Desai Launches New Field of Structural Psychology
The academic and generational experiences of Miraj U. Desai, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, have come together in the Structural Health and Psychology (SHP) Lab, where Desai investigates the structural bases of health, equity, and inequity, as well as in a new field Desai created, called structural psychology. Structural psychology spans the entire translational science spectrum, inclusive of basic, clinical, community, and population health research.
Nicole Deziel named co-director of the Yale Center for Perinatal, Pediatric, and Environmental Epidemiology
Nicole Deziel, associate professor of epidemiology (environmental health sciences), has been named a co-director of the Yale Center for Perinatal, Pediatric, and Environmental Epidemiology, starting July 1. She will share co-directing duties with current director Andrew DeWan, associate professor of epidemiology (chronic diseases).
Yale Researcher Awarded $40 Million to Lead New VA Study to Evaluate Esketamine for Treatment Resistant Depression
Somaia Mohamed, MD, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry, is lead co-investigator of a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) study that has been awarded $40 million to evaluate the effectiveness of a novel antidepressant medicine, esketamine, for veterans and others with treatment resistant depression (TRD).
Yale Psychiatry Faculty Facilitate Trauma Training for Ukrainian Clinicians
A group of Yale Psychiatry researchers and clinicians recently traveled to Ukraine to ensure that their colleagues have the tools they need to care for both themselves and their patients in the wake of widespread wartime trauma.
New Grant to Establish Training Program in Honor of Malison
A new grant will allow Yale Psychiatry researchers to continue and expand the work begun by the late Robert T. Malison, MD, professor of psychiatry. The Robert T. Malison Yale-Chulalongkorn Stress, Alcohol Use and Psychopathology Training Program seeks to extend the work that Dr. Malison and Joel Gelernter, MD, Foundations Fund Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Genetics and of Neuroscience, spearheaded and had been conducting for decades prior to Dr. Malison’s unexpected passing in July 2020.
Fucito, DeMartini Awarded Grant by NIAAA
Lisa Fucito, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry, and Kelly DeMartini, PhD, research scientist in psychiatry, have been awarded a $3.21 million grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism for the study, “Deep Phenotyping of Heavy Drinking in Young Adults with Behavioral Scales, Neuropsychological Tasks, and Smartphone Sensing Technology.”
Study: Purpose in Life and Social Connection Protect Against Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors During COVID-19 Pandemic
Research has shown that U.S. veterans are at high risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviors and death by suicide. In fact, prior to the pandemic in 2019, veterans accounted for 12 percent of all suicide deaths despite accounting for approximately 6 percent of the total population. A new study led by National Center for PTSD and Yale researchers analyzed data from a nationally representative sample of U.S. veterans to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic may have led to changes in suicidal thoughts and behaviors. The results were published online April 5 in JAMA Psychiatry.
Neural Valuation of Rewards and Punishments in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Computational Approach
A new Yale study sought to unveil the neural mechanism which may govern deficits in decision making under uncertainty in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Investigators from the Yale PTSD Stress Lab, directed by Ilan Harpaz-Rotem, PhD, professor of psychiatry and of psychology, and the Yale Decision Neuroscience Lab, directed by Ifat Levy, PhD, associate professor and vice chair of diversity, equity and inclusion in comparative medicine, collaborated on the study, published in Translational Psychiatry.
Study: Daily Consumption of a High-Fat, High-Sugar Snack Alters Reward Circuits in Brain
Snacks high in sugar and fat are great for an occasional treat, but when enjoyed daily for several weeks they can rewire the brain and trigger a shift in eating preferences away from low-fat food, according to a new study in Cell Metabolism.
Study Probes Connection Between Excessive Screen Media Activity and Mental Health Problems in Youth
Smartphones, tablets, gaming systems, and other screen devices have become a major temptation for people of all ages, but a new study is focusing on the possible connection between excessive screen media activity and mental health problems in youth.