Bipolar disorder is a chronic, recurring, serious, and potentially life-threatening mental illness, which, if left untreated, can grow more severe and resistant to treatment. In this workshop, Eric Youngstrom will discuss key issues in the assessment and treatment of this disorder, including how it manifests in children versus adults, effective ways to use specialized measurement tools in differential diagnosis, and cognitive behavioral techniques that are particularly helpful for individuals with this diagnosis. Dr. Youngstrom’s talk will incorporate recent innovations by leading researchers in the field, and use illustrative case examples to demonstrate these assessment and treatment strategies.
Eric A. Youngstrom, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist, and Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is also the Acting Director of the Center for Excellence in Research and Treatment of Bipolar Disorder. He is an extremely engaged researcher – he has published over 130 peer-reviewed articles, reviewed articles for more than 50 scientific journals, and serves on the editorial boards of numerous journals. Much of his research has focused on ways to improve assessment tools for diagnosing bipolar disorder and to predict and monitor the treatment progress of individuals with this disorder across the lifespan. Currently, he is the principal investigator on two multi-site studies designed to improve the assessment of bipolar disorder in diverse communities. He has presented his work at scientific meetings around the globe, and has received numerous awards for his research and teaching.
Clinical Lecture Series at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work