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Distinguished Scientist Lecture September 22, 2017, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm WPIC Auditorium

Distinguished Scientist Lecture

Computational Psychiatry:  The Missing Link

 Jonathan Cohen, MD, PhD
 Robert Bendheim & Lynn Bendheim Thoman
   Professor in Neuroscience
 Professor of Psychology 
 Co-Director, Princeton Neuroscience Institute
 Princeton University



A graduate of Yale University, Jonathan Cohen earned his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He did his internship and residency in psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Jon earned his Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Carnegie Mellon University in 1990, served on the faculty there and at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Cohen, whose specialty is cognitive neuroscience, joined the psychology faculty at Princeton University in 1998. The Princeton Neuroscience Institute was approved by University trustees in the spring of 2006. Jon and David Tank, the Henry Hillman Professor in Molecular Biology serve as co-directors of the Institute. They view the Institute as a stimulus for teaching and research in neuroscience and related fields, as well as an impetus for collaboration and education in disciplines as wide ranging as economics and philosophy. Research in his laboratory focuses on the neurobiological mechanisms underlying cognitive control, and their disturbance in psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and depression. 

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this lecture, participants should be able to:

  1. Discuss the unmet challenges for developing and applying neuroscience in psychiatry.
  2. Describe how computational approaches can impact/inform this effort.
  3. Summarize the computational basis for the capacity constraints in cognitive control, and how it may affect how we think about disturbances of cognition associated with psychiatric illness.

Continuing Education Credit:  The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded .15 continuing education units (CEUs), which are equal to 1.5 contact hours.  In accordance with Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education requirements on disclosure, information about relationships of presenters with commercial interests (if any) will be included in materials which will be distributed at the time of the conference.  WPIC is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists.  WPIC maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. This program is being offered for 1.5 continuing education credits. 

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