Child Mental Health Forum

A lecture series focusing on children's mental health

Leaders in the 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 leaders in child mental health and cover a broad range of specialized topics. Those who attend the Forum are eligible to obtain free CE/CEUs depending on their discipline.

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

[Topic: Dissemination and implementation of evidence-based treatments for children and adolescents; Title: TBA]

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

November 2, 2022

[Topic: Mobile mental health technologies for adolescents and young adults; Title: TBA]

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

December 7, 2022

[Topic: Longitudinal trajectories of sleep and sleep-related adverse psychopathological outcomes in children and adolescents; Title: TBA]

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

[Topic: The implementation of mental health treatments and suicide prevention; Title: TBA]

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

February 1, 2023

[Topic: The relationship between racial identity and psychological stress; Title: TBA]

Martin Pierre, PhD
President, Massachusetts Psychological Association

March 1, 2023

[Topic: Child and adolescent substance use disorders. The impact of the opioid epidemic on children and adolescents; Title: TBA]

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

[Topic: (1) Cultural differences in socio-emotional development and psychosocial stress and (2)culturally-based interventions that reduce mental health disparities in children and adolescents; Title: TBA]

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.