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Leading Experts in Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Present at International Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association

NEW ORLEANS, May 19, 2010 – The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) of UPMC are among the world’s leading centers for research and treatment of mental health disorders. The department receives more National Institutes of Health funding for behavioral health and addiction research than any other in the nation, a distinction the department has earned each year for more than a decade.

Below is a list of experts who will present their research at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association May 22 to 26. To arrange for interviews with these experts, please contact Megan Grote Quatrini at (412) 586-9769 or GroteME@upmc.edu.

Mood disorders, bipolar disorder, sleep, DSM-V

David J. Kupfer, M.D., is an internationally renowned expert on mood and sleep disorders, having received the American Psychiatric Association Award for Research in Psychiatry and the Institute of Medicine’s Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health. Dr. Kupfer is the chair of the DSM-V Task Force. He is the Thomas Detre Professor of Psychiatry and a Professor of Neuroscience and Clinical and Translational Science, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, WPIC.

Geriatric psychiatry, mood disorders, sleep, DSM-V

Charles F. Reynolds III, M.D., is internationally renowned in the field of geriatric psychiatry. His primary research interests focus on mood and sleep disorders of later life, with a particular focus on treatment (including mental health services in primary care, the mechanisms of treatment response, preventive interventions and suicide prevention). Dr. Reynolds directs the Advanced Center for Interventions and Services Research for Late-Life Mood Disorders at WPIC, the John A. Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Psychiatry and three National Institute of Mental Health-funded Research Training Grants. He is the UPMC Endowed Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, WPIC.

Mood disorders, borderline personality disorder

Paul Soloff, M.D., has been studying Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) for over 30 years and has contributed to our understanding of the etiology, phenomenology and pharmacologic treatment of this disorder. His recent work includes prospective, longitudinal studies into the clinical, psychological and biological risk factors for suicidal behavior in BPD. The long-term goal of this work is to identify both clinical and biological markers for increased risk of suicide, which may inform early clinical intervention. He is professor of psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, WPIC.

Child and adolescent psychiatry, pain, mood disorders

Eva M. Szigethy M.D., Ph.D. is internationally renowned for her studies of brain-body interactions.  Her primary research interest is in the relationship between mood and anxiety disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, and irritable bowel syndrome in both adolescents and adults. She currently is examining the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy in treating youth with physical illness and clinically significant depression. Dr. Szigethy received the prestigious NIH Director’s Innovator Award to assess the neurobiological basis of depression in chronic pediatric physical illness. She is an associate professor of psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, WPIC, and director of the Medical Coping Clinic in the Division of Gastroenterology, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

Adolescent brain, neurocognitive development

Beatriz Luna, Ph.D., has been studying the use of innovative brain imaging technologies, such as fMRI and diffusion tensor imaging, to characterize how the brain mechanisms underlying cognitive skills mature during adolescence. Dr. Luna is the founding director of the Laboratory for Neurocognitive Development at WPIC and training faculty in the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition and the Center for Neuroscience at UPMC. She recently was selected by the National Institutes of Health to serve as a member of the Advisory Committee to the Director. She is an associate professor of psychiatry and psychology, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, WPIC.

Mood disorders, bipolar II disorder, maternal depression

Holly A. Swartz, M.D., has research interests that focus on the development and evaluation of psychosocial interventions for the treatment of mood disorders. She is evaluating the roles of psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy in the management of bipolar II disorder. She also studies the intergenerational transmission of depression and is conducting a study to evaluate the impact of treating maternal depression on offspring with psychiatric disorders. Dr. Swartz is the medical director of the Bipolar Intensive Outpatient Program and an attending psychiatrist in the Depression and Manic-Depression Prevention Program at WPIC. She is an assistant professor of psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, WPIC.

Community psychiatry, public health

Kenneth S. Thompson, M.D., serves as director of the Institute for Public Health and Psychiatry at WPIC, where he concentrates on the mental health needs of persons and communities forced to live in the margins of society in poverty and under oppressive conditions. He is associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral and community health sciences, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, WPIC.

Pediatric bipolar disorder

<Tina Goldstein, Ph.D., has clinical and research interests that focus on the prevention and treatment of suicidal and self-injurious behaviors and psychosocial treatment for children and adolescents with mood disorders. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and assistant professor in child and adolescent psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, WPIC.

Eating disorders

Walter Kaye, M.D., serves as professor emeritus of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh and director of the Eating Disorders Program at the University of California San Diego. Dr. Kaye’s research focuses on exploring the relationship between brain and behavior using brain imaging and genetics, and developing and applying new treatments for anorexia and bulimia nervosa. He is the principal investigator for an international, multi-site collaboration on the genetics of anorexia and bulimia nervosa.

About the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC

Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) is considered to be one of the nation’s foremost university-based psychiatric care facilities and one of the world’s leading centers for research and treatment of mental health disorders. WPIC houses the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and is the flagship of UPMC Behavioral Health, the psychiatric specialty division of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

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