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Mindmap is a public information campaign designed to spread the message that early treatment for psychosis is available and effective. The campaign has been launched by the Specialized Treatment Early in Psychosis (STEP) clinic at Connecticut Mental Health Center. Above (left to right): STEP's Vinod Srihari, Jessica Pollard, Nina Levine, and Lauren Utter with one of the CTTransit buses that will circulate in New Haven and neighboring towns. Visit the Mindmap website
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 "Mindmap" public information campaign launches

After demonstrating the effectiveness of early intervention for youth with psychosis, Vinod Srihari, MD and his team have launched Mindmap, a public information campaign aimed at improving early detection of psychotic illness and linking individuals to care. Srihari is an associate professor of psychiatry and director of the Specialized Treatment Early in Psychosis (STEP) clinic at Connecticut Mental Health Center. Jessica Pollard, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, is STEP's clinical director.

Delphin-Rittmon appointed deputy commissioner of Conn. Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, has been appointed to serve as the deputy commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services effective January 12, 2015. Delphin-Rittmon is affiliated with the department's Psychology Section and the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health. Read more 

Why moderate drinking might be healthy for some

Moderate consumption of alcohol has been associated with health benefits in some - but not all - studies. Researchers at Yale may have found an explanation, in part, for why non-smokers might benefit from a glass of wine. Stephanie O'Malley, PhD, professor of psychiatry, is lead author of the study which appears in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Read more / View the article

Gambling and obsessive-compulsive behaviors linked

A new study finds that individuals with severe obsessive-compulsive behaviors - or those who demonstrate specific forms of the behavior, such as fear of germs or desire for order in the environment - are also more likely to meet diagnostic criteria for gambling disorder. Marc Potenza, MD, PhD, professor of psychiatry, in the Child Study Center, and of neurobiology, is senior author. The article appears in JAMA PsychiatryRead more / View the article 

Anxiety associated with greater cognitive decline in those at risk for Alzheimer's

Older persons at increased risk of Alzheimer's disease because of accumulated amyloid-beta plaques experience more rapid cognitive decline if they also have elevated anxiety symptoms, according to new research published in JAMA Psychiatry. Robert Pietrzak, PhD, MPH, assistant professor of psychiatry, is lead author. Read more / View the article 

Eleven young investigators receive grants for brain and behavior research

Eleven Yale investigators have received Young Investigator Grants from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (formerly NARSAD). These early-career scientists will pursue research related to depression, schizophrenia, autism, and borderline personality, post-traumatic stress, attention-deficit hyperactivity, and eating disorders. Read more 

Group creates a sense of community for African-American trainees

The Yale Solomon Carter Fuller Association, named in honor of the nation's first black psychiatrist, aims to build a sense of community among African-American members of Yale's Department of Psychiatry. The association hosts events and links residents with black psychiatrists practicing at Yale and in the New Haven area. Marilise Hyacinth, MD, PhD, a third-year psychiatry resident, is the group's organizer. Read more 

New book: Citizenship & Mental Health

null Citizenship & Mental Health, a new book by Michael Rowe, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry, tells a 20-year story of practice, theory, and research to support the full participation of persons with mental illnesses in society. The first of its kind, the book addresses the concept of citizenship as an applied theory for fulfilling the promise of the community mental health center movement. Read more 

From brain science to the supermarket

From providing mental health care at the supermarket to training pediatricians in infant mental health, some in health care are trying to apply the lessons of brain science and development to prevent problems that can threaten children's health and well-being. Megan Smith, DrPH, assistant professor of psychiatry, in the Child Study Center, and of public health, is director of the New Haven Mental Health Outreach for MotherS (MOMS) Partnership. Read more 

Yale brain-imaging innovator wins Fulbright award

Evan Morris, PhD, associate professor of diagnostic radiology, of biomedical engineering, and of psychiatry, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant. He will lecture in Israel on "Imaging Drugs in the Brain," based on a course he offers at Yale. In addition, he will work to establish the PET (positron emission tomography) imaging analysis technology he invented and currently employs to study the brain's response to smoking. Read more 

Announcing a new Director of Medical Education Administration

Yale Department of Psychiatry is pleased to announce that Vonda Armstrong will serve as its new Director of Medical Education Administration. In this role she will oversee the administration of the department's medical education programs with special responsibility for the psychiatry residency. Armstrong joined the department in 2013 as its Human Resources Generalist. Read more 

Leadership: Rhetoric vs. Reality

Leadership is a hot topic in a variety of settings - universities, businesses, conferences, and the workplace. A number of theories and opinions exist about how to do it well. David Berg, PhD, clinical professor of psychiatry, participates in a conversation about the myths and realities of leadership, the need to emphasize relationships, and the many opportunities for strengthening current academic education. Watch the video 

Young investigator receives travel grant from International Congress on Schizophrenia Research

Jose Cortes-Briones, PhD, a postdoctoral associate in psychiatry, has been awarded a Young Investigator Travel Award to attend the 15th International Congress on Schizophrenia Research (ICOSR). At ICOSR, he will present first-of-its-kind data in humans showing that THC (the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis) acutely increases neural noise as measured by EEG and that there is a strong positive relationship between neural noise and the psychosis-like phenomena induced by THC. Read more 

Psychiatry residents to join prestigious fellowships

Yale Department of Psychiatry is delighted to announce the current residents who will continue their psychiatric training at fellowships here at Yale and other institutions beginning July 2015. Read more 

Alumni Spotlight

SAVE THE DATE: Yale psychiatry alumni reception at APA

Yale Department of Psychiatry will host a reception for its alumni at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association. This year's reception will be held Monday, May 18th at 6:00 pm in Toronto. Further details, as well as the recipient of this year's Distinguished Alumni Award, will be announced soon. We hope you will be able to join us! Plan your trip to the APA annual meeting 

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Conferences and Continuing Education

Recovering from Violence: Victims, Perpetrators, and Communities

March 19-20, 2015 - This conference explores what it means to recover from violence, focusing on both mass tragedies and on smaller-scale violent acts. The meeting is a collaboration of the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy, the Law & Psychiatry Division of Yale's Department of Psychiatry, the Samuel & Kathryn Yochelson Family, and the Conn. Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Details and registration 

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: 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 

Upcoming Psychiatry Grand Rounds

Friday, February 20, 2015; 10:15-11:30 am

Iseman Lecture: "Resilience in Children: Transforming Science and Practice"

Ann Masten, PhD, Regents Professor, Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Psychology, and Distinguished McKnight University Professor, University of Minnesota

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St

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Friday, February 27, 2015; 10:15-11:30 am

How Can We Possibly Help All These Traumatized Kids? Challenges and Innovations in Scaling up Effective Treatments

Benjamin Saunders, PhD, Professor and Associate Director, National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, Medical University of South Carolina

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St

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Friday, March 6, 2015; 10:15-11:30 am

Yale Global Health Program Lecture: "Global Mental Health: Where we are Today and Where we are Headed"

Arthur Kleinman, MD, the Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor in the Department of Anthropology, Harvard University; and Professor of Medical Anthropology in Global Health and Social Medicine and Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St

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Friday, March 13, 2015; 10:15-11:30 am

Mental Illness, Mass Shootings, and the Politics of American Firearms

Jonathan Metzl, MD, PhD, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Medicine, Director of the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, and Professor of Psychiatry, Vanderbilt University

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St

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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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