Upcoming Courses

Early Intervention in Psychosis

June 3, 2016 | Massachusetts Mental Health Center | Second floor conference room More Information


This one day symposium brings together mental health experts to provide state of the art reviews on the rationale and approaches to early intervention in psychotic disorders. Speakers include faculty from many educational and clinical programs dedicated to providing Early  Psychosis (EP) intervention in Massachusetts. The symposium will be of interest to psychiatrists, psychologists,  social workers, nurses and other mental health professionals as well as students from these health professions.


This course is designed so that participants will be able to:

Discuss the rationale of early intervention in psychotic disorders.

Discuss current thinking on the models of early intervention in the early course of psychotic disorders.

Describe evidence based approaches for early intervention in early course psychotic disorders

Additional Information

8:15-8:45- Registration and Networking

8:45– 8:55- Introduction to the course Matcheri S. Keshavan and Larry J. Seidman

8:55-9:00– Welcome Patricia Kenny

9:00 – 9:30- Evolving a statewide plan for early psychosis intervention: Perspectives from the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. Margaret Guyer

9:30-10:00- Early Intervention around the First Episode of Psychosis: Models and approaches- Larry Seidman

10:00-10:30- Neurobiology of early psychoses and rationale for early intervention– Matcheri S. Keshavan

10:30-10:45- Coffee Break

10:45- 11:55– Recovery from psychosis: Individual, family and provider perspectivesPanel discussion, interviewer (s)- Suzannah Zimmet, patient, family members

11:55– Awards

12:00-12:45- Lunch break

12:45-2:15- Components of Early Intervention (10 minutes for each topic)

  1. Screening for Psychosis- Douglas Jacobs
  2. Obstacles to Engagement-Denial and     Stigma-Michelle West
  3. Assessment and diagnosis- Larry Seidman and Emily Kline
  4. Psychopharmacology– Matcheri Keshavan and Cynthia Berkowitz
  1. Individual treatment– Interpersonal, CBT – Cori Cather & Dan Shapiro
  2. Family treatment– Michelle Friedman-Yakoobian
  3. Cognitive Enhancement– Luis Sandoval
  4. Building resilience- Daphne Holt
  5. Education and work- Dori Hutchinson and Kim Mueser

2:15-2:30- Coffee Break

2:30- 4:30- Panel on Models of Intervention (Dost Ongur MD PhD and Suzannah Zimmet MD moderators):


  • Advocates (Chris Gordon)
  • Boston Children’s Hospital (Joe Gonzalez and Eugene D’Angelo)
  • FEPP-MGH (Cori Cather)
  • McLean On Track (Dost Ongur)
  • PREP® East (Ann Findeisen and Cynthia Berkowitz)
  • PREP® West (Anne Hopkinson)
  • PREP-UP® (Matcheri Keshavan)
  • RISE (Miriam Tepper)
  • STEP Program UMASS Medical School (Xiaoduo Fan, Irene Coletsos)

4:30- 4:45- Final Discussion- Making Early Intervention Happen Across Massachusetts- Margaret Guyer, Matcheri Keshavan and Larry Seidman


Cynthia Berkowitz, MD: Medical Director, Prevention and Recovery in Early Psychosis®; Area Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, Department of Mental Health, Metro Boston Area Office, HMS instructor, MMHC, Department of Psychiatry, BIDMC

Cori Cather, PhD: Program Head, FEPP-MGH, HMS Assistant Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry; Schizophrenia Program, MGH

Lynda Cutrell, MBA: The 99 Faces Project, Former President, NAMI MA

Irene Coletsos, MD: Program Head, STEP Program UMASS Medical School, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School, UMass Memorial Medical Center

Eugene J. D’Angelo, PhD, ABPP: Chief, Division of Psychology & Director, Outpatient Psychiatry Service, Boston Children’s Hospital, HMS Associate   Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry

Xiaoduo Fan, MD: Director, Psychotic Disorders Program; Director, China Mental Health Program, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, UMass Memorial Medical Center/UMass Medical School

Ann Findeisen, APRN, BC: Team Leader, Prevention and Recovery in Early Psychosis (PREP)®, Massachusetts Mental Health Center

Michelle Friedman-Yakoobian, PhD: Team Leader, CEDAR Clinic, MMHC, HMS Instructor in Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, BIDMC

Joseph Gonzalez-Heydrich, MD: Director, Neuropsychiatry Clinic, Children’s Hospital Boston, HMS Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry

Christopher Gordon, MD: Medical Director and Senior Vice President of Clinical Services, Advocates, HMS Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Margaret Guyer, PhD: Clinical and Professional Services, Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, HMS instructor, Department of Psychiatry, BIDMC

Daphne Holt, MD PHD: Program Leader, Co-Director, MGH Schizophrenia Clinical and Research Program (SCRP); Director, MGH Resilience Enhancement and Prevention Program (REPP); Associate Professor of Psychiatry, HMS

Anne W. Hopkinson, MSW: Program Director, PREP®-Western MA, Holyoke, MA

Dori S. Hutchison, ScD: Director of Services, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Boston University; Associate Clinical Professor, Boston University

Douglas Jacobs, MD: Founder and Medical Director, Screening for Mental Health, Inc., HMS Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, McLean Hospital

Patricia Kenny, APRN BC: Area Director, Massachusetts Department of Mental Health/Metro Boston Area

Matcheri S. Keshavan MD: Director, PREP-UP, HMS Stanley Cobb Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, BIDMC

Emily Kline, PhD: Post-doctoral Fellow in Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, BIDMC

Kim Mueser, PhD: Executive Director, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Boston University; Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Boston University

Dost Ongur, MD PhD: Chief, Psychotic Disorders Division, McLean Hospital; HMS Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Luis Sandoval, PhD: HMS Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, BIDMC

Larry J. Seidman PhD: Director, Center of   Excellence in Clinical Neuroscience and       Psychopharmacological Research (Commonwealth Research Center), HMS Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, BIDMC

Daniel Shapiro, PhD: Project Director of   Clinical High Risk Research, Commonwealth Research Center, HMS Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, BIDMC

Miriam Tepper, MD: Medical Director, RISE Program, HMS Instructor in Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry; Cambridge Health Alliance

Michelle West, PhD: Post-doctoral Fellow in Clinical Psychology, CEDAR Clinic/Research Program, Department of Psychiatry, BIDMC

Suzannah V. Zimmet, MD: Medical Director, CEDAR Clinic, HMS Assistant Professor of  Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry; BIDMC







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