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Monday, April 11, 2016
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
Henry A. Wallace Center
4079 Albany Post Road
Hyde Park, New York 12538

Special Consideration in Addressing the Mental Health Needs of College Students

With Shannon Bennett, Ph.D., John Walkup, M.D., and Patricia Marino, M.D.

6 CEs

Emergent adulthood, as a distinct and newly understood stage of development, presents unique clinical challenges for the therapist in the assessment and treatment of this population.  Of particular importance, is in the collegiate sphere where mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety and first psychiatric episodes require careful management with respect to the student, the family and the school.

This workshop offered by a team of multidisciplinary staff of The New York Presbyterian Hospital–Westchester Division will highlight the complexity of issues as they impart their collective wisdom and programming with this population.  Focused segments of the workshop will focus upon the developmental stage of emergent adulthood, anxiety/depression in a college population, and the management of psychiatric hospitalizations, will be enhanced by the panel discussion which will readily lend itself to shared participant concerns. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn the psychological tasks associated with the stage of emergent adulthood.
  • Participants will attain a perspective on the developmental on anxiety and depression among college students.
  • Participants will learn about the LEAP program designed to address the needs of young adults with anxiety and depression.
  • Participants will explore the complexities of issues facing the student, family and school in managing a psychiatric hospitalization.

Shannon Bennett

Shannon Bennett, Ph.D.

Shannon BennettShannon Bennett, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College. She serves as the Directo r of Psychology in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Co-Director of the Pediatric OCD, Anxiety, and Tic Disorders Program at Weill Cornell Medical College and New York Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Bennett is also the Site Clinical Director for the NYPH Youth Anxiety Center which oversees clinical services, research, and education to meet the needs of youth with anxiety during the transition to adulthood. Dr. Bennett’s primary research interests include the development, evaluation, and dissemination of cognitive behavioral treatments for anxiety and tic disorders, testing the efficacy of novel treatments for these disorders, and better understanding mechanisms involved in symptom change. Dr. Bennett currently oversees multiple research studies in the areas of anxiety and tic disorder treatment, and has written of several papers, book chapters, and treatment manuals on these topics.

Dr. Bennett contributed to several cognitive-behavioral treatment research programs at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University, and was a Co-Founder and Associate Director of the Pediatric Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Intensive Treatment Program at UCLA before joining the faculty at Weill Cornell. Dr. Bennett also led a multi-disciplinary research team focused on the psychosocial needs of women who experience perinatal loss, and earned a National Research Service Award for this research effort.  Dr. Bennett was recently honored with a Career Development Leadership Award from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and serves on the Medical Advisory Board for the Tourette Syndrome Association.

John T. Walkup, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry, DeWitt Wallace Senior Scholar, the Vice Chair of Psychiatry, and Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Prior to joining the faculty at Weill Cornell, Dr. Walkup spent 20 years at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine serving as Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Deputy Director in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He had a joint appointment in the Center for American Indian Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where he was Director of Behavioral Research.

Dr. Walkup has three main academic areas of interest. His work with Tourette syndrome, uniquely spans psychiatry, child psychiatry and neurology; his expertise in interventions research focuses on the development and evaluation of psychopharmacological and psychosocial treatments for the major psychiatric disorders of childhood including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, Tourette syndrome and suicidal behavior; and lastly, he has been involved in developing and evaluating interventions to reduce the large mental health disparities facing Native American youth, specifically drug use and suicide prevention. Dr. Walkup has been awarded the Norbert and Charlotte Rieger Award for Academic Achievement in 2009 from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Blanche F. Ittleson Award for Research in Child Psychiatry in 2011 from the American Psychiatric Association. His team at the Center for American Indian Health at Johns Hopkins won the Bronze Achievement Award from the Institute of Psychiatric Services of American Psychiatric Association in 2012 for the pioneering suicide prevention project on the White Mountain Apache Reservation.

Dr. Walkup serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards of the Trichotillomania Learning Center and the Anxiety Disorders Association of America and the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention. He is also the Deputy Editor for Psychopharmacology for the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. His research has been published in major medical journals including Journal of the American Medical Association and the New England Journal of Medicine, an unusual accomplishment for a child and adolescent psychiatrist.

Dr. Walkup has specific expertise in Tourette Syndrome and anxiety disorders including OCD. He also has expertise in the conditions which commonly co-occur including mood disorders and psychotic disorders. His consultations often focus on children and adolescents with refractory psychiatric disorders and include a review of the diagnostic assessments, the pharmacological treatment approach and whether there are environmental/behavioral factors that may function to sustain or enhance clinical impairment.

Patricia Marino

Patricia Marino, Ph.D.

Patricia Marino, Ph.D., is an Assistant Attending Psychologist at New York-Presbyterian Hosptial and an Assitant Professor of Psychology in Clinical Psychiatry at Weill Cornell medical College of Cornell University.  Her area of clinical expertise includes adult and geriatric mood disorders, such as depression and anxiety, with a special interest in geriatric psychology and health psychology. In addition, Dr. Marino has extensive experience in treating individuals with medical conditions. Research interests include the role of social support and social networks in mental health outcomes.

Dr. Patricia Marino earned her undergraduate degree from Binghamton University, State University of New York, a master’s degree in Psychological Measurement and Evaluation from New York University, and completed the doctorate program in Clinical Psychology with a Health Emphasis at Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. Additionally, she received further training in the Department of Psychiatry at Long Island Jewish Medical Center – The Zucker Hillside Hospital, and post-doctoral training in the Department of Geriatric Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College.

This workshop is generously co-sponsored by the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Westchester Division. ny-presbysterian

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