NJCTS Presents First Annual Childhood Mental Health Symposium on Nov. 20th

Program will focus on neuopsychiatric disorders
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Life Sciences Building (LSB) – Human Genetics Institute of New Jersey
Busch Campus – Piscataway, NJ

New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome Presents

First Annual Childhood Mental Health Symposium Neuropsychiatric Disorders: Tics, OCD, and Trichotillomania

SOMERVILLE, N.J. – The New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders (NJCTS) is proud to present the first annual Childhood Mental Health Symposium on November 20 at Rutgers University. The event will focus on neuropsychiatric disorders including tics, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and trichotillomania.

“These disorders affect tens of thousands of children across New Jersey,” said NJCTS Executive Director Faith W. Rice, “We are proud to partner with the NJ Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the NJ Psychiatric Association, the NJ Council of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Rutgers University to share the latest and best information with New Jersey’s medical, mental health and education community.”

Program highlights include:
-A guided tour of the world’s largest university-based biorepository and home to The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Center for Collaborative Studies of Mental Disorders- which includes samples from families with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, OCD, depression and ADHD.

-A panel discussion offering insight into the personal challenges of managing mental health disorders and the best practice approach for achieving optimal wellness. Parents and children participating in this discussion will focus on social, educational, sibling and parenting issues.

Featured Speakers

Robert A. King, MD, Medical Director, Tourette/OCD Clinic at Yale Child Study Center – Dr. King leads a team committed to treating and preventing childhood mental illness through the integration of research, clinical practice, and professional training.

Lori Rockmore, Psy.D, former Director of the Tourette Syndrome Program, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University – Dr. Rockmore is a clinical psychologist with expertise in child development, impulse control disorders, and social and emotional learning.

Michael Bloch, MD, Assistant Director, Yale OCD Research Clinic & Assistant Unit Chief, Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit (CNRU) – Dr. Bloch focuses on developing better treatments for children and adults with mental disorders by examining predictors of long-term outcome with an emphasis on neuroimaging. Dr. Bloch is also an expert in psychopharmacology.

Jay A. Tischfield, PhD, FFACMG, Duncan and Nancy MacMillan Distinguished Professor of Genetics, Pediatrics and Psychiatry, Scientific Director & CEO, RUCDR Infinite Biologics®, Executive Director, Human Genetics Institute of New Jersey – Dr. Tischfield studies the genetic causes of common, complex diseases. His experience in organizing, leading and executing large scale projects involving hundreds of thousands of human subjects provides the background expertise for RUCDR Infinite Biologics.

Registration is $50, which includes symposium and lunch, is available through www.aapnj.org.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and New Jersey Psychiatric Association.

The APA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The APA designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.