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Meet the PI Lecture September 29, 2017, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm WPIC Auditorium

Meet the PI Lecture

Timing is Everything: Substance Use in Developmental Context

 Natacha De Genna, PhD
 Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Epidemiology
 University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine





Dr. De Genna ireceived her PhD in developmental psychology from Concordia University in Montreal, and completed her postdoctoral training in epidemiology at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. She has served as the Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on several research projects funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA). Dr. De Genna is interested in substance use and reproductive health in vulnerable populations, investigating links between race, substance use, mental health, and reproductive health. Her work emphasizes the importance of considering substance use in the context of life transitions such as puberty, parenthood, and menopause. Many of her research questions are inter-generational, using data collected across several decades to demonstrate the continued importance of maternal health and very early experiences (including gestational exposures) for adolescent substance use and risky behavior. Dr. De Genna teaches in the Graduate School of Public Health and is a faculty member for the federally funded Developmental Alcohol Research Training (DART) Program.  

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

  1. Understand the importance of developmental timing for substance use.
  2. Describe patterns of substance use observed in younger and older mothers.
  3. Discuss the implications of maternal substance use on behavior in offspring.

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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