In the News

UW Today | October 10, 2017
Bradley Wagenaar, MPH, PhD, is addressing the treatment gaps for mental health in Mozambique using implementation science and collaborative care. Wagenaar is associated with the Program in Global Mental Health, a joint initiative between the UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Global Health.

Right as Rain | October 9, 2017
Patrick Raue, PhD, gives advice on how to cope with stress including setting realistic goals and learning how to do problem-solving therapy with the aid of a mental health professional.

KOMO Midday News | October 6, 2017
Doug Zatzick, MD, talks about the mental health trauma from the Las Vegas shootings for the those who were in the killing zone, their families and the first respondents who were called to the scene.

OCHIN Blog | October 05, 2017
Ian Bennett, MD, PhD, and the MInD-I team explain how MInD-I is bringing collaborative care to participating members of the OCHIN community health center network.

UWMedicineHealth YouTube Channel | October 5, 2017
Jesse Fann, MD, provides information about non-obvious depression symptoms and treatment options on National Depression Screening Day via a short video. Also posted on Twitter and Facebook. | October 04, 2017
Laura and Todd Crooks have been the driving force behind the Washington State Mental Health Summit held on October 5. Over 100 leaders in education, business, policy, health care, academia and philanthropy spent the day discussing innovative ways to transform mental health care in Washington State. | October 02, 2017
Kari Stephens, PhD, and colleagues have been awarded a five-year $25 million cooperative agreement over 5 years from the National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS) to create a new Clinical and Translational Science Award Program National Center for Data to Health (CD2H).

Horizon House | September 28, 2017
This is a fantastic story about William Womack, MD, a former resident, fellow and faculty member in our department. He was the first African American to join our faculty and went on to have a remarkable career including serving as Division Chief for Psychiatry at both Harborview and Seattle Children’s. Worth a read!

The Seattle Times | September 25, 2017
According to a new study published in Cancer, one in four Seattle Cancer Care Alliance patients reported using cannabis in the past year, with a vast majority saying they wanted information from their providers but instead are receiving it from alternative sources. The study also revealed that legalization increased the likelihood for use among patients. Christine Lee Gilson, PhD, and Jesse Fann, MD, were authors on the study. This story was covered in multiple outlets including Science Daily, FOX14, Huffington Post, and Daily Mail.

STAT | September 21, 2017
Richard Ries, MD, and Andrew Saxon, MD, write about the importance of medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction which stabilizes opioid receptors and can improve and save lives.

EurekAlert! | September 20, 2017
Heavy drinking six times a month reduces the probability that a new college graduate will land a job by 10 percent, according to a new study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology. Mary Larimer, PhD, and Irene Geisner, PhD, were co-authors on the study.

KUOW | September 19, 2017
A new comprehensive report from Eric Trupin, PhD, evaluates the design, programming, and staffing of King County’s soon-to-be-built youth jail on East Alder Street and includes recommendations to help the county detain fewer young people.

American Psychiatric Association | September 14, 2017
Mark Duncan, MD, shares his experience treating patients with substance use disorders in a collaborative care model and shows us that leveraging the strengths of collaborative care for addiction treatment has much promise.

Right as Rain| September 14, 2017
Maria Monroe-DeVita, PhD, talks about the importance of early intervention in the treatment of psychosis and the creation of the Early Psychosis Intervention Program at the new UW Medicine Behavioral Health Institute at Harborview.

Mercer Island Reporter | September 8, 2017
Jason Kilmer, PhD, worked with a Mercer Island teen and Mercer Island Youth and Family Services Department to answer questions about marijuana and discuss his web-based, youth self-assessment prevention tool offered to juniors and seniors at Mercer Island High School.

Right as Rain| September 8, 2017
Pat Areán, PhD, says taking a mental health day can be okay, but feeling stressed all the time could be depression or anxiety and you should talk with your doctor.

Population Health | September 6, 2017
The University of Washington Population Health Initiative awarded five pilot research grants of $50,000 each to faculty-led teams from 10 different UW schools and colleges. Of the five awards, two included faculty members from our department. Congratulations to Pat Areán, PhD, Patrick Raue, PhD, Deb Cowley, MD, Anna Ratzliff, MD, PhD, and others for their fantastic proposal to train a diverse cohort of undergraduate students in Evidence-Based Psychosocial Interventions (EBPI), thus helping expand the behavioral health workforce. Congratulations also to Deb Kaysen, PhD, Michele Bedard-Gilligan, PhD, and colleagues who will conduct a feasibility study of a brief, group-based, lay-led intervention -- Islamic Trauma Healing -- specifically targeting healing of the mental wounds of trauma within mosques. Thank you to everyone who submitted proposals -- the breadth, depth and innovation of our department as evidenced by the submitted ideas was truly inspiring.

Right as Rain| September 6, 2017
Kari Stephens, PhD, gives advice on how to tell if your child has normal back to school jitters or if their behavior may be a sign of a disorder that should be addressed by a professional.

APA's Medical Mind Podcast | September 1, 2017
Mark Duncan, MD, and Anna Ratzliff, MD, PhD, are interviewed on the potential impact of the collaborative care model on substance use disorders, which are often first identified in a primary care setting.

US News & World Report | August 23, 2017
You don't have to accept poor sleep as just a normal part of aging. Michael Vitiello, PhD, gives advice on how to overcome common sleep problems.

Right as Rain| August 21, 2017
Anna Ratzliff, MD, PhD, talks about the importance of making intentional decisions in life, and using vacations as a way to be present and engaged.

Q13 Fox News | August 16, 2017
Finding it difficult to deal with the barrage of upsetting current events and social media bickering? Douglas Zatzick, MD, gives tips on how to deal with times of stress.

Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society | August 11, 2017
Sherry Willis, PhD, Warner Schaie, PhD, and colleagues explore the relationship between declines in cognition and functional abilities in older adults.

World & News Report | August 8, 2017
The connection between alcohol use and mental health disorders like depression is pretty well understood. Pot? Not so much. Andrew Saxon, MD, is quoted.

Vice | August 6, 2017
Susan Collins, PhD, is quoted on mindfulness therapy and how it may hold the key to combating a pathological fear of happiness.

Pain | August, 2017
Mark Sullivan, MD, PhD, has a new paper which argues for a better theory of the motor aspect of pain problems and treatments. (Click the video icon to view a brief summary of the paper with slides)

Clinical Psychology Review | August, 2017
A new study by lead author, Emily Dworkin, PhD, suggests that experiencing sexual assault is a major risk factor for multiple forms of psychological dysfunction across populations and assault types.

APA Psych News| July 28, 2017
As the first fellows of the new Integrated Care Fellowship, Seeta Patel, MD, and Sara Haack, MD, MPH, reflect on their experiences in the program.

King 5 | July 17, 2017
Teenagers who struggle with depression are up to 50 percent more likely to use cannabis later in life, according to a new study from Isaac Rhew, PhD, Charles Fleming, Ann Vander Stoep, PhD, Semret Nicodimos, Cheng Zheng, PhD, (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), and Elizabeth McCauley, PhD. The story was covered in multiple outlets, including HSNewsbeat and the Daily Mail.

Q13 Fox | July, 11 2017
Washington’s approach to marijuana sales and the dedicated tax money directed to the poor, the sick and those in need are providing a lifeline to some Washington residents. Nephi Stella, PhD, is interviewed.

Northwest Public Health | Spring/Summer 2017
Jürgen Unützer, MD, and Diane Powers talk about the AIMS Center approach to implementing collaborative care in rural areas: collaborating with primary care, adapting evidence, and adjusting approaches until something works.

Motherboard | June 27, 2017
Debra Kaysen, PhD, talks about why a new extension for Google Chrome, which blocks out upsetting content as you browse the internet, could be a useful tool for people trying to overcome anxiety disorders.

the Stranger | June 27, 2017
This guest editorial co-authored by John Roll, PhD, and Dennis Donovan, PhD, stresses the importance of cannabis research being done at UW and WSU and the need for continued state funding.

IEEE Spectrum | June 27, 2017
Data can revolutionize the treatment of depression, schizophrenia, and other mental health disorders. Dror Ben-Zeev,PhD, gives examples from his own research of how data collected with smartphones can help people with schizophrenia.

WBUR 90.9 | June 20, 2017
Jane Clayson interviews Dror Ben-Zeev, PhD, for the radio program On Point about the new landscape of digitized mental health care.

BuzzFeed News | June 6, 2017
Mark Sullivan, MD, PhD, comments on the recent correction issued to a 1980 painkiller study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Vox | June 5, 2017
A compelling story that references a 2015 article by Jane Ballantyne, MD, FRCA, and Mark Sullivan, MD, PhD, in which they made the case that doctors don't need to reduce the intensity of pain in order to successfully treat it.

Yahoo News | June 5, 2017
Judith Turner, PhD, weighs in on the vicious cycle of stress and sleep deprivation.

King 5 | June 1, 2017
Live on New Day Northwest, Jesse Fann, MD, MPH, discusses how valuable specialized psychiatric and psychological care services can be for cancer patients.

Listen2YourSelfie | June 1, 2017
Watch as Jason Kilmer answers questions submitted by Washington teenagers about marijuana.

Spectrum News | May 30, 2017
Zoran Brkanac, MD, and his colleagues are using new bioinformatics approaches to research the relationship between mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and autism.

H&HN | May 24, 2017
Closing the Behavioral Health Gap Through Collaboration Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, MA, talks about the importance of Collaborative Care to reach more people in need of mental health care, despite a shortage of behavioral health specialists.

KIRO 7 | May 21, 2017
Jeff Dubois from KIRO 7 interviews Michele Bedard-Giligan, PhD, MS, about what pre-clinical research suggests about the effect of marijuana on PTSD sufferers.

NEJM Catalyst | May 18, 2017
Mark Sullivan, MD, PhD, writes about what is needed to achieve true patient-centered care in the context of chronic pain.

The Pharmaceutical Journal | May 15, 2017
William Banks, MD, discusses the current methods of getting drugs through the blood-brain barrier (BBB) to treat central nervous system disorders and the need to better understand how the BBB works.

The Atlantic | May 15, 2017
Mark Sullivan, MD, PhD, talks about why people with depression are more likely to misuse painkillers.

UW Today | May 15, 2017
Isaac Rhew, PhD, discusses why neighborhoods with greater poverty and disorganization may play a greater role in problem drinking than the availability of bars and stores that sell hard liquor. Coverage on King 5, NY Daily News, KUOW, among others.

The Seattle Times | May 12, 2017
Katherine Hoerster, PhD, MPH, recounts her personal struggle with breastfeeding her son, and her realization that there’s no simple right way.

KIRO 7 News | May 12, 2017
Michelle Millman interviews Rick Ries, MD, about the epidemic of Xanax abuse.

Time | May 11, 2017
Mark Stein, PhD, director of the ADHD and Related Disorders Program at Seattle Children's, makes the case that fidget spinners should not overtake proven methods of treating ADHD.

the Stranger | May 10, 2017
Rick Ries, MD, talks about the similarities between alcohol and gaming addictions, saying that like drugs and alcohol, gaming causes a flood of the pleasure chemical dopamine in the brain.

Psychiatric News | May 1, 2017
Kari Stephens, PhD, challenges us to think about how we can best use big data to disseminate evidence-based mental health treatment to improve population health. | April 14, 2017
Pat Areán, PhD, advises to seek help when struggling with mood, energy, interest or concentration, especially during unexpected life events. | April 8, 2017
Dror Ben-Zeev, PhD, weighs in on how patients with serious mental illnesses use technology and how his app, FOCUS, fits in.

Psychiatric News | April 3, 2017
Dror Ben-Zeev, PhD, advocates for employing technology in mental health care and discusses his research with a mental health themed mobile app called FOCUS.

The Atlantic | April, 2017
Clinical instructor Tony Rousmaniere, PsyD, writes about the struggles of assessing the helpfulness of psychotherapy in some patients and how measurement-based care and routine outcome monitoring can help. | March 31, 2017
A study led by Mark Sullivan, MD, PhD, Jennifer Brennan Braden, MD, MPH, and Mark Edlund, MD, PhD, (Research Triangle Institute International) shows that suicides involving opioids have doubled since 1999, suggesting a dangerous link between mental illness, pain, and suicide.

U.S. News & World Report | 2017
The UW was once again named a top medical school for its drug and alcohol abuse program. The ranking is complex and incorporates medical school teaching, clinical services, academics (journal articles and books), and funded research. Multiple people, Institutes and Centers affiliated with our department contribute to the culture of collaboration and excellence of the program.

Seattle Magazine | March 2017
This year’s Top Doctors report, put out annually by Seattle Magazine, features a number of our faculty members. Congratulations to Andrew Saxon, MD, (Addiction Psychiatry), Jesse Fann, MD, (Psychiatry), Murray Raskind, MD, (Psychiatry), Hower Kwon, MD, (Child & Adolescent Psychiatry), Kathleen Myers, MD, (Child & Adolescent Psychiatry), Mark Snowden, MD, (Geriatric Psychiatry), Richard Veith, MD, (Geriatric Psychiatry) and courtesy faculty member Kenneth Melman, MD, (Psychiatry).

Medscape | March 28, 2017
Lawmakers in several states are advancing proposals to force individuals who abuse opioids into treatment via involuntary commitment as a means of coping with the rapid rise in overdose rates. Andrew Saxon, MD, weighs in. (Medscape subscription required to view article. Free to subscribe.)

KOMO Newsradio | March 23, 2017
Richard Ries, MD, gave a live radio interview about the current heroin epidemic and addiction crisis in Washington state preceding his appearance as a panelist at a public forum on Heroin and Addiction in Everett on Thursday.

Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology | March 14, 2017
Watch a short video summarizing the findings of a new study by Isaac Rhew, PhD, MPH, Cynthia Stappenbeck, PhD, Michele Bedard-Gilligan, PhD, MS, Tonda Hughes, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Debra Kaysen, PhD.

The Seattle Times | March 2, 2017
Research shows a high return-on-investment for mental health counseling in schools. Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, MA, talks about the importance of early intervention in regards to school-based mental health care, and makes the point that we shouldn’t have to choose between education and mental health.

Eric Trupin and Son Receive the Norm Maleng Advocate for Youth Award
The Center for Children and Youth Justice (CCJY) honored Eric Trupin, PhD, and his son, Casey Trupin, with the Norm Maleng Advocate for Youth Award at the annual CCJY breakfast in March. The award recognizes those who show exemplary leadership, dedication, advocacy for and commitment to the youth and families of Washington who become involved in our juvenile justice and/or child welfare systems. The father-son honorees share a legacy of work in shaping better outcomes for systems youth.| March 4, 2017
Researchers led by Patricia Areán, PhD, are using a video game-like digital therapy called Evo to combat depression in people over 65. Studies to date have shown promising results.

The Wall Street Journal | February 11, 2017
Parenting experts say it's important to be involved in your pre-adolescent's sleepovers, while letting them feel like they are making their own decisions. Clinical professor Laura Kastner, PhD, weighs in. The full article can only be accessed with a Wall Street Journal subscription.

The New York Times | February 2, 2017
Therese Grant, PhD, talks about the need for more research to study the effects of smoking marijuana while pregnant. Most research in this area was done when the drug was far less potent than it is today.

The ASCO Post | January 25, 2017
Roberto Montenegro, MD, PhD, a Fellow in the UW Child and Adolescent Psychiatry program, talks about the ramifications of microaggressions on medical trainees, the impact of bias on patient care, and how medical institutions can create environments that blunt microaggressions and support underrepresented medical students and physicians during training.

HSNewsbeat | January 12, 2017
Jennifer Villatte, PhD, a newly named early-career investigator to the ITHS KL2 Program, seeks to develop an implementation support tool that helps providers deliver effective, efficient interventions that enhance patients’ mental and behavioral health.

HSNewsbeat | January 12, 2017
Irene Geisner, PhD, and Christine Lee, PhD, published a new study that found college students who drank the most on their 21st birthday consumed more alcohol during the year that followed. Coverage on King 5 News, among others.

UWMedicine Facebook | January 9, 2017
Kari Stephens, PhD, shares tips for beating snow anxiety. The video was viewed over 1,000 times.

HSNewsbeat | January 3, 2017
Patricia Areán, PhD led two studies showing promising results for treating depression with a video game interface. Coverage on KIRO, and KOMO, among many others.