Keynote & Jerilyn Ross Lecture

Keynote: What Has Deep Brain Stimulation Taught Us About the Neurocircuitry of Depression? 

Thursday, April 9

5:15–6:30 pm

Helen Mayberg, MD, KeynoteHelen Mayberg, MD

Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Radiology
Dorothy C. Fuqua Chair, Psychiatric Neuroimaging and Therapeutics
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia

Helen Mayberg leads a multidisciplinary research program that studies brain mechanisms mediating depression pathogenesis and antidepressant treatment response using neuroimaging. She pioneered the development of deep brain stimulation for treatment-resistant depression. Her current projects emphasize development of novel imaging biomarkers that predict treatment response and optimal treatment selection for individual depressed patients at all stages of illness.

In recognition of her high-impact research, Dr. Mayberg is one of Emory University’s Game Changers. Her work has been heralded as one of the first hypothesis-driven treatment strategies for a major mental illness.

Dr. Mayberg is a board-certified neurologist, trained at the Neurological Institute of New York at Columbia University Medical Center and a postdoctoral fellowship in nuclear medicine at The Johns Hopkins medical institutions. She received an MD from the University of Southern California and a BA in psychobiology from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Plenary Lecture: The Intersection of Depression, Anxiety, and Addiction   

Friday, April 10

8:30–9:00 am

George Koob, PhD

George F. Koob, PhD

Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

As Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), Dr. George F. Koob oversees a wide range of alcohol-related research, including genetics, neuroscience, epidemiology, prevention, and treatment. As an authority on alcoholism, drug addiction, and stress, he has contributed to our understanding of the neurocircuitry associated with the acute reinforcing effects of alcohol and drugs of abuse and the neuroadaptations of the reward and stress circuits associated with the transition to dependence.

Among his publications are the books Neurobiology of Addiction and the textbook Drugs, Addiction and the Brain, as well as more than 650 peer-reviewed papers.

Dr. Koob received his PhD in behavioral physiology from Johns Hopkins University in 1972 and spent much of his early career at the Scripps Research Institute as the Director of the Alcohol Research Center and as Professor and Chair of the Scripps’ Committee on the Neurobiology of Addictive Disorders. He has also served as a researcher in the Department of Neurophysiology at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and the Arthur Vining Davis Center for Behavioral Neurobiology at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

Jerilyn Ross Lecture: Should We Be Treating Neuroticism Instead of Anxiety and Depression?

Saturday, April 11

8:00–9:30 am

David BarlowDavid Barlow, PhD

Founder and Director Emeritus, Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders
Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry
Boston University

David Barlow’s clinical research at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University focuses on understanding the nature of anxiety and depression and developing new treatments for emotional disorders. He has published more than 575 articles and chapters and more than 75 books, mostly in the area of the nature and treatment of emotional disorders. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Scientific Award for Applications of Psychology from the American Psychological Association and numerous other awards.

Dr. Barlow is Past-President of the Division of Clinical Psychology of the American Psychological Association and Past-President of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, and he was Chair of the American Psychological Association Task Force on Psychological Intervention Guidelines, as well as a member of the DSM-IV Task Force of the American Psychiatric Association.

He received his PhD from the University of Vermont. Previously he was a professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and Brown University, where he founded clinical psychology internships. He was also Distinguished Professor at the University at Albany, State University of New York, and Director of the Phobia and Anxiety Disorders Clinic at the University at Albany, SUNY. He joined Boston University in 1996.