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Webinar: Are You Concerned About Your Child’s Irritability?

Date and Time

November 7, 2018



Sponsor(s): NIMH Division of Intramural Research Programs (IRP)

On Wednesday, November 7, 2018, from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST, join the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) for a webinar on irritability in children.

Children pass through many phases of development as they grow up. It can be hard to know if a child is going through normal development or showing signs of something more serious. Occasional outbursts and irritability are a normal outcome of being tired, uncomfortable, or frustrated. In some children, it can be chronic and explosive. The webinar will cover:

  • Common signs of severe irritability
  • How parents can help a child with severe irritability
  • What treatment options exist, such as cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Ongoing irritability research conducted at NIMH

To register for the webinar, please visit .

About the presenter: Dr. Melissa A. Brotman is the Assistant Clinical Investigator of the Neuroscience and Novel Therapeutics Unit (NNT) in the Emotion and Development Branch at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Dr. Brotman received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, where she specialized in cognitive behavioral therapy for mood and anxiety disorders. After completing her clinical internship at the Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System/University of Maryland-Baltimore, she completed post-doctoral training in neuroscience, focusing on functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and clinical phenotyping of severe irritability in youth. Currently, she uses affective neuroscience techniques to understand the brain-based mechanisms underlying severe irritability in youth, and leverages pathophysiological knowledge to guide the development of novel targeted interventions.