Upcoming Courses

Mindfulness and Compassion in Clinical Practice
Cognition and the Aging Brain
Essential Psychopharmacology Practice and Update
Psychopharmacology for the Primary Care Practitioner and Other Health Care Professionals

The Continuing Education Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine offers postgraduate medical education for physicians, researchers, and other healthcare providers.


Our mission is to deliver exceptional Continuing Education programs in the field of mental health and related fields that promote lifelong learning and professional development for mental health practitioners and other health professionals. Our programs offer superior, up-to-date continuing education for the treatment of children and adults, and we are committed to the values of ethical care, diversity, and social awareness and responsibility. By nurturing a culture of excellence, we will empower our participants to improve patient care, contribute to the advancement of mental health, and maintain the highest standards of professional practice.



Barbara Coffey, M.D., M.S., Chairman

Barbara J. Coffey, M.D., M.S. is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She has held the position of Chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry since October 1, 2017, and Director of the University of Miami Tourette Association of America (TAA) Center of Excellence since July 1, 2019. Dr. Coffey is an internationally recognized specialist in tics, Tourette Syndrome, and related disorders, such as ADHD and OCD. Dr. Coffey was the former Chief of the TAA Center of Excellence at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at ISMMS, and a Research Psychiatrist at the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research in Orangeburg, New York, between 2012-2017. Dr. Coffey served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and was Director of the Tourette's Clinics at McLean and Massachusetts General Hospitals in Boston between 1992-2001, and Director of the Tics and Tourette’s Program and Associate Professor at New York University School of Medicine between 2001-2012. Dr. Coffey is the author of more than 150 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, abstracts, and book chapters. As Co-Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board of the Tourette Association of America, Dr. Coffey’s research has focused on the clinical course, psychiatric comorbidity, phenomenology, and novel treatments of Tourette’s Disorder.


Luca Pani, M.D., Medical Director

Luca Pani, M.D., is a distinguished Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and the Medical Director of the Continuing Education Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. His expertise spans medicine, neuropharmacology, and regulatory science.
For years, Dr. Pani has been deeply committed to sharing his knowledge and clinical experience with the university's medical students and residents, creating a conducive learning and professional development environment. He received the 2021 Gelfand Lecture Award, recognized for upholding the highest medical practice, teaching, and research standards.
Dr. Pani's prolific medical career features notable clinical and translational pharmacology roles and significant contributions to the research, development, and approval of new pharmaceuticals, holding leadership roles at the Italian Medicines Agency (AIFA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA). He also has a concurrent full Professorship in Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in Italy.Dr. Pani is a fervent educator at the University of Miami, advocating for evidence-based teaching and advancing advanced diagnostic and clinical skills. His efforts aim to prepare the forthcoming generation of all healthcare providers with the requisite knowledge and proficiency needed in the future medical field.


Kim Miele, Director, Continuing Education

Kim Miele is a lifelong connector. Bringing together people, resources, and ideas is her passion. She launched her career at Harvard Medical School in the Division of Continuing Medical Education. There, she collaborated with world-renowned mental health clinicians to create and implement over 400 continuing education programs in psychiatry. These programs enabled clinicians to be at the forefront of new research, practice, and theory developments. Kim leveraged that experience to partner with the Brain Health Initiative, a collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital, a Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital, where she co-founded the Brain Health Scholar program for high school and college students entering the field. Kim has a wealth of experience with various roles as past Executive Director of the Gulf Coast CEO Forum, conducting large-scale events for corporations and non-profits and helping start-up companies at Startfast Venture Accelerator. Kim is a results-oriented, high-energy leader adept at managing strategic partnerships, creating educational content, communications strategy, community relations initiatives, conferences, and special events. In her personal time, Kim is dedicated to putting her gift of connection to good. She has served on numerous non-profit boards and is an active volunteer for mental health awareness and education.


Winter 2024

Enjoy learning and relaxation and earn up to 15 CMEs/CEs at a spectacular oceanfront Resort!

February 19 – 23, 2024
February 26 – March 1, 2024

Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

First Annual Winter Institutes – Miami Beach, FL

Week 1:
Monday, February 19 – Friday, February 23, 2024

Psychopharmacology: A Master Class, with Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D.


Mindfulness and Compassion in Clinical Practice: Enhancing Treatment Effectiveness and Personal Wellbeing with Susan Pollak, M.T.S., Ed.D.

Week 2:
Monday, February 26 – Friday, March 1st, 2024

Cognition and the Aging Brain, with Elizabeth Crocco, M.D., Rosie Curiel Cid, Psy.D., David Loewenstein, Ph.D., and Philip Harvey, Ph.D.


Essential Psychopharmacology, 2024, Practice and Update with Barbara Coffey, M.D., M.S., Philip D. Harvey, Ph.D., Luca Pani, M.D., and Dhruti Patel, M.D.

Spring 2024

Fairmont Copley Plaza,
Boston, MA

Friday, April 5, 2024 –
Saturday, April 6, 2024

For the Primary Care Practitioner and Other Health Care Professionals

Offered as LIVE IN-PERSON at Fairmont Copley Plaza

Course Co-Directors:

Barbara Coffey, MD, MS, Luca Pani, MD, and Giuliana Altare DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Friday, April 5 – Saturday, April 6, 2024

Psychopharmacology for the Primary Care Practitioner and Other Health Care Professionals

Paul Summergrad, M.D., and Barbara Coffey, M.D., M.S.,

Giuliana Altare DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, Ross Baldessarini, M.D., D.Sc, (hon), Barbara Coffey, M.D., M.S., Elizabeth Crocco, M.D., Nicole Derish, M.D., Adrianda Forray, M.D., Nassir Ghaemi, M.D., MPH, Sogol Javaheri, M.D., Lawrence Lifson, M.D., Charles Montano, M.D., Charles Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., Luca Pani, M.D., Azizi Sexias, Ph.D., David Sheehan, M.D., MBA, Paul Summergrad, M.D. & Roger Weiss, M.D.

Fairmont Copley Plaza,
Boston, MA

Friday, April 26, 2024 –
Saturday, April 27, 2024

Lawrence E. Lifson, M.D. Conference on
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy 2024

Offered as LIVE IN-PERSON only at Fairmont Copley Plaza

Course Co-Directors:

Lawrence E. Lifson, M.D. and Martha Stark, M.D.

Friday, April 26 – Saturday, April 27, 2024

Lawrence E. Lifson, MD, Conference on
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy 2024

Phillip Freeman, M.D.

Nicholas Covino, Psy.D., Phillip Freeman, M.D., Nat Kuhn, M.D., Christopher Lovett, Ph.D., Mary K. McCarthy, M.D., Mark O’Connell, Ph.D., Jacqueline (Jacquie) Olds, M.D., Richard Schwartz, M.D., Elizabeth (Libby) Shapiro, Ph.D. C.G.P.