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Yale researchers found that experienced meditators had decreased activity in areas of the brain which have been implicated in lapses of attention and disorders such as anxiety, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, and even the buildup of plaques in Alzheimer's disease.

How Brains Benefit from Meditation

New brain imaging research suggests meditation can switch off areas of the brain associated with psychiatric disorders. Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, is the lead author of the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Other Yale authors include Patrick Worhunsky, Jeremy Gray and Hedy Kober.

"Meditation's ability to help people stay in the moment has been part of philosophical and contemplative practices for thousands of years," Brewer said. "Conversely, the hallmarks of many forms of mental illness is a preoccupation with one's own thoughts, a condition meditation seems to affect. This gives us some nice cues as to the neural mechanisms of how it might be working clinically."

The research was funded by the National Institutes of Health and U.S. Veterans Affairs New England Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center. The work of one researcher was partially funded by the Yale Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) grant from the National Center for Research Resources at the National Institutes of Health. Read more 

Leading PET Imaging Expert Returns to Yale
Laruelle,Marc,Headshot,100x100Brain scan expert Marc Laruelle, MD will re-join Yale Psychiatry's faculty, heading the Department's Division of Neuroimaging Research as well as the Laboratory of Molecular Neuroimaging in the Clinical Neuroscience Division of the VA National Center for PTSD. Read more


Faculty Member Appointed Chief of Psychology at VA Connecticut Healthcare System

Martino,Steve,Headshot,100x100Following a nationwide search, Steve Martino, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Yale, has been appointed the Chief of Psychology for the VA Connecticut Healthcare System. The VA's Psychology Service includes 49 psychologists, two well-respected predoctoral training programs, clinical and research postdoctoral training programs, and opportunities for research, education and national service. Read more 

At STEP, Early Intervention is Key 

Srihari,Vinod,Headshot,100x100Specialized Treatment for Early Psychosis (STEP) is a multi-disciplinary outpatient clinic at the Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC) that provides comprehensive care for individuals early in the course of a psychotic illness. Director Vinod Srihari, MD and his research team are studying the effectiveness of STEP care against what researchers call "treatment as usual." Read more 


The Substance Abuse Treatment Unit (SATU) at Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC), offers a simple five-point ear acupuncture protocol to all of its clients. Acupuncture, says Katurah Bryant, RN, LMFT, Associate Director of the Unit, "is one tool in the tool belt for recovery." Read more 

Helping Mothers with Mental Illness

Daryn David, PhD, a Postdoctoral Fellow in Yale's Psychiatry Department, hopes to help mothers with mental illness get additional support, thanks to an American Psychological Foundation early career grant and a partnership with Connecticut's Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Read more 

New Light Box Design to Treat Seasonal Affective Disorder  Submitted to FDA for Review 


Paul Desan, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Yale's Winter Depression Research Clinic, recently submitted a design for a new version of a light box, one of the most popular treatments for Seasonal Affective Disorder, to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Read more 

Residents Screen Films to Start Conversations About Psychiatry

Cinema and Psychiatry, a resident-led group within Yale's Department of Psychiatry, seeks to enrich resident education through the experience of interpreting, discussing, and enjoying films. Films have ranged from comedic to tragic, and discussions have encompassed psychosis, suicide, child development, substance use, transference and psychotherapy, history of psychiatry, gender dynamics, and the narrative form. Read more 

Third Annual Psychopharmacology Master Class Announced

The Yale Department of Psychiatry will host its 3rd Annual Psychopharmacology Master Class on Friday, January 13, 2012. The latest advances in the treatment of psychosis, depression, impulse control disorders, pervasive developmental disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and smoking cessation will be presented. Read more / Register 

Department Mourns Loss of Brain Stimulation Research Pioneer

Jose M.R. Delgado, MD, PhD, a groundbreaking pioneer in brain-stimulation research, passed away on September 5th at the age of 96. His work paved the way for the development of deep brain stimulation treatments for psychiatric disorders, including depression and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Dr. Delgado served as Director of Neuropsychiatry and Professor of Physiology at the Yale School of Medicine. Read more 

Six Get Copy of Inside Public Psychiatry by 'Following' Yale Psychiatry

TwitterFBLILogosIn honor of CMHC's 45th anniversary, six individuals following Yale Psychiatry on social media were randomly selected to receive a copy of Inside Public Psychiatry by Dr. Selby Jacobs. Congrats to lucky Twitter followers Tamara Robinson, Elyse Springer and Ehab Youssef; Facebook connections Ilan Harpaz-Rotem and Elizabeth Rathbun; and LinkedIn group member Olumide Oluwabusi!

Books by Yale Psychiatry Faculty  

Health Policy and Ethics

Co-authored by Robert Rohrbaugh, MD, Professor and Deputy Chair for Education and Career Development, Department of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine
Explores the utility of healthcare law, policy and professional standards in analyzing the ethical issues that arise in the provision of health services. Read more 

Resilience and Mental Health: Challenges Across the Lifespan

Co-edited by Steven Southwick, MD, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine
Each of this book's five sections examines relevant concepts, spanning from factors that contribute to and promote resilience, to populations and societal systems in which resilience is employed, to specific applications and contexts of resilience and interventions designed to better enhance resilience. Read more 

Alumni Spotlight 

SAVE THE DATE: Yale Reception at APA Annual Meeting    

UnionLeague,Philly,100x100Please plan to join Yale Psychiatry at the American Psychiatric Association's 2012 Annual Meeting. At our reception, Aaron Beck, MD, Yale Medical School graduate and father of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), will be presented the Distinguished Alumni Award. The event will be held on Monday, May 7th, 2012 at the Union League of Philadelphia. More details will be forthcoming. Early bird registration for the APA 2012 Annual Meeting has already begun.

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Upcoming Grand Rounds

Please visit the Department's web calendar for more upcoming events.

Friday, December 9, 2011; 10:15 am

Links Between Trauma, Alcohol Use Disorders, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Women

Sartor,Carolyn,Headshot,100x100Carolyn Sartor, PhD; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Yale School Of Medicine

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St

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Friday, December 16, 2011; *10:00 am*

A Special Grand Rounds Honoring Sidney J. Blatt, PhD

Peter Fonagy, PhD; Freud Professor of Psychoanalysis, University College London

David Zuroff, PhD; Chair, Department of Psychology, McGill University

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St

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Friday, December 23, 2011

No Grand Rounds

Friday, December 30, 2011

No Grand Rounds

Grand Rounds video archive

The Department's web site includes videos of past Grand Rounds presentations. Talks will be added as they are digitized.

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