About the Program

The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry invites you to attend the Patient and Family Education Day: Bipolar Disorder.

This program is made possible through the generosity of The Dauten Family Center for Bipolar Treatment Innovation.

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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.

The Dauten Family Center for Bipolar Treatment Innovation

The Dauten Family Center for Bipolar Treatment Innovation at Mass General is dedicated to:

  • Finding new treatments for bipolar disorder
  • Providing high-quality clinical care
  • Educating our colleagues, our patients, their families and the community about this disorder

The center specializes in the combined psychiatric and psychosocial treatment of bipolar disorders. It is considered one of the leading research and treatment programs on bipolar disorder worldwide.

The Dauten Family Center’s research focuses on novel treatments for bipolar disorder including:

  • Innovative new therapies
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)
  • Near-infrared radiation (NIR)
  • Various new medications

The center’s staff includes psychiatrists, psychotherapists, practicum trainees and research assistants with extensive experience and expertise in the treatment of bipolar disorders.

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


9:15 am  Check-in
10:00 am

Welcome and Introduction
Andrew A. Nierenberg, MD

10:15 am Medication Treatment of Bipolar Disorder: Challenges and Promises  
Andrew A. Nierenberg, MD
10:45 am Q&A

11:00 am

Lifestyle Interventions for Bipolar Disorder
Louisa Sylvia, PhD
11:30 am Q&A

 11:45 am Lunch

 12:30 pm

Patient and Family Panel

1:15 pm Q&A

1:30 pm

Emotional Dysregulation and Bipolar Disorder in Children
Janet Wozniak, MD

2:00 pm


2:15 pm

Psychosocial Treatment Update
Thilo Deckersbach, PhD

2:45 pm


3:00 pm

Program Adjourns


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Andrew A. Nierenberg, MD
Thomas P. Hackett, MD, Endowed Chair in Psychiatry, Mass General
Director, Dauten Family Center for Bipolar Treatment Innovation
Director, Training and Education, Mass General Research Institute
Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Louisa G. Sylvia, PhD
Director of Psychology, Dauten Family Center for Bipolar Treatment Innovation
Director of Health and Wellness
Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program
Associate Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School

Thilo Deckersbach, PhD
Staff Psychologist, Mass General
Associate Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School

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


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Parking & Directions


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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