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Christopher Pittenger, MD, PhD, left, associate professor of psychiatry, spoke about the science of Tourette Syndrome (TS) during a morning-long seminar February 26 at Yale's Davenport College. The title of the gathering was "Music Meets Medicine: Tourette Syndrome," and it was co-sponsored by Yale and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. Sharing stories about their experiences with TS and performing at the seminar were Nick van Bloss, center, a concert pianist, and Jason Duika, right, a baritone opera singer. Read more 

Gupta, Cahill write paper about 'deprescribing' in psychiatry

Swapnil Gupta, MD, MBBS, left, assistant professor of psychiatry, and John Daniel Cahill, MBBS, right, assistant professor of psychiatry, wrote the paper, "A Prescription for 'Deprescribing' in Psychiatry," in the journal Psychiatric Services. They argue for the development of guidelines for refining medication regimens in response to shifts in risk/benefit ratios. The term "deprescribing" was initially used in geriatric medicine. Read more 

Fucito: Smokers should be encouraged to quit at lung cancer screenings

Smokers who go to a doctor to be screened for lung cancer should also be encouragd to quit smoking during their visit, according to a paper by Lisa Fucito, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry. Fucito is the lead author of the position statement, published in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. The article references a U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation that heavy smokers undergo a yearly screening for lung cancer. Read more  

Krystal, Gelernter discuss complexity of pinpointing causes of mental illness in 'Scientific American' article

John Krystal, MD, left, Robert L. McNeil, Jr. Professor of Psychiatry and Chair, Department of Psychiatry; and Joel Gelernter, MD, right, Foundations Fund Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Yale's Division of Human Genetics in Psychiatry, discussed the complexity of pinpointing causes of mental illness in patients in the science magazine Scientific American. Read the article 

Yale research leads to diaper cost reduction program

Research by Megan Smith, DrPH, MPH, assistant professor of psychiatry, prompted the White House to unveil a new pilot program that will enable needy families to pay less for diapers. The program was inspired by research conducted by Smith, local mothers, the City of New Haven, and community groups. Smith is director of the New Haven Mental Health Outreach for Mothers, or MOMS Partnership, which works to meet the mental health needs of low-income mothers. One of its projects is to distribute diapers to low-income families. Read more  

Three Yale Psychiatry faculty named to 'World's Most Influential Scientific Minds' report

Tyrone D. Cannon, PhD, left, professor of psychology and psychiatry; Thomas H. McGlashan, MD, center, professor emeritus of and senior research scientist in psychiatry; and Scott W. Woods, MD, right, professor of psychiatry, were named to "The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds, 2015" report by the mass media and information firm Thomson Reuters. They joined approximately 3,000 highly cited researchers on the list. Read more 

Yale Psychiatry residents, faculty oppose cuts to state budget for mental health services

Five Yale Department of Psychiatry residents and three faculty members testified February 18 in Hartford in opposition to a proposal that would cut millions of dollars from the state budget for mental health services. The Yale delegation, including resident Kunmi Sobowale, MD, left, urged committee members to maintain funding for mental health services in the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) budget. View another photo in the Photo Album section below. Read more 

Gordon invited to consult at White House for dialogue on men's health

Derrick Gordon, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry and director of Research, Policy and Program on Male Development at The Consultation Center, went to Washington, D.C., on January 8 to participate in the White House Dialogue on Men's Health, a landmark meeting with the aim to help men live healthier and longer. The discussion sought to highlight the state of men's health and to talk about ways to get more men engaged in preventive care. Read more 

Researcher from University College London to work at Anticevic Lab

Researcher Richard Adams, PhD, right, from the University of College London will spend three months later this year working with Alan Anticevic, PhD, left, at the Anticevic Lab at Yale. Adams will learn to model how alterations in synaptic gain in specific cell types affect working memory, and how these alterations might be detected using EEG and fMRI. The Bogue Research Fellowships based in the United Kingdom will finance his work. Read more  

Peer support system tackles homelessness in New Haven

The Yale School of Medicine is providing support for a yearlong pilot of the Peer Connector program through a New Haven-based organization called Continuum of Care. The group provides residential and support services to people with psychiatric or developmental disabilities. Chyrell Bellamy, PhD, MSW, assistant professor of psychiatry, has studied and initiated peer work for many years as a member of the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health. Read more  

Cosgrove awarded 2016 NARSAD Independent Investigator Grant

Kelly P. Cosgrove, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry, radiology and biomedical imaging, and neuroscience, has been awarded a 2016 NARSAD Independent Investigator Grant from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. Cosgrove is trained as a clinical psychologist, and has worked with people who suffer from tobacco and drug addiction. She uses positron emission tomography (PET) brain imaging to gain insights into the brains of people after they have stopped using alcohol and tobacco. Read more  

Anticevic to receive Society of Biological Psychiatry research award

Alan Anticevic, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry and of psychology, and principal investigator at the Anticevic Lab, will receive the Society of Biological Psychiatry's A.E. Bennett Research Award in clinical/translational research for 2016. The award includes a cash prize of $5,000 for the purpose of stimulating international research in biological psychiatry by young investigators. It will be presented May 13 during the Society's 71st annual meeting in Atlanta. Read more 

Murray awarded Junior Faculty Scholar award from YCCI

John Murray, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry and director of the Murray Lab, has been awarded a Junior Faculty Scholar award from the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI). The award will provide a total of $40,000 over two years to support Murray's research into the modeling of resting-state activity in schizophrenia. Research in his lab focuses on investigating the dynamics and function of neural circuits, and their dysfunction in psychiatric and neurological disorders. Read more 

Department's Psychology internship matches new fellows

Seventeen fellows have matched to the Doctoral Internship in Clinical and Community Psychology program, which begins training at Yale on July 1. Fellows apply to one of 11 training rotations based at the Connecticut Mental Health Center and Yale-New Haven Hospital. Rajita Sinha, PhD, left, Foundations Fund Professor of Psychiatry, is Chief of Psychology. Michael Hoge, PhD, right, professor of psychiatry, is Director of Clinical Training in Psychology. Read more  

Londono's Wise Mind School teaches students emotional resilience

Alicia Londono, MD, a second-year resident, has developed the web-based curriculum Wise Mind School to teach early adolescents -- specifically middle schoolers -- essential cognitive, emotional, and social skills to minimize disruptive behaviors. Londono developed the curriculum last summer during her three-month CASE rotation at Yale. Among the topics addressed are positive thinking, delayed gratification, identifying and mastering feelings, mindfulness, being a good listener, being assertive, and negative consequences of using drugs and alcohol. Read more 

Program launched by Yale Psychiatry resident generating results for homeless veterans

A screening program for homeless veterans at the West Haven campus of the VA Connecticut Healthcare System continues to serve people in the Greater New Haven area. The program was launched by Adam Mecca, MD, PhD, a fourth-year resident, and its purpose is to connect homeless veterans with housing and clinical services to assist with their cognitive and functional impairments. The program is helping to meet a nationwide mission set by President Barack Obama to end veteran homelessness in the United States. Read more 

Jordan, Iheanacho featured in AAAP annual meeting video

Ayana Jordan, MD, PhD, left, a psychiatry fellow, and Theddeus Iheanacho, MD, right, assistant professor of psychiatry, are featured in a video that promotes the annual meeting of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP). The 2016 meeting will be at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita Springs, Fla., in December. A large contingent of department faculty and trainees annually attend to learn about emerging issues and trends in addiction psychiatry. Watch the video 

Tsai launches Yale PsychTalk Podcast

Jack Tsai, PhD, left, assistant professor of psychiatry and director of the Yale Division of Mental Health Services and Treatment Outcomes Research, has launched the Yale PsychTalk Podcast. Tsai will use the forum to interview mental health experts about a range of issues related to psychiatry. In his first Yale PsychTalk, Tsai had a casual conversation with Steven Southwick, MD, right, Glenn H. Greenberg Professor of Psychiatry, about his work and personal life. Read more and listen to the podcast 

Cook: How can we better serve male survivors?

To coincide with the recent Academy Awards and the honoring of the Oscar-winning movie "Spotlight," Joan Cook, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry, wrote in Pacific Standard about the need for institutions and professionals to better support men and boys who are sexually abused. Cook hopes survivors of sexual assault watch the movie and see what good therapy can do for them. She is president of the American Psychological Association's Division of Trauma Psychology, and in the past has organized a symposium on the topic of male sexual abuse. Read the article 

Roy visits Fort Hays State University to assess campus mental health system

Nance Roy, DEd, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry, recently visited the campus of Fort Hays State University in Kansas to assess the university's mental health services. Roy's visit was made in her role as clinical director of the Jed Foundation, a nonprofit mental health organization that works to protect the emotional health of the 40 million high school and college students in the United States, and to reduce the risks of substance abuse and suicide. Read more 

'Talk to CMHC' technology launches at Connecticut Mental Health Center

Connecticut Mental Health Center has launched a new reporting tool, "Talk to CMHC," powered by the New Haven-based company SeeClickFix. The program enables anyone to report concerns and ideas to CMHC's administration using a free SeeClickFix mobile app and web tools. Users are invited to send feedback using pictures, videos, and written text. Their comments will be forwarded to key staff members. Read more 

CMHC video series: 'Recovery is ... Crocheting'

This month's video in the recovery video series at the Connecticut Mental Health Center is "Recovery is ... Crocheting." The video features Elizabeth, expert crochet artist, who enjoys sharing her gifts with others. She also knows a few things about recovery. The video series was launched by the CMHC Foundation to mark the 50th anniversary of CMHC.  View the video 

In Memoriam

Ralph E. Hoffman, MD

A memorial service and reception will be held at 2 pm Sunday, March 20, at Battell Chapel, 400 College St., New Haven, to honor the memory of Ralph E. Hoffman, MD, professor of psychiatry, who died February 1. A reception will follow his memorial service at the New Haven Lawn Club, 193 Whitney Ave. Hoffman was a world-renowned pioneering researcher into the pathophysiology of auditory hallucinations. He came to Yale for fellowship training in 1979, and became a faculty member in the department. The department awarded him its highest honor for a clinician and educator, the Stephen Fleck Award, in 1992. Read more 

Edward C. Senay, MD

The Department of Psychiatry belatedly acknowledges the passing of Edward C. Senay, MD, on August 10, 2014. Senay was a former assistant professor of psychiatry at Yale. He was professor emeritus of psychiatry at the University of Chicago at the time of his death, and was one of the world's leading experts on the course and treatment of addiction, particularly opiate addiction. He and his colleagues studied how "epidemics" of addiction undermined social processes that kept addiction in check and sustained illicit drug use. Read more 

Barbara Almond, MD

Barbara Almond, MD, who completed her psychiatry residency at Yale, died March 6 at the age of 77. Almond opened her psychiatry practice in Palo Alto, Calif., in 1972, and continued to see patients until two months before her death. She helped train psychiatrists at Stanford University and at the San Francisco Center of Psychoanalysis. She was an accomplished pianist who enjoyed performing duets with her husband of 53 years, Richard, a fellow psychiatrist and former medical school classmate who survives her with the couple's three sons. Read more 

Alumni Spotlight

James H. Reich, MD

James H. Reich, MD, a former clinical instructor in the Yale Department of Psychiatry, will chair a symposium and present two papers at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) annual meeting in May in Atlanta. Reich is clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, Medical School. The title of his symposium is "Breakthroughs in the Understanding and Treatment of Personality Pathology." The symposium is an affiliation with the Association for Research in Personality Disorders, which has presented at APA each year since 1983.

Conferences, Lectures and Continuing Education

The Sidney Altman Symposium to be held at Greenberg Center

March 24, 2016 - The Sidney Altman Symposium will feature several distinguished speakers, including Daniel DiMaio and Sidney Altman representing Yale, and Matthew Meselson (Harvard), William McClain (University of Wisconsin), Mark Ptashne (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center), Spyros Artavanis-Tsakonas (Biogen/Harvard Medical School), Thomas Maniatis (Columbia), Ling-Ling Chen (Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences), and Roger Kornberg (Stanford). Details 

Yale School of Medicine to sponsor program about physical and mental health of refugees

March 31, 2016 - The program, "Physical and Mental Health of Refugees: A Primer for Healthcare Providers," will be held at The Anlyan Center for Medical Research and Education. The event is co-sponsored by the Yale School of Medicine (YSM) Department of Internal Medicine, YSM Office of Global Health, and YSM Office of International Medical Student Education. The target audience is Connecticut clinicians and clinicians-in-training who want to learn about the specific mental and physical health needs of refugees. Details 

Yale Global Mental Health Program: 'Global Mental Health in Peru'

April 5, 2016 - The Yale Global Mental Health Program will sponsor the program, "Global Mental Health in Peru," at The Anlyan Center for Medical Research and Education. Alfredo Massa, MD, lecturer in psychiatry, and James Phillips, MD, clinical professor of psychiatry, will present their work. The program provides educational opportunities and electives for the Yale community, and mentorship and facilitated international experiences for residents. Details 

Photo Album

February 18, 2016 - A coalition of residents and faculty members representing the Yale Department of Psychiatry went to Hartford to ask lawmakers not to support a proposal to reduce the state budget for mental health services. Representing Yale were, from left, Vinod Srihari, MD, associate professor of psychiatry and director of the STEP Program; resident Jessica Isom, MD, MPH; resident Chadrick Lane, MD; Robert Malison, MD, professor of psychiatry and director of the Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit; resident Luming Li, MD; resident Myra Mathis, MD; and resident Kunmi Sobowale, MD. Also testifying but not in the photograph is John Krystal, MD, Chair of the Department of Psychiatry.

Upcoming Psychiatry Grand Rounds

Friday, March 18, 2016; 10:15-11:30 am

A Dynamic and Distributed View of Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders

Miguel A. Nicolelis, MD, PhD, Professor, Neurobiology, Biomedical Engineering, Psychology, and Neuroscience, Duke University

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St.

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Friday, March 25, 2016

No Grand Rounds

Friday, April 1, 2016; 10:15-11:30 am

Treatment Development for Agitation in Patients with Alzheimer's Dementia: Where are We in 2016?

Constantine Lyketsos, MD, MHS, Elizabeth Plank Althouse Professor and Chair of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St.

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Friday, April 8, 2016; 10:15-11:30 am

Finding the Person: The Importance of Storytelling and Storylistening in Mental Health

Hannah B. Harvey, PhD, Professional Storyteller and Lecturer, The Great Courses

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St.

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Friday, April 15, 2016; 10:15-11:30 am

The PRIDE Study: Understanding the Health Needs of Sexual and Gender Minorities?

Mitchell R. Lunn, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Nephrology, University of California, San Francisco

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St.

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