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Sidney J. Blatt, PhD addresses a standing-room-only crowd at a special Grand Rounds honoring his more than fifty years of service to Yale's Department of Psychiatry.

On December 16th, 2011, a standing-room-only crowd gathered to honor the contributions of Sidney Blatt, PhD to the Yale community. A member of the Department of Psychiatry faculty for more than five decades, Dr. Blatt served as Chief of the Department's Psychology Section until last year.

Peter Fonagy, PhD, Freud Professor of Psychoanalysis at University College London, and David Zuroff, PhD, Chair of the Department of Psychology at McGill University presented special Grand Rounds lectures. That afternoon, more than 120 guests toasted Dr. Blatt at a reception led by Peter Salovey, PhD, Yale University Provost.

Dr. Blatt will continue with the Department as Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Scientist. Read about Dr. Blatt's career and legacy. 

Adolescents who were abused and neglected have less gray matter in some areas of the brain than young people who have not been maltreated, a new Yale School of Medicine study shows. Hilary Blumberg, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry is senior author of the study. Read more 

Researchers, led by Deepak Cyril D'Souza, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, have published promising data that supports further exploration of Org 25935, a glycine transporter inhibitor, in the treatment of schizophrenia. The study, by authors affiliated with the Department, the Veterans Affairs Connecticut Healthcare System, and the Connecticut Mental Health Center, was featured in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology. Read more 

Study Suggests Effective Treatment for Vets with Dual Diagnosis of PTSD and Alcohol Dependence
Despite the relatively common diagnosis of PTSD and comorbid alcohol dependence among veterans, very little research into effective clinical therapies in these populations has been undertaken. Yale-led research suggests that despiramine, a norepinephrine uptake inhibitor, is as effective as current FDA-approved treatments for PTSD while achieving superior alcohol use outcomes. Ismene Petrakis, MD, Professor of Psychiatry is the lead author of the study. Read more


According to a new look at past antidepressant trials, up to a fifth of patients on Cymbalta and similar medications may actually do worse than those given drug-free placebo pills. Ralitza Gueorguieva, PhD, a researcher in Yale's Center for the Translational Neuroscience of Alcoholism is the study's lead author. Read more 

The Stressed Synapse

Mounting evidence suggests that acute and chronic stress, especially the stress-induced release of glucocorticoids, induces changes in the brain, thereby influencing some aspects of cognitive processing. Gerard Sanacora, MD, PhD, and others review new insights in Nature Reviews Neuroscience. Read more 

Scientists Receive Prestigious NIH Director's Award

James Leckman, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, and Bruce Wexler, MD, Senior Research Scientist and Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, are joint recipients of a prestigious NIH Director's Award. Their project explores an innovative and non-pharmacologic treatment for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Read more 

Krystal Installed as President of American College of Neuropsychopharmacology

John Krystal, MD, Robert L. McNeil Jr. Professor of Translational Research and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, was installed as president of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP), the nation's premier professional society studying the neurobiology and treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders. Read more 

Faculty Members Named Fellows of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine

The Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine has named Catherine Chiles, MD and Hochang Benjamin Lee, MD, as Fellows of the Academy. Fellowships are bestowed upon Academy members who manifest active participation as educators, researchers, or administrators in the fields of consultation-liaison psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine. Read more 

Yale Contingent Confronts Mental Illness Stigma in Nigeria

Despite a population of roughly 150 million, Nigeria has few trained psychiatrists -- roughly one psychiatrist for every million residents. Robert Rosenheck, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and addiction fellows Theddeus Iheanacho, MD and Carla Marienfeld, MD visited the country to get a firsthand look at the challenges facing mental health care. Read more

The Doctor as Poet

Aphasia, a poem by Noah Capurso, MD, first-year psychiatry resident, received an honorable mention from among more than 160 submissions to the Yale/University College London Medical Students Poetry Competition. The competition aimed to stimulate creativity and explore the commonality of experience amongst medical students. Read more / Read the poem at the New York Times web site

CMHC's ACT Team: In the Community

The Connecticut Mental Health Center's Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team provides services to clients wherever they are. Staff estimate that as many as 85% of ACT clients have a "dual diagnosis" of substance abuse and mental illness. These clients have typically not responded well to traditional outpatient treatment. Read more 

"Dr. Ruth" to be Honored at Neuroscience 2012 Symposium

Dr. Ruth Headshot 100x100"Dr. Ruth" Westheimer will be the featured speaker and honoree at the Yale Department of Psychiatry's annual Neuroscience Symposium. The event, geared towards the general public, will be held Saturday, March 31st, 2012. It is presented with the Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC), the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), and in association with the Connecticut chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Read more 

Third Annual Psychopharmacology Master Class

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 


New York Times: "After Drugs and Dark Times, Helping Others to Stand Back Up" 

"[P]eer support has just exploded; I have been in this field for 25 years, and I have never seen anything happen so quickly. Peers are living, breathing proof that recovery is possible, that it is real."

Larry Davidson, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Director, Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health at the Connecticut Mental Health Center

Books by Yale Psychiatry Faculty  

Marijuana and Madness (2nd Edition)

Co-edited by Deepak Cyril D'Souza, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine
The second edition of this critically acclaimed and award-winning text provides a comprehensive overview of the psychiatry and neuroscience of Cannabis sativa (marijuana). Read more 

Vultures at Twilight

Charles Atkins, MD, Lecturer in Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine
A novel, the first in a new mystery series, featuring two female sleuths. Read more 

Alumni Spotlight 

Alum Appointed Chair of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science at University of South Carolina

Meera Narasimhan, MD, DFAPA has been appointed Chair of University of South Carolina School of Medicine's Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science. She completed her residency in psychiatry and a fellowship in psychopharmacology at Yale University. Dr. Narasimhan is nationally recognized for her work on a telehealth initiative to improve access, affordability, quality and cost-effective care. Faculty profile 

Borderline Personality Disorder Expert Joins Clearview Women's Center Team

Charlie Swenson, MD, was named Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) trainer and program consultant at Clearview Women's Center for Borderline Personality Disorder in Venice Beach, CA. Dr. Swenson graduated from Yale Medical School in 1976. Staff profile 

SAVE THE DATE: Yale Reception at APA Annual Meeting    

UnionLeague,Philly,100x100Please 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. Registration for the APA 2012 Annual Meeting has begun.

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In Memoriam

Timothy Twito, MD 

Dr. Timothy Twito passed away peacefully in his home on December 24th, 2011. He practiced general psychiatry for nearly 25 years, first at Park Nicollet Clinic in Burnsville, MN and the last 10 years at Allina Medical Clinic in Northfield, MN. He attended Yale University for three years as a psychiatry resident. Chief Complaint by Timothy Twito, American Journal of Psychiatry, September 1, 2006

Upcoming Grand Rounds

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

Friday, January 13, 2012

No Grand Rounds

Friday, January 20, 2012; 10:15-11:45 am

Roots of Insufficient Sleep in Adolescents: is Depressed Mood a Risk and Do Genes Play a Role?

Mary Carskadon, PhD; Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown University & Director, Chronobiology and Sleep Research, Bradley Hospital

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St

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Friday, January 27, 2012; 10:15-11:45 am

On Syndemics and Strengths

Ronald Stall, PhD; Professor of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences and Professor of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, University of Pittsburgh

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St

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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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