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.
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
Commentary: Youth Mental Health and Safety Don't Take a Summer Break
YCSC Assistant Professor Christina Cipriano addresses the state of the youth mental health crisis in the U.S. She notes that just because this school year has ended doesn’t mean the crisis facing our nation’s youth is over, and that the data suggests the exact opposite.Source: EdSurge
For Hurricane Katrina Survivors, COVID-19 Brings a New Mental Health Toll
A new study shows that for some low-income mothers in New Orleans, the COVID-19 pandemic was associated with the same, or worse, mental health impacts as Hurricane Katrina, one of the worst national disasters in U.S. history.