Services for Teens At Risk

Past Conference Webinars

We are pleased to make available to you recordings of Keynote Addresses given at past STAR-Center Conferences.  We look forward to making additional conference presentations available to you. 

2018 STAR-Center Conference


Modern Times: Assessing, Supporting, and Engaging Youth at Risk for Suicide In a Digital Era


David A. Brent, M.D., Academic Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Endowed Chair in Suicide Studies, Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics & Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, and Director, STAR-Center (Services for Teens at Risk), Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

This talk reviews the harmful and potentially positive effects of exposure to social media on youths' suicide risk and discusses methods for detecting and mitigation of suicidal risk based on social media postings and use. 

Click here to download a copy of Dr. Brent's powerpoint presentation.


Presented by Mary Margaret Kerr, Ed.D., Professor, Administrative and Policy Studies, Psychology in Education, and Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh.   

Often overlooked as members of a treatment team, teachers spend many hours with children who experience anxiety and depression.  Yet, most surveys reveal that teachers feel inadequately prepared to support such students. To facilitate clinic-school communications and increase educators' involvement, this presentation offers evidence-based, practical approaches for teachers, including mobile apps. 

Click here to download a copy of Dr. Kerr's powerpoint presentation.


2017 STAR-Center Conference

"Treatment of Suicidal Youth:  A Glimpse into the Future" - STAR-Center Annual Conference - Pittsburgh, PA - May 5, 2017

Presented by David A. Brent, M.D., Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics & Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, and Director, STAR-Center (Services for Teens at Risk), Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

Advances in technology and neurobiology create new opportunities for novel approaches to the assessment and treatment of suicidal youth.  With respect to assessment, we will review adaptive screening, computerized tasks, and neuroimaging approaches to detecting suicidal thinking, the use of mobile phone and speech analyses to detect suicidal individuals, and interventions of suicidal behavior and self-harm involving texting to encourage treatment follow-up, and games to alter cognitive bias about suicide.

Click here to download a copy of Dr. Brent's powerpoint presentation.

Presented by Mary Margaret Kerr, Ed.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology in Education, and Administrative and Policy Studies, University of Pittsburgh.

Once overlooked in the delivery of mental health services, both K-12 and university educators now assume a prominent role.  This session first will offer an historical perspective on educators' involvement in suicide-related work.  Next, it will examine what the literature says about the impact on educators when they confront students at risk for suicide.  Lastly, this presentation with highlight lessons learned through STAR-Center's collaborations with schools and universities, and offer recommendations for educators' involvement in the future.

Click here to download a copy of Dr. Kerr's powerpoint presentation.