Lydecker: Among people facing food insecurity, researchers find a hidden health issue: eating disorders
“There is something with the psychology where the overeating isn’t just the amount of food consumed. It’s really that distress and that feeling that they can’t stop even if they wanted to,” said Janet Lydecker, a psychologist at the Yale School of Medicine. “So that creates feelings of failure and also of feelings that I’m not the person I should be.”Source: Stat News
Duman, Pothula: Cell-type speciﬁc modulation of NMDA receptors triggers antidepressant actions
In a new paper published in Molecular Psychiatry, Santosh Pothula, Post Doctoral Associate in the laboratory of Dr. Ronald S Duman, and the late Ronald Duman, PhD, Elizabeth Mears and House Jameson Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Neuroscience, and Director of the Abraham Ribicoff Research Facilities, write that both the NMDA receptor (NMDAR) positive allosteric modulator (PAM), and antagonist, can exert rapid antidepressant effects as shown in several animal and human studies. However, how this bidirectional modulation of NMDARs causes similar antidepressant effects remains unknown.Source: Molecular Psychiatry
Kenneth Keniston, Leading Social Psychologist with Ties to Yale Psychiatry, Dies at 90
Kenneth Keniston, PhD, a leading social psychologist who taught in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine and later founded MIT’s Program in Science, Technology, and Society, passed away earlier this year, after a long illness. He was 90 years old.
Southwick: Life after COVID-19: Recovered New Yorkers find hope in helping others
“There is a strong relationship between resilience and altruism,” says Steven Southwick, MD, professor emeritus of psychiatry, post-traumatic stress disorder, and resilience at Yale University School of Medicine. “It’s very well known that giving support increases one’s social and emotional well-being, and decreases our stress responses.”Source: Christian Science Monitor
Li, Fortunati, Stanley: Emerging Need and Early Experiences With a COVID-Specific Psychiatric Unit
Patients with acute psychiatric needs who are COVID-19 positive can be safely cared for in a COVID-specific psychiatric unit, but determining when they can be discharged can be challenging, wrote Luming Li, M.D., and colleagues at the Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital in a Psychiatric Services article in press.Source: Psychiatric Services
Li: Planning for a psychiatric COVID-19–positive unit: Identifying key decision points is critical
Luming Li, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Medical Director of Quality Improvement at Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital (YNHPH), recently co-authored a piece detailing her experience launching telehealth services at YNHPH.Source: MD Edge
Physicians at Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital Launch Telehealth Services in Response to COVID-19
When the COVID-19 pandemic began forcing people across the state and nation into self-imposed quarantine earlier this spring, the care providers and staff at Yale New Haven Psychiatry Hospital (YNHPH) knew they had to find innovative ways to continue providing services to patients — regardless of whether they could meet in person.
Budde: There Are Still Psych Emergencies During a Pandemic
Dr. Kristin Budde, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine, wrote about her experience as an emergency psychiatrist amid the COVID-19 pandemic for a series titled Flattened By the Curve, which features the voices of doctors, nurses, healthcare workers, and others on the front lines against COVID-19.Source: McSweeney's Internet Tendency
Clinical Trials Press on for Conditions Other Than COVID-19. Will the Pandemic’s Effects Sneak Into Their Data?
Lynnette Averill, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, spoke to Science magazine for an online story about how the COVID-19 pandemic could affect the results of clinical trials for other conditions, including mental health. Averill is studying the anesthetic ketamine as a potential treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.Source: Science
Jordan, Gold: Addressing Mental Health During COVID-19
Ayana Jordan, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine, and Jessica Gold, MD, MS, is a Yale School of Medicine graduate and the daughter of Mark Gold, MD, an alumnus of the Yale Psychiatry residency, recently appeared on an episode of Change Catalyst's podcast series, Leading with Empathy and Allyship.Source: Change Catalyst
Parker: Black in American Medicine: An Early-Career Psychiatrist's Journey to Stand Against Disparities
Carmen Black Parker, MD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, recently published her autobiography in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.Source: The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Harkness, Cole Elected to Governing Board Of The Towers at Tower Lane
Laurie Harkness, PhD, CPRP, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, and Robert Cole, MHSA, Lecturer in Psychiatry and Chief Operating Officer of the Connecticut Mental Health Center, were recently elected to the governing board of The Towers at Tower Lane, formerly known as Tower One-Tower East, in New Haven.
Homeless People Are Among the Most Vulnerable to the Coronavirus. Yale Psychiatry's Lo is Making Sure They Still Receive Care Amid the Pandemic.
The homeless are among one of the most vulnerable groups of people impacted by COVID-19. That means providing care to the homeless is even more vital amid a pandemic. To meet that need, Emma Lo, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and attending physician for the Street Psychiatry program at the Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC), has been continuing her work even in the face of challenges presented by the statewide stay-at-home order and social distancing.