Topics and Advances in Pediatrics

Another program, the "Julia Berg Lecture," is an endowed lecture featured in each year’s Topics and Advances in Pediatrics conference. This annual session focuses on adolescent mental health.

  • The first presentation was in 2009 by Dr. Henry Emmons, Psychiatrist at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing and Consultant to the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the U of M. Dr. Emmons’ lecture was titled “Creating Resilience in Adolescents.”


  • The second presentation was in 2010, featuring Dr. Nimi Singh, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Adolescent Medicine Fellowship in the Division of Adolescent Health and Medicine at the University of Minnesota. Her lecture was titled “Primary Care Approach to Adolescent Mental Health Promotion.”

  • The third was by Dr. Katherine Nelson, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the U. of M. Her specialty is Borderline Personality Disorder, and her lecture focused on early symptoms and the efficacy of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.


  • Dr. S. Charles Schultz, Professor and Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the U. of M. presented the fourth lecture in 2013. He runs a program for the treatment of first-episode schizophrenia, including inpatient and outpatient settings, as well as family and group therapy.

  • Dr. Scott Crow presented the fifth lecture in 2014. He is a psychiatrist at the University of Minnesota, and Director of Research at the Emily Program. His topic was eating disorders.

  • The sixth lecture was presented by Anne R. Gearity, PhD, LICSW. Dr. Gearity has a mental health practice in Minneapolis, and teaches at University of Minnesota School of Social Work and department of Child Psychiatry. Her lecture was “Supporting self- awareness and self-compassion in adolescent development.”

Edited July 2015