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​​2020 News 

The Head and the Heart: Exploring the Link Between Depression and Heart Disease
The Huddle | February 3, 2020
Medical research has shown that there is a strong connection between heart disease and depression; People with depression are at greater risk for heart problems, and people with heart problems are at greater risk for depression. Mark Sullivan, MD, PhD, is quoted.

​​New Jail-Based Intervention Increases Uptake of Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder A​fter Release
UW School of Public Health | February 1, 2020
Theresa Hoeft, PhD, is co-author of a study about a new intervention that may help break the cycle of opioid use disorder among people transitioning from jail or prison back into the community.

Schizophrenia genetics analyzed in South African Xhosa
UW Medicine | January 30, 2020
An ancestral African population reveals clues to the genetic origins of schizophrenia. The project was led by Jon McClellan, MD, and Mary-Claire King (genome sciences and medicine), among others.​
Following the news can be triggering for sexual assault survivors
The Washington Post | January 29, 2020
For the millions of sexual assault survivors in the United States, current events can be rough terrain. Mental health care experts, including Emily Dworkin, PhD, discuss ways to help manage stress.
Amid historic shifts in juvenile justice, some counties lock up kids for treatment
San Francisco Chronicle | January 29, 2020
Sarah Walker, PhD, is quoted in an article about counties that send young people to treatment in juvenile halls. Viewing the entire story may require a subscription to the San Francisco Chronicle
​​​How to choose a therapist and prepare for your first appointment
Right as Rain | January 23, 2020
Erin Gonzalez, PhD, provides tips for overcoming therapy anxiety, what to look for in a therapist, what often happens during the course of therapy sessions, and how to prepare for a first session.​
A new chapter at the Harborview Abuse and Trauma Center
The Huddle | January 22, 2020
The center now offers services for children and adults who have experienced any kind of trauma. Lucy Berliner, MSW, director of the center, thinks the name change better reflects the breadth of knowledge, experience and treatment abilities of the center’s providers.​
Proposed bill would help victims of gun violence access mental health treatment
KXLY | January 22, 2020
The UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Harborview Abuse and Trauma Center propose a guide that recommends more services to victims, prosecuting attorneys and access to trauma centers.
Did you take your buprenorphine? App monitors use
UW School of Medicine | January 22, 2020
Andrew Saxon, MD, is a co-author of a study that shows patient satisfactory with a new mobile app that enables them to upload videos of themselves taking buprenorphine, a medication used to treat opioid-use disorder.
aching out: How caring letters help in suicide prevention​
CBS News | January 19, 2020
Ursula Whiteside, PhD, is quoted in an article that discusses how simple interventions, like a caring letter or text, can make a difference with a person contemplating suicide.
Weinstein trial is a milestone for #MeToo and a moment of wrenching truth for survivors
Los Angeles Times | January 19, 2020
For survivors of sexual assault, a conviction in the Weinstein case could mark a turning point and help heal their trauma. An acquittal could confirm their worst fears. Emily Dworkin, PhD, weighs in.
Columbia County works to remove barriers to mental health​
Union Bulletin | January 17, 2020
Telepsychiatry, offered now at Blue Mountain Counseling in Dayton, will make prescriptions for mental health patients more readily available. UW Psychiatrists work alongside behavioral health specialists and primary care doctors to meet the needs of the patient’s overall health.
'A Lifeline' For Doctors Helps Them Treat Postpartum Depression
NPR | January 15, 20​20
A statewide program in Massachusetts offers support to obstetricians and gynecologists in screening for and treating depression in pregnant women and new moms. The UW's Partnership Access Line (PAL) for Moms​ is referenced. 
Where's the Mental Healthcare Coverage in PPOs?
MedPage Today | January 13, 2020
An article written by Carol Rockhill, MD, PhD, underscores how the U.S. is more similar to impoverished countries than other global leaders when it comes to providing affordable mental healthcare.
The Daily | January 9, 2020
UW Medicine launched the Psychiatry Consultation Line (PCL), allowing healthcare providers statewide to consult UW Medicine psychiatrists regarding mental illness treatments for patients. Ryan Kimmel, MH​ is quoted.
The Three of Us
Accelerate: The Campaign for UW Medicine | January 9, 2020
Todd and Laura Crooks join forces with Jim Vollendroff, MPH, Jurgen Unützer, MD, MPH, MA, and Rebecca Sladek, MS, to create a new kind of mental health conference that works with community members to devise solutions and move initiatives forward.
Telemedicine, Transportation Remain High Priorities, State Sen. Becker Says
Nisqually Valley News | January 8, 2020
The Washington state Legislature convenes on January 13 for this year’s session. 2nd Legislative District Sen. Randi Becker, R-Olympia says there are a number of high priority telemedicine and transportation bills in the works.​
A Small Team in Southeast Washington is Leading the Charge in Telepsychiatry
Crosscut | January 6, 2020
A collaboration between UW Medicine's AIMS Center and Dayton, WA (population 2,500), is changing how Washington brings mental health care to rural communities.
Trump Administration Announces Partial Ban of Flavored Vapes
The Stranger | January 2, 2020
The Trump administration announced a new prohibition on the sales of fruit- and candy-flavored vapor products. Susan Collins, PhD, explains a fundamental conundrum with vaping bans.

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