Child Mental Health Forum

Course Director

Claudio O. Toppelberg, MD

Director of Continuing Education & Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Toppelberg is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. He is a member of the research committee,…

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About The Child Mental Health Forum 

The Child Mental Health Forum is one of the longest continuously running lecture series in the country. Forum presenters are renowned clinical, research, and academic leaders in child and adolescent mental health. The Forum aims to provide intellectually stimulating information on scientific advances and evidence supporting clinical practice and research.

The Forum is held on the first Wednesday of each month from 10:00AM to 11:15AM EST, virtually. Zoom links will be sent to those on the mailing list. There is no cost to attend.

2023-2024 Calendar

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October 4, 2023

Best Practices in Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth and their Caregivers in the Child Welfare System

Christopher Bellonci, MD
Senior Policy Advisor, Baker Center for Children and Families; 
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School 

November 1, 2023

Pharmacologic Treatment of Insomnia in Children and Adolescents

Judith Owens, MD, MPH
Director, Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders Boston Children’s Center;
Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

December 6, 2023

Experiences of Transgender and Nonbinary Youth and their Families: Selected Findings from the Trans Teen and Family Narratives Project 

Sabra L. Katz-Wise, PhD
Associate Professor, Boston Children’s Hospital;
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School;
Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health  

January 17, 2024

Structural Racism and its Impact on Mental Health Inequities in Adolescents and Young Adults

Ruth Shim, MD, MPH
Luke & Grace Kim Professor in Cultural Psychiatry, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Associate Dean of Diverse and Inclusive Education, University of California, Davis School of Medicine  

February 7, 2024

Applying Dissemination and Implementation Science in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Practice

Melanie Barwick, PhD
Senior Scientist, Child Health Evaluative Sciences Program of the Research Institute, The Hospital for Sick Children;  
Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto  

March 6, 2024

Parent Based Interventions for Children with Anxiety Disorders and ADHD 

Lawrence A. Vitulano, PhD, ABPP
Professor of Clinical Child Psychology, Yale School of Medicine and Yale Child Study Center

April 3, 2024

Protecting Adolescence: What Mental Health Professionals Need to Know About Adolescent Interrogations and False Confessions 

Hayley Cleary, MPP, PhD
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Public Policy, Virginia Commonwealth University  

May 1, 2024

Components of Fear Memory Formation Across the Lifespan and the Development of Fear-Based Disorders

Kerry Ressler, MD, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer, Chief, Division of Depression and Anxiety Disorders, and James and Patricia Poitras Chair in Psychiatry; McLean Hospital;
Professor,  Harvard Medical School  

Continuing Education (CPD/CME/CEU) Information

The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Baker Center for Children and Families is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Baker Center for Children and Families maintains responsibility for this program and its content. There are no known commercial support or conflicts of interest related to this program.

The Baker Center for Children and Families has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7254. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Baker Center for Children and Families is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Social Workers
The National Association of Social Workers has approved this series for continuing education credits for social workers.