Keynote Speakers

Michael B. First, MD

Michael First Bio PicDr. First is a nationally and internationally recognized expert on psychiatric diagnosis and assessment issues. Dr. First was co-principal investigator on the “Future of Psychiatric Diagnosis” conferences that developed research agendas for the upcoming DSM-5 and ICD-11 revisions. He was the director of the DSM-V Prelude Project, and is a consultant to the World Health Organization regarding the revision of ICD-11. Dr. First is the Editor of the DSM-IV-TR, the Editor of Text and Criteria for DSM-IV, the DSM-IV Primary Care Version, and the APA’s Handbook on Psychiatric Measures. He has co-authored and co-edited a number of books, including A Research Agenda for DSM-V, Advancing DSM: Dilemmas in Psychiatric Diagnosis, Clinical Guide to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Disorders, DSM-5 Handbook for Differential Diagnosis, Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-5(SCID), Co-editing the Two Volume Textbook of Psychiatry with Allan Tasman, Jeffrey Lieberman, and Jerald Kay, and various software packages. He has trained thousands of clinicians and researchers in diagnostic assessment and differential diagnosis.

Janet B.W. Williams, PhD, MSSW (’81)

image001CSSW alum Janet Williams is well-known for her work on the development of psychiatric classifications and instruments to measure psychopathology. Her contributions include interview guides for the Hamilton Rating Scales and the Montgomery-Asberg Depression Rating Scale. She was heavily involved in the development of DSM-III, DSM-III-R, and DSM-IV, and was made an Honorary Fellow of the American Pscyhiatric Association for her contributions. Dr. Williams collaborated on the development and testing of the PRIME-MD, an interview guide designed to help primary care physicians make mental disorder diagnoses, and its self-report derivatives, the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ) and the GAD-7. Dr. Williams is the author of many rating instruments and interview guides, and over 230 scholarly publications, for which she has received recognition as an ISI Highly Cited Researcher.


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