Readiness For Change: Assessing Employee Commitment to Peer Worker Integration in Drug Court Settings
Brandee M. Izquierdo, DPA, MPA, lecturer in psychiatry, and Chyrell Bellamy, PhD, MSW, professor of psychiatry, are first and senior authors, respectively, of a paper in Journal of Offender Rehabilitation that assesses drug court employees’ readiness and perceived commitment to peer worker integration.Source: Journal of Offender Rehabilitation
Neural Patterns Differentiate Traumatic From Sad Autobiographical Memories in PTSD
Investigators from Yale and Mount Sinai schools of medicine studied the neural activity of 28 people diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). They found that autobiographical memories for sad and neutral memories are processed differently in the brain than for traumatic memories. The findings were published in Nature Neuroscience. The co-senior author is Ilan Harpaz-Rotem, PhD, professor of psychiatry and of psychology at Yale School of Medicine.
PRCH Publishes Special Journal Issue to Celebrate 10th Anniversary of IRCC
The Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health published a special edition of the Journal of Public Mental Health to mark the 10th anniversary of the International Recovery and Citizenship Collective. Guest editors are Chyrell Bellamy, PhD, MSW; Graziela Reis, MPH; Helen Hamer, PhD, RN; and Gillian MacIntyre, PhD.Source: Journal of Public Mental Health
The Effect of 10 Versus 20 Minutes of Mindfulness Meditation on State Mindfulness and Affect
Hedy Kober, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry and of psychology, is senior author of a paper in Scientific Reports that found a single session of mindfulness meditation improves state mindfulness regardless of whether sessions are 10 or 20 minutes long.Source: Scientific Reports
What to Know About Treating Seasonal Affective Disorder
Paul Desan, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry and director of the Winter Depression Research Clinic at Yale School of Medicine, spoke to PBS News about why some people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, a recurrent form of depression that emerges in the winter.Source: PBS News
Sanacora, Wilkinson Receive $12.6M in Funding for Ketamine Study
Gerard Sanacora, MD, PhD, George D. and Esther S. Gross Professor of Psychiatry, and Samuel Wilkinson, MD, associate professor of psychiatry, have received $12.6 million in funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) for the study, “Comparative Effectiveness of Racemic Ketamine versus S-Ketamine (Spravato) for Depression.”
Ketamine and the Neurobiology of Depression: Toward Next-generation Rapid-acting Antidepressant Treatments
John Krystal, MD, Robert L. McNeil, Jr. Professor of Translational Research and Professor of Psychiatry, of Neuroscience, and of Psychology; and Irina Esterlis, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry, are first and senior authors, respectively, of a review published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Perspective that considers what scientists have learned from studies of ketamine and to suggest future directions for the optimization of rapid-acting antidepressant treatment.Source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Perspective
Ukrainian Widows, Children Process Trauma Through Mountain Climbing in Austrian Alps
Amit Oren, PhD, assistant clinical professor of psychology in psychiatry, was featured in a 60 Minutes Overtime report on a climbing camp in the Austrian Alps for Ukrainian widows and children. The camp is sponsored by Mountain Seed Foundation, a Virginia-based organization founded by an American veteran which works to heal children and families from war-torn countries like Ukraine. While the children climbed, Oren worked with the mothers on self-care during times of crisis and how to cope with long term uncertainty. "The way I approach this group of people is not in looking at their trauma. It's in looking at their strengths," she told 60 Minutes Overtime journalist Scott Pelley.Source: 60 Minutes Overtime
Multi-ancestry Genome-wide Association Study of Cannabis Use Disorder Yields Insight Into Disease Biology and Public Health Implications
In a landmark research study, scientists have unveiled the results of a comprehensive genome-wide association study (GWAS), published in Nature Genetics, shedding new light on the genetic factors underlying cannabis use disorders (CanUD) and their potential link to lung cancer.
Supplying a High: Nitrous Oxide Abuse Chokes With Colorful and Dangerous Highs
Amir Garakani, MD, associate professor of psychiatry and chair of psychiatry and behavioral health at Greenwich Hospital, spoke to WVUE-Fox 8 about the potential health risks associated with frequent nitrous oxide use.Source: WVUE-Fox 8
PRCH Representatives Collaborate With City, Local Artist to Create Mural in New Haven
Representatives of the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health (PRCH) and the City of New Haven’s Office of Community Mental Initiatives worked with an artist to create a 50-foot mural at the corner of Blatchley and Grand avenues in New Haven.
Ketamine Effectively Treats Depression. Do the Benefits Outweigh the Risks?
Sophie Holmes, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, told National Geographic that continued research is needed to determine who might benefit from being treated by ketamine, the drug often prescribed in cases of severe depression and anxiety.Source: National Geographic
Yale Psychiatry Researchers Awarded Grant to Establish PRISM Initiative
Yale Department of Psychiatry researchers have been awarded a three-year federal grant to establish the Partnered Evaluation of Relationship Health Innovations and Services through Mixed Methods (PRISM) Initiative. Galina Portnoy, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, is the principal investigator on the PRISM Initiative, a $1.63 million grant supported by the Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) and VA’s Care Management and Social Work Service Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program (IPVAP).
Pedersen Honored With Linda K. Lorimer Award for Distinguished Service at Yale
Kyle Pedersen, MAR, a 21-year employee of the Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC) who has made significant contributions to the Yale Department of Psychiatry and Greater New Haven community, has been honored with the Linda K. Lorimer Award for Distinguished Service at Yale.
Yale Researchers Propose Epistemic Justice as Key to Mental Health System Overhaul
In a new chapter for the book “Recovering the US Mental Healthcare System,” Rebecca Miller, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry, and Anthony Pavlo, PhD, associate research scientist in psychiatry, explore the transformative potential of epistemic justice in moving mental healthcare systems past traditional medical models.Source: Mad in America
In Memoriam: Miraj U. Desai, PhD
It is with immense sadness that the Yale Department of Psychiatry shares the news of the sudden death of Miraj Desai, PhD, at the age of 41 on Sunday, November 5, 2023. Miraj was an assistant professor at the Program for Recovery and Community Health (PRCH) of the Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry.
LaPaglia Delivers Keynote at Meeting of Indonesian Clinical Psychologist Association
Donna LaPaglia, PsyD, associate professor of psychiatry, delivered a keynote at the 5th National Scientific Meeting of the Indonesian Clinical Psychologist Association on “Substance Use Disorders and Systems of Care" held October 28 in Bali, Indonesia.