38th Annual Pittsburgh Schizophrenia Conference

November 12, 2021

The Pittsburgh Schizophrenia Conference is an annual in person meeting at which the advances in schizophrenia research and treatment are reviewed by experts in the field. In view of COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s meeting will utilize a virtual online format.


Our featured speaker is Deanna M. Barch, PhD, who is this year’s Hogarty awardee and lecturer.  Dr. Barch's current research is focused on understanding the interplay among cognition, emotion, and brain function to better understand the deficits in behavior and cognition found in illnesses such as schizophrenia and depression.  In particular, Dr. Barch is interested in determining the cognitive, emotional and neural bases of risk for the development of schizophrenia and depression, potentially as a means of developing better preventative approaches. She uses functional MRI, structural MRI, and cognitive neuroscience methods to examine neural basis of disturbances in cognitive control and emotional processing in individuals with schizophrenia and those at risk for the development of schizophrenia, as well as in individuals with mood disorders. Further, her work includes a focus on the ways in which early adversity (e.g., poverty, stress, and disparities in access to health care) shape early brain development and subsequent risk for mental health challenges.

Attendees will hear from people with serious mental illness who will share their experiences with music to help support their recovery and this will be moderated by a professional music conductor and composer. Breakout rooms during the online conference will feature ongoing research studies, art exhibits by patients, musical performances by patients, and musical performances by physicians.

Target Audience

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 and research in schizophrenia.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Recognize and assess the use of bioinformatics for repurposing existing medications for the treatment of schizophrenia.
  2. Review and assess Proof of Concept clinical trials being conducted in schizophrenia based on bioinformatics informed repurposed medications
  3. Motivational Impairments in Psychosis - Causes and Consequences (Hogarty Lecture)
  4. Review and assess the evidence base for medications approved for the treatment of Tardive Dyskinesia, a side effect of antipsychotic medicines.
  5. Assess training and implementation of Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Psychoses in outpatient practice.
  6. Review how vocational outcomes in persons with schizophrenia might be improved

Additional Information

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 6.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 6.00 APA
  • 6.00 ASWB
  • 6.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
11/12/2021 - 8:30am
Event ends: 
11/12/2021 - 5:00pm

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


2021 Gerard E. Hogarty Excellence in Schizophrenia Research Memorial Award Winner
Deanna M. Barch, PhD

Chair of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Gregory B. Couch Professor of Psychiatry
Professor of Radiology
Washington University
St. Louis, MO

Shaun M. Eack, PhD
James and Noel Browne Endowed Chair
Associate Dean for Research
Professor, School of Social Work
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Madhavi Ganapathiraju, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Biomedical Informatics
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

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

Nev Jones, PhD
Social Work Academic Programs
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Vishwajit Nimgaonkar, MD, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry and Human Genetics
Dept of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh
Associate Chief of Staff and Vice President
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
Behavioral Health Service Line
Pittsburgh, PA

Helen J. Wood, DClinPsy
Psychologist III, Comprehensive Recovery Services
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
Pittsburgh, PA

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

Faculty Disclosure

No members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships with any proprietary entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients to disclose.

For additional information regarding the speakers and/or presentations, contact Doreen Barkowitz at barkowitzdh@upmc.edu

Continuing Education Credit Information

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


Physician (CME)
The University of Pittsburgh designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Other Healthcare Professionals
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.



As a Jointly Accredited Organization, University of Pittsburgh is approved to offer psychology continuing education by the American Psychological Association.  University of Pittsburgh maintains responsibility for this course. Psychologists completing this course receive 6.0 continuing education credits.


Licensed/Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists: LSW/LCSW/LPC/LMFT

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, University of Pittsburgh is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. University of Pittsburgh maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 6.0 continuing education credits.



Education and Consultative Services of 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 offered for a maximum of 6.0 continuing education credits over the three-day conference.


Other Healthcare Professionals

Nurses and other health care professionals are awarded maximum of .60 Continuing Education Units (CEU's) for this day of the conference. One CEU is equal to 10 contact hours.  Nurses:  For attending this program you will receive a Certificate of Attendance confirming a maximum of up to 6.0 hours of continuing education for this day of the conference.  These hours may be considered eligible for completing the 30 hours of continuing education required for biannual nursing re-licensure in Pennsylvania. 


  • Please retain your certificates in a safe place. Replacements cost $30 for those that come from our office (Gen. CEU; NCC).
  • Participants requesting Continuing Education/Continuing Medical Education (CE/CME) credits must attend the entire day. Variable credits are not provided. Your attendance is recorded on the Zoom attendance list.
  • Although the evaluation is not mandatory, certain questions are and we appreciate your participation. There are questions that need to be answered so we are aware of your credit request. Please expect the certificates from our office in four to six weeks post-conference. Those obtained from the registration site can be accessed immediately.

Available Credit

  • 6.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 6.00 APA
  • 6.00 ASWB
  • 6.00 Attendance


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The UPMC Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences (CCEHS) learning portal is used to register, view, track, and manage all your continuing education credits.  


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  1. Securing your CE/CME Credits if you have paid for them after the conference is over

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