Cook: Dear Donna Rotunno: Sexual Assault Is A Public Health Crisis. Your Reckless Words Hurt All Of Us.
Yale Psychiatry's Joan Cook, PhD, and Anne P. DePrince, PhD, of the University of Denver, respond to an op-ed written by Harvey Weinstein's lawyer, Donna Rotunno, in which Rotunno chastised the public and the media for "pre-determining guilt" against her client. Cook and DePrince write: "As women and trauma psychologists, we had to catch our breath last week when we heard Rotunno say she's never been sexually assaulted because she never put herself in the position to be victimized. We had already been reeling from the rape myths that Rotunno and her colleagues had promoted at the trial ... These are jaw-dropping mischaracterizations of sexual assault and the potential responses to it. These kinds of misperceptions and flat-out untruths not only hurt survivors' psychological health, but also distort public knowledge, attitudes and behaviors."
Fucito Participates in Q&A With International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
Lisa Fucito, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Tobacco Treatment Service at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven, participated in a Q&A with the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer. She spoke about the recent advent of e-cigarette/vaping-associated lung injury (EVALI), as well as about how e-cigarette/vaping companies have learned much more quickly than healthcare providers how to influence substance habits of youth.
Grenough: What Can I Do When My Heart is Breaking?
Millie Grenough, LCSW, MAT, Clinical Instructor (Social Work) in Psychiatry recently published a piece for Arianna Huffington's Thrive Global media platform. In her article, Grenough writes: "I am a 'white' woman living in a Connecticut town where another 'black' teen has been shot and killed by a cop. How can I be with my women of color friends? How can I be with myself?"
Antidote to Pain and Negativity? Let It Be.
Hedy Kober, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, is the corresponding author of a paper published in Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience that touts the benefits of mindfulness to help people deal with physical pain and negative emotions.
Yale Psychiatry's Calhoun Shares Her Experiences With Racism in the Medical Field
Amanda J. Calhoun, MD, MPH, a resident in the Albert J. Solnit Integrated Adult/Child Psychiatry program, was among a select group of speakers - and the only resident - chosen to share their narrative stories about the patient experience and working as a doctor at the Feb. 5 Pediatric Grand Rounds.
Rutland: The Clock is Ticking on Medical Marijuana Bill in Alabama
Will Rutland, MD, JD, MPH, a third-year resident in the Yale Department of Psychiatry, wrote on the website Alabama.com about Alabama's proposed medical marijuana legislation and its implications for the state's mental health services. "If state lawmakers are destined to move toward legalization, they must first address the urgent need for stronger mental health infrastructure," he wrote. Rutland is a Montgomery, Ala., native.
Teen vaping is bad. Nicotine makes it worse, says researcher
Marina Picciotto, PhD, Charles B. G. Murphy Professor of Psychiatry and Professor in the Child Study Center, of Neuroscience and of Pharmacology, and Deputy Chair for Basic Science Research in the Department of Psychiatry, recently spoke to Science Magazine to discuss her findings on the long-term impact of nicotine on a developing brain.
Grilo Guest Co-Editor on Special Issue of American Psychologist
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 a special issue titled "Obesity: Psychosocial and Behavioral Aspects of a Modern Epidemic" in the February/March issue of the American Psychologist, the official peer-reviewed scholarly journal of the American Psychological Association.
Trainee-Led Study Seeks to Better Understand All-Cause Mortality in Schizophrenia Patients
A new study led by a Yale Department of Psychiatry trainee sought to better understand why people with schizophrenia have dramatically increased all-cause mortality, and whether living with severe mental illness accelerates the aging process.
Harper Research Featured by The Root Cause Coalition
Research by Annie Harper, PhD, Instructor in the Yale Department of Psychiatry is featured in the 2020 Status of Health Equity published by The Root Cause Coalition, a non-profit organization which works to achieve health equity through advocacy, education, and research.
Wilkinson: What is the Deal with Esketamine?
Samuel Wilkinson, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Assistant Director of the Yale Depression Research Program, writes in Psychiatric Times about the drug esketamine, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last year as the first rapid-acting therapy for treatment-resistant depression.
Yale Study: DNA Biomarkers Predict Hazardous Alcohol Consumption in Two Distinct Populations
Xiaoyu Liang, PhD, Postdoctoral Associate in the Yale Department of Psychiatry, and Ke Xu, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, are the first and senior authors, respectively, of a study published in Molecular Psychiatry that found a set of DNA biomarkers that may predict hazardous alcohol drinking in two cohorts. The study may motivate future studies to replicate the findings and to establish genomic biomarkers for psychiatric disorders.
O'Dell, Mecca Awarded Travel Scholarships
Ryan O’Dell, MD, PhD, a third-year resident in the Yale Department of Psychiatry, and Adam Mecca, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, were both awarded the Human Amyloid Imaging 2020 Travel Scholarship for the organization’s annual conference in January 2020.
Substance Use Disorders in Later Life: A Review and Synthesis of the Literature of an Emerging Public Health Concern
Five current and former Yale Department of Psychiatry faculty and trainees contributed to a paper published in The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry that provides a clinical review and synthesis of existing literature around subsance use in later life.
Grilo Commentary: Smartphone-Assisted Self-Help for Binge Eating
Carlos M. Grilo, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and of Psychology, comments in The American Journal of Psychiatry on a controlled trial that tested a smartphone-assisted delivery of cognitive-behavioral therapy via guided self-help for adults with binge-eating disorder or bulimia nervosa.