The Lifespan Developmental Approaches Study Group is chaired by Susan K. Schultz, M.D. The study group is focused on helping work groups understand how age and development impact psychiatric diagnosis and symptoms of mental illnesses. This includes factors such as the age at which disorders first occur, how symptoms and diagnoses may change across the lifespan, and how disorders may evolve into new disorders over the lifespan. While the Child and Adolescent Disorders Work Group is focused primarily on examining issues in infancy, childhood, and adolescence, this study group is focused on the full lifespan including adult and geriatric populations. For all disorders, they seek to refine the content in DSM to better reflect lifespan issues and their effect on clinical expression. For a conceptual overview of developmental issues in DSM-5, please see the paper by Pine et al. (in: Evolution of the DSM-V Conceptual Framework: Development, Dimensions, Disability, Spectra, and Gender/Culture; Regier et al [Eds.], 2011). The members of the Lifespan Developmental Approaches Study Group are listed below.
Blazer, Dan, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
Castellanos, Xavier F., M.D.
Compton, Wilson M., M.D., M.P.E.
Mamah, Daniel T., M.D.
Pine, Daniel, M.D.
Skodol, Andrew E., M.D.
Swedo, Susan, M.D.