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Dr. Duncan Clark discusses the relationship between adolescent substance use disorders and teen brain development.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Improve the recognition of children at risk for substance use disorders by identifying the components of executive control
  • Improve the accuracy of information provided by clinicians to parents and teens on the current status of research on the relationship between substance use disorders and brain structure
  • Improve the prevention and treatment of adolescent substance use disorders by considering the implications of neuroscience findings

Reading Resources:

  1. Chung T, Geier C, Luna B, Pajtek S, Terwilliger R, Thatcher D, Clark DB: Enhancing response inhibition by incentive: Comparison of adolescents with and without substance use disorder. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 115: 43-50, 2011
  2. Clark DB, Chung T, Pajtek S, Zhai Z, Long E, Hasler: Neuroimaging methods for adolescent substance use disorder prevention research. Prevention Science (in press)
  3. Clark DB, Chung T, Thatcher DL, Pajtek S, Long EC: Psychological dysregulation, white matter disorganization and substance use disorders in adolescence. Addiction 107: 206-214, 2012


Dr. Clark has no relevant relationships with any entities producing health care goods or services.

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.1) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to 1.0 contact hour.

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Release Date: 6/18/2013 | Last Modified On: 2/3/2017 | Expires: 2/3/2017

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