Dr. Chawarska launches five-year study on the origins of autism
In the most comprehensive longitudinal study to date, Katarzyna Chawarska, PhD, Todd Constable, PhD, and the team at Yale School of Medicine and Department of Statistics will use state-of-the-art functional connectivity MRI techniques to investigate neural connectivity in fetuses and newborns to identify early markers and predictors of outcomes in babies later diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
A Childhood Surrounded by Science
For Amy Vatner and her three young boys, participating in clinical trials at Yale has meant becoming part of a community. “My kids are now turning nine, seven, and three and a half,” Vatner says, “and they have been involved in studies at Yale for their entire lives.”
Behavioral patterns may predict autism in high-risk toddlers
Three distinct behavior profiles in 18-month-old siblings of children with autism predict autism diagnosis at age 3. The profiles comprise different combinations of features associated with autism, such as difficulty making eye contact, repetitive behaviors, lack of communicative gestures and a limited imagination.Source: Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative
Siblings of children with autism can show signs at 18 months
About 20% of younger siblings of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will develop the condition by age 3. A new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers has found that 57% of these younger siblings who later develop the condition already showed symptoms at age 18 months.
A Circuit-Based Approach to Treating Substance Use Disorders With Noninvasive Brain Stimulation
Vaughn Steele, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, wrote a commentary in Biological Psychiatry about the use of noninvasive brain stimulation techniques to treat substance use disorders.Source: Biological Psychiatry
A ‘Game Changer’ for Police-Community Relations
Joan Cook PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, writes in U.S. News & World Report about an initiative spawned in Southern California that holds hopeful signs for how to heal fractured relationships between law enforcement and the people they serve.Source: U.S. News & World Report
The Virtual 4Ms: A Novel Curriculum for First Year Health Professional Students During COVID‐19
Kirsten Wilkins, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, is senior author of a paper published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society that describes the development and implementation of a virtual curriculum for health professional students using volunteer older adults during COVID-19..Source: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Largest Genome Study to Date of Anxiety Reveals New Risk Variants and Suggests Possible Biological Mechanisms
Daniel Levey, PhD, Associate Research Scientist in Psychiatry, and Joel Gelernter, MD, Foundations Fund Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Genetics and of Neuroscience, are among the authors of a study relating DNA variations and anxiety disorders which has revealed several previously unidentified locations in the human genome where variations in the sequence tend to occur in people with anxiety, compared with people who don't have anxiety.Source: Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
Delphin-Rittmon Nominated to Serve as Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use in Biden Administration
Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, PhD, Associate Professor Adjunct of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine and Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), has been nominated by President Joe Biden to serve as Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Seattle Children’s Knew for Years Security was Called Disproportionately on Black Patients
Carmen Black, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, spoke to the Seattle Times for a story that revealed security calls on Black patients at Seattle Children’s are more than twice as likely than they were for white patients.Source: Seattle Times
Yale Psychiatry Faculty Member to Interview Tarana Burke, Founder of the #MeToo Movement, for 2021 Women's Mental Health Conference Keynote
The 2021 Women’s Mental Health Conference at Yale (WMHC) has announced that a Yale Psychiatry faculty member will moderate its keynote Q&A, and has finalized the agenda for its upcoming conference.
Crusto Selected for 2021-22 Women's Leadership Fellowship
Cindy Crusto, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Deputy Chair for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Department of Psychiatry, has been accepted as a Fellow in the 2021-2022 Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women.