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Psychiatric Quarterly, Vol. 74, No. 4, Winter 2003 (
The Fifteenth Annual New York State Ofﬁce
of Mental Health Research Conference
Michael C. Dulchin, M.D.
The New York State Ofﬁce of Mental Health Research Conference con-
vened for the 15
time in Albany, New York in December of 2002. For
time, this conference brought the latest psychiatric research
from around the state and nation to the scientists and clinicians of
New York State. Each year the Psychiatric Quarterly devotes one is-
sue to the conference and chooses six papers from the many excellent
presentations. This year the topics chosen include the early diagnosis
and treatment of children; gender differences in psychiatric diagnosis;
new treatment models for felony offenders with co-occuring disorders;
and the use of evidence-based medicine in psychiatry in general and for
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) speciﬁcally.
Corcoran et al. interviewed the parents of patients with prodromal
symptoms of schizophrenia and found that the children fell into two ba-
sic groups: those who exhibited changed behaviors from a normal but
vulnerable baseline, and those that were never normal. They further
found that changes in affect, function, and social behavior have pre-
dictive value for positive symptoms in prodromal patients. Silva et al.
are similarly interested in identifying and treating at risk children.
In this case, his group used the events of September 11
as a unique
opportunity to study and intervene with children with PTSD. His pa-
per presents the cognitive behavioral therapy program developed by his
group and proves guidelines for clinicians working with this population.
Skodol and Bender ask the question, “Why are women diagnosed bor-
derline more than men?” They go on to look at the potential sampling
and diagnostic biases, and then examine the data for possible biological
and sociocultural differences between the sexes; these may account for
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