Seminars and Didactics


Required seminars and case conferences:


Biology and Psychology of Aging: Fellows review and discuss theories of aging, successful aging, and aging as an ongoing process of psychological development. Topics include epidemiology of aging, changes in the presentation of physical illness, neurological function, Neuropathology, Neurochemistry, Pharmacokinetics, cognitive function, developmental tasks, personality, and behavioral therapy. For each session, fellows are provided with a reading list and learning objectives for discussion and for additional self-instruction.

Assessment of Pathology in Aging: The seminar considers psychiatry and medical assessment and the relevance and characterization of social and cultural differences, and health services. Topics include a discussion of the presentation and treatment of psychiatric disorders in older adults, structure and function of social networks, social policy, ethical decision-making, methods and instruments of assessing physical function, cognitive impairment, and emotional function are discussed and compared. Techniques of assessment include brain pathology, Neuroimaging, brief and intermediate cognitive examinations, functional assessment, activity monitoring, structured interviews, symptom self-report scales, and observer-based behavioral rating scales.

Introduction to Clinical Research MethodologyThe purpose of this seminar is to introduce the fellow to the basic tools for conducting clinical research relevant to psychiatry. Topics include: research design (randomized controlled designs, etc.) statistics (basic statistics, statistical comparisons), epidemiology (measures of association, basic designs), Neuroimaging, genetics, and decision analysis.