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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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Coast to Coast: Innovation and Self-Expression

October 6, 2016

A team from the VA Boston Healthcare System Center for Integrated Wellness and Self-Expression went to go visit the San Francisco PRRC program to exchange innovation ideas about creative and alternative modalities of mental health treatment for Veterans in September of 2016.

The site visit was funded by a Center for Innovation grant awarded to the VA Boston Healthcare System Center for...

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Overcoming the Stigma of Addiction

September 14, 2016

 

Twenty-three million people in the United States struggle with substance use disorders. The prevalence of these disorders and their wide-ranging effects has made them the number one public health concern in the country—unintentional overdose is the leading cause of accidental death, and according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse,  the annual economic cost is $700 billion from lost productivity, health care spending and criminal justice involvement.

In...

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Marijuana and the Teen Brain

September 14, 2016

 

With Election Day right around the corner, the legal landscape for marijuana in the United States is poised to change yet again. Marijuana is currently legal for recreational use in four states and for medicinal use in 25 states (plus the District of Columbia). On November 8th, five more states, including Massachusetts, will decide whether to legalize recreational use and another four will vote on medical use.

Perceived Harm of Marijuana Use Is Decreasing

This trend toward legalization signals a related decrease in the perceived harm of using...

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A New Angle on Anxiety

September 6, 2016

BOSTON – Clinical anxiety affects up to 30 percent of Americans who are in great need of better treatments with fewer side effects. A study from Boston Children’s Hospital, published September 6 by the journal Molecular Psychiatry, finds that certain neurons in the hypothalamus play a central, previously unknown role in triggering anxiety. Targeting them, rather than the whole brain, could potentially provide a more effective treatment for anxiety and perhaps other psychiatric disorders, say researchers...

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Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency to Separate into Two Distinct Training Programs

August 1, 2016

Beginning in July 2017, the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency will separate into two distinct training programs.  Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, two of the core training sites for the current program will each launch new training programs in July of 2017. Each program will accept ten residents per year and will participate in the 2016 NRMP.
 
The current Longwood residents will participate in the new training programs and will complete their Longwood training in 2020.  Christie Sams, MD and Robert Boland, MD, the current...

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2016 HMS Faculty Research Awards

July 25, 2016

 

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 Research Awards and Fellowships during the 2016 academic year.  It is a marvelous way to celebrate our vibrant combined academic community.
 

Stuart Hauser Mentorship Award - The yearly Award is given to a faculty member(s) at Harvard Medical School for outstanding sustained mentorship of medical students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty in...

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2016 Kettyle and Borus Teaching Award Recipients Announced

April 26, 2016

Lior Givon, Ph.D., M.D. received the Cynthia N. Kettyle Teaching Award and Heather Vestal, M.D. was awarded the Jonathan F. Borus Outstanding Early Career Educator Award at the Symposium on Medical Student Education in Psychiatry on April 26th, 2016.

The Cynthia N. Kettyle Teaching Award for medical student education in psychiatry has been presented annually since 2004 to HMS faculty members who have inspired medical students by their warmth, character and dedication to medical student teaching in psychiatry...

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Harvard Medical School Honors CHA Psychiatrist with Diversity Award

April 6, 2016

 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Marshall Forstein, MD, interim chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) and an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (HMS), was named a recipient of the 2016 Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award presented by HMS. The award honors HMS faculty members who have made significant achievements in cultivating a diverse and inclusive environment.

Joan Reede, MD, MPH...

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