19th Annual Jon E. Nadherny/Calciano Memorial Youth Symposium

Cutting Edge Experts from UC Davis Mind Institute:

Understanding ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment


Online registration is now closed, please email nadhernycalcianosymposium@gmail.com to register and bring your payment to the door at the event. 

 For questions please contact Crystal Olsen at 831.457.7070.

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Course Objectives

  1. Increase knowledge of evidence-based approaches to diagnosis in ADHD.
  2. Gain appreciation for developmental progression of ADHD.
  3. Learn about different subtypes (i.e., “presentation types”) of ADHD and implications for treatment.
  4. Develop understanding for the role of medication in ADHD, types of medication for ADHD, assessing the use of medication in ADHD and associated benefits and potential side effects.
  5. Nonpharmacological approaches to ADHD with a review of current treatments and future directions.
  6. Learn about co-morbid disorders associated with ADHD, including the link between substance use disorders and ADHD and self-harm.
  7. Increase understanding of how neuroscience findings relate to everyday functioning for persons with ADHD.


Julie B. Schweitzer, Ph.D.

Dr. Schweitzer is a Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Director of the Attention, Impulsivity and Regulation (AIR)/ADHD Program at the mind institute at the UC Davis School of Medicine and Director,UC Davis Schools of Health Mentoring Academy. Her goal is to apply translational research methods using a combination of behavioral and physiological methods(e.g., fMRI) to better characterize and develop targeted treatments for self-control and attentional disorders in children and adults. This includes identifying subtypes of attentional and impulse-related disorders associated with attention deficit/hyperactivity (ADHD). In addition,she conducts investigator-initiated clinical trial research using cognitive and psychopharmacological approaches in ADHD and autism. She has a long history of studying reward-related functioning across populations, including,typical development, ADHD, schizophrenia and substance use disorders. She is also currently funded for communication and dissemination projects for ADHD.

Catherine Fassbender, Ph.D.

Dr. Fassbender is an Assistant Professional Researcher within the UC Davis Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She is a cognitive neuroscientist whose interests include understanding the neural correlates of cognitive control processes in the typically developing brain, in ADHD and in substance abuse, through the use of behavioral, functional neuroimaging and electrophysiological methods. Dr. Fassbender’s goal is to better understand the cognitive impairments in ADHD in order to inform targeted treatments and to identify patterns of brain and behavior function that will inform the early identification of individuals vulnerable to substance dependence with the goal of prevention.

Murat Pakyurek, M.D.

Dr. Pakyurek is a Clinical Professor and the Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division at UC Davis Medical Center. He is also the medical director for UC Davis Department of Psychiatry Outpatient Clinics and the medical director at The MIND Institute ADHD Clinic. Dr. Pakyurek’s clinical interests are care delivery systems,childhood mood disorders, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. He is involved in education and training of medical students and general psychiatry as well as child and adolescent psychiatry residents.

Please visit the Jon E. Nadherny/Calciano Memorial Youth Symposium Website for more information.

About Us

The Jon E. Nadherny/Calciano Memorial Youth Symposium was founded in 1997 by the Nadherny/Calciano family as a way of dealing with the tragic loss of their son Jon to suicide. In conjunction with the Dominican Hospital Foundation, the family organizes the Symposium, focused on providing continuing education by offering world-class training at minimum cost.

This annual symposium creates a community experience that reaches across the entire range of mental health professionals and educators. The wide variety of topics covered help foster an open dialogue among physicians,social workers, health care professionals, school personnel and public law enforcement officials. This ensures solution-creating networks and improved access to service for adolescents, young adults and their families.