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Meet the PI Lecture October 25, 2013, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm WPIC Auditorium

Progressive Pathology and Symptoms in First Episode Psychosis

 Dean Salisbury, PhD

  Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry
  University of Pittsburgh




Dean Salisbury, PhD is the Director of the Clinical Neurophysiology Research Laboratory.  He earned his doctorate degree in Biological Psychology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and completed a clinical research training fellowship focusing in Neuropsychiatry at the Harvard Medical School.  Prior to his appointment to the University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychiatry faculty, Dr. Salisbury held academic appointments at University of Massachusetts and Harvard Medical School where he studied the neurophysiology of psychosis.

Dr. Salisbury’s research interests focus on cognitive neuroscience and clinical cognitive neuroscience, particularly cognitive abnormalities in schizophrenia. His studies examine the interplay between semantic memory neural networks subserving concept storage and verbal working memory systems that allow adaptive and flexible human behavior in the face of unique current situations. His ongoing research also examines basic auditory sensory processing and memory functioning (e.g. N1, MMN, P3) to determine where abnormalities occur in patients relative to controls, and MRI measures determine whether the neural substrates of these brain processes are also affected in the diseases, utilizing longitudinal assessments of first episode patients. Dr. Salisbury is also collaborating on projects that investigate response and motoric influences on P3 topography, and genetic influences on auditory ERPs, schizophrenia pathophysiology and human electrophysiology.  The goal of his laboratory’s work is to increase our understanding of the neurophysiology of psychosis. 

In addition to publishing over 70 articles in peer-reviewed journals as the lead author or co-author, Dr. Salisbury has presented his findings and shared his expertise through his participation at numerous scientific conferences and meetings.  He also serves on the editorial board for several journals including Psychophysiology, Psychiatry Research and Neuropsychobiology.

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

  1. Describe event-related potential procedures.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of auditory neurophysiology.
  3. Understand the progressive course of gray matter volume reduction peri-psychosis onset.
  4. Identify relationships between brain structure, brain function, and symptoms.

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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