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AACAP 2023 Showcases Cincinnati Children’s Expertise in Pediatric Mental Health Care, Research and Education

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Several mental health experts from Cincinnati Children’s will be taking a bite out of “The Big Apple” this week and sharing their knowledge at this year’s American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Meeting — recognized as the largest gathering of child and adolescent psychiatrists in the world.   

Each year, AACAP’s annual meeting attracts more than 4,400 child, adolescent and adult psychiatrists, pediatricians, behavioral health practitioners, juvenile justice professionals, nurses, psychologists, researchers, social workers, and other professionals who work with children and adolescents. 

This conference comes on the heels of the formation of Cincinnati Children’s new Mental and Behavioral Health Institute (MBHI), which realigns all current and new initiatives, projects and collaborations addressing mental, behavioral and developmental health at Cincinnati Children’s in this new institute with all three of its related divisions—Child Psychiatry, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, and Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. To support its creation, Cincinnati Children’s received a transformational $15 million gift from The James J. and Joan A. Gardner Family Foundation to help accelerate and scale up its existing clinical, research, education and advocacy work. 

For those attending AACAP 2023, here’s a preview of what you can expect and when to catch Cincinnati Children’s team members presenting their work. 

Monday, Oct. 23 

2:30 – 4:30 pm: Brian Perry Kurtz, MD, Clinical Perspectives 6: Building Bridges: Collaborative Curriculum Development in Pediatric Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry 

Tuesday, Oct. 24 

8 – 10:30 am: Katherine Soe, MD, and Brian Perry Kurtz, MD, Resident as Teacher: Conflict Management and Resolution from the Micro to Macro Level 

3 – 4 pm: Katherine Soe, MD: AACAP Alliance for Learning and Innovation (AALI) 

3 – 5 pm: Alexandra Marcovicci, MD, Paving the Pathway: Supporting Child and Adolescent Psychiatry–Oriented Applicants in the Residency Match 

Wednesday, Oct. 25 

8 – 10:30 am: Katherine Soe, MD: AACAP Alliance for Learning and Innovation (AALI) Idea Forum 2023 

8:30 – 10 am:

  • Jeffrey Strawn, MD, Other Programs 5: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Reintroduction to Maintain Clinical Benefit for Adolescents with Treatment-Resistant Depression 
  • Melissa DeBello, MD, MS, Other Programs 6: Efficacy and Safety of Intranasal Esketamine for the Rapid Reduction of Depressive Symptoms in Adolescents with MDD at Imminent Risk for Suicide: Results of a Double-Blind, Randomized, Psychoactive Controlled Study 

11 am – 1 pm: Brian Perry Kurtz, MD: Training and Education Committee 

11:15 am – 1:15 pm:

  • Alexander Keith Osborn, MS; Andrew Cifuentes; Jennifer Combs, LISW-S; Michael Sorter, MD; Drew Barzman, MD, New Research Poster 1.2: Forecasting Best Performance with Incomplete Resources: Automated Risk Assessment of School Violence 
  • Jeffrey Strawn, MD, New Research Poster 1.9: Antidepressant and Placebo Response in Anxiety Disorders: A Bayesian Hierarchical MetaAnalytic Examination of Randomized Controlled Trials in Children, Adolescents, and Adults 

11:45 am – 1:15 pm: Jeffrey Strawn, MD, Psychotherapy Committee 1 

3:30 – 5:30 pm:

  • Melissa DelBello, MD, MS, Clinical Perspectives 37.3: Second-Generation Antipsychotic Adverse Effect Management 
  • Jeffrey Strawn, MD, New Research Poster 2.53: CYP2D6 Metabolizer Phenotype Predicts Aripiprazole Pharmacokinetics in Children and Adolescents 
  • Jennifer Combs, LISW-S; Melissa DeBello, MD, MS; Michael Sorter, MD; Drew Barzman, MD, New Research Poster 2.73: Developing Safety Alerts for Suicidal Studies: Exploring the Impact on Study Outcomes 
  • Jonathan Miller, MD, New Research Poster 2.75: An Evaluation for Disparities in Program Material Accepted for the AACAP 2023 Annual Conference 
  • Ernest Pedapati, MD, MS, and Craig Erickson, MD, General Session 5: James C. Harris, MD, Developmental Neuropsychiatry Forum 
Thursday, Oct. 26 

8 – 10 am: Jeffrey Strawn, MD, Clinical Perspectives 48: Developing Consensus: A Look at the Up-to-Date Research, Guidelines, and Principles for the Integration of Pharmacogenetics (PGx) in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Care 

9 – 11 am:

  • Katherine Soe, MD, Symposium 27: Pediatric Catatonia: Recent Updates, Trends, and Treatment Strategies 
  • Kelli Dominick, MD, PhD; Katherine Zappia, MD, PhD; Amelle Shillington, DO; Cara Fosdick, MD; Martine Lamy, MD, PhD; Craig Erickson, MD, Symposium 27.4: Catatonia in Neurodevelopmental Disorders and the Creation of a Neurobehavioral Catatonia Specialty Clinic
  • Brian Perry Kurtz, MD, Member Services Forum 7: Managing Microaggression in Clinical Settings 

10:30am – 12:30 pm: 

  • Melissa DeBello, MD, MS, New Research Poster 3.3: Association Between Symptom Severity and Medication Adherence in Adolescents and Young Adults with Bipolar Disorder Demonstrating Suboptimal Adherence 
  • Cassandra Nicotra, DO; Samuel Vaughn, MD, PhD: New Research Poster 3.20: Catatonia: Characteristics and Challenges in Youth With Significant Medical Comorbidities 
  • Alexander Keith Osborn, MS, New Research Poster 3.65: Effectiveness of the Adapt for Life, Suicide Prevention and Depression Awareness Program 

11 am – 1:30 pm: Brian Perry Kurtz, MD, Reading Between the Lines: AACAP Book Club Presents Wonder   

Friday, Oct. 27 

10:30 am – noon:

  • Jeffrey Strawn, MD, Psychotherapy Committee 2 
  • Christelle Tan, MD; Emily Harris, MD, MPH, New Research Poster 5.82: Trauma Symptoms and Developmental Delay Among Preschool Children Enrolled in the Therapeutic Interagency Program 

11 am – 1 pm: Melissa DelBello, MD, MS; Brian Perry Kurtz, MD; Michael Sorter, MD, Symposium 40: Metformin for Overweight and Obese Children with Bipolar Spectrum Disorders Treated with Second-Generation Antipsychotics (MOBILITY): Initial Findings and Lessons Learned From a Large Pragmatic Trial  

11:30 am – 2 pm: Brian Perry Kurtz, MD, Training and Education Lunch  

1 – 3 pm: Ernest Pedapati, MD, MS, Institute 7.2: From Genes to Diagnosis: A Patient-Centered Approach to Medical Genetic Testing 

1:30 – 3:30 pm: 

  • Tanya Froehlich, MD, Symposium 41.4: Recommendations for Treating ADHD in the Setting of Coexisting Irritability and Disruptive Behaviors: The Known and Unknown Regarding Differences by Age Group  
  • Melissa DelBello, MD, MS, Symposium 42.3: Social Cognition in Youth with Mood Disorders 

3:30 – 5:30 pm: Jeffrey Strawn, MD, Institute 8.4: Navigating the Complexities of Psychopharmacologic Treatment of Pediatric Anxiety Disorders: A Closer Look at Response and Tolerability Differences 

Saturday, Oct. 28 

11 am – 1 pm: Jonathan Miller, MD; Ashley Marie Berry, MD; Drew Barzman, MD; Jennifer Combs, LISW-S; Alexander Keith Osborn, MS; Holly Bryan, BA; Roddale Smith, APRN, New Research Poster 6.89: Identification of Potential Risk Factors for Suicidality Among Black and White Youth Aged 10 to 17 in a Partial Hospitalization Setting 

1 – 3 pm:

  • Ernest Pedapati, MD, MS, Symposium 53.2: Improvement in Depression and Fluid Cognition Following Accelerated Theta Burst Stimulation for Treatment-Resistant MDD in ASD 
  • Melissa DelBello, MD, MS, Institute 9.4: Using Neuroimaging to Characterize illness Onset and Course in Youth with and At Risk for Bipolar Disorder 

Cincinnati Children’s Team Exhibit Schedule 

Stop by exhibit booth #430 to talk with experts about exemplary outcomes and groundbreaking research taking place at Cincinnati Children’s. 

Martine Lamy, MD, PhD, Associate Chief of Staff for Mental Health; Medical Director, Neurobehavioral Psychiatry Continuum of Care  
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 11 am – noon
Thursday, Oct. 26, 10 – 11 am 

Ashley Marie Berry, MD, Associate Program Director, Triple Board Residency Program; Medical Director, Partial Hospitalization Program
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 11 am – noon 

Melissa DelBello, MD, MS, Endowed Chair and Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine; Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Wednesday, Oct. 25, noon – 1 pm 

Ernest Pedapati, MD, MS, FAAP, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Wednesday, Oct. 25, noon – 1 pm 

Suzanne Sampang, MD, Senior Medical Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 1 – 2 pm and 4 – 5:30 pm
Thursday, Oct. 26, 2 – 4 pm 

Craig Erickson, MD, Senior Director of Research, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 1- 2 pm 

Brian Kurtz, MD, Program Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2 – 3 pm 

Kelli Dominick, MD, PhD, Program Director, Triple Board Residency Program; Director of Research Education, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2 – 3 pm 

Almeria Decker, MD, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Thursday, Oct. 26, 10 am – noon 

Katherine Soe, MD, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Division of Hospital Medicine
Thursday, Oct. 26, noon – 1 pm 

Jeffrey Strawn, MD, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Thursday, Oct. 26, 2 – 3 pm 

Tanya Froehlich, MD, MS, FAAP, Director, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics; Associate Director, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship
Friday, Oct. 27, 10 – 11 am 

Sam Vaughn, MD, PhD, Medical Director of Consult-Liaison and Emergency Psychiatry
Friday, Oct. 27, 10 am – 12:30 pm