NEWS | April 17, 2017

New research on treatment for pediatric bipolar disorder focus of UC Davis lecture


While medication is a common treatment for adults who suffer from bipolar disorder, not much research has been done on this treatment in pediatric patients – until now.

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Robert Findling, an internationally-recognized researcher in pediatric psychiatry, will discuss current and previous research on the medication treatment of pediatric bipolar disorder at a free public lecture on May 4 at 4:30 p.m. in the UC Davis MIND Institute Auditorium, 2825 50th Street in Sacramento.

“Bipolar disorder, when it occurs in children and adolescents, can be a serious and debilitating condition,” Findling said. “Although treatment with medications is often a cornerstone in adults with bipolar disorder, until recently, very little research been done on this topic in children and adolescents. Over the past several years, studies have been completed that consider both the safety and efficacy of medication treatment in pediatric populations with bipolar disorder.”  

The lecture is part of a memorial to Lynne Ora Kushel, whose family established this annual event in 2015 to increase awareness and understanding of bipolar disorder.

Findling is the director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and vice chair in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins. He is also the vice president for Psychiatric Services and Research at the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Findling has been honored with numerous awards and received both national and international recognition as a clinical investigator. His research has focused on pediatric psychopharmacology and serious psychiatric disorders in the young. Currently, Findling is working to integrate the faculties, services and research opportunities at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Bayview Medical Center and the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Findling earned his undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins University and attended medical school at the Medical College of Virginia. He also completed a triple-board joint residency-training program in pediatrics, psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry at Mt. Sinai Hospital. Findling recently received a Master of Business Administration degree through a joint program with the London School of Economics, NYU Stern School of Business and HEC Paris.

To interview Robert Findling, contact Dorsey Griffith at 916-734-9118 or email her at