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Special Lecture January 9, 2015, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm WPIC Auditorium

Special Lecture

Do the Means Justify the Ends? The Role of Firearms Availability in Violent Death

  David A. Brent, MD

  Academic Chief, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  Endowed Chair in Suicide Studies
  Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics
  & Epidemiology
  University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 



Dr. Brent is currently Academic Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics & Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and holds an endowed chair in Suicide Studies. He co-founded and now directs Services for Teens at Risk (STAR), a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania-funded program for suicide prevention, education of professionals, and the treatment of at-risk youth and their families.

Dr. Brent is a member of the Institute of Medicine and has been recognized for his research by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and received the Ruane Prize for research in child psychiatry from NARSAD.

His work has focused on the identification of risk factors for adolescent depression and suicidal behavior, and on the translation of those findings into clinical interventions. Along with many other colleagues, Dr. Brent helped to establish the role of cognitive therapy as a treatment for depressed adolescents and developed guidelines for the management of treatment resistant depression. Dr. Brent and colleagues have endeavored to understand possible intermediate phenotypes for suicidal behavior and mechanisms by which suicidal behavior is transmitted from parent to child. 

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

  1. To review the epidemiology of firearms death in the United States.
  2. To understand the relationship between gun availability and suicide, homicide and accidental death.
  3. To examine the impact of legislation on trends in firearms morbidity and mortality.
  4. To review interventions on firearms storage and access and their impact on firearms mortality.
  5. To make recommendations for clinical practice, public policy, and research with regard to the firearms and violent death.

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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