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Dalio honored at Neuroscience 2018: 'Envisioning a Future of Recovery'


Paul Dalio, bottom right, a New York-based writer, director, and composer whose debut film, "Touched with Fire," was inspired by his struggle to overcome bipolar disorder, was honored April 28 at the Yale Department of Psychiatry's Neuroscience 2018: "Envisioning a Future of Recovery." In photo at bottom left, John H. Krystal, MD, Chair of the Yale Department of Psychiatry, presents Dalio with the department's Research Advocacy Award for his contributions toward destigmatizing mental illness. Attending and speaking at the symposium were (in top photo, from left) Michael Holmes, Senior Vice President Operations, Yale New Haven Hospital; Rajita Sinha, PhD, Foundations Fund Professor of Psychiatry and Professor in the Child Study Center and of Neuroscience; Hilary Blumberg, MD, John and Hope Furth Professor of Psychiatric Neuroscience and Professor of Psychiatry, and in the Child Study Center and of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging; Dalio; Krystal; Christopher Pittenger, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry; and Godfrey Pearlson, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and of Neuroscience. Sinha, Blumberg, Pittenger, and Pearlson gave scientific presentations before Dalio spoke and screened his film for the audience.

What's in a name? Yale researchers track PTSD's many identities during war

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been associated with military activities for as long as wars have been fought, but this disorder was only named in the 1980s. A Yale paper, published in Chronic Stress, documents a different kind of war -- a war of words -- that has been fought over the name of the disorder. Adam Chekroud, PhD, left, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, and John Krystal, MD, right, Robert L. McNeil, Jr. Professor of Neuroscience and Chair of the Yale Department of Psychiatry, were the first and senior authors, respectively. Read more 

The open-access model: A promising model for scaling up opioid agonist treatment

Lynn Madden, PhD, MPA, Postdoctoral Associate, and Declan Barry, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, are the first and senior authors, respectively, of a paper published in Addiction which demonstrates the promise of an "open-access model" for treating patients with opioid use disorder. In the model, prospective patients were rapidly enrolled in methadone maintenance treatment, irrespective of ability to pay, and provided real-time access to multiple voluntary treatment options. Read more 

Yale study: Training addiction counselors to deliver a brief psychoeducational intervention for chronic pain among patients in opioid treatment

An interdisciplinary team of Yale researchers led by Declan Barry, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, developed, implemented, and conducted an initial evaluation of a training program for addiction counselors on a brief psychosocial intervention for opioid agonist treatment patients with chronic pain. The team recently published a paper in Substance Abuse demonstrating the promise of this approach. The training, completed by 52 counselors at the APT Foundation in New Haven, targeted pain screening, psychoeducation, and goal setting involving exercise. Read more 

Could ketamine help patients with borderline personality disorder?

Sarah Fineberg, MD, PhD, an Instructor in the Yale Department of Psychiatry and Attending Psychiatrist at the Connecticut Mental Health Center, is the principal investigator of a study that will look at the effectiveness of the anesthetic drug ketamine to reduce suicidality and improve social functioning in patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD). The drug has already shown its effectiveness as a fast-acting treatment for major depression and suicidal thinking, and Fineberg wants to determine whether it can help patients with BPD. Read more  

Kerns new member of NIH Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee

Robert D. Kerns, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology and Psychology, has been appointed to serve as a member of the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC) of the National Institutes of Health. IPRCC is a federal advisory committee created by the Department of Health and Human Services to enhance pain research efforts and to promote collaboration across government with the goals of advancing the fundamental understanding of pain and improving pain-related treatment strategies. Read more 

Potenza honored by Turkish Green Crescent Society for research work on addictions

Marc Potenza, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, in the Child Study Center and of Neuroscience, received the Turkish Green Crescent Society's Phoenix Award for Academics at a ceremony April 20 in Istanbul, Turkey. The award is presented every year to deserving people who support the fight against addictions. Potenza is an internationally recognized expert in the field of research on problem gambling and associated addictions. The Turkish Green Crescent Society was founded as a non-governmental organization for fighting addictions. Read more 

Pittenger elected Vice Chair of Faculty Advisory Council

Christopher Pittenger, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, has been elected to serve as Vice Chair of the Faculty Advisory Council (FAC). The FAC is comprised of junior and senior faculty members from every department at Yale School of Medicine. Members engage with faculty in their departments to learn about concerns and meet regularly with Dean Robert J. Alpern, MD, and other medical school administrators to discuss these issues. Megan King, PhD, Associate Professor of Cell Biology, is Chair of the FAC. Read more 

Sobowale, Barron named Detre Award recipients

Kunmi Sobowale, MD, left, a third-year resident in the Yale Department of Psychiatry, and Daniel Barron, MD, PhD, right, 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 (or interested in enrolling) in the Neuroscience Research Training Program in Psychiatry. Recipients are provided with up to $30,000 in support of their projects and training. Read more 

Robinson honored by North American Society for the Study of Personality Disorders

Erica Robinson, MD, a second-year resident in the Yale Department of Psychiatry, was honored for presenting the best poster at the annual conference of the North American Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (NASSPD) in New York on April 14. Robinson presented work from her Clinical and Academic Skills Enhancement (CASE) project for second-year residents. She developed and implemented a peer-led curriculum for first-year psychiatry residents on borderline personality disorder (BPD). Read more 

Lipkes' manuscript of poems a semi-finalist in national poetry competition

Celeste Lipkes, MD, MFA, a first-year resident in the Yale Department of Psychiatry, came to Yale after medical school to be trained in psychiatry, and she brought a passion and talent for writing poetry that recently earned her recognition in a prestigious literary competition. Her first manuscript of poems, Radium Girl, was judged a semi-finalist for the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. Sponsored by BOA Editions, Ltd., an independent non-profit publisher of poetry and fiction, the contest generated more than 750 submissions. Read more  

MOMS Partnership™, DC Department of Human Services form collaboration

Mental health Outreach for MotherS (MOMS) Partnership™ is expanding and headed next to Washington, DC. The organization on April 18 announced an official collaboration with the DC Department of Human Services to replicate MOMS through the DC welfare (TANF, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) program. Women in the District will be able to participate in MOMS' services by early 2019. Megan Smith, DrPH, MPH, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and in the Child Study Center, is Director of MOMS. Read more 

Krishnan-Sarin answers questions about teen vaping on Philadelphia-based NPR radio show

Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and co-leader of the Yale Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science, spoke to the Radio Times program on WHYY-radio, the NPR affiliate in Philadelphia, about the increased rates of vaping among teens. Krishnan-Sarin and other Yale researchers are conducting research on the health implications of electronic cigarettes. A 2017 study published in Pediatrics found that high school students who use e-cigarettes are more likely to smoke cigarettes in subsequent years. Listen  

Case-based learning with Marney White

Marney White, PhD, MS, Associate Professor of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences); Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and of Psychiatry, was featured in a recent Yale Center for Teaching and Learning report on the use of case studies in teaching to cultivate practical research skills. Through case studies, White engages students with datasets from real-world situations that "stimulate what it is actually like to be an epidemiologist." Read more 

Changing gears: Improving health and mobility by bike

Michael Sernyak, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and CEO of the Connecticut Mental Health Center, is an avid bicyclist, riding at least 15 hours a week. At CMHC, he has spearheaded a program that provides clients with bikes, improving not only health, but providing much needed transportation to jobs. "Having a bike can mean the difference between having a job and being unemployed," he said. "For $50, we can buy someone a bike and they can hold a job. Well, talk about return on your investment! It's just unbelieveable." Read more  

States move to exempt people with serious mental illness from death penalty

There is a movement across the United States to prohibit the use of the death penalty for people with serious mental illness. Howard Zonana, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Professor (Adjunct) of Law, spoke to Psychiatric News about the difficulty of using the insanity defense. "People are very dubious about a defendant getting away with something," he said. "It can be very hard to explain how someone can be delusional yet plan and execute a crime in a very organized fashion." Read more  

Bringing health care to the state's homeless

Emma Lo, MD, a third-year resident in the Yale Department of Psychiatry, is a volunteer with the homeless outreach team at Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center in New Haven. Lo and other volunteers have been working to identify homeless people across Connecticut as part of a larger effort to offer better health care services to the homeless population. According to a 2017 study by the Partnership for Strong Communities, roughly 40 to 45 percent of the most frequent visitors to the state's hospital emergency rooms are homeless. Read more 

In Memoriam

Beatrix A. (Betty) Hamburg, MD

Beatrix A. (Betty) Hamburg, MD, a pioneering adolescent psychiatrist and the first African-American woman graduate of Yale School of Medicine, died April 15 at her daughter's home in Washington, DC. She was 94. Dr. Hamburg completed medical school at Yale in 1948 and worked for six decades to advance the field of adolescent psychiatry. She performed groundbreaking work on peer counseling, the health and mental health status of minority populations, and the critical role of early development in physical and mental health. She recognized early adolescence as a distinctive and critical developmental period. Read more  

Yale's Davenport College unveils inclusive portrait that features Schottenfeld and other college affiliates


Richard S. Schottenfeld, MD, a faculty member in the Yale Department of Psychiatry beginning in 1984, left Yale last year to become Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Psychiatry at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC. While at Yale, Schottenfeld was Head of Davenport College for 16 years, between 2001 and 2017. The college chose to honor him by creating an inclusive portrait of members of the Davenport College community. The portrait, painted by artist Brenda Zlamany, was unveiled at a reception April 20 at Davenport. In the two-paneled portrait (above), Schottenfeld (at top left) is pictured with Joanne Ursine (top right), who works in the Davenport dining hall; Markus Jackson (bottom left), a Davenport alumnus; and the late Carolyn Haller (bottom right), who worked as the college's operations manager. Pictured in the second panel are Jarrad Aguirre, Angelina Calderón, Kang-I Chang, Glaston Dubois, and Paul Kennedy, all of whom have ties to Davenport. In the photo at bottom left, Schottenfeld stands at the reception with John H. Krystal, MD, Robert L. McNeil, Jr. Professor of Neuroscience and Chair of the Yale Department of Psychiatry. Schottenfeld is pictured in the photo at bottom right with Stephanie O'Malley, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Deputy Chair for Clinical Research. Read more about the Davenport College portrait unveiling  


Inaugural Resident Pickleball Outing


As part of its commitment to promoting wellness opportunities for trainees, the Yale Psychiatry Residency Program held its inaugural pickleball outing May 2 on the tennis courts at North Branford High School. The event was organized by David Nestico, Project Coordinator for the Residency Program and a pickleball enthusiast. Among the participants were, in top photo, standing from left, residents Jessica Isom, MD, MPH; Jessica Chaffkin, MD; Nora Proops, MD; Ben Yu, MD; Stefanie Gillson, MD, and (kneeling) David Nestico. Pickleball is played on a court about one-third the size of a tennis court. Want to learn more about the sport? Watch the CBS News video.  

Psychiatry Grand Rounds

Friday, May 4, 2018; 10:15-11:30 am

Shelving Justice: Understanding the Problem of Untested Sexual Assault Kits (SAKs)

Rebecca Campbell, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology, Michigan State University

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St.

Friday, May 11, 2018; 10:15-11:30 am


Jennifer H. McFadden, Associate Director & Lecturer in the Practice of Entrepreneurship, Yale School of Management

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St.

Friday, May 18, 2018; 10:15-11:30 am


Jill M. Goldstein, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine, Harvard Medical School

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St.

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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