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Panel Discussion On The Role Of Psychotherapy, Cognitive Training, & Digital Platforms For Treatment Of Major Depressive Disorder

Psychotherapy, particularly cognitive behavioral therapy, is a widely accepted and effective treatment approach for major depressive disorder.1 Cognitive training represents a promising and novel therapeutic intervention to address cognitive and affective symptoms of depression.2 Individual and systematic barriers may limit initiation and adherence to psychological interventions.3 Digital platforms may be one potential solution to improve access to treatment, lessen concerns about social stigma, and ease the cost burden.4 Our panel of experts will engage in an exciting discussion on the role of psychotherapy, cognitive training, and digital platforms for treatment of major depressive disorder.


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  2. Woolf, C., et al. Neuropsychol Rev. 2022 Jun; 32(2):419-437. A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Cognitive Training in Adults with Major Depressive Disorder – PubMed (nih.gov)
  3. Mohr, D. C. et al. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 2010; 66(4): 394-409. And Lau Y et al. J Psychiatr Res. 2022;146:234–248.
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Saundra Jain, MA, PsyD, LPC

Adjunct Clinical Affiliate for the School of Nursing at the University of Texas, Austin; Co-founder of WILD-5 Wellness®

Saundra Jain is an Adjunct Clinical Affiliate for the School of Nursing at The University of Texas, Austin, Texas. She is very focused on wellness and the impact of positive psychology on client outcomes. She launched a private practice of psychotherapy where she currently provides services for a wide range of mental health issues.

Dr. Jain is a co-creator of the WILD 5 Wellness Program, which combines five elements of wellness (exercise, mindfulness, sleep, social connectedness, and nutrition) into a prescriptive, easy-to-follow wellness program. She is very active in the area of peer-to-peer education, especially in the disease states of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, and ADHD. She is the co-creator and co-presenter of a novel interactive workshop addressing the challenges of dealing with psychiatric co-morbidities through the use of psychiatric scales and screeners. She also serves as a member of the Psych Congress Committee providing direction regarding educational gaps & needs for healthcare practitioners in the world of mental health.

Co-founder WILD-5 Wellness®

Gaurava Agarwal, MD

Chief wellness executive, Northwestern Medicine Director of Faculty Wellness, Northwestern University

Gaurava Agarwal, MD serves as the Major Depressive Disorder Section Advisor for PsychU. In addition, he is the Chief Wellness Executive, Northwestern Medicine Medical Groups; Associate Professor for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science and Medical Education, and Director of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. He also is the Director of Physician Well-Being for Northwestern Medicine’s Medical Groups.

Elizabeth DiNapoli, PhD (OPDC)

Senior Medical Science Liaison

Dr. DiNapoli earned her PhD from the University of Alabama.

Speakers Saundra Jain, MA, PsyD, LPCand Gaurava Agarwal, MD are paid consultants of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.
Speaker Elizabeth DiNapoli, PhD is a paid employee of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.


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