Even Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Musical Intervention Program Launches, Explores How Music Affects People With Psychosis
Musical Intervention started 2020 with a full docket of activities. It was part of a new neuroscience project, headed by Philip Corlett and funded by the National Institutes of Health, aiming “to understand why listening to and making music helps mitigate distress in people with psychotic illnesses." Instead, in March, Musical Intervention’s group activities ground to a halt, and it closed the doors to its studio, with the government-mandated shutdown due to Covid-19.Source: New Haven Independent
Rhee and Wilkinson: Characterization of the Quality of Electroconvulsive Therapy Among Older Medicare Beneficiaries
Despite substantial evidence of efficacy, ECT use remains rare among elderly patients with depression. Findings suggest a potential need for efforts to increase the proportion of patients receiving adequate courses of ECT and evidence-based post-ECT follow-up care.Source: The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
In Memoriam: Jerome M. Schnitt, MD
Jerome M. Schnitt, MD ("Jerry"), a former member of the Yale Department of Psychiatry clinical faculty and Medical Director of the addiction outpatient services at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System in West Haven, passed away June 9, 2020 after a decade-long battle with cancer. He was 73.
Office of Global Health Education Announces Inaugural Global Health Education Innovation Awardees
In June 2020, Bernardo Lombo, MD, assistant professor of clinical medicine and Frank Minja, MD, associate professor of radiology and biomedical imaging, became the inaugural recipients of the Yale School of Medicine (YSM) Global Health Education Innovation Award.
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
Yale Study: Use of a Model Maturity Matrix to Build a Quality Improvement Infrastructure for Psychiatric Care
Luming Li, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, is senior author of a paper published in Psychiatric Services that proposes the use of a quality improvement maturity matrix to serve as both an implementation strategy and a self-assessment measure to strategically guide development of infrastructure to improve the safety and quality of behavioral health care.Source: Psychiatric Services
Grant Will Expand Yale’s Addiction Fellowship Programs
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded a $2.5 million, five-year grant to expand Yale’s Addiction Medicine and Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Programs. The grant will allow Yale School of Medicine to increase the number of board-eligible Addiction Medicine and Addiction Psychiatry fellows who graduate from Yale’s addiction-training programs each year, expand relationships with community treatment facilities, and further develop and recruit faculty clinician educators.Source: Yale News
Noori: 'I Felt It Was My Duty' to Volunteer on the COVID-19 Unit
"When we found out that we could volunteer to help, I felt it was my duty to do so. It helped me find meaning in this whole crazy pandemic that we're going through and actually calmed me down," third-year Yale Psychiatry resident Sofia Noori, MD, told Medscape Medical News.Source: Medscape Medical News
PEER statement on police violence, systemic racism, and educational equity
The recent police killings of unarmed African Americans, and the unrest they have sparked, have led the PEER Management Team to reflect on how our mission relates to the current moment and our role in contributing to solutions.
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.