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Digital Mental Health Treatments: The Role Of Neurobehavioral Therapies In Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)

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Digital Mental Health Treatments: The Role Of Neurobehavioral Therapies In Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)

There is a significant unmet need for patients with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) who fail to achieve an adequate response to current treatments. As our understanding of the biology of depression evolves, novel treatment targets are emerging. Neurobehavioral therapies (NBTs) that affect changes in potential mechanisms underlying depression are being explored. In this webinar, Dr. Robin Nelson, MD and Dr. Sandeep Vaishnavi, MD, PhD, will review the potential importance of neurocircuitry and neuroplasticity in MDD. They will also discuss the potential utility of using digital mental health treatments (DMHTs) to target neurobiological emotional control systems.



Robin Nelson, MD

Psychiatrist, DGR Behavioral Health LLC & Caron Treatment Centers

Psychiatrist at DGR Comprehensive Behavioral Health LLC in Wyomissing, PA, and an attending psychiatrist at the Caron Foundation Treatment Center in Wernersville, PA. Dr. Nelson received his MD from Duke University’s School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Duke University’s Psychiatric Residency Education Program. Dr. Nelson is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Sandeep Vaishnavi, MD, PhD

Faculty, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS), Duke University

Dr. Vaishnavi completed his MD and PhD at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, and his residency at Duke University. He is board-certified in psychiatry and certified in Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties. He is affiliated with the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences. His research interests include investigating methods to enhance neural plasticity and resilience with brain stimulation, digital therapeutics, and evidence-based stress management tools. He is a best-selling author of The Traumatized Brain: A Family Guide to Understanding Mood, Memory, and Behavior after Brain Injury. His newest book, Healing the Traumatized Brain: Coping after Concussion and Other Brain Injuries, will be released in July 2023.

Mark Tacelosky, PharmD (OPDC)

Senior Medical Science Liaison

Speakers Robin Nelson, MD and Sandeep Vaishnavi, MD, PhD are paid consultants of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. (OPDC)
Speaker Mark Tacelosky, PharmD is an employee of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. (OPDC)


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