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Children Webinar | Adolescent Depressive Symptoms and Substance Use

28 Sep 2023, 12:00 (CEST)

Depression, Adolescent, Substance Use
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Welcome from the Chair

5th Children Webinar

Adolescent Depressive Symptoms and Substance Use

Adolescence is a time of rapid growth, self-discovery, and emotional development. However, it can also be a period filled with unique stressors, uncertainties, and pressures that contribute to the emergence of depressive symptoms and potential engagement in substance use. Understanding the relationship between these two issues is crucial in order to provide effective intervention and support for our youth.

We will explore the complex factors that contribute to depressive symptoms in adolescents, as well as the potential link to substance use. We will examine the impact of these challenges on mental health, relationships, and overall well-being. Additionally, we will highlight strategies, resources, and interventions that can help address and mitigate the negative effects of these issues.

Our goal is not only to deepen our knowledge and understanding but also to take this knowledge into action. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of adolescents who are grappling with depressive symptoms and substance use, providing them with the tools and resources they need to overcome these challenges and thrive.

Saral Desai
Chair of the 5th Children Webinar

Date: 28 September 2023

Time: 6 am EDT | 12:00 pm CEST | 18:00 pm CST Asia

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Event Chairs

Department of Psychiatry, Tower Health/Phoenixville Hospital, Phoenixville, PA 19406, USA

Saral Desai, MD, is a certified clinical research professional and a PGY-2 psychiatry resident physician in the Tower Health/Drexel University College of Medicine Program in the greater Philadelphia area. He also serves as a fellow for the American Psychiatric Association Foundation Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Desai is passionate about research in psychiatry and actively involved in studies focusing on adolescent health, substance use, and health risk behaviors. He currently serves as an Academic Editor for two journals, Children and PLOS One, and has published numerous peer-reviewed articles. Moreover, he has presented at nationally recognized conferences such as AACAP, AAAP, AAPI, and AMA, and has been the recipient of multiple awards for his scholarly activities. As a resident, he plans to continue his pursuit of scholarly endeavors and aims to inspire more medical students and residents to join him in his research initiatives.

Keynote Speakers

Center for HIV Identification, Prevention, and Treatment Services, University of California Los Angeles, USA

Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus was the Director of the Center for Community Health in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Semel Institute and the Director of the NIMH-funded Center for HIV Intervention, Prevention and Treatment for more than 30 years. Her research focuses on identifying the how the common processes, principles, and components of evidence-based preventive interventions (EBI) can be effectively and routinely implemented in low resource settings facing multiple challenges. She has conducted more than 22 randomized controlled trials in the US, Africa, and Asia, typically for children and families coping with multiple challenges (e.g., drug abuse, incarceration, terminal illnesses, suicidality). She mentored more than 39 PhD-level, ethnically diverse scientists from graduate students to become productive Professors.

Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Saarland University Medical Center, Homburg, Germany

Prof Dr. med. Eva Moehler is chair and medical director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Hospital at the University of the Saarland. She obtained her medical degree at the University of Heidelberg, Medical School, and was clinical fellow and research associate at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Heidelberg. 2002 she became Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. Her main research interests are longitudinal predictors of personality development, adverse childhood experiences, child maltreatment and early life stress


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Presentation Title

Time in EDT/CEST

Chair Dr. Saral Desai

Tower Health/Phoenixville Hospital

Chair Introduction
Presentation on adolescent substance use

06:00- 06:15/
12:00 -12:15

Speaker 1 Prof Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus

University of California Los Angeles

Adolescent Depressive Symptoms and Substance Use

06:15 – 06:30/
12:15 – 12:30

Speaker 2 Prof Eva Möhler

Saarland University Medical Center

Evaluation of a short term intervention for adolescent depression and substance use

06:30 – 06: 45/

Q&A Session

12:45 – 12:55

Chair Dr. Saral Desai

Tower Health/Phoenixville Hospital

Closing of Webinar

12:55 – 13:05

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