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Department of Psychiatry Archives

Telemedicine, School-Based Psychiatry programs increase access to care

Mar. 21, 2019—Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s School-Based Psychiatry Program is now offering telemedicine services for children and families who may have barriers to accessing appointments with a practitioner through traditional clinics.

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Brain aging occurs at accelerated rate in patients with psychosis

Mar. 7, 2019—According to a new study by Vanderbilt researchers, normal brain aging patterns in patients with a psychotic disorder occur at an accelerated rate, impacting the patient’s cognitive functioning and suggesting treatment intervention in the early psychosis period may improve long-term outcomes.

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Student project helps peers in psychiatric treatment

Mar. 7, 2019—Mike Mitchell, visual arts instructor at Father Ryan High School, and Meg Benningfield, MD, MSCI, division director for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, have been close friends since their children enrolled in the same kindergarten six years ago.

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Inaugural lecture honors Jordan’s contributions

Feb. 14, 2019—Vanderbilt’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences honored Vanderbilt’s first African-American resident, Harold Jordan, MD, on Feb. 8 by hosting the first lecture in his name.

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Lecture in honor of first African-American resident, Harold Jordan, to be Feb. 8

Feb. 5, 2019—The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences has established a named lecture, the Dr. Harold Jordan Diversity and Inclusion Lecture, named after the first African-American resident at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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Study explores genetic risk for suicide attempt

Jan. 31, 2019—Using data from the UK Biobank and Vanderbilt’s BioVU, a new study in the journal Molecular Psychiatry finds that approximately 4 percent of suicide attempt risk is captured by genotype data.

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Study to track teen development in those with, without autism

Jan. 24, 2019—A new study examining stress and arousal across pubertal development in youth with and without autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is now enrolling participants, thanks to a $2.3 million, five-year grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

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VUMC Addiction Consultation Service sees rising demand

Dec. 13, 2018—An Addiction Consultation Service, specialized training for physicians and changes in the language used in addiction cases are the first of many in a series of new clinical approaches being offered around addiction care as Vanderbilt University Medical Center — and the rest of the country — see an increased demand for such services.

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Heckers honored by National Alliance on Mental Illness

Nov. 1, 2018—Stephan Heckers, MD, MSc, William P. and Henry B. Test Professor of Schizophrenia Research and chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, was recently recognized by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) with a 2018 Exemplary Psychiatrist Award.

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Nicotine patch shows promise in treating late-life depression

Sep. 6, 2018—A Vanderbilt University Medical Center pilot study of treating late-life depression in nonsmokers with transdermal nicotine (nicotine patch) has yielded some promising results, but the study’s author cautions that more study is needed.

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Awards bolster investigators’ bipolar disorders research

Jul. 19, 2018—Two Vanderbilt University researchers have been awarded Blake A. Jenkins Discovery Awards in support of basic and/or translational research into bipolar disorder and related conditions with an emphasis on early detection, intervention and utilizing brain imaging.

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Shaping reward circuits

May. 18, 2018—Using techniques to control and monitor the activities of individual neurons, Vanderbilt investigators are probing the brain’s reward circuitry.

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Marissa Benchea has CF, and she is one of hundreds of thousands of adults not only surviving but thriving with a chronic childhood disease.

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Marissa Benchea has CF, and she is one of hundreds of thousands of adults not only surviving but thriving with a chronic childhood disease.

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Karen Dyer Young cares for patients and members of the Dayani Center who have or are recovering from cancer or a stem cell transplant.

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