Update on Catatonia

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Update on Catatonia


Event Info
Category Date and Time
  • Wednesday, March 30, 2022
  • 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Topic and Speaker
  • Update on Catatonia
  • Andrew Francis PhD MD
    • Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
    • Director, Division of Neuromodulation
    • PennState
    Andrew Francis

  • Online - via Zoom
Event Coordinator
  • Department of Psychiatry Education Team
  • psych-education [at] uic.edu
Video Recording
Event Details

A link to access CME evaluations will be sent to attendees after the presentation. (Note: Completed evaluations are required to obtain CME credit)

Dr. Francis completed a PhD at SUNY Stony Brook in New York, followed by postdoctoral research in Neurobiology at Cornell University Medical School. He obtained an MD from the University of Buffalo, followed by a psychiatry residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

He was the co-developer of the Bush-Francis Catatonia Scale which is the standard clinical and research tool to detect and quantify catatonic symptoms. He is a recognized authority on catatonia, Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome, ECT, and delirium. Dr Francis is widely published in these areas and has presented at regional, national, and international medical conferences as well as serving as invited lecturer at many major academic medical centers.

Currently he is Professor of Psychiatry, Associate Director of Residency Education, and Director of Neuromodulation Services at the Penn State School of Medicine at Hershey Medical Center in Pennsylvania.


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. Identify 3 common catatonic signs.
  2. Identify two complications of severe persistent catatonia.
  3. Identify 2 treatment options for catatonia.

The University of Illinois at 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 at 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 at Chicago is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at 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. Francis has no relevant financial relationship with commercial interests related to this CME activity.