Psychiatry Grand Rounds 12/8 | Lee Wachtel, MD

Wachtel Grand Rounds

"Electroconvulsive therapy in neurodevelopmental disabilities"

About the Speaker:

Lee Wachtel, MD
Professor of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Medical Director of the Neurobehavioral Unit, Kennedy Krieger Institute

Dr. Wachtel received her undergraduate degree in 1993 in Romance Languages and Literatures from Princeton University, and her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland in 1998. She completed general, and child and adolescent psychiatry training at the University of Maryland psychiatry residency training program in Baltimore. She joined the Kennedy Krieger Institute in 2003, where she serves as Medical Director of the Neurobehavioral Unit, specializing in the care of children, adolescents and young adults with autism and intellectual disability who present with concomitant severe psychiatric and behavioral disturbance.
Dr. Wachtel is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Her clinical and research interests focus on pediatric catatonia, particularly in autism spectrum disorders, with emphasis on repetitive self-injurious behaviors and optimal catatonia treatment paradigms including electroconvulsive therapy. Dr. Wachtel is the author of more than three dozen scientific manuscripts and textbook chapters, and has lectured extensively throughout the United States and abroad.


The activity is designed to help the learner: 

1.    Describe the historical usage of ECT in children and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NDDs)
2.    Discuss treatment of catatonia in NDDs with ECT
3.    Identify challenges to ECT usage in NDDs

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This talk is sponsored by the Barbara Gay Lecture Fund
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences 
This educational activity received no commercial support.