Grand Rounds

All presentations are held in the Hartford Room from 12pm-1:15pm unless otherwise noted. The schedule below will include abstracts, learning objectives, and recommended readings for each presentation when available.

Upcoming Presentations (2021-22)   Past Presentations (2021-22) Past Grand Rounds

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Due to an abundance of caution regarding COVID-19, presentations will be live streamed ONLY - no live attendance is being offered at this time.


This professional education activity supports the Institute's goal of clinical excellence and presents clinically relevant information from a variety of mental health disciplines. Areas of focus include new research and treatments, evidence-based practices, applied psychopharmacology and research on brain structure, and function, and current issues and controversies. In addition, several dates during the year are devoted to The Institute of Living Annual Treatment Update Series.

Grand Rounds is open to the community except on the Thursdays designated as "Case Conferences". These conferences may be held several times throughout the year and will be limited to clinicians employed by The Institute of Living and Hartford Hospital and active and consulting Department of Psychiatry medical staff.

Note: CMEs and Contact Hours will only be available to the Hartford HealthCare (HHC) community and credentialed community providers seeking AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM for an educational activity. This refers to HHC employed staff, HHC contracted staff and providers with HHC privileges. CMEs and Contact Hours are only available to those who participated in the live seminar.

2021-22 Grand Rounds Schedule

 Date Presentation

Jan. 27, 2022

Dr. Javeed SukheraTopic: IOL at 200: Reimagining Moral Treatment in a Contemporary Context

Presented by: Javeed Sukhera, MD, Chair of Psychiatry at the Institute of Living and Chief of the Department of Psychiatry at Hartford Hospital

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Past Presentations (2021-22)

 Date Presentation

Jan. 20, 2022

David PepperTopic: Emergency Psychiatry Past, Present and Future

Presented by: David Pepper, MD, Director of Emergency Psychiatric Services, Hartford Hospital

Jan. 13, 2022

Patrick SenatusTopic: Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Presented by: Patrick Senatus, MD, PhD, FACS, FAANS, is the medical director of the Deep Brain Stimulation Program at Hartford HealthCare’s Ayer Neuroscience Institute.

Jan. 6, 2022

Lisa Mistler, MDTopic: Healthcare Workplace Safety in New Hampshire

Presented by: Lisa Mistler, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and attending psychiatrist at New Hampshire Hospital under a contract between Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and the State of NH.


Dec. 16, 2021

Topic: Scientific Storm Warnings: What the Movement Toward Process-Based Therapy Portends

Presented by: Steven Hayes, PhD, Nevada Foundation Professor, Behavior Analysis program, Department of Psychology, University of Nevada.


Dec. 9, 2021

Greg Siegle, PhDTopic: Freaking out, shutting down, and leaning in: Neural and clinical adventures at the outskirts of the emotional landscape

Presented by: Greg Siegle, PhD


Dec. 2, 2021

Paul RegoTopic: Understanding Pediatric Gender Identity through Childhood and Adolescence

Presented by: Jack Turban, MD MHS

Nov. 18, 2021

James LockTopic: Using Family-based Treatment for Youth with Eating Disorders

Presented by: James Lock, MD, PhD


Nov. 11, 2021

Asante HaughtonTopic: Rethinking Wellness: Brokering New Mental Healthcare Paradigms

Presented by: Asante Haughton

Read this: Blurring the Blue Line


Nov. 4, 2021

Brianna PollockTopic: The Very Important Patient and Health Care: VIPs, Behavioral Health Equity and Preferential Treatment

Presented by: Brianna Pollock, PhD


Oct. 24, 2021

Topic: Early Experience and Child Development: A New Science of Neurodevelopmental Optimization

Presented by: Joan Luby, MD, PhD, the Samuel and Mae S. Ludwig Professor of Psychiatry (Child) at the Washington University School of Medicine, where she had founded and leads the Early Emotional Development Program


Oct. 21, 2021

Luis R. Sandoval, Ph.D.Topic: Improving Mental Health through Technology: Clinical case studies from the patients’ perspective”

Presented by: Luis R. Sandoval, Ph.D., licensed clinician and research staff in the Public Psychiatry Division at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center / Harvard Medical School


Oct. 14, 2021

Benjamin AndersonTopic: Esketamine Treatment at the IOL

Presented by: Ben Anderson, MD, Center for Interventional Psychiatry / Esketamine Clinic, The Institute of Living


Oct. 7, 2021

Topic: The Recovery Support Specialist: Changing the Landscape of Behavioral Health

Presented by: Karen Kangas, Ed.D; William Dantzler, RSS; Juan Torres, RSS; Tonya Cutler, RSS


Sept. 2, 2021

Topic: Mental Health in the Public Domain: Using Technology to Scale Our Impact

Presented by: Matthew Peters, MD, Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Sep. 16, 2021

Topic: The Interface of Medical and Psychiatric Disorders: Focus on Cancer and Heart Disease

Presented by: Charles Nemeroff, MD, PhD, chair and professor with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School


Sep. 23, 2021

Topic: Psychedelic-assisted Psychotherapy for Major Depressive Disorder: Current Evidence and Key Clinical Considerations

Presented by: Natalie Gukasyan, MD, psychiatrist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


Sept. 30, 2021

Topic: Structural Stigma and Coercive Mental Healthcare

Presented by: James Livingston, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada



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