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Colleagues, friends, family congratulate Fortunati on appointment as Medical Director of Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital


Frank Fortunati, MD, JD, center, was the guest of honor at a reception February 22 when colleagues, friends, and family gathered to congratulate him on his appointment as Medical Director of Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital. At left is Fortunati's wife, Karen. They are flanked by John Krystal, MD, Chair of the Yale Department of Psychiatry. Fortunati was the hospital's interim Medical Director for over two years. See more photos from the reception  

Studies by Bloch, Blumberg, Wilkinson named among top 10 research advancements and breakthroughs in 2017

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation has named studies by three Yale School of Medicine faculty in its annual top 10 list of research advancements and breakthroughs in 2017. From left, Michael Bloch, MD, MS, Associate Professor in the Yale Child Study Center; Hilary Blumberg, MD, John and Hope Furth Professor of Psychiatric Neuroscience and Professor of Psychiatry; and Samuel Wilkinson, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, were named to the list. Read more 

Course of cognitive impairment in schizophrenia develops throughout youth

People with psychotic disorder demonstrated a developing course of cognitive impairment throughout their first 20 years of life, leading to verbal and nonverbal dysfunction. However, this course was not seen in other psychiatric disorders, according to findings published in JAMA Psychiatry. "Important questions remain regarding the course of cognitive impairment in schizophrenia," wrote the authors. The first author of the article is Josephine Mollon, PhD, Postdoctoral Associate in the Glahn Lab in the Yale Department of Psychiatry. Read more  

Genetic link found to opioid addiction in European Americans

Joel Gelernter, MD, Foundations Fund Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Genetics and of Neuroscience, is the senior author of a study published in Biological Psychiatry that found a strong genetic link to opioid dependence among European Americans. While a variant of the gene RGMA has been found to have a link to increased risk of opioid addiction, environmental factors and other biological factors are also involved, according to Gelernter. The study involved 5,000 subjects. Read more 

Yale study: A randomized controlled trial of screening and brief interventions for substance misuse in reproductive health

Steve Martino, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, and Kimberly Yonkers, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, are the first and senior authors, respectively, of a new study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The purpose was to determine whether "screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment" is more effective than enhanced usual care in decreasing days of primary substance use among women in reproductive centers. Read more  

Positive attitudes about aging reduce risk of dementia in older adults

Research has shown that older persons who have acquired positive beliefs about old age from their surrounding culture are less likely to develop dementia. The protective effect was found for all participants, as well as among those carrying a gene that puts them at higher risk of developing dementia, a new study led by the Yale School of Public Health has found. Becca Levy, PhD, Professor of Public Health and Psychology, was the lead author of the study, published in PLOS ONE. Read more 

Yale article: Psychiatric treatment in forensic hospital and correctional settings

From left, Reena Kapoor, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry; Charles Dike, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry; and Michael Norko, MD, MA, Professor of Psychiatry, are the authors of an article published in Psychiatric Annals that provides mental health practitioners with essential knowledge about forensic settings to enhance their clinical care of patients involved in the criminal justice system. Read more  

Grilo, Ward to head department's Yale Doctoral Internship Training Program

Carlos M. Grilo, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and of Psychology, and Nadia Ward, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, have been named Director and Deputy Director, respectively, of the Yale Doctoral Internship Training Program in Clinical and Community Psychology. They will begin their new positions July 1. The training program is one of the nation's premier internships in clinical and community psychology, developing the next generation of leaders in the field. Over 15 students are accepted annually to the program. Read more 

Sanacora named the Gross Professor of Psychiatry

Gerard Sanacora, MD, PhD, has been named the George D. Gross and Esther S. Gross Professor of Psychiatry. Sanacora is a translational neuroscientist who specializes in the study of the pathophysiological mechanisms associated with neuropsychiatric disorders, and development of novel treatment strategies. His research has largely focused on elucidating the contributions of the amino acid neurotransmitter systems (GABA and Glutamate) to the neurobiology of mood disorders and the mechanism of antidepressant action. Read more 

Arnsten elected to Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering

Amy Arnsten, PhD, Professor of Neuroscience and of Psychology, is among 10 Yale faculty members elected to the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering. Election to the academy is on the basis of scientific and engineering distinction achieved through significant contributions in theory and applications, as demonstrated by original published books and papers, patents, the pioneering of new and developing fields and innovative products, outstanding leadership of nationally recognized technical teams, and external professional awards. Read more 

Jordan elected to represent early career psychiatrists as APA trustee

Ayana Jordan, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, has been elected to serve on the American Psychiatric Association Board of Trustees as the Early Career Psychiatrist (ECP) Trustee-at-Large. "Increasing involvement by ECPs within the APA is crucial in understanding psychiatry worldwide, and can also help practitioners gain perspective and appreciate the nuances and similarities of how psychiatry is viewed from a different lens," Jordan said. "This is undoubtedly a challenging task, but for me, I see this as a priority in my career, at this present time." Read more  

Tampi to be next President of American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry

Rajesh Tampi, MBBS, DFAPA, MS, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, has been elected the next President of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP). Tampi will first serve as President-Elect after the association's annual meeting in March. The position will then automatically transition to President in March 2019. During his leadership term, Tampi plans to promote the growth of the membership base of the association and maintain its status as the premier national/international organization for geriatric psychiatry. Read more  

Yarnell to represent Yale Science Diplomats at DC Career Trek

Stephanie Yarnell, MD, PhD, a Fellow in the Yale Department of Psychiatry's Law and Psychiatry Fellowship, has been selected to serve as a Yale Science Diplomat at the group's 2018 DC Career Trek on March 19 and 20. Yale Science Diplomats educate the public about science issues and encourage scientists to become engaged in the political process. Some members participate in the annual DC Career Trek, which helps graduate students and post-docs at Yale learn about science policy and communications jobs in Washington, DC. Read more 

Arnaout: Does rehab really work? This addiction psychiatrist isn't so sure

In an opinion piece published on the website Cognoscenti, Bachaar Arnaout, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, writes that he typically does not recommend addiction rehabilitation to patients. "Sending people for several weeks of intensive counseling in a contained environment may seem like a good idea. But does addiction rehab actually work?" he wrote, adding that the results of well-controlled trials show the effects of treatment settings are inconsistent, modest when present, and diminish over time. Read more  

Desai: The social life of suffering and change

Miraj Desai, PhD, Associate Research Scientist in Psychiatry, writes online for the publisher Palgrave Macmillan about why social issues matter to clinical psychology. "The answer ... is that we are fundamentally social and interconnected beings, but given our inundation with our everyday lives, we often forget that basic truth," he wrote. "Social science matters because it reconnects us to each other and to the world around us. It resocializes us, and in so doing, can demand that we pay greater attention to everyone that makes up our global community." Read more 

Babies and burnout: Should being a mom mean giving up ambition?

The American Psychiatric Association is running a series on physician wellness and burnout in its publication Psychiatric News, and Kristin Budde, MD, MPH, a fourth-year resident in the Yale Department of Psychiatry, writes in a recent issue about the balance between parenthood and career. Having a child, she writes, does not require one to give up career ambitions. She cites a study that may support the notion that physician residents with children may actually be less likely to experience burnout. Read more 

VA Connecticut Healthcare System dedicates new psychiatric ER in West Haven

The VA Connecticut Healthcare System in West Haven dedicated a new $10 million Psychiatric Emergency Room on March 5. The 11,910-square-foot emergency room, adjacent to the hospital's main entrance, will eventually replace a much older Psychiatric Emergency Room at the hospital. Among those who spoke at the dedication were Ismene Petrakis, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Chief of Psychiatry at the VA, and Brian Fuehrlein, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Psychiatric Emergency Room at the VA. Read more  

Department, Yale New Haven Health, Silver Hill Hospital announce psychiatry collaboration

Yale New Haven Health, Silver Hill Hospital and Yale Medicine, the clinical arm of the Yale School of Medicine (YSM), are pleased to announce a new collaboration focused on the treatment of people who, in the course of managing significant executive or professional career responsibilities, have developed serious mental health or substance use problems. Silver Hill Hospital was established in 1931 and is a national leader in providing compassionate and individualized mental health and addiction care. The new program, "The Steward House at Silver Hill," is located in a stately home on the hospital campus in New Canaan. This program is designed to provide personalized psychological and medical treatment that promotes personal growth and is responsive to professional issues that often complicate treatment. The Steward House is led by Samuel Ball, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Psychology at Silver Hill Hospital. Read more 

Rabinowitz family donation benefits STEP's psychosis treatment program

Marc and Elizabeth Rabinowitz of Ridgefield have donated to the Specialized Treatment Early in Psychosis (STEP) program at Yale because they support the model of getting patients treatment immediately after the onset of symptoms of psychosis. STEP was one of the first programs of its kind in the United States, and is free to people living in a 10-town region in Greater New Haven. Patients create a customized treatment plan with STEP clinicians that can involve psychotherapy, medication, employment or education opportunities, health and fitness support, and education and support for family members. Read more 

Ketamine in the news, and in research studies

John H. Krystal, MD, left, Robert L. McNeil, Jr. Professor of Neuroscience and Chair of the Yale Department of Psychiatry; Gerard Sanacora, MD, PhD, center, George D. Gross and Esther S. Gross Professor of Psychiatry; and Mohamed Sherif, MD, MSc, right, who will join the Yale Department of Psychiatry as an instructor, made news this month for their comments about or studies of the anesthetic ketamine and its use in the treatment of depression.

Read Krystal's comments in The San Antonio Express-News 

Watch a CBS This Morning report featuring Sanacora  

Read about Sherif's VA New England Healthcare System grant  

Dean Alpern delivers annual State of the Medical School address

Robert J. Alpern, MD, Ensign Professor of Medicine (Nephrology) and Dean of the Yale School of Medicine, delivered his annual State of the Medical School address to a full auditorium during the weekly Yale Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds on February 23. Dean Alpern spoke about the medical school's finances and about educational highlights from the past year. He said interest in the medical school remains high; a record 4,700 people applied for 104 positions. He also touted the strong relationship between the medical school and Yale New Haven Hospital. Watch Dean Alpern's presentation 

Alumni Spotlight

Chambers publishes textbook for integrated addiction and mental health treatment system

R. Andrew "Andy" Chambers, MD, a 2000 graduate of the Yale Department of Psychiatry Residency and Neuroscience Training Program, and Basic Science Fellowship in Addictions in 2002, has published, "The 2 X 4 Model: A Neuroscience-based Blueprint for the Modern Integrated Addiction and Mental Health Treatment System." The textbook describes a complete integrative model and operational guide for physician-led clinics that can treat any major addiction and any major mental illness, in any comorbid combination, by one team, under one roof. Read more 

Levenson accepted into 2018 class of Academy of Clinical Excellence

Jon A. Levenson, MD, an alumnus of the Yale Department of Psychiatry Residency Program (1988), has been accepted into the 2018 class of the Academy of Clinical Excellence (ACE) at Columbia University. ACE was established to define, recognize, and perpetuate excellence in clinical care by faculty, trainees, and students at Columbia, where Levenson is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. He is also an Attending Psychiatrist in the Division of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at Columbia.

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Psychiatry Grand Rounds

Friday, March 9, 2018; 10:15-11:30 am

Sage's Approach to Translational Science

Stephen J. Kanes, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Officer, Sage Therapeutics

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St.

Friday, March 16, 2018; 10:15-11:30 am

Translational Neuromodeling, Computational Psychiatry, and Computational Psychosomatics

Klaas Enno Stephan, MD, PhD, Professor of Translational Neuromodeling; Director, Translational Neuromodeling Unit, University of Zurich

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St.

Friday, March 23, 2018; 10:15-11:30 am

Recovery from Addiction: Harnessing the Body to Support the Brain

Marsha E. Bates, PhD, Distinguished Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St.

Friday, March 30, 2018

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