Visiting Lecture Professor Series: Novel Approaches to the Assessment and Management of Suicidal Risk in Adolescents

Learning Objectives:
1. The attendee will be able to describe the rationale for screening for suicide risk in adolescents seen in the pediatric emergency department and the advantages of using an adaptive rather than standard screening tool.
2. The attendee will be able to describe the rationale, methods, and major findings of studies that apply machine learning to electronic health records in order to delineate suicidal risk.
3. The attendee will be able to describe the results of a pilot study of suicidal and healthy young adults using fMRI-generated neural signatures to differentiate the two groups.
4. The attendee will be able to describe the rationale, approach, and major findings of the As Safe As Possible (ASAP) intervention for psychiatrically hospitalized, suicidal adolescents.

Past Event

Friday, May 22, 2020

9:00 am – 10:30 am EST

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Event Description


David Brent, MD

Dr. Brent is Academic Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital and holds an endowed chair in suicide studies at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He directs Services for Teens at Risk, a state-funded program for suicide prevention, education of professionals, and treatment of at-risk youth and their families.

Dr. Brent is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. He has been recognized for his research by many organizations, including the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the American Psychiatric Association, and the Brain and Behavior Foundation.

His work has focused on the identification of risk factors for adolescent depression and suicidal behavior, and on the translation of those findings into clinical interventions. He has helped to establish standards of care for the assessment and treatment of depressed and suicidal youth. His current work is focused on understanding the familial transmission of suicidal behavior, the use of brain imaging to gain insight into how suicidal individuals think about death and suicide, the use of adaptive screens and of machine learning of electronic health records to identify suicidal risk, use of passive cell phone data to identify inflections in suicidal ideation and behavior, the prevention of suicidal behavior in youth who have been recently discharged from psychiatric hospital, and on the use of technology to improve the ability of pediatric primary care practitioners to detect, triage, and manage depressed and suicidal youth.

The Child Mind Institute Visiting Professor Lecture Series

The Child Mind Institute Visiting Professor Lecture Series invites leaders in the field of child and adolescent mental health to talk about the latest research and treatment protocols. These lectures are open to the public and are available in-person at the Child Mind Institute, as well as live via webinar. Continuing medical education credits (CME) are offered for medical professionals through our partnership with Northwell Health.