25th APS Annual Convention: Mark Your Calendar (Washington, DC, USA - May 23-26, 2013)

Clinical Science Forum

From Revolution to Legislation: The NIMH Research Domain Criteria Project

Thursday, May 23, 2013, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Delaware Suite A

Bruce N. Cuthbert Chair: Bruce N. Cuthbert
National Institute of Mental Health

The NIMH Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) project was initiated to “Develop, for research purposes, new ways of classifying mental disorders based on dimensions of observable behavior and neurobiological measures.” NIMH’s Bruce Cuthbert will outline the ways that RDoC combines psychology and neuroscience in a translational framework and how the original concept has been transformed into an operational system. The talk will conclude with examples to illustrate the differences between RDoC research designs and traditional clinical studies.

Continuing Education: 1.5 Credits

Learning Objectives

This forum is designed to help you:

1. Summarize the problems with the DSM/ICD diagnostic system that led NIMH to initiate the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) project.

2. Explain the ways that the RDoC project differs from conventional diagnostic systems.

3. Discuss the four main Specific Aims of the RDoC project.

Continuing education for psychologists is sponsored by the Psychology Department at the Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center (WHASC). The Psychology Department at WHASC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. WHASC maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Point of contact for the CE Program is Howard Garb. He can be reached at howard.garb@us.af.mil, or 210.671.4084.


Robert F. Krueger

Robert F. Krueger (Discussant)
University of Minnesota

Elaine F. Walker

Elaine F. Walker (Discussant)
Emory University

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