About this event

  • Date and time Thu 25 Mar 2021 from 6:00pm to 7:15pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Psychiatry

This webinar will give participants insight into the evolving roles of biology and environmental factors in developmental psychopathology. Experts will present and consider the evolving concepts in brain development and their impact on understanding of neurodevelopment and neurodevelopmental disorders.

During this webinar participants will:

  • Examine the principles underlying the concept of a “neurodevelopmental disorder."
  • Consider how most psychiatric disorders in children and adults may represent “neurodevelopmental disorders.”
  • Appreciate how taking a neurodevelopmental approach to psychopathology can alter clinical practice.

This is the sixth of a series of Mind Matters webinars presented by the RSM Psychiatry section.

A CPD certificate with 1 CPD credit  will be issued to those joining each webinar live and will be automatically issued after 7 days  to those who watched the webinar live in its entirety. Those who watch the webinar on-demand will receive a CPD certificate 30 days after the webinar has gone live.  

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Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted. 


Standard pricing available until 25 March 2021.


RSM Member RSM Trainee RSM Student
£12.00 £9.00 £6.00

Non - Member

Non - Member Trainee Student
£20.00 £15.00 £10.00

Key speakers

Bennet Leventhal

Dr Bennett L. Leventhal

MD, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Medical Director of the Center of ASD and NDD’s, University of California San Francisco

Speaker's biography

Bennett L. Leventhal, M.D. is Professor of Psychiatry and Medical Director of the UCSF Center for Autism Spectrum and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the University of California San Francisco as well as the Irving B. Harris Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Emeritus, at the University of Chicago and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at Yonsei University in South Korea. He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of both the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and an Honorary Member of the World Psychiatric Association. His honors and awards include the George Tarjan Award, Outstanding Mentor Award, and Catcher in the Rye Award form the Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, where he also serves as Treasurer and member of the Executive Committee and Council. He is the recipient of numerous other awards including the Edithe J. Levitt Award for Distinguished Service from the National Board of Medical Examiners.  He is the immediate Past-Chair of WPA Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr Leventhal is a leader in national and international efforts to promote research and improved care for children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders.  He is an active clinician, educator and investigator.  His research focuses on disruptions in brain development that interfere with social functioning, including the molecular genetics of autism and the prenatal origins of disruptive behaviour disorders with current research programs in integrated paediatric mental health services, paediatric psychopharmacology, bullying, epidemiology, etiology and treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).   

Professor Andrea Danese MD

PhD Professor, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Gordana Milavic MD

F.R.C.Psych, President Elect , Psychiatry Council, RSM


View the programme here

Welcome and introduction

Dr Gordana Milavic, President Elect, Psychiatry Section, Royal Society of Medicine

'It’s complicated': Evolving concepts of developmental psychopathology

Professor Bennett Leventhal, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Medical Director of the Center of ASD and NDD’s, University of California, San Francisco

Panel discussion

Chair: Dr Gordana Milavic

Professor Bennett Leventhal and Professor Andrea Danese, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, King's College London Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience

Close of meeting



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Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM.

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

Special rates for difficult times
The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s ​weekly COVID-19 Series ​webinars remain free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic.

All webinars will be available for registered delegates 30 days after on Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels. 

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