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Live Event – All Hands On Deck In The Treatment Of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD): A Focus On Measurement-Based Care In Psychiatry & Primary Care

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Live Event – All Hands On Deck In The Treatment Of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD): A Focus On Measurement-Based Care In Psychiatry & Primary Care

This is a Live Event for PsychU members in New York and New Jersey.

Given the current state of affairs, primary care providers are increasingly treating patients with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). During this panel presentation, Savatta Salvatore, MD; Michael Townsend, MA, LCSW; and C. Brendan Montano, MD, will be discussing the prevalence and burden of MDD within the Tri-State area (NY/NJ/CT), with an emphasis on New Jersey and the impact of COVID-19 on MDD. Additionally, the speakers will discuss barriers faced by primary care providers and include the perspectives and expertise from psychiatrists. Finally, the presenters will consider the potential role of measurement-based care, focusing on the strategies incorporated in their practices and discussing methods of collaboration.


  • Discuss the prevalence and burden of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) locally and nationally, including the impact of COVID-19
  • Identify gaps between primary care and psychiatry within the treatment of MDD
  • Understand the potential role and importance of measurement-based care (MBC)
  • Consider methods of collaboration that may improve outcomes for patients with MDD


Spanish Tavern

103 McWhorter St A
Newark, NJ 07105 United States
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(973) 589-4959 View Venue Website


Salvatore G.-Savatta

Salvatore G. Savatta, MD

Chair of Psychiatry, Trinitas Regional Medical Center, Elizabeth, NJ

Dr. Salvatore G. Savatta received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from New York University, graduated from New York University School of Medicine in 2001 and completed his M.S. in Biostatistics Clinical Research Methods at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in 2005. Dr. Savatta has previously served as Director of Inpatient Psychiatry at New York Methodist Hospital, Medical Director of TMS Centers of America and both Deputy Chair and Interim Chair of Psychiatry at Trinitas Regional Medical Center. He presently serves as Chair of Psychiatry at Trinitas and has done so since May of 2020. Dr. Savatta completed his Psychiatry Residency at St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center and completed a Public Service Psychiatry Fellowship and a Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center – Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. Dr. Savatta is Board Certified in both Adult Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry. He has tailored his clinical practice to focus on “difficult to treat” depression, and often includes the implementation of Neuromodulation techniques such as TMS, Esketamine, and Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) when clinically appropriate.

Michael Townsend, MA, LSW/LCSW

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Gateway Counseling Center

Mr. Townsend, is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Gateway Counseling Center where he assists the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with managing and directing the organization towards its primary objectives, serves as a member of the Boardof Directors, as well as the Chair of Audit Committee of the Mental Health Association in New York, and is also the President of GCC Transportation, LLC, which directs transportation services to the transit disabled and medically frail.
C. Brendan-Montano

C. Brendan Montano, MD, PC

Director and Principal Investigator for Connecticut Clinical Research in Cromwell, Connecticut

Dr. Montano is Director and Principal Investigator for Connecticut Clinical Research in Cromwell, Connecticut, where he also holds a private practice in internal medicine, specializing in preventative medicine and mood disorders. In addition, he is an attending physician at Middlesex Memorial Hospital in Middletown, Connecticut.

Brijesh Patel, PharmD (OPDC)

Medical Science Liaison


Becky Wong, PharmD, MBA (OPDC)

Medical Science Director

Speakers Salvatore G. Savatta, MD; Michael Townsend, MA, LCSW; and C. Brendan Montano, MD, PC are paid consultants for Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. 
Speakers Brijesh Patel, PharmD and Becky Wong, PharmD, MBA are employees of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. (OPDC)



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