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January 1st, 2016

Study: Youth bored and stressed

By Catherine Robertson Souter

In perhaps the largest study ever done in such a short time, the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence teamed up with Born This Way Foundation to execute a survey of more than 22,000 high school students conducted over a three-month period. Reaching out to adolescents through schools and through the social media net of the Foundation’s founder, singer Lady Gaga, researchers were able to attract an overwhelming number of responses in the set time period, far more than expected. “We had 45,000 responses in total,” said Marc Brackett, Ph.D., director of the Yale Center, “and for this study, we used [More]

January 1st, 2016

Hasbro expands programs

By Pamela Berard

Meeting a growing national need for integrated care for children dealing with combinations of psychiatric and physical illness, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, in collaboration with Bradley Hospital, recently expanded its medical/psychiatric programs. The expansion doubles the number of inpatient beds and extends capacity in its partial hospital program. The Medical/Psychiatric Program at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Rhode Island and its multidisciplinary team address the needs of children and adolescents ages six to 18 with complex pediatric illnesses such as eating disorders or medical illness complicated by psychiatric co-morbidity. Renovations at the Inpatient Medical/Psychiatric Program expanded the program from eight to 16 [More]

January 1st, 2016

Sleep disorders: solutions to shut-eye shortage

By Phyllis Hanlon

According to the Centers for Disease Control, sleep insufficiency has become a major problem, linked to motor vehicle and industrial accidents as well as to some chronic physical conditions. The issue of sleep deprivation is complicated and multi-faceted. While seemingly a medical problem, sleep may have psychological underpinnings that mental health professionals can address. Heather C. Finley, Ph.D., sleep medicine specialist at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, cited the 3P model, a framework comprising predisposing, precipitating and perpetuating factors developed by Paul Glovinsky and Art Spielman, as a way to better understand sleep disorders, particularly insomnia. The [More]

January 1st, 2016

Top workplaces’ list includes mental health agencies

By Susan Gonsalves

Commonwealth Psychology Associates LLC was named one of the “Top Places to Work,” by The Boston Globe for the past two years. The distinction is based on confidential surveys filled out by employees that are assessed by Workplace Dynamics of Exton, Penn., an independent third party that specializes in employee engagement and retention. In all, 357 companies, divided into four groups by size, completed the questionnaire with input collected from 77,000 employees. The participants responded to two dozen statements related to their work experiences. Andrea Piatt, Ph.D., ABPP, who founded the practice in 2004, attributes employee satisfaction to the fact [More]

January 1st, 2016

Panelist: Hybrid careers likely for newcomers

By Rivkela Brodsky

Having a hybrid career in psychology – a mix of academic, clinical, and work in other industries – is more likely in the near future with fewer full-time academic job opportunities in the field of psychology, said Steven N. Broder, Ph.D., clinical associate professor of counseling, psychology, and applied human development at Boston University’s School of Education. “It’s the nature of the world and the changing economy; people will be doing a variety of things,” Broder said. But, there are also some personality factors that should be considered when choosing a hybrid career versus a traditional full-time academic or clinical [More]

January 1st, 2016

Research uses MRI to identify attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

By Catherine Robertson Souter

When magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, was first introduced as a diagnostic tool in the 1990s, a new world was opened to researchers as the scans provided a novel way to look at the inner workings of the human body. Now, researchers at Yale University have found a way to use the MRI to see even further into the human psyche to identify attention problems. In a study recently published in Nature Neuroscience, the Yale team presented evidence that they could correctly identify adults and children with a range of attentional issues through MRI scans that focused on connectivity between [More]

December 1st, 2015

Celebrity stalking: a dangerous combination of obsession, delusion

By Phyllis Hanlon

When Robert John Bardo murdered actress Rebecca Schaeffer in 1989, he drew public attention to the issue of stalking. In response, California passed the first stalking legislation in the country in 1990; by 2000, all 50 states had enacted similar laws, according to the National Center for Victims of Crime. While stalking most often involves perpetrators and victims who are acquainted or related, celebrity stalking captures headlines. According to Gerald Sweet, Ph.D., forensic and police psychologist, co-developer of the Military Veterans Psychology Program and faculty member at William James College (formerly the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology), celebrity stalking falls [More]

December 1st, 2015

NAMI forum offers multi-faceted workshops

By Susan Gonsalves

Preventing unnecessary arrests and prison time for people with mental health disorders is the goal of the Criminal Justice Diversion Project, a National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) initiative, said June Binney, J.D., director. Personnel from the Fitchburg and Cambridge police departments presented a workshop on “Best Practices in Law Enforcement/Mental Health Partnerships,” at NAMI’s Massachusetts state convention in Leominster on Oct. 31. The Department of Mental Health awards approximately $1.5 million in annual grants to cities and towns to implement specialized training so that officers are better able to respond to incidents involving people with mental illnesses. NAMI created [More]

December 1st, 2015

Violence toward staff of concern at Worcester Recovery Center

By Rivkela Brodsky

When the Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital opened in 2012 it was touted as a state-of-the art facility that emphasized the “natural structure of home, neighborhood and community.” The $305 million, 430,000-square foot structure, with 320 beds – 60 for adolescents and 260 for adults – was built to have a “non-institutional look” where the “intent is to provide a private, quieter space.” However, there has not been much quiet at the hospital as of late. The hospital has seen a dramatic rise in incidents of violence against staff by patients – far and above anything the Massachusetts Nurses Association [More]

December 1st, 2015

Mental health screenings come out in the open

By Janine Weisman

G“et a CHECK-UP from the NECK UP?” The sign next to the sleek looking kiosk in the first floor lobby of the rec center at Drexel University in Philadelphia invites students, faculty and staff and the general public to take anonymous, two-minute screenings to test for depression, anxiety, alcohol use, eating disorders or other mental health concerns. The MindKare kiosk by Screening for Mental Health, a nonprofit organization in Wellesley Hills, Mass., takes mental health screenings into public view just like blood-pressure check-ups at the local pharmacy. Installed last May, the Drexel rec center kiosk is the first such public [More]

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