The Potential and Limitations of Digital Therapeutics for Improving ADHD Symptoms


The Potential and Limitations of Digital Therapeutics for Improving ADHD Symptoms

Julie Schweitzer, PhD Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of California/Davis School of Medicine

Join us for a Special Guest Lecture featuring the work of Julie Schweitzer, PhD. Dr. Schweitzer will review the use of computerized and video conferencing approaches to address symptoms and cognitive performance in children with ADHD and other neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., autism, fragile X).. 

Dr. Schweitzer is Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Director of the Attention, Impulsivity and Regulation (AIR) Program at the MIND Institute at the UC Davis School of Medicine and Director, UC Davis Schools of Health Mentoring Academy. Her goal is to apply translational research methods using a combination of behavioral and physiological methods (e.g., fMRI) to better characterize and develop targeted treatments for self-control and attentional disorders in children and adults. This includes identifying subtypes of attentional and impulse-related disorders associated with attention-deficit/ hyperactivity (ADHD). In addition, she conducts investigator-initiated clinical trial research using digital, cognitive and behavioral approaches in ADHD and autism. She has a long history of studying reward-related functioning across populations, including, typical development, ADHD, schizophrenia and substance use disorders. 

Dr. Schweitzer is committed to the development of junior faculty and postdoctoral scholars in the implementation of translational research. She is the co-Director of the Mentored Clinical Research Training Program, Associate Director of the CTSC TL1 program and Director of the UC Davis Health Mentoring Academy.

The entirety of this program will be a lecture by the speaker(s). All individuals able to control the content of this educational activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any proprietary entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients. Registration is not required for this event. This event is free and there will be no refunds. The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution

Location. Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC Auditorium

For More Information. Please contact Frances Patrick at or at 412-246-6787.

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

  1. Recognize two or more potential advantages of using digital health approaches or websites in mental health services

  2. Identify current limitations of digital therapeutics for ADHD

  3. Understand how a precision medicine approach can advance treatment for pediatric mental health disorders

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.
The indicated number of clock hours of continuing education is provided through Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC’s Office of Educational Resources and Planning, a PA-approved provider of social work continuing education in accordance with all the applicable educational and professional standards of the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapist.  These clock hours satisfy requirements for LSW/LCSW, LPC and LMFT renewal. For more information, call (412) 204-9085.