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PBTA Lifetime Achievement Award presented to: Michael J Kozak, PhD

  • 09/19/2014
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Arcadia University Grey Towers Castle, Glenside, PA

  • 6-7 Cocktail Reception
  • 7-9 Presentation by Dr. Kozak: The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) Initiative: Toward an Interdisciplinary Psychopathology

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) Initiative: Toward an Interdisciplinary Psychopathology - Michael J Kozak, PhD
Program Information

The NIMH Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) initiative is an effort to promote the development of an interdisciplinary psychopathology that consists of dimensional constructs that integrate elements of psychology and biology, especially genetics and neuroscience. This presentation will describe the background and goals of the RDoC initiative and will summarize its organization and progress to date. It will also highlight relevant theoretical and methodological issues and consider some pragmatics of formulating research projects within the RDoC framework.

Educational Objectives

By the end of this presentation, audience members should be able to:

  1. Describe the essential elements of the NIMH Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) initiative
  2. Summarize the rationale behind the development of the RDoC guidelines
  3. Summarize the relationship of the RDoC concepts to the DSM diagnostic system
  4. Explain the relationship of the RDoC initiative to NIMH research funding priorities

Michael J. Kozak earned his A.B. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied animal learned helplessness, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Wisconsin- Madison, where he studied the psychophysiology of emotional imagery. After a teaching year at the University of British Columbia, in 1982 he joined the Anxiety Center at the Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute in Philadelphia, where he was Clinical Director and Associate Professor in Psychiatry at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. He has studied process and outcome of psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy for anxiety, including blood/injury phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder , post-traumatic stress disorder, and social anxiety. His publications include case studies and controlled treatment trials, psychophysiological assessments, theoretical and review articles, and philosophical analyses. He was a member of the Workgroup on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder for the DSM-IV and is a member of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Steering Committee for the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) initiative. His manual for exposure-based treatment, Mastery of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, co-authored with Edna Foa, has been translated into German and Norwegian. He joined the NIH Center for Scientific Review as a Scientific Review Administrator in 1999 and in 2001 moved to the NIMH, as Chief of its Extramural Review Branch. Since 2005 he has been Chief of the NIMH Adult Psychopathology and Psychosocial Intervention Research Branch in its Division of Adult Translational Research and Treatment Development.

Target Audience

This presentation is intended for mental health professionals, researchers, and graduate students. The instructional level of this presentation is introductory.

Continuing Education

This program provides 2 CE credits. CE credits are free for PBTA members and for professionals paying the non-member rate. CE credits for non-members are $40. Student members and those paying the student rate are not eligible to receive CEs. The Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association (PBTA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. PBTA maintains responsibility for the program. This program provides two (2) hours of CE credits. PBTA is also an authorized provider for CE credits for Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Clinical Social Workers licensed in the state of Pennsylvania.

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