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On Friday, April 4th, Nadine Kaslow, PhD, president of the American Psychological Association, delivered Grand Rounds and presented presidential citations to two professors in the department. Above left: Kaslow with Stephanie O'Malley, PhD, professor and deputy chair for clinical research in psychiatry. Above right: Kaslow with Robert Kerns, PhD, professor of psychiatry, of neurology, and of psychology. Kaslow is a tenured professor and vice chair for faculty development in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Emory University and chief psychologist at Grady Memorial Hospital. Prior to joining Emory, Dr. Kaslow was an assistant professor of psychiatry, in the Child Study Center, and of pediatrics at Yale. 

Nineteen trainees match into Yale psychiatry residency programs

On Friday, March 21st, nineteen individuals learned they would be joining residency programs affiliated with Yale Psychiatry. The department's newest residents, representing a broad diversity of backgrounds and interests, will join the program in June 2014. 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 2015

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 17 fellows who will join the department's psychology doctoral internship program in July. Read more 

Review: A golden age for psychiatry is at hand

Psychiatry is on the verge of a golden age, according to a review by John Krystal, MD (left), the Robert L. McNeil Jr. Professor of Translational Research, professor of neurobiology, and chair of psychiatry at Yale, and Matthew State, MD, PhD (right), a faculty alumnus of Yale who is now chair of psychiatry at University of California-San Francisco. The review appears in Cell. Read more / View the article 

How age opens the gates for Alzheimer's

With advancing age, highly-evolved brain circuits become susceptible to molecular changes that can lead to neurofibrillary tangles - a hallmark of Alzheimer's Disease, Yale researchers report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. A number of authors are affiliated with the department including first author Becky Carlyle, PhD, postdoctoral associate in psychiatry, and Angus Nairn, PhD, Charles B. G. Murphy Professor of Psychiatry and professor of pharmacology. Read more / View the article 

Levels of key brain chemicals predict children's reading ability

Reading-impaired young children have higher levels of the metabolites glutamate and choline in their brains, and these higher levels continue to be indicative of difficulties in developing typical reading and language skills, a Yale study has found. Graeme Mason, PhD, professor of diagnostic radiology and of psychiatry, is a co-author. The study appears in the Journal of Neuroscience. Read more / View the article 

Polypharmacy reduction in youth leads to positive treatment outcomes and cost savings

A study appearing in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology indicates that comprehensive treatment can lead to significant reductions in polypharmacy, and positive short- and longer-term treatment outcomes. Judicial prescribing also resulted in significant cost reduction. Pieter Joost van Wattum, MD, associate clinical professor in the Child Study Center and of psychiatry, and a consultant for the Children's Center of Hamden, is lead author. View the article 

Faculty elected to Conn. Academy of Science and Engineering

The Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering announced the election of 50 of Connecticut's leading experts in science, engineering, and technology to membership in the Academy, including Stephanie O'Malley, PhD (left); Jane Taylor, PhD (right); and Fred Volkmar, MD. Read more (PDF)

Steinfeld receives early career award from American Psychological Association's Division of Psychoanalysis

Matthew Steinfeld, PhD has been named an Early Career Professional Scholar by the Division of Psychoanalysis (Division 39) of the American Psychological Association. Steinfeld is an instructor in psychiatry affiliated with the department's Psychology Section, and is the associate director of clinical training at the Substance Abuse Treatment Unit of the Connecticut Mental Health Center. Read more 

Connecticut Magazine names "Top Docs" in psychiatry

Connecticut Magazine asked doctors from across Connecticut: "To whom would you send a loved one in need of medical care?" Doctors from 31 specialties were named, including nine psychiatrists affiliated with Yale's Department of Psychiatry. Read more 

Assessing scientific teaching practices and their impact on students

Yale investigators will lead a $2.8 million, four-year effort to assess scientific teaching practices and their impact on student achievement. The project will evaluate the effectiveness of the National Academies Summer Institutes faculty development program. Mark Graham, PhD, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry and evaluation director at the Center for Scientific Teaching at Yale, is co-principal investigator of the grant. Read more 

Take 5: Dr. James F. Leckman, child psychiatrist

James F. Leckman, MD, the Neison Harris Professor in the Child Study Center, and professor of psychiatry, of psychology, and of pediatrics, is noted for his research on Tourette's syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and other related childhood onset neuropsychiatric disorders. Take 5 offers a brief introduction to Yale faculty members in a Q&A format. Read more 

A call to regulate the sale and marketing of e-hookahs to minors

Toll,Ben,Headshot,100x100 At a recent press conference, Benjamin Toll, PhD (pictured), associate professor of psychiatry in the department's psychology section and director of the Smoking Cessation Service of Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, joined U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro to call for regulations that prevent the sale and marketing of electronic hookahs to minors. Read more 

Meeting the mental health needs of refugee students

Refugees face many challenges after resettling in a new country and it can be especially hard for children. On Saturday, April 5th, Yale hosted a conference for educators to learn about ways to help refugee students adjust. One of the conference organizers was Aniyizhai Annamalai, MBBS, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry and of medicine. Dr. Annamalai is also director of the Yale Refugee Clinic. Read more / WNPR interview 

How neurofeedback helps patients tamp down their fears

Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, adjunct assistant professor of psychiatry, and Michelle Hampson, PhD, an assistant professor of diagnostic radiology affiliated with the Yale OCD Research Clinic, are using real-time fMRI and what's known as neurofeedback to try to teach people how to control brain activity and combat such problems as anxiety, addiction, Tourette syndrome, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Read more 

Neuroscience 2014 to feature Journey Through Madness author

Elyn Saks, JD '86, PhD, author of The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness and the Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law, Psychology, and Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at University of Southern California Gould School of Law, will be the featured speaker and awardee at Neuroscience 2014 on Saturday, April 26th. Details and RSVP online 

In Memoriam

Sherwin Nuland, MD

Sherwin B. Nuland, MD, a surgeon, mental health advocate, and author of How We Die, passed away last month at his home in Hamden, Conn. He was 83. From 1962 until 1991, Nuland was a clinical professor of surgery at Yale, where he also taught bioethics and medical history. He was a surgeon at Yale-New Haven Hospital from 1962 to 1992. Nuland often wrote and spoke about mental health issues, including his own experience with severe depression. Read more / Video featuring Dr. Nuland 

Books by Faculty

More than a Monologue: Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church

This volume of essays explores dimensions of ministry, ethics, theology, and law related to a range of LGBTQ concerns, including Catholic teaching, its reception among the faithful, and the Roman Catholic Church's significant role in world societies. Edited by Michael A. Norko, MD, MAR, associate professor of psychiatry. Read more 

Smart but Stuck: Emotions in Teens and Adults with ADHD

Smart but Stuck features 15 true stories about intelligent, capable teens and adults who have gotten "stuck" at school, work, and/or in social relationships because of their ADHD. The book is authored by Thomas E. Brown, PhD, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry. Read more 

Alumni Spotlight

Henry Jarecki will be honored at alumni reception

Yale Psychiatry will host a reception for its alumni at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association on Monday, May 5th at 6:00 pm at the Yale Club of New York City. At the event, special guest Henry Jarecki, MD will be presented with the Yale Psychiatry Distinguished Alumni Award. Jarecki is an adjunct professor of psychiatry at Yale and has founded and led a number of trading, investment, technology, and biotechnology companies. Read more about Dr. Jarecki / RSVP online 

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Continuing Medical Education

May 2, 2014: Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Related Conditions

Participants will review diagnostic criteria and typical presentation of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related conditions, and identify standard-of-care pharmacotherapy and psychotherapeutic approaches for these conditions. Christopher Pittenger, MD, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry and director of the Yale OCD Research Clinic, is the course director. Read more and register online 

May 9, 2014: "Advances in Treatment and Support for Borderline Personality Disorder: A Decade of Developments"

This year's conference will address advances in the assessment and treatment of individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder over the past 10 years. The conference will address psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, and consumer and family member perspectives. Emily Ansell, PhD, an assistant professor of psychiatry affiliated with the department's Psychology Section, is co-director. Read more and register online 

May 16-17, 2014: Riggs-Yale Conference on Partnerships, Parenting, and Family Systems

In a series of clinical and research presentations, this conference will examine how early adversity shapes a developmental trajectory that leads to physical, psychological, and family problems across generations. Thomas McMahon, PhD, an associate professor of psychiatry in the department's Psychology Section and an associate professor in the Child Study Center, is a conference organizer and will present. Read more and register online 

Photo Album

PHOTOS 1 & 2: March 25, 2014 - Celebrating the reaccreditation of the Yale Doctoral Internship in Clinical and Community Psychology. The department's psychology internship was reaccredited for seven years, the longest possible length of time. Photo 1: Tami Sullivan, PhD (left), associate professor of psychiatry and director of Family Violence Research and Programs at The Consultation Center; Dwain Fehon, PsyD (center), assistant professor of psychiatry and chief psychologist at Yale-New Haven Hospital; and Donna LaPaglia, PsyD (right), assistant professor of psychiatry and Director of the Substance Abuse Treatment Unit of the Connecticut Mental Health Center. Photo 2: Andrea Weinberger, PhD (left), assistant professor of psychiatry; and Keri Tuit, PsyD (right), assistant professor of psychiatry.

PHOTO 3: April 4, 2014 - Grand Rounds presented by Dr. Nadine Kaslow. (Left to right) Jacob Tebes, PhD, professor of psychiatry, in the Child Study Center, and of epidemiology, and Director of the The Consultation Center; Michael Hoge, PhD, professor of psychiatry and director of clinical training in psychology; Nadine Kaslow, PhD, tenured professor at Emory University and president of the American Psychological Association; and Stephanie O'Malley, PhD, professor and deputy chair for clinical research in psychiatry. On July 2nd of this year it will be exactly 30 years since all four started together as junior faculty in the Yale Department of Psychiatry.

PHOTO 4: April 2, 2014 - Yale's Harkness Tower is bathed in blue lights to mark World Autism Awareness Day. View the full photo here 

Psychiatry Grand Rounds

Friday, April 18, 2014

No Grand Rounds

Friday, April 25, 2014; 10:15-11:30 am

The Assessment and Psychopharmacological Treatment of People with Aggression and Agitation

Stuart C. Yudofsky, MD, The D.C. and Irene Ellwood Professor and Chairman of the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; The Drs. Beth K. and Stuart C. Yudofsky Presidential Chair in Neuropsychiatry and Distinguished Service Professor, Baylor College of Medicine

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St

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Friday, May 2, 2014; 10:15-11:30 am

National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network: Research and Dissemination

Maxine Stitzer, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins Medicine

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St

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Friday, May 9, 2014

No Grand Rounds

Grand Rounds video archive

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

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