Psychiatry Conference to Address Ways to Manage, Treat Common Mental Health Concerns

Feb. 27, 2023

The goal of the conference is to improve patient outcomes by sharing knowledge with primary care providers and others interested in mental health concerns.


On March 11, Psychiatry for Non-Psychiatrists, hosted by the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson with support from Banner – University Health Plans, will provide training in behavioral health strategies that can be implemented in any health care setting.

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, mental illnesses were rising at an alarming rate. It has only gotten worse. With a dearth of mental health care providers, primary care providers are increasingly confronted with patients who are struggling with behavioral health conditions such as depression, anxiety, chronic pain and trauma.

The primary goal of Psychiatry for Non-Psychiatrists is to improve patient outcomes by sharing knowledge with primary care providers and others who are interested in common mental health concerns that they or those they know may be struggling with.

“Access to mental health care is a right, not a privilege,” said Jordan F. Karp, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry and lead conference organizer. Dr. Karp provides specialized care for mood and anxiety disorders, suicide prevention, treatment-resistant depression, cognitive decline and behavioral changes associated with aging.

“We aim to empower primary care providers with new clinical skills to enhance access to care, improve comorbid medical conditions, and reduce the stigma of seeking treatment for mental illness,” he said.

The featured topics and speakers are:

  • Keynote: Meeting the Chronic Pain Care Needs of Older Adults: What is the role of the PCP?
    Debra K. Weiner, MD, Associate Director for Research, Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry, Anesthesiology and Clinical and Translational Science, University of Pittsburgh 
  • Taming Clutter: Hoarding Disorder Research and Treatment Advances 
    Carolyn Rodriguez, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Associate Dean, Stanford Medicine
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: Anxiety in the Community 
    Carmen Andreescu, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh
  • Key Tips on Finding and Fixing Bipolar Disorder 
    Hanadi Ajam Oughli, MD, Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
  • Ask an Expert 
    Saira Kalia, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson
  • Taming the Black Dog: Delivering Effective and Confident Depression Treatment in Primary Care, Ask an Expert 
    Jordan Karp, MD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson 
  • Working with Challenging Patients: Understanding and Managing Such Encounters 
    Barbara Pritchard, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson
  • Trauma Informed Care Is Primary Care: Strategies and Solutions 
    ​Ginny Sprang, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Executive Director, Center on Trauma and Children, University of Kentucky College of Medicine

The conference is open to all. Registration cost are: $100 for physicians; $75 for nurses/physician assistants; $50 for community members (not CME eligible); $10 for residents/trainees/students (not CME eligible). Up to 5.25 continuing medical education credits are available at the $100 and $75 registration levels. 

Visit for conference details and to register.


Jamie Manser
Department of Psychiatry