Kim Smolderen, PhD, psychologist and outcomes researcher
In February the Interventional Cardiology team welcomed outcomes researcher, Kim Smolderen, PhD. A medical psychologist by training, Smolderen joined the faculty on February 1 as the co-founder of the Vascular Medicine Outcomes program, or VAMOs, with Carlos Mena, MD. VAMOS is among the few dedicated research programs in the U.S. focused on improving patient outcomes for peripheral vascular disease.
Yale Executive MPH student studies cause of 'Swiftie Amnesia'
Although he shared in the excitement of Taylor Swift's The Eras Tour, Executive MPH student Nathan Carroll does not consider himself to be a Swiftie. Still, he searched for an explanation for the post-concert amnesia some of the pop star's fans were reporting on social media.
Climate anxious? Here’s how you can turn apprehension into action
In recent years, the term “climate anxiety” has gone from obscure to familiar, underscoring a growing awareness of how witnessing escalating climate disasters affects our mental health. YSPH Clinical Psychologist Sarah Lowe offers suggestions to help people manage their emotional and cognitive reactions to our rapidly changing environment.Source: The Guardian
Key Medicare payment model fails to improve mental health
A nationwide Medicare program that aims to improve health care and reduce costs by linking health-care reimbursements to health quality and cost outcomes resulted in no improvements in mental health care, according to a study by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the Yale School of Public Health.Source: Washington University School of Medicine
A new study maps the lasting effects of gun violence on children and teens who survive their injuries
While firearm injuries are the leading cause of death among children and adolescents in the U.S., there are twice as many survivors of these injuries, and clinicians who have treated gunshot wounds know the experience can cast shadows far into a child’s future.Source: STAT
Depression and mental health screening month offers key resources for healinghm
Despite the overall success of National Depression Screening Day in October, Black Americans – especially Black men – still have trouble receiving depression diagnoses and care. According to the American Psychiatric Association, only one-third of African Americans who need mental health care actually receive it. A study by YSPH Associate Professor Yusuf Ransome provides perspective.Source: Black News
For YSPH student, creating suicide prevention guide both an academic and personal project
Sophie Edelstein, MPH ’24 (Social and Behavioral Sciences), a lifelong New Haven resident, was one of 12 YSPH Health Equity fellows this past summer. She chose to work with the City of New Haven’s Office of Community Mental Health Initiatives, and helped create the city's new suicide prevention guide.
Researchers study mental health issues among adolescents in American Samoa
In a recent study, researchers at the School of Public Health found that despite successful local efforts to improve mental health infrastructure, more steps must be taken to combat mental illness among adolescents in American Samoa.Source: Yale Daily News
Crisis in the air: the mental health implications of the 2023 Canadian wildfires
Early June 2023 was marked by an unprecedented disaster: wildfire smoke emanating from Quebec (Canada) spread throughout the northeastern USA. This so-called crisis in the air threatens physical and mental health.Source: The Lancet
Stress as a Risk Factor for Mental Disorders in a Gendered Environment
In the gendered environment in which we live, stress influences the risk of a mental disorder differently in women and men. Considering the influence of gender can advance the current methods of evaluating a person's response to stress and adversity.Source: JAMA Psychiatry
Public freakouts, burnout, and bullying: Bad behavior is here to stay
A mix of worsening mental health and decaying societal connections, both exacerbated by the pandemic, may be driving a trend in rude behavior that could extend far beyond COVID's upheaval, mental health experts told Axios.Source: Axios