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Alum is Named Director of Mass General Autism Center

Christopher J. McDougle, MD has been named director of the Lurie Center for Autism at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC). Dr. McDougle, who most recently served as Professor and eleven-year Chair of Psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine, began this new role in October. In addition, he will also serve as the Nancy Lurie Marks Professor in the Field of Autism at Harvard Medical School. Dr. McDougle completed his psychiatry residency at Yale in 1990. Read more

Book Published by Graduate of Psychiatry Residency

T. Byram Karasu, MD, a 1969 graduate of Yale's psychiatry residency, recently published Gotham Chronicles: The Culture of Sociopathy, a deeply layered psychological narrative that "illustrates that the age of narcissism has metamorphosed into the more virulent age of sociopathy." Dr. Karasu is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and Silverman Professor and Chair of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine as well as Psychiatrist-in-Chief at Montefiore Medical Center. Read more about the book at

Psychiatrist Alum and Wife Sponsors Scholarship for Medical Students Who Have Attained Distinction in Arts and Humanities

David Leof, MD, YSM Class of 1964, a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and a psychoanalyst and psychiatrist in private practice in San Francisco was encouraged to go into psychiatry by then Dean Frederick C. Redlich, MD. Leof's wife, Colleen, is an accomplished artist whose work has appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions.

Company founded by Alum Serves as Model of Small Business Innovation

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro recently toured Molecular Neuro-Imaging, LLC to learn how the company has benefitted from its participation in the Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) program. Co-founder and current president of the company, John Seibyl, MD, trained as a post-doctoral fellow in the Department and held a faculty appointment as an Assistant Professor. Read more

Kenneth S. Kendler, MD receives lifetime achievement award from International Society of Psychiatric Genetics

The International Society of Psychiatric Genetics has named Kenneth Kendler, MD, an alumni of Yale Psychiatry's residency program, a recipient of the 2011 ISPG Ming Tsuang Lifetime Achievement Award. Details

Dr. Mark Gold, Yale Psychiatry Alum, named University of Florida's Distinguished Alumni Professor

The University of Florida (UF) and the UF Alumni Association have selected College of Medicine professor Dr. Mark Gold as the 17th Distinguished Alumni Professor for 2011-2013. Details

Dr. Robert Jay Lifton, Former Yale Psychiatry Faculty, Publishes Memoir

From the New York Times review of Witness to an Extreme Century: "The personal costs of being a professional 'witness' are made evident in an anecdote Lifton recounts from early in his career. In 1962, after months of intense and often anguished interviews with Hiroshima survivors, he returned to the United States to take up a post at the Yale department of psychiatry. At the annual Christmas party, an occasion when students felt licensed to mock their instructors, he found himself parodied as 'Dr. Hiroshima' for his tendency to turn every conversation to the bombing and its legacy. "I was a bit like Coleridge's Ancient Mariner,' he confesses, 'a compulsive witness to horror who insisted that any stranger he met hear out his tale.' In the years that followed, as his memoir makes clear, Lifton struggled against being inwardly poisoned by his own special knowledge." Read the New York Times review