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A day in the life of a Yale psychiatry resident

In their own words, seven residents in the Yale Department of Psychiatry share a typical day, why they chose to train at Yale, and their favorite New Haven activities. Representing all four postgraduate years as well as the Neuroscience Research Training Program, their perspectives provide important insight into why the department attracts the top applicants to its training program. Read more 

Yale-New Haven Hospital acquisition of Hospital of Saint Raphael creates state's largest provider of psychiatric services

At midnight on September 12, 2012, Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH) officially acquired the assets of the Hospital of Saint Raphael to become a single 1,541-bed hospital with two campuses. The acquisition makes YNHH the fourth-largest hospital in the country and the largest provider of psychiatric services in Connecticut. Read more 

State to become next chair of psychiatry at UCSF

Matthew State, MD, PhD, has been appointed the next chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco effective March 18, 2013. Dr. State is currently the Donald J. Cohen Professor in the Child Study Center, professor of psychiatry and of genetics, and deputy chair for research in Yale's Department of Psychiatry. A recent review suggests that Dr. State will be the 30th psychiatry department chair to emerge from Yale. Read more  

Using our knowledge of alcohol-tobacco interactions to reduce alcohol use

A new review by Sherry McKee, PhD (left), associate professor of psychiatry, and Andrea Weinberger, PhD (right), assistant professor of psychiatry, discusses alcohol and tobacco comorbidity and how knowledge of alcohol and tobacco interactions can be used to reduce alcohol use. The review appears in the Annual Review of Clinical Psychology. View the article 

The default network's role in cognition and disease

An article published in Trends in Cognitive Sciences discusses the role of the brain's default-mode network in health and disease. Alan Anticevic, PhD (right), associate research scientist in psychiatry, is lead author. John H. Krystal, MD (left), the Robert L. McNeil Jr. Professor of Translational Research and department chair, is senior author. View the article 

New explanation for cognitive problems of Parkinson's patients

A study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that a depletion of a class of dopamine-producing neurons occurring in the prefrontal cortex may help explain cognitive problems associated in late stage Parkinson's. Ralph DiLeone, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry and of neurobiology, is senior author. Read more / View the study 

Probing the differences between odd beliefs and delusions

Beliefs that are bizarre and seemingly unsupported by evidence are referred to as delusions and are a hallmark of the most severe mental illnesses. Yet, it is possible to hold perfectly sane beliefs that others might regard as irrational. New brain imaging data published in Neuropsychologia suggests that while odd beliefs and delusions may exist on a continuum, the extent to which a belief evokes stress could be a crucial distinction. Philip Corlett, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, is the study's lead author. Read more / View the study 

Pietrzak honored by International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Robert H. Pietrzak, PhD, MPH, assistant professor of psychiatry and a research psychologist with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, has received the 2012 Chaim and Bela Danieli Young Professional Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. The award recognizes excellence in the traumatic stress field by an individual who has completed his or her training within the last five years. Read more 

Yale postdocs support student research in social and behavioral sciences and public health

Christina Campbell, PhD, and Cindy Huang, PhD, served as judges of research presentations at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, a conference designed to encourage under-represented minority students to pursue advanced training in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. Both fellows are affiliated with the department's Division of Prevention and Community Research. Read more 

Connecticut Mental Health Center embraces citizenship

This fall, a non-partisan voter registration drive at the Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC) helped members of the CMHC community register to vote. Success on the fourth floor inpatient unit fostered pride, built community, and hinted at a link between recovery and citizenship. Read more 

Connecticut Mental Health Center is opening venue for acclaimed "Home Tour"

Live music sounded at Connecticut Mental Health Center on December 5 as The Home Tour, a nationally acclaimed musical celebration, took the stage. The Home Tour, the creation of singer/songwriter Mary McBride, brings concerts to people with limited access or resources to hear live music. The Home Tour has partnered with Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy and several State agencies to launch the tour in seven cities across Connecticut. Read more 

Yale to host 3rd International Conference on Applications of Neuroimaging to Alcoholism (ICANA-3)

ICANA-3 will be held February 16-18, 2013 at the Yale School of Medicine. Cutting-edge functional and molecular neuroimaging and clinical correlates will be highlighted. Sessions will combine a focus on neuroimaging methodology and applications to alcoholism research. John H. Krystal, MD, the Robert L. McNeil Jr. Professor of Translational Research and chair of Yale's Department of Psychiatry is the conference chair. Register and submit a poster abstract 

Alumni Spotlight

Faculty alumnus is elected 2014 president of the American Psychological Association

Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD, ABPP, Emory University professor and chief psychologist of Atlanta's Grady Health System, has been elected 2014 president of the American Psychological Association. Before joining the faculty at Emory, Kaslow was an assistant professor of psychiatry and in the Child Study Center at Yale (1984-87), and a lecturer in Yale's Department of Psychology (1987-90). Read more 

Residency alumnus is appointed chair of psychiatry at Brown

Steven Rasmussen, MD, MMS, a clinician and scientist widely known for his research in developing circuit-based neuromodulatory treatments for psychiatric disorders, will serve as the new chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University beginning January 1, 2013. Dr. Rasmussen completed his residency in psychiatry at Yale in 1983. Read more 

Recent alumnus pens case report: "My Dual Obligation as Psychiatric Resident and Aspiring Clinical Researcher"

Mark Niciu, MD, PhD, a recent graduate of Yale's psychiatry residency and the Neuroscience Research Training Program, authored a case report about his time in the depression research clinic. He describes an instance in which his dual roles as a resident and clinical investigator posed a particular challenge. The case report appears in the Residents' Journal. Read more (PDF) 

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In Memoriam

Louis B. Fierman, MD

Louis B. Fierman, MD, an innovator in the field of psychotherapy and psychiatry, a longtime associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Yale, former chief of psychiatry at the West Haven Veterans Administration Medical Center, past president of the Connecticut Psychiatric Society, and medical director of Elmcrest Psychiatric Institute in Portland, CT, and of Psychotherapy Associates in New Haven, CT, died on November 7, 2012 at the age of 90. Read more 

Photo Album

November 6, 2012 - A reception in honor of Dr. Marina Picciotto on her election to the Institute of Medicine  

Photo 1: (left to right) John H. Krystal, MD, the Robert L. McNeil Jr. Professor of Translational Research and psychiatry department chair; Marina Picciotto, PhD, the Charles B. G. Murphy Professor of Psychiatry, professor of neurobiology and of pharmacology, and assistant chair for basic research in Yale's Department of Psychiatry; Robert J. Alpern, MD, the Ensign Professor of Medicine and dean of Yale School of Medicine; Pietro De Camilli, MD, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Cell Biology and professor of neurobiology. Photo credit: Terry Dagradi

Photo 2: (left to right) Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program (INP) graduate students Mary Burke, Seth Taylor, Cali Calarco, and Emily Einstein; Marina Picciotto, PhD; Margreet Plantenga, postgraduate fellow in psychiatry; Yann Mineur, MSc, PhD, associate research scientist in psychiatry; Yonwoo Jung, INP graduate student; Samantha Sheppard, research technician; and Sam Blakeman, postgraduate associate in psychiatry. Photo credit: Terry Dagradi

Upcoming Psychiatry Grand Rounds

Friday, December 7, 2012; 10:15-11:45 am

Evaluation of Mental Health Systems: Report Cards to Dashboards and Back

Rani Hoff, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and of Epidemiology, Yale School of Medicine

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St

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Friday, December 14, 2012; 10:15-11:45 am

Exploring the Large-Scale Architecture of the Human Brain

Randy Buckner, PhD, Professor of Psychology and of Neuroscience, Harvard University

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St

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Friday, December 21, 2012

No Grand Rounds

Friday, December 28, 2012

No Grand Rounds

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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