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State Department Funds Study of Palestinian and Israeli Textbook Incitement Designed by Yale Psychiatry Professor 

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  Funded by the U.S. Department of State, American, Israeli and Palestinian researchers are studying incitement in Israeli and Palestinian textbooks. Above, a Palestinian classroom in Jericho. [Getty Images] 

The study, funded by a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State, was commissioned by the Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land (CRIHL), a Jerusalem-based consortium of senior Islamic, Jewish and Christian religious figures in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. The study seeks to provide the first rigorously empirical and objective analysis of how Palestinian and Israeli textbooks depict the "other."

"Our purpose is to help build a culture of peace there," said Bruce Wexler, the Yale University psychiatry professor who designed the study. "That is what the religious leadership council wants to do." The results will be released sometime at the end of this year or in early 2012. Read the full article in The Jewish Daily Forward 


No Benefit, More Side Effects With Injectable Risperidone
New England Journal of Medicine SealA study of more than 300 Veterans Affairs (VA) patients found injectable risperidone did not significantly decrease hospitalization rates or improve symptoms, social function, or quality of life compared with those treated with "clinicians' choice" of oral antipsychotics. Led by Yale Psychiatry's Robert Rosenheck, MD, the study recently appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine. Read more
Yale-New Haven's Psychiatry Specialty Ranked in Top 10

Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital has been ranked among the top in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report's annual "America's Best Hospitals." See the full ranking 

Welcome New Faculty and Residents

Yale ShieldThe Yale School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry is pleased to welcome new faculty and residents.

Meet our new faculty 

Meet our new residents 

Dr. Paul Kirwin Elected President of American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry for 2012-13 Term
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Paul Kirwin, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine, was recently elected president of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP). His one-year term as president begins in early 2012. Read more 

Special Advisor on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Mental Health Appointed
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Dr. John Krystal, Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, announces the appointment of Andrew Solomon, a prominent author and lecturer, as special advisor on issues of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender mental health. The appointment recognizes the growing perception of a serious gap in clinical and research support nationally in meeting the mental health needs of the LGBT community. Read more 

Talking Research with the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation

Krystal Headshot on White 162 x 100Dr. John Krystal, Yale Psychiatry Department Chair, recently spoke about research, advances in understanding the brain's biology, and the vital role of the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (formerly NARSAD). Read the Interview (PDF)

Leadership Program Hosts UK Mental Health Leader
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The Yale Leadership Program in Behavioral Health hosted a talk by Dr. Patrick Geoghegan, one of England's premier leaders in the field of mental health. The presentation, titled "Leading Healthcare Reform from the Front Line," was part of the program's intensive yearlong curriculum targeted to managers in Connecticut's mental health and addiction systems. Read more 

Department Establishes Voluntary Faculty Committee
VFC Preview PhotoThis year, the Department established a new committee charged with overseeing the range of activities that involve the 336 professionals that constitute its Voluntary (Clinical) Faculty. These Lecturers, Clinical Instructors, Assistant Clinical Professors, Associate Clinical Professors, and Clinical Professors contribute a range of critically important and highly valued functions. Read more


Residents Reflect on Global Mental Health Experiences
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Yale Psychiatry's new Global Mental Health Program capitalizes on the broad and diverse experiences of our faculty and residents. The program aims to increase awareness of global mental health issues and social disparities while developing tools to address associated challenges at home and abroad. Read more 

Yale Psychiatry Electives Open to Faculty and Alumni
Yale ShieldThe Department is pleased to announce nearly 30 electives that are open to faculty and alumni during the 2011-12 academic year. Review the full list and elective descriptions by downloading this booklet (PDF).


Alumni Spotlight

Connecting With Alumni, Wherever They Are

Social Media Groups LogoThe Department has launched a group on LinkedIn, the professional networking site. This is in addition to the Department's Facebook page and Twitter stream and is one more way for alumni, as well as current faculty, residents, staff, and students to stay in touch and benefit from the Department's extensive network. Please join us in these new conversations. Twitter  /  Facebook  /  LinkedIn 

Resident Grand Rounds

Resident Grand Rounds is a series of lectures organized by residents in the Department of Psychiatry. Faculty are invited to attend these important and timely sessions.

Breakfast and coffee will be served.

Friday, August 5, 2011; 10:15 am

Dragons Live Here, or DSM 5: A Report From the Front

Greenberg Color PhotoGary Greenberg, PhD; Psyhchotherapist and Author

Allen Frances, the lead editor of DSM IV, has described psychiatric diagnosis thusly: "You know those medieval maps? In the places where they didn't know what was going on, they wrote 'Dragons live here.' We have a Dragon's world here. But you wouldn't want to be without that map."

Dr. Gary Greenberg, who has interviewed the major DSM players extensively, and whose latest book will describe the process and politics of the creation of DSM 5, will discuss what the DSM revision is supposed to be accomplishing, the problems it is encountering, and the larger troubles afflicting psychiatric nosology and diagnosis.

Dr. Greenberg is a private practice therapist in New London. He is also a freelance journalist. His essays and features have appeared in Harper's, The New Yorker, The Nation, and Rolling Stone, among other magazines. He is the author of three books, most recently Manufacturing Depression: The Secret History of a Modern Disease.

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St

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Friday, August 12, 2011; 10:15 am

Your Very Flesh: A Glimpse into the World of the Tattooed

Andres Martin HeadshotAndres Martin MD, MPH; Professor of Psychiatry and in the Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine

During his fellowship training at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Martin explored the world of the tattooed: both as an aspiring studio photographer (since failed), and as an aspiring child and adolescent psychiatrist (moral of the story: keep your day job.) During this Resident Grand Rounds presentation, Martin will revisit this phase of his work, investigating how things (perhaps mostly himself) have changed in the intervening fifteen years.

Dr. Martin is co-editor (with Child Study Center director Fred R. Volkmar) of the fourth edition of Lewis's Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: A Comprehensive Textbook, of the forthcoming second edition of Pediatric Psychopharmacology: Principles and Practice, and (with Robert A. King) of Life Is with Others: Selected Writings in Child Psychiatry, which features essays by his late mentor and father-in-law, Dr. Donald J. Cohen. He also serves as editor-in-chief of the flagship Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St

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Biological Sciences Training Program in Psychiatry

Monday, August 15, 2011; 1:00-2:00 pm

Glutamate Transporter Expression in Schizophrenia

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CMHC W212, 34 Park St

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Grand Rounds

The Psychiatry Department's 2011-12 Grand Rounds series will begin Friday, September 9th.

Friday, September 9, 2011; 10:15 am

Neuronal Epigenome Mapping in Developing and Diseased Prefrontal Cortex

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CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St

Clinical Practice Seminar Series

The Department's Voluntary Faculty Committee (VFC) has organized a new monthly Clinical Practice Seminar Series with programming of interest to our voluntary (clinical) faculty as well as the Department at large. The series begins Friday, September 16th with a presentation by Dr. Robert Ostroff. Please check the Department's web calendar and weekly calendar emails for information about upcoming sessions.

These monthly seminars will be always be held before or after the Department's regular Grand Rounds, and continuing medical education credit will be provided.

All are invited to attend.

Friday, September 16, 2011; 12:00 noon-1:00 pm

Non-Pharmacological Aspects of Psychopharmacology

Robert Ostroff, MD; Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St

Annual Voluntary (Clinical) Faculty Dinner

SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, September 14, 2011; 6:30 pm

Annual Voluntary (Clinical) Faculty Dinner

Details to come

Union League Café, 1032 Chapel St

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