programs specifically shaped to help children and adolescent needs.

The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment to Massachusetts General Hospital patients with the full spectrum of psychiatric conditions and behavioral or emotional difficulties. Our first priority is to evaluate and treat primary care patients at Mass General and Mass General Hospital for Children, collaborating with your child’s treatment team on all major decisions affecting his or her mental and medical health.

With more than 15,000 patient visits a year, we are one of New England's busiest outpatient programs specializing in child and adolescent mental health.
Part of a world-class academic medical center, our program focuses on children and adolescents, though we often care for these patients well into adulthood. The most common conditions we treat include: ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, bipolar disorder, conduct disorders, major depression, OCD, psychosis, Tourette’s syndrome and motor tic disorders.

The Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Academy was launched in 2005 to bring high quality continuing medical education to psychiatrists, primary care doctors, psychologists, social workers, and other health professionals around the world through live programming and the Internet. In 2010, the Psychiatry Academy assumed responsibility for patient education programs that were formerly provided by the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Institute (MADI) Resource Center. The Psychiatry Academy now provides education for individuals, families, non-professional caregivers, and the community about mental health, translating the latest research advances into practical information to help people work with their doctors toward the most accurate diagnosis and the best possible treatment results.



9:00-9:45 am  Check-in
9:45-10:00 am

Welcome and Introduction
Judith Clifford
Janet Wozniak, MD

10:00-10:20am Obsessive Compulsive Disorder    
Erica Greenberg, MD
10:20-10:40 am Family
Anne K. Fishel, PhD

10:40-11:00 am

Substance Use Disorder
James McKowen, PhD
11:00-11:20 am Panel Discussion
 11:20-11:40 am Learning Disabilities: Assessment and Working with Schools
Ellen Braaten, PhD

 11:40-12:00 pm

Behavioral Interventions for Children with Food Allergies
Nancy Rotter, PhD
12:00-12:20 pm Panel Discussion
12:20-1:10 pm

Lunch Break

1:10-1:40 pm

Parent Panel

1:40-2:00 pm

Parenting Children With Anxiety
Julie M. Edmunds, PhD

2:00-2:20 pm

"Personality and parenting: What to do to increase alliance and effectiveness"
Michelle C. Jacobo, PhD

2:20-2:40 pm

Launching Transitional Age Youth
Laura Prager, MD

2:40-3:00 pm

Panel Discussion

3:00-3:20 pm

Mood Disorders
Janet Wozniak, MD

3:20-3:40 pm

Resiliency Training for Kids
John W. Denninger, MD, PhD

3:40-4:00 pm

Panel Discussion

4:00 pm

Program Adjourns


Course Director
Timothy E. Wilens, MD
Chief, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Co-Director, Center for Addiction Medicine
Massachusetts General Hospital
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Judith Clifford
The Joan and Leonard Engle Family Foundation

Kyle A. Williams, MD, PhD
Director, Pediatric Neuropsychiatry and Immunology Program, Massachusetts General Hospital
Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Janet Wozniak, MD
Chair, Quality and Safety Department of Psychiatry
Director, Child and Adolescent Outpatient Service
Director, Pediatric Bipolar Disorder Clinical and Research Program
Massachusetts General Hospital
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

James McKowen, PhD
Program Director, Addiction Recovery Management Service (ARMS)
Assistant in Psychology
Massachusetts General Hospital
Instructor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School

Ellen Braaten, PhD
Director, Learning and Emotional Assessment Program, Massachusetts General Hospital
Track Director, Child Psychology Training Program, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Nancy S. Rotter, PhD
Co-director, Pediatric Behavioral Medicine Program
Assistant Director, Child and Adolescent Outpatient Psychiatry Service
Psychologist, Food Allergy Center and Pediatric Gastroenterology
Massachusetts General Hospital
Assistant Professor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School

Michelle C. Jacobo, PhD
Director, Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Associate Psychologist
Massachusetts General Hospital
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

Laura M. Prager, MD
Director, Child Psychiatry Emergency Consult Service
Director, Transitional Age Youth Clinic
Massachusetts General Hospital
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Anne Fishel, PhD
Director, Family and Couples Therapy, Massachusetts General Hospital
Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School

John Denninger, MD, PhD
Director of Research, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
Associate Director of the Mass General-McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency, Training Program
Instructor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Program Organizers

Rose Desilets, MBA, Business Manager and Registrar, Psychiatry Academy, Massachusetts General Hospital
Grace Shanks, Senior Program Coordinator, Psychiatry Academy, Massachusetts General Hospital
Lynda Reid, PMP, Program Coordinator, Psychiatry Academy, Massachusetts General Hospital


Directions and Parking


The Starr Center Auditorium
Massachusetts General Hospital
185 Cambridge Street, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02114


Due to the increasing demands of patient and patient visitor parking, Mass General is no longer able to support event parking in the Fruit Street, Parkman Street, Yawkey, or Charles River Plaza garages. Because of the hospital’s close proximity to the Charles/Mass General Red Line Station, the use of public transportation whenever possible for all events is highly recommended.

Note: Parking will no longer be discounted or validated free of charge.

Public Transportation

Take the MBTA Red Line to Charles/MGH or the Green Line or Orange line to North Station.


Contact US

Mass General Psychiatry Academy

Email: mghcme@mgh.harvard.edu
Phone: 866-644-7792

Support our work

How You Can Help

Charitable contributions are an increasingly important source of support for research, professional and public education and clinical care. Our community education programs are made possible by the generosity of individual and foundation donors. We welcome and appreciate contributions of any size and maintain donor confidentiality at all times.

To make a gift to support the public education programs of the Department of Psychiatry, please contact the Mass General Development Office by phone 617-726-2200 or visit us online.

For information on specific needs and giving opportunities, please call the Director of Development for Psychiatry at 617-724-8799.

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