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Residents, fellows, faculty honored at annual Residency & Fellowship Commencement Ceremony


The Yale Department of Psychiatry honored residents, fellows, and faculty at its annual Residency & Fellowship Commencement Ceremony held June 23 at the Omni New Haven Hotel. The event marked the graduation of 14 residents and 26 fellows from programs in the department. Faculty and resident awards were presented, and the Psychiatry Residents' Association bestowed honors to faculty, residents, and staff. Click here to read more 

Psychology Section honors graduates of Doctoral Internship in Clinical & Community Psychology


On June 13 at the New Haven Lawn Club, the Yale Department of Psychiatry's Psychology Section held its commencement ceremony for Psychology Fellows completing internships at the Connecticut Mental Health Center and Yale-New Haven Hospital. Seventeen fellows completed the one-year program, the final step to obtain their doctorate in psychology. They were joined at the ceremony by faculty, family, and friends. Click here to read more 

Howard University College of Medicine recruits Schottenfeld to become Chair of Psychiatry

Richard S. Schottenfeld, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Head of Yale's Davenport College, has been appointed Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Psychiatry at Howard University College of Medicine. Schottenfeld, who has been a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale since 1984, is noted for his work in clinical research, program development, and medical education aimed at improving medical treatment for substance use disorders. Read more 

Hochang B. (Ben) Lee to become Chair of Psychiatry at University of Rochester

Hochang B. (Ben) Lee, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, has been recruited to become the John Romano Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Chief of Psychiatry at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, and Regional Chief of Psychiatry for the University of Rochester Medical Center. His appointment will begin in September. Lee has worked at Yale since 2011, and is known for his clinical expertise, commitment to education, and creative research. Read more 

Dillon recognized for her advocacy of mental health services in Connecticut

Rep. Patricia Ann Dillon, MPH, D-New Haven, was recognized June 16 by the Yale Department of Psychiatry for her longstanding support of mental health services in Connecticut. Dillon, a lecturer in the department, was presented with a plaque by Chair John H. Krystal, MD, during his annual State of the Department address at the Connecticut Mental Health Center in New Haven. Dillon is a Deputy Majority Whip of the House, and serves on the Appropriations, Judiciary, and Environment committees. She has long been an advocate for services to help those suffering from addiction and mental illness, and has been a staunch defender of the mission of CMHC. Read more 

Next step in depression treatment? Add rather than switch

Millions of patients suffering from serious depression get little relief from the first drug they are prescribed. A major new study published in the journal JAMA and conducted by lead author Somaia Mohamed, MD, PhD, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, and colleagues showed that patients benefit more from adding an antidepressant treatment than from switching to another one. The study of 1,522 patients was conducted at 35 U.S. Veterans Health Administration medical centers. Read more 

Optic probes shed light on binge-eating

Activating neurons in an area of the brain not previously associated with feeding can produce binge-eating behavior in mice, according to a Yale study published in the journal Science. When activated by light probes, GABA neurons in an area of the brain called the zona incerta induced mice to return repeatedly to feed. "What was most remarkable was the rapidity with which the mice began to eat," said Anthony van den Pol, PhD, Professor of Neurosurgery and of Psychiatry, who helped direct the study. Read more 

Cyrus: Multiple Minorities as Multiply Marginalized: Applying the Minority Stress Theory to LGBTQ People of Color

Members of multiple-minority groups, such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people of color (LGBTQ-POC), are more likely to be exposed to experiences of stigmatization, discrimination, and fear of rejection, writes Kali Cyrus, MD, MPH, a recent graduate of the Yale Department of Psychiatry Residency Program, in the Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health. Cyrus discusses approaches to capturing the toll stress as an LGBTQ-POC has on mental health consequences in the review. Read more 

Tourette-like tics vanish in mice treated with histamine

Yale scientists, including senior study author Christopher Pittenger, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Yale OCD Research Clinic, produced increased grooming behavior in mice that may model tics in Tourette syndrome. They discovered that these behaviors vanish when histamine -- a neurotransmitter most commonly associated with allergies -- is introduced into their brains. The research was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Read more 

Yale study: Social media boosts friendship quality in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder

Zheala Qayyum, MBBS, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and in the Yale Child Study Center, collaborated with colleagues at the Child Study Center on a study that found adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) derive high friendship quality through their use of social media. An analysis of the data showed that social media use was associated with better friendship quality in adolescents with ASD, but not in adolescents without ASD. The results were published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Read more  

Yale study: Aging prison population to require increased training in geriatric specialties

Older aged inmates will account for one-third of people incarcerated in the U.S. by 2030, requiring more forensic psychiatrists to be trained in geriatric specialities, according to a paper by Stephanie C. Yarnell, MD, PhD, a fellow in Forensic Psychiatry; Paul D. Kirwin, MD, center, Associate Professor of Psychiatry; and Howard V. Zonana, MD, right, Professor of Psychiatry. Their paper was published in The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. Read more  

Cyrus to become Director of Standardized Patients at YSM's Teaching and Learning Center

Kali Cyrus, MD, MPH, who graduated from the Yale Department of Psychiatry Residency Program on June 23, will become the Director of Standardized Patients (SP) at the Yale School of Medicine's Teaching and Learning Center effective Aug. 1. Cyrus will oversee, implement, and evaluate programs involving SPs -- people trained to act as patients or family members so medical students can practice clinical skills like performing physical exams, taking history, or counseling. Read more  

Klingensmith new Director of Site Training at YPH, YNHH

Katherine Klingensmith, MD, Assistant Professor at the Yale School of Medicine, is the new Director of Site Training at YPH and YNHH. In her new position, Klingensmith will closely collaborate with the Residency Program Administration regarding resident education at YPH and YNHH. She will foster relations between YPH and YNHH faculty and the residency program, represent YPH and YNHH at the weekly GEC meetings, and communicate program and educational information to the YPH and YNHH faculty and staff.

Katz new Editor-in-Chief of residents' journal

Rachel Katz, MD, who graduated from the Yale Department of Psychiatry Residency Program on June 23, is the new Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Psychiatry Residents' Journal. The journal, published online monthly, provides a forum for trainees, including medical students, residents, and fellows, to share ideas and experiences in clinical practice, research, and careers with colleagues. The content is generated exclusively by trainees. Katz has plans to start a podcast and YouTube channel for the journal. Read more 

Glahn Vice Chair of Gordon Research Conference in Hong Kong

David Glahn, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Psychology, was the Vice Chair of the 2017 Gordon Research Conference in Cognitive Dysfunction in Brain Diseases held June 11-16 at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. The meeting attracted over 100 experts in the field from 14 countries. It focused on the mechanisms and therapeutic targets for cognitive deficits in neurologic and psychiatric diseases, and covered topics like assessment techniques and innovative lifestyle modulators. Read more  

Junior faculty, trainees honored with New Investigator Awards at ASCP meeting

Five junior faculty and trainees were honored with New Investigator Awards during the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology in Miami, Fla., from May 29-June 2. The goals of the New Investigator program are to expose awardees to the breadth of opportunities available to clinical researchers and to introduce them to potential senior investigators from other institutions. Recipients were, from left, Ayana Jordan, MD, PhD; Samuel Wilkinson, MD; Rajiv Radhakrishnan, MD; Emily Olfson, MD, PhD; and Dongju Seo, PhD.

Alexander-Bloch selected to receive NIMH Outstanding Resident Award

Aaron Alexander-Bloch, MD, PhD, a third-year resident in the Yale Department of Psychiatry, has been selected to receive the 2017 National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Outstanding Resident Award. The award, in its 30th year, recognizes residents with outstanding research and academic potential. Alexander-Bloch will be presented with the award in September at the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The two-day program includes a tour of the NIH campus and facilities, talks by NIMH investigators, and meetings with NIMH leadership. Read more 

Achievements by Solnit residents celebrated by department

The Yale Department of Psychiatry celebrates the work of current residents and a 2017 graduate of the Albert J. Solnit Integrated Training Program at Yale. The program, which began training residents in July 2004, is a joint venture in training between the department and Yale Child Study Center. It accepts two trainees a year who have a strong interest in developmentally-focused mental health and who intend to follow an academic career trajectory. Residents train with both adult psychiatry residents and child psychiatry fellows. Top row from left: Andrea Diaz Stransky, MD; Jennifer B. Dwyer, MD, PhD; and Amalia Londono Tobon, MD. Middle row from left: David Saunders, MD, PhD; Eunice Yuen, MD, PhD; and Judah Weathers, MD, DPhil. Bottom row: Naomi Libby, MD. Read more 

Williams: When racism takes over healthcare

J. Corey Williams, MD, a second-year resident in the Yale Department of Psychiatry, recounts a personal experience being confronted by a racist patient at work in an opinion piece published in The Hill. The experience, while deeply troubling, did not deter him from delivering compassionate care that night. "How do I begin to be a benevolent provider when the patient does not even acknowledge my humanity?" he writes. "Physicians have little guidance, if at all, on these situations involving explicit racism and bigotry from patients." Read more  

Gilman: Overcoming trainee mistreatment to advocate for our patients

Falisha Gilman, MD, a second-year resident in the Yale Department of Psychiatry, writes in about the prevalence of trainee mistreatment and the need for physicians to fight for affordable, accessible health care for all people. "When politicians try to convince their constituents that these health care bills will improve the relationship between us and our patients, we can call their bluff, because we are in that room every morning, afternoon, and night. They are not," she writes. Read more  

Caring for New Haven's refugees

Aniyizhai Annamalai, MBBS, MD, right, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and of Internal Medicine, is Director of the Yale School of Medicine's Adult Refugee Clinic, which screens refugees who settle in the New Haven area for medical conditions before helping them integrate into the health care system. Eighteen medical students are participating in the second year of a program that pairs them with patients from the clinic. The refugees mostly are from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Sudan, and are referred through New Haven's Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services. Read more 

Yale Psychiatry trainees: Doctors by day, champions of legislation by night

Grassroots advocacy by several Yale Department of Psychiatry trainees and their colleagues across the medical school resulted in the passage of two new laws in Connecticut during the past legislative session. One law will improve access to health services by clarifying which doctors listed in insurance directories will take appointments for patients outside of the hospital. The other will make the medication naloxone, an opioid antagonist, more widely available to people who overdose. The advocacy work began last fall, when the residents and fellows gathered for a pilot Advocacy Elective taught by faculty member Katherine "Kiki" Kennedy, MD. Read more  

Yale-Bridgeport GEAR UP Partnership sponsors College Signing Day ceremony

Graduates of the Yale-Bridgeport GEAR UP Partnership celebrated their college acceptances with a College Signing Day ceremony June 7 at the University of Bridgeport. GEAR UP is a national education initiative aimed at increasing the number of low-income and minority students who are prepared to enroll in college. Nadia Ward, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, partners with the Bridgeport Public Schools to offer the program to Bridgeport public school students. Read more  

Rascati keynote speaker at Connecticut Police Chiefs' Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation annual meeting

James Rascati, LCSW, Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry at Yale and Director of Organizational Services for Behavioral Health Consultants in Hamden, was the keynote speaker at the Connecticut Police Chiefs' Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation's annual meeting May 8. Rascati addressed the issue of stress in law enforcement as illustrated by the high rates of alcohol abuse, divorce, posttraumatic stress disorder, and suicide among officers. He said there has been a renewed focus on police officer wellness, including behavioral health. Read more  

Fighting the opioid epidemic: A Q & A with Sally Satel

The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) conducted a Q & A with Sally L. Satel, MD, Lecturer in Psychiatry at Yale, about a new project related to the opioid crisis that she is launching at AEI. The project will identify effective prevention and treatment programs in small states and rural areas, and document the evolution of the opioid epidemic. Satel is a Resident Scholar at AEI, a public policy think tank. She studies mental health policy, political trends in medicine, domestic drug policy, and transplant policy. Read more 

Alumni Spotlight

Lantie Elisabeth Jorandby appointed to American Health Council Physician Board

Lantie Elisabeth Jorandby, MD, who completed a fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine in 2015, has been named to the Physician Board at the American Health Council. The council is a nationwide network of doctors dedicated to improving people's health. Jorandby will share her knowledge and expertise in addiction psychiatry with the organization. She works as an addiction psychiatrist at the Amen Clinic in Washington, D.C., which applies brain imaging science to help control emotional issues, behavioral, and learning challenges. Read more 

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Report from Department's liaisons to Yale Committee on the Status of Women in Medicine (SWIM)

Psychiatry faculty liaisons to the Yale Committee on the Status of Women in Medicine (SWIM) held a departmental meeting on June 9, 2017, at the Connecticut Mental Health Center. The group briefly reviewed SWIM's history of representing the interests and concerns of women faculty and recent SWIM and department accomplishments, such as the implementation of new faculty orientation in the Yale Department of Psychiatry. The importance of the liaison program was highlighted -- it was designed to ensure that the Executive Committee of SWIM hear about the concerns and constructive changes occurring in the departments.


Topics of continuing concern for discussion were raised, including transparency and equity in determining salary compensation and in the gender representation within the department by faculty rank, and a lack of publicity around women's accomplishments.


Participants acknowledged that communication between SWIM liaisons and women faculty continues to be challenging due to the variety of clinical and research settings where the department's faculty work. It was strongly suggested that another department-wide SWIM liaison meeting be scheduled in the fall, and that each attendee at the June 9 meeting invite three colleagues to attend. The next meeting will be announced through the Psychiatry newsletter.


Women faculty are encouraged to contact the department's SWIM liaisons Rajita Sinha, PhD; Carolyn Sartor, PhD; and Paula Zimbrean, MD, FAPA, and/or the SWIM executive committee (Carolyn Mazure, PhD, and Cindy Crusto, PhD) with other ideas about how to facilitate meetings and communication.

Yale Textbook of Public Psychiatry reviewed in American Journal of Psychiatry Residents' Journal

The June issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry Residents' Journal included a favorable review of the Yale Textbook of Public Psychiatry, a 291-page textbook published in 2016 by Oxford University Press. The textbook includes contributions from 74 faculty members representing virtually all of the Yale Department of Psychiatry's training sites and research interests. It was edited by Selby C. Jacobs, MD, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, and Jeanne L. Steiner, DO, Associate Professor of Psychiatry. The journal review was written by Rishi Sawhney, MD, a fourth-year resident in the Department of Psychiatry at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. "As a resident starting (a) public psychiatry fellowship next year, I found the book enjoyable and a pleasure to read. It easily explains so many different topics and simultaneously generates enthusiasm and hope regarding how the system of public psychiatry has improved and the continued possibilities for system improvements," Sawhney wrote. Read more 

Program-Wide Chief Residents hold forum on travel, immigration and executive orders

Sister Mary Ellen Burns of Apostle Immigrant Services in New Haven addresses the audience at the Town Hall Forum on Travel, Immigration, and Executive Orders on May 12 at the Connecticut Mental Health Center. She is joined by Program-Wide Chief Residents Phelan Maruca-Sullivan, MD, left, and Kali Cyrus, MD, who organized the event. Read more and see more photos 

Yale faculty present at annual meeting of Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry

The Yale Department of Psychiatry was well-represented at the annual meeting of the Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry (ADMSEP) in Santa Ana Pueblo, NM, on June 15-17. Presenting were, from left, Louis Trevisan, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry; Kirsten Wilkins, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry; Matthew Goldenberg, MD, MSc, Associate Professor Term; and Brian Fuehrlein, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry. The title of their presentation was "Simulate to Stimulate: Using Mannequin-Based Simulation in the Psychiatry Clerkship." ADMSEP was founded over 30 years ago to promote support and the exchange of ideas for all psychiatry medical student educators.

MOMS Partnership co-hosts Fair Haven Strong Community Fair

The New Haven MOMS Partnership and St. James Episcopal Church co-hosted the Fair Haven Strong Community Fair at the church in New Haven on June 10. The fair featured representatives from over a dozen community organizations, and attendees enjoyed food and music. Read more 

Staff Corner

Colleagues from across the department gathered for a reception June 22 at Cafe George to wish Kathleen Mulligan happiness in her retirement. Kathy worked at Yale for 41 years, and was with the Department of Psychiatry for three decades. Most recently, she served as Associate Administrator and supported the critical function of the department's Pre-Award Grants Management. Kathy was joined at the reception by her family and numerous colleagues, including faculty and staff. The department wishes her a long and happy retirement free from deadlines.

Joan Cricca, Student Coordinator for the Psychology Section and its Doctoral Internship in Clinical and Community Psychology, was honored for her 25 years of service to the program at this year's Commencement Ceremony on June 13 at the New Haven Lawn Club. Presenting Cricca with an award and flowers was Michael Hoge, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Clinical Training in Psychology. Read more 

Psychiatry Resident Grand Rounds

Friday, July 28, 2017; 10:15-11:45 am

"This 'Stuff' is Really Cool"

Current psychiatry residents will deliver a series of brief talks presenting modern perspectives at the cutting-edge of neuroscience with the potential to transform the way we conceptualize and treat individuals with psychiatric illness. Hosted in partnership with the National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative

The Anlyan Center (TAC), N107 Auditorium

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Friday, August 4, 2017; 10:15-11:45 am

"Building Community Together: A Showcase of Resident Engagement and Innovation"

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St.

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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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