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Saturday, May 2, 2015: Honorees and faculty at the department's annual Neuroscience symposium.
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Photo: Terry Dagradi

Monday, May 18, 2015: Yale Psychiatry alumni reception during the Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association. Read the full photo caption. / View more photos from the APA reception.
Photo: Jessica Lin

The adolescent brain develops differently in bipolar disorder

In adolescents with bipolar disorder, key areas of the brain that help regulate emotions develop differently, a new study published in the journal Biological Psychiatry shows. Hilary Blumberg, MD, professor of psychiatry, of diagnostic radiology, and in the Child Study Center, is senior author. Blumberg is the newly appointed John and Hope Furth Professor of Psychiatric Neuroscience. Read more / View the article 

Personal growth follows trauma for most soldiers

A new study suggests that more than half of soldiers who experience trauma also report strong psychological benefits, such as stronger intimate relationships, spiritual growth, and a greater appreciation of life because of their difficult experiences. Jack Tsai, PhD, assistant professor psychiatry, is lead author of the study which appears in the journal Depression and Anxiety. Read more / View the article 

Strengthening psychology's workforce for older adults

A recent article in American Psychologist offers a blueprint for addressing the disparity between an increasing number of older Americans and the small proportion of psychologists trained to assess and treat this population's mental health and substance abuse conditions. Michael Hoge, PhD, a professor of psychiatry affiliated with the department's Psychology Section, is lead author. Read more / View the article 

PET reveals inflammatory cycle in the brain

Neuroinflammation caused by a reactive immune system could be tripping off the neurodegeneration seen in certain dementias, multiple sclerosis, and other diseases of the nervous system. A novel molecular imaging technique could be the key to understanding how best to treat these diseases, according to a study presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. Christine Sandiego, PhD, postdoctoral associate in psychiatry, is lead author. Read more 

New addiction research and policy center at Yale

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASAColumbia) has partnered with Yale School of Medicine and Yale School of Public Health to form a new addiction research and policy center based in New Haven. The Yale-CASA collaboration will be led by Samuel Ball, PhD, professor of psychiatry at Yale and president and CEO of CASAColumbia. Read more / CASAColumbia blog 

Department establishes public psychiatry research division

A new research division, the Division of Public Psychiatry, has been established to serve as a home for investigators and practitioners committed to conducting innovative research in the field of public psychiatry. Under the leadership of Michael J. Sernyak, MD, the division will foster collaborations both within the department and across the university. Read more / Read a Q&A with Dr. Sernyak 

New research division will focus on neurocognition, neurocomputation, and neurogenetics

A new research division will focus on systems neuroscience in psychiatry, combining cognitive, computational, and genetic approaches. The Division of Neurocognition, Neurocomputation, and Neurogenetics (N3) will be co-directed by David Glahn, PhD (left), professor of psychiatry, and Alan Anticevic, PhD (right), assistant professor of psychiatry and of psychology. Read more 

2015 Lustman Resident Research Awards

Yale Department of Psychiatry is pleased to announce the 2015 Seymour Lustman Resident Research Award recipients -- (left to right) residents Alan Lewis, MD, PhD; Gerrit van Schalkwyk, MBChB; and Samuel Wilkinson, MD. Read more 

Elsworth receives Sanberg Award from American Society of Neural Therapy and Repair

The American Society of Neural Therapy and Repair has awarded its 2015 Bernard Sanberg Memorial Award for Brain Repair to John D. Elsworth, PhD. The award was presented at the organization's 22nd annual conference, held April 30-May 2 in Clearwater Beach, Florida. Elsworth is a senior research scientist in psychiatry. Read more 

McKee named deputy director of Women's Health Research at Yale

Sherry McKee, PhD, professor of psychiatry, has been appointed deputy director of Women's Health Research at Yale (WHRY). McKee is recognized as a leading scientist in the areas of gender differences in addictive behaviors. In this new role, she will oversee one of WHRY's newest initiatives -- mentoring undergraduate students in research. Read more 

Fellow chosen for SAMHSA leadership development program

Tobias Wasser, MD, a forensic psychiatry fellow, has been selected to participate in the 2015 Behavioral Health Leadership Development Program, the leadership development component of Project LIFT. Project LIFT is a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration initiative that enhances the leadership and technical competencies of emerging behavioral health leaders. Read more 

Connecticut Magazine names "Top Docs" in psychiatry

Connecticut Magazine asked doctors from across the state: "To whom would you send a loved one in need of medical care?" Doctors from 31 specialties were named, including nine psychiatrists affiliated with Yale's Department of Psychiatry. Read more 

Research on financial capability of social security beneficiaries presented to Institute of Medicine

Marc Rosen, MD, associate professor of psychiatry, recently presented his group's work to an Institute of Medicine committee charged with advising the Social Security Administration on determining financial capability of its beneficiaries. The presentation took place on April 21 in Washington, D.C. Read more 

As youth vaping rises, teens cite the allure of "tricks"

Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin, PhD and her team asked Connecticut teens to identify what they found "cool" about e-cigarettes. The top two answers were: the flavors of the vaping liquids and the "ability to do tricks" with e-cigarette vapor. Krishnan-Sarin is associate professor of psychiatry, co-director of the NIH-funded Yale Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science, and a member of the Connecticut Tobacco and Health Trust Fund Board. Read more 

D'Souza: Lack of research clouds medical marijuana debate

As many states consider expansions of medical marijuana programs, Deepak Cyril D'Souza, MBBS, MD, notes the lack of high-quality research into the effectiveness of medical marijuana as a treatment for some ailments. D'Souza is professor of psychiatry, director of the Schizophrenia Research Program at VA Connecticut Healthcare System, and a member of Connecticut's Medical Marijuana Program Board of Physicians. Read more 

Depression treatments inspired by ketamine move ahead in tests

Rapid-acting antidepressant drugs based on the compound ketamine continue to be evaluated by investigators. At Yale, Gerard Sanacora, MD, PhD and his team are conducting a trial to test the efficacy of ketamine therapy for individuals with treatment-resistant depression. Sanacora is professor of psychiatry and director of the Yale Depression Research Program. Read more 

Match Day video: Medical student matches with Yale Psychiatry

Annually on Match Day, the results of the National Resident Matching Program are announced and graduating medical students learn which residency program they will be joining. This year, at University of Rochester's Match Day event, Myra Mathis, MD discovered that she would be joining Yale's psychiatry residency. Watch Mathis' real-time reaction as she finds out that she has matched into her first-choice training program. Watch the video 

Residents participate in professional development session

Self-knowledge is crucial to professional development and becoming a more effective leader. With those goals in mind, fourth-year psychiatry residents recently participated in an interactive session on workplace styles and how those styles influence professional relationships and work habits. The session was organized by Monica Doyle, HRM, the department's manager of faculty and postdoctoral affairs. Read more 

Book: Smoking Cigarettes, Eating Glass

Smoking Cigarettes, Eating Glass: A Psychologist's Memoir, by Annita Sawyer, PhD, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry, is described as "an informative story about understanding PTSD and making emotional sense of events that can lead a soul to darkness. Most of all, it's a story of perseverance -- of pain, acceptance, healing, hope, and success." Read more 

Second volume of The Perch is published

null A second volume of The Perch, an arts and literary journal published by the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health (PRCH), is now online. The Perch presents a wide range of voices on mental health and recovery - both from established writers and from emerging authors and artists. Michael Rowe, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry and co-director of PRCH, is editor-in-chief. View the issue 

Yale at the 2015 American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting

The 168th Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association was held in Toronto from May 16-20, 2015. Yale faculty, residents, and students made significant contributions to the program. Read more 

At the department's APA reception, the Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Jack D. Barchas, MD (left). Barchas is the Barklie McKee Henry Professor and chair of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College, and psychiatrist-in-chief at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. He is pictured with John H. Krystal, MD (right), chair of Yale Psychiatry. View more photos from the APA reception. 

In Memoriam

Rima L. Brauer, MD

Rima L. Brauer, MD died on May 17 at the age of 77. Brauer completed an internship year at Montefiore Hospital and her residency at Yale in both the Department of Psychiatry and the Child Study Center. She was a distinguished psychotherapist, psychoanalyst, teacher, and supervisor, and was a Life Member of the Western New England Psychoanalytic Society. Read more 

Alumni Spotlight

Alumnus receives McGovern Award from American Society of Addiction Medicine

Mark Gold, MD, an alumnus of the Yale psychiatry residency, has received the 2015 John P. McGovern Award from the American Society of Addiction Medicine. The award recognizes and honors an individual who has made highly meritorious contributions to public policy, treatment, research, or prevention which has increased our understanding of the relationship of addiction and society. Read more 

Yale Corporation's newest alumni fellow is psychiatrist and author

Eve Hart Rice, MD, author, artist, psychiatrist, and co-president and treasurer of the Rice Family Foundation, has been elected as the Yale Corporation's newest alumni fellow. Rice graduated from Yale summa cum laude with a BA in history. She earned a medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and completed a residency in psychiatry at Cornell. Read more 

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Conferences and Continuing Education

The Science and Practice of Change: Contemporary Perspectives on Defining and Documenting Clinical Outcomes

June 19 & 20, 2015 - This conference will examine contemporary perspectives on the definition and documentation of clinical outcomes occurring in response to psychotherapy and other psychosocial interventions being delivered in public and private treatment settings. Thomas McMahon, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry and in the Child Study Center, is conference co-chair. Details and registration 

Upcoming Psychiatry Grand Rounds

Friday, June 19, 2015; 10:15-11:30 am

State of the Department

John H. Krystal, MD, Robert L. McNeil, Jr. Professor of Translational Research and Professor of Neurobiology & Chair of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine; Chief of Psychiatry, Yale-New Haven Hospital

**Fitkin Amphitheatre, 330 Cedar 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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