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Yale Psychiatry residents are promoting research through the American Psychiatric Association's Minority Fellowship Program. Residents participating in the program are top, from left: Kali Cyrus, Daniel Moreno De Luca and Ayana Jordan; and bottom, from left, Roberto Montenegro and Jerome Taylor. Read more 

Two Yale Psychiatry papers make New England Journal of Medicine top 10 list

Robert Rosenheck, MD, left, professor of psychiatry, epidemiology and public health, and the Child Study Center, and resident Samuel Wilkinson, MD, right, had papers in the New England Journal of Medicine's top 10 list of stories in 2015. Wilkinson studied chronic marijuana use by veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder, and Rosenheck completed the cost effectiveness analysis for a psychosis study. Read more  

Overeating and depressed? Yale team finds connection -- and maybe a solution

Chronic overeating and stress are tied to an increased risk of depression and anxiety, according to a new study by Yale researchers published in the journal Neuropharmacology. Among those on the research team was Ronald Duman, PhD, Elizabeth Mears and House Jameson Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Neuroscience. Duman says the effects of a high-fat diet overlap with those of chronic stress and could contribute to depression. Read more  

Marienfeld publishes two papers about treatment of drug use in China, Malaysia

A study by Carla Marienfeld, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry, about the use of methadone to treat drug users in China was published in the international journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Marienfeld also published a paper in the journal Academic Psychiatry about the use of psychotherapy to help drug users in low- and middle-income countries, in this case China and Malaysia. Read more 

Research shows helping others dampens effects of everyday stress

Providing help to friends, acquaintances, and even strangers can mitigate the impact of daily stressors on our emotions and our mental health, according to research published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science by Emily Ansell, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry. Laboratory-based experiments show that by providing support, people cope with stress and increase their experiences of positive emotion. Read more 

Yale-New Haven Hospital reorganizes hospital leadership for behavioral health

Michael D. Holmes is now overseeing behavioral health at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Holmes is senior vice president operations and chief integration officer at the Saint Raphael Campus. His appointment comes as part of a reorganization of several senior leadership positions at the hospital. He replaces Abe Lopman, senior vice president operations and executive director of the Smilow Cancer Hospital. Read more 

Blue named deputy director of mental health and counseling at Yale Health

Howard Blue, MD, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry, has been named deputy director of mental health and counseling at Yale Health. Blue, who has served for more than a decade as associate chief psychiatrist in mental health and counseling at Yale Health, will help increase awareness of mental health issues across the Yale campus and help shape programs to address diversity and inclusion for all Yale students. Read more  

HAVEN Free Clinic launches program to screen patients for alcohol and drug use

The student-run HAVEN Free Clinic has launched a new program that screens patients for alcohol and drug use, and refers them to treatment. The program started in November, and is being run by Yale medical students, including Juan Rodriguez Guzman, left, clinical advisor at HAVEN. The supervisors are Michelle Silva, PsyD, center, assistant professor of psychiatry, and Andres Barkil-Oteo, MD, right, assistant professor of psychiatry. Read more 

Residents help form psychedelic science interest group at Yale

Three psychiatry residents, from left, Benjamin Kelmendi, MD, Jordan Sloshower, MD, MSc, and Ryan Wallace, MD, MPH, have helped form a group that will enable clinicians and scholars from across Yale to learn about and discuss the re-emerging field of psychedelic science and therapeutics. Psychedelic science is enjoying a revival after nearly 50 years of dormancy in clinical research settings and clinical practice. Read more 

Yale research with ketamine brings hope for treatment of depression

Yale's ongoing research into the use of the drug ketamine to treat depression has drawn international attention. Gerald Sanacora, MD, PhD, professor of psychiatry, runs the ketamine trial at Yale, and speaks about the impact of stress on mental illness in a recent issue of the science magazine Nautilus. Read more 

Cook: People need to keep perspective during stressful times

Joan Cook, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry, writes in Time that people should not automatically react with fear during a national crisis. Cook has written several opinion pieces through her work as an Op-Ed Project Public Voices Fellow. She has spent more than 20 years treating combat veterans, former prisoners of war, and people who escaped the World Trade Center towers after the September 11 terrorists attacks in 2001. View the article 

International Bipolar Foundation's Scientific Advisory Board names Blumberg co-chair

Hilary P. Blumberg, MD, John and Hope Furth Professor of Psychiatry, Professor in the Child Study Center, and Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, has been named co-chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the International Bipolar Founddation. The foundation provides funding for scientific research into the causes and treatment of bipolar disorder. Much of Blumberg's research has been on bipolar disorder. Read more 

Wiechers chosen to receive award in geriatric psychiatry from APA

The American Psychiatric Association will give its 2016 Hartford-Jeste Award for Future Leaders in Geriatric Psychiatry to Ilse R. Wiechers, MD, MPP, MHS, assistant professor of psychiatry. The prestigious honor recognizes an early-career geriatric psychiatrist who has made noteworthy contributions to geriatric psychiatry through excellence in research, teaching, clinical practice, and community service. Read more  

Averill named '2015 Woman Breaking the Silence Against Mental Illness Investigator'

Lynnette A. Averill, PhD, associate research scientist in psychiatry, has been named the "2015 Woman Breaking the Silence Against Mental Illness Investigator." The title was given by the NY Women's Committee, which is funding Averill's research project, "Intrinsic Connectivity Networks and Cognitive Impairment in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder," with the Brain & Behavior Foundation. Read more 

CMHC launches video series to mark 50th anniversary

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Connecticut Mental Health Center, the CMHC Foundation has launched a series of videos to promote the message of recovery. The first video, "Recovery is ... Friendship," features friends Al and Ira, and profiles their parallel journeys to recovery through their friendship. More videos will be released every month in 2016 as CMHC celebrates its golden anniversary.  View the video 

Yale Psychiatry staff celebrates service milestones

Several staff affiliates of the Yale Department of Psychiatry are celebrating service milestones in 2016. They include Kathleen Mulligan, 40 years; Mary Donovan, 30 years; Marian Frasier, 30 years; Teresa Macri-Merriam, 30 years; Kathleen Underkofler, 30 years; Dessara Bryant, 25 years; Theresa Hofmeister 25 years; and Sheila Rogers, 25 years.

Conferences, Lectures and Continuing Education

YSM Clinical Research Quarterly Faculty Dinner Series: 'Intellectual Property Protection and Commercialization'

January 25, 2016 - This panel discussion will feature representatives from the Office of Cooperative Research, the Center for Biomedical and Interventional Technology, and the Office of General Counsel. Participants will learn how to define and identify intellectual property, how to protect intellectual property, and resources available at Yale to assist along the path to commercialization. Details and registration 

CSPP Clinical Conference: 'Exploring Race from the Inside'

February 6, 2016 - The Connecticut Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology will sponsor a discussion by Melanie Suchet, PhD, associate professor, NYU Postdoctural Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, about differentiating racism from racialized experiences, exploring different forms of racism, understanding the dynamics behind racism, and providing ways to manage charged racial situations. Details and registration 

Photo Album

December 15, 2015 - Yale Department of Psychiatry staff members held their annual holiday lunch at Lenny and Joe's Fish Tale in New Haven. Enjoying the party are, photo at top left: Joanna Hoyt, left, operations manager; Stacie DiMaggio, center, operations manager; and Monica Ortiz, portfolio manager. Top middle: Sara Tartaglia, left, portfolio manager, and Monica Doyle, manager of faculty and postdoctoral affairs. Top right: Phal Patel, left, business analyst, and Brian Spector, deputy chair for finance and administration. Bottom left: Louis DeAngelo, left, ITS support specialist, and Michael Gossett, ITS support specialist. Bottom middle: Kathleen Underkofler, left, coordinator, compliance and special projects; Elaine Horn, center, senior administrative assistant, chairman's office; and Joan Cricca, coordinator, psychology training program. Bottom right: Mary-Ann Nhundu, left, sponsored projects specialist; Denise Blake, center, grants and contracts; and Sheila Rogers, grants and contracts.

Upcoming Psychiatry Grand Rounds

Friday, January 22, 2016; 10:15-11:30 am

Viruses in the Brain: Implications for Psychiatric Dysfunction

Anthony van den Pol, PhD, Professor of Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St

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Friday, January 29, 2016; 10:15-11:30 am

Yale Department of Psychiatry Diversity Task Force Report and Town Hall Forum

YSM Shielf Blank 4-Color 100 x 145 Panelists will include: Andres Barkil-Oteo, MD; Cindy Crusto, PhD; Monica Doyle; Ayana Jordan, MD, PhD; Roberto Montenegro, MD, PhD; Ismene Petrakis, MD; Marina Picciotto, PhD; Robert Rohrbaugh, MD; William Sledge, MD. Comments by John Krystal, MD, Chair, Department of Psychiatry

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St.

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Friday, February 5, 2016; 10:15-11:30 am

Common Threads, Rare Bliss: Bipolar Disorder Genetics

James B. Potash, MD, MPH, Paul W. Penningroth Chair, Professor and Head, Department of Psychiatry, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St

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Friday, February 12, 2016

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