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Department Newsletter

May 2011 

Dr. John Krystal

Dear Friends,


Welcome to the inaugural edition of our monthly Department e-newsletter. The newsletter is one component of a new communications initiative to create community among our diverse affiliates and to publicize the groundbreaking clinical, educational, and research endeavors that originate here at Yale.


This month's lead story sums up our success. For the first time in the history of our Department, more medical students graduating from the Yale School of Medicine matched in psychiatry than in any other medical specialty. We believe this unprecedented statistic reflects exciting developments in the Department and in the field.


I hope you will find this newsletter engaging and informative. I encourage you to submit information for future editions by emailing


I would particularly like to thank faculty members Robert Malison, Marina Picciotto, Robert Rohrbaugh, and Michael Sernyak, and residents Tichianaa Armah and Imraan Qureshi for serving on our Web Committee and to extend a special congratulations and welcome to Shane Seger, our new Communications Coordinator, as we launch this newsletter!




John H. Krystal, MD

Robert L. McNeil, Jr. Professor of Translational Research

Chair, Department of Psychiatry

Chief of Psychiatry, Yale-New Haven Hospital


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New Resident Elisabeth Sacks

Incoming resident Elisabeth Sacks learns that she matched to Yale.  


Record Number of YSM Students Match in Psychiatry
12% of students graduating from the Yale School of Medicine (YSM) matched in psychiatry, more than any other medical specialty and nearly three times the national average. Read more


Rep. Kennedy at Neuroscience 2011
Neuroscience 2011 Video Online
The Department and co-sponsors convened "Neuroscience 2011" for an audience of nearly 250. Representative Patrick J. Kennedy was honored for his efforts to promote parity for mental illness and eliminate stigma and discrimination associated with brain disorders. Watch video from the event and read more


Ismene Petrakis, MDCorrelating Mental Illness and Substance Abuse Among Vets
A study led by Ismene Petrakis, MD, published in The American Journal on Addictions, reveals that Veterans who suffer from mental health disorders also have high rates of substance abuse. Read more


Yale-led Study Probes Food Addiction
A study of 48 young women found that those with higher food addiction scores had greater activation in brain regions associated with reward. Published in the Archives of General Psychiatry. Read more

Classics of Community Psychiatry _ Cover
Faculty Edit Community Psychiatry Volume

Classics of Community Psychiatry: Fifty Years of Public Mental Health Outside the Hospital was published by Oxford University Press in March 2011. This first-of-its-kind compilation of historical texts and documents was edited by Michael Rowe, Martha Lawless, Kenneth Thompson, and Larry Davidson. Read more 

NAMI Walkathon
Join Yale & CMHC in NAMI Walkathon

Join team Stigma Stompers in Hartford on Saturday, May 21st to raise money and awareness about the need for a world-class treatment and recovery system for people with mental illness. This annual event unites faculty, residents, staff, and mental health consumers. Details 

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Get short, timely updates and event reminders from Yale's Psychiatry Department by following @YalePsych on Twitter. Twitter 


Upcoming Events

For more details, and the most up-to-date information about these events, please visit the Department's online calendar.

Fulton-Cushing Lecture: "Advances in Understanding Schizophrenia: From Fulton and Jacobsen to Goldman-Rakic and Beyond"

Wednesday, May 4, 2011; 5:30 pm

Amy Arnsten, PhD; Historical Gardens, 100 Deepwood Dr, Hamden, CT Details 

Hikikomori (Social Withdrawal) and the Creation of a Japanese "Culture-Bound Syndrome" 

Thursday, May 5, 2011; 5:30 pm

Ellen Rubinstein, PhD candidate, Yale Anthropology; 300 George, 9th Fl, Large Conf Rm Details 

GRAND ROUNDS: "PTSD: From Behavioral Neuroendocrinology to Molecular Biology" 

Friday, May 6, 2011; 10:15 am

Rachel Yehuda, PhD, Mount Sinai; CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St Details  

Special Event: "The Riverview Operas" 

Friday, May 6, 2011; 6:00 pm

A performance of four short operas created by teenagers at Riverview Hospital for Children and Youth, a psychiatric hospital in Middletown; Harkness Auditorium, SHM, 333 Cedar St Details 

Biological Sciences Training Program (BSTP) in Psychiatry Seminar: "Exploring MiRNAs as potential Treatments and Biomarkers for Bipolar Illness"

Monday, May 9, 2011; 3:45 pm

Joshua Hunsberger, PhD; CMHC Rm W212, 34 Park St Details 

Psychiatry in India: What are the Challenges in Resource Poor Settings? 

Thursday, May 12, 2011; 5:30 pm

Vivek Phutane, MD; 300 George, 9th Fl, Small Conf Rm Details 

GRAND ROUNDS: "Depression and Heart Disease: Is There Gender-Specific Risk?"

Friday, May 13, 2011; 10:15 am

Viola Vaccarino, MD, PhD, Emory; CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St Details 

Book Launch: "Instant Influence: How to Get Anyone to Do Anything - Fast!"

Friday, May 13, 2011; 7:00 pm

Author: Michael V. Pantalon, PhD; The Study at Yale, 1157 Chapel St Details  

Psych & Muse: Creative Entanglements with the Science of the Soul

Ongoing through June 13, 2011

Exhibit on psychoanalysis and creative arts; Yale Beinecke Library, 121 Wall St  Details 

More upcoming Department events 

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