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PCPH Lunch & Lecture series presents Craigan Usher, M.D.: “Through the Developmental Thicket with Lemony Snicket: Provoking Curiosity, Promoting Empathy Using Literature in Graduate Psychiatric Education”
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 12:00pm

Please join our lunch and lecture series for a presentation by Dr. Craigan Usher, Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at OHSU, on the use of children’s literature as a guide in child and adolescent psychiatry training. This in-depth, psychoanalytic approach to “reading” characters and books from children’s literature aims to strengthen the interactions and clinical dynamic between practitioner and client in the child and adolescent psychiatry setting. 

Dr. Usher has elaborated on this work in a clinical perspective paper published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, titled “‘Paging’ Child & Adolescent Psychiatrists: Reviewing the Developmental Canon.” 

A Pacific Northwest native, Craigan Usher graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed his general psychiatry training at the Harvard-Longwood program and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital in Boston. After one year of practice in Chicago at the Rush NeuoroBehavioral Center where he participated in research in social-emotional learning, Dr. Usher joined the OHSU faculty in 2008. During his training, he was awarded a fellowship through the American Psychoanalytic Association and his teaching reflects this as he continues to pursue the links between the neuroscience of empathy and attachment and child psychiatric practice. Dr. Usher has published numerous textbook chapters and authored book reviews for the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychosomatics, and the Clinical Social Work Journal. Dr. Usher is the director of child and adolescent psychiatry training."

Light lunch fare will be provided. The lecture takes place in the English Department Lounge (Neuberger Hall, room 407).
Wednesday, February 19, noon