Five Knowledge Gaps in the Medication Treatment of Our Children and Advocacy to Fill the Gaps

Julie Zito, Ph.D.

This talk will feature research perspectives in five areas that lack sufficient knowledge on the pediatric treatment of mental health conditions in youth. Antipsychotic and antidepressant medications will be featured. First, gaps in our understanding of the effectiveness of these medications in community populations; Second, gaps in our knowledge of the safety will be addressed; Third, the need for new data sources and methodology to assure FDA labeled indications for pediatric use; Fourth, the lack of interest/will to study ‘real world’ (community) populations; and Fifth, the weak funding and infrastructure to address family-oriented consent and monitoring of medications. At the conclusion, there will be a dialog with the audience to engage in suggestions for advocacy to fill the gaps.