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Residents accepted into Connecticut State Medical Society's Young Physician Leadership Curriculum


Eight trainees in the Yale Department of Psychiatry Residency Program have been accepted into the Connecticut State Medical Society's Young Physician Leadership Curriculum. The residents are, top from left, Lilanthi Balasuriya, MD, MMS; Flavia De Souza, MD, MHS; Falisha Gilman, MD; and Nikhil Gupta, MBBS; bottom from left, Luming Li, MD; Nora Proops, MD; Erica Robinson, MD; and Kunmi Sobowale, MD. Read more  

Yale study tracks protein across human brain

Yale Department of Psychiatry researchers reported an extensive survey of protein abundance across the human brain in Nature Neuroscience. The data extends RNA-based gene expression atlases and highlights that protein levels in different brain regions vary more than suggested by their mRNA abundances. The findings highlight that post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression is complex in brain tissue, with the production, localization, and turnover of proteins contributing to larger variations in expression between brain regions than would be expected by profiling mRNA levels in the same tissue. Study participants included, clockwise from top left, Becky Carlyle, PhD, former Associate Research Scientist; Robert Kitchen, PhD, former Postdoctoral Associate; Angus Nairn, PhD, Charles B. G. Murphy Professor of Psychiatry; and Nenad Sestan, MD, PhD, Professor of Neuroscience, of Comparative Medicine, of Genetics and of Psychiatry. Read more  

Yale study: Brain imaging reveals ADHD as a collection of different disorders

Yale researchers, including first author Michael Stevens, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, have found that patients with different types of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have impairments in unique brain systems, indicating that there may not be a one-size-fits-all explanation for the cause of the disorder. Researchers said the study, published in the journal Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, has the potential to reframe how researchers think about ADHD. Read more 

Study confirms rapid antidepressant effect of ketamine extends to Taiwanese patients

John H. Krystal, MD, Robert L. McNeil, Jr. Professor of Neuroscience and Chair of the Yale Department of Psychiatry, was co-author of a study published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology that uncovered the first evidence that the drug ketamine has dose-related antidepressant effects. Krystal and his fellow researchers from Taiwan also found evidence that the drug, which is used in both human and veterinary medicine as an anesthetic, has positive effects in Taiwanese patients with treatment-resistant symptoms of depression. Read more 

Regulation of aggressive behavior focus of studies by Lewis, Picciotto

Alan Lewis, MD, PhD, Lecturer in Psychiatry and a Fellow in the Neuroscience Research Training Program, and Marina Picciotto, PhD, Charles B. G. Murphy Professor of Psychiatry and Professor in the Child Study Center, of Neuroscience and of Pharmacology, are co-authors of two articles that look at alpha7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor regulation of affect and aggressive behavior. The articles were published in the journals Neuropsychopharmacology and Schizophrenia Research. Read more  

Yale study: Young adults could be at risk of heavier drinking with shortened night of sleep

A shortened night of sleep may increase young adults' risk of heavier drinking, according to a new Yale study that assessed reciprocal variations in sleep and drinking over time in young adults. The study, conducted by Lisa Fucito, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, found that young adults consumed more alcohol following nights of less sleep and had more delayed sleep timing following heavier drinking occasions. The study was published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology. Read more 

Many high schoolers graduate to cigarettes after e-cigarette use

High school students who use e-cigarettes are more likely to smoke cigarettes in subsequent years, according to a Yale study published in the journal Pediatrics. Those who smoke cigarettes, by contrast, are no more likely than non-smokers to use e-cigarettes over time, the three-year survey of Connecticut high school students shows. Krysten Bold, PhD, Associate Research Scientist at the Yale Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science, was the lead author of the study, which surveyed high school students between 2013 and 2015. Read more  

Vets who receive medical-legal aid show improvements in mental health

Veterans who receive legal help with housing, benefits, and consumer or personal matters have increased income, fewer problems finding housing, and even experience some mental health benefits, according to a new Yale study published in the journal Health Affairs. Jack Tsai, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, was lead author of the study, which followed for a year the status of 148 Connecticut and New York veterans who received help from legal non-profit groups embedded with medical teams at Veterans Affairs offices. Read more  

The Errera Center: A novel resident experience in a veterans' homeless center

Residents J. Corey Williams, MD, MA, left, and Emma Lo, MD, collaborated with Theddeus Iheanacho, MBBS, DTM&H, right, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Medical Director at the Errera Community Care Center in West Haven, to write about a unique psychiatry resident clinical experience at a veterans homeless drop-in center at Errera. Their commentary was published in the journal Academic Psychiatry. Read more 

Wasser, 17 former and current forensic trainees contribute to book 'Psychiatry and the Law: Basic Principles'

Seventeen former and current Yale Department of Psychiatry forensic trainees contributed to a book edited by Tobias Wasser, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, that serves as an introductory text identifying the legal and ethical issues that arise at the intersection of mental health and judicial and criminal justice systems. The book, "Psychiatry and the Law," is comprised of 16 chapters that delve into topics such as informed consent, confidentiality, involuntary medication, civil competence, ethics, and risk assessment for suicide and violence. Read more 

Gueorguieva writes new book on statistical methods in psychiatry and related fields

Ralitza Gueorguieva, PhD, Director of Biostatistics in Psychiatry and Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Biostatistics at the Yale School of Public Health, spent more than two years writing a book on statistical models for correlated data analysis. The book, "Statistical Methods in Psychiatry and Related Fields," was published by CRC Press. It describes on a non-technical level modern statistical models for analysis of correlated data when outcomes are repeatedly assessed within individual or on related individuals. Read more  

Seven Yale affiliates awarded NARSAD Young Investigator Grants

Seven affiliates of the Yale Department of Psychiatry, Connecticut Mental Health Center, and Yale School of Medicine have been awarded research grants through the Brain & Behavior Foundation's NARSAD Young Investigator Grant Program. The awards address exceptional research questions across diagnostic categories, from schizophrenia and depression to autism and obsessive-compulsive disorder. The recipients are, top row from left, Florent Barthas, PhD, (Depression); Katie Ferguson, PhD, (Schizophrenia); Thomas V. Fernandez, MD, (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder); second row from left, Emma Eileen Mary Knowles, PhD, (Multiple Disorders); Quentin Perrenoud, PhD, (Schizophrenia); Jerome H. Taylor, MD, (Multiple Disorders); and, bottom row, Eunice Y. Yuen, MD, PhD, (Autism/Autism Spectrum Disorder). Read more  

Averill to participate in ADAA Alies Muskin Career Development Leadership Program

Lynnette Averill, PhD, Associate Research Scientist in Psychiatry at Yale, has been selected to participate in the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) Alies Muskin Career Development Leadership Program. The highly competitive program is an intensive mentoring and professional development opportunity for early career clinicians and researchers. Averill will receive complimentary registration to the Anxiety and Depression Conference in April 2018 in Washington, DC. Read more  

Buono receives travel award from American Pain Society

Frank D. Buono, PhD, Associate Research Scientist in the Yale Department of Psychiatry, has been awarded travel support through the American Pain Society (APS) Young Investigator Travel Support Program. The award is highly competitive, and Buono may apply the grant toward travel to the 2018 APS Scientific Summit to be held in March in Anaheim, Calif. Buono, who works at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System in West Haven and at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, will present his research at the meeting. Read more 

Barron: The economics of paid parental leave

As a follow to his October Scientific American article about the need for consistent parental leave policies for new parents, Daniel Barron, MD, PhD, a second-year resident in the Yale Department of Psychiatry, advocated for improved family leave policies in an article published in Scientific American. He described a family leave program in California that generated cost savings for businesses, either due to reduced employee turnover or because employees coordinated their own wage replacement benefits (such as paid sick days or vacation). Read more 

Li presides over inaugural Yale New Haven Hospital Resident/Fellow Senate House Staff Assembly Meeting

Luming Li, MD, left, a fourth-year resident in the Yale Department of Psychiatry, presided over the inaugural Yale New Haven Hospital Resident/Fellow Senate House Staff Assembly Meeting on December 4 at Yale School of Medicine. The Senate works to create learning and mentorship opportunities for residents and fellows at the hospital. Representatives spoke about plans to address diversity, quality improvement, advocacy, medical education, and wellness. Li, President of the Senate's Executive Board, said 74 residents and fellows across the medical school, including several from psychiatry, are engaged in some type of graduate medical education work. Marna Borgstrom, right, President and CEO of Yale New Haven Health System, attended the meeting with senior leadership from Yale New Haven Hospital and spoke about the health system's finances and mission.

Data reveals heavy drinking among women at all-time high, despite health consequences

Stephanie O'Malley, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Substance Abuse Research in Psychiatry, was quoted in a Connecticut Health Investigative Team Report that assessed drinking rates among women in the state. State and federal data show that more women are being admitted to acute hospital departments for alcohol-related reasons, and that more women are enrolling in studies that examine the effectiveness of medication to curb the desire to drink alcohol. Read more 

Dike discusses science behind pathological lying at AAAS lecture

Charles C. Dike, FRCPsych, MBChB, MPH, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Medical Director of the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, discussed the science behind pathological lying at a forum November 10 sponsored by the American Association for the Advance of Science. Pathological lying afflcts about 1 percent of the population beginning around age 16, is often detected by age 22, and impacts women and men equally, Dike told the audience, citing a study. Read more  

Q & A with Brian Fuehrlein: The opioid epidemic and emergency room visits

Brian Fuehrlein, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Psychiatric Emergency Room at the VA Connectiut Healthcare System, answered questions about the opioid epidemic and patient care in an interview with RiverMend Health. "I tend to be as aggressive and assertive as possible while discussing the severity of the illness and the dire need for intensive treatment ..." Fuehrlein said. "I attempt to motivate every patient who has experienced an overdose to be initiated on medication-assisted treatment." Read more  

Video: Barkil-Oteo's team delivering mental health services in Northern Iraq

Andres Barkil-Oteo, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Yale, is working with clinicians providing mental health services to 90,000 internally displaced people in nine camps in Northern Iraq. Barkil-Oteo is a psychiatrist consultant and adviser with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), which delivers emergency medical aid worldwide to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from health care. The Iraq project was featured in a video produced by the Brain & Behavior Foundation. Watch the video 

Ostroff, Katz attend European Conference on Brain Stimulation in Psychiatry

Robert Ostroff, MD, Co-Medical Director of the Interventional Psychiatry Service at Yale Psychiatric Hospital (YPH), and Rachel Katz, MD, a Fellow in Interventional Psychiatry at YPH, attended the European Conference on Brain Stimulation in Psychiatry in Munich in October. They spoke about the Interventional Psychiatry Service at YPH, and presented posters on the treatment of pediatric catatonia with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), and the adjustment of pulse wave parameters to optimize effective ECT treatment.

Kennedy named to Wesleyan University Board of Trustees

Katherine "Kiki" Kennedy, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, has been named to the Board of Trustees of Wesleyan University in Middletown for the 2017-18 academic year. Kennedy has strong family ties to Wesleyan. Her daughter, Kiley, graduated in 2016 with honors in physics, and her son Teddy, is a member of the Class of 2020. Her husband, State Sen. Ted Kennedy, Jr., is a 1984 graduate of Wesleyan. In June, Kiki Kennedy was chosen to receive the Yale Department of Psychiatry's Outstanding Clinical Faculty Award. Read more 

Grant to fund expansion of tobacco treatment services for cancer patients

A grant-funded program led by Lisa Fucito, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Tobacco Treatment Service (TTS) at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, will expand access to tobacco treatment services for cancer patients in Connecticut. The program, funded by the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Centers Cessastion Initiative (C3I), will increase the number of patients who are screened for tobacco use, offered tobacco treatment, and treated for tobacco use through TTS at Smilow. Read more  

Alumni Spotlight

Nestler awarded Wilbur Cross Medal from Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Neuroscientist Eric J. Nestler, MD, PhD, front row, left, a 1983 Yale School of Medicine graduate who completed psychiatry residency training at Yale, was awarded the Wilbur Cross Medal on October 24 from the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. This marks the 52nd year that the graduate school has honored its most distinguished alumni with the medal for outstanding achievements and contribution to society. Nestler served on the Yale faculty for 13 years until 2000, and was the Elizabeth Mears and House Jameson Professor of Psychiatry, Pharmacology, and Neurobiology. After leaving Yale he became the Lou and Ellen McGinley Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center until 2008. He is now Nash Family Professor of Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, where he serves as Dean for Academic and Scientific Affairs and Director of the Friedman Brain Institute. The goal of his research is to better understand the molecular basis of drug addiction and depression. Read more  

Montenegro featured in NPR report on the subtle ways racism hurts a person's health

Roberto Montenegro, MD, PhD, a 2016 graduate of the Yale Department of Psychiatry Residency Program, was featured in a November NPR piece about the chronic stress of racism, and efforts by scientists -- including Montenegro -- to quantify its cumulative toll on a person's health. Montenegro last year chronicled his personal experiences with microaggressions in an essay published in the journal JAMA. He is a postdoctoral fellow in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Seattle Children's Hospital at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Read more 

Gold represents AxoGen directors at ringing of NASDAQ opening bell

Mark Gold, MD, left, a 1978 graduate of the Yale Department of Psychiatry's Residency Program, represented the Board of Directors of AxoGen when company CEO Karen Zaderej, right, rang the opening bell at the Nasdaq exchange on November 21 in Times Square. Gold has been a director since the company went from privately held to being listed on the NASDAQ. AxoGen develops nerve repair solutions for peripheral nerve injuries in athletes and others. The company's procedures have been taught to hand, trauma, and breast reconstruction surgeons. Gold taught neuroanatomy for 30 years. His translational neuroscience career began at Yale, and culminated in the discovery of a non-addicting treatment for opioid withdrawal. He received the Yale Department of Psychiatry's Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2008.

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Connecticut Mental Health Center Foundation hosts Art & Hope event

The Connecticut Mental Health Center Foundation hosted a special event, "Art & Hope," on November 15 to highlight programs in the visual and performing arts at the Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC). Musicians and certified peer support specialists Richard Youins on piano and Deborah Jackson on vocals performed during the event at the downtown concert venue and recording studio Firehouse 12. CMHC, run collaboratively by the Yale Department of Psychiatry and the State of Connecticut, is New Haven's public mental health center and a major clinical training site within the department. Its clients have multiple opportunities to make and experience art. Offerings include art therapy groups, a music group, theater troupe, annual talent show, and live performances by professional musicians throughout the year. For many people, the arts contribute to recovery. "Art & Hope" drew inspiration from the words of painter Gerhard Richter: "Art is the highest form of hope."

Yale Psychiatry at American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry Annual Meeting

The Yale Department of Psychiatry sent a large contingent of members to the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry's Annual Meeting December 7-10 in San Diego, Calif. Among those presenting were David Moore, MD; Theddeus Iheanacho, MBBS; Brian Fuehrlein, MD, PhD; Ellen Edens, MD; Albert Arias, MD; Srinivas Muvvala, MD; Kathleen Garrison, PhD; Joao De Aquino, MD; Ish Bhalla, MD; and Jessica Zoltani, MD. Honored with awards were De Aquino, Bhalla, Zoltani, and Amy Stark.

Malison performs in Yale Medical Symphony Orchestra's annual winter concert

Robert T. Malison, MD, center, Professor of Psychiatry; Director of the Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit; and Director of the Neuroscience Research Training Program, played cello during the Yale Medical Symphony Orchestra's annual winter concert December 8. The all-volunteer symphony is composed of approximately 50 faculty, student, trainee, and staff musicians from the School of Medicine as well as members of the medical staff of Yale New Haven Hospital. The symphony was formed in 2007, and its inaugural concert was in 2008. It performs concerts at least twice a year, and also appears at numerous public functions.

Fuehrlein, Saunders finish New York City Marathon

Brian Fuehrlein, MD, PhD, left, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Psychiatric Emergency Department at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, and David Saunders, MD, PhD, right, a trainee in the Albert J. Solnit Integrated Training Program, completed the New York City Marathon on November 5. Fuehrlein placed in the top 25 percent of all finishers, and Saunders placed as the eighth American male, and the 32nd male overall. Read more  

Yale School of Medicine launches new website for online giving

The Yale School of Medicine recently unveiled a new online donation page where donors can make one-time gifts, new pledges, or recurring gifts. Gifts may be directed to the Yale Department of Psychiatry by clicking here. More information about giving opportunities may be found on the department's website at this link. The generosity of donors helps to maintain the scope of the department's research, clinical services, and training programs.

Psychiatry Grand Rounds

Friday, December 15, 2017; 10:15-11:30 am

The Learning Environment at Yale: Student Mistreatment and Harassment

Nancy R. Angoff, MD, MPH, MEd, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Yale School of Medicine; Michael L. Schwartz, PhD, Associate Dean for Curriculum, Yale School of Medicine

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St.

Friday, December 22, 2017

No Grand Rounds

Friday, December 29, 2017

No Grand Rounds

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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