Clinical Approaches to Recognizing and Managing Depression and Grief in Older Adults

Susan W. Lehmann, MD

Recorded on June 21, 2021 

3 CE Credits $80/MPA or MSPA members        $130/Non-members

Workshop Level: Intermediate- Psychologists who have experience in the content area or are familiar with the literature.

This workshop will focus on recognizing significant clinical depression in older adults. Topics that will be covered include differentiating depression in late life from depression in younger adults, pharmacologic approaches to the management of late-life depression, helping older adults manage acute and chronic grief, and how to address suicidal ideation and thoughts about death in older adults. Throughout the workshop, Dr. Lehmann will provide examples of patients from her caseload over the years to help illustrate the challenges and rewards of working with older adults coping with depression and grief.

By the end of this workshop, the participant will be able to: 

  • Identify three ways that late-life depression differs from depression in younger adults
  • Identify three risk factors for serious depression in older adults
  • Address suicidal ideation in older adults
  • Distinguish between acute, chronic, and pre-death grief in older adults


Dr. Susan W. Lehmann is the Clinical Director of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where she oversees geriatric psychiatry clinical services at the downtown hospital and Bayview Medical Center. She directs the Geriatric Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic and Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship at Johns Hopkins. She is a national leader in geriatric psychiatry and in geriatric psychiatry education. Dr. Lehmann is interested in improving medical student and general physician education in geriatric mental health. Dr. Lehmann is the recipient of a number of national awards including the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry Educator of the Year. She has published articles, book chapters, and online educational materials related to a variety of psychiatric disorders in geriatric patients. She is particularly interested in late-life mood disorders, especially geriatric bipolar disorder, mental health concerns in older women, and outpatient management of geriatric patients with psychiatric disorders. She is co-editor of the recently published book, Bipolar Disorder in Older Age Patients.