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This year's residency graduates pictured with departmental and residency leadership. Photo: Jerry Domian

Faculty, residents, and staff honored at residency commencement

The department's Resident and Fellow Commencement was held on June 7th at Davenport Residential College to mark the graduation of 15 residents and 22 fellows. At this annual ceremony, the department announced recipients of national and departmental awards. Read more 

The Predoctoral Internship in Clinical and Community Psychology class of 2013. Photo: Bill Sacco

Psychology Section graduates trainees, announces faculty awards

On Tuesday, June 4th, the department's Psychology Section celebrated the graduation of 21 trainees who completed their Predoctoral Internship in Clinical and Community Psychology. The Section also announced awards for full-time and voluntary (clinical) faculty. Read more 

No money for diapers: A depressing reality for poor mothers

Low-income mothers who cannot afford diapers are also more likely to report symptoms of depression and anxiety. Megan Smith, DrPH, assistant professor of psychiatry, in the Child Study Center and of epidemiology, is first author of the study which appears in the journal Pediatrics. This is the first peer-reviewed study to quantify diaper need, propose a method to measure diaper need, and explore psychosocial variables associated with diaper need in a large sample of urban, low-income families. Read more / View the study 

Nicotinic receptor essential for cognition and mental health

In a new study, Yale researchers pinpoint key molecular actions of proteins that allow the creation of mental representations necessary for higher cognition that are genetically altered in schizophrenia. The study appears in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Marina Picciotto, PhD, Charles B.G. Murphy Professor of Psychiatry and professor in the Child Study Center, of neurobiology and of pharmacology, is an author. Read more / View the study 

Brain disruption illustrates similarities between mental illnesses

A specific brain disruption is present both in individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia and those with bipolar disorder, adding to evidence that many mental illnesses have biological similarities. The brain activity patterns reported in Cerebral Cortex may serve as important biomarkers for diagnostic classification of complex psychiatric illnesses. Alan Anticevic, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, is lead author. Read more / View the study 

Delusional states appear to strengthen memory formation

Utilizing brain imaging techniques, Yale investigators probed the persistence of delusions, which often endure in the face of contradicting evidence. The results of their study, published in PLOS ONE, suggest that being in a delusional state can strengthen the formation of both positive and negative memories. Philip Corlett, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, is the study's lead author. Read more / View the study 

Commentary: Pot-smoking and the schizophrenia connection

Samuel Wilkinson, MD, a second-year psychiatry resident, writes about the link between marijuana use and the development of schizophrenia and related disorders. The commentary appears in the Wall Street Journal. Read more 

Hansen to head Department of Health Promotion and Behavior at University of Georgia

Nathan Hansen, PhD, who until recently was an associate professor of psychiatry, will head University of Georgia's Department of Health Promotion and Behavior. Hansen served as director of HIV prevention and mental health research at The Consultation Center and director of the Development Core of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS at Yale University. Read more 

Petrakis selected for medical leadership program

Ismene Petrakis, MD, professor of psychiatry, has been selected to participate in the 2013 Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program. The program trains women for academic health science leadership roles in an attempt to address the gender gap at the nation's medical schools. Dr. Petrakis serves as director of Yale's addiction psychiatry fellowship and of Mental Health Services at the VA Connecticut Healthcare system. Read more 

Forensic psychiatry volume takes prize

The Psychiatric Report: Principles and Practice of Forensic Writing, edited by Alec Buchanan, MD, PhD (left) and Michael Norko, MD, MAR (right), has won the Manfred S. Guttmacher Award from the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. Buchanan and Norko are both associate professors of psychiatry. Read more 

Projects explore new uses for failed drugs

Two new research programs will receive grants under a federal program designed to take drugs that have had disappointing therapeutic results in one disease and investigate their use in different diseases. John H. Krystal, MD, the Robert L. McNeil Jr. Professor of Translational Research and psychiatry department chair, will lead one project. Christopher Van Dyck, MD, professor of psychiatry, is a co-investigator on a second project. Read more 

App uses mindfulness training research to help smokers quit

Research by Judson Brewer, MD, PhD into mindfulness training and how the technique can help smokers quit is now available as a mobile app. Craving to Quit, available on the iPad and iPhone, was developed by goBlue Labs. goBlue Labs was founded by Brewer, an assistant professor of psychiatry and the medical director of the Yale Therapeutic Neuroscience Clinic. Read more 

All about obsessive-compulsive disorder

Physicians from the Yale OCD Research Clinic share the causes, nature, symptoms, and treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Christopher Pittenger, MD, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry and assistant professor in the Child Study Center and of psychology, is the director of the OCD Research Clinic. Read more / Follow @YaleOCDResearch on Twitter 

Preparing low-income students for college success

The Yale-Bridgeport GEAR UP partnership is designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to succeed in postsecondary education. Nadia Ward, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, is the local GEAR UP project director. Recently, an alumna of the Yale-Bridgeport GEAR UP program was chosen to participate in the inaugural GEAR UP Alumni Leadership Academy. Read more / Yale-Bridgeport GEAR Up website 

Demystifying mental health services at Yale

Borislav Meandzija, MD, chief of Yale Health's Behavioral Health Department and Cheryl Doebrick, PhD, manager of Yale Health's Behavioral Health Department, discuss Yale University's Counseling and Support Services program. Both Meandzija and Doebrick are assistant clinical professors of psychiatry. Read more 

Department welcomes new Director of Education Administration

Please help us welcome Jamie Divine-Cadavid, MPS who recently joined the department as the Director of Education Administration. In this role she will oversee the administration of the department's medical education programs with special responsibility for the residency program. Divine-Cadavid has worked for ten years in medical education. Read more 

In Memoriam

R. Andrew Sewell, MD

R. Andrew Sewell, MD passed away unexpectedly on July 21, 2013. Sewell, who was an assistant professor of psychiatry, conducted research into the role of cannabinoids in extinction learning and the application of cannabinoids in the treatment of PTSD. He was actively involved in the VA Connecticut Healthcare System community. Read more 

Charles W. Gardner, Jr., MD

Charles W. Gardner, Jr., MD died in July after a brief illness at age 88. Dr. Gardner was a retired professor of psychiatry at Yale and retired medical director of the Yale Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Gardner grew up in Fairfield, CT and received his psychiatric training at Yale. Read more / Read an appreciation submitted by Dr. Richard Kravitz 

William M. Glazer, MD

William M. Glazer, MD passed away on June 24, 2013. Dr. Glazer was an active member of the department's faculty from 1978-2000, rising to the level of associate professor. Dr. Glazer also served on the faculty of Harvard University, where he was an associate clinical professor of psychiatry and was affiliated with the Massachusetts General Hospital. Read more 

Herbert Allison, Jr.

We are saddened to report the passing of Herbert Allison, Jr., a friend of the department and the Yale Child Study Center. In addition to his generous support of fundamental research into childhood anxiety disorders, Allison was influential in decreasing the stigma of these disorders by discussing his own struggles with debilitating anxiety attacks as a young man. Read more / Read the New York Times obituary 

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