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Dr. Luna uses various studies of cognition and brain maturation to help improve early identification of psychiatric disorders and improve treatment of such disorders, specifically for adolescent patients.

Educational objectives:

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

  • Improve diagnostic skills for identifying early indices of psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia
  • Increase patient outcomes when prescribing medication treatment
  • Improve patient outcome by taking into consideration sex effects

Reading Resources:

  1. Geier CF, Padmanabhan A, Luna B. Immaturities in incentive processing and executive function in adolescence [Review]. Neurotoxicity Res. In Press.
  2. Ordaz S, Luna B. Sex differences in physiological reactivity to acute psychosocial stress in adolescence. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2012 Jan 24.[Epub ahead of print]. PubMed PMID: 22281210
  3. Luna B, Padmanabhan A, O'Hearn K. What has fMRI told us about the development of cognitive control through adolescence? [Review]. Brain Cogn. 2010 Feb;72(1):101-13. PubMed PMID: 19765880.


Dr. Luna has no relevant relationships with any entities producing healthcare 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 0.75 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 (0.075) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to 0.75 contact hours.

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Release Date: 10/4/2012 | Last Modified On: 10/15/2013 | Expires: 10/15/2014

This course has been expired.