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Thursday, September 17, 2015: Department represented at Rally for Medical Research Capitol Hill Day.
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Researchers study second-line treatment for depression

Somaia Mohamed, MD, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry, is co-chair and co-principal investigator of a nationwide study called The VA Augmentation and Switching Treatments for Improving Depression Outcomes (VAST-D) Study. She is working with researchers from across the country, including Deepak C. D'Souza, MBBS, MD, professor of psychiatry, at 35 VA Medical Center sites to study the best second-line treatments for depression. Read more / View the article 

Yale-based research yields new APA policy

The American Psychological Association has approved a new policy based on research conducted at Yale. The New Haven Competencies/Guidelines on Trauma Competencies for Education and Training are "intended as guidelines for education and training for practice in the United States," according to the APA. Joan Cook, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry, discussed the research at a conference on trauma hosted at Yale in 2013. Read more / 

Study shows teens using e-cigarette devices to smoke marijuana

A Yale study recently published in the journal Pediatrics reveals that 28 percent of 3,847 Connecticut high school students surveyed have used e-cigarettes. Of those, 18 percent have vaporized concentrated liquid marijuana or hash oil with the devices. The research was conducted in the lab of Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin, PhD, professor of psychiatry, the study's senior author. View the article 

Irregularities in brain present before onset of schizophrenia

A Yale-led study has identified a potential marker for schizophrenia, a debilitating disease that afflicts 1 percent of the world's population. The study suggests abnormalities are already present in the brains of people at higher risk of developing psychosis. Alan Anticevic, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, is lead author. Read more 

Time perception may predict stress levels

A new study that measures people's response to stress suggests that people who experience more negative thinking are less stressed. Researchers measured participants' levels of cortisol, a hormone that is released in response to stress, to obtain their results. The first author of the study was Lening Olivera-Figueroa, PsyD, assistant professor of psychiatry, adjunct, at Yale. Read more 

Pietrzak receives award for contributions to trauma psychology

Robert Pietrzak, PhD, MPH, assistant professor of psychiatry, has received the 2015 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Trauma Psychology by an Early Career Psychologist from Division 56 (Trauma Psychology) of the American Psychological Association (APA). Pietrzak is director of the Translational Psychiatric Epidemiology Laboratory of the Clinical Neurosciences Division of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD. Read more 

Mothers' mental health impacted by inability to afford diapers

Research in 2013 by Megan Smith, DrPh, MPH, assistant professor of psychiatry and director of the New Haven Mental Health Outreach for MotherS (MOMS) Partnership, found that nearly 30 percent of mothers surveyed in New Haven lacked sufficient diapers for their children. A recent article in "The Atlantic" calls new attention to the problem. Read more 

Psychiatry resident among 2015 class of Meixner Postdoctoral Fellows in Translational Research

Autism Speaks has named Alan Lewis, MD, PhD, a Meixner Postdoctoral Fellow in its class of 2015. The fellowship will support Lewis's investigation of the safety, effectiveness and biological action of transdermal nicotine as a potential treatment for destructive and disruptive behavior in people who have autism. Read more 

Yale professor discusses binge eating disorder at speaker series

Binge eating disorder, a new formal diagnosis in the DSM-5, was the topic of a discussion by Carlos M. Grilo, PhD, professor of psychiatry and psychology, at the first addiction speaker series at CASAColumbia in New York. Grilo is a senior scientist at CASAColumbia, and director of the Program for Obesity, Weight and Eating Research (POWER) at Yale. Read more 

Oldham wins first place award for IPA paper

Mark Oldham, MD, clinical instructor in nursing and clinical instructor in psychiatry, has won first place in the 2015 International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) Junior Research Awards in Psychogeriatrics competition for his paper, "Cognitive and functional status predictors of delirium and delirium severity after coronary artery bypass graft surgery: An interim analysis of the Neuropsychiatric Outcomes after Heart Surgery study." Oldham was invited to attend the Opening Session at the IPA 17th International Congress in Berlin, Germany, on October 13.

Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health celebrates 15 years of service to New Haven area

The Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health celebrated its 15th anniversary September 29 with a barbecue, art exhibit, research updates, program news, and the presentation of its Flying Pig Award to New Haven Mayor Toni Harp. The program has more than seven times the staff than it did when it was founded, and its leaders say they are very happy with the progress it has made in helping people talk about recovery and peer support. Read more 

Psychiatry faculty, residents, and staff honored at 2015 commencement ceremony

The Yale Department of Psychiatry announced recipients of national and departmental awards at its annual Residency and Fellowship Commencement Ceremony held June 5 at Davenport Residential College. The ceremony marked the graduation of 18 residents and 26 fellows. Read more 

2015 Psychology Section graduation recognizes faculty, fellows

The Psychology Section held its annual graduation ceremony for Psychology Fellows on June 16. Seventeen fellows who completed internships at the Connecticut Mental Health Center and Yale-New Haven Hospital were joined by 80 family members and faculty members to celebrate successful completion of their one-year internship. Completion of this predoctoral internship was the students' final step toward obtaining their doctorate in psychology. Four faculty members within the Psychology Section were conferred with awards at the ceremony. Read more 

Alumni Spotlight

Alumnus to be honored by D.A.R.E. for groundbreaking work

Mark Gold, MD, an alumnus of the Yale psychiatry residency, will be honored by D.A.R.E. America for his groundbreaking work in basic and clinical addiction research and for training the next generation of researchers and clinicians in Addiction Medicine. He will be recognized at a benefit reception December 1 at The Metropolitan Club in New York. Speakers will include William J. Bratton, commissioner of the New York City Police Department, and Rikki Klieman, legal analyst for CBS News Corp. Read more 

Former chief resident on staff at Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Sarah Hodulik, MD, a former chief resident, has been appointed assistant professor of psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. As a resident at Yale, Hodulik spent a year treating undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Mental Health Clinic. She is the former president of the Yale Psychiatry Residents' Association and served on several committees. Read more 

Prestigious science award given to former doctoral student

Vidita Vaidya, PhD, who earned her doctoral degree in neuroscience after training in the lab of Ronald Duman, PhD, Elizabeth Mears and House Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Neurobiology, has won the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar award for medical science in India. Read more 

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Lectures, Conferences and Continuing Education

Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine Colloquium Series

October 22, 2015 - Stephanie O'Malley, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry; Director, Division of Substance Abuse Research in Psychiatry; Deputy Chair, Clinical Research, Yale School of Medicine, will give the lecture, "Pharmacological Interventions to Support Moderation of Alcohol Drinking." Details 

Environmental Health Sciences Department: "The Health Effects of Marijuana Policy Liberalization"

November 4, 2015 - Andrew Monte, MD, PhD, assistant professor, Emergency Medicine, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, will lecture about the health effects resulting from new policies on marijuana. The lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Details 

Upcoming Psychiatry Grand Rounds

Friday, October 23, 2015; 10:15-11:30 am

Surviving an Adult Child's Suicide: Mental Illness, Grief, and Creativity

Adam Levy, Singer-Songwriter, Teacher, Activist

**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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