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 Doctor Encourages Exposure to Nature for Mental Wellbeing and Healing
Nature is not only beautiful, but it can actually have a healing effect, according to Yale Cancer Center’s Dr. Gary Soffer. “Keep using what kept people well for thousands of years,” he said. “Being outside, being connected to nature, these are really powerful things that allow us to improve ourselves.” He works with patients at Yale New Haven Health’s Smilow Cancer Hospital and encourages them to visit the facility’s healing garden to connect with nature.Source: WTNH
U.S. Surgeon General urges students to connect to combat loneliness, improve mental health
On Thursday, September 8th, students from four Connecticut universities – Gateway Community College, University of New Haven, Southern Connecticut State University, and Yale – gathered at Southern to listen to U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy speak. In reality, however, they spent a great deal of their time listening to each other — and that was just what the Surgeon General intended.
Polimanti Receives NIMH Grant To Study Internalizing Disorders, COVID-19
Renato Polimanti, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine, has received a 3-year grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to evaluate the association of internalizing disorders with the risk, onset, and vulnerability of COVID-19.
Children in Northern California learn to cope with wildfire trauma
As California wildfires grow more intense, frequent, and widespread, many children who live through them are experiencing lasting psychological trauma such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.Source: Kaiser Health News
Researchers Call for Improved Infrastructure to Address Research Staff’s Mental Health and Well-being
In a new paper, YSPH Assistant Professor Ashley Hagaman (senior author), and PhD student Raquel Burgess (lead author), investigate existing mental health support for researchers and provide specific recommendations to better protect the emotional and mental well-being of research teams including faculty, research assistants, students, and staff.
Study provides deeper insights on the health impacts of utility shutoffs
Connecticut residents who struggle to pay their energy bills often suffer from physical and mental health issues as a result. That is one of many findings in a new study of energy insecurity based on interviews with 22 residents of varying ages and races from around the state. The study was a joint undertaking by the Yale School of Public Health, Yale School of the Environment, Vermont Law and Graduate School, and Operation Fuel, an energy-assistance nonprofit.Source: Energy News Network
New Online Training for Mental Health Providers Benefits LGBTQ Community
Mental health providers can learn to deliver evidence-based LGBTQ-affirmative cognitive therapy through low-cost online training, which would help deliver more evidence-based mental health care to LGBTQ people and support its implementation across practice settings, according to a new study by Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) researchers.
As U.S. launches new crisis hotline, nearly half of counties lack response teams
A new 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline launched by the U.S. government is supposed to make it easier for people experiencing a mental health crisis to get help. But a new Yale study finds that not all Americans have the same access to appropriate follow-up care.
State Rep. Cristin McCarthy Vahey (opinion): New tools to help our emotional well-being
As CT state representatives like Cristin McCarthy Vahey support new legislation in response to the growing mental health crisis among youth, Dr. Marc Brackett and the team at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence are working to provide CT school communities with strategies to support mental health and well-being.Source: CT Post