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Jennifer Silk, PhD October 12, 2012, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm WPIC Auditorium

Department of Psychiatry Lecture Series
Meet the PI Lecture

The Social Context of Emotion in Adolescent Depression

Jennifer Silk, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
    and Associate Professor of Psychology
University of Pittsburgh


Dr. Silk’s research focuses on the role of emotion regulation in anxiety and depression in adolescents, with a focus on the integration of social and neurobiological influences. This involves an examination of:  1) how youth with or at risk for these disorders process social emotional information (such as peer rejection or parental criticism); 2) how social processes exacerbate or compensate for neurobiological risk for affective disorders and; 3) and how information from developmental social affective neuroscience research can be used to improve current treatments. Dr. Silk is the principal investigator on multiple NIH-funded projects designed to address these questions, and also serves as the Director of the  Developmental Affective Science Collective, a group of collaborating researchers at the University of Pittsburgh conducting research on affective disorders and affective development.  

Learning Objectives. Following the lecture, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe basic ecological momentary assessment methods for measuring real-world social and emotional behaviors in adolescents.
  2. Identify the neural correlates of social acceptance and rejection in adolescents.
  3. Understand how emotional responses to social acceptance and rejection are altered in adolescents with Major Depressive Disorder.

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 Credits TM. 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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