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Special Guest Lecture September 7, 2017, 11:30 am - 12:45 pm WPIC Auditorium

Special Guest Lecture

Overview of Current NIMH Priorities & Funding Opportunities for Clinical Research


 Joel Sherrill, PhD
 Chief, Psychosocial Treatment Research Program
 Associate Director, Trials Quality & Standards
 Division of Services and Intervention Research
 National Institute of Mental Health





Joel Sherrill, PhD is the Deputy Director of the Division of Services and Intervention Research (DSIR) at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).  The core mission of the Division is to foster excellent science aimed at testing and optimizing the effectiveness of interventions (e.g., refining preventive and therapeutic interventions to improve their potency and efficiency, testing prescriptive strategies for matching and sequencing interventions), improving the delivery and quality of evidence-based services, and accelerating the dissemination, implementation, and continuous improvement of new practices in diverse treatment settings.  Dr. Sherrill completed his graduate training in clinical psychology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and completed his clinical internship and postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine / Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.  Prior to joining the NIMH, he pursued research on the long-term course and treatment of early-onset mood disorders at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC. 

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

  1. Identify sources of information about updated NIMH research priorities. 
  2. Discuss the relevance of NIMH’s mechanism-based, Experimental Therapeutics approach for developing, testing, and delivering interventions. 
  3. Discuss details of the NIMH Research Domain Criterion (RDoC) initiative as a framework for understanding and studying psychopathology.

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. 

For more information regarding this lecture, please contact Frances Patrick at