Neuroscience 2019

Justice and Recovery

Saturday, April 27, 2019; 8:30 am-1:00 pm

Yale University School of Medicine
Harkness Auditorium
333 Cedar Street, New Haven, CT

Yale faculty will speak about new approaches to brain recovery from addiction, promising new research on bipolar disorder, and new technologies to enhance therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety.

This event is free and open to the public!

>> Register online

Steven Leifman

2019 Honoree

Judge Steven Leifman

Judge Steven Leifman is an Associate Administrative Judge for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida in Miami-Dade County, and Chair of the Board of the South Florida Behavioral Health Network. He has been at the forefront of a national movement to decriminalize mental illness, and in 2000 started a program called the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Criminal Mental Health Project which puts defendants with mental illness into community-based treatment. He has worked with law enforcement on programs to recognize signs and symptoms of mental illness and how and where to take people in crisis rather than arresting them. These programs have diverted tens of thousands of people from prison, reduced recidivism, and saved Florida taxpayers millions of dollars. He has been recognized in Florida and nationally for his work in mental health, and in 2018 was awarded the Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. The Pardes prize is awarded annually to recognize individuals or organizations that are making a profound and lasting impact in advancing the understanding of mental health and improving the lives of people with mental illness. Judge Leifman was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1987 and is a former public defender.

Funding Partners

The conference organizers wish to thank Yale New Haven Hospital for its generous financial support of Neuroscience 2019.



Neuroscience 2019 is funded with generous support from Yale New Haven Hospital.

Participating partners include the Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC), the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), the Connecticut Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI-CT), and the Yale School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry.

Yale New Haven Hospital

Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC)

Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), State of Connecticut

Department of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Connecticut Chapter

Parking & Directions

The symposium is held in Harkness Auditorium, Sterling Hall of Medicine (SHM), 333 Cedar St, Med. School campus, New Haven, CT. From parking lots, go up York St. towards Yale-New Haven Hospital; turn left onto Cedar St; SHM is one-half block on the left.

See the location on a map.

Directions to Air Rights Parking Garage (parking fee charged), accessible from N. & S. Frontage Rds.

  • From I-95 N or S: Exit 47 to Rt 34 W to Exit 1
  • From I-91 S: Exit 1 to Rt 34 to Exit 1

Please note that we are unable to validate parking, and cannot provide change for parking meters.

Neuroscience 2019: "Justice and Recovery"


Saturday, April 27, 2019

8:30-8:50 am
Opening Remarks
John H. Krystal, MD, Chair of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine
8:50-9:45 am
Research Advocacy Award Presentation and Address
Judge Steven Leifman
9:45 am
Prison Mental Health Reform: How Far Have We Come?
Reena Kapoor, MD
10:20 am
Harnessing Mechanisms in the Management and Treatment of Psychopathy
Arielle Baskin-Sommers, PhD
10:55 am
Coffee Break

11:15 am
Progress in Biological Markers for Autism
Jamie McPartland, PhD
11:55 am
Using Digital Technologies to Bring Evidence-Based Care to Underserved Populations
Kathleen Carroll, PhD
12:30 pm
Ask the Experts
Deepak Cyril D'Souza, MD; Brandon Kitay, MD, PhD; Sam Wilkinson, MD; Christopher Pittenger, MD, PhD; Judge Steven Leifman; Jamie McPartland, PhD
1:00 pm

Contact Christopher Gardner, Communications Officer, Yale Department of Psychiatry, at