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Frances Javier, left, and Shivani Bhatt, right, Yale School of Medicine students, organized a successful regional conference for PsychSIGN on September 23 at The Anlyan Center at Yale School of Medicine. The title of the event was, "Mental Health and Resilience in Medicine: Combating Burnout by Being Honest With Ourselves." The organizers flank speaker Michael Myers, MD, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

Yale study: Mother's psychiatric diagnosis no threat to baby's health

Depression, panic disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder represent no threat to the health of pregnant women or their babies, although there may be slight risks associated with medications used to treat those conditions, according to a new Yale study published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. Kimberly Yonkers, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Services, was the lead author of the study, funded by National Institutes of Health. Read more  

New PTSD study identifies potential path to treatment

A study of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), conducted by the VA National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD), National PTSD Brain Bank, and Yale University has identified a new potential mechanism contributing to the biology of the disorder that may be targeted by future treatments. The study, led by Irina Esterlis, PhD, Associate Professor Term and Director of the NCPTSD's Molecular Imaging Program, was published in the Proceedings of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Read more  

Yale review: First-episode psychosis and the criminal justice system

Tobias Wasser, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Yale and Division Medical Director of the Whiting Forensic Division of Connecticut Valley Hospital, is the first author of a review published in the journal Psychiatric Services that examines the relationship between first-episode psychosis and the criminal justice system. "Given that aggression and the attendant risk of incarceration are increased in first-episode samples, clinicians ... should familiarize themselves with local resources available at various intercept points," the authors wrote. Read more  

Lydecker and Grilo: Messages about weight, eating and race in Super Bowl advertisements

Thin is not always in when it comes to Super Bowl advertising, according to the results of a Yale study by Janet Lydecker, PhD, Associate Research Scientist in Psychiatry, and Carlos Grilo, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and of Psychology, and Director of the Program for Obesity Weight and Eating Research (POWER) at Yale. Researchers analyzed data from 241 Super Bowl commercials that screened actors for body size and racial and ethnic diversity. The results were published in The International Journal of Clinical Practice. Read more  

Yonkers named Editor of new APA journal focused on clinical utility of new research

Kimberly Yonkers, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Services, is editor of the new American Psychiatric Association journal Psychiatric Research and Clinical Practice (PRCP). The journal's mission is to keep psychiatry "vibrant and relevant and to enhance APA's leadership role in scientific publishing in psychiatry by publishing cutting edge research and special features that provide context for research findings, thus moving ... investigations toward clinical utility." Read more 

Pollard to be Chair of APHA's Mental Health Section

Jessica Pollard, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Director of the Specialized Treatment Early in Psychosis (STEP) Clinic based at the Connecticut Mental Health Center, has been elected Chair of the Mental Health Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA). The association works to advance prevention, reduce health disparities, and promote wellness. Its Mental Health Section has members from nearly all 50 states and 17 countries. Pollard's term begins in November, after which she will be Chair for two years. Read more 

Li elected President of Executive Board of Yale New Haven Hospital Resident/Fellow Senate

Luming Li, MD, a fourth-year resident in the Yale Department of Psychiatry, has been elected President of the Executive Board of the Yale New Haven Hospital Resident/Fellow Senate. Li is the only Psychiatry resident on the Executive Board. The Senate works to create learning and mentorship opportunities for residents and fellows at the hospital, and helps the residency and fellowship training programs, and the hospital's Graduate Medical Education Office, collaborate on programs. Read more 

Gilman, Robinson elected Co-Presidents of Yale Psychiatry Residents' Association

Falisha Gilman, MD, left, and Erica Robinson, MD, second-year residents in the Yale Department of Psychiatry, have been elected Co-Presidents of the Yale Psychiatry Residents' Association. The association serves as a liaison between residents and faculty, and helps to cultivate an educational and fun working environment for trainees. More than two dozen other residents were elected or appointed to leadership posts within the organization, which has several standing committees. Read more  

De Aquino receives AAAP Early Career Addiction Psychiatry Award

Joao P. De Aquino, MD, a fourth-year resident in the Yale Department of Psychiatry, has been selected to receive the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry's (AAAP) Early Career Addiction Psychiatry Award. Applicants are chosen based on the quality of their research and their commitment to the field of Addiction Psychiatry. De Aquino will attend the AAAP annual meeting December 7-10 in San Diego. He will present his research at the meeting's Paper Session on December 9. Read more 

Pittenger edits book on obsessive-compulsive disorder

Christopher Pittenger, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Yale OCD Research Clinic, has edited a new book on obsessive-compulsive disorder published by Oxford University Press. From the publisher: "This volume provides the first comprehensive summary of the state of the field, summarizing topics ranging from genetics and neurobiology through cognitive psychology, clinical treatment, related conditions, societal implications, and personal experiences of patients and clinicians." Read more 

Anticevic, Murray edit new book on computational psychiatry

Alan Anticevic, PhD, left, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and of Psychology, and John D. Murray, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, have edited a new book that provides a comprehensive overview of the rapidly evolving field of computational psychiatry. "Computational Psychiatry: Mathematical Modeling of Mental Illness" is the first systematic effort to bring together leading scholars in psychiatry and computational neuroscience and their research. Read more  

Committee led by Jordan holds discussion on Connecticut's opioid crisis

The Faith-based Response to the Opioid Crisis Committee, a state and federally funded project led by Ayana Jordan, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, sponsored a dicusssion September 7 in Middletown aimed at supporting African Americans affected by opioid and other drug and alcohol problems. Jordan said the committee is targeting five cities in Connecticut, including New Haven, where the black community has been especially impacted by the ravages of drugs and alcohol. Read more  

Cahill, Srihari attend NIMH meeting to discuss building systems of care for early psychosis

John Cahill, MBBS, left, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Medical Director of the Program for Specialized Treatment Early in Psychosis (STEP) at Yale, and Vinod Srihari, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Program Director of STEP, participated as invited experts at a meeting hosted by the National Institute of Mental Health September 7 and 8 in Rockville, MD. They spoke about building systems of care for early psychosis. STEP clinicians care for people who are early in the course of a psychotic illness. Read more 

Potenza featured in National Geographic cover story on addiction

Marc N. Potenza, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Center of Excellence in Gambling Research, is among the experts featured in a National Geographic cover story on the science of addiction. According to the story, "Potenza did some of the first brain-imaging studies of gamblers and discovered that they looked similar to scans of drug addicts, with sluggish activity in the parts of the brain responsible for impulse control." Potenza also directs the Yale Program for Research on Impulsivity and Impulse Control Disorders. Read more  

Steinfeld selected to be fellow in YSM's Medical Education Fellowship; interviewed by New York Times podcast in wake of Charlottesville

Matthew Steinfeld, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, has been selected to be a fellow in the Yale School of Medicine's 2017-18 Medical Education Fellowship at the Teaching and Learning Center. In August, Steinfeld was interviewed by The New York Times podcast "Still Processing" in the wake of the rallies and protests in Charlottesville.

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Yale researchers receive federal grants to study pain management in veterans, active military members

Three Yale and VA Connecticut Healthcare System research teams have been awarded federal grants as part of a multi-year study of how to manage chronic pain in veterans and active military members without the use of drugs. The Yale and VA research projects are included in a total $81 million package funded by three federal agencies and the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health to develop, implement, and test methods of treating pain and related conditions without medication. Yale Department of Psychiatry and VA researchers participating in the study are, clockwise from top left, Robert Kerns, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry; Alicia Heapy, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry; Steve Martino, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry; and Marc Rosen, MD, Professor of Psychiatry. An estimated 45 percent of service members and 50 percent of veterans regularly experience pain. Read more  

Yale chosen to train scientists in entrepreneurship to accelerate their impact on the U.S. drug crisis

Seth Feuerstein, MD, JD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, and Patricia Simon, PhD, Associate Research Scientist in Psychiatry, will lead an interdisciplinary program at Yale that will train substance abuse researchers in entrepreneurship. The training program, funded with a $1.25 million grant by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, is called Innovation to Impact: Translation Support and Education. It aims to increase the reach of scientific innovations to prevent and treat substance use. Read more  

Masheb's VA research program awarded grant to study binge eating in veterans

The Veterans Initiative for Eating and Weight (The View), a program founded in 2013 by Robin Masheb, PhD, Senior Research Scientist in Psychiatry, has received a grant from VA Health Services Research & Development to continue its studies of binge eating behaviors in veterans. The View is focused on the effects of binge eating in the context of veterans who receive behavioral weight loss treatments. A previous study demonstrated that high-frequency binge eating is a predictor of weight gain among veterans. Read more 

Staff Corner

Steven A. Gentile is the new Deputy Chair for Finance & Administration of the Yale Department of Psychiatry. Gentile comes to Psychiatry with over 25 years of finance and administration experience at Yale in academic medicine. Most recently, he served as the Vice Chair of Finance & Administration for Cardiovascular Medicine/Department of Internal Medicine and as the Director of Finance & Administration for the Department of Laboratory Medicine. He has also worked for the Department of Neurosurgery and the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitative Medicine. Read more 

Staff and faculty gathered in September to thank two colleagues for their service to the department. In the top photo, Maureen Bogan (front row, center) receives well wishes from co-workers. Bogan worked in the department for 11 years, most recently as Senior Operations Manager. In the bottom photo, Marian Frasier holds a framed print of Yale's Sterling Memorial Library signed by colleagues. Frasier was employed by Yale for 30 years, including the last nine in Psychiatry where she worked as a Portfolio Manager.


The Connecticut Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (CSPP) announces an annual scholarship program for individuals who have, or are working toward, a graduate degree in one of the mental health professions or in education. Applicants should have a strong interest in learning more about various psychoanalytic theories and practices, and how this knowledge might apply to their own work. The scholarships entitle recipients to register without charge for a full calendar year of clinical conferences. A candidate does not need to be a member of CSPP to apply for this scholarship. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2017. Learn more 

Psychiatry Resident Grand Rounds

Friday, October 6, 2017; 10:15-11:30 am

Traumatic Mind Injury

Murray Stein, MD, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine & Public Health, University of California, San Diego

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St.

Friday, October 13, 2017; 10:15-11:30 am

Neural Circuits for Hunting, Feeding, and Aggression

Ivan E. De Araujo, DPhil, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and of Cellular and Molecular Physiology, Yale School of Medicine

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St.

Friday, October 20, 2017; 10:15-11:30 am

Working With the Transgender and Gender Expansive Population: Health Considerations

Christy L. Olezeski, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and in the Child Study Center; Susan D. Boulware, MD, Clinician in Pediatrics (Endocrinology) and Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics; Anisha D. Patel, DO, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Endocrinology)

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St.

Friday, October 27, 2017; 10:15-11:30 am

The Neuroscience of Prediction in Depression: Sub-types, Treatment Response, Course and Disease Burden

Scott A. Langenecker, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology; Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Center, University of Illinois at Chicago

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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