De Figueiredo: Demoralization and Quality of Life of Patients with Parkinson Disease
Stigma and perceived difficulty with mobility are associated with demoralization of PD patients, and they may signal the need for psychotherapeutic and behavioral interventions to prevent the progression to helplessness, hopelessness, demands for euthanasia, and desire for suicide.Source: Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics
Interventional Psychiatry Grand Rounds Series Aims to Promote Critical Thinking, Education in Emerging Field
Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit early last year, the interventional psychiatry service at Yale held regular meetings for team members. But once coronavirus-imposed lockdowns began sweeping the nation, the meetings – like many others – were moved to Zoom. Sina Nikayin, MD, a Fourth-Year Resident and the Chief Resident of Interventional Psychiatry, saw an opportunity to help promote educational session on the topic of interventional psychiatry.
America’s Promise: Yale Experts on How to Achieve a More Equitable Society
Yale News asked several members of the Yale faculty, including Ayana Jordan, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, to describe policy changes within their sphere of expertise that could address systemic barriers that have historically denied opportunities to people of color in the United States.Source: Yale News
Grilo Guest Co-Editor of Special Issue of Clinical Therapeutics
Carlos Grilo, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and of Psychology and Director of the Yale Program for Obesity Weight and Eating Research, served as guest co-editor on the January 2021 special issue of Clinical Therapeutics, centered on the topic of eating disorders.
An evidence-based path forward for diversity training in medicine
Yale Psychiatry faculty members recently wrote an article in response and challenge to the executive order that restricted diversity training in the federal government. The interdisciplinary group worked to create a response to this and to lay out a case for why diversity training is important/needed, evidence-based, and why this executive order should be swiftly rescinded.Source: The Lancet Psychiatry
Krystal to Speak at NIAAA Small Business Funding Webinar
John H. Krystal, MD, Robert L. McNeil, Jr. Professor of Translational Research and Professor of Psychiatry and of Neuroscience at Yale School of Medicine, and Chair of the Yale Department of Psychiatry, will speak at a webinar for small business funding from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) at 1:00 pm March 16, 2021.
Re: Blackface in White Space: Using Admissions to Address Racism in Medical Education
In a Letter to the Editor, Nientara Anderson MD, MHS, Second-Year Resident in Psychiatry; Dowin Boatright MD, MBA, MHS, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine; and Anna Reisman, MD, Professor of Internal Medicine - General Medicine, respond to Plaisime and Cerdeña’s letter.Source: Journal of General Internal Medicine
Lo: What Are You? A Biracial Physician on Nuanced Racism
"I lurk in my whiteness to cope. A compliment about my Asianness lands as a racist devaluation of both sides of my heritage. The medical licensing board does not include my race on its registration form. Straddling the boundary of Asian and White as a biracial female psychiatrist, I struggle to handle exoticization, discriminatory assumptions, and subtle marginalization by patients and colleagues. I grapple with the privilege of light-skinned ethnic ambiguity vs the disrespect for having features deviating from the imagined physician appearance. In this piece, I introduce a nuanced dialog about race and advocate for recognition and inclusion of biracial and multiracial minority medical practitioners who defy oversimplified racial categories," writes Emma Lo, MD, Assistant Professor of PsychiatrySource: The Annals of Family Medicine
Decriminalising being Black with mental illness
Mental illness should not be a death sentence. Being Black should not be a death sentence. Yet, in 2020 alone we have witnessed how these intersecting identities—Blackness and having a mental illness—have disproportionately led to the murder of Black people by police officers in the USA, write Ayana Jordan, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, and AZA Allsop, MD, PhD, Second-Year Psychiatry Resident, in a new paper.Source: The Lancet Psychiatry
Simulation in Addiction Education
In recent years, high-fidelity simulation has proven to be a significantly effective teaching tool in psychiatry and specifically in the treatment of addiction and substance abuse. High-fidelity simulation recreates real-life medical scenarios in a safe learning environment and results in improved medical care and better patient outcomes.Source: Simulation in Addiction Education
Asking for a Friend: What If My ‘Fun Years’ Are Already Behind Me?
Vogue spoke to Joan Cook, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine, to get a sense of the world’s COVID-19 timeline and advice on how to deal with the overwhelming feeling that the “fun,” unencumbered part of life has passed by.Source: Vogue
Preliminary in vivo evidence of lower hippocampal synaptic density in cannabis use disorder
Adolescent and adult rodents exposed to repeated administration of cannabinoids show persistent microstructural changes in the hippocampus both pre- and post-synaptically, a new study by Yale Psychiatry researchers has found.Source: Molecular Psychiatry
Portnoy: Working With Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence
In addition to its toll on physical health and economic well-being, the pandemic has exposed the often overlooked crisis of intimate partner violence, writes Galina Portnoy, PhD, Associate Research Scientist in Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine.Source: Closler