Annual Meeting & Scientific Session

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NCPA Annual Meeting will not be held in person in Asheville as planned. The NCPA Executive Council made this decision in the interest of health and safety for all attendees, guests, and staff. Instead, the Annual Meeting will be held fully online during the originally scheduled weekend, Friday, October 2 to Sunday, October 4. Registration is open and starts at $225 for NCPA/APA members. For residents and medical students, it only costs $20 to attend.

The NCPA Program Committee has curated an excellent lineup of speakers, with a wide range of topics focusing on the theme of "Controversies in Psychiatry." We hope these sessions will spark compelling discussions on timely topics important to your practice! We understand you are likely missing social contact and feeling "Zoom fatigue," which is why NCPA is working hard to enable high quality, face-to-face engagement and networking with our expert speakers and your fellow attendees. Please see below for the daily program schedule, including educational sessions and social activities.

Want to know more about the virtual program format? View our FAQs. This is not your average Zoom meeting!

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2020 Program Schedule

This schedule is subject to change at any time leading up to the conference.
Speaker names in bold italics indicate NCPA members.

Educational Objectives
At the end of this educational activity, the learner will be able to:

  1. Implement recently developed therapies in psychiatry for sleep, schizophrenia, mood disorders, and sexual dysfunction
  2. Coordinate more effectively with primary care
  3. Use greater caution with therapies for which new risks have been identified
  4. Follow evidence-based guidelines for major psychiatric disorders
  5. Recognize patterns of practice that are out of date or inconsistent with current evidence
  6. Recognize neuropsychiatric manifestations of COVID-19

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the North Carolina Psychiatric Association. The APA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The APA designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



5:00 pm to 5:15 pm

Welcome Remarks

Zach Feldman, MD, FAPA - President, NC Psychiatric Association; Private Practice Psychiatrist, Raleigh Psychiatric Associates

5:15 pm to 6:15 pm

Lecture: "Top Research Findings of 2019-2020"

Chris Aiken, MD, DFAPA - Program Committee Chair, NC Psychiatric Association; Director, Mood Treatment Center; Instructor in Psychiatry, Wake Forest University School of Medicine

6:15 pm to 6:30 pm

Break; Virtual Exhibit Hall

6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Panel Discussion: “A Conversation about Race, Trauma, and Resiliency”

Victor Armstrong, MSW (Moderator) - Director, NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, Substance Abuse Services, NC Department of Health and Human Services

Constance Olatidoye, MD - Medical Director/Owner/CEO, New Dimension Group

Karon Dawkins, MD, DFAPA - Training Director, General Psychiatry Program & Vice Chair of Education, Department of Psychiatry, UNC School of Medicine

Christina Cruz, MD - Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UNC School of Medicine

8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Virtual Cocktail Hour & Exhibit Hall

For the Virtual Cocktail Hour, we will be using small breakout rooms to facilitate conversations. One breakout room will be a Lobbyist Hospitality Suite, with special guest NCPA Member Kristin Baker, MD, NC State Representative (R-Cabarrus).



8:00 am to 9:00 am

Morning Yoga, Sponsored by HopeWay; Virtual Exhibit Hall

9:00 am to 10:00 am

Lecture: “Psychobiology of Insomnia”

Vaughn McCall, MD - Case Distinguished University Chair and Executive Vice Dean, Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior, Medical College of Georgia

10:00 am to 10:15 am

Break; Virtual Exhibit Hall

10:15 am to 11:15 am

Lecture: “10 Ways that Evidence Changes Practice: Updates from the Psychopharmacology Algorithm Project"

David Osser, MD - Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, VA Boston Healthcare System

11:15 am to 12:30 pm

Lunch Break; Virtual Exhibit Hall

Product Theater/Symposium (optional, not for CME credit): "The Impact of Bipolar Depression in Adults: Questions to Consider When Making Treatment Decisions"

Leslie Citrome, MD - Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, New York Medical College

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Lecture: “The Psychiatric Toll of COVID-19”

Richard Weisler, MD, DLFAPA - Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine; Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UNC School of Medicine

Allan Chrisman, MD, DLFAPA - Disaster Committee Co-Chair, NC Psychiatric Association; Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Lecture: “New Approaches to Postpartum Depression”

Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, MPH - Assad Meymandi Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry, UNC School of Medicine; Director, UNC Center for Women’s Mood Disorders

2:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Wellness Break: "Drawing Your Breath" Art Therapy Activity, Sponsored by HopeWay; Virtual Exhibit Hall    

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Lecture: “Clozapine and Schizophrenia: Improving Outcomes While Managing Risk”

Fred Jarskog, MD - Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UNC School of Medicine; Research Director, North Carolina Psychiatric Research Center

4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

NCPA Annual Business Meeting

5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Dinner Break; Virtual Exhibit Hall

NCCCAP Social Event

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

“Plague Doctor of Prague” Virtual Walking Tour (Families Welcome! Ages 6+ Recommended.)



8:00 am to 9:00 am

NCCCAP Annual Business Meeting;
Wellness Break: Metta Meditation, Sponsored by HopeWay; Virtual Exhibit Hall

9:00 am to 10:00 am


Lecture (General Track): “MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy, a Novel Experimental Treatment for PTSD”

Michael Mithoefer, MD - Senior Medical Director for Medical Affairs, Training, and Supervision, MAPS Public Benefit Corporation

Lecture (Child & Adolescent Track): “Explosive Outbursts in Youth: Coming Together to Treat the Sickest Kids”

Gabrielle Carlson, MD - Professor of Psychiatry & Pediatrics, Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University; President, American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

10:00 am to 10:15 am

Wellness Break: “Mindful Eating” Nutritional Wellness Activity, Sponsored by HopeWay; Virtual Exhibit Hall

10:15 am to 11:15 am


Lecture (General Track): “Understanding and Treating Depressive Mixed States”

John Beyer, MD - Duke University Medical Center

Lecture (Child & Adolescent Track): “An Uncomfortable Truth: Structural Racism and Dichotomy in Diagnosis and Treatment of Irritability and Outbursts in Youth”

Lisa Cullins, MD - National Institute of Mental Health; Chair, Diversity and Culture Committee, American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP); Member, AACAP Presidential Workgroup to Promote Health Equity and Combat Racism

11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Women in Psychiatry Lunch; Virtual Exhibit Hall

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Lecture: “Treatment of Sexual Dysfunction in Women”

Anita Clayton, MD - David C. Wilson Professor & Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, University of Virginia

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Lecture: “Neural Mechanisms of Social Reward”
Robert Malenka, MD, PhD (V. Sagar Sethi, MD Mental Health Research Award Winner) - Pritzker Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences; Director, Nancy Pritzker Laboratory; Deputy Director, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute; Associate Chair, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Stanford Medicine

2:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Break; Virtual Exhibit Hall

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Lecture: “Collaborative Care to an SMI Population”

Michael Zarzar, MD, DLFAPA - Vice President; NC Psychiatric Association; Medical Director, UNC WakeBrook; Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UNC School of Medicine

4:00 pm to 4:05 pm

Closing Remarks


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Frequently Asked Questions

Will the sessions be recorded so I can watch them again later?
We've got you covered! All 14 CME sessions will be recorded, including the live Q&A with each speaker. If you register to attend the live Annual Meeting from October 2-4, you will have access to the meeting platform for several months past October. Access includes the ability to watch the lectures again, download the PowerPoint slides and other materials, revisit the Virtual Exhibit Hall, and find your CME information.

Do I have to watch sessions at the scheduled times? I never know when work will call or my kid needs me in the other room.
In order to claim CME credit, you must log into each session at the scheduled time during the weekend of the meeting. For CME purposes, we must keep record of who logged into each session at some point during the scheduled time. However, if you must step away from the computer for a brief moment, you will still receive credit. You will have access to rewatch the few minutes you missed (or the entire lecture) after the meeting.

Can I watch with my spouse or a small group of colleagues?
Yes! Make it a (COVID-approved) party! If you'd like to view the meeting with another registered attendee - spouse, friend, or coworker - go for it! For CME purposes, please be sure to email [email protected] to let us know which session(s) you watched and who was present. We will be sure those names are counted on the attendance log. Please note: Each person claiming CME must individually register for the meeting.

I miss social interaction! Can I mingle with attendees?
NCPA worked hard to select a virtual meeting platform with networking capabilities for attendees. The platform we have chosen is called PheedLoop, and registered attendees will receive an email with detailed instructions on how to set up your account and log into the platform. (Please take a few minutes to set up your account at least a few days before the meeting so that you are familiar with the platform.) Once logged in, you will be able to see who else is in the meeting space at the same time. If you would like to start a conversation with that person, you can either send them a message or invite them to join you in a one-on-one video chat!

How many CME credits can I earn this year?
The APA designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Our meeting platform, PheedLoop, will help you keep track of which sessions you attended so you know exactly how many credits you earned. At the conclusion of the meeting, you will receive an email with instructions on how to claim your credit and certificate.

What about the Annual Business Meeting?
Glad you asked! Both NCPA and the NC Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (NCCCAP) will still host Annual Business Meetings for members of their association only. The NCPA Annual Business Meeting will take place from 4:00-5:30 pm on Saturday, October 3. The NCCCAP Annual Business Meeting will take place from 8:00-9:00 am on Sunday, October 4. As these meetings will be held via Zoom, all members - regardless of conference attendance - will be able to participate. They will have separate Zoom meeting links that will be distributed at a later date.

What's a Virtual Exhibit Hall? Are any prizes up for grabs?
We know you'll miss taking home a tote bag stuffed to the brim with pens, koozies, candy, and business cards. But you will still get to network with our awesome exhibitors and sponsors. Looking for a new job? Interested in hearing about that new treatment center that just opened up? Want to say hello to a friend you've seen at every meeting for the past decade? Hop over to the Virtual Exhibit Hall! We're keeping the Exhibitor Bingo tradition alive, this year offering Amazon gift cards and free registration for next year's meeting as prizes!

Are out-of-state physicians and other non-physician mental health professionals welcome? Can I invite my friend from residency I haven't seen in ages?
Of course! Please feel free to invite any friend or colleague who you think may be interested in the program. Generally, the meeting is intended for psychiatrists, psychologists, primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, social workers, and administrators. 

How much is registration?
Due to the nature of a virtual meeting, we were able to significantly reduce the cost of registration. (Food is expensive!!) The quality of the meeting content and experience, however, will be comparable to our in-person events. The fee is $225 for NCPA/APA members and NCCCAP members; $275 for non-members; and $20 for psychiatry residents & medical students.

What a bargain! But come on, how fun could it really be?
You know it!! If you've ever been to a NCPA Annual Meeting, you know we're all about making the event feel special and different from other conferences throughout the year. Make sure you read the September issue of the NCPA News to learn what you can expect.

We've got a virtual cocktail hour, morning yoga session, women in psychiatry lunch, hospitality suite hosted by NCPA's lobbyists, and even a "Plague Doctor of Prague" virtual walking tour on Saturday evening. Guided through Prague's cobblestone streets by a "Plague Doctor" in the original dress of those who fought the Plague in 1713, the interactive tour will cross the famous Charles Bridge, stop at the old St. Francis hospital, and conclude at the St. Agnes convent. (This tour might be fun for your whole family, including kids ages 6+!) The best part is all those activities and more are included in your registration fee! 

Wow, that doesn't sound like a regular, old Zoom meeting! Where do I register?
We're so happy to hear that! You can register here now. If you have any other questions, give us a shout!

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CME Information

We hope you enjoy this year's NCPA Virtual Annual Meeting! At the conclusion of the conference, physician participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and receive an official CME certificate by completing the online CME conference evaluation.  Non-physician participants will be able to claim a certificate of participation.

  1. Go to
  2. Log in with your APA username and password or create a new account
  3. Enter the Access code LEB8EF9A7ABF and click Redeem
  4. Click Access. The activity evaluation will open in a new window.
  5. Complete the evaluation and click Submit Response.
  6. On the next page, click Claim Credits. Select the number of credits from the dropdown menu and click Claim.
  7. Close the activity window by clicking the “x” at the top of the activity window. Return to the My Completed Activities tab in the middle of the screen. Beneath "2020 NCPA Annual Meeting & Scientific Session", click Certificate. Your certificate will open in a new tab.

You must claim your CME credit within 60 days of the conference. Certificates will not be issued after December 4, 2020.

Questions? Contact Kelly Krasula

Still need your 2019 Annual Meeting CME Certificate? Email us for help. If you need to print a certificate you've already claimed login to your APA profile at, click“My Portfolio” and select the “Certificates” tab.