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Neurocognitive Therapies and Translational Research Webinar Series

Basic neuroscientific research on the mechanisms underlying cognitive, affective, and social processes have been slow in penetrating real-world psychology/psychiatry clinics. This is a missed opportunity for maximizing and advancing our understanding of core patterns of psychopathology and treatment response in neuropsychiatric disorders. This series will bring together members from the neuroscience, medical, and psychiatry/psychology communities to translate basic science findings into real-world clinical practice. 


Learning Objectives:

  • To evaluate promising neuroscientific findings in the areas of emotion, socioemotional learning and development, cognition, and therapeutic change that have significant potential to improve prevention and intervention efforts for mental illness.

  • To recognize common barriers to the translation and adoption of basic science in real-world clinical practice.  

  • To articulate the benefits of integrating neuroscientific research in clinical practice in terms of prevention, assessment, and treatment for neuropsychiatric disorders.



Inaugural Webinar 

“Using Cognitive Neuroscience to Improve Future Treatment of Depression and Anxiety”

Catherine Harmer, DPhil, MA, DipLATHE

October 27, 2020 at 12:00 EST/16:00 UTC (other time zones)


Dr. Harmer is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford. She is an experimental psychologist and neuroscientist with an innovative program of translational research that examines the cognitive mechanisms underlying treatment effects in psychiatry. As Director of the Psychopharmacology and Emotional Research Lab (PERL), she employs a range of methodologies, including neuropsychological testing, transcranical magnetic stimulation and functional neuroimaging with fMRI and PET in healthy and clinical populations. Her program of research is an excellent example of how research from basic cognitive neuroscience can be rapidly translated to real-world clinical interventions. More information about her exciting research, as well as links to her publications, can be found here:


This series is presented as a live Zoom meeting.

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Continuing Education Credit and Credit Designation

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 [replace with applicable format: live webinar activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Nursing (CNE)

The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 1 contact hour.


Psychology (APA) 

Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists are provided through the co-sponsorship of the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). The APA CEP office maintains responsibility for the content of the programs. 


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Upcoming Webinars

Tuesday, December 15th, 2020: Dr. Leanne Williams (Stanford)

Tuesday, April 20th, 2021: Dr. Emily Holmes (University of Oxford)

Check back for updates on how to attend the upcoming webinars, which will most likely be hosted on Zoom.

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