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Yale medical students celebrate Match Day. Left to right: Idil Kore, Mojun Zhu, and
Regina Melendez Nagarajan. Melendez Nagarajan will join Yale's psychiatry residency in June 2015.

Photo: John Curtis

Nineteen trainees match into Yale psychiatry residencies

On Friday, March 20th, nineteen individuals learned they would be joining residency programs affiliated with Yale Psychiatry. The department's newest residents, representing a broad diversity of backgrounds and interests, will join the program in June 2015. Robert Rohrbaugh, MD, professor of psychiatry and deputy chair for education and career development, is the residency program director. Read more 

Department's psychology internship selects class of 2016

The chief of the department's psychology section, Rajita Sinha, PhD, and its director of clinical training, Michael Hoge, PhD, are pleased to announce the 17 fellows who will join the department's psychology doctoral internship program in July. Read more 

Blumberg appointed Furth Professor of Psychiatric Neuroscience

Hilary Blumberg, MD has been appointed the inaugural John and Hope Furth Professor of Psychiatric Neuroscience. Her research focuses on understanding the causes that underlie mood disorders, especially their development in adolescence and young adulthood, changes in their expression across the lifespan, and their associated high risk of suicide. She is director of the Mood Disorders Research Program. Read more 

Delphin-Rittmon nominated to lead Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy has nominated Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, to serve as commissioner of the state's Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Delphin-Rittmon is a clinical psychologist affiliated with the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health. Read more 

Experimental cancer drug restores memory in mouse model of Alzheimer's

Memory and connections between brain cells were restored in mice with a model of Alzheimer's given an experimental cancer drug, Yale School of Medicine researchers reported in the journal Annals of Neurology. Christopher H. van Dyck, MD, professor of psychiatry, of neurology, and of neurobiology, and director of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Unit, is a co-author of the study. Read more / View the article 

THC disrupts gamma band neural oscillations in humans

New data published in Neuropsychopharmacology suggests that THC, the principal active constituent of cannabis, reduces evoked gamma oscillations in humans, and that this reduction is positively related to the psychosis-like effects of THC. Jose Cortes-Briones, PhD (left), postdoctoral associate in psychiatry, is lead author. Deepak Cyril D'Souza, MBBS, MD (right), professor of psychiatry, is senior author. Read more / View the article 

Young problem drinkers consume less if they take naltrexone

Subjects in a study of young problem drinkers consumed less alcohol on naltrexone than those in the control group. Stephanie O'Malley, PhD, professor of psychiatry and deputy chair for clinical research, is first author of the study which appears in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. While the drug did not reduce how often young people drank, the results may justify more proactive treatment for individuals aged 18 to 25 who are classified as problem drinkers. Read more / View the article 

Malarial fever as neurosyphilis treatment: A historical case study in medical ethics

Prior to the introduction of penicillin, malaria-induced fevers were used as a treatment for neurosyphilis -- the spiking fevers killed the bacteria that caused the syphilitic infection. A new essay in the Hastings Center Report by Matthew Gambino, MD, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in psychiatry, examines the clinical, ethical, and racial implications of this case study in historical context. Read more / View the essay 

Pearlson receives research award from American College of Psychiatrists

The American College of Psychiatrists has announced the recipients of its 2015 awards, which were presented at the organization's annual meeting on February 21, 2015. Godfrey Pearlson, MD, professor of psychiatry and of neurobiology, received the College's Stanley Dean Research Award. The award honors an individual who has had a major impact on the diagnosis and treatment of schizophrenic disorders. Read more 

Tebes honored for contributions to theory and research in community psychology

Jacob Kraemer Tebes, PhD, professor of psychiatry (psychology), in the Child Study Center, and of public health, has received the 2015 Award for Distinguished Contribution to Theory and Research in Community Psychology. Tebes is director of The Consultation Center at Yale and director of the department's research division on prevention and community health. Read more 

Faculty elected to Conn. Academy of Science and Engineering

Five Yale faculty affiliated with the Department of Psychiatry were recently elected to the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering. Members of the academy are considered Connecticut's leading experts in science, engineering, and technology. Inductees included Kathleen M. Carroll, PhD; Ralph J. Dileone, PhD; Angus C. Nairn, PhD; Gerard Sanacora, MD, PhD; and Steven M. Southwick, MD. Read more 

Conroy recognized as future leader in geriatric psychiatry

At this year's annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, Michelle Conroy, MD, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry and of nursing, will receive the 2015 Hartford-Jeste Award for Future Leaders in Geriatric Psychiatry. Conroy is the associate director of the Yale Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship and is employed at the West Haven campus of the VA Connecticut Healthcare System. Read more 

Four Yale residents selected as geriatric psychiatry scholars

Four Yale psychiatry residents have been selected to receive prestigious scholarships from the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) and the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation (GMHF). These scholars are (clockwise from top left) Katrina Furey, MD; Marilise Hyacinth, MD, PhD; Adam Mecca, MD, PhD; and Stephanie Yarnell, MD, PhD. As recipients of GMHF Honors Scholarships, these residents attended the Scholars Program held during the annual meeting of AAGP in New Orleans in March 2015, and will be assigned a mentor with whom they will collaborate on a geropsychiatry-related academic project over the next year. Read more 

Clinical trial: Suicide prevention and ketamine

Suicide, a significant public health problem, is closely linked with mental health conditions, especially depression. A trial is now underway to determine whether esketamine, a form of the drug ketamine, can help prevent suicide in depressed patients. Gerard Sanacora, MD, PhD, professor of psychiatry, is director of the Yale Depression Research Program and is the principal investigator for the Yale site of this national, multi-site study. Read more 

Q&A: Edna Aklin reflects on three decades at CMHC

Edna Aklin, LCSW, director of social work at Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC), reflects on her long career working with staff and clients through times of growth and change. Aklin came to CMHC in 1984 and is retiring this spring. Read more 

Neuroscience symposium to feature My Age of Anxiety author

Scott Stossel (pictured), author of My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind, will speak at Neuroscience 2015. The public symposium, presenting advances in basic and clinical neuroscience, will be held on Saturday, May 2nd. Stossel and Patricia Rehmer, MSN, ACHE, former commissioner of the Conn. Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, will be presented with research advocacy awards. Details and RSVP online 

In Memoriam

W. Leonard Hill, Jr., LCSW

W. Leonard Hill, Jr., LCSW died suddenly on Wednesday, February 18, 2015, of cardiac arrest. He was 68 years old. He retired in 2014 from a long career in social work and psychiatry as a clinician, administrator, teacher, and mentor at Yale University, Smith College School for Social Work, and Yale-New Haven Hospital. Read more 

Alumni Spotlight

Barchas will be honored at alumni reception

Yale Psychiatry will host a reception at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in Toronto on Monday, May 18th at 6:00 pm. At the event, special guest Jack Barchas, MD '61 will be presented with the Yale Psychiatry Distinguished Alumni Award. Barchas is Barklie McKee Henry Professor and chair of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College. Read more about Dr. Barchas / RSVP online 

Alumnus receives Outstanding Clinical Care Award from American Psychosocial Oncology Society

Jon Levenson, MD has received the Outstanding Clinical Care Award from the American Psychosocial Oncology Society. Levenson is an alumnus of the Yale psychiatry residency (1988). He is currently an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center, and the director of the HIV Liaison Psychiatry Service in New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia AIDS Program. Read more 

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Conferences and Continuing Education

New Data & New Hopes Call for New Practices in Clinical Psychiatry

April 24, 2015 - This symposium will review new data related to the treatment, course, and outcome of serious mental illnesses and discuss the implications of these data for changing clinical practice in psychiatry. The symposium is co-sponsored by Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health, the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care, and the Conn. Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Details and registration 

CME: Meeting the Needs of Children and Adolescents with Borderline Personality Disorder Features

May 1, 2015 - This year's conference will address advances in treatment and support for children and adolescents with borderline personality disorder features and their family members. The conference will address psychotherapy for individuals and families, as well as consumer and family member perspectives. Details and registration 

CME: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Related Conditions

May 8, 2015 - This year's conference will review obsessive-compulsive disorder and its treatment, with a particular focus on childhood diagnosis and treatment, comorbid tic disorders, the particular challenges raised by patients with schizotypy and other particular overlapping symptoms, and the intriguing evidence that immune abnormalities may contribute to the development of symptoms in some cases. Details and registration 

Photo Album

TOP & MIDDLE ROWS - March 6, 2015: Budget hearing before the Appropriations Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly. Advocates traveled to Hartford to testify against proposed cuts to mental health services and to research programs at Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC). Top row, left to right: Yale psychiatry residents Sarah Fineberg, MD, PhD; Chadrick Lane, MD; and Luming Li, MD. Middle row, left: John Krystal, MD, the Robert L. McNeil, Jr. Professor of Translational Research, professor of neurobiology, and chair of psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine. Middle row, right: Yale faculty prepare to testify. Pictured, from left to right: Ronald Duman, PhD, Elizabeth Mears and House Jameson Professor of Psychiatry and professor of neurobiology, Yale School of Medicine, and director of CMHC's Abraham Ribicoff Research Facilities; Robert Malison, MD, professor of psychiatry and director of CMHC's Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit; and Philip Corlett, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry. Not pictured: Luis Anez, PsyD, associate professor of psychiatry and director of CMHC's Hispanic Clinic; and Nancy Brown, lecturer at the Yale Child Study Center. Read Dr. Krystal's CT Mirror op-ed about proposed cuts to the CMHC budget.

BOTTOM ROW - February 18, 2015: The Forget-Me-Not Ensemble and special guests perform at Smilow Cancer Center Hospital. The Forget-Me-Not Ensemble comprises Noah, Rebecca, and their parents Christine and Ben. The Ensemble brings the gift of music to assisted living facilities and rehabilitation centers. Hochang (Ben) Lee, MD (far left), is associate professor of psychiatry, associate clinical professor of nursing, and director of Yale-New Haven Hospital's Psychological Medicine Service. At this performance the ensemble was joined by Paige McLaughlin, MD (second from right) and Gerrit van Schalkwyk, MBChB (far right), both residents in psychiatry.

Upcoming Psychiatry Grand Rounds

Friday, April 17, 2015; 10:15-11:30 am

Shared Decision Making in Mental Health

Patricia Deegan, PhD, Independent Consultant, Creator of CommonGround, and Adjunct Professor at Dartmouth College Medical School and Boston University

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St

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Friday, April 24, 2015

No Grand Rounds

Friday, May 1, 2015; 10:15-11:30 am

Integrating Medical and Psychiatric Care

Paul Summergrad, MD, Dr. Francis S. Arkin Professor and Chairman of Psychiatry, Tufts University School of Medicine

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St

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Friday, May 8, 2015; 10:15-11:30 am

Division of Women's Behavioral Health Lecture: "Sex Influences on Brain Memory: An Issue Whose Time has Come"

Larry Cahill, PhD, Professor of Neurolgy and Behavior, School of Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St

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Friday, May 15, 2015

No Grand Rounds

Grand Rounds Archive

The department's website includes videos of past Grand Rounds presentations. Talks are added as they are digitized.

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