Grand Rounds

All presentations are held in the Hartford Room from 12pm-1:15pm unless otherwise noted. The schedule below will include abstracts, learning objectives, and recommended readings for each presentation when available.

Upcoming Presentations   Past Presentations

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Due to an abundance of caution regarding COVID-19, presentations will be live streamed ONLY - no live attendance is being offered at this time.


This professional education activity supports the Institute's goal of clinical excellence and presents clinically relevant information from a variety of mental health disciplines. Areas of focus include new research and treatments, evidence-based practices, applied psychopharmacology and research on brain structure, and function, and current issues and controversies. In addition, several dates during the year are devoted to The Institute of Living Annual Treatment Update Series.

Grand Rounds is open to the community except on the Thursdays designated as "Case Conferences". These conferences may be held several times throughout the year and will be limited to clinicians employed by The Institute of Living and Hartford Hospital and active and consulting Department of Psychiatry medical staff.

Note: CMEs and Contact Hours will only be available to the Hartford HealthCare (HHC) community and credentialed community providers seeking AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM for an educational activity. This refers to HHC employed staff, HHC contracted staff and providers with HHC privileges. CMEs and Contact Hours are only available to those who participated in the live seminar.

2020-21 Grand Rounds Schedule

 Date Presentation


Topic: Early Experience and Brain Development: A New Science of Neurodevelopmental Optimization
Presented by: Joan Luby, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry (Child) at the Washington University School of Medicine
This presentation will be rescheduled to a later date.
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instructions

April 15, 2021

Topic: Practical tips for Open Notes for Psychiatry and Behavioral Health

Presented by: Frank Fortunati, MD, JD, Vice Chief of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at YNHH, Medical Director of Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital and Assistant Professor in the Yale Department of Psychiatry. 

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Past Presentations

 Date Presentation
April 8, 2021

Topic: Black, Male, and Blue: Unpacking Mechanisms Linking Racism to Depression in Black Adult Males

Presented by: Wizdom Powell, PhD, MPH, Director of the Health Disparities Institute and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Connecticut

April 1, 2021

Topic: Assessing Late Career Practitioners for Cognitive Decline: An Evidence-Based Approach

Presented by: Kevin Young, PhD, Assistant Training Director, Psychology and Manager, Psychological Testing Service at Hartford HealthCare's Institute of Living

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March 25, 2021

Topic: Not Fake News: Gun Violence - A Public Health Emergency in the United States

Presented by: Bela Sood, MD, FAACAP, Senior Professor for Child and Mental Health Policy, Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU. 

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March 18, 2021

Topic: Options for Treating SARS-CoV-2
Presented by: Christopher Steele, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine

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March 11, 2021

Topic: EMDR: A Research Supported Psychotherapy for Trauma

Presented by: Cheryl Kenn, LCSW, and Judy Cabeceiras, LMFT

March 4, 2021

Topic: Patient Safety: A Journey to High Reliability in Healthcare
Presented by: Lori Paine, DrPh, MS, RN, Senior Director, Patient Safety at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality Johns Hopkins Medicine.  Associate Faculty, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Adjunct Faculty, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

(This presentation is only available in Healthstream for HHC employees.)

Feb. 25, 2021

Topic: Minimizing Risk of Persistent Postoperative Opioid Use and Postoperative Pain
Presented by: Traci Speed, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Feb. 18, 2021

Topic: The Well-Gardened Mind: Horticulture, Nature and Mental Health
Presented by: Sue Stuart-Smith, MD, PhD, MA MBBS MRCPsych PhD,  Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist DocHealth Service, Author of "The Well Gardened Mind"

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Feb. 11, 2021

Topic: Secure Attachment: A Portal to Improve Population Health
Presented by: Marilyn Sanders, MD, Attending Neonatologist, Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

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Jan. 21, 2021

Topic: Little Treatments, Big Effects: Building Brief Interventions to Reduce Youth Psychopathology at Scale 
Presented by: Jessica L. Schleider, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Stony Brook University

Jan. 14, 2021 Topic: Suicide and Access to Lethal Means
Presented by: Paul S Nestadt, MD, PhD
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Jan. 7, 2021 Dr. Rocco MarottaTopic: Oxytocin as an augmentation to the treatment of schizophrenia with clozapine: Improvement in negative symptoms and life paths
Presented by: Dr. Rocco Marotta, MD, PhD

Dec. 17, 2020 Topic: Self-Compassion in Clinical Practice
Presented by: Christopher Germer, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Harvard Medical School; Founding faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy as well as the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School
(This presentation is only available in Healthstream for HHC employees.)
Dec. 10, 2020

Topic: Personalizing Psychotherapy: A New Therapy for Each Patient
Presented by: John C Norcross, PhD, Distinguished Professor & Chair of Psychology, University of Scranton
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Dec. 3, 2020

Topic: Unique Molecular Regulation of Prefrontal Cortex Confers Vulnerability to Schizophrenia
Presented by: Amy Arnsten, PhD, Kent Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology, Yale University

Nov. 19, 2020

Topic: Mental Illness and Criminal Behavior: Too Dangerous for Psychiatric Hospitalization
Presented by: Charles C. Dike, MD, MPH, FRCPsych, Law and Psychiatry Division, Yale University
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Nov. 12, 2020

Topic: Creating a Mask Wearing Culture
Presented by: Jennifer Ferrand, PsyD, Director of Wellness, Hartford HealthCare

(This presentation is only available in Healthstream for HHC employees.)

Nov. 5, 2020 Topic: Harm Reduction: Opportunities for Engagement
Presented by: J. Craig Allen, MD, Medical Director, Rushford; Vice President of Addiction Services, BHN; Mark Jenkins, Founder, Executive Director, Greater Hartford Harm Reduction Coalition
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Oct. 29, 2020 Topic: COVID-19: Promoting Children’s Mental Health through a Trauma-Informed Lens
Presented by: Elissa Brown, PhD Director, Child HELP Partnership and Professor, St. John’s University
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Oct. 22, 2020 Topic: The Psychosocial Dimension of Psychopharmacology
Presented by: David Mintz, MD, Director of Psychiatric Education, Austen Riggs Center

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Oct. 15, 2020 Topic: Internet and Screen-Based Addiction: An Emerging Area  
of Behavioral Addiction Medicine
Presented by: David Greenfield, PhD, MS, ABPP, Founder and Clinical Director, Center for Internet & Technology Addiction; Medical Director, Greenfield Recovery Center; Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UConn School of Medicine
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Oct. 8, 2020 Topic: Psychiatry and the Media
Presented by: Lloyd I. Sederer, MD, Adjunct Professor, Columbia University, Mailman School; Director, Columbia Psychiatry Media; Chief Medical Officer & Co-Founder, Session; Chair, Advisory Board, Get Help; Distinguished Psychiatrist Advisor, NYS Office of Mental Health

Oct. 1, 2020

Topic: Modern Practice of ECT Presented by: Joan Prudic, MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York, NY
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Sep. 24 2020

Topic: Psycho-social Factors that Influence Mental Health Treatment Outcomes for Persons of Color
Presented by: C. Jama Adams, PhD, associate professor of psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice - City University of New York
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Sep. 17, 2020

Topic: Metacognition and Psychosis: Emerging Research and Approaches to Individual Pyschotherapy
Presented by: Paul Lysaker, PhD, Clinical Psychologist at the Roudebush VA Medical Center; Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Indiana University School of Medicine.
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Sep. 10, 2020

Christine MontrossTopic: Maddening: The Mental Health Crisis Behind Bars
Presented by: Christine Montross, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University
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Sep. 3, 2020 Dr. Jessica IsomTopic: Learning how to walk then run: becoming antiracist in psychiatry
Presented by: Dr. Jessica Isom, MD, MPH, Clinical Instructor, Yale University Department of Psychiatry; Attending Psychiatrist, Codman Square Health Center in Dorchester, MA; Boston Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry
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Aug. 27, 2020 Topic: Building Resilience in the Time of Rona and Anti-Black Racism
Presented by: Dr. Ayana Jordan, Assistant professor, Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine, addiction psychiatrist, Connecticut Mental Health Center, associate program director for the Yale Department of Psychiatry Residency Program
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Aug. 20, 2020

Topic: Setting the stage: Why racial injustice is a community psychiatry issue for patients, clinicians and health systems
Presented by: Dr. Theddeus Iheanacho, associate professor of psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine, Medical Director, Errera Community Care Center, VA Connecticut Healthcare System
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Aug. 13, 2020 Dr. Ruth ShimTopic: Structural Racism and Mental Health: Challenges and Opportunities
Presented by: Dr. Ruth Shim, Luke & Grace Kim Professor in Cultural Psychiatry, University of California, Davis
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Aug. 6, 2020 Dr. Sarah VinsonTopic: Ghosts in the Office: Structural Racism and Mental Health
Presented by: Dr. Sarah Vinson, associate professor of psychiatry and pediatrics and adjunct faculty at Emory School of Medicine
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Jul. 30
Topic: Racial Projections and Enactments in the Clinical Relationship: A Black Perspective
Presented by: Dr. Steven Hoffler, assistant professor, Social Work Department, Lang House, Southern Connecticut State University
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Jul. 23, 2020 Topic: Schizophrenia and psychosis: a review of the historical framework shaping racial biases in diagnosis and treatment
Presented by: Dr. Aieyat Zalzala, Clinical psychologist, Institute of Living
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Jul. 2, 2020 Dr. Javeed SukheraTopic: Bias in the Mirror: Exploring Implicit Bias in Health Professions
Presented by: Dr. Javeed Sukhera, Associate professor of Psychiatry at Schulich School of Medicine, Western University; chair of London Police Services Board
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