Micronutrients in Mental Health Conference DVD Conference Program (Preliminary)

Charles Popper, M.D.

Speaker's Bio Picture Dr. Charles Popper is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and psychopharmacologist who has been affiliated with McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School since the late 1970’s. He established and directed the Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology program at McLean Hospital for 14 years, and taught the first weekly year-long seminar for psychiatic residents in the country on child and adolescent psychopharmacology. He organized the large and popular Course in Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology at the annual meetings of the American Psychiatric Association for 10 years, and led the Special Interest Study Group on Psychopharmacology at the annual meetings of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for 12 years.

Dr. Popper was the Founding Editor of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, the first journal dedicated to child psychopharmacology and biological child psychiatry, and served as Editor in Chief for 7 years. In recent years, he has been pursuing the potential use of multi-vitamin/multi-mineral supplementation as a primary treatment of bipolar disorder and other psychiatric disorders in children and adults.

Through his innovative findings and writings on numerous topics in child psychopharmacology and psychiatry, Dr. Popper is an advocate of the role of the practicing clinician in developing new knowledge in psychiatry. He is particularly known for his early work identifying distinctive features of bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder in children and adolescents. In addition, he has written about biological aspects of child psychopathology, practical ethical problems in clinical child and adolescent psychopharmacology, sudden death during desipramine treatment, and other forms of serious medication toxicity in adolescents and children.

Dr. Popper edited a book on the scientific and ethical principles underlying child psychopharmacology, entitled Psychiatric Pharmacosciences of Children and Adolescents. With Dr. Mina Dulcan, he co-authored a clinical handbook called The Concise Guide to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (1991). Both books were published by the American Psychiatric Press. He was the author of chapters on child and adolescent psychopharmacology for 5 of the leading textbooks of psychiatry, and also wrote the section on child and adolescent psychopathology in the American Psychiatric [Association] Textbook of Psychiatry for several successive editions.

He trained at Princeton University and Harvard Medical School and did residencies at the Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital. He spent three years at the National Institute of Mental Health as a Research Associate in Pharmacology and Toxicology, conducting basic behavioral research in developmental psychopharmacology. He has served as a member of the Massachusetts Governor's Task Force on Mental Health of Children and Youth, as Chair of the Committee on Children and Families of the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society, as Chair of the Continuing Education Committee of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and as Chair of the Subcommittee on Special Lectures in the Scientific Program Committee of the American Psychiatric Association.