2022 NCPS Annual Conference

61st Annual Meeting & Scientific Program

Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay
2 Portola Plaza
Monterey, CA 93940

Registration includes:*

  • 61st Annual Celebration Friday Night Reunion Reception
  • General Session and Panel Presentations on Saturday & Sunday
  • Breakfast and Lunch on Saturday and Sunday (*Please note you are free to explore Monterey for dinner options)
  • Opportunity to network with exhibitors and colleagues 

Conference Fees

Levels Early Bird Rate
Closed Jan. 31
General Rate
Feb. 01 - Mar. 17
General Members $200.00 $300.00
Early Career Psych.'s (ECP's) Members $100.00 $200.00
Residents & Medical Students $50.00 $100.00
Retired/ Spouse/ Guest w/no CME $100.00 $200.00
Non-Member $400.00 $500.00

To register now, CLICK HERE

Please note that online registration will be closed on March 17, 2022. All registrations after March 17 will only be accepted onsite.



The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The APA designates this live activity for a maximum of 11 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Evaluate the fundamentals elements of cannabis and epidemiology   
  2. Evaluate the use of cannabis and impacts of use as they relate to mental health visits.
  3. Incorporate evidence-based screening for cannabis use.
  4. Consider the role of sugar in mitochondrial dysfunction, microbiome changes, trophic effects, and neurotransmitter effects on the brain
  5.  Assess the response and remission rate to KIT
  6.  Review the process and structure of psychopharmacology practice
  7. Improve outcome for psychopharmacology treatment for patients and their families
  8.   Integrate tools for clinician wellness and private practice psychiatry
  9.  Determine the importance of DEI relating to diverse patients and provider population.
  10. Evaluate the challenges of dual loyalty and ethical dilemmas of practicing psychiatry in variety of setting and how to effectively address these challenges

We have doubled our general session meeting space to allow for better social distancing and will be following all state and county guidelines as we strive to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

By participating in this in-person event, attendees agree to follow COVID-19 Precautions & Requirements policy as mandated by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the federal, state, and local governments.

Full COVID-19 vaccination and booster is required to attend this year's Annual Meeting in person.

Any attendee who has not previously submitted proof of vaccination or cannot show proof of vaccination onsite will be turned away at the door. You may upload proof of vaccination and complete the in-person event waiver during the registration process. 



Conference registration cancellations must be received in writing on or before February 25, 2022 to receive a full refund minus a $35.00 administration fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after February 25. If your cancellation is Covid related, please email  info@ncps.org.

If you have any questions regarding your registration, please email info@ncps.org or call (415) 334-2418.  

Nirmaljit Dhami

Nirmaljit Dhami

Dr. Nirmaljit Dhami is the medical director of Inpatient perinatal psychiatry unit at El Camino Hospital. She has been the program director of the MOMS program since its inception in April 2008. She was instrumental in incorporating a novel, video-... Read More

Anna Glezer

Anna Glezer

Dr. Glezer completed her training at Harvard and UCSF. She is currently a volunteer Associate Clinical Professor at UCSF and the immediate past president of NCPS. She launched a successful private practice in reproductive and integrative psychiatry... Read More

Smita Das

Smita Das

Smita Das, MD, PhD, MPH is Board Certified in Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. Dr. Das studied Chemistry and Statistics at Stanford completed her MPH at Dartmouth College, and then completed her MD/PhD in Community Health at... Read More

Ira Glick

Ira Glick

Ira D. Glick, M.D., Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, previously Director of Inpatient Hospitalization Services and Chief of the Schizophrenia Clinic at Stanford University School of Medicine, has an extensive background in... Read More

Alison McInnes

Alison McInnes

Dr. Alison McInnes is Vice President, Medical Affairs at Osmind. She is a nationally recognized expert in psychiatry and mood and anxiety disorders, having specialized in treating refractory disease for over a decade. She is additionally an expert... Read More

Robert Lustig

Robert Lustig

Robert H. Lustig, M.D., M.S.L. is Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, and Member of the Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF. Dr. Lustig is a neuroendocrinologist, with expertise in metabolism, obesity, and... Read More

Paul Yoder

Paul Yoder

A founding partner in Shaw Yoder, Inc., Paul J. Yoder has earned an impeccable reputation among Sacramento decision makers during his long career as a legislative advocate. Clients praise Paul’s vast institutional knowledge, and his propensity for... Read More

Marvin Firestone

Marvin Firestone

Marvin H. Firestone, MD, JD, FCLM, is a Past President of the American College of Legal Medicine and a board certified specialist in Medical Jurisprudence by the American Board of Law in Medicine.  He is a frequent lecturer at national medical law... Read More

Richa Bhatia

Richa Bhatia

Richa Bhatia, MD, DFAPA is a dual Board Certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist, with extensive clinical experience treating children, adolescents and adults suffering from a wide array of psychiatric conditions. She serves as a 2022 APA... Read More

Rona Hu

Rona Hu

Dr. Hu is Medical Director of the Acute Psychiatric Inpatient Unit at Stanford Hospital, specializing in the care of those with serious mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, bipolar and depression. She completed medical school and residency in... Read More

Francis Lu

Francis Lu

Francis G. Lu, MD, is the Luke & Grace Kim Professor in Cultural Psychiatry, Emeritus, at the University of California, Davis.  As a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), Dr. Lu has contributed to the areas of... Read More

Hannah Potvin

Hannah Potvin

Dr. Hannah Potvin is an Assistant Professor at UCSF where she is an active medical educator. She directs the directs the Langley Porter Women’s Mental Health Clinic in addition to the Bridge Program for high acuity patients. 

Cynthia He

Cynthia He

Dr. Cynthia He is a PGY-4 resident at UCSF, Chief Resident in Psychiatry for the San Francisco VA Medical Center, and a current NCPS Resident-Fellow Representative. She is interested in forensic psychiatry, mood disorders, women’s mental health,... Read More

Isaac Johnson

Isaac Johnson

Dr. Isaac Johnson is a PGY-2 psychiatry resident at UCSF and an APA Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow. His interests include global mental health, ethics, child and adolescent psychiatry, and long-term psychotherapy. 

Tianyi Zhang

Tianyi Zhang

Dr. Tianyi Zhang is a fellow in forensic psychiatry at UCSF. She has a long-standing interest in correctional psychiatry, which has drawn her into various county jail and state prison settings. 

Raymond  Reyes

Raymond Reyes

Dr. Raymond M. Reyes is a psychiatrist at the California Medical Facility, the largest correctional mental health facility in the state. He is a member of the NCPS Ethics Committee, a Past President and APA Assembly Delegate for our District Branch.


Friday, March 18, 2020
 1:30p - 1:45p    Executive Committee Meeting (Closed)
 1:45p - 2:45p     General Council Meeting – Open to Members, please RSVP   
 3:00p - 5:00p    Registration Opens/ Exhibitor Set Up    
 5:00p - 7:00p   61st Annual Welcome Reception Celebration, Visit with Exhibitors
Saturday, March 19, 2022 
 7:00a - 8:00a   Registration Opens / Breakfast / Exhibits Open
 8:00a - 8:15a   Welcome & Conference Introduction 
 8:20a - 9:20a   Dr. Alison McInnes
“Retrospective Analyses of Ketamine Intravenous Therapy in Real-World Care Settings”
9:25a-10:25a   Keynote Speaker: Dr. Robert Lustig
“Food, metabolism, and psychiatric disease”
10:25a-11:10a   Visit with Exhibitors
11:10-12:10   Residents “Ask the Experts”
12:10p-1:40p    Box Lunch Break/Exhibits Open
1:40p -2:40p   DEI Panel
 2:45p - 3:45p   Dr. Nirmaljit Dhami
"Motherhood and Severe Mental Illness: Complex Presentations and Treatment Options"
 3:45p - 4:45p   Visit with Exhibitors 
 4:45p - 5:45p   Breakout Rooms
Wellness Resource Room and Private Practice Interest Room
 5:45p - 6:00p   Closing Remarks
Sunday, March 20, 2022
 7:30a - 8:30a   Breakfast/ Exhibits Open
 8:30a - 8:40a   Welcome Back & Overview of the day
8:45a- 9:45a    Smita Das
 “Cannabis: Clearing the Smoke Around Mental Health”
9:45a- 10:30a    Visit with Exhibitors
10:30a-11:30a   Paul Yoder
Advocacy and Legislative Updates
11:30a- 12:45p   Box Lunch Break/Exhibits Open
 12:45p - 1:45p   Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ira Glick
“How to Do Good Psychopharmacology Care: Core Tasks for Initial and Long-term Clinical Psychopharmacology
 1:45p - 2:30p   Visit with Exhibitors 
 2:30p - 2:45p   Exhibitor Bingo Drawings (must be present)
 2:45p - 4:30p   Ethics Committee Panel
 4:30 - 4:45p   Closing Remarks & Conference Overview 


*Please note, this schedule and is subject to change. Check back regularly for updates.


Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay | March 18 - 20, 2022

Our room block has expired, but you may still book directly with the hotel or for questions, please call: 1-888-222-5851 and mention the Northern California Psychiatric Society event for the group rate.


About Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay

The Portola Hotel & Spa, a unique nautical-inspired Monterey Bay hotel, is surrounded by sought-after shopping and fine dining destinations, spectacular coastal trails and beaches, and the rich historical setting of Old Monterey. Our waterfront hotel overlooking Monterey Bay boasts an ideal location near Carmel by the Sea, Big Sur, Carmel Valley, 17-Mile Drive, and the world-class Pebble Beach Golf Links.

  • 42” Energy Star LCD flat-screen television
  • Ceiling fans
  • Data port
  • Hypoallergenic bedding
  • Hair dryers
  • In-Room safe
  • In-Room high-speed wireless or wired Internet access*
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Guest voicemail
  • Keurig® Coffee Maker, featuring coffee & tea services
  • Makeup mirrors
  • On-demand movies*
  • Organic bath amenities
  • Pressed linens
  • Refrigerator
  • Robes
  • Wooden luggage racks
  • Work desks
  • Connecting rooms
  • Pack N' Play
  • Dental kits
  • Dog bed
  • Dog treat
  • Dog bowl
  • Ear plugs
  • Down pillows
  • Feather down
  • Men's & women's toiletries
  • Microwave
  • Rollaway
  • Same-day laundry & dry cleaning service*
  • Shave kits
  • Turn down service


  • THE CLUB ROOM: A standout among breakfast restaurants in Monterey, CA, The Club Room features a European breakfast buffet daily with made to order omelets, assorted pastries, bottomless mimosas and more. Dine in our bustling, fireside dining room or dine al-fresco on our outdoor pet-friendly heated patio. Reserve our wine-inspired private dining room for a special occasion or intimate get together. Learn more about The Club Room.
  • JACKS MONTEREY: Our new restaurant and lobby bar welcomes patrons for lunch and dinner in the redesigned atrium lobby. Enjoy Chef Danny Abbruzzese's “California Cultural Cuisine” which reflects the melting pot of ethnicities that is exemplified in both California and America. The result is a wide-ranging, palate-pleasing menu of different flavor profiles unique to cultures from around the world, all created with sustainably conscious ingredients found throughout Monterey County. Learn more about Jacks Monterey.
  • PETER B’S BREWPUB: Monterey’s original craft brewery, Peter B’s Brewpub is the perfect place for enjoying a cold beer and delicious pub food, relaxing on the pet-friendly patio with fire pits or watching the game on one of our 18 HDTVs. Make new memories with friends and family when you explore Peter B’s Brewpub, a highlight in Monterey dining. Learn more about Peter B's Brewpub.
  • PEET’S COFFEE: Portola Hotel & Spa is proud to offer our guests and locals a Peet's Coffee in downtown Monterey near Fisherman's Wharf. Peet's Coffee sources directly from the world's finest estates, hand-roasting to order in small batches and making sure every cup is brewed as fresh and full-flavored as possible. Our Peet's provides a relaxing environment for our guests to enjoy coffee, tea, artisan pastries, sandwiches and more. Learn more about Peet's Coffee.

Thank You to Our 2022 Annual Meeting & Scientific Program Sponsors and Exhibitors






AbbVie Inc
Alameda Health System
American Professional Agency, Inc
Bay Psychiatric Associates
California Department of State Hospitals
Intra-Cellular Therapies
Iris Telehealth
Ironshore Pharmaceuticals Inc
Jazz Pharmaceuticals
Mindpath Health
Professional Risk Management Services
Traditions Behavioral Health




If you are interested in becoming a Sponsor or Exhibitor for this event, please CLICK HERE.

If you are interested in becoming an Annual Sponsorship Partner, please CLICK HERE.

Beauty Along the Coast

Conjuring up images of crashing surf, verdant wine valleys, charming seaside shops and buzzing street cafes, Monterey Bay has a classic, enduring appeal. Home to some of the world’s most spectacular coastline, vibrant streets of historic Cannery Row, scenic hiking trails, driving routes, glorious wine country, and pristine golf courses – Monterey is an unmatched California escape. Monterey Bay engages travelers in endless ways. And when the road beckons, visitors can take the beautiful coastal drive to neighboring destinations, such as Big Sur and Carmel, all within close proximity of the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa.

Monterey Bay Aquarium: Discover why the Monterey Bay Aquarium is consistently ranked #1 in the United States for its innovative exhibits and unsurpassed visitor experience. With a mission to inspire conservation of the oceans, the aquarium is a stunning showcase for the habitats and sea life of one of the world’s richest marine regions.

Cannery Row: Our luxury Monterey Resort is located on Historic Cannery Row. These once gritty dockside streets have been transformed into a vibrant modern, boulevard, alive with chic boutiques, upscale galleries, and over 25 restaurants and wine tasting rooms.

Adventures by the Sea: Right next door to our hotel, hotel guests enjoy complimentary bikes and can also rent kayaks, paddle boards or join an adventure tour of the area.

California's Finest Wine Tasting: As one of California’s premier wine-producing regions, wine lovers will delight in exclusive tasting rooms right on Cannery Row. Enjoy a day of wine tasting in Monterey’s Wine Country, home to over 85 vintners and growers including the nearby Carmel Valley.

Whale Watching: We’re part of a protected marine sanctuary, home to a rich marine life. Enjoy close sightings of blue, gray and humpback whales as well as dolphins and orcas in season. Visitors can enjoy whale sightings close to shore as they come to feed in the deep Monterey Submarine Canyon.

Old Fisherman's Wharf: Old Fisherman's Wharf is bustling marina at the heart of the area’s fishing industry. Sample a hot cup of clam chowder from one of the many restaurants, watch trawlers haul in the day’s catch and view the sea lions and otters frolicking in the calm inner harbor waters.

Scenic Day Trips: Explore the incredibly scenic ride along 17-Mile Drive, sojourn to charming Carmel-by-the-Sea, or visit the Big Sur, known for its epic scenery.

A Treasure Trove of History: Monterey's natural beauty has been the inspiration for artists, poets and novelists alike. Made famous by author and former resident John Steinbeck, in his famous book Cannery Row in 1945, there is a treasure trove of history to be discovered.

World's Top Golf Destination: The Monterey Peninsula is ranked the number-one golf destination in the world by Golf Digest Magazine. From the world-famous Pebble Beach Golf Links to the oldest golf course in continuous operation west of the Mississippi, Monterey County entices golf aficionados with some of the finest fairways in the world.

Hike the Valleys: Plan a day trip to Jacks Peak in Monterey or Garland Park in Carmel Valley, where you can explore dense forests, open meadows and paths alongside the Carmel River. Or head out to Big Sur, where meandering trails wind enticingly along the coast.

Beachfront Bike Trails: Bicyclists adore Monterey Bay, with miles of bike lanes, waterfront trails and off-road tracks. We offer complimentary bicycles, perfect to cruise along the scenic Monterey Coastal Recreation Trail, stretching 18 miles from Castroville to Pacific Grove. Along the way, you can stop for a bite to eat at Fisherman’s Wharf, or visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium.


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