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Kids who get gifts of scratch lottery tickets gamble earlier 

Youngsters who receive instant lottery tickets as a gift tend to begin gambling earlier in life - a possible risk factor for more severe gambling disorders later, Yale School of Medicine researchers report in the journal Adolescent Health. Marc Potenza, MD, PhD, professor of psychiatry, child study, and neurobiology is senior author of the research. Read more 

The emerging biology of autism spectrum disorders

Researchers have identified a form of autism with epilepsy that may be treatable with a common nutritional supplement. The study is co-authored by Matthew State, MD, PhD, Donald J. Cohen Professor in the Child Study Center and professor of psychiatry and of genetics. Dr. State also co-authored an article arguing that researchers are now well positioned to unravel the pathology underlying autism spectrum disorders. Both pieces appear in Science. View the study / Read the article 

Pharmacological neuroimaging and computational modeling provide clues about large-scale brain systems

A team led by Yale researchers has used pharmacological neuroimaging and computational modeling to examine large-scale functional organization in the human brain. Their novel approach has yielded important insights about how disruption of a specific molecular signaling mechanism within neural systems may contribute to symptoms of schizophrenia. Alan Anticevic, PhD, associate research scientist in psychiatry and alum of the department's predoctoral internship in psychology, is lead author. Read more / View the study 

Study examines 5-factor PTSD model, combat-related concussion, and quality of life among veterans

Results of a recent study published in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry suggest that a novel 5-factor model of PTSD symptoms may provide greater specificity in understanding the relation between combat-related concussion and persistent postconcussive symptoms, PTSD symptoms, and health-related physical and mental quality of life in Iraq/Afghanistan veterans. Jack Tsai, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, is lead author. View the study 

Smoking bans in bars also curb alcohol abuse

Bans on smoking in bars and restaurants not only reduce tobacco-related illnesses but may also reduce alcohol abuse, a study by Yale School of Medicine researchers shows. Sherry McKee, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry, is senior author of the study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Read more / View the study 

Study links gene expression and therapeutic effects of lithium

A Yale research team measured the changing levels of gene activity in the blood of twenty depressed adult subjects with bipolar disorder before treatment, and then fortnightly once treatment with lithium carbonate had begun. Robert Beech, MD, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, is senior author. The new research is published in Biology of Mood & Anxiety Disorders. Read more / View the study 

Alcohol disorders: Practical tips from new research

According to the World Health Organization, alcohol use disorders have the highest morbidity and mortality burden worldwide and are associated with wide-reaching social problems. Yale Psychiatry alum Mark Niciu, MD, PhD and Ismene Petrakis, MD, professor of psychiatry, co-authored a recent Psychiatric Times article on the subject of alcohol use disorders. Read more 

"Bath salts"-induced psychosis and serotonin toxicity

The August 2012 issue of The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry presents the case of a 42-year-old woman who developed an acute psychotic reaction and serotonin toxicity after an episode of bath salts intoxication. This is likely the first report that describes such a connection, which can be a medical emergency. The case suggests further clinical investigation is required to categorize the effects of the multiple active compounds present in bath salts products. Pavle Joksovic, MD, a geriatric psychiatry fellow at Yale, is lead author. View the case report  

Larry Davidson receives Carl Rogers Award from Society for Humanistic Psychology

The Society for Humanistic Psychology, Division 32 of the American Psychological Association (APA), presented its 2012 Carl Rogers Award to Larry Davidson, PhD, professor of psychiatry at Yale and director of the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health. Read more 

Annual Clinical Innovation in Psychiatry honors announced

The Department of Psychiatry is pleased to announce the winners of its third annual Clinical Innovation in Psychiatry (CIIP) awards. The first place innovation is "The Citizenship Intervention" by Michael Rowe, PhD (left). The second place innovation is "Advisor-Teller Money Manager" by Marc Rosen, MD (right). These projects will be the subjects of a special Grand Rounds presentation on Friday, October 26th. Read more 

Researchers will deploy wireless sensors to collect real-time data on cocaine use

Cocaine addiction is a serious public health problem for which better treatments are needed. Advances in wearable sensors and smart phones are dramatically improving our ability to collect real-time data on individuals' health. A new project proposes to apply these technologies to our understanding of cocaine addiction to develop more effective and personalized treatment interventions. Robert Malison, MD, professor of psychiatry, is principal investigator. Read more 

Neuroscience Research Training Program grant is renewed

Yale Department of Psychiatry's Neuroscience Research Training Program (NRTP), now in its 15th year, is designed to meet the national goal of increasing the number of fully-trained psychiatric physician-scientists conducting clinical and translational patient-oriented research in mental health. The National Institute of Mental Health recently announced the renewal of NRTP's T32 training grant, which will fund the program through June of 2017. Read more 

Psychiatrists using Motivational Interviewing say it's a valuable treatment addition

The more people talk about changing their behavior, the more likely they are to actually do so, say therapists who use the technique of Motivational Interviewing. Carla Marienfeld, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry, and Bachaar Arnaout, MD, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry, discuss the subject in Psychiatric News. Read more 

The Science of Resilience

As scientists learn more about the complex interplay of genetics, development, cognition, environment, and neurobiology, it will be possible to develop behavioral, social and pharmacological interventions and training programs to enhance resilience to stress. Steven Southwick, MD, Greenberg Professor of Psychiatry, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Resilience, sums up the latest research on resilience for the Huffington Post. Read more 

Resident selected for APA/SAMHSA Minority Fellowship

Farah Rahiem, MD, fourth-year psychiatry resident at Yale School of Medicine, has been selected as a 2012-2013 American Psychiatric Association/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Minority Fellow. Dr. Rahiem has strong interests in spirituality and mental health, minority mental health, and refugee psychiatric care. View the full list of Fellows / Read more about the Fellowship 

Coffee for a good cause

Blue State Coffee opened recently on the campus of Yale's School of Medicine at Congress and Cedar. 2% of the store's proceeds for the next four months will go to local organizations. Use your token at purchase to vote for Connecticut Mental Health Center Foundation! The Foundation helps people in recovery sustain healthy and meaningful lives in the community. Spread the word on Facebook 

Alumni Spotlight

Yale Psychiatry alum appointed Vice Dean for Innovative Healthcare Technologies at University of South Carolina School of Medicine

Meera Narasimhan, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at University of South Carolina, has been appointed Vice Dean for Innovative Healthcare Technologies at the School of Medicine. Dr. Narasimhan completed her residency in psychiatry and a fellowship in neuroscience at Yale. Read more 

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In Memoriam 

Mary Arnstein

Mary Arnstein, an advocate for women's advancement and health issues and a pioneer in women's participation on public and private boards, died September 3, 2012, at 85. She and her husband, Dr. Robert L. Arnstein, moved to New Haven in 1952. Among many honors, Mrs. Arnstein was the first recipient of Women's Health Research at Yale's Women of Vision Award and the second woman elected to the board of trustees at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Read more 

Upcoming Psychiatry Grand Rounds

Friday, September 28, 2012; 10:15-11:45 am

Mothering from the Inside Out: A Parenting Program for At-Risk Mothers Based on Attachment Theory

Nancy Suchman, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Yale School Of Medicine

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St

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Friday, October 5, 2012; 10:15-11:45 am

Understanding Nicotine Addiction: Utilizing Translational Neuroimaging

Jean King, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Masachusetts

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St

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Friday, October 12, 2012; 10:15-11:45 am

LTP-Like Cortical Plasticity in Humans: View From Schizophrenia

Idil Cavus, MD, PhD, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Yale School of Medicine

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St

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Friday, October 19, 2012; 10:15-11:45 am

Elucidating the Mechanisms of Behavior Change Within Alcoholics Anonymous

John Kelly, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and Program Director of Addiction Recovery Management Service, Harvard Medical School

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St

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Friday, October 26, 2012; 10:15-11:45 am

Clinical Innovation in Psychiatry Honors 

Michael Rowe, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine; and Marc Rosen, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine.

First Place: Dr. Rowe, "The Citizenship Intervention;" Second Place: Dr. Rosen, "Advisor-Teller Money Manager;" Read more about these two programs. 

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St

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Grand Rounds video archive

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

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