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Live Event – Strategies to Optimize Patient Outcomes in Bipolar Disorder I

This is a Live Private Event for members of the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants – Pittsburgh Chapter.

Bipolar I Disorder is characterized by mood episode recurrence, which impacts patient functioning and clinical outcomes. During this presentation, speakers will discuss risk factors for mood recurrence including non-adherence. They will also discuss some management strategies including long acting injectables (LAIs) that may optimize patient outcomes.


Hyde Park

247 North Shore Drive
Pittsburgh, PA United States
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Marci Sturgeon-Rusiewicz, MS, LPC, NCC, CPSS, CPRP

Senior Manager of Recovery Services, Wesley Family Services

As the Senior Manager of Recovery and Resiliency for Wesley Family Services, Marci is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Pennsylvania, a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Doctoral Candidate of Counseling Psychology. Her clinical work involves both assessment and psychotherapy to youth and young adults within a university counseling center as well as adults and older adults in a community behavioral healthcare setting. She has extensive experience in working with the diversities of individuals diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) and severe emotional disturbance (SED) as a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner. Her oversight includes community Drop-In Centers serving both transition age and adults within Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties. She is the Clinical Manager of the First Episode Psychosis Program (ENGAGE) at Wesley Family Services. Marci has a background in program development within the community based behavioral healthcare setting. She is a holistic health practitioner who believes in the importance of maintaining a balance of mind and body for optimal wellness which she incorporates into both direct practice and her management style. Her work emphasizes a bio/psycho/social support system for youth and adults. She holds an undergraduate degree in art education from Carlow College and earned a Master of Science from Carlow University.

Katie Sulkowski, PharmD (OPDC)

Medical Science Liaison

Speaker Marci Sturgeon-Rusiewicz, MS, LPC, NCC, CPSS, CPRP is a paid consultant for Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. (OPDC)
Speaker Katie Sulkowski, PharmD is an employee of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. (OPDC)



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