Schizophrenia-36th Annual Pittsburgh Schizophrenia Conference


 UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital

         Comprehensive Recovery Services
Office of Educational Resources and Planning

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences

Community Care Behavioral Health Organization


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“36th Annual Pittsburgh Schizophrenia Conference”


November 15, 2019

Sheraton Station Square

Pittsburgh, PA


7:30 am – Registration

8:30 AM to 4:45 PM - Conference


Course Director:

KN Roy Chengappa, MD


Recovery and Wellness: The Journey Starts Here

A Joint Effort Sponsored by Community Care Behavioral Health and UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital


“36th Annual Pittsburgh Schizophrenia Conference”

Sheraton Station Square

300 W. Station Square Dr.

Pittsburgh, PA 15219


November 15, 2019


The Pittsburgh Schizophrenia Conference is an annual meeting at which the advances in schizophrenia research are reviewed by experts in the field. This year’s meeting will cover early identification and management of first episode psychoses based on knowledge obtained and disseminated from a NIMH funded trial.  Attendees will learn and review immune-inflammatory mechanisms that play a role in subgroups of persons with schizophrenia, especially gluten sensitivity and ongoing work to remediate this sensitivity.  Participants will hear about transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and its potential use in schizophrenia.  From a case example, attendees will learn about clarifying diagnosis and optimizing medications in persons with mental illness in a residential facility.  Finally, attendees will hear from people with serious mental illness who will share their stories of working as Peer Specialists and of using music to help support their recovery.

Who Should Attend

The conference is designed to disseminate the latest clinical and research findings to a wide audience: psychiatrists and other mental health clinicians, including nurses, social workers, psychologists, service coordinators, researchers, patients and their relatives, mental health policy administrators and others who intend to keep current regarding treatment research in schizophrenia.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of the program, participants should be able to:

  1. Recognize the essential elements of coordinated specialty care early in the course of schizophrenia.
  2.  Recognize the concept of the duration of untreated psychoses and steps taken to reduce the duration.
  3.  Discuss ongoing research to characterize a subgroup of schizophrenia patients with immune response and inflammation to gluten.
  4.  Identify potential pathophysiologic mechanisms related to an immune response to gluten.
  5.  Explain ongoing work for personalizing treatment in this subgroup of schizophrenia with potential gluten sensitivity.
  6.  Recognize the basic mechanisms of non-invasive brain activity modulation with TMS.
  7.  Review the safety profile of TMS treatments.
  8.  Review studies investigating the use of TMS in patients with schizophrenia and psychotic disorders.
  9.  Discuss if a step down longer stay residential placement provides value for clarifying the diagnosis and revisit the treatment approach to persons with serious mental illness.

    Gerard E. Hogarty Excellence in Schizophrenia Research Memorial Award Winner


John M. Kane, MD

Senior Vice President for Behavioral Health Services

Northwell Health, New Hyde Park, NY

Professor and Chairman

Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

The Zucker Hillside Hospital, Glen Oaks, NY


John M. Kane, MD, is Senior Vice President for Behavioral Health Services at Northwell Health in New Hyde Park, New York. He is Professor and Chairman of Psychiatry at The Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. He also serves as Chairman of Psychiatry at The Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, New York. Dr. Kane received a BA from Cornell University and earned his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Psychiatry at The Zucker Hillside Hospital. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Dr. Kane is the recipient of many awards, including: the Lieber Prize; The APA’s Kempf Award, the Gralnick Award and Foundations Prize; the New York State Office of Mental Health Lifetime Achievement Award; and The Dean Award from the American College of Psychiatrists. He has served as President of the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology, the Psychiatric Research Society and the Schizophrenia International Research Society. Dr. Kane has been the principal investigator for research projects focusing on schizophrenia psychobiology, treatment and recovery, as well as improving the quality and cost of care. He is the author of 600 peer-reviewed papers and serves on the editorial boards of numerous journals.

Gerard E. Hogarty Excellence in Schizophrenia Research Memorial Lecture:

“Lessons Learned From RAISE-ETP: Where Do We Go from Here?”


The early identification and management of first episode psychosis remains an enormous challenge, yet its success can play a pivotal role in subsequent outcome. The NIMH-funded RAISE-ETP program demonstrated a number of advantages for coordinated specialty care (CSC) in comparison to usual community care. Specifically, participants receiving coordinated specialty care did better on quality of life, symptoms, retention in treatment and return to work or school. At the same time, the median duration of untreated psychosis (DUP) in this sample from 21 different states across the U.S. was 74 weeks, with 68% of participants having a DUP of greater than six months. Longer DUP was associated with less benefit from CSC.

This presentation will review some of the factors contributing to DUP and some approaches to potentially reducing it-involving social media and the Internet. In addition, despite CSC, 34% of these first episode patients were hospitalized within the next two years in comparison to 37% in the control condition. Not surprisingly, attitudes towards medication-taking was one of the predictors of hospitalization. This presentation will also discuss the adherence challenge and recent efforts to increase the utilization of long-acting formulations of antipsychotic medications. Much of this work links directly back to the enormous contributions of Gerard Hogarty.

By the completion of this session, participants should be able to: 

  1. Recognize the basics of coordinated specialty care in early phase schizophrenia
  2. Discuss recent findings from controlled trials of coordinated specialty care
  3. Discuss the impact of the duration of untreated psychosis and describe different steps being taken to reduce it

Course Director

K.N. Roy Chengappa, MD
Professor of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Chief, Comprehensive Recovery Services 
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
Pittsburgh, PA


Gerard E. Hogarty Excellence in Schizophrenia Research Memorial Award Winner

John M. Kane, MD
Senior Vice President for Behavioral Health Services
Northwell Health
New Hyde Park, NY 
Professor and Chairman
Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
The Zucker Hillside Hospital
Glen Oaks, NY


Steven D. Forman MD, PhD
Staff Physician & Research Investigator
Program Chief, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Clinic
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA

 Bernice Hayes, CPS
Senior Peer Specialist
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
Pittsburgh, PA

Deanna L. Kelly, PharmD., BCPP
Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Treatment Research Program (TRP)
Maryland Psychiatric Research Center (MPRC)
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Shaun M. Eack, PhD
David E. Epperson Professor of Social Work
Professor of Psychiatry School of Social Work and Department of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
Pittsburgh, PA

 Susan Hogarty, RN, MSN
Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
Research Program Administrator
ASCEND Program
Comprehensive Recovery Services
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
Pittsburgh, PA

Stacy Martin, LSW
Behavioral Health Counselor
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
Pittsburgh, PA

Vernon Ian Nathaniel, MD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Medical Director and Attending Psychiatrist
Community Treatment Team-Transitional Age
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
Pittsburgh, PA

Susan Brown Padilla, CPS
Senior Peer Specialist
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
Pittsburgh, PA

Susan Wolfe, MA, LPC
Program Director Community Treatment Team (CTT)
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
Pittsburgh, PA

Panel Moderator

Flavio Chamis
Composer, Conductor, Educator, Music Consultant and Producer


All individuals in a position to control the content of this education activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients.

The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.

For additional information regarding presenters and/or presentations, please contact Doreen Barkowitz at [email protected] 



7:30 am                   Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 am                   Introduction and Background
K.N. Roy Chengappa, MD

8:45-9:00 am          The Gerard E. Hogarty Excellence in Schizophrenia Research Memorial Award

                                Review of Dr. Kane’s work
n M. Eack, PhD

                                Presentation of plaque to Dr. Kane
Susan Hogarty, RN, MSN

9:00-10:15 am        Gerard E. Hogarty Excellence in Schizophrenia Research Memorial Lecture Lessons Learned from RAISE-ETP: Where Do We Go From Here?
John M. Kane, MD

                                9:00 to 10:00     Presentation
                               10:00 to 10:15    Q&A session

10:15-10:30 am      Break

10:30-11:45 am      Gluten and Schizophrenia: New Target and Precision Medicine? 
                                Deanna L. Kelly, Pharm.D., BCPP

                                10:30-11:30       Presentation
                                11:30-11:45       Q&A session

11:45 am-1:00 pm   Lunch (on own)

1:00-2:15 pm          Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) in Schizophrenia and Psychosis – 2019 Update
Steven D. Forman MD, PhD

                                 1:00-2:00            Presentation
2:00-2:15            Q&A session

2:15 – 3:30 pm        Deprescription and Optimization of Medications 
                                 Vernon Nathaniel, MD;
Susan Wolfe, MA, LPC
                                 Stacy Martin, LSW

                                  2:15-3:15         Presentation
3:15-3:25         Q&A session

3:30 - 3:40 pm         Break

3:40 – 4:40 pm        Peer Specialists: Sharing and Working
                                 Susan Brown Padilla, CPS;
                                 Bernice Hayes, CPS

                                 3:35-4:10        Presentation
                                 4:10-4:35        Music and Recovery 
                                  Flavio Chamis and musicians                                              

4:40-4:50                 Closing Remarks and Adjournment 
K.N. Roy Chengappa, MD

Continuing Education Credit


In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.  

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity. 



UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program is being offered for 6.25 continuing education credits.


Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors/Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professionals (CADC/CCDP):
The Office of Education and Regional Programming, UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital is certified by the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) to provide Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) and Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional (CCDP) continuing education credits. This program is being offered for 6.25 continuing education credit.


UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5059. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital is solely responsible for all aspects of this program. This program is being offered for 6.25 continuing education hours.


 Licensed/Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists: LSW/LCSW/LPC/LMFT
This program is offered for 6.0 hours of social work continuing education through co-sponsorship of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work, a Council on Social Work Education-accredited school and, therefore, a PA pre-approved provider of social work continuing education. These credit hours satisfy requirements for LSW/LCSW, LPC and LMFT biennial license renewal. For information on social work continuing education call (412) 624-3711.

Other Healthcare Professionals

Nurses and other health care professionals are awarded .625 Continuing Education Units (CEU's). One CEU is equal to 10 contact hours. Nurses: For attending this program you will receive a Certificate of Attendance confirming 6.25 units of continuing education. These units may be considered eligible for completing the 30 hours of continuing education required for biannual nursing re-licensure in Pennsylvania. Peer Specialists: This program fulfills requirements for Certified Peer Specialist continuing education.


We request that all participants complete the online survey. Everyone must sign out at the end of the program. CEU and CADC Certificates will be available once the program has ended. All other certificates will be sent via e-mail to participants once they’ve completed the online survey.   Please keep your certificate in a safe place 
once you receive it. 

Replacement certificates cost $30

Registration Information

Registration with credit card payments are made at:  


Fee Schedule (Online Promo Codes must be utilized to adjust the fee to the appropriate amount)

                                                                                                                                                                   Before 11/1/19    After 11/1/19


Non-UPMC Physicians                     $110                  $130


UPMC Physicians      
Non-UPMC Professionals                 $90                    $110

Online Reg.-Use Promo Code: schizo2019.upmcdocs


UPMC, PA VA Employees,
PA State Hospital, 
Allegheny County and                        $70                    $90
Community Mental Health 
Center Staff (please use work e-mail)  
Online Reg.-Use Promo Code: schizo2019.allied


Comprehensive Recovery Services   $45                     $45
Physicians and Staff 
(With continuing education credits) 
Online Reg.-Use Promo Code:


Comprehensive Recovery Services Staff
Psychiatry Residents, Medical Students, 
Family Members 
(No continuing education credits)        $30                    $30
Online Reg.-Use Promo Code:

(No continuing education credits)      no charge        no charge
Online Reg.-Use Promo Code: schizo2019.patient


If you are attending at a rate that doesn't include continuing education (CE) credits and would like to receive the credits, you'll be able to apply and pay $30 for this at the conference. 

Tuition includes:

  • All registration and conference materials
  • Refreshments
  • Continuing education credits except at the student, resident, family member and consumer rate.

Instructions for registering online:

  1. Go to: 

  2. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on ‘Register Now’ 

  3. If the name of the conference you want appears under ‘Shopping Cart’, click on ‘Checkout’ (think of this as ‘continue’).

  4. Register as a new registrant or sign in if you already have an account (username is your e-mail).

  5. When the name of your conference or class appears, click on ‘Checkout’ (again, think of this as ‘continue’)

  6. Continuing Education Credit Use dropdown list for credential or choose Not Applicable (you must complete this). Click on ‘continue’.

  7.  Enter your promotional code if applicable (please see above). Please don’t forget to click on ‘Apply to Total’!

  8. Add credit card information if applicable and click on ‘Process Payment’.

  9. Complete Transaction and print your receipt.

Please direct general questions and requests to pay via a Journal Transfer to Nancy Mundy at [email protected] or 412.204.9090. Full tuition must accompany registration. A $25 administrative fee will be deducted from all refunds for cancellations. No refunds can be issued once the program has begun. Please register by November 1, 2019 to take advantage of the lowest tuition rate.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Sheraton Station Square where the conference will be held. The room rate is $189, plus tax and fees, for a single or a double room. When calling for reservations, please identify yourself as being with the "36th Annual Pittsburgh Schizophrenia Conference" to benefit from these reduced rates. Room availability cannot be guaranteed after October 14, 2019. Telephone: 412.261.2000

Please make credit card payments at our online registration site:


For checks or department journal transfers, please contact Nancy Mundy at [email protected] or see the info below:

Attn: Nancy Mundy


3811 O'Hara Street

Champion Commons Building, Room 322 Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Fax: 412-204-9110

Telephone: 412-204-9090

E-MAIL: [email protected]





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