Series Overview

The series is designed to connect emerging science with psychiatric practice. Lectures allow for presentation by experts; Q&A allows for extensive involvement of audience and lends itself to large group of learners/participants. 

Series Objectives

  1. Summarize updates in diagnosis, treatment and research for various medical conditions.
  2. Compare diagnostic and treatment options with team members.
  3. Discuss appropriate strategies to address patient or team-based issues.

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Accreditation Statement FY24

In support of improving patient care, University of Minnesota, Interprofessional Continuing Education 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.
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Credit Designation Statements 

American Medical Association (AMA)
The University of Minnesota, Interprofessional Continuing Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 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 healthcare professionals who participate in this CE activity may submit their statement of participation to their appropriate accrediting organizations or state boards for consideration of credit. The participant is responsible for determining whether this activity meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.

How to record attendance and claim credits

You must record your attendance and claim credit from each session within 24 hours of it ending. You can do so by:

1. Sending a text message (the code will be displayed live at the event)
2. Claiming your credit online (by signing in to your CE portal account)
3. Using UMN’s Cloud CME mobile app to scan a QR code (displayed live at the event)
For information, please review this document for a step-by-step guide on how to create your CE Portal account, how to claim credit, and how to access your RSS credit records. 

How to access your transcripts

Your attendance and corresponding CE credit for participating in Regularly Scheduled Series are recorded and available for you to access anytime.

  • Sign into your CE Portal account at

  • Click “My CE” in the top menu bar

  • Click on “Transcript” where you can filter by date range to view your transcript record. Credits are listed by Credit Type so be sure to review all pages of your transcript.

You can opt to download or email a copy of your transcript from this screen.


If you have the CloudCMEapp, ensure you are signed into your existing account. Select“My Transcript” and then select view or email. Be sure to check your transcript regularly to ensure your credits are being properly recorded; contact if you notice any discrepancies.

The CE Portal is a new platform to UMN and will not contain historical records; you will only see RSS records for July 1, 2021 and forward on your transcript in addition to any attendance information that you have recorded for conferences and online learning that you have completed since January 1, 2021. Records are specific to CE courses provided by University of Minnesota Office of Continuing Professional Development.

Helpful hint – you can optionally upload any of your CE documents you have received and utilize your CE Portal account to store your overall CE records by selecting the “Upload Files” option within the Transcript. Once you upload your CE documents, they will automatically append to your Transcript report providing you with a convenient place to record all of your CE information.

FY24 Lecture Series

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September 6, 2023

Helena Hansen, an MD, Ph.D. psychiatrist-anthropologist, is the interim chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, interim director of the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at the David Geffen School of Medicine (DGSOM) at UCLA, and interim physician-in-chief of the Resnick Neuropsychiatric. Dr. Hansen is professor of psychiatry and co-chair of Research Theme in Translational Social Science and Health Equity at DGSOM, as well as associate director of UCLA’s Center for Social Medicine. She has published widely in clinical and social science journals ranging from JAMA and NEJM to Social Science and Medicine and Medical Anthropology, on faith healing of addiction in Puerto Rico, psychiatric disability under welfare reform, opioids and race, ethnic marketing of pharmaceuticals, and structural competency.  Read more.

Talk Title: Beyond Magic Bullets: Racial Capitalism as Social Determinant of the Opioid Crisis.

October 4, 2023

Richard D. Lane, M.D., Ph.D. is Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Arizona. A clinical psychiatrist and psychodynamic psychotherapist with a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology (systems neuroscience and emotion research), he was one of the first researchers to perform functional brain imaging studies of emotion in the 1990s and continues studies on emotion, emotional awareness and neurovisceral integration to the present using fMRI. His research on emotion, the brain and heart disease has been funded by a variety of sources including K and several RO1 grants from NIH. He is the author of 190 papers and book chapters and is senior editor of two books. As an educator he served as director of the psychotherapy curriculum for psychiatric residents at the University of Arizona for over two decades and has received seven awards for teaching and mentoring. He was President of the American Psychosomatic Society in 2005-6, elected member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and elected Honorary Fellow of the American College of Psychoanalysts. Read more.

Talk Title: Levels of Emotional Awareness: Integration of the somatic and conceptual components of emotion for
research and clinical application.

Following the talk, learners will be better able to:

  1. Describe the 3-process model of emotional awareness: affective response generation, affective
    response representation and cognitive control of conscious access
  2. Explain how a cognitive-developmental model can account for individual differences in
    emotional awareness and the capacity for further development
  3. Understand how five levels of emotional awareness are recognized clinically and measured
  4. Discuss implications of the model for therapeutic intervention and variations in clinical outcome.

November 1, 2023

Dr. James Densley is Professor and Department Chair of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Metro State University, which is part of the Minnesota State system, and Metro State's first "University Scholar." He is also co-founder (with Jillian Peterson) of The Violence Project, a nonpartisan, nonprofit research center best known for its mass shooter database, which was funded by the National Institute of Justice.

Densley is the author or editor of 11 books, including the 2022 Minnesota Book Award winner, The Violence Project: How to Stop a Mass Shooting Epidemic. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles in top scientific journals, as well as more than 100 book chapters, essays, and other works in various outlets such as The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, TIME, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. His research on street gangs, criminal networks, violence, and policing has garnered global media attention, and he has successfully securedover US$3 million in external funding for basic and applied scholarship.

Densley earned his doctorate in sociology from the University of Oxford. Before joining the academy, he worked as a special education teacher in the New York City public schools. In 2017, he was recognized for his outstanding community volunteerism with the Points of Light Award from the UK Prime Minister. Densley has been an invited or keynote/plenary speaker on four continents and has provided expert testimony to the UK Home Office, the US Commission on Civil Rights, the 9/11 Review Commission, state legislatures, and city councils. Read more.

Talk Title: How to Stop a Mass Shooting Epidemic.

December 6, 2023

Jon Poquiz, PhD (he/him) is a licensed psychologist and assistant professor in the Institute for Sexual and Gender Health within the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Poquiz specializes in clinical work, research, and advocacy in gender-affirming care for transgender and nonbinary youth and young adults. His research broadly focuses on working toward health equity for trans and nonbinary individuals, with particular emphasis on improving access to affirming health care and fostering community and resilience. He aims to integrate social justice advocacy across his clinical and research programs. Dr. Poquiz received his PhD in clinical child psychology from the University of Kansas and completed a graduate certificate in LGBT Health Policy and Practice from George Washington University.

Talk Title: The Role of Behavioral Health Providers in Gender Affirming Care.

Following the talk, learners will be better able to...

  1. Identify health disparities among transgender and gender diverse populations
  2. Review the evolution of gender affirming care
  3. Explain the role of behavioral health providers in gender affirming care
  4. Describe how evidence-based interventions can be adapted for transgender and gender diverse populations.

February 7, 2024

A joint Grand Rounds from members of Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Family Medicine and Nursing, who will present their work related to increasing pediatric mental health education for primary care providers.

Talk Title:  Addressing Mental Health in Primary Care: A Collaborative, Interprofessional Model

March 6, 2024

Dr. Vasiliki (Vas) Michopoulos is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Emory University and a Research Associate at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center.  Dr. Michopoulos received her PhD in Neuroscience and MS in Clinical Research in 2012 from Emory University after receiving her BA in neuroscience in 2005 from the University of Virginia.

The co-morbidity stress-induced mental and physical health disorders is more prevalent in women than men, highlighting the critical importance of systematically address the mechanisms and manifestations of these disruptions in behavior and physiology in females without generalizing findings from males.  Thus, Dr. Michopoulos’ research investigates how psychosocial stress exposure (including trauma) across the lifespan adversely affects behavior and physiology using a translational neuroscience approach across non-human primates and humans in a sex-specific manner.   Her research is committed to studying women’s health by focusing broadly on how adverse social experience influences physiology, behavior, brain processes, and the emergence of psychopathology through changes in neuroendocrine and inflammatory signaling.  Read more.

Talk Title: Translational Research Understanding the Contribution of Stress and Trauma to Health Inequities

Following the talk, learners will be better able to:

  • Describe the high rates of trauma exposure and psychopathology in persons seeking care at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, GA.
  • Explain biological mechanisms underlying adverse stress-related outcomes in trauma-exposed individuals.
  • Summarize how changes in neuroendocrine factors over the course of the female life span impact mental health in women.

April 3, 2024

Dr. Guido Frank is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist. He earned his medical degree at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany. He trained in psychosomatics at the Center for Behavioral Health Klinik Roseneck, Prien, Germany, and then received clinical and research training at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh, and the University of California San Diego, USA. He holds an appointment as professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego. Dr. Frank has done extensive post-graduate work on the neurobiology of psychiatric disorders and has also received extensive certified training in cognitive behavioral and other psychotherapies. He is an expert consultant to local and national law firms. He has received multiple awards, including an NIH Minority Access to Research Career Program (NIMH) Mentor Recognition award and the Eating Disorder Foundation Greg Hueni Memorial Award for excellence in research. Dr. Frank’s work involves human neuroimaging and tasks that are based on animal research with the goal of identifying specific neurotransmitter receptor systems that are relevant for eating disorder behaviors. Dr. Frank has been funded through the National Institute of Mental Health and multiple private foundation grants for the past fifteen years. His overarching goal is to develop translational research designs that bridge clinical presentation with neuroscience to develop more effective treatments for eating disorders to develop preventative measures, improve recovery and prevent relapse. Read more.

Talk title: Transdiagnostic and Translational Models to Explain Brain Function and Behaviors in Eating Disorders.

Following the presentation, learners will be better able to:

  1. Describe how conditioned fear to eating and biological changes in the brain interact and lead to the vicious cycle of eating disorders.
  2. Discuss how neurobiology can be used to educate patients and parents to increase illness insight.
  3. Describe how medication may be able to support psychotherapy.

May 1, 2024

Dr. Y. Joel Wong, PhD is a tenured Professor in the Counseling and Counseling Psychology Programs at Indiana University. His research interests are in (a) positive psychology (especially the psychology of gratitude and the psychology of encouragement), (b) Asian/Asian American mental health (especially suicide-related outcomes), and (c) the psychology of men and masculinities. He coedited two books on the psychology of men and masculinities: the APA Handbook of Men and Masculinities (Wong & Wester, 2016) and the Psychology of Men and Masculinities (Levant & Wong, 2017).

He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 17, 45, and 51) and of the Asian American Psychological Association.

He is the Editor of the APA journal, Psychology and Men and Masculinities.

Regarding his clinical interests, he has developed a psychoeducational group program to cultivate gratitude. Read more.

Talk title: Microaffirmations: Shifting from Preventing Harm to Promoting Mattering

In this talk, you will learn:

  1. The definition of microaffirmations
  2. Why microaffirmations are crucial for social justice work
  3. 4 types of microaffirmations and how you can use each of them
  4. How to be effective and authentic in the use of microaffirmations

June 5, 2024

Quick Science Research Presentations with Drs. Christine Conelea, PhD, Lisa Anderson, PhD, LP and Brenden Tervo-Clemmens, PhD.


Event Details

Occurs monthly on the 1st Wednesday of the Month

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM, Live Webinar and In-Person

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