Grand Rounds

UMass Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds take place each Thursday of the month from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, and are located in the Lazare Auditorium (1st floor - Medical School Building, S1-607, near the library) unless otherwise indicated. Rounds are attended by faculty, residents, and professional staff, and are also open to the public.  For additional information, please contact Grand Rounds Coordinator - Karen Lambert at 508-856-5928 or via email:

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2014-15 Psychiatry Grand Rounds

Our grand rounds have concluded for the season.  Please join us for the 2015-16 season which will kick off with a presentation by Dr. Doug Ziedonis on September 10, 2015.


Mindful Leadership
Speaker: Douglas Ziedonis, MD, MPH
Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry
University of Massachusetts Medical School 
UMass Memorial Health Care Center


Trauma and Neurodevelopment: The Effect of Genetic and Epigenetic Factors on Biological Sensitivity to Context
THURSDAY, September 11, 2014
Speaker: Kerry Wilkins, MD
UMass Medical School, UMass Memorial Healthcare



The Science of Recovery: New Wine in Old Bottles
THURSDAY, September 18, 2014
Speaker: Lisa Dixon, MD, MPH
Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Center for Practice Innovations
NY State Psychiatric Insitute

THURSDAY, September 25, 2014
Rosh Hashanah


Suicide and Suicide Prevention in Older Adults
THURSDAY, October 2, 2014
Speaker: Yeates Conwell, MD
Professor and Vice Chair
Department of Psychiatry
University of Rochester Medical Center


Stress pathways to obesity: Can mindfulness help?
THURSDAY, October 9, 2014
Speaker: Elissa Epel, PhD
Associate Professor in Residence
University of California, San Francisco


Using applied and basic science research to inform improvements in psychotherapy for generalized anxiety disorder
THURSDAY, October 16, 2014
Speaker: Michelle Newman, PhD
Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry
Editor Behavior Therapy
Director of the Laboratory for Anxiety and Depression Research
Department of Psychology
The Pennsylvania State University


DSM-5- Why “Peripartum” Depression is a Scientific Mistake
THURSDAY, October 23, 2014
Speaker: Jennifer Payne, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Women's Mood Disorders Clinic
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine


Sadness and the Cell: Mechanisms of Accelerated Aging in Major Depression
THURSDAY, October 30, 2014
Speaker: Owen M. Wolkowitz, MD
Professor in Residence
University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine


Searching for Early Risk Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder in the First Year of Life 
THURSDAY, November 6, 2014
Speaker: Helen Tager-Flusberg, PhD
Director, Lab of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC) Grand Rounds
Boston University


Ethics in Mental Health Research: Lessons Learned from 25 Years of Empirical Research
THURSDAY, November 13, 2014
Speaker: James M DuBois, DSc, PhD
Professor of Medicine
Division of General Medical Sciences
Director of the Center for Clinical Research Ethics
Washington University at St. Louis


"Undumping Granny": Reducing Preventable Hospital Transfers of Home-Care Residents
THURSDAY, November 20, 2014
Speaker: Zachary Hatch, MD
Program Chief Resident
UMass Medical School, UMass Memorial Health Care

THURSDAY, November 27, 2014


New treatment approaches for schizophrenia 
THURSDAY, December 4, 2014
Speaker: Dost Ongur, MD, Phd
Assistant Professor in Psychiatry
Chief, Psychotic Disorders Division, Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Program
McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School


THURSDAY, December 11, 2014
American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Annual Meeting

  Use of Antidepressants in Bipolar Depression: Evidence, Guidelines, and Research
THURSDAY, December 18, 2014
Speaker: Alison Trexler, MD
Chief Resident in Psychopharmacology
UMass Medical School, UMass Memorial Health Care

THURSDAY, December 25, 2014


Improving health care systems to promote maternal mental health: A Massachusetts statewide initiative
THURSDAY, February 5, 2015
Speaker: Kate Biebel, PhD
Assistant Director, Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center (SPARC)
Program Director, MCPAP for Moms
Research Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
UMass Medical School

Speaker: Nancy Byatt, DO
Statewide Medical Director, MCPAP for Moms
Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Department of Psychiatry
Attending Psychiatrist, Psychosomatic Medicine and Women's Mental Health
UMass Medical School/UMass Memorial Healthcare


Please pay attention now (it could change your brain): mechanisms of mindfulness
THURSDAY, February 12, 2015
Speaker: Judson Brewer, MD, PhD
UMass Medical School


Does Lithium Prevent Suicide (or Have Other Mortality Benefits) in Veterans? A large-scale historical cohort study using nationwide Veterans Health Association databases
THURSDAY, February 19, 2015
Speaker: Eric Smith, MD, PhD, MPH
Psychiatrist and Mental Health Services Researcher
The Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research
Edith Nourse Rogers VA Medical Center (Bedford VAMC)
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UMass Medical School


An Integrated Behavioral Health Consult Model for Youth in Foster Care
THURSDAY, February 26, 2015
Speaker: Wynne Morgan, MD
PGY-5 Child Fellow
UMass Medical School/UMass Memorial Healthcare


Reaching the Unreachable Adolescent: Solution-Focused Approaches in Adolescent Addiction
THURSDAY, March 5, 2015
Speaker: Anne Lutz, MD
UMass Adjunct Assistant Professor
Training Director - Institute of Solution-Focused Therapy
Private Practice


Genetic Protection from Bipolar Disorder: Why some people don't get it
THURSDAY, March 12, 2015
Speaker: Edward I. Ginns, MD, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, Pathology and Pediatrics
UMASS Medical School


Tales From The Collaborative Side: Evidence-Based Mental Health Care in Primary Care Settings
THURSDAY, March 19, 2015
Speaker: Anna D. Ratzliff, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Associate Director for Education, Division of Integrated Care & Public Health
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
University of Washington


Psychiatry outside the office; ways to get involved
THURSDAY, March 26, 2015
Speaker: Auralyd Padilla, MD
PGY-5 Child Fellow
UMass Medical School/UMass Memorial Healthcare


Psychiatric Neuromodulation - from Faraday to Frequency
THURSDAY, April 2, 2015
Speaker: Noah S. Philip, MD  
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Director, Psychiatric Neuromodulation, Providence VAMC


Medical Sequelae of Severe Mental Illness
THURSDAY, April 9, 2015
Speaker: Lisa Rosenthal, MD, FAPM
Director, Division of Psychosomatic Medicine
Director, Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine


Integrating theories, domains of knowledge, and methods of knowing as a way to improve psychotherapy
THURSDAY, April 16, 2015
Speaker: Louis Castonguay, PhD
Department of Psychology
Penn State University

22nd Annual Briscoli Lecture


Neuroscience in the Courtroom: Notes from the Field
THURSDAY, April 23, 2015
Speaker: Judith G. Edersheim, JD, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Sr. Consultant, Law and Psychiatry Service, Massachusetts General Hospital
Co-Director, MGH Center for Law, Brain and Behavior


College Mental Health: The UMass College Consultation Service at 23
History, Current State, Future Plans
THURSDAY, April 30, 2015
Speaker: Daniel Kirsch, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
UMass Medical School, UMass Memorial Healthcare


THURSDAY, May 7, 2015
Resident Retreat

Food addiction and the metabolic syndrome: from insulin resistance to neurocognitive decline and beyond
THURSDAY, May 14, 2015
Speaker: Aikaterini Fineti, MD
PGY-5 Addiction Fellow
UMass Medical School

THURSDAY, May 21, 2015
APA Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada

THURSDAY, May 28, 2015
Faculty Retreat


Inspiring Treatment Adherence, Renewal, and Leadership Through Emotional Intelligence
THURSDAY, June 4, 2015
Speaker: Richard E Boyatzis, PhD
H.R. Horvitz Professor of Family Business
Professor, Organizational Behavior
Distinguished University Professor, Case Western Reserve University


Difficult Psychiatric Consultations; An Integrated Approach
THURSDAY, June 11, 2015
Speaker: Sergio Delgado, MD
Medical Director of Outpatient Services, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Chair, Child Psychoanalytic Program
Professor, UC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience 

18th Annual Deborah Janssens Memorial Lecture


Dialectical Behavioral Therapy: Applications in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
THURSDAY, June 18, 2015
Speaker: Shirley Rajan, MD
PGY-5 Child Fellow
UMass Medical School/UMass Memorial Healthcare


Update on Autism Spectrum Disorders
THURSDAY, June 25, 2015
Speaker: Jean Frazier, MD
Robert M. and Shirley S. Siff Endowed Chair in Autism
Vice Chair and Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Co-director, Child and Adolescent Neurodevelopment Initiative
UMass Medical School, UMass Memorial Healthcare

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