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Residents meet medical students at Student National Medical Association Conference


Lilanthi Balasuriya, MD, MMS, second from left, and Flavia De Souza, MD, MHS, right, second-year residents in the Yale Department of Psychiatry, represented the department at the 2018 Student National Medical Association Annual Conference March 28-April 1 in San Francisco. They were among 12 resident leaders the Yale-New Haven Hospital Graduate Medical Education Office sponsored to represent Yale residents at the event. Residents were present from several departments in addition to psychiatry, including neurology, surgery, pediatrics, internal medicine, and anesthesiology. Together the residents met and engaged with over 500 medical students. Also pictured are YSM residents Andrew Francis, MD, left; Alani Gregory, MD, center; and Amanda Ocran, MD, second from right.

Yale Department of Psychiatry announces 2018 Match Class

The Yale Department of Psychiatry will welcome 20 new first-year, second-year, and Solnit program residents to the Yale Psychiatry Residency Program in June. "On behalf of the Associate Program Directors and the Education Administrative Staff, I am delighted to announce our new PGY-1, new PGY-2, and new Solnit residents who matched with us March 16," said Robert M. Rohrbaugh, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Residency Program Director. "We are extremely pleased with the results and know you will join us in welcoming this talented and diverse group." Read more  

Psychology internship matches new fellows

The results of a national match were announced for psychology internships on February 23, and the Yale Department of Psychiatry's Doctoral Internship in Clinical and Community Psychology selected its incoming class of 16 fellows who will spend a year training at Yale beginning July 1. "We had an incredible pool of highly qualified applicants," said Jacob Tebes, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Acting Director of Psychology Training. "Our program is among the most competitive nationally as demonstrated by the match results." Read more 

Yale psychiatry, psychology programs ranked among nation's best by U.S. News

Yale School of Medicine's psychiatry and clinical psychology programs were ranked among the nation's best graduate school specialties by U.S. News & World Report in its 2019 rankings. Among psychiatry programs, Yale ranked fourth in the country based on data and surveys for 2018. Yale's clinical psychology program tied for fourth in a ranking of nearly 200 medical schools. Yale was the only medical school to be ranked among the top four in both specialties. The rankings were based on reputational surveys of academic leaders and statistical indicators. Read more  

Department leads U.S. medical schools in NIH research funding

The Yale Department of Psychiatry received more funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) than any other U.S. medical school for psychiatric research, according to a report by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research. Yale faculty and affiliates in 2017 were awarded $71.97 million in NIH grants, according to the report. Several faculty affiliated with Yale were in the top 150 in funding in the country. The report lists 1,156 researchers who combined received $815 million in research grants in 2017. Read more 

Fourteen faculty named to Best Doctors list

Fourteen full-time and clinical faculty in the Yale Department of Psychiatry have been named in the biennial Best Doctors poll. They are: Rosemary Balsam, MD; Andrew Balter, MD; Hilary Blumberg, MD; Paul Kirwin, MD; Richard Kravitz, MD; Kenneth Marcus, MD; F. Carl Mueller, MD; Sidney Phillips, MD; Alan Siegal, MD; Steven Southwick, MD; Christopher Van Dyck, MD; Michael Vollmar, MD; Kimberly Yonkers, MD; and Howard Zonana, MD. The list was published in the April 2018 issue of Connecticut Magazine. Read more 

Yale neuroscientists debunked the idea that anyone is 'normal'

Avram J. Holmes, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology and of Psychiatry, is co-author of a study published in Trends in Cognitive Science that uses evolution to show that uniformity in our brains is totally abnormal. The researchers analyzed the range of beaks in a single bird species, among many other evolutionary variations, to debunk the myth of normalcy in people and animals. Their conclusion was that there is no universally optimal profile of brain functioning, and that psychiatric illnesses can be best understood through the study of domains of functioning and associated (complex) patterns of variation across distributed brain systems. Read more 

Yale faculty team publishes on violence risk assessment

Clockwise from top left, Susan Parke, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry; Madelon Baranoski, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry; Alec Buchanan, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry; and Michael Norko, MD, MAR, Professor of Psychiatry have authored a CME article published in Psychiatric Annals on risk assessment and risk management. Risk assessment and management are central to much of contemporary psychiatric practice. Although many people with mental illness are not violent, mental health professionals often must perform violence risk assessments in a variety of situations and settings. In general practice, assessing and mitigating patients' risk can be critical aspects of treatment. The task of applying the information gathered during risk assessments to manage risk clinically remains challenging. Read more 

Yale study: Homeless veterans five times more likely to commit suicide

Veterans with a history of homelessness are five times more likely to commit suicide than other veterans, a new study by researchers at Yale and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has found. The authors, including lead author Jack Tsai, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Research at the Veterans Affairs Errera Community Care Center, argue that funding for homeless programs for veterans is crucial to efforts to reduce suicide rates among veterans. The study was published in Psychiatric Services. Read more  

Tampi edits new textbook on geriatric psychiatry

Rajesh Tampi, MBBS, DFAPA, MS, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, has edited a new textbook on geriatric psychiatry titled, "Psychiatric Disorders Late in Life, A Comprehensive Review." The textbook, published by Springer International Publishing, contains contributions from experts in geriatric psychiatry. According to the publisher, it "provides a comprehensive yet concise review of the subject. The text covers topics that include the social aspect of aging, treatment and diagnosis options unique to the elderly in need of psychiatric care, policy and ethics ..." Read more  

Fuehrlein, Sebastian selected for ADMSEP Education Scholars Program

Brian Fuehrlein, MD, PhD, left, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Psychiatric Emergency Room at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, and Dale Sebastian, MBBS, right, a Clinician in the Yale Department of Psychiatry, have been selected for the Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry (ADMSEP) Education Scholars Program. Fuehrlein and Sebastian are among six education scholars chosen to participate in the program, which will begin in June at the ADMSEP Annual Meeting in Minneapolis. Read more 

Desai honored with Melba J.T. Vasquez Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions in Research

Miraj U. Desai, PhD, Associate Research Scientist in Psychiatry, has been awarded the 2018 Melba J.T. Vasquez Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions in Research from the American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program. In selecting Desai in his first year of eligibility, the committee noted his "outstanding scientific contributions and the application of this knowledge toward the improved mental and physical well-being of people of color." The award will presented August 10 in San Francisco. Read more 

Ferrara receives travel fellowship award to attend SIRS conference

The Schizophrenia International Research Society (SIRS) awarded a travel fellowship award to Maria Ferrara, MD, Postdoctoral Associate at the Program for Specialized Treatment Early in Psychosis (STEP) at Yale. The award supported Ferrara's attendance and presentation at the society's biennial meeting April 4-8 in Florence, Italy. Ferrara presented results from two studies, one conducted in her hometown of Modena (Italy) and one conducted at Yale, using a new statistical strategy to interpret data from the Early Detection of Psychosis TIPS study. Read more 

'Financial Health' is good medicine in mental health care

Spend an afternoon doing mental health research with Annie Harper, PhD, Associate Research Scientist in Psychiatry, and you might find yourself checking out the prices at a local rent-to-own store, helping a client pull his credit report, or listening as Harper speaks on the phone, convincing a student loan collection agency to restructure someone's debt. "Some of the things we think of as 'mental health problems' are actually poverty problems," she said. "If we solved people's financial problems, I think many of their other problems would go away." Read more  

Hirsch featured in special 'Women in Science' magazine issue

Joy Hirsch, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, Comparative Medicine and of Neuroscience, is among the women featured in the special "Women in Science" issue published by Research Features Magazine. The women featured in the issue "work in diverse areas of research and we hope that their stories will inspire the next generation of researchers," according to the publisher. Hirsch has pioneered a study using new neuroimaging technology to study the human brain as it interacts with others. Read more 

Jordan gives Public Psychiatry Division talk at CMHC

Ayana Jordan, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, spoke April 6 at the Connecticut Mental Health Center during a Public Psychiatry Division meeting. The title of Jordan's talk was, "The Role of the Black Church in Providing Access to Treatment for Black Adults with Drug and Alcohol Problems." Jordan leads the Faith-based Response to the Opioid Crisis Committee, a state and federally funded project that supports African Americans impacted by opioid and other drug and alcohol problems. A report by the Office of the Chief State Medical Examiner revealed the number of opioid-related deaths in the state jumped to over 1,000 people in 2017, more than the previous year's record of 917 deaths.

Cole advocates for behavioral and primary care integration at congressional staff briefing

Robert A. Cole, MHSA, Lecturer in Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine and Chief Operating Officer of the Connecticut Mental Health Center, spoke at a congressional staff briefing March 7 in Washington, D.C. on the crucial role of federal funding to support the integration of primary care in community-based behavioral health organizations. The event was organized by the National Council for Behavioral Health. During his visit, Cole met separately with health policy staff in the offices of Sen. Chris Murphy and Rep. Rosa DeLauro. Read more 

Crusto hosts visiting international HIV research scholar

Cindy Crusto, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Assistant Chair for Diversity in the Yale Department of Psychiatry, hosted Maretha Visser, PhD, a visiting HIV researcher from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, in April. Crusto is an affiliate of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (CIRA) on AIDS. The visiting fellows spent their time at Yale working on collaborative HIV research endeavors with their host faculty members, presenting their research, and participating in meetings with others in CIRA's HIV research community. Read more  

Ageism in medicine must stop, experts say

Kirsten Wilkins, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychiatry Clerkship Director, spoke at a meeting of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry in March about the prevalence of "ageism in medicine," and how thinking of older people as innocent, cute, adorable, or fragile and in need of protection may seem positive, but, in fact, reflects stereotypes. "This can lead to some paternalistic prejudice. These patronizing behaviors may seem benign, but they've actually been associated with negative health outcomes," she said. Read more 

Thompson awarded YCCI translational research grant

Summer Thompson, PhD, a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Taylor Lab at the Yale Department of Psychiatry, has been awarded a position on the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation training grant, "YCCI Multidisciplinary Post-Doctoral Training Program in Translational Research." The grant provides salary, tuition and training expenses. While the award will not fund the research itself, the project Thompson proposed in the grant was to study the role of the gut microbiome in complex decision-making in mice. Read more  

Women faculty, SWIM liaisons, Executive Board members meet with Dr. Krystal


Executive Board members and department liaisons to the Committee on the Status of Women in Medicine (SWIM) at Yale met with other women faculty and Department Chair John H. Krystal, MD, on March 19. SWIM was founded in 1979 to address issues related to gender equality at the Yale School of Medicine. Key issues include enhancing the "climate" (building a supportive environment) for women at Yale, increasing women in leadership roles, recruiting and retaining female faculty members, and compensation equality. The SWIM Executive Board meets regularly with the Dean to collaborate on ongoing initiatives critical to ensuring gender equity at the medical school. SWIM liaisons for each department were established in 2015 with the goal of improving communication between SWIM and faculty members. The Department of Psychiatry has two Executive Board members, Cindy Crusto, PhD, and Carolyn Mazure, PhD, as well as three liaisons: Carolyn Sartor, PhD; Paula Zimbrean, MD; and Rajita Sinha, PhD. SWIM liaisons meet quarterly with women faculty in the department. Pictured with Dr. Krystal at the March 19 meeting are, from left, Tami Sullivan, PhD; Hilary Blumberg, MD; and Rajita Sinha, PhD.

Neuroscience 2018 "Envisioning a Future of Recovery"

Saturday, April 28, 2018; 8:30 am-1:30 pm

Yale faculty will speak about new approaches to brain recovery from addiction, promising new research on bipolar disorder, and new technologies to enhance therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety.

The 2018 honoree is Paul Dalio, a New York-based writer, director and composer

Harkness Auditorium, Sterling Hall of Medicine, 333 Cedar St.

Free registration  

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Psychiatry Grand Rounds

Friday, April 13, 2018; 10:15-11:30 am

Yochelson Lecture: "But He Knew It Was Wrong: Delinquency and Adolescent Culpability"

Peter Ash, MD, Professor and Director of Psychiatry and Law Service, Emory University

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St.

Friday, April 20, 2018; 10:15-11:30 am

Cultural Competence in Working with People with Disabilities

Angela M. Kuemmel, PhD, ABPP, left, Rehabilitation Psychologist, Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center; Erin E. Andrews, PsyD, ABPP, right, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Texas at Austin Medical School

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St.

Friday, April 27, 2018; 10:15-11:30 am

State of the Department Address

John H. Krystal, MD, Robert L. McNeil, Jr. Professor of Neuroscience; Chair, Yale Department of Psychiatry

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St.

VA/Psychiatry Grand Rounds Shuttle

Door-to-door shuttle service is provided from the VA to Psychiatry Grand Rounds at CMHC. Take the Yale University Shuttle that leaves the VA beginning at 9:00 am and every 20 minutes thereafter. Tell the driver you are going to CMHC. The shuttle will leave CMHC at 11:45 am for a return to the VA. Riders should meet in front of CMHC.

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