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July 2016

Upcoming Events | ResearchResearch Volunteers Needed | Faculty Honors | In the Media | | About Us


Hopkins Medicine Magazine – Spring/Summer 2016

Stuck in Despair
Why do physician trainees experience depression and suicide at rates much higher than the general public? And how can they get the help they need? Fourth year resident Zina Meriden and faculty members Drs. Meg Chisolm, Liza Kastelic and Karen Swartz are quoted.

New Clues to Alzheimer’s Onset
A team of Johns Hopkins psychiatrists has spent years teasing out which early patient symptoms foreshadow an Alzheimer’s diagnosis and are focused on behavioral in addition to cognition.
Drs. Paul Rosenberg and Kostas Lyketsos discuss the concept of ‘early behavioral impairment’ or EBI.

The Doctor is …On
Johns Hopkins psychiatrist Deirdre Johnston is using telemedicine to provide care to older adults in Baltimore City with mental health needs who might not otherwise receive care.

Baltimore Magazine – July 2016

Care First
After losing her son to schizophrenia, Laura Pogliano keeps his memory alive by helping others. The JH Schizophrenia Center is mentioned and Krista Baker is quoted.

Check out the latest issue of Hopkins BrainWise, the Department Newsletter  | Summer 2016 BrainWise is available online

Upcoming Events

September 26, 2016 – SAVE THE DATE
Road to Recovery |  An Addictions Conference for Health Professionals | The Opioid Epidemic: An Integrated Approach | 7:45 AM – 4 PM | Asthma and Allergy Auditorium, JH Bayview Medical Center | For more information and to register

November 5, 2016 – SAVE THE DATE
A Woman’s Journey | Psychiatry faculty are speaking: Karen Swartz, M.D. on Happiness, Kostas Lyketsos, M.D. on Memory, and Kellie Tamashiro, Ph.D. on Stress |  For more information and to register


Features a monthly selection of recent research citations by Department faculty | Click on ‘Psychiatry’.


Johns Hopkins Medicine – June 27, 2016
Gene Hunters Find Rare Inherited Mutations Linked to Bipolar Disorder

Johns Hopkins Medicine - June 20, 2016
Long-Term Opioids May Not Be Best Pain Management Option for All Sickle Cell Patients
Small study shows some on opioids reported more pain, fatigue

Johns Hopkins Medicine – May 4, 2016
Yeast Infection Linked to Mental Illness
Candida infections also more common among those with memory loss

Johns Hopkins Medicine – April 20, 2016
Patients at High Risk for Psychiatric Symptoms After a Stay in the Intensive Care Unit

Research Volunteer Needed

Are you interested in participating in research? Below is an example of one of the studies in the department that is recruiting volunteers. There are many more on our website. See Research Volunteers Needed

Pregnancy and Postpartum Depression Research Study
Are you pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant? If so, you may qualify for a research study to assess how mood disorders affect pregnant women. Pregnant women will be seen and evaluated during pregnancy as well as 1-2 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months and 6 months postpartum. Volunteers will be compensated for their participation. For more information, please call (410) 502-2586 or e-mail Principal Investigator: Jennifer Payne, M.D. (Protocol Number: # IRB00027369) Link to flyer

MIND at Home Studies
Maximizing Independence (MIND) at Home is a comprehensive, home-based care coordination program designed to systematically assess and address the unmet needs of people with memory problems living at home and those of their family caregiver. The MIND at Home program provides education and links people in need of care to appropriate resources and services. Two MIND at Home studies—one funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and one funded by the National Institute on Aging—are now enrolling research volunteers. Goals of these studies are to find out if providing help in obtaining appropriate care for older adults with memory problems will help them remain at home longer and improve their quality of life. All study participants will receive an in-home needs assessment and a free written report with recommendations for care. Some participants will receive care coordination services for up to 18 months. If you or someone you know has a memory disorder and lives at home in Baltimore City, Howard or Baltimore Counties, and parts of Montgomery, Prince George’s, Anne Arundel, Carroll, and Harford Counties, with no plans to move in the next 6 months, they may be eligible to join a MIND at Home study. To learn more about these two studies, please call us at 410-550-6744 or email us at Principal Investigator: Quincy Samus, PhD (IRB Protocol Numbers:  IRB00054802, IRB00041744). MIND Study Flyer | CMS Mind Study Flyer

Faculty Honors

Susan Lehmann, M.D., Associate Professor and Clinical Director of the Division Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry, has been awarded the 2016 Scholarly Publication Award from the Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry (ADMSEP).

Constantine (Kostas) Lyketsos, M.D., Elizabeth Plank Althouse Professor and Interim Director of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has won the 2016 Athenian Prize for Outstanding Contributions to Psychiatry and Related Sciences by the Hellenic Society for the Advancement of Psychiatry and Related Sciences.

Margaret S. Chisolm, M.D., Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Education, is the 2016 recipient of the Gold Humanism Scholars award from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, which enables a previous Gold Humanism Scholar to return as faculty to the 2017 Harvard Macy Institute Program for Educators. 

Jennifer Haythornthwaite, Ph.D., Professor and Director or The Center for Mind-Body Research
has won the 2016 Distinguished Service Award from the American Pain Society.

Kenneth Stoller, M.D., Assistant Professor and Director of the Broadway Center for Addiction, has won the 2016 national Nyswander/Dole “Marie” Award by the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD).

In the Media

Our faculty members are often quoted in the general media about a wide range of topics. Below is a sampling of recent hits:

Our faculty members are often quoted in the general media about a wide range of topics. Below is a sampling of recent hits:

The last sane drug on Earth fights for survival.... “In the U.S. big pharma is already pushing lithium out of the market,” Dr. Thomas Schulze of the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences department at Johns Hopkins, said. “They only want to market their own medications. There’s off-label use [like for schizoaffective disorder], but nobody has ever quite managed to rebrand lithium. You can’t patent that, you can’t re-release it.—Inverse

The fascinating, strange medical potential of psychedelic drugs, explained in 50+ studies…. "[Addiction, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression and end-of-life anxiety] are among the most debilitating and costly disorders known to humankind," Matthew Johnson, one of the psychedelics researchers at Johns Hopkins University, said. "We have some things that help, but for some people they’re barely scratching the surface, [and] for some people there’s nothing that helps at all."—Vox

CBD research for NFL players spurs “productive dialogue” with NFLPA….  Dr. Marcel Bonn-Miller, a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, and Dr. Ryan Vandrey, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins University, have teamed to study former players’ use and non-use of [cannabidiol] via detailed questionnaires, and to follow a group of current players throughout the season to track their injuries, recoveries and use of CBD and other pain relievers.—Denver Post

How pro-anorexia websites exacerbate the eating disorder epidemicAngela Guarda, director of the Eating Disorders Program at Johns Hopkins University, explains that there are three levels of causality in anorexia.—Newsweek

Scientists, frustrated by funding shortfalls, launch institute for research on cannabinoids….“I’m super excited about [the institute],” said Ryan Vandrey, associate professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore…. “We want to try to form a place where a state that is considering a new medical marijuana program can go to obtain expertise and data to inform their policies.—International Business Times

Mental health programs gaining momentum…. By the end of July, Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore hopes to have six behavioral health teams working side-by-side with physicians and nurses to help manage the mental health of patients. The ambitious plan aims to prove that investing in behavioral health specialists is good for patients and the bottom line.—Health Leaders Medi

Reader’s Digest – June 2016
Myths About ADHD You Still Get Wrong – David Goodman clears the confusion about ADHD, a prevalent yet often misunderstood disorder.

FDA approves implant to battle opioid addiction…. The steady flow from the implant [probuphine​] will reduce fluctuations that can occur when taking a medication once or twice daily, and it removes the need for a patient to remember to take it, said Dr. Annie Umbricht, an expert in substance abuse treatment at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.—HealthDay

LSD-like drugs are out of the haze and back in the labs.... American research interest in psilocybin is especially keen. This is a psychoactive ingredient in the fungus family known as magic mushrooms. It helps that psilocybin carries little of the baggage that still burdens LSD, said Matthew W. Johnson, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at Johns Hopkins.—New York Times

See all of our coverage in the general media

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