Toronto to Host American Psychiatric Association (APA) Meeting, 2015; Dr. Maria A. Oquendo Begins Term as First Latina President-elect of the APA

May 8, 2015

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) annual meeting will take place in Toronto, May 16 -20, 2015. Maria A. Oquendo, MD, residency training director at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, vice chair for education at Columbia University Department of Psychiatry and an expert in the treatment and neurobiology of mood disorders, suicide and global mental health, will be inducted as president-elect. Dr. Oquendo is the second faculty member of the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia to be elected in the last three terms and the first Latina to hold the position; her term as president will begin at the May 2016 APA meeting.

Jeffrey A. Lieberman, MD, former president of the APA, will participate in the proceedings with a new title as author of the widely reviewed Shrinks: the Untold Story of Psychiatry. The book will be among a number of Columbia and Weill Cornell faculty books on display in the NewYork-Presbyterian Booth, #1601. Dr. Lieberman will hold a book signing in Booth #1601 on Monday, May 18 from 3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., following his presentation, “The Notorious Past & Bright Future of Psychiatry,” (details below).

Below is a selection of the informative and fascinating presentations to be given by researchers and physicians from these three institutions. In Toronto, please visit booth #1601 for a complete list of presentations, or click here.

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Marijuana in 2015: State of the Policy and Treatment

Speaker: Frances Levin, MD

Session Date & Time: Saturday, May 16, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Room 718 A, Level 700, South Building


Optimizing Treatment of Complicated Grief: Results of a Multicenter Clinical Trial

Speaker: Katherine Shear, MD

Session Date & Time: Sunday, May 17, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Room 201 A-F, Level 200, North Building


Variables in How Suicide Impacts Treating Professionals: Level of Training, Type of Suicide, Notoriety of the Victim, and Threat of Malpractice Suit

Speaker: Philip Muskin

Session Date & Time: Sunday, May 17, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Room 104 A-B, Level 100, North Building


Advances in Psychodynamic Psychiatry

Speakers: Elizabeth Auchincloss, MD, Eve Caligor, MD, Karen Gilmore, MD and Otto Kernberg, MD

Session Date & Time: Sunday, May 17, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Rooms 206 A-F, Level 200, North Building


Anti-LGBT Discrimination Abroad and Asylum-Seeking at Home: The Psychiatrist’s Role

Speaker: Joanne Ahola, MD, PC

Session Date & Time: Sunday, May 17, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Room: InterContinental Toronto Centre, Lower Level; Niagara/Ontario Rooms


The Notorious Past & Bright Future of Psychiatry

Speaker: Jeffrey Lieberman, MD

Session Date & Time: Monday, May 18, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Room 106, Level 100, North Building


Trauma and Resilience in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Populations

Speakers: Laura Erickson-Schroth, MD and Joan Storey, PhD, LCSW

Session Date & Time: Monday, May 18, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Room 104C, Level 100, North Building


The Role of Psychodynamic Treatments in Anxiety Disorders: a Relatively Neglected Area

Speaker: Barbara Milrod, MD

Session Date & Time: Monday, May 18, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Room Exhibit Hall G, Level 800, South Building


Personality and Personality Disorders: Unresolved Puzzles

Speakers: BJ Casey, PhD and Otto Kernberg, MD

Session Date & Time: Tuesday, May 19, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Room 714 A-B, Level 700, South Building


A Co-Resident’s Suicide: Grieving Together and Rethinking Trainee Mental Health

Speaker: Laurel Mayer, MD, Chairs: Matthew L. Goldman, MD and Ravi Shah, MD

Session Date & Time: Tuesday, May 19, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Room 101, Level 100, North Building


The Challenges and Potential Solutions of Teaching Residents Evidence-Based Assessment and Management of Violence Within Inpatient Psychiatry Settings

Speaker: Paul Appelbaum, MD

Session Date & Time: Tuesday, May 19, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Room 802 A-B, Level 800, South Building



NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, based in New York City, is the nation’s largest not-for-profit, non-sectarian hospital, with 2,409 beds. The Hospital has nearly 2 million inpatient and outpatient visits in a year, including 12,758 deliveries and 215,946 visits to its emergency departments. NewYork-Presbyterian’s 6,144 affiliated physicians and 20,154 staff provide state-of-the-art inpatient, ambulatory and preventive care in all areas of medicine at five major centers: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian/The Allen Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Westchester Division. One of the most comprehensive health care institutions in the world, the Hospital is committed to excellence in patient care, research, education and community service. NewYork-Presbyterian is the #1 hospital in the New York metropolitan area and is consistently ranked among the best academic medical institutions in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report. The Hospital has academic affiliations with two of the nation’s leading medical colleges: Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. For more information, visit 

Columbia University Medical Center

Columbia University Medical Center provides international leadership in basic, pre-clinical and clinical research, in medical and health sciences education, and in patient care. The Medical Center trains future leaders and includes the dedicated work of many physicians, scientists, public health professionals, dentists, and nurses at the College of Physicians & Surgeons, the Mailman School of Public Health, the College of Dental Medicine, the School of Nursing, the biomedical departments of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and allied research centers and institutions. Established in 1767, Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons was the first institution in the country to grant the M.D. degree and is now among the most selective medical schools in the country. Columbia University Medical Center is home to the largest medical research enterprise in New York City and state and one of the largest in the United States. For more information, please visit

Weill Cornell Medical College

Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University's medical school located in New York City, is committed to excellence in research, teaching, patient care and the advancement of the art and science of medicine, locally, nationally and globally. Physicians and scientists of Weill Cornell Medical College are engaged in cutting-edge research from bench to bedside aimed at unlocking mysteries of the human body in health and sickness and toward developing new treatments and prevention strategies. In its commitment to global health and education, Weill Cornell has a strong presence in places such as Qatar, Tanzania, Haiti, Brazil, Austria and Turkey. Through the historic Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, the Medical College is the first in the U.S. to offer its M.D. degree overseas. Weill Cornell is the birthplace of many medical advances — including the development of the Pap test for cervical cancer, the synthesis of penicillin, the first successful embryo-biopsy pregnancy and birth in the U.S., the first clinical trial of gene therapy for Parkinson's disease, and most recently, the world's first successful use of deep brain stimulation to treat a minimally conscious brain-injured patient. Weill Cornell Medical College is affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, where its faculty provides comprehensive patient care at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. The Medical College is also affiliated with Houston Methodist. For more information, visit



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