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The National Network of Depression Centers held its thirteenth annual conference virtually on September 21 & 22, 2021. With six CME eligible sessions, two poster sessions, a pre-conference roundtable on industry grant funding, and an awards ceremony this was another action packed conference!

Keep scrolling to learn more about our keynote session, read poster abstracts, and view details for each session.


Next Generation Strategies to Optimize DBS for Depression: Leveraging Technological Advances towards Precision Care was presented by Dr. Helen Mayberg from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.


NNDC Poster Award Ceremony was presented by the National Network of Depression Centers.
The Gerald L. Klerman Award was presented by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.

A special thank you to our Conference Chair, Dr. Sagar Parikh, and the entire Conference Program Committee for their assistance in planning another innovative NNDC conference!

Pre-Conference Programming: Grant Session 101

Roundtable Discussion of Industry Investigator Initiated Grant Opportunities
Chaired by: Dr. Sagar Parikh

Next Generation Strategies to Optimize DBS for Depression: Leveraging Technological Advances towards Precision Care

Presented by: Helen Mayberg, MD – Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Why Do Youth Interventions Matter for All Patient Care?

Presented by: Christopher Schneck, MD – University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus & Leslie Miller, MD – Johns Hopkins University

Family-Focused Therapy (FFT) for Youth with Bipolar Disorders

Presented by: Aimee Sullivan, PhD – University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for Adolescents with Bipolar Disorder

Presented by: Tina Goldstein, PhD – University of Pittsburgh

Mastering Multi-site Studies

Presented by: Michael Thase, MD – University of Pennsylvania

Esteemed Panelists:
Sandra Weiss PhD, RN, FAAN – University of California San Francisco
Thomas Schulze, MD – Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich
Sarah Hollingsworth “Holly” Lisanby, MD – National Institute of Mental Health

NNDC Day 2 Welcome
NIMH Perspective on Suicide Prevention Research

Presented by: Jane Pearson, PhD & Stephen O’Connor, PhD – National Institute of Mental Health

Dismantling Structural Racism in Psychiatry: The Path To Mental Health Equity

Presented by: Ruth Shim, MD, MPH – University of California, Davis

Esteemed Panelists:
Monica Taylor-Desir, MD, MPH – Mayo Clinic
Heather Flynn, PhD – Florida State University
Andy Pumariega, MD – University of Florida

“Hot Topics” in Psychiatry

3 Brief Talks

Stanford Accelerated Intelligent Neuromodulation Therapy

Nolan Williams, M.D. – Stanford University Medical Center

Lessons Learned: How Can We Turn Smartphones into Brain Fitness Trackers

Alex Leow, MD, PhD – University of Illinois at Chicago

Psilocybin Therapy for Mood Disorders

Frederick Barrett, PhD – Johns Hopkins University

Virtual Poster Session

Thank you to all of our poster presenters for helping to make this an engaging and high-impact program!
After the conference you will be able to click the button below to check out all of the posters presented at the 2021 virtual conference.


Thank you to the following sponsors for supporting the 2021 Virtual NNDC Conference!