First and fourth Friday of each month | 8:30-10 a.m.
NAVIGATE is a comprehensive program designed to provide early and effective treatment to individuals who have experienced a first episode of psychosis. The Diagnosis and Assessment in First-Episode Psychosis program is part of the four clinic areas under NAVIGATE.
Please complete the Diagnostic Assessment Case Review Form in advance.
Diagnosis and assessment
The purpose of this clinic will be to provide expert consultation around the DSM-5 diagnosis of mental illness in young adults. Topics of discussion will include both common and uncommon presentations of mental illness in this population, differential diagnosis, comorbidity and co-occurring disorders, and useful assessment techniques and tools. The "Hub" expert team will represent the disciplines of psychiatry (including adult, child and adolescent psychiatry), psychology and neuropsychology.
- Melanie Crawford, Ph.D. (Neuropsychologist): Dr. Crawford is a Nevada Licensed Psychologist specializing in the neuropsychological assessment of children and adolescents. She received her doctorate in Child Clinical Psychology and Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Denver. She completed her internship in Child Clinical Psychology at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. Dr. Crawford is a co-founder of Theory & Practice, an independent psychology practice in Reno that specializes in evidence-based assessment and treatment of children and adolescents. Prior to independent practice, Dr. Crawford was a faculty member of the Psychology Department at the University of Nevada. She has also worked as a psychotherapist at Renown Hospital's Behavioral Health Child and Family Center as well as at the University of Nevada's Counseling Services. Dr. Crawford is a current faculty member of the Nevada Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (NvLEND) program, which is based in the Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities at the University of Nevada.
- Joshua Fitzgerald, M.D. (Psychiatrist): Dr. Fitzgerald is dual Board Certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and General Psychiatry. Dr. Fitzgerald is currently an Assistant Professor for the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He is the Acting Chair for Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program Director, and the Medical Director for UNR Med's SOAR Program for First Episode Psychosis. Dr. Fitzgerald also provides pediatric psychiatry consult-liaison services for Renown Children’s Hospital.
- Lauren Brown, Ph.D., BCBA-D, NV LBA. Dr. Brown is an Assistant Research Professor in the Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities (NCED) at the University of Nevada, Reno. She received her Ph.D in Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno and is a Board Certified and Licensed Behavior Analyst. Lauren works on multiple grant-funded projects through the NCED providing positive behavior supports (PBS) to families/caregivers, professionals working in facilities utilizing Facility-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and in conjunction with interdisciplinary teams serving individuals with disabilities in the Nevada Community. Additionally, she is currently an Advisory Board member for Prevent Child Abuse of Nevada, an ex-officio Board Member for the Nevada Association for Positive Behavior Support, and serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal Behavior and Social Issues.
To request copies of didactics and reference materials, please contact us at ProjectECHO@med.unr.edu
Continuing Medical Education (CME) Accreditation
The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is a provider of continuing education credit through the Nevada State Board of Pharmacy. This program is approved for 1 hours of continuing education credit for pharmacists.