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Can One Imagine Sisyphus Happy? Novel Approaches to the Prediction and Prevention of Adolescent Suicide

David A. Brent, MD
Thursday, February 29, 2024
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
David A. Brent, M.D.
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds

Sponsored by the Hans Lowenbach Memorial Fund

Dr. Brent is Academic Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital and holds an endowed chair in suicide studies at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He directs Services for Teens at Risk, a state-funded program for suicide prevention, education of professionals, and treatment of at-risk youth and their families.

Dr. Brent is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. He has been recognized for his research by many organizations, including the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the American Psychiatric Association, and the Brain and Behavior Foundation.

His work has focused on the identification of risk factors for adolescent depression and suicidal behavior, and on the translation of those findings into clinical interventions. He has helped to establish standards of care for the assessment and treatment of depressed and suicidal youth. His current work is focused on understanding the familial transmission of suicidal behavior, the use of brain imaging to gain insight into how suicidal individuals think about death and suicide, the use of adaptive screens and of machine learning of electronic health records to identify suicidal risk, use of passive cell phone data to identify inflections in suicidal ideation and behavior, the prevention of suicidal behavior in youth who have been recently discharged from psychiatric hospitals, and on the use of technology to improve the ability of pediatric primary care practitioners to detect, triage, and manage depressed and suicidal youth.

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