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14th Annual Research Day

The University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychiatry is proud to host its 14th Annual Research Day on Thursday, June 5, 2014 from 8:30am-4:00pm at the University Club on the Oakland Campus.  Please note that all activities this year will take place at the University Club.  

This full-day event showcases the research accomplishments of our Department and has become an important tradition.  The schedule features a morning poster session, light lunch, special keynote address by a distinguished member of our faculty, Speed Data-ing session, and the awards ceremony.  To download a copy of the 14th Annual Department of Psychiatry Research Day program, click here.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS.  The deadline for submitting an abstract for consideration for a poster has passed.  Notifications will be sent to each person that submitted an abstract on May 4, 2014.  

REGISTER NOW TO ATTEND.  Given the increasing number of individuals wanting to participate at and attend Research Day, registration is now required.   The registration process helps us to more effectively plan and coordinate a successful event. Click here to obtain a registration form.  Please complete the form and email it to Courtney Wallace at  The deadline to Register to Attend Research Day is  May 22, 2014.   

NEW THIS YEAR – LUNCHTIME ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS.  As part of this year’s Research Day activities, we are providing the opportunity to participate in one of several Roundtable Discussions during the lunch hour facilitated by Department experts on the following scientific and research career development topics:

ROUNDTABLE #1  What is RDoC? 
(Facilitators:  Mary Phillips, MD, and Paul Pilkonis, PhD)

ROUNDTABLE #2  Integrating Patient Oriented Research into Clinical Practice
(Facilitators:  Amy Herschell, PhD and David Kolko, PhD)

ROUNDTABLE #3  The Science of Addiction 
(Facilitators:  Charles Bradberry, PhD and Tammy Chung, MD)

ROUNDTABLE #4  Research in Individuals with Psychosis 
(Facilitator:  Robert Sweet, MD)

ROUNDTABLE #5  Making the Transition from Assistant to Associate Professor 
(Facilitator:   Karen Matthews, PhD)

ROUNDTABLE #6  Adolescent Brain Development 
(Facilitator:  Beatriz Luna, PhD)

ROUNDTABLE #7  Neurobiological Control of Emotions 
(Facilitator:  Erika Forbes, PhD)

ROUNDTABLE #8  Health Psychology 
(Facilitators:  Rebecca Thurston, PhD and John Ryan, PhD)

In order to be considered for a Roundtable Discussion assignment, you must rank your Roundtable preferences on the Research Day registration form when you complete it and also receive an email confirmation of your roundtable assignment.  Individuals registering for a slot in a Roundtable Discussion will be notified regarding the status of their request no later than June 2nd.    We will do our best to accommodate your request, but please note seating is limited to eight participants at each roundtable.

FOR MORE INFORMATION.  Inquiries regarding this annual event should be directed to Jeanie Knox Houtsinger (Telephone: 412-246-6784; Email: