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Yale Division of Public Psychiatry hosts 'Speed Networking' event

 

The Yale Division of Public Psychiatry held its second "Speed Networking" event May 18 at the Connecticut Mental Health Center. Five faculty - Charles Dike, FRCPsych, MBChB, MPH; Ayana Jordan, MD, PhD; Jack Tsai, PhD; Ece Tek, MD; and Theddeus Iheanacho, MBBS, DTM&H - moderated informal discussions about their work, and answered questions. Nearly three dozen faculty and trainees attended the hour-long event, which was organized by (in top photo, from left) Allison Ponce, PhD; Jessica Isom, MD, MPH; and Nkemka Esiobu, MD, MPH.

Are people with Parkinson's disease depressed or demoralized?

John M. de Figueiredo, MD, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, is the principal investigator and co-author of a paper published in Neurology that studied the prevalence and features of demoralization in Parkinson's disease (PD). The researchers found differences between demoralization and depression in PD patients; some people suffered from one, but not the other. They concluded that demoralization is common in people with PD, marked by a prominent inability to cope, and making it somewhat distinct from depression. Read more 

Obesity rates on the rise among U.S. veterans

Obesity rates among veterans are approaching that of the general public, a new Yale study found. The survey of more than 3,000 veterans found that nearly one in three are obese. The prevalence of obesity in the general public is 37.7 percent. Elina Stefanovics, PhD, Associate Research Scientist, was the first author of the study, published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research. Her co-authors were Robert Pietrzak, PhD, center, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, and Marc Potenza, MD, PhD, right, Professor of Psychiatry. Read more 

Altruistic, non-directed kidney donors should receive psychiatric assessment

Paula Zimbrean, MD, FAPA, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Transplant Psychiatry Services at Yale New Haven Hospital, is the senior author of a paper published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research that reflects an expert consensus on the psychiatric assessment of altruistic non-directed kidney donors. The authors recommend that all potential altruistic kidney donors - donors who are not related to or known by the recipient - be referred for a mental health assessment before a transplant procedure is initiated. Read more  

O'Malley chosen to receive 2018 Distinguished Researcher Award from the Research Society on Alcoholism

Stephanie O'Malley, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Division of Substance Abuse Research in Psychiatry, has been chosen to receive the 2018 Distinguished Researcher Award from the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA). The award recognizes a senior researcher who has made outstanding scientific contributions to the alcohol field. Recipients must have demonstrated a sustained long-term commitment to conducting alcohol research, have a substantial record of publication, and be a leader in the field. Read more 

Powers honored by IEPA Early Intervention in Mental Health, Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

Al Powers, MD, PhD, a Clinical Instructor in the Yale Department of Psychiatry and Medical Director of the PRIME Psychosis Research Clinic at Yale, is one of two recipients of the Future Leaders Award to attend the IEPA Early Intervention in Mental Health Inc. conference in Boston. He was also awarded a 2018 Career Award for Medical Students by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF), and is the recipient of the 2018 Klerman Prize by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (BBRF). All three awards are intended to support research and other scientific activities.

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Iheanacho selected to participate in YSM Medical Education Fellowship

Theddeus Iheanacho, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, has been selected to participate in the Yale School of Medicine Medical Education Fellowship for 2018-19. The goal of the fellowship is to develop clinician educators who will provide educational leadership across the departments and at the medical school. In the interactive course, participants read educational literature, discuss principles of learning, and design an educational project. Iheanacho has taught in the department for five years. He is Medical Director of the Errera Community Care Center. Read more 

Taylor, Fuehrlein honored at Biopsychosocial Approach to Health Clerkship Faculty Awards Banquet

Laine Taylor, DO, Assistant Professor and Associate Medical Director of the Yale New Haven Children's Hospital Children's Psychiatric Inpatient Service, and Brian Fuehrlein, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Psychiatric Emergency Room at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, were honored May 24 with the inaugual Psychiatry Clerkship Faculty Teaching Award at the second annual Biopsychosocial Approach to Health Clerkship Faculty Awards Banquet held at the New Haven Lawn Club. See additional photo below

Gilman receives Connecticut Psychiatric Society Rising Leader Award

Falisha Gilman, MD, a second-year resident in the Yale Department of Psychiatry, was presented with the Rising Leader Award from the Connecticut Psychiatric Society (CPS) on May 23 at a ceremony in New Haven. The Rising Leader Award is a new honor created by CPS, and Gilman is one of the first recipients. Gilman is co-president of the Yale Psychiatry Residents' Association, which serves as a liaison between residents and faculty, and helps to cultivate an educational and fun working environment for trainees. Read more  

Southwick: The loss of a sense of control as a major contributor to physician burnout

To reduce high rates of physician burnout, clinicians must be allowed to increase their sense of control and autonomy, according to a viewpoint in JAMA Psychiatry co-written by Steven M. Southwick, MD, Glenn H. Greenberg Professor of Psychiatry. "We must find meaningful and effective ways to reduce uncontrollable stress and increase the sense of control over the practice of medicine," he wrote. "Substantial scientific evidence supports our strong recommendation that physicians play a major role in actively leading the redesign of our health care delivery systems." Read more 

Residents, fellows, faculty contribute to book '50 Studies Every Psychiatrist Should Know'

Fifty residents, fellows, and faculty contributed to the book "50 Studies Every Psychiatrist Should Know," published by Oxford Press. Its editors are, from left, Ish P. Bhalla, MD, who initiated the work during his CASE project during residency and who is now a forensic psychiatry fellow at Yale; Rajesh R. Tampi, MBBS, DFAPA, MS, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry; and Vinod Srihari, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry. Read more 

Li: Trauma of violence brings mental illness

Luming Li, MD, a fourth-year resident in the Yale Department of Psychiatry and Chief Resident in Quality Improvement and Administration at Yale Psychiatric Hospital, writes in The Hartford Courant that lawmakers across the country need to make more investments in mental health services. "According to a 2016 Health Affairs report, the average number of psychiatrists is zero in most counties," she writes. "It takes four years to train a psychiatrist, so national policies for increasing the psychiatry workforce should have been passed years ago." Read more  

Kennedy: Why I aspired to be a psychiatrist

Katherine "Kiki" Kennedy, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, was a student at Brown University when she decided to pursue a career in medicine, specifically psychiatry. "My cognitive psychology class had captivated me. I was intrigued by how elegant experimental designs could access the mysterious territories of the human brain, often with nonintuitive results. I had been equally fascinated by Harlow's monkey studies and their demonstration of the transformative power of relationships," she wrote in Psychiatric News, explaining her decision. Read more 

Jordan, Bellamy launch faith-based initiative to address opioid misuse and abuse in Connecticut cities

Ayana Jordan, MD, PhD, left, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, and Chyrell D. Bellamy, PhD, MSW, right, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, have launched the faith-based Imani Breakthrough Recovery Program to address opioid misuse and abuse in several Connecticut cities, including New Haven. The program takes place in churches and is designed to be culturally, spiritually, and trauma-informed to assist people recovering from drug and alcohol problems. The program is funded by the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS). Read more  

Sobowale attends New Directions in Basic Income workshop

Kunmi Sobowale, MD, a third-year resident in the Yale Department of Psychiatry, attended the New Directions in Basic Income workshop May 18-20 hosted by Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. The workshop, held in collaboration with the Stanford Basic Income Lab, was the first to consider basic income as a strategy to alleviate poverty and to generate interest in research on basic income studies. Basic income studies address poverty by providing cash aid, including unconditional cash stipends. Read more  

Ask the experts: Ball addresses the opioid epidemic

Samuel Ball, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Psychology at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, contributed to a story that looks at America's drug epidemic, and what the medical community is doing to help combat it. "A combination of effective prevention, intervention, and treatment strategies delivered in a sustained manner by federal, state, and local authorities is needed to combat the opioid epidemic," he said. Ball is head of the new substance use and mental health treatment program The Steward House at Silver Hill. Read more 

Corlett researches tools associated with auditory hallucinations

One Mind, which supports research into brain diseases, featured work by Philip Corlett, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, on its website. Corlett is conducting research to reveal how brain circuits differ in individuals with and without auditory hallucinations and a diagnosis of psychosis. His basic hypothesis is that an individual's interpretation of external sensory stimuli, such as sounds or voices, depends on both the perception of the sensation, as well as on internal predictions about what to expect. Read more  

Alumni Spotlight

Epperson named Chair of Psychiatry at CU School of Medicine

C. Neill Epperson, MD, a former Yale Department of Psychiatry faculty member and graduate of the Yale Psychiatry Residency Program, has been named Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine on the Anschutz Medical Campus effective Sept. 1. Epperson was a faculty member at Yale School of Medicine from 1999 to 2009 after completing her residency. She was a contributor to the department's research efforts through the Neuroscience Research Training Program. Read more 

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Graduation 2018: Yale School of Medicine, Yale College

 

Yale Department of Psychiatry Chair John H. Krystal, MD, is flanked by Yale School of Medicine graduates, from left, Ignacio Cerdena, MD; Frances Grace Javier, MD; Marco Ramos, MD, PhD; and Emily Hyun, MD. All four graduates have matched into the Yale Psychiatry Residency Program. The department welcomes them and 16 other trainees who will join the program this summer. In the photo below at left, Krystal stands with Adam Chekroud, who received his PhD in psychology and who is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine. In the photo below at right, Krystal is with Genevieve Yang, who graduated with her MD and PhD, and who is pursuing psychiatry residency at Mount Sinai. In the photo at the bottom, Krystal stands with Yale School of Medicine graduates who will pursue training in psychiatry.

 

Four residents honored with 2018 Seymour Lustman Resident Research Award in Psychiatry

 

Yale Department of Psychiatry residents Aaron Alexander-Bloch, MD, PhD; João P. De Aquino, MD; Alfred Kaye, MD, PhD; and Rajiv Radhakrishnan, MD were honored as recipients of the 2018 Seymour Lustman Resident Research Award in Psychiatry. The four residents presented their research at Grand Rounds on May 25. 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 outstanding physician-scientists for excellence in research carried out during their training. Members of the Lustman family attended the Grand Rounds, as did nearly two-dozen former recipients of the award.

Taylor, Fuehrlein honored at Biopsychosocial Approach to Health Clerkship Faculty Awards Banquet

 

Laine Taylor, DO, center, Assistant Professor and Associate Medical Director of the Yale New Haven Children's Hospital Children's Psychiatric Inpatient Service, and Brian Fuehrlein, MD, PhD, second from right, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Psychiatric Emergency Room at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, were honored May 24 with the inaugual Psychiatry Clerkship Faculty Teaching Award at the second annual Biopsychosocial Approach to Health Clerkship Faculty Awards Banquet held at the New Haven Lawn Club. Awards were presented to outstanding medical student educators in psychiatry and primary care. Pictured with Taylor and Fuehrlein are Robert Rohrbaugh, MD, left; Matthew Goldenberg, MD, MSc, second from left; and Kirsten Wilkins, MD, right.

Residents attend Fellowship Place event marking Mental Health Month

 

Yale Department of Psychiatry residents Nora Proops, MD, left; Frances Adachi, MD, MPH, second from right; and Luming Li, MD; right, attended a performance of the monologue "From Ship to Shape" on May 9 at Fellowship Place, which provides a range of support services for adults with mental illness in Greater New Haven. Pictured with the trainees is Susan Lewis, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and a member of the Board of Directors of Fellowship Place, who provided complimentary tickets to the residents. They enjoyed a monologue by performer Walker Vreeland, who discussed his struggle with mental illness and his experience being treated at a hospital psychiatric ward. Also attending the performance, but not pictured, was resident Nikhil Gupta, MBBS. The event was held to coincide with May as Mental Health Month.

Psychiatry Grand Rounds

Friday, June 8, 2018; 10:15-11:30 am

Commencement: The Obsessive Compulsive Physician

Glen O. Gabbard, MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Baylor School of Medicine; Training and Supervising Analyst, Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, Houston

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.

CME Credits

CMEs are awarded to those who complete an evaluation sheet.

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