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(Above) 2014 residency graduates 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 6th at Davenport Residential College to mark the graduation of 18 residents and 29 fellows. At this annual ceremony, the department announced recipients of national and departmental awards. Read more 

Psychology Section graduates trainees, announces faculty awards

On Tuesday, June 17th, the Psychology Section of Yale's Department of Psychiatry celebrated the graduation of 18 doctoral fellows. Additionally, four psychologists were recognized for their contributions to the Section and its training programs. Read more 

(Left) The Doctoral Internship in Clinical and Community Psychology class of 2014.
Photo: Carl Kaufman

2014 Lustman Resident Research awards announced

The recipients of the 2014 Seymour Lustman Resident Research Awards in Psychiatry are Rajiv Radhakrishnan, MBBS, MD (left); Sarah Fineberg, MD, PhD (center); and Jerome Taylor, MD (right). These residents presented their research at a recent grand rounds. Read more / Watch the presentations 

Brain retains signs of childhood trauma - and a warning for substance abusers

People abused as children show reduced brain volume in regions governing emotion, learning, and memory, deficits that make them more vulnerable to relapse - and relapses of greater severity - if they become substance abusers. Rajita Sinha, PhD, Foundations Fund Professor of Psychiatry and professor in the Child Study Center and of neurobiology, is senior author. The study appears in JAMA Psychiatry. Read more / View the article 

Depression and PTSD together dramatically increase risk of premature birth

Pregnant women who suffer from both posttraumatic stress disorder and major depression are four times more likely to deliver prematurely than women without those conditions, a new study shows. Kimberly Yonkers, MD, professor of psychiatry and of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences, is lead author of the study that appears in JAMA Psychiatry. Read more / View the article

Word use patterns in first-person accounts of mental illness

By analyzing the writings of individuals with schizophrenia and depression, Yale researchers have discovered strong, illness-specific patterns in word choice. Sarah Fineberg, MD, PhD (left), a fellow on the Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit at Connecticut Mental Health Center, is lead author. Philip Corlett, PhD (right), assistant professor of psychiatry, is senior author. The results are published in the British Journal of Psychiatry. Read more / View the article 

A call for FDA to update guidelines on nicotine replacement products

Researchers are calling on the FDA to update its guidelines on nicotine replacement therapies to match current science. Lisa Fucito, PhD (left), assistant professor of psychiatry, and Benjamin Toll, PhD (right), associate professor of psychiatry, are the lead and senior authors, respectively, of the position statement published in Nicotine & Tobacco Research. Read more / View the position statement 

Attitudes towards people with mental illness among Nigerian medical personnel

A recent article published in Academic Psychiatry surveyed attitudes towards mental illness among Nigerian medical personnel at three different levels of training and experience. Adesuwa Ighodaro, a Yale medical student, is lead author. Robert Rosenheck, MD, professor of psychiatry and of public health, is senior author. Read more / View the article 

Studying ways to elevate teaching in faculty promotion decisions

A pilot project will evaluate the teaching contribution of faculty members who are being considered for promotion. Ismene Petrakis, MD, professor of psychiatry and chief of psychiatry at VA Connecticut Healthcare System, recently completed a fellowship in the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program. The study is Dr. Petrakis's Institutional Action Project, a core component of ELAM. Read more 

Cook and McKee are elected to lead divisions of American Psychological Association

Joan Cook, PhD (left), and Sherry McKee, PhD (right), have been elected to serve as president-elect, and ultimately president, of their respective divisions within the American Psychological Association. Both Cook and McKee are associate professors of psychiatry affiliated with the department's Psychology Section. Read more 

Chawarski receives NIDA International Program Award of Excellence

Marek Chawarski, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry, has received a 2014 National Institute on Drug Abuse International Program Award of Excellence. Chawarski is conducting cognitive, neuropsychological, and epidemiological assessments of individuals who abuse both amphetamines and opiates in Malaysia. Read more 

White honored by Yale School of Public Health Class of 2014

The Yale School of Public Health Class of 2014 selected Marney White, PhD, MS as Teacher of the Year. White is an associate professor of psychiatry and of public health and an associate research scientist in psychology. White is the associate director of the Yale Center for Anxiety and Mood Disorders. Read more 

Delphin-Rittmon appointed to senior DMHAS positions

The Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services has announced that Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, PhD has been appointed senior policy advisor in the Office of the Commissioner and co-director of the Office of Multicultural Healthcare Equality. Delphin-Rittmon is an assistant professor of psychiatry in the department's Psychology Section, and is affiliated with the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health. Read more 

New research alliance will explore preschool and kindergarten educational outcomes

Michael Strambler, PhD, an associate research scientist in psychiatry affiliated with The Consultation Center, has been awarded nearly $400,000 from The Institute of Education Sciences to create a Connecticut Early Childhood Education Research Alliance. The aim of the grant is to develop the alliance's research agenda in collaboration with other early childhood education practitioners, advocates, and researchers in Bridgeport, Stamford, and Norwalk. Read more 

Book focuses on health needs of refugees

Medical examination and care of refugees differs from routine patient evaluations in significant ways. A new book, Refugee Health Care, is a practical guide and valuable resource that reviews these differences as well as common conditions seen in refugees and immigrants. Aniyizhai Annamalai, MBBS, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry and of medicine, is the book's editor. Read more 

Researchers see rise in e-cigarette use among youths

As the use of electronic cigarettes soars among youth, Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry, is at the vanguard of research into their effects. Krishnan-Sarin is co-principal investigator of the Yale Tobacco Center on Regulatory Science, whose particular interest is in flavors and how flavors alter nicotine addiction. Read more (New Haven Register) / Read more (Reuters) 

The Consultation Center honors community leaders

At its Annual Community Awards Dinner held on May 29th, The Consultation Center recognized Eric Clemons, CEO of the Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology (ConnCAT), and Barbara Tinney, executive director of the New Haven Family Alliance. Jacob Tebes, PhD, a professor of psychiatry affiliated with the department's Psychology Section, is executive director of The Consultation Center. Read more 

Hip names and modern life inspire a children's book

Matthew Goldenberg, MD, MSc (pictured with his nephew, Joseph), an assistant professor of psychiatry and attending psychiatrist in the psychiatric emergency room at Yale-New Haven Hospital, wrote A is for Artisanal: An Alphabet Book for the Hip, Modern Baby. Read more 

Alumni Spotlight

Alumnus begins tenure as president-elect of American Psychoanalytic Association

Harriet Wolfe, MD was elected to serve as president-elect of the American Psychoanalytic Association from June 2014 until June 2016, at which time she will become the association's 67th president. Dr. Wolfe completed her residency in psychiatry at Yale (1975-1979) where she also held a faculty appointment (1979-1985). Read more 

Photo Album

PHOTOS 1 & 2: June 3, 2014 - Medical Education Day. Hosted by the Yale School of Medicine Teaching and Learning Center, Medical Education Day featured lectures, workshops, and poster presentations on educational topics such as teaching, curriculum, assessment, mentoring, and leadership. A number of Department of Psychiatry faculty and trainees participated. Tobias Wasser, MD, a 2014 graduate of the psychiatry residency and current forensic psychiatry fellow, received an Award for Excellence in Medical Education Research. PHOTO 1: Janet Hafler, EdD (left), professor of pediatrics, associate dean for educational scholarship, and director of the Teaching and Learning Center; Wasser (center); and Richard Belitsky, MD (right), the Harold W. Jockers Associate Professor of Medical Education, associate professor of psychiatry, and deputy dean for education. PHOTO 2: Belitsky (left); Donna LaPaglia, PsyD (center), assistant professor of psychiatry and director of the Substance Abuse Treatment Unit of the Connecticut Mental Health Center; and Hafler (right). Photos: John Curtis. Read more about Medical Education Day 

PHOTOS 3 & 4: July 17, 2014 - Chairman's pizza party to welcome new trainees. PHOTO 3: Steve Martino, PhD (left), professor of psychiatry and chief of psychology at VA Connecticut Healthcare System; Ismene Petrakis, MD (center), professor of psychiatry and chief of psychiatry at VA Connecticut Healthcare System; and Bonnie Becker, PhD (right), assistant clinical professor of psychiatry. PHOTO 4: John Krystal, MD (left), the Robert L. McNeil Jr. Professor of Translational Research, professor of neurobiology, and psychiatry department chair; with psychiatry residents David Grunwald, MD (center) and Brian Frankel, MD (right). Photos: Jamie Divine-Cadavid and Halppen Donoghoe.

PHOTO 5: April 30, 2014 - A visit to Red Skye, an animal assisted therapy program in Bethany, Conn. PHOTO 5: (Left to right) Eric Berger, MD, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry and outpatient supervisor at Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC); Christina Arredondo, MD, resident; Michael Sernyak, MD, professor of psychiatry and CEO of CMHC; Zippy the therapy horse; Guillermo Valdés, MD, MBA, resident; Ayana Jordan, MD, PhD, resident; and Timothy VanDeusen, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry and residency site training director at CMHC. 

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