About the Program

The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry invites you to attend the Patient and Family Education Evening: Behavioral Health and the Launch from Adolescence to Young Adulthood.

This exciting event will offer an update on new research findings and important clinical topics for patients and their families. Topics will include:

  • Facing Challenges & Transitions
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • College Students & Young Adulthood
  • Patient and Family Panel

This program is made possible by the Joan and Leonard Engle Family Foundation.

Presented by:

  • Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Academy Patient and Family Education Program
  • Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

See program agenda

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.

Psychiatry Academy

The Mass General 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.

Learn more about our patient and family programs.

Program Organizers

  • Grace Shanks, Senior Program Coordinator, Psychiatry Academy, Mass General
  • Rose Desilets, MBA, Business Manager & Registrar, Psychiatry Academy, Mass General
  • Lynda Reid, PMP, Program Coordinator, Psychiatry Academy, Mass General


4:00 pm  Check-in
4:20 pm

Welcome & Introduction
Timothy Wilens, MD & Judith Clifford

4:30 pm Facing Challenges & Transitions 
Timothy Wilens, MD
4:50 pm

Failure to Launch
Laura Prager, MD

5:10 pm

Substance Use Disorders
Amy Yule, MD
5:30 pm Q&A

 6:00 pm Snack Break

 6:15 pm

Patient & Family Panel

6:55 pm Mood & Anxiety
Aude Henin, PhD
7:15 pm

College Students & Young Adulthood
Gina A. Forchelli, PhD, NCSP

7:35 pm

First Episode & the Emergence of Serious Mental Illness
Yoshio Kaneko, MD

7:55 pm


8:25 pm

Program Adjourns


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Parking & Directions


O'Keefe Auditorium, Blake Building 160
Massachusetts General Hospital
55 Fruit Street
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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