Annual Meeting & Scientific Session

2021 Virtual Annual Meeting & Scientific Session

This year's NCPA Annual Meeting this October will again be fully virtual offering up to 13.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. The NCPA Executive Council and Annual Meeting Program Committee made this decision in order to best protect the health and safety of all attendees, exhibitors, and staff. If you attended last fall's meeting, you will know that NCPA brought as close to a live, in-person meeting as possible straight to your home. 

Most sessions will be in the format of a prerecorded lecture and live Q&A with the speaker. In order to claim CME credit, you must log into each session at the scheduled time during the weekend of the meeting. You will have access to rewatch any lecture after the meeting ends. Our virtual meeting platform, PheedLoop, allows you to connect with your fellow attendees via text and video chat, as well as to network in our virtual exhibit hall.

Join us starting on Friday, October 1 to Sunday, October 3. Registration is open. For residents and medical students, registration is free thanks to a grant from NC AHEC.

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Keynote Speakers:

Glen O. Gabbard, M.D.
Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst, Author, Editor




Patrice A. Harris, M.D.
American Medical Association Immediate Past President




Accreditation Statement

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 North Carolina Psychiatric Association. The APA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement

The APA designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


2021 Program Schedule

This schedule is subject to change at any time leading up to the conference.

Educational Objectives
At the end of this educational activity, the learner will be able to:

  1. Implement actions in practice that are anti-racist.
  2. Evaluate mental health smartphone apps.
  3. Develop stronger therapeutic relationships with military patients.
  4. Review the neuropsychiatric manifestations and sequelae of COVID-19 infection.
  5. Develop a plan in practice that incorporates population health measures while protecting patient privacy.
  6. Develop habits that protect against professional burnout.


9:45 am to 10:00 am

Welcome Remarks
Alyson Kuroski-Mazzei, DO, DFAPA - President, NC Psychiatric Association; CEO, HopeWay

10:00 am to 11:00 am

Lecture: "Pathways to Burnout"
Glen Gabbard, MD

11:00 am to 11:15 am

Wellness Break Sponsored by HopeWay: Tools to Assess Disordered Eating
Greer Mitchell, JD, MD, Director of HopeWay’s Center for Eating Disorders

Virtual Exhibit Hall

11:15 am to 12:15 pm

Lecture: “Leadership on Issues of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion”
Patrice Harris, MD 

12:15 pm to 1:30 pm

Non-CME Sponsored Lunch Symposium: "Managing Patient Challenges with Functioning and Quality of Life in the Treatment of Bipolar Depression"
Richard G. Petty, MD Sponsored by Sunovion

Lunch; Virtual Exhibit Hall

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Lecture: “Psychiatric Complications of COVID-19: Potential effects of COVID on the Mind”
Paul Riordan, MD and Colin Smith, MD 

2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Panel: “Pros & Cons of Measurement Based Care”
Harold Kudler, MD, Ish Bhalla, MD, and Dhipthi Brundage, MD 

4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

NCPA Annual Business Meeting

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Halloween Escape Quest - Open to Residents and Medical Students

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

NCPA Virtual Cocktail Hour



8:00 am to 8:45 am

NCCCAP Annual Business Meeting; Virtual Exhibit Hall

9:00 am to 10:00 am


Lecture (General Track): “Military and Veteran Mental Health”
Justin Johnson, MD

Lecture (Child & Adolescent Track): “It’s Not Posttraumatic; it’s Current Traumatic: Tackling the Pressing Needs of Latinx and Immigrant Youth and Families ”
Lisa Fortuna, MD, MPH

10:00 am to 10:15 am

Wellness Break Sponsored by HopeWay: Guided Meditation
Talia Scott, MS, MAAT, LCMHCA, HopeWay Art Therapist

Virtual Exhibit Hall

10:15 am to 11:15 am


Lecture (General Track): “2021 Updates on the Opioid Epidemic: COVID 19 Impact on Overdose and Medical Co-Morbidities associated with Opioid Use Disorder"
Robyn Jordan, MD, PhD

Lecture (Child & Adolescent Track): “U wa shv u da nv te lv/ The One who Helps You from the Heart: Historical and present day lessons and considerations in work with American Indian/Alaskan Native Youth and Families in healing from the pandemic”
Freida Saylor, MSW, LCSW

11:15 am to 12:30 pm

Lunch Break; Virtual Exhibit Hall

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm


Lecture (General Track): “Treatment of Antisocial Personality Disorder and Psychopathy: Hopeful or Hopeless?"
Charles Scott, MD 

Panel Discussion (Child & Adolescent Track): Rising to the Challenge: Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Racial Minority Youth
Lisa Fortuna, MD, MPHFreida Saylor, MSW, LCSW, and Erikka Dzirasa, MD, MPH 

1:45 pm to 2:45 pm

Lecture: "Smartphone Apps for Mental Health"
John Torous, MD 

2:45 pm to 3:00 pm

Wellness Break Sponsored by HopeWay: Drumming
JD McNutt, HopeWay Pastoral Care Coordinator & “Drumming Guy” 

Virtual Exhibit Hall

3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Workshop: "Evaluating Mental Health Apps"
John Torous, MD 

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm


7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Museum Storytelling Tour of the National Museum of African American History & Culture hosted by the NCPA Race, Ethnicity and Equity Committee



8:00 am to 9:00 am

Women's Breakfast open to all women attendees

Virtual Exhibit Hall

9:00 am to 10:00 am

Sethi Award Lecture: “Targeting Brain Circuitry in Mood Disorders to Reduce Symptoms and Suicide”
Hilary Blumberg, MD

10:00 am to 11:00 am

Lecture: “Sleep Disorders in Psychiatry”
Ruth Benca, MD, PhD

11:00 am to 11:30 am

Wellness Break Sponsored by HopeWay: Horticultural Therapy “Container Garden”
Bobbie Mabe, HopeWay Horticultural Therapist 

Virtual Exhibit Hall

11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Lecture: “Top Research Findings”
Chris Aiken, MD

1:00 pm to 1:05 pm

Closing Remarks


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Keynote Speakers:

Glen O. Gabbard, M.D.
Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst, Author, Editor
Clinical Professor Psychiatry; Baylor College of Medicine
Patrice A. Harris, M.D.
American Medical Association Immediate Past President


 Featured Speakers:

Charles Scott, M.D.
Chief, Division of Psychiatry and the Law, Forensic Psychiatry Training Director, and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of California, Davis Medical Center; President of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL)
Hilary Blumberg, M.D.
The John and Hope Furth Professor of Psychiatric Neuroscience, Professor of Psychiatry, Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, and in the Child Study Center, Director, Mood Disorders Research Program, Yale School of Medicine
Ruth Benca, M.D., Ph.D.
Enterprise Academic Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Wake Forest School of Medicine; Professor, Kate Mills Snider Geropsychiatry Outreach Program
John Torous, M.D. 
Director, Digital Psychiatry Division in the Department of Psychiatry, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Robyn Jordan, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UNC School of Medicine

Chris Aiken, M.D.
Director, Mood Treatment Center, Winston-Salem; Editor-in-Chief, The Carlat Psychiatry Report

Colin Smith, M.D.
Duke University School of Medicine
Paul Riordan, M.D.
Assistant Consulting Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine; Consulting Associate, School of Nursing, Duke University School of Medicine
Justin Johnson, M.D. 
Director of Veteran Services, HopeWay
Dhipthi Brundage, M.D. 
Assistant Consulting Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine
Harold Kudler, M.D.
Assistant Consulting Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine
Ish Bhalla, M.D.
Associate Medical Director of Behavioral Health Value Transformation, Blue Cross NC
Freida Saylor, M.S.W., L.C.S.W. 
Clinical Director of Behavioral Health Services, Cherokee Indian Hospital
Lisa Fortuna, M.D., M.P.H., Mdiv 
Chief of Psychiatry and Vice Chair, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, UCSF
Erikka Dzirasa, M.D.
Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist, Catalyst Therapeutic Services


Frequently Asked Questions

Will the sessions be recorded so I can watch them again later?
We've got you covered! All CME sessions will be recorded, including the live Q&A with each speaker. If you register to attend the live Annual Meeting from October 1-3, you will have access to the meeting platform for several months past October. Access includes the ability to watch the lectures again, download the PowerPoint slides and other materials, revisit the Virtual Exhibit Hall, and find your CME information.

Do I have to watch sessions at the scheduled times? I never know when work will call or my kid needs me in the other room.
In order to claim CME credit, you must log into each session at the scheduled time during the weekend of the meeting. For CME purposes, we must keep record of who logged into each session at some point during the scheduled time. However, if you must step away from the computer for a brief moment, you will still receive credit. You will have access to rewatch the few minutes you missed (or the entire lecture) after the meeting.

Can I watch with my spouse or a small group of colleagues?
Yes! Make it a (COVID-approved) party! If you'd like to view the meeting with another registered attendee - spouse, friend, or coworker - go for it! For CME purposes, please be sure to email [email protected] to let us know which session(s) you watched and who was present. We will be sure those names are counted on the attendance log. Please note: Each person claiming CME must individually register for the meeting.

I miss social interaction! Can I mingle with attendees?
NCPA worked hard to select a virtual meeting platform with networking capabilities for attendees. The platform we have chosen is called PheedLoop, and registered attendees will receive an email with detailed instructions on how to set up your account and log into the platform. (Please take a few minutes to set up your account at least a few days before the meeting so that you are familiar with the platform.) Once logged in, you will be able to see who else is in the meeting space at the same time. If you would like to start a conversation with that person, you can either send them a message or invite them to join you in a one-on-one video chat!

What about the Annual Business Meeting?
Glad you asked! Both NCPA and the NC Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (NCCCAP) will still host Annual Business Meetings for members of their association only. As these meetings will be held via Zoom, all members - regardless of conference attendance - will be able to participate. They will have separate Zoom meeting links that will be distributed at a later date.

What's a Virtual Exhibit Hall? Are any prizes up for grabs?
We know you'll miss taking home a tote bag stuffed to the brim with pens, koozies, candy, and business cards. But you will still get to network with our awesome exhibitors and sponsors. Looking for a new job? Interested in hearing about that new treatment center that just opened up? Want to say hello to a friend you've seen at every meeting for the past decade? Hop over to the Virtual Exhibit Hall! We're keeping the Exhibitor Scavenger Hunt tradition alive, this year offering a Shibumi Beach Shade or a Cuisinart Chef's Convection Toaster Oven Air Fryer as prizes! Don't like these prizes? The recipient can opt for a cash option instead ($250 cash value)!

Are out-of-state physicians and other non-physician mental health professionals welcome? Can I invite my friend from residency I haven't seen in ages?
Of course! Please feel free to invite any friend or colleague who you think may be interested in the program. Generally, the meeting is intended for psychiatrists, psychologists, primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, social workers, and administrators. 

How much is registration?
Due to the nature of a virtual meeting, we were able to significantly reduce the cost of registration. (Food is expensive!!) The quality of the meeting content and experience, however, will be comparable to our in-person events. The fee is $275 for NCPA/APA members and NCCCAP members; $325 for non-members; and free for psychiatry residents & medical students. 

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