The free conference is open to the public and will be at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne St. Registration begins at 5:45 p.m. and the conference will follow at 6 p.m.

M. Katherine Shear, MD, the Marion E. Kenworthy professor of psychiatry at the Columbia University School of Social Work in New York, will provide insight into what happens when a person loses someone who is close.

She will examine the mourning process as well as how to recognize complicated grief, the condition that can occur when painful emotions and feelings of loss are so long-lasting that the person experiencing them has trouble accepting the loss and moving on to resume normal activities.

Shear’s research includes a study of complicated grief treatment. She has written or co-written more than 200 publications has developed several assessment instruments, including one that measures the severity of panic disorder and one that measures the severity of anxiety disorder.

Support for the Fifth Annual Depression Conference comes from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, The Brook Hospitals, Our Lady of Peace, Seven Counties Services and University of Louisville Hospital.

For more information, contact the UofL Depression Center at (502) 813-6634.