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10/18/08: The 17th Occasional Temperament Conference
OTC 2008 was held October 17-18, 2008 in the San Francisco Bay area. The meetings were organized by Jan Kristal at Dominican University in San Rafael. This event marked the 30th year since the first occasional temperament conference, held in Lund, Sweden. The conference theme was: Research and Clinical Applications across the Lifespan.

The meeting was attended by 50+ clinicians, researchers and students, with attendees from all around the US and Europe. Notable temperament researchers such as Mary Rothbart, Roy Martin, Berit Hegekull, Ivan Mervielde, Sara Harkness, Charles Super, James Cameron, Diana Guerin, Sandee McClowry and others were in attendance as were clincians such as William Carey, Elaine Aron, Sean McDevitt, Jan Kristal, Helen Neville and Alice Shannon. Commentary was provided by Mary Rothbart, William Carey, Hedi Teglasi and Xing Zhou.

The schedule of presentations at the meetings can be found at the OTC website.
Click here to visit the OTC 2008 website.
8/29/07: Stella Chess Memorial Service in New York City
A memorial service for Dr. Chess was held on Wednesday, September 19th at the Farkas Auditorium at NYU Hospital. It was attended by over 100 colleagues, friends and family members from around the country.

The service included musical offerings by violinist Yeou-Cheng Ma, MD, who performed selections by J.S. Bach. Speakers included a number of current and former NYU colleagues of Dr. Chess: Drs. Ted Shapiro, Margaret Hertzig, H. Paul Gabriel and Richard Oberfield. Dr. William Carey of the University of Pennsylvania Medical School presented a tribute from a non psychiatric contemporary. Final comments, warm and poignant memories of being raised by two psychiatrists, were given by Stella's son, Kenneth Thomas. A luncheon followed.

Dr. Chess died in March of this year at the age of 93. Click here for a copy of Dr. Carey's tribute to Stella Chess.
B-DI announces the opening of ipasscode.com, a new online database of behavioral assessements designed for use by professionals in practice. The database is available for all licensed or credentialled behavioral health professionals. Professionals who work for qualified organizations and institutions (hospitals, clinics, school districts, etc.) may also use the system.

Professionals register to use the website and then are able to refer subjects (patients, clients or students, depending on the setting) to the site using a passcode referral. The passcode is a unique combination of letters and numbers that recognizes the subject, professional and test needed, and allows it to be completed online. The results are then transmitted directly to the referring professional for followup with the subject. ipasscode.com is completely secure and uses the same encryption used by banks and financial institutions to protect sensitive data.

The database can be used with self report, caregiver/parent rated and teacher rated instruments. Tests on the site include all of the current B-DI assessments, including the Carey Temperament Scales, Adult Temperament Questionnaire, BBAS, etc. as well as well known questionnaires by leading clinicians. These include the Beck Depression and Anxiety Scales, Brown ADD scales, Beck Youth Inventories, and Parenting Satisfaction Scale. Other instruments, including the Sensory Profile questionnaires and SASSI Adult and Adolescent, substance abuse screening inventories, are being prepared for the site. Additional test measures are being contracted.

To visit ipasscode.com click here for professional registration and login.
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