Child Mental Health Forum

A lecture series focusing on children's mental health

Leaders in the CHILD MENTAL HEALTH field

Who Are We?

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.

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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When Does It Happen?

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.

Click here to subscribe to calendar or email to be added to the list.

2022-2023 Calendar

October 12, 2022

Advancing Youth Mental Health Through Implementation Science

Kelsie Okamura, PhD 
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Hawai’i Pacific University

November 2, 2022

Beyond Telehealth: Advances in Digital Mental Health Research and Practical Clinical Considerations for Smartphone Apps in Care   

John Torous, MD, MBI
Department of Psychiatry, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

December 7, 2022

Longitudinal Trajectories of Sleep and Sleep-Related Adverse Psychopathologic Outcomes in Youth

Julio J. Fernandez-Mendoza, PhD
Associate Professor, Penn State College of Medicine;
Director, Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

January 18, 2023

Hybrid Effectiveness-Implementation Approaches in Mental Health and Suicide Prevention: Case Example of a Type 2 Study of Caring Contacts in the Department of Veterans Affairs

Sara Landes, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

February 1, 2023

Can We Protect Black Male Youth From the Legacy of Racism? Exploration Into the Impacts of Race-Based Stress, Racial Identity, and Psychological Distress

Martin Pierre, PhD
President, Massachusetts Psychological Association

March 1, 2023

Youth with Substance Use Disorders: Prevention, Risky Behaviors, and Treatment

Amy Yule, MD
Medical Director, Addiction Recovery Management Service, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

April 5, 2023

[Topic: Strategies to effect organizational, family, and personal change within the fuel and friction framework; Title: TBA]

Loran Nordgren, PhD
Professor of Management and Organizations, Kellogg School of Management

May 3, 2023

Relational Stress across the Development in Diverse Populations

Cindy Liu, PhD
Director, Developmental Risk and Cultural Resilience Laboratory, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Continuing Education (CE/CEU) Information


The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The institution 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 Children's Hospital Boston Psychology Division is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. This institution maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

Social Workers

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