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'God, Mental Health, and Wellness' Town Hall draws large audience in New York City


Nii Addy, PhD, right, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, was an organizer and panelist at the "God, Mental Health, and Wellness" Town Hall in New York City on May 23. Sponsored by the Addy Lab at Yale and Every Nation Church, New York, the event included discussions about mental health with representatives from education, mental health, religion, professional sports, and entertainment. Myra Mathis, MD, a fourth-year resident in the Yale Department of Psychiatry, was a moderator. Pictured with Addy are, from left, Vicky Sigworth, Vice President, National Alliance on Mental Illness - Elm City; Doug Middleton, New York Jets safety and founder of the Dream The Impossible initiative; and Lecrae, Grammy Award-winning artist and New York Times best selling author.

Staglins honored with Yale Psychiatry Distinguished Alumni Award


Garen Staglin, left, and Shari Staglin were honored with the Yale Psychiatry Distinguished Alumni Award on May 20 at the department's annual Alumni Reception during the American Psychiatric Association's Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Holding the plaque is the Staglins' son, Brandon Staglin, President of the One Mind Foundation. At right is John H. Krystal, MD, Robert L. McNeil, Jr. Professor of Neuroscience and Chair of the Yale Department of Psychiatry. The Staglins, who live in California, founded One Mind (formerly the International Mental Health Research Organization) which together with the family's Music Festival for Brain Health have raised more than $290 million for mental health charities and research. The organization launched in 2011 and is pursuing a number of large-scale public-private partnerships in schizophrenia, TBI, and PTS as well as funding cutting-edge research. Shari Staglin is also co-founder of Bring Change 2 Mind, a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating the stigma and discrimination of mental illness.

Yale launches new policy lab to elevate mental health and disrupt poverty


From left, Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of The Clinton Foundation; Kelvin Chan, PhD, Director of The Robin Hood Foundation's Fund for Early Learning; and Megan Smith, DrPH, MPH, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and in the Child Study Center and Founder and Director of the MOMS Partnership at Yale, discussed the importance of helping mothers and children at an event to celebrate the launch of Elevate on May 6 at Yale. Elevate is a new policy laboratory stemming from the successful work of the Mental health Outreach for MotherS (MOMS) Partnership, based in the Yale Department of Psychiatry and Yale Child Study Center. It aims to break the cycle of poverty by focusing first on the mental health needs of parenting and pregnant women. Read more  

Krishnan-Sarin on TEDMED: 'What you should know about vaping and e-cigarettes'


Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, discussed the need for more research, regulations, and public education around the health consequences of vaping and e-cigarette use in a TEDMED talk filmed in November 2018 in Palm Springs, Calif. Krishnan-Sarin, an expert on youth tobacco use and addiction, is Co-PI on the Yale Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science, which is researching the influence of flavors and sweeteners on preference for and addiction to tobacco products. E-cigarette use in the United States has exploded among youth and young adults, who are attracted to their sleek design and myriad flavors. "The first time I heard and saw of an e-cigarette I knew right away that teens would love it," Krishnan-Sarin said. "These devices are technology on a stick, a perfect fit for the smartphone generation. Small, rechargeable, easy to use, easy to modify, nice smelling. Some of them sync to your smartphone to let you know how much you have vaped." Watch the TEDMED talk  

Biomarker reveals PTSD sufferers at risk of suicide

Margaret T. Davis, PhD, left, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, and Irina Esterlis, PhD, right, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, are the lead and senior authors, respectively, of a study that discovered a biological marker linked to people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) who are most likely to think about suicide. The paper was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Read more 

Yale study: Body image in liver transplantation recipients

Paula Zimbrean, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Transplant Psychiatry Services at Yale New Haven Hospital, is the first author of a paper published in the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases that examined the role of body image beliefs in liver transplant recipients. Zimbrean and colleagues from the Yale School of Public Health and Yale Department of Surgery and Pediatrics reported the results of a cross-sectional study of 177 liver transplant recipients for whom they assessed body image, anxiety, depression, and quality of life. Read more  

Assessment of an electronic and clinician-delivered brief intervention on cigarette, alcohol and illicit drug use among women in a reproductive healthcare clinic

Yale Department of Psychiatry researchers, including lead author Ariadna Forray, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, assessed the impact of an electronic screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (e-SBIRT) and a clinician-delivered SBIRT on substance use among women recruited from reproductive health clinics. The researchers examined the SBIRT interventions within three primary substance subgroups: cigarettes, illicit drugs, and alcohol, and found that reproductive-age women appear to respond differently to electronic- and clinician-delivered interventions, depending on their primary substance. The research was published in Addictive Behaviors. Read more  

A novel approach to fostering diversity in graduate medical education: Chief Residents for Diversity and Inclusion

From left, Amalia Londono Tobon, MD, Clinical Fellow in the Child Study Center; Kristin Budde, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry; and Robert Rohrbaugh, MD, Professor of Psychiatry are the authors of a letter to the editor in Academic Psychiatry that discussed the impact of the new Chief Residents for Diversity and Inclusion position in the Yale Department of Psychiatry. Read more  

Yale study examines effects of military sexual assault on women veterans

Galina Portnoy, PhD, Associate Research Scientist in Psychiatry, is the first author of a paper published in Journal of Family Violence that examined the unique effects of military sexual assault on intimate partner violence (IPV) victimization of, and perpetration by, women veterans. The study found that military sexual assault was associated with psychological and sexual IPV victimization and that posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms mediated the path from military sexual assault to sexual IPV victimization. Read more  

Bassir Nia: Cannabidiol as an adjunctive treatment for schizophrenia

Anahita Bassir Nia, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, wrote about the potential benefits of cannabidiol (CBD) as a possible treatment for schizophrenia in Psychiatric Times. CBD is one of the more than 100 types of cannabinoids found in cannabis. Studies have shown that it has potential anti-psychotic properties. "The current pharmacological treatment for schizophrenia is only partially effective and mainly for positive symptoms," Bassir Nia wrote. "This has led investigators to investigate new pharmacological targets and the endocannabinoid system has been one of the newest ones." Read more  

Gupta, Tampi co-edit book 'Psychiatric Ethics in Late-Life Patients'

Aarti Gupta, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, and Rajesh Tampi, MD, DFAPA, MS, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, are co-editors of the new book, "Psychiatric Ethics in Late-Life Patients." Published by Springer International Publishing, the book confronts ethical, medicolegal, and forensic issues common to aging psychiatric patients. Written by experts in the field, the book includes assessments of each patient's capacity to make decisions. Read more  

LaPaglia re-elected as liaison to Board of American Psychological Association's Division 12

Donna LaPaglia, PsyD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, has been re-elected to a second term as the Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers' (APAHC) liaison to the Board of the American Psychological Association's Division 12 (Clinical Psychology). APAHC's mission is to promote the discipline and profession of psychology in academic health centers and affiliated units. LaPaglia is Director of the Substance Abuse Treatment Unit of the Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC) and Associate Director of Addiction Services at CMHC. Read more  

Chiles elected Chair of Board of Trustees of Yale medical library

Catherine Chiles, MD, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, has been elected Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Associates of Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library at Yale. Chiles is the first woman to serve as Chair of the Board of Trustees since the inception of the Medical Library Associates in 1948. The Associates serve as stewards of the medical library's mission to conserve and promote its current and future holdings, and to extend the usefulness of these collections to Yale and the global community. The library connects to Sterling Hall of Medicine. Read more  

Delphin-Rittmon receives national award for state service

Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services' (DMHAS) Commissioner Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon, PhD, Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine, has received the State Service Award from the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD), Inc. The national award was presented June 5 at NASADAD's annual meeting in Bethesda, MD. It recognizes a Director of a Single State Agency for Substance Abuse for leadership of their state's public funded system. Read more  

Balsam receives Sigourney Award

Rosemary Balsam, MD, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, has been awarded The Sigourney Award, created by psychotherapist the late Mary S. Sigourney and administered by a trust. She is the first woman in the United States to receive the honor. The award committee lauded Balsam's radical work refocusing psychanalytic theory on the female body. Her book, "Women's Body in Psychoanalysis," explored questions of female biological awareness with particular emphasis on child bearing, sexual symbolism, intergenerational trauma, and the complexities of gender. Read more  

Higgins-Chen, Lin, O'Dell named recipients of Thomas P. Detre Fellowship Awards

From left, Albert Higgins-Chen, MD, a second-year resident in the Yale Department of Psychiatry; Eric Lin, MD, a third-year resident; and Ryan O'Dell, MD, PhD, a second-year resident, have been named recipients of the 2018-19 Thomas P. Detre Fellowship Awards in Translational Neuroscience Research in Psychiatry. The awards support translational research endeavors of residents enrolled in the Neuroscience Research Training Program in Psychiatry. Read more  

Dwyer, Kaye, Sobowale chosen to receive 2019 Lustman Awards

From left, Jennifer Buenzle Dwyer, MD, PhD, Clinical Fellow in the Yale Child Study Center; Alfred Kaye, MD, PhD, Research Fellow at the National Center for PTSD; and Kunmi Sobowale, MD, fourth-year resident in the Yale Department of Psychiatry, have been chosen to receive the 2019 Seymour Lustman Resident Research Awards in Psychiatry. They presented their research at department Grand Rounds on May 31. Read more 

Haeny receives travel award, grant to find pilot project

Angela Haeny, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Division of Prevention and Community Research and The Consultation Center, received a travel award from Division 50 of the American Psychological Association to attend the Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction Conference in Rhode Island in April. Haeny also was chosen to receive a grant from the Learning for Early Careers in Addiction & Diversity (LEAD) Program to fund her pilot project, "Understanding the Development, Maintenance, and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders Among Racially/Ethnically Diverse Substance Users." Read more  

Yale Psychiatry residents organize women's mental health conference

The nation's first academic and trainee-led women's mental health conference will be hosted by Yale School of Medicine on Oct. 25, 2019. The Women's Mental Health Conference at Yale was founded by Yale Department of Psychiatry residents Stefanie Gillson, MD, left, and Sofia Noori, MD, MPH, right, and organized by students across medicine, psychiatry, public health, and law. The conference is dedicated toward improving the wellbeing of women through better training of future healthcare professionals. Read more  

Grenough presents at fourth annual Congress of Emotional Intelligence, Mindfulness & Leadership Coaching in Argentina

Millie Grenough, LCSW, MAT, MSW, Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry, presented at the fourth annual Congress of Emotional Intelligence, Mindfulness & Leadership Coaching in Córdoba, Argentina, May 31 and June 1. Grenough was the only American clinician to speak at the conference. She spoke about research studies and findings as they relate to one's ability to improve physical and emotional health. Some specific strategies included "practical mindfulness" - the ability to positively manage stress in one's personal and professional life.

How opioid treatment for people of color is still severely lacking

While opioid use disorder doesn't fall along racial lines, access to recovery services sometimes does. The lack of empathy that women of color who use opioids experience from medical professionals and society overall can leave them feeling ostracized, said Ayana Jordan, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, in an article on the online news site Bustle. "I go around to many well-known academic institutions, and even the doctors themselves don't have an understanding of the statistics for people of color as it relates to opioid use," Jordan said. Read more  

Navigating racism while in medical training

When Jessica Isom, MD, MPH, a fourth-year resident in the Yale Department of Psychiatry, and her colleagues noticed the absence of good role modeling about how to address race and racism in interactions with supervisors at their long-term care clinic, they conducted a research study. "Now, we're working on rolling out what those solutions might be for addressing this gap in the education," Isom told an interviewer at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in May. The interview was published online in Clinical Psychiatry News. Read more 

Yonkers, Forray co-PIs on new grant to study medication delivery for pregnant women with opioid use disorders

Kimberly Yonkers, MD, left, Professor of Psychiatry, of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Services, and Ariadna Forray, MD, right, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, are co-principal investigators on a $5.5 million grant to study models to improve delivery of office-based medication treatment for pregnant women with opioid use disorder in prenatal clinics. The 4-year project will recruit 12 obstetrical centers and enroll 480 pregnant women. Read more  

Staff Connections


A large continent of Yale Department of Psychiatry administrative team members gathered on the Old Campus on June 5 for the university's annual Staff Appreciation Day celebration. The event featured food, live music, and a greeting by Yale President Peter Salovey.


Deborah Stanley-McAulay, Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Director, Diversity and Inclusion, at Yale University, presented the talk, "Cultivating an Environment of Mutual Respect & Civility" at the monthly meeting of the Yale Department of Psychiatry Administration Team on May 20. Approximately 45 administrative team members received information about how to strengthen communications, foster collaboration, and create a more inclusive work environment. Stanley-McAulay reviewed ways in which people can promote a positive and supportive workplace atmosphere and environment, and led a discussion about how employees can show mutual respect. She praised the Department of Psychiatry for its commitment to promoting civility and respect in the workplace.

Psychiatry Grand Rounds: Commencement

Friday, June 14, 2019; 10:15-11:30 am


Altha J. Stewart, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry; Director, Center for Health in Justice Involved Youth, University of Tennessee Health Science Center

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St.

Department welcomes new PGY-1 trainees for program orientation


The Yale Department of Psychiatry welcomed its new PGY-1 residency class to New Haven on June 10 to begin program orientation. The trainees and their medical schools are, back row, from left, Murad Khan (Mt. Sinai), Chidinma Okani (University of Texas - San Antonio), Enock Teefe (Chicago Medical School), Brittany Atuahene (Pittsburgh), and Sean Patterson (Mississippi); middle row, from left, Jihoon Kim (Seoul National University), Jessica (Jess) Burris (Vanderbilt), Stephen (AZA) Allsop (Harvard), Claire Gibson (Mt. Sinai), and Olivetta Uradu (Howard University); front row, from left, William Prueitt (University of Texas SW), Daniel (Dan) Tylee (SUNY Upstate), William Coe (Johns Hopkins), Michael McClurkin (Harvard), Elizabeth (Lizzy) Meller (Wisconsin), and Yvonne Uyanwune (University of Texas - San Antonio).

Yale Psychiatry at APA


The Yale Department of Psychiatry sent a large contingent of faculty, trainees, and alumni to the American Psychiatric Association 2019 Annual Meeting in San Francisco on May 18-22. The department and Yale Psychiatric Hospital staffed a booth at the event and spoke to many attendees. Among those who greeted guests were, from left, Gale Lemieux; Ali Abbas Rashid, MD; Albert Powers, MD; Robert Ostroff, MD; and John Krystal, MD.


The American Psychiatric Association (APA) Annual Meeting provides a wonderful forum for faculty and graduates of the Yale Psychiatry Residency and Fellowship Programs to reconnect. This year, Riyadh Al-Jammaly, MBChB, left, a 2018 graduate of the residency program, and Milania DelaCruz Al-Jammaly, MD, MPH, right, a 2018 garduate of the Public Psychiatry Fellowship, enjoyed conversation with Charles Dike, FRCPsych, MBChB, MPH, center, Associate Professor of Psychiatry. Riyadh Al-Jammaly, who graduated from the U.S. Air Force Officer Training School in May, is Medical Director and sole psychiatrist of the mental health clinic at Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico. He was recently profiled by the U.S. Air Force in an online story that may be read here. Dike was recently appointed Vice Chair of the APA's Ethics Committee and elected Vice President of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.


Godfrey Pearlson, MBBS, MA, center, Professor of Psychiatry and of Neuroscience, was honored with the Mentorship Award at the 2019 American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting. The award honors an academic psychiatrist who has fostered the pursuit of student research within their university department through direct memntorshp of individual students or by the promotion of novel research-oriented training activites.

Staglin, Krystal attend meeting of the National Advisory Mental Health Council


Brandon Staglin, left, President of the One Mind Foundation, and John H. Krystal, MD, Robert L. McNeil, Jr. Professor of Neuroscience and Chair of the Yale Department of Psychiatry, attended the May 30, 2019 meeting of the National Advisory Mental Health Council in Rockville, MD. The One Mind Foundation funds brain science research toward a goal of more effectively diagnosing, preventing, treating, and even curing brain disease and injury. Staglin's parents, Garen and Shari Staglin, received the Yale Psychiatry Distinguished Alumni Award at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in San Francisco in May. Garen and Shari Staglin are Chair and Director, respectively, of the One Mind Board of Directors. Brandon Staglin and Krystal are members of the National Advisory Mental Health Council.

Ward feted at going away reception


Colleagues and friends gathered at the Maurice R. Greenberg Conference Center at Yale on June 5 to celebrate the career of Nadia Ward, PhD, center, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, who will leave Yale after 25 years to become Director of the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise at Clark University. She begins her new position July 1. Ward has worked the past year as Deputy Director of the Yale Doctoral Internship Training Program in Clinical and Community Psychology, and is Director of Urban Education and Prevention Research and Senior Consultant with YaleEVAL at The Consultation Center. According to a statement by Clark University, Ward's expertise "coalesces with the redefined mission of the Mosakowski Institute to address the issue of behavioral health in adolescents and young adults, particularly young men." Pictured with Ward are Rajita Sinha, PhD, Foundations Fund Professor of Psychiatry and Professor in the Child Study Center and of Neuroscience, and Chief of the department's Psychology Section; and Robert Cole, MHSA, Lecturer in Psychiatry and Chief Operating Officer of the Connecticut Mental Health Center.

Moreno, Ho honored at Biopsychosocial Approach to Health Clerkship Awards Banquet


Claudia Moreno, MD, second from left, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, and Pochu Ho, MD, center, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, recipients of the Psychiatry Clerkship Faculty Teaching Award, were honored at the Biopsychosocial Approach to Health Clerkship Awards Banquet at the New Haven Lawn Club on May 29. The award recognizes outstanding medical student educators and role models. The department's Medical Student Education Committee selects the award recipients annually based on student nominations and teaching evaluations. Pictured with Moreno and Ho are Matthew Goldenberg, MD, MSc, Co-Director of the Psychiatry Clerkship; Tammy Savercool, second from right, Associate Director of Medical Education Administration; and Kirsten Wilkins, MD, Co-Director of the Psychiatry Clerkship.

Lo delivers Street Psychiatry presentation at meeting of New Haven Opioid Response Work Group


Emma Lo, MD, standing, a fourth-year resident in the Yale Department of Psychiatry and a trainee in the Public Psychiatry Fellowship at the Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC), gave the presentation "Street Psychiatry" at a meeting May 8 of the New Haven Opioid Response Work Group co-chaired by Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, PhD, seated, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and New Haven Mayor Toni Harp. Lo is the Program Coordinator of Street Psychiatry, a mental health outreach program to New Haven's homeless population. She will join the Yale faculty next year as an Assistant Professor and will be an attending on the Street Psychiatry Team at CMHC.

Gupta presents academic work at national and local conferences


Nikhil Gupta, MBBS, a fourth-year resident in the Yale Department of Psychiatry, presented the project, "Responses to Classroom Vignettes Correlate with Clinical Decision-Making in the Psychiatric ED" at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training in San Diego and at Yale Medical Education Day. Gupta worked with department colleagues Tobias Wasser, MD; Matthew Goldenberg, MD, MSc; Aaron Alexander Bloch, MD, PhD; and Frank Fortunati, MD, JD, to test whether the variation in disposition of decisions made by psychiatry residents on-call in the psychiatric emergency department correlates with their risk taking preferences and their answers on clinical vignettes. In line with his interest in increasing access to quality mental health care for populations, Gupta is moving to New York City to join the Office of Mental Health in New York as a part-time fellow in an integrated care fellowship at Montefiore, and to Valera Health, a health technology start-up offering collaborative care services, as an Associate Medical Director. He hopes to continue his affiliation with the department and colleagues at Yale.

Workplace-based smoking cessation program helps Yale Hospitality employees kick the habit


Joanne Ursini, pictured, didn't need help from a nicotine patch or stick of chewing gum to quit smoking. She could just stop, whenever she wanted to, even after having smoked off and on for 35 years. "But I always started again," said Ursini, 65, a 23-year Yale Hospitality employee who works in the dining hall at Davenport College. "After awhile something is so addictive that you don't look at the reason behind doing it. I just always went back. I knew my capabilities (to quit). I just never committed myself to stopping." That changed when she met Lisa Kimmel, MS, RD, Director of Wellness and Health Education for Being Well at Yale, and Krysten Bold, PhD, Associate Research Scientist in the Yale Department of Psychiatry. The two women, along with other wellness experts and researchers at Yale, had developed a new workplace-based smoking cessation program they thought could help Ursini and her food service colleagues kick the habit for good. As opposed to passing out stop smoking pamphlets or inviting workers to an offsite meeting where they could be counseled about quitting, the researchers proposed to bring nicotine replacement therapy like patches and gum and nurse counselors right to the dining hall so employees who smoked could get free treatment at work. Ursini was skeptical but decided to give the program a try because she really did want to stop, and she believed Kimmel, Bold, and the other members of their team genuinely wanted to help her. Read more  

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