2021 Program Schedule

This schedule is subject to change at any time leading up to the conference.

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

  1. Implement actions in practice that are anti-racist.
  2. Evaluate mental health smartphone apps.
  3. Develop stronger therapeutic relationships with military patients.
  4. Review the neuropsychiatric manifestations and sequelae of COVID-19 infection.
  5. Develop a plan in practice that incorporates population health measures while protecting patient privacy.
  6. Develop habits that protect against professional burnout.


9:45 am to 10:00 am

Welcome Remarks
Alyson Kuroski-Mazzei, DO, DFAPA - President, NC Psychiatric Association; CEO, HopeWay

10:00 am to 11:00 am

Lecture: "Pathways to Burnout"
Glen Gabbard, MD

11:00 am to 11:15 am

Wellness Break Sponsored by HopeWay: Tools to Assess Disordered Eating
Greer Mitchell, JD, MD, Director of HopeWay’s Center for Eating Disorders

Virtual Exhibit Hall

11:15 am to 12:15 pm

Lecture: “Leadership on Issues of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion”
Patrice Harris, MD 

12:15 pm to 1:30 pm

Non-CME Sponsored Lunch Symposium: "Managing Patient Challenges with Functioning and Quality of Life in the Treatment of Bipolar Depression"
Richard G. Petty, MD Sponsored by Sunovion

Lunch; Virtual Exhibit Hall

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Lecture: “Psychiatric Complications of COVID-19: Potential effects of COVID on the Mind”
Paul Riordan, MD and Colin Smith, MD 

2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Panel: “Pros & Cons of Measurement Based Care”
Harold Kudler, MD, Ish Bhalla, MD, and Dhipthi Brundage, MD 

4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

NCPA Annual Business Meeting

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Halloween Escape Quest - Open to Residents and Medical Students

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

NCPA Virtual Cocktail Hour



8:00 am to 8:45 am

NCCCAP Annual Business Meeting; Virtual Exhibit Hall

9:00 am to 10:00 am


Lecture (General Track): “Military and Veteran Mental Health”
Justin Johnson, MD

Lecture (Child & Adolescent Track): “It’s Not Posttraumatic; it’s Current Traumatic: Tackling the Pressing Needs of Latinx and Immigrant Youth and Families ”
Lisa Fortuna, MD, MPH

10:00 am to 10:15 am

Wellness Break Sponsored by HopeWay: Guided Meditation
Talia Scott, MS, MAAT, LCMHCA, HopeWay Art Therapist

Virtual Exhibit Hall

10:15 am to 11:15 am


Lecture (General Track): “2021 Updates on the Opioid Epidemic: COVID 19 Impact on Overdose and Medical Co-Morbidities associated with Opioid Use Disorder"
Robyn Jordan, MD, PhD

Lecture (Child & Adolescent Track): “U wa shv u da nv te lv/ The One who Helps You from the Heart: Historical and present day lessons and considerations in work with American Indian/Alaskan Native Youth and Families in healing from the pandemic”
Freida Saylor, MSW, LCSW

11:15 am to 12:30 pm

Lunch Break; Virtual Exhibit Hall

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm


Lecture (General Track): “Treatment of Antisocial Personality Disorder and Psychopathy: Hopeful or Hopeless?"
Charles Scott, MD 

Panel Discussion (Child & Adolescent Track): Rising to the Challenge: Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Racial Minority Youth
Lisa Fortuna, MD, MPHFreida Saylor, MSW, LCSW, and Erikka Dzirasa, MD, MPH 

1:45 pm to 2:45 pm

Lecture: "Smartphone Apps for Mental Health"
John Torous, MD 

2:45 pm to 3:00 pm

Wellness Break Sponsored by HopeWay: Drumming
JD McNutt, HopeWay Pastoral Care Coordinator & “Drumming Guy” 

Virtual Exhibit Hall

3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Workshop: "Evaluating Mental Health Apps"
John Torous, MD 

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm


7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Museum Storytelling Tour of the National Museum of African American History & Culture hosted by the NCPA Race, Ethnicity and Equity Committee



8:00 am to 9:00 am

Women's Breakfast open to all women attendees

Virtual Exhibit Hall

9:00 am to 10:00 am

Sethi Award Lecture: “Targeting Brain Circuitry in Mood Disorders to Reduce Symptoms and Suicide”
Hilary Blumberg, MD

10:00 am to 11:00 am

Lecture: “Sleep Disorders in Psychiatry”
Ruth Benca, MD, PhD

11:00 am to 11:30 am

Wellness Break Sponsored by HopeWay: Horticultural Therapy “Container Garden”
Bobbie Mabe, HopeWay Horticultural Therapist 

Virtual Exhibit Hall

11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Lecture: “Top Research Findings”
Chris Aiken, MD

1:00 pm to 1:05 pm

Closing Remarks


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