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 (2021-22)   Past Presentations (2021-22) Past Grand Rounds

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Out of 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.

2021-22 Grand Rounds Schedule

 Date Presentation

May 19, 2022

Herbert Y. Meltzer, MDEvent: Annual Burlingame Award Lecture

Topic: From Haloperidol to Clozapine, Atypical Antipsychotic Drugs, Neutraceuticals, and Novel Targets for Treating Schizophrenia – Help is here with more on the way

Presented by: Burlingame Awardee, Herbert Y. Meltzer, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Pharmacology and Physiology and Director of the Translational Neuropharmacology Program at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL.

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May 26, 2022

Grand Rounds canceled.

Past Presentations (2021-22)

 Date Presentation

May 12, 2022

Bernadette MelynkTopic: Building Wellness Cultures and Systems to Improve Population Health Outcomes

Presented by: Bernadette M. Melnyk, PhD, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, VP for Health Promotion, University Chief Wellness Officer, the Helene Fuld Health Trust Professor for Evidence-based Practice and Dean of the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University, Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at OSU’s College of Medicine, and Executive Director of The Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing & Healthcare.

May 5, 2022

Topic: IOL Case conference - for IOL staff only.

April 28, 2022

Jeffrey Strawn, MDTopic: Choosing Wisely: Precison Medicine Approaches for Anxiety Disorders

Presented by: Jeffrey R Strawn, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Cincinnati and at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.


April 21, 2022

Elizabeth StaffordTopic: NAMI’s Role in Providing Information & Support to People Affected by Mental Illness

Presented by: Elizabeth B. Stafford, MPH, NAMI, National’s Director of Research.


April 14, 2022

Paul Nestadt, MDTopic: OPIOIDS and SUICIDE

Presented by: Paul Nestadt, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

April 7, 2022

David TolinTopic: Hoarding: Chasing a New Diagnosis Through Brain, Body, and Behavior

Presented by: David Tolin, Ph.D., Founder and Director of the Anxiety Disorders Center at the Institute of Living, and an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine.


Mar. 31, 2022

Susan OmilianTopic: Embracing Hope, Healing and Empowerment: Helping Victims of Multiple Traumas Reclaim Their Lives from Survivor to Thriver!

Presented by: Susan M. Omilian, J.D., Author, Motivational Speaker and Attorney


Mar. 24, 2022

Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren Topic: Problem Solving Courts and Therapeutic Jurisprudence: The Power of Courts to Heal

Presented by: Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren, Broward County Court Judge, (17th Judicial Circuit, Florida)


Mar. 17, 2022

Glenn TreismanTopic: Interstitial Medicine - The role of psychiatry in the complex interactions between mental disorders and medical conditions

Presented by: Glenn J. Treisman, MD, Eugene Meyer III Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


Mar. 10, 2022

Hedi WaldTopic: Holocaust & Medicine Education for Resilient Professional Identity Formation: A Holocaust Survivor’s Daughter Teaches German Medical Students at Auschwitz

Presented by: Hedy S. Wald, Ph.D., Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Faculty, Harvard Medical School Pediatrics Leadership Program, and Commissioner, Lancet Commission on Medicine and the Holocaust.

Mar. 3, 2022

Christopher LimTopic: Care Management in Behavioral Health Care

Presented by: Christopher T. Lim, MD, 4th-year psychiatry resident at Cambridge Health Alliance and a Clinical Fellow in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School


Feb. 24, 2022

Topic: Is it Over YET? Healing the Healthcare Workforce through a Trauma-Informed Lens

Presented by: Jennifer Ferrand, PsyD ABPP, Director of Hartford HealthCare’s Well-Being Department


Feb. 17, 2022

Boris BirmaherTopic: Controversies about the Diagnosis and Course of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder

Presented by: Dr. Birmaher, Endowed Chair in Early Onset Bipolar Disease and Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine and the Director of the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Spectrum Services


Feb. 10, 2022

Michael NorkoTopic: Faith Communities and the Well-Being of LGBT Youth

Presented by: Michael A. Norko MD, MAR, Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine in the Law and Psychiatry Division; Director of Forensic Services for the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services


Feb. 3, 2022

Gabrielle CarlsonTopic: Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder: Where did it come from? Where is it going? What can we do about it?

Presented by: Gabrielle A. Carlson, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics and Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, State University of New York at Stony Brook


Jan. 27, 2022

Dr. Javeed SukheraTopic: IOL at 200: Reimagining Moral Treatment in a Contemporary Context

Presented by: Javeed Sukhera, MD, Chair of Psychiatry at the Institute of Living and Chief of the Department of Psychiatry at Hartford Hospital


Jan. 20, 2022

David PepperTopic: Emergency Psychiatry Past, Present and Future

Presented by: David Pepper, MD, Director of Emergency Psychiatric Services, Hartford Hospital


Jan. 13, 2022

Patrick SenatusTopic: Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Presented by: Patrick Senatus, MD, PhD, FACS, FAANS, is the medical director of the Deep Brain Stimulation Program at Hartford HealthCare’s Ayer Neuroscience Institute.


Jan. 6, 2022

Lisa Mistler, MDTopic: Healthcare Workplace Safety in New Hampshire

Presented by: Lisa Mistler, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and attending psychiatrist at New Hampshire Hospital under a contract between Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and the State of NH.


Dec. 16, 2021

Topic: Scientific Storm Warnings: What the Movement Toward Process-Based Therapy Portends

Presented by: Steven Hayes, PhD, Nevada Foundation Professor, Behavior Analysis program, Department of Psychology, University of Nevada.


Dec. 9, 2021

Greg Siegle, PhDTopic: Freaking out, shutting down, and leaning in: Neural and clinical adventures at the outskirts of the emotional landscape

Presented by: Greg Siegle, PhD


Dec. 2, 2021

Paul RegoTopic: Understanding Pediatric Gender Identity through Childhood and Adolescence

Presented by: Jack Turban, MD MHS

Nov. 18, 2021

James LockTopic: Using Family-based Treatment for Youth with Eating Disorders

Presented by: James Lock, MD, PhD


Nov. 11, 2021

Asante HaughtonTopic: Rethinking Wellness: Brokering New Mental Healthcare Paradigms

Presented by: Asante Haughton

Read this: Blurring the Blue Line


Nov. 4, 2021

Brianna PollockTopic: The Very Important Patient and Health Care: VIPs, Behavioral Health Equity and Preferential Treatment

Presented by: Brianna Pollock, PhD


Oct. 24, 2021

Topic: Early Experience and Child Development: A New Science of Neurodevelopmental Optimization

Presented by: Joan Luby, MD, PhD, the Samuel and Mae S. Ludwig Professor of Psychiatry (Child) at the Washington University School of Medicine, where she had founded and leads the Early Emotional Development Program


Oct. 21, 2021

Luis R. Sandoval, Ph.D.Topic: Improving Mental Health through Technology: Clinical case studies from the patients’ perspective”

Presented by: Luis R. Sandoval, Ph.D., licensed clinician and research staff in the Public Psychiatry Division at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center / Harvard Medical School


Oct. 14, 2021

Benjamin AndersonTopic: Esketamine Treatment at the IOL

Presented by: Ben Anderson, MD, Center for Interventional Psychiatry / Esketamine Clinic, The Institute of Living


Oct. 7, 2021

Topic: The Recovery Support Specialist: Changing the Landscape of Behavioral Health

Presented by: Karen Kangas, Ed.D; William Dantzler, RSS; Juan Torres, RSS; Tonya Cutler, RSS


Sept. 30, 2021

Topic: Structural Stigma and Coercive Mental Healthcare

Presented by: James Livingston, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada


Sep. 23, 2021

Topic: Psychedelic-assisted Psychotherapy for Major Depressive Disorder: Current Evidence and Key Clinical Considerations

Presented by: Natalie Gukasyan, MD, psychiatrist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


Sep. 16, 2021

Topic: The Interface of Medical and Psychiatric Disorders: Focus on Cancer and Heart Disease

Presented by: Charles Nemeroff, MD, PhD, chair and professor with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School


Sept. 2, 2021

Topic: Mental Health in the Public Domain: Using Technology to Scale Our Impact

Presented by: Matthew Peters, MD, Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


Past Presentations (2020-21)

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