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Gene Beresin, MD, and Wes Boyd, MD, PhD, Receive the APA's 2018 Roeske Award

October 8, 2018

Gene Beresin, MD, and Wes Boyd, MD, PhD, have received the APA's 2018 Nancy C.A. Roeske MD Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Medical Education.

The Nancy C.A. Roeske, M.D., Certificate — established in 1990 to honor Dr. Nancy C.A. Roeske — is awarded to individuals who have made outstanding and sustaining contributions to medical student education.

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HMS Psychiatry Awards and Recognitions 2016-2017

October 16, 2017

The Executive Committee of the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, would like to acknowledge and congratulate the trainees and faculty who received the following HMS Psychiatry Awards and Fellowships during the 2017 academic year. It is a marvelous way to celebrate our vibrant combined academic community.

Stuart Hauser Mentorship Award - The yearly Award is...

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Can Neurocognitive Function Predict Suicide?

December 8, 2016

A study of Army administrative data found an association between decreased neurocognitive functioning and suicide in soldiers. Researchers found that lower scores on a computerized test of neurocognitive functioning—including problems in decision-making, problem-solving, verbal fluency, and memory—were linked to suicide attempts or death and suicidal thoughts in the following 12 months. The study showed more suicide attempts in soldiers who were female, less educated, white non-Hispanic, and younger at the time of testing, and who had a mental health diagnosis before testing. The...

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Military Sexual Trauma Linked to Mental Health Problems in Transgender Veterans

December 8, 2016

Military sexual trauma (MST) is associated with mental health problems in transgender Veterans. A study of 332 transgender Veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan found that MST was associated with likelihood of PTSD and personality disorder for both men and women, and with bipolar disorder and depressive disorder for women. Fifteen percent of the Veterans included in the study had experienced MST. The researchers conclude that medical forms should include gender identity in addition to biological gender, and that MST treatment should be culturally competent. (...

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Culture, Brain Function and Cognition Come Together at Mass General's MUNDOS Program

November 18, 2016

 

When Yakeel Quiroz, PhD, Co-Director, MUNDOS, joined the Psychology Assessment program at Mass General in 2011, she worried when she noticed that some of the test questions given to Latino patients did not seem to be culturally appropriate.

Quiroz, from Colombia herself, recognized that asking non-English speakers who didn’t grow up in the US who the first or second president of the US was — things they would have never...

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Could Loneliness Be a Sign of Alzheimer's?

November 2, 2016

Previous research has suggested loneliness may be associated with Alzheimer's disease among older adults. A new study supports this link, after identifying a marker of early Alzheimer's in the brains of seniors with greater self-reported loneliness.

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Neurocognitive Deficits May Be a Red Flag for Psychosis

November 2, 2016

BOSTON – While schizophrenia is best known for episodes of psychosis – a break with reality during which an individual may experience delusions and hallucinations – it is also marked by chronic neurocognitive deficits, such as problems with memory and attention. A multi-site cognition study led by psychologists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) found that these neurocognitive symptoms are evident prior to the onset of psychosis in a high-risk stage of the disorder called the prodromal phase. Published today online in advance of print in JAMA Psychiatry, the findings...

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New Study Targets Role of Specific Neurons in Fear Behaviors

October 25, 2016

 

In a recently published paper, Kerry J. Ressler, MD, PhD, chief scientific officer for McLean Hospital and professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and Kenneth M. McCullough describe their novel method for evaluating how a specific group of neurons within the amygdala—a mass of cells located deep within the brain—directly inhibits...

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