2015 News

UWTODAY | December 29, 2015
Christine Lee, PhD, Mary Larimer, PhD, Jason Kilmer, PhD, and Isaac Rhew, PhD coauthor a study that investigates how different types of marijuana legalization impacts alcohol use.
MedPageToday | December 16, 2015
Mark Sullivan, MD, PhD, outlines best steps on how to assist and actively work with patients tapering off of opioids.
The Whole U | December 16, 2015
Suzanne Kerns, PhD participated on a panel discussing how to prioritize and stay consistent on your values as a parent, while also fostering a positive and loving relationship with your children.
The New York Times | December 14, 2015
Bryan King, MD is quoted from his JAMA Pediatrics editorial “Assessing Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children After Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy."
NewsBeat | December 2, 2015
Associate Professor Dimitry Davydow, MD, MPH is the lead author of a study that seeks to understand the role depression plays in preventable hospitalization and re-hospitalization within 30 days of being released.
Los Angeles Times | December 2, 2015
Professor David Atkins, PhD explains how software that can evaluate empathy has the potential to build better therapist-patient relationships and be more cost-effective.
Newsbeat | December 2, 2015
Professor David Atkins, PhD, lead author of a new study on computer-evaluated empathy, envisions software providing near-immediate feedback to therapists.
The Washington Post | December 2, 2015
The University of Washington is working with researchers in Utah and California on the development of an automated computer system that tracks words and tone from audio recorded sessions to effectively evaluate a therapist’s level of empathy.
Acting Instructor Jeffrey Sung, MD receives the Sue Eastgard Training Excellence Award for his work in suicide prevention training from Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention.
The Daily | November 17, 2015
Jason Kilmer, PhD discusses ways in which he and Mary Larimer, PhD are engaging college students in a dialogue about using drugs and alcohol safely, and how to foster receptivity to these ideas within a college campus.
The New York Times | November 3, 2015
Professor Kathleen Myers, MD, MPH talks about telemental health services as one answer to increasing access to mental health specialists in rural areas.
QUERI E-news | October 2015
Principal Investigator John Fortney, PhD is overseeing a new implementation trial of the Telemedicine Outreach for PTSD (TOP) program in six rural Veterans Integrated Service Networks.
Psychiatric News | October 29, 2015
Anna Ratzliff, MD, PhD is interviewed about the AIMS Center’s collaboration with the American Psychiatric Association (APA) on a $2.9 million grant that will train 3,500 psychiatrists over a four-year period in integrated behavioral health.
Puget Sound Business Journal | October 28, 2015
The new Integrated Care Training Program, directed by Anna Ratzliff, MD, PhD, aims to improve the state’s mental health care system by training psychiatrists to partner and consult with primary-care providers and other healthcare workers.
Newsbeat | October 27, 2015
UW Medicine has launched a new Integrated Care Training Program to expand mental health services across the state.
The Economist | October 24, 2015
Professor Debra Kaysen, PhD, talks to The Economist about PTSD’s similar characteristics throughout the world and how she has adapted treatment to work in poorer countries and difficult settings. The article discusses why PTSD develops, how treatments work, and how acceptance of PTSD’s inherently physical nature could encourage sufferers to seek help.
King 5 News | October 1, 2015
In the wake of the mass shooting at Umpqua College in Oregon, Doug Zatzick, MD talks about how this incident can bring about PTSD symptoms, how to recognize those symptoms and how to recalibrate life after a traumatic incident such as this.
New Training Program in Partnership with APA
September 29, 2015
UW Psychiatry is partnering with the American Psychiatric Association to train and support a national network of psychiatrists in Integrated Care Psychiatry. The effort is a result of a $2.9 million Transforming Clinical Practices grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to the APA. Associate Professor Anna Ratzliff, MD, PhD will lead the training effort.
WSMA Press Release | September 28, 2015
Assistant Professor Ray Hsiao, MD was elected president of the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) at the association's annual meeting in September.
Puget Sound Business Journal | August 25, 2015
The University of Washington embarks on the largest clinical trial involving psychiatric disorders located in rural areas. Examining 1,000 patients with PTSD, bipolar disorder or both, this study will help the University’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences best understand how to deal with psychiatric care in rural areas of the state where it is lacking.
UW Medicine Newsbeat | August 24, 2015
The University of Washington was recently awarded an $11.7 million grant to fund the largest ever clinical trial on psychiatric disorders affecting rural Americans. This study, led by John Fortney, PhD and Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH will compare two models of telepsychiatric care, a telepsychiatry-based referral method and a telepsychiatry-based Collaborative Care method. The trial will enroll 1,000 patients living in rural areas across three states (Arkansas, Michigan, and Washington) who have been diagnosed with complex psychiatric disorders, such as bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. The patients' primary care provider will either refer them to off-site mental health care providers (telepsychiatry referral model) or have the providers be guided by an off-site mental health professional (Collaborative Care).
Telepsychiatry helps underserved populations
King5 |August 18, 2015
Kathleen Myers, MD of Seattle Children’s Hospital discusses the increasing demand and benefits of telepsychiatry.
Newsbeat | August 17, 2015
A new Northwest Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Center will increase the expertise of primary-care providers, trainees and others in caring for older adults. Michael Vitiello, PhD will co-direct the Center with Elizabeth Phelan, MD, MS, UW associate professor of medicine.
Newsweek | July 31, 2015
Newsweek has compiled a list of the top cancer doctors in 2015, including University of Washington’s own Jesse Fann, MD who was identified as one of the top doctors of Psychiatry in the cancer and terminal illness fields.
KUOW Radio | July 23, 2015
Anna Ratzliff, MD, PhD, talks to KUOW’s RadioActive youth radio program about the different types of depression and the toll they take on individuals’ lives. She also provides advice on how to seek help for loved ones who might be depressed.
KUOW| July 20, 2015
Raphael Bernier, PhD, Clinical Director of Seattle Children’s Autism Center, is collaborating with five other institutions to develop a medical test that can accurately diagnose autism.
The Washington Post | July 2, 2015
Susan Collins, PhD, contributes to The Washington Post’s article on Seattle’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program. The program seeks to reduce future crimes by providing drug offenders with therapy, housing, and transportation assistance if they need financial help. Dr. Collins of the University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is a researcher in an independent study concerning the program’s statistics for lowering drug offender bookings and likeliness of prevention over its four years of implementation. Dr. Collins and her team are set to release a report this winter about how the program affects participants’ mental health and employment.
Psychiatric Times | July 1, 2015
Sahana D'Silva, MD, acting instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, writes about a seven year research study that establishes an increased risk of developing dementia when a person has a history of either depression or diabetes.
Seattle Magazine | July, 2015
Department psychiatrists Bryan King, MD, Hower Kwon, MD and Daniel Krashin, MD were among the best physicians in the Puget Sound region as chosen by their peers.
Newsbeat| June 30, 2015
Jesse Fann, MD, MPH, a specialist in the psychological treatment of trauma and cancer patients, talks about the development of depression, anxiety, and mood swings after a traumatic brain injury.
Crosscut | June 30, 2015
Eric Trupin, PhD talks to Crosscut on the efforts Washington State is taking to use mental health ideas to promote the wellbeing of at risk youth while saving money for the state. Legislators are making efforts to better situations for at-risk youth by supporting programs that have a superior track record, and by working with mental health providers to design new approaches that draw on the latest findings in child brain development.
Billings Gazette | June 21, 2015
Suzanne Murray, MD, Director of the Psychiatry Residency Program, contributes to an article discussing the demand for more mental health professionals working in Montana. Dr. Murray comments on how the Seattle-Boise residency model, where residents train for two years in Seattle and two years in Boise in hopes of retaining those residents in Boise, is being considered in the case of Montana. Witnessing the Seattle-Boise success since its start in 2010, there is hope that a future Billings, Montana and Seattle residency program will provide more access to mental health for the people of Montana who need it.
Herald at the University of Washington Bothell| June 16, 2015
Christine Lee, PhD, research associate professor in the Center of Health and Risk Behaviors, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, leads a research study on where and when stress occurs in early adulthood. The study, called Project Transitions, seeks to examine the stress in 18 to 23 year-olds who’ve taken various career paths. These participants include young adults who’ve either chosen to attend college, maintain a full or part-time job, or become military personnel.
The Yakima Herald | June 6, 2015
The Yakima Herald highlights the University of Washington’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Mental Health Integration Program (MHIP). MHIP targets rural and suburban areas that are in dire need of psychiatrist but whose populations are so small that psychiatrists can’t afford to live there. In these cases, psychiatrists at the University of Washington partner with primary care providers to train and consult them on diagnosing mental health disorders using telepsychiatry. These consultations instill confidence in primary care providers for prescribing medication for mental illnesses such as depression, PTSD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
Psychiatry Advisor | May, 22, 2015
Soo Borson, PhD discusses the commonly overlooked issue of depression and anxiety accompanying chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and how, through anti-depressants, therapy, or collaborative care, these mental illnesses can be greatly reduced in COPD patients.
Spectrum News | May 15, 2015
Raphael Bernier, PhD discusses his research in identifying specific biomarkers that can quickly indicate if a child has autism and tailor the right treatment, for that particular autism, strain accordingly
Institute of Translational Health Sciences News | May 13, 2015
Amy Bauer, MD, MS, assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, is interviewed on her research to bring mobile health technology to patients and their doctors. Currently under development, the apps collect patient information and provide patients with a direct line of communication to their provider. The applications are designed as tools to encourage patients’ recognition and acclimation of their mental conditions, such as depression and anxiety, and how to better live within their bounds.
PsychCongress Network | May, 2015
Debra Kaysen, PhD addresses gaps and misconceptions found in a study on child abuse survivors who find stable romantic relationships as adults and how this affects their depression levels.
HSNewsbeat | April 30, 2015
The AIMS Center’s Social Innovation Fund, Healthy Futures initiative, is featured in a story about improving access to mental health care in rural areas by using a collaborative care model.
JAMA | April 21, 2015
Bryan King, MD comments on a JAMA research paper providing additional evidence on the lack of association between the MMR childhood vaccine and autism.
Crosscut | April 7, 2015
Eric Trupin, PhD and his son Casey Trupin converse about how neglect affects children, families and society at large.
MSKTC | April, 2015
Jesse Fann, MD and Charles Bombardier, PhD (Department of Rehabilitation Medicine) collaborate on the development of a large educational module on TBI and Depression.
U.S. Medicine | April, 2015
John Fortney, PhD discusses his study comparing a telemedicine-based Collaborative Care model to usual care regarding PTSD.
USC News| March 20, 2015
David Atkins, PhD works with USC professor of Engineering, Shrikanth Narayanan, to create an automated system that can objectively and consistently evaluate a therapist’s empathy levels.
AJMC | March 4, 2015
Wayne Katon, MD, after more than three decades of helping individuals with mental health and founding collaborative care, dies.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) | March 3, 2015
NIMH Director Thomas Insel ranks Collaborative Care and the work of Wayne Katon, MD as one of the best examples of how research can change mental health care.
HSNewsBeat | March 3, 2015
Wayne Katon, MD dies at the age of 64. NewsBeat writes about Dr. Katon’s pivotal influences in the field of psychiatry with his collaborative care model, his history with the department, and how he will truly be missed.
KUOW | February 20, 2015
Douglas Zatzick, PHD discusses medical research that supports marijuana as a fear reducer that has the potential to transfer as a treatment for PTSD.
TVW | January 15, 2015
Jurgen Unutzer, MD, MPH, MA, was recently asked to speak to the WA State Joint Senate Health Care & Human Services Mental Health Committee about integrated care.
The Benefits of Telepsychiatry: An Interview With John Fortney, PhD
Psychiatry Advisor
| January 9, 2015
John Fortney, PhD one of the nation’s foremost experts on using telemedicine-based interventions to improve care for rural patients is interviewed on a new study he and the AIMS Center have published in JAMA Psychiatry.