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Meet the PI Lecture February 24, 2017, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Starzl Biomedical Science Tower, Room S100A

The Neurodevelopment of Irritability: A Multi-Modal Perspective 
 Susan B. Perlman, PhD
 Assistant Professor of Psychiatry 
 University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine






Dr. Susan Perlman received her doctorate from Duke University in 2009 in Cognitive Neuroscience and Developmental Psychology.  After completing a Post-Doctoral Scholarship in the Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Perlman joined the faculty in 2011 and founded the Laboratory for Child Brain Development.  Her work focuses on the neurodevelopment of emotion from birth to adulthood in typically and abnormally developing populations with a focus on the preschool period (age 3-6).  She uses multi-modal neuroimaging, combined with behavior and physiological measures, to predict the onset of psychopathology in preschool children.  Recent work focuses on concurrent neural activation within the parent and child as a mechanism for emotion socialization. Dr. Perlman’s work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, NARSAD, and the University of Pittsburgh Clinical and Translational Science Institute with a recent BRAINS Award from the National Institute of Mental Health.  She is the neuroimaging director if the Pittsburgh ECHO Cohort project as well as a member of the training faculty in the Department of Neuroscience.

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

  1. Build an understanding of the key scientific questions and research challenges involved in the preschool period.
  2. Understand the importance of the parent-child relationship in the onset of psychopathology.
  3. Recommend methods and tools for multi-modal neuroimaging.

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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