Turning Down the Heat: Psychopharmacologic Management of Irritability through Aggression

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Turning Down the Heat: Psychopharmacologic Management of Irritability through Aggression


Event Info
Category Date and Time
  • Wednesday, January 13, 2021
  • 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Topic and Speaker
  • Turning Down the Heat: Managing Irritability and Aggression in Childhood
  • Julie A. Carbray PhD PMHNP-BC PMHCNS-BC APRN
    • Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Nursing
    • Director, Pediatric Mood Disorders Clinic
    Julie A. Carbray

  • Virtual
  • Online - via Zoom
Event Coordinator
  • Alexandria C. Springer
  • (312) 413-0997
  • aspring1 [at] uic.edu
Video Recording
Event Details

Dr. Carbray holds her PhD (93) and Master of Science (88) degrees from Rush University, Chicago and her Bachelors of Science (87) degree from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. A Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Nursing at the University of Illinois Chicago, she has been on faculty at UIC since 1993. As faculty, Dr. Carbray teaches course content in psychopharmacology, mood disorders, and development and therapeutic interventions with children and adolescents for students across various multidisciplinary programs within the UIC community. As the Director of the Pediatric Mood Disorder Clinic, Dr. Carbray leads the clinical program and multidisciplinary training for the clinic, and is a nationally recognized clinical expert in the area of children and adolescents with mood disorders. Dr. Carbray has a national reputation of excellence in serving families of children with mood disorders, and was recognized by the UIC community in 2008 by receiving the Karen Gousman Excellence in Nursing Award, the 2008 American Psychiatric Nurses Association Best Practices in an Outpatient Program for Bipolar Disorder Award, In 2012 the UIC Inspire Award at the University of Illinois Chicago for outstanding examples of UICs core values, and in 2016 the APNA Distinguished Service Award for her service to her profession. Dr, Carbray has been training nurse practitioners at IJR since she started at UIC and in 2019 was awarded Preceptor of the Year by the Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Program at the UIC College of Nursing.

With a particular focus on helping families to manage their children with mood disorders, Dr. Carbray’s scholarly work has included programs of research that aims to better understand the psychopharmacology of mood disorders, neurobiology of mood disorders in youth, and improving family outcomes for childhood mood disorders. Her published contributions and presentations across disciplines in the field of pediatric bipolar disorder have shaped the understanding of pediatric bipolar illness and effective treatments for families affected early in life. Beyond her scholarly presentations Dr. Carbray has been an invited speaker for the executive team of the American Girl Company and has been interviewed on mental health and youth across print and social media including Seventeen magazine.


Psychiatrists, Neurologists, and other affiliated professionals interested in mental health


To provide current information on research, treatment, and policy issues relating to psychiatry and its adjunct fields

Instructional level:



  1. Understand the neurobiology behind irritability, aggression and rage
  2. Synthesize how diagnostic and environmental assessments inform psychopharmacology choices
  3. Prioritize treatment choices according to patient centered care

The University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1credit AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Education Units (1) will be available for Social Workers and affiliated reciprocal agencies. Illinois Board License number 159-000112.

The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois Chicago is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois Chicago maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This event is 1 credit hour continuing education.

No member of the planning committee for this activity have reported a relevant relationship with a commercial interest.  There is no conflict of interest and nothing to disclose.

Dr. Julie Carbray has disclosed serving on the advisory board for Supernus.