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2017 STAR-Center Conference May 5, 2017, 8:00 am - 3:30 pm William Pitt Union (University of Pittsburgh Campus)

2017 STAR-Center Conference

Treatment of Suicidal Youth:  A Glimpse into the Future 


David A. Brent, MD, Director, STAR-Center
Paula McCommons, EdD, Director, STAR-Center Outreach



Fast Forward:  Innovations in the Assessment and Treatment of Suicidal Youth

David A. Brent, MD
Academic Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Endowed Chair in Suicide Studies
Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics & Epidemiology
University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine
Director, STAR-Center (Services for Teens at Risk)
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC

The Role [and Toll] of Educators’ Involvement in Suicide Prevention, Treatment and Postvention

Mary Margaret Kerr, EdD
Professor and Chair, Administrative and Policy Studies
University of Pittsburgh,School of Education



Danella Hafeman, MD, PhD
Christina Kirsch, MS
Sharon Shorak, LSW
Luke C. Henry, PhD
Shirley Lyle, MEd
Maureen Maher-Bridge, LCSW
Kimberly Poling, LCSW
Ana Radovic, MD, MSc
Tina Goldstein, PhD
Dara Sakolsky, MD, PhD
Michael Marshal, PhD
Stephanie D. Stepp, PhD



  • Why Mindfulness Matters. . . and How to introduce it to Teens 
  • Best Practices for Anxious Children and Teens 
  • Concussions and Adolescents:  Understanding Pathology and Development 
  • Avoiding Transition Train Wrecks 
  • Therapeutic Strategies for Managing Non-Suicidal Self-Injury in Teens 
  • Social Media Use in Depressed and Anxious Adolescents:  A Two Way Street 
  • Preparing Youth with Mood and Anxiety Disorders for a Successful Transition to College 
  • Prevention and Treatment of Depression and Suicidality among Gender Minority (Transgender and Nonbinary) Youth:  An Introduction and Review of the Health Services Literature
  • Uniform Protocol for the Assessment and Treatment of Acute Suicide Risk 



At the conclusion of this conference, participants should be able to:


  1. Discuss novel methods of assessment suicidal risk, including computerized adaptive screening, machine learning use of medical records, neurocognitive tasks, speech analysis, and use of passive cell phone data.
  2. Discuss neurobiological approaches to identification of suicidal risk including neuroimaging analyses of how suicidal and non-suicidal individuals differ when thinking about suicide-related words.
  3. Explain novel methods of intervention, including a texting intervention to encourage follow-up and a game to alter the suicidal biases that many suicidal patients have.
  4. Explain an historical perspective on educators’’ involvement in suicide-related work. 
  5. Articulate what research has uncovered about educators’ knowledge, roles, attitudes, and beliefs related to suicidal youth.
  6. Identify preferred approaches for professional development, collaboration, and evaluation in mental health-education partnerships. 




This program is appropriate for clinical and educational personnel.



For additional information, fees and to register online (credit card only), please click here or download the brochure. You can also contact Nancy Mundy at or 412.204.9090.