Annamalai: Why we oppose the refugee ban
Aniyizhai Annamalai, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Yale Adult Refugee Clinic, is the co-author of an article in The Huffington Post which explains her opposition to President Donald Trump's refugee bans.Source: The Huffington Post
Understanding trauma: Yale physicians on bias in the ER
When third-year Yale emergency resident physician Dr. Isaac Agboola writes in the Annals of Emergency Medicine about the problem of bias in the emergency department, it’s a matter of personal as well as professional interest. As one of the few Black male physicians in his class of more than 60 residents, and the first in his family to attend college and pursue medicine, Agboola says he feels a unique responsibility to represent Black patients who are brought in for treatment. The article, “The Coats That We Can Take Off And the Ones We Can’t,” written by Agboola and co-authored by two assistant professors of emergency medicine, Dr. Ambrose H. Wong and Dr. Edouard Coupet, examines how bias influences emergency department treatment, particularly decisions over which patients must be restrained and/or sedated.Source: YaleNews
WHRY Funds Study on How CBD Affects the Brain
Women’s Health Research at Yale announced funding to investigate how the presumably non-intoxicating cannabis ingredient cannabidiol (CBD) affects the brain, and if it affects women and men differently. CBD use is growing in popularity exponentially, yet the safety and effectiveness of this non-regulated category of products are unknown.
Yale doctor shares advice on coping with high-stress times amid the pandemic
For many people, the pandemic has been a time of high stress that is taking its toll on the mental health of so many. The definition of mental health is the ability to work and love, according to Yale neuropsychiatrist Arman Fesharaki. Times like a pandemic can wreak havoc on that.Source: News 8 WTNH-TV
Stress and Resilience Town Halls Are Being Offered
The Yale Department of Psychiatry continues to offer virtual “Stress and Resilience Town Halls” over Zoom that are open to all faculty, residents, and staff at Yale School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Health. Virtual meetings will run for up to an hour. Individuals can attend as frequently as they like.
Stress and Resilience Town Halls
Beginning Friday, March 20, the Department of Psychiatry will offer virtual “Stress and Resilience town halls” over Zoom that are open to all faculty, residents, students, and staff at Yale School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Health. Virtual meetings will take place twice daily and run for up to an hour. Individuals can attend as frequently as they like.
Yale Scientists Awarded $8.4M Grant to Develop Treatments for Women With Problem Drinking
Yale Department of Psychiatry scientists have been awarded a five-year, $8.4 million federal grant to establish a new research center at Yale that will develop treatments to help women with problem drinking.
Moderate-to-High Posttraumatic Stress Common after Exposure to Trauma, Violence, Study Finds
Over 30 percent of injury survivors who are treated in hospital emergency departments will have moderate-to-severe symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at some point in the first year following the initial incident, new research led by the Yale School of Public Health finds.
Yale Genomics Study: Helping Researchers Better Understand the Opioid Epidemic
A human genomics study led by two Yale Department of Psychiatry researchers identified specific genetic regions that link opioid exposure and dependence to neuropsychiatric traits like risk-taking behaviors, alcohol abuse, and depression.
Sullivan, Meyer Awarded Grant to Study Intimate Partner Violence Among Women Living with HIV
Tami Sullivan, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Family Violence Research and Programs, and Jaimie Meyer, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing, have been awarded a new grant to study intimate partner violence among women living with HIV.
Cook: Dear Donna Rotunno: Sexual Assault Is A Public Health Crisis. Your Reckless Words Hurt All Of Us.
Yale Psychiatry's Joan Cook, PhD, and Anne P. DePrince, PhD, of the University of Denver, respond to an op-ed written by Harvey Weinstein's lawyer, Donna Rotunno, in which Rotunno chastised the public and the media for "pre-determining guilt" against her client. Cook and DePrince write: "As women and trauma psychologists, we had to catch our breath last week when we heard Rotunno say she's never been sexually assaulted because she never put herself in the position to be victimized. We had already been reeling from the rape myths that Rotunno and her colleagues had promoted at the trial ... These are jaw-dropping mischaracterizations of sexual assault and the potential responses to it. These kinds of misperceptions and flat-out untruths not only hurt survivors' psychological health, but also distort public knowledge, attitudes and behaviors."Source: Newsweek
Grenough: What Can I Do When My Heart is Breaking?
Millie Grenough, LCSW, MAT, Clinical Instructor (Social Work) in Psychiatry recently published a piece for Arianna Huffington's Thrive Global media platform. In her article, Grenough writes: "I am a 'white' woman living in a Connecticut town where another 'black' teen has been shot and killed by a cop. How can I be with my women of color friends? How can I be with myself?"Source: Thrive Global
Major Gift Will Endow a Program Devoted to a Fuller Understanding of How the Human Brain Works
The Thomas Kingsley Lawrence ’19 Program in Brain Research will take a multifaceted approach to understanding the higher-order functionality of the human brain and related areas. It is hoped that with the knowledge gained, novel prevention strategies, diagnostics, and therapeutics to reduce the incidence, prevalence, and recurrence of psychiatric disorders will be possible.
ED Patient Restraints Foster Healthcare Distrust
Patients with behavioral disorders who were physically restrained in the emergency department reported distrust in the healthcare system and psychological distress. The patients reported a desire for more compassionate and therapeutic engagement during their visits. The findings highlighted that patient-centered approaches might be needed in the emergency department to minimize harm and decrease negative consequences associated with being physically restrained. Ambrose Wong, MD, MSEd, and colleagues interviewed 25 adults who were physically restrained during an emergency department visit. The investigators found 3 major themes from the interviews: harmful experiences of restraint use and care provision, diverse and complex personal contexts affecting visits to the emergency department, and challenges in resolving their experiences which resulted in worsened well-being.Source: MD Mag
Spreading HAPPINESS in Nigeria: Yale, Partners Expand Mental Health Program
On Jan. 17, during a four-day trip to Nigeria that is part of the Yale Africa Initiative, Yale President Peter Salovey met with officials to finalize plans for expanding the HAPPINESS Project, a program of the Yale Department of Psychiatry.
Yale Study: Ketamine Disinhibits Dendrites and Enhances Calcium Signals in Prefrontal Dendritic Spines
In a study published in Nature Communications, Alex Kwan, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, and his research team found that within an hour after a mouse received ketamine, there is a substantial increase in the amount of calcium that goes into the dendritic spines for neurons in the prefrontal cortex.