Adolescent Depression Seminar for Students, Community

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On Tuesday, October 22, Roland Park Country School will hold the fifth annual Robinson Health Colloquium, which this year focuses on adolescent depression awareness. The event features Karen L. Swartz, M.D., founder and Program Director of the Johns Hopkins University Adolescent Depression Awareness Program (ADAP), who will help educate the community about the medical illnesses of depression and bipolar disorder.

Dr. Swartz will address parents in the RPCS Sinex Theater at 7:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. In addition to the evening program, RPCS will also host a panel of psychologists, pediatricians, and social workers, who will speak with the Upper School students during the school day. Mary Beth Marsden, news anchor at WBAL Radio, will be the moderator for the panel. Dr. Swartz will also hold a workshop with the faculty in the afternoon.

Karen L. Swartz, M.D. is an expert on mood disorders with a particular interest in women’s health. She is the Director of Clinical and Educational Programs at the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.  She has also been the Director of the Affective Disorders Consultation Clinic at Johns Hopkins for over ten years.  Swartz received her B.A. from Princeton University and her M.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  She completed her residency in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1995 followed by a fellowship in Psychiatric Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

ADAP is a school-based program designed to educate high school students, faculty, and parents about adolescent depression. Depression affects approximately 5% of today’s teenagers, making it one of the most common illnesses teenagers face. ADAP aims to increase awareness about mood disorders in young people while stressing the need for evaluation and treatment.

Now in its fourteenth year, the ADAP curriculum has been taught to over 30,000 high school students. This year, RPCS has incorporated ADAP into its Upper School curriculum to help educate students and faculty to recognize the signs of mental illness so students can seek treatment. RPCS is pleased to bring ADAP to our learning community.

Daytime panelists also include:

Dr. Karen L. Swartz

Karen is an expert on mood disorders with a particular interest in women’s health. She is the Director of Clinical and Educational Programs at the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.  Karen developed the ADAP program, which is an education curriculum for students.  ADAP aims to increase awareness about mood disorders in young people while stressing the need for evaluation and treatment.  Karen is the featured presenter for the 2013 Robinson Health Colloquium.

Dr. Heather Powell

Heather is an adolescent psychologist who specializes in educational testing, anxiety and depression.  She completed her fellowship at Johns Hopkins and now has a private practice with a psychiatrist serving adolescents.

Dr. Margaret Seide

Margaret is an adolescent psychiatrist at Johns Hopkins who specializes in eating disorders.  She attended Stony Brook University for her undergraduate degree.  She  earned her Master’s degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry, and  her medical degree from NYU.

Dr. Amy Winkelstein

Amy is a pediatrician who has a private practice with the Maryland Pediatric Group. She is an RPCS parent, alumni, and medical consultant for RPCS. Amy attended Yale University for her Undergraduate and medical degrees.

Allyson Michael, LCSW-C

Allyson is a licensed social worker who specializes in adolescent depression and adolescents in the gay and lesbian community.  She attended University of Maryland School of Social Work and currently offers adolescent and adult individual therapy.  She is starting up a group serving teens that identify as gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender. 

About the Robinson Health Colloquium

Generously funded by former Trustee and parent James G. Robinson, who believes that parents must be fully engaged in the lives of their daughters, the Robinson Health Colloquium will focus annually on a health-related topic of importance to girls and their parents.

 

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