Presentation: Developing a National Neuroscience Curriculum - Progress on Planning for the Future of Psychiatry.

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Presenting Author(s): Dr. Michael Travis

Date and time: 23 Mar 2018 from 14:00 to 15:00

Location: Wildrose Salon C  Floor Map

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to: Appreciate the value of incorporating a neuroscience framework into the clinical practice of psychiatry
  2. Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to: Describe various resources and approaches for teaching and learning neuroscience
  3. integrate neuroscience into psychiatry in a way that is both accessible and engaging.


Literature Reference:

Arbuckle MR, Travis MJ, Ross DA. (2017). Integrating a Neuroscience Perspective Into Clinical Psychiatry Today. JAMA Psychiatry. 2017 Apr 1;74(4):313-314 PMID: 28273288 

Benjamin S, Travis MJ, Cooper JJ, Dickey CC, Reardon CL. Neuropsychiatry and neuroscience education of psychiatry trainees: attitudes and barriers. Acad Psychiatry. 2014 Apr;38(2):135-40. doi: 10.1007/s40596-014-0051-9. Epub 2014 Mar 19. 

Detre T. The future of psychiatry. Am J Psychiatry. 1987 May;144(5):621-5.

Insel T. Director’s blog: The Future of Psychiatry (= Clinical Neuroscience). Posted April 20, 2012. Accessed August 1, 2014. 

Reynolds CF 3rd, Lewis DA, Detre T, Schatzberg AF, Kupfer DJ. The future of psychiatry as clinical neuroscience. Acad Med. 2009 Apr;84(4):446-50. 

Ross DA, Arbuckle MR, Travis MJ, Dwyer JB, van Schalkwyk GI, Ressler KJ. (2017). An Integrated Neuroscience Perspective on Formulation and Treatment Planning for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: An Educational Review. JAMA Psychiatry. 2017 Apr 1;74(4):407-415 PMID: 28273291 

Ross DA, Travis MJ, Arbuckle MR. (2015). The Future of Psychiatry as Clinical Neuroscience: Why Not Now?.  JAMA Psychiatry. 2015 Mar 11. PMID: 25760896 

Ross DA, Travis MJ, Arbuckle MR. (2017). Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in a Young Adult Military Veteran. JAMA Psychiatry. 2017 Apr 1;74(4):417-418 PMID: 28273294 

Ross, DA and Rohrbaugh, RM. Integrating Neuroscience in the Training of Psychiatrists: A Patient-Centered, Didactic Curriculum Based On Adult Learning Principles. Acad Psych, 2014: 38(2):154-162.



Psychiatry is in the midst of a paradigm shift. The diseases we treat are increasingly understood in terms of the complex interactions between genetic and environmental factors and the development and regulation of neural circuitry. To date, however, neuroscience has generally not been taught in a way that is engaging, accessible and relevant to patient care.  Much of neuroscience education has remained lecture-based without employing active, adult learning principles.  In order to address this gap, in 2014, we established the National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative (NNCI), an NIH funded program intended to create, pilot, and disseminate novel interactive approaches for teaching neuroscience.  These approaches are intended to bring concepts to life through multimodal learning.  These exercises complement traditional teaching approaches and reinforce key learning objectives.  For programs without a robust neuroscience curriculum, or those seeking to complement an existing neuroscience course, the NNCI will provide participants with easy to use resources that can be implemented locally to enrich the teaching and learning experience. We will outline these approaches and encourage participants to explore them for use in their own teaching.

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