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Clients and administrators of the Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC), pictured with special guests, celebrate the opening of CMHC's new Wellness Center. Read the full caption. Photo: Carl Kaufman

New Wellness Center to treat the body as well as the mind

One out of three people seeking mental health services at the Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC) can't identify their primary care doctor. Yet research has shown that people with serious mental illnesses have a higher prevalence of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other chronic health problems, and have a lifespan that, on average, is 25 years shorter than that of most Americans.

Yale, local, and state officials - including Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman - gathered at CMHC on February 25th to unveil a new Wellness Center they hope will begin to change those numbers. Community-based medical partner Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center will provide primary care services at the new Center together with CMHC staff. Read more 

Celebrating an expanded residency match

On Friday, March 15th, twenty-three residency applicants learned they will be continuing their training in psychiatry at Yale. This year, the department matched an expanded first-year class of sixteen instead of its typical twelve. Also, for the first time, second-year residents were recruited through the match. Robert Rohrbaugh, MD, professor of psychiatry and deputy chair for education and career development, is the residency program director. Read more 

Department's psychology internship selects class of 2014

The chief of the department's psychology section, Rajita Sinha, PhD, and its director of clinical training, Michael Hoge, PhD, are pleased to announce the 18 fellows who will join the department's psychology pre-doctoral internship program in July. This year, the program received a record 373 applications. Read more 

Binge drinking and your brain: Raising risk of dependence

The brains of chronically heavy drinkers have twice the capacity of those of light drinkers to consume a chemical that may add to impairment and some other effects of alcohol, Yale researchers have found. This added capacity may also increase the vulnerability to alcohol dependence, according to the study, which appears in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. Graeme Mason, PhD, professor of diagnostic radiology and of psychiatry, is senior author. Read more / View the study 

Action control is mediated by prefrontal BDNF and glucocorticoid receptor binding

Data published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggest a neurochemical basis for understanding concurrent cortical contributions to a stress-responsive cortico-striatal network that regulates action and motivation systems. Jane Taylor, PhD, Charles B.G. Murphy Professor of Psychiatry and professor of psychology, is senior author. View the study 

Defining a critical period for prevention of cardiovascular mortality in schizophrenia

A recent study suggests the first year of schizophrenia treatment constitutes the beginning of a critical period for primary prevention of premature cardiovascular mortality. Vinod Srihari, MD, associate professor of psychiatry, is lead author. Cenk Tek, MD, associate professor of psychiatry, is senior author. The study appears in Schizophrenia Research. View the study  

Use of naltrexone for alcohol use disorders in the Veterans Health Administration: A national study

A new study suggests that the rate of use of naltrexone by clinicians and patients in the Veterans Administration Healthcare system remains low. Theddeus Iheanacho, MBBS, assistant professor of psychiatry, is lead author. Robert Rosenheck, MD, professor of psychiatry and of public health, is senior author. The study appears in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. View the study 

Profile: Dr. James Comer - A psychiatrist's longtime commitment to PreK-12 education

James P. Comer, MD, the Maurice Falk Professor in the Child Study Center, professor of psychiatry, and associate dean for student affairs at Yale School of Medicine, is profiled in the Spring 2013 issue of American Educator. He is known internationally for his creation of the Comer School Development Program which promotes the collaboration of parents, educators and community to improve student development. Read more 

Chiles is elevated to Fellow of The American College of Psychiatrists

At this year's annual meeting of The American College of Psychiatrists, Catherine Chiles, MD, associate professor of psychiatry, was elevated to the status of Fellow. Fellowship in The College is an honor bestowed upon members who have demonstrated national leadership and who have made sustained and substantial contributions to the organization and in the field. Read more 

Corlett receives Rising Star Award for schizophrenia research

Philip Corlett, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, is the recipient of a 2013 Janssen / International Mental Health Research Organization Rising Star Translational Research Award. Dr. Corlett's project is titled "Potassium Channels and Prediction Error: Targeting Schizophrenia with Retigabine." Winners of the award are leaders of an independent research program and have a track record in a scientific field that can be applied to the study of the underlying mechanisms of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression. Read more / Video: Testing a Potential Schizophrenia Drug 

Tampi is geriatric psychiatry association's clinician of the year

Rajesh Tampi, MBBS, DMedSci, FAPA was named Clinician of the Year by the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry. Dr. Tampi is an associate clinical professor of psychiatry, the director of Masonicare Behavioral Health Services, and an attending psychiatrist at the Dorothy Adler Geriatric Assessment Center at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Read more 

Newtown hires mental health professional to serve community

In the aftermath of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the town of Newtown has retained the services of Jill L. Barron, MD, MHS, to serve as a trauma mental health advisor. Dr. Barron, a lecturer in psychiatry and the department's associate clerkship director, will ensure that mental health services are coordinated and delivered in the most effective and efficient manner to those most in need. Read more 

Mapmakers of the living human body

In psychiatry, imaging technologies like positron emission tomography (PET) have enabled some of the most critical discoveries in recent decades. Yale School of Medicine's state-of-the-art PET Center is continuing to advance our understanding of the brain. John H. Krystal, MD (top left), the Robert L. McNeil Jr. Professor of Translational Research and psychiatry department chair; Marc Potenza, MD, PhD (top right), professor of psychiatry, neurobiology, and in the Child Study Center; Evan Morris, PhD (bottom left), associate professor of diagnostic radiology, biomedical engineering, and psychiatry, and the Yale PET Center's co-director for imaging; and Kelly P. Cosgrove, PhD (bottom right), assistant professor of psychiatry; discuss the Center and the use of PET in their research. Read more 

Andrew Solomon will be special guest at Neuroscience 2013

Andrew Solomon will be the featured speaker at this year's Neuroscience symposium on Saturday, April 6th. Solomon is winner of the National Book Award, and author of The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression and Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity. He is also a special advisor on issues of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender mental health for Yale's Department of Psychiatry. Read more and register online 

Yale still #1 drug and alcohol abuse program

Once again, Yale School of Medicine has the top-ranked program for students interested in treating individuals with addictions, as evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. The magazine's annual "Best Medical Schools" list was released in March. See the rankings 

Alumni Spotlight

William and Benjamin Bunney will be honored at alumni reception

The Yale Department of Psychiatry will host a reception for its alumni at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association on Monday, May 20th at 6:00 pm in San Francisco, CA. Special guests William E. Bunney, Jr, MD (left) and Benjamin S. Bunney, MD (right) will be presented with the Yale Psychiatry Distinguished Alumni Award. We hope you will be able to join us! More details and RSVP online. 

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In Memoriam

Donna K. Diers

Donna Diers, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Annie W. Goodrich Professor Emerita in the Yale School of Nursing, sixth dean of the School, and American Academy of Nursing Living Legend, died on February 24 at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She was 74. Dr. Diers was a staff nurse at Yale Psychiatric Institute (1960-62) and joined the Yale School of Nursing faculty as a lecturer in psychiatric nursing in 1964. Read more 

Martin Colodzin

On Tuesday, February 12, 2013, physicist, noted psychiatrist, and life-long scholar Martin Colodzin '59MD passed away. He leaves his wife, Louise Colodzin; children Robin Colodzin, Michelle Colodzin, and Daryl and Gene Gincherman; and grandchildren Maya and Ella Gincherman. Read more 

Photo Album

Photo 1: Match Day 2013: Yale medical student Judah Weathers (right) with David Ross, MD, PhD (left), assistant professor and associate program director of the department's residency program, on Match Day. In June, Weathers will join the Solnit integrated residency in child and adult psychiatry. Photo credit: Susan Sansone

Photo 2: Enjoying the season: Deborah Fried, MD, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Yale, showshoes after Winter Storm Nemo.

Continuing Education Opportunities 

April 30, 2013: "2nd Annual Course on the Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Related Conditions"

This course will address the phenomenology, neurobiology, life-course, and treatment of OCD, as well as Tourette syndrome, hoarding disorder, and body dysmorphic disorder. Christopher Pittenger, MD, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, in the Child Study Center, and of Psychology at Yale, and director of the Yale OCD Research Clinic, is course director. This CME course is approved for a maximum of 3.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits (TM). Details and register 

May 10, 2013: "9th Annual Yale NEA-BPD Conference: Borderline Personality Disorder and Managing Related Cognitive Challenges"

This conference will address difficulties managing cognitive challenges that can complicate the lives and treatment of individuals diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. Seth R. Axelrod, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry at Yale and IOP DBT/DBT-SUD Team Leader at Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital, is the conference co-director. This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers - Connecticut for 6.5 Continuing Education contact hours. This activity has been submitted to the Connecticut Nurses' Association for approval to award 6.5 contact hours. The Connecticut Nurses' Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Details and register 

Upcoming Psychiatry Grand Rounds

Friday, April 5, 2013; 10:15-11:45 am

Major Depressive Disorder in Pregnancy, Antidepressant Treatment and Their Impact on Birth Outcomes

Kimberly Ann Yonkers, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, and of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases); Director, PMS and Perinatal Psychiatric Research Program

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St

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Friday, April 12, 2013; 10:15-11:45 am

Revisioning Psychiatry: Cultural Phenomenology and Critical Neuroscience

Laurence Kirmayer, MD, James McGill Professor and Director, Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, McGill University

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St

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Friday, April 19, 2013; 10:15-11:45 am

The Yochelson Lecture: "Three Faces of Justice: Philosophical Forensic Psychiatry"

Gwen Adshead, MBBS, Forensic Psychotherapist, Broadmoor Hospital, Berkshire, UK

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St

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Friday, April 26, 2013; 10:15-11:45 am

Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD: Where We Are Now, and What's Next

Patricia Resick, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and of Psychology, Boston University & Director of Women's Health Sciences, National Center for PTSD, VA Boston Health Care

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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