Making Mom’s Mental Health a Priority: National Women’s Health Week May 11- 17

Friday, May 9, 2014 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

EVENT: 13th Annual Women’s Mental Health Symposium: Integrating a Pediatric Focus

DATE/TIME: FRIDAY, MAY 9, 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.

LOCATION:  Westin La Paloma Resort, 3800 E. Sunrise Dr., Tucson

Taking care of mom will be the focus for many on Sunday as families celebrate Mother’s Day. With National Women’s Health Week kicking off on Monday, May 11, the Arizona Health Sciences Center encourages making mom’s mental health a priority.

The “13th Annual Women’s Mental Health Symposium: Integrating a Pediatric Focus” on Friday, May 9, puts the focus on women and children’s mental health and offers the opportunity to gain insight from nationally renowned psychiatric researcher clinicians.

The symposium, which is open to health-care professionals and the public, will be held 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Westin La Paloma Resort, 3800 E. Sunrise Dr., Tucson, and will feature experts from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, who are available to discuss the importance of women’s mental health.

“Depressive disorders are among the most common medical conditions in the U.S. Women are more often affected than men. And because of the nature of depression, the patient is not the only one to suffer. There is robust evidence that a depressed parent affects the entire family. Depression’s ripple effects are of particular concern for all of us who want to ensure that kids grow up healthy,” says Ole Thienhaus, MD, MBA, FACPsych; professor and chair, UA Department of Psychiatry.

The experts will share insights in addressing the challenges in mental health including: depression in women and children, the mental health needs of criminal justice-involved women, the emotional differences between men and women, and how to harness the scientific understanding of the mind and body to enable more of us to enjoy happiness and health.

Charles Raison, MD, renowned mind-body medicine researcher and mental health expert for CNNhealth, is the symposium’s keynote speaker and will address Coming to Our Senses: Rethinking Depression in Women and Children. Dr. Raison’s visionary work focuses on how the brain and body work together and on harnessing scientific understanding of the mind and body to enable more of us to enjoy happiness and health. Dr. Raison holds a joint appointment as UA associate professor of psychiatry at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and Barry and Janet Lang Associate Professor of Integrative Mental Health at the UA Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences. He studies Cognitive-Based Compassion Therapy and conducts extensive research to study novel interventions for mental health.

Other UA College of Medicine – Tucson speakers and their topics include:

  • Women’s Mental Health Issues in the General Hospital Setting, Aimee Kaempf, MD, UA assistant professor, UA Department of Psychiatry; director, Psychiatry Residency Training Program, University of Arizona College of Medicine at South Campus
  • Trauma Informed Care & Women, Richard Rhoads, MD, assistant professor and associate chair for clinical affairs in psychiatry, UA Department of Psychiatry
  • Raising Mindful Children: The Implications of Neuroscience for Parenting, Amelia Villagomez, MD, assistant professor, UA Department of Psychiatry
  • Emotional Awareness: Differences between Women and Men, Richard D. Lane, MD, PhD, professor, UA Departments of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Mental Health Needs of  Criminal Justice-Involved Women, Patricia Harrison Monroe, PhD, assistant professor, UA Department of Psychiatry; chief, Behavioral Health Services, The University of Arizona Medical Center - South Campus
  • Dementia and Women, Geoffrey Ahern, MD, PhD, professor, UA Department of Neurology
  • Mood and Emotion: A Developmental Perspective, Patrick Burke, MB, PhD, clinical professor, UA Department of Psychiatry

Furthering Our Understanding of Depression in Adolescent Girls: A Focus of the Impact of Perinatal Life Events, Kathy Smith, MD, assistant professor and director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, UA Department of Psychiatry; director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program, UA College of Medicine Graduate Medical Education Program

Since its beginnings as a local conference, the event has evolved into one of the longest-running annual symposiums on women’s mental health in the country. Presented by the UA Department of Psychiatry in collaboration with the Arizona Nurses Association, Arizona Psychological Association and Arizona Psychiatric Society, the symposium is made possible through the generous, longstanding support of the David and Lura Lovell Foundation.

The UA Department of Psychiatry has a robust clinical and investigative research program focused on improving treatments for and understanding of mood and anxiety disorders, depression, schizophrenia, PTSD and sleep disorders, and emotional and social influences on cancer and heart disease.
The Department of Psychiatry offers a multitude of opportunities for care; two adult outpatient clinics in town, a child and adolescent psychiatry clinic and other special offerings including a renowned Mind-Body Program, group psychotherapy and the Early Psychosis Intervention Center (EPICENTER).
The University of Arizona Medical Center - South Campus has 64 adult and geriatric inpatient beds and is the largest psychiatric inpatient unit in Southern Arizona. The unit is staffed by faculty and residents from the Department of Psychiatry’s residency program.