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The Yale Department of Psychiatry honored residents, fellows, and faculty at its annual Residency & Fellowship Graduation Ceremony on June 17 at Davenport Residential College. Residents and their program directors gathered outside the college for a group photo before adjourning indoors to attend the ceremony. Read more about faculty and resident awards given at the graduation ceremony 

Not quite PTSD: Still quite a mental health problem

At least one in five U.S. military veterans who have experienced trauma are at greatly elevated risk for depression, suicide, or substance abuse even though they do not meet all criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a Yale-led study published in the journal World Psychiatry. The senior author of the study was Robert Pietrzak, PhD, MPH, associate professor of psychiatry who works with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD. Read more 

Yale study: Effects of maternal smoking continue long after birth

Early exposure to nicotine can trigger genetic changes that affect formation of connections between brain cells long after birth, according to a Yale study published in the journal Nature Neuroscience. The finding helps explain why maternal smoking has been linked to behavioral changes like attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder. The senior author was Marina Picciotto, PhD, Charles B.G. Murphy Professor of Psychiatry, professor in the Child Study Center and the Departments of Neuroscience and Pharmacology. Read more 

Pilot study suggests OCD population has higher rate of genetic mutations

A Yale-led international team of researchers has taken the first step in identifying genetic factors in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). According to Thomas Fernandez, MD, assistant professor in the Child Study Center and of psychiatry who led the team, very little research has been done into the genetics of OCD. The treatments have changed little in the past two or three decades, even as treatments for other persistent mental and behavioral diagnoses have multiplied. Read more  

Lombroso testing the impact of the STEP protein on the brain

Paul Lombroso, MD, Elizabeth Mears and House Jameson Professor in the Child Study Center and professor of neuroscience and psychiatry, continues to test the impact of the STEP protein on the brain. STEP is found only in the brain, and is critical as people learn and develop social behavior. Research has shown that when the protein elevates, it significantly impacts cognitive and memory development and social behaviors in people with fragile X syndrome and other disorders. Read more 

Muhle, Powers receive department's 2016 Lustman Resident Research Award

Rebecca A. Muhle, MD, PhD, and Albert R. Powers, III, MD, PhD, are First Place Co-Winners of the 2016 Seymour Lustman Resident Research Award in Psychiatry. The award, established in honor of the late Professor Seymour L. Lustman and made possible by a generous contribution from the Seymour L. Lustman Memorial Fund, is presented annually to residents for excellence in research carried out during their training in the Yale Department of Psychiatry. Read more 

Smith speaks at White House Summit on Women

Megan Smith, DrPh, MPH, assistant professor of psychiatry, in the Child Study Center and of epidemiology, spoke at the first White House Summit on Women June 14 in Washington, D.C. Smith, director of the New Haven Mental Health Outreach for Mothers (MOMS), spoke about women's mental health and poverty, and her experiences with the MOMS Partnership, which seeks to transform service delivery systems for mothers and children in New Haven. Read more  

Sobowale: Time to address the untreated epidemic of medical student depression

Depression in medical students is chronic and recurrent, according to Kunmi Sobowale, MD, a second-year resident, whose writing about the problem appeared on the blog Health Affairs. Sobowale cited a meta-analysis, including a study he completed in China, which revealed 28 percent of medical students are depressed, and 5.8 percent have considered suicide. He cited steps medical school leadership and accreditation bodies can take to improve the mental health of medical students. Read more 

Lewis: Testing a new approach for easing self-harm and dangerous outbursts in people with autism

Alan Lewis, MD, PhD, a recent graduate of the Yale Department of Psychiatry Residency Program, wrote in Autism Speaks about his clinical trial to test the nicotine patch as a treatment for severe irritability and aggression in people with autism. The trial, which is underway, will enroll 16 adults with autism who have problems with aggression. Participants will wear either a nicotine or placebo patch. Neither the participants nor the researchers will know who is wearing which type of patch until after the trial. Read more  

Cook, Norko respond to Orlando nightclub shooting

Two faculty in the Yale Department of Psychiatry expressed opinions in national publications in the aftermath of the Orlando nightclub shooting. Joan Cook, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry, wrote "The Psychology of Hate" in Time, while the article "The Risk of Violence" by Michael Norko, MD, associate professor of psychiatry, appeared in U.S. News & and World Report.

"The Psychology of Hate" by Joan Cook, PhD  

"The Risk of Violence" by Michael Norko, MD  

Grenough: My time stacking books with Cassius Clay

Millie Grenough, LCSW, MAT, clinical instructor in psychiatry, shared her memories in a column in The Huffington Post of growing up in Louisville and meeting Muhammad Ali -- then known as Cassius Clay -- while stacking books at a local college library. She wrote that she winced everytime Ali would talk of not being able to be served at a restaurant in Louisville, even after winning a gold metal at the 1960 Summer Olympics, because of the color of his skin. Read more 

New public psychiatry textbook written by Yale Psychiatry faculty

Advanced students in public psychiatry at Yale are using a new textbook that was written and edited by faculty members of the Yale Department of Psychiatry. The Yale Textbook of Public Psychiatry is the first comprehensive textbook of public psychiatry published by the department, and possibly the most complete collection of material on the subject, according to its editors, Jeanne L. Steiner, DO, associate professor of psychiatry, and Selby C. Jacobs, MD, professor emeritus of psychiatry. Read more 

Moreno De Luca: More testing needed to identify genetic abnormalities with autism spectrum disorder

Daniel Moreno De Luca, MD, PhD, a recent graduate of the Yale Department of Psychiatry Residency Program, helped develop an autism-genetics clinic at the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain. He is advocating for more children to undergo tests to identify genetic abnormalities that are highly associated with autism spectrum disorder. Moreno De Luca plans to maintain ties with Yale next year when he completes a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Brown University. Read more  

Mindmap marks one-year anniversary of promoting early treatment for psychosis

Mindmap, the public awareness campaign to promote early detection and treatment of psychosis, marked its one-year anniversary with a party May 25 in New Haven. The gathering was an opportunity for the service directors to thank providers and volunteers who have helped to recruit and treat people in the first year. The program targets men and women ages 16 to 35 in 10 towns in and around New Haven. The director of Mindmap is Vinod Srihari, MD, associate professor of psychiatry. Read more  

Sloshower, Wallace attend Interdisciplinary Conference on Psychedelics Research

Jordan Sloshower, MD, MSc, left, and Ryan Wallace, MD, MPH, right, both third-year residents, attended the three-day Interdisciplinary Conference on Psychedelics Research in June in Amsterdam. They made presentations on the formation last year of the Yale Psychedelic Science Group, which has tracked the revival of psychedelic science, and on their proposal to study the therapeutic potential of psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy for major depression. Read more  

Fineberg presents webinar on social learning and borderline personality disorder

Sarah K. Fineberg, MD, PhD, an instructor in the Yale Department of Psychiatry, presented a webinar on social learning in borderline personality disorder on June 14. The free webinar was sponsored by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, and was part of the foundation's "Meet the Scientist" series. Fineberg discussed details of social learning, using new mathematical and neuroimaging models to explore how some social processes may go awry in borderline personality disorder. Read more 

Yale PsychTalk Podcast features interviews with Bell, Lysaker

Yale PsychTalk, a podcast produced by Jack Tsai, PhD, left, assistant professor of psychiatry, has released its second installment. In the podcast, Tsai talks with Morris Bell, PhD, ABPP, professor of psychiatry at Yale, and Paul Lysaker, PhD, professor of clinical psychology in clinical psychiatry at Indiana University. Tsai uses the forum to interview mental health experts about issues related to psychiatry. Tsai is director of the Yale Division of Mental Health Services and Treatment Outcomes Research. Read more  

Possick discusses schizophrenia in Vermont community TV interview

Stanley Possick, MD, associate clinical professor of psychiatry, gave an interview about schizophrenia to the community television program "Keep Talking" in Brattleboro, VT. Possick, a teacher and mentor of non-analyst trainees at Yale, was in Vermont to present at a full-day conference at Brattleboro Retreat called, "Listening to the Schizophrenic Person." He shared what he has learned in his 40-year career, and discussed the symptoms, challenges, and treatments for schizophrenia. Read more 

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

This month's video in the recovery video series at the Connecticut Mental Health Center is "Recovery is ... Cooking." The video features Bob, who on his recovery journey became an active member of the Better Eaters group at CMHC. Bob is reaching physical and mental health through his love of cooking. The video series was launched by the CMHC Foundation to mark the 50th anniversary of CMHC.  View the video 

Conferences, Lectures and Continuing Education

Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine 2016 Colloquium Series: "Playing the Woman's Card: Ensuring the Study of Sex and Gender Differences in Health Outcomes"

July 7, 2016 - The Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine 2016 Colloquium Series lecture will be presented by Carolyn M. Mazure, PhD, Norma Weinberg Spungen and Joan Lebson Bildner Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, and director of Women's Health Research at Yale. Mazure's research focuses on the development of models for understanding depression and addiction behaviors, with a special emphasis on the effects of stress and the role of sex and gender. A light reception will follow the colloquium. Read more 

Staff Corner

D'Agostino, Redding begin work in department

The Yale Department of Psychiatry is pleased to welcome Victoria D'Agostino, left, as faculty affairs specialist, and Diane Redding, right, as senior administrative assistant. D'Agostino will provide administrative oversight and direction for all faculty affairs matters. She has worked at Yale for more than 20 years, most recently as senior executive assistant to the dean of faculty of arts and sciences. Redding will provide administrative support to the Chair's office. She has been in administration for more than 20 years.

Upcoming Psychiatry Resident Grand Rounds

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

How to Tell a Story

Matthew Dicks, international best selling author

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St.

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

The I's Have it ... or do They? Lexical Markers of Psychosis in Speech and Writing

Philip Corlett, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St.

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Friday, July 22 2016; 10:15-11:30 am

This Stuff is Really Cool: Cutting-Edge Neuroscience and the Future of Psychiatry

Various speakers

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St.

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