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VKC Clinical Translational Core Training Series Seminar: “Assessing Depression in Vulnerable Populations: A Round Table Discussion”

Date: March 15, 2018

Time: 12:00PM to 1:00PM

Location: Room 241, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, 110 Magnolia Circle, Nashville, TN 37203

Event Flyer: Lee-3.15.18-Core-flier.pdf

The next VKC Clinical Translational Core Training Series Seminar, titled “Assessing Depression in Vulnerable Populations: A Round Table Discussion” will be held Thursday, Mar. 15, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in Room 241 of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, located at 110 Magnolia Circle, Nashville.

Depression is a common human experience. Symptoms include sadness, hopelessness, and irritability; decreased energy; lack of enjoyment in pleasurable activities; feelings of worthlessness; changes in eating and sleeping patterns; attentional difficulties; and increased risk of self-injury or suicide. In typically developing populations, clinicians generally assess depression by interviewing individuals about these features or by having them (or a caregiver) complete questionnaires or rating scales. The diagnostic challenge becomes even greater when individuals have intellectual and developmental disabilities and/or chronic health conditions.

How does one make reliable judgments about depression when individuals have significant cognitive or communication limitations and cannot describe their feelings or provide insight into their own internal states? What assessment methods are used? Please join us for an interactive discussion with researchers and clinicians with expertise in neurodevelopmental disabilities and chronic health conditions, including autism; Down, Rett, Prader Willi, and Williams syndromes; and cancer.

Presenting will be:

  • Evon Batey Lee, Ph.D. (Moderator), Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Psychology, and Psychiatry, Associate Director of the Vanderbilt Consortium LEND, UCEDD Training Director, and VKC Neurobehavioral Phenotypes Coordinator;
  • Elisabeth Dykens, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, and Pediatrics; Co-Director, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities;
  • Sar Peters, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences;
  • Kate Gotham, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences;
  • Michelle Reising, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics.

Lunch will be provided. Please register for accurate catering order.

The VKC welcomes participants with disabilities. Contact kc@vanderbilt.edu for disability access information.

The VKC welcomes persons with disabilities.

Contact kc@vanderbilt.edu or 615-322-8240 for disability access information; 2 weeks advance notice is recommended for some accommodations (e.g., Braille, signing).