Anyone can learn suicide-intervention tactics
UW Medicine Newsroom | October 18, 2019
The cause of an overall increase in suicides are unknown, but families can take steps to protect loved ones who might be contemplating suicide. Christopher DeCou, PhD,
discusses some preventative measures.
LEAP Artist Collective opens ‘Come As You Are’ exhibit
The Daily | October 15, 2019
A collaboration between a Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) and the HaRRT Center, co-directed by Seema Clifasefi, PhD, MSW,
and Susan Collins, PhD,
features work from residents of a DESC facility.
Coverage continues for the new Garvey Institute for Brain Health Solutions
established by philanthropists Lynn and Mike Garvey to develop effective new treatments for brain disorders, such as addiction, depression and Alzheimer’s disease. Read more in
, and the Lewiston Morning Tribune.
Into the Well
JAMA Network | October 8, 2019
Psychiatry resident Colin Wendt’s, MD,
powerful narrative piece on his experience as an in-patient psychiatrist was recently published in JAMA's A Piece of My Mind segment.
UW Medicine receives $19 million to study opioid addiction
KOMO News | September 26, 2019
Researchers at UW Medicine will receive $19 million to study opioid addiction.The funds are part of a massive initiative by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to address opioid addiction. Anna Ratzliff, MD, PhD,
Courts, social services can work together on housing instability
Juvenile Justice | September 20, 2019
An opinion piece written by Sarah Walker, PhD,
and Lars Almquist
discusses how social determinants of health, such as housing stability, are critical assets for supporting youth emotional and physical health but are rarely addressed as part of court services.
Why is it so hard to quit heroin? It hijacks your brain
King5 News | September 20, 2019
For people who find themselves in the depths of addiction, it can be almost impossible to recover without proper intervention and treatment. That's because, in a simple sense, heroin hijacks your brain even with very little use. "It's changing the plasticity of the brain." Susan Ferguson, PhD,
The CDC continues funding UW’s HPRC as a National Prevention Research Center
UW School of Public Health | September 17, 2019
The UW School of Public Health’s Health Promotion Research Center has once again been awarded funding as part of a select group of national prevention research centers. “This will give us a chance to more directly work with organizations serving people who are experiencing health inequity because of who they are, where they live, and where they work,” said Mark Snowden, MD, MPH.
UW Medicine receives state support to address behavioral health needs
The Huddle | September 17, 2019
During its 2019 session, Governor Jay Inslee and the Washington State Legislature took decisive and badly needed action to address the state’s behavioral health crisis. As part of this initiative, UW Medicine will receive funding to build a new UW Medicine Behavioral Health Teaching Facility, increase residency training in psychiatry, establish a new telehealth consultation center and provide training and technical assistance to providers caring for individuals with mental health and substance use problems throughout our state.
Billions of reasons to invest
Puget Sound Business Journal | September 13, 2019
Washington has earmarked record funding for behavioral health, such as a behavioral health teaching hospital and a telepsychiatry program that connects doctors to UW psychiatrists. Matt Iles-Shih, MD MPH, Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, MA, Jim Vollendroff, MPA,
and Ian Goodhew, JD,
are quoted. Note: you must have an account with PSBJ to read the article.
Treading the tightrope of opioid restrictions
Nature | September 11, 2019
US efforts to control opioid prescriptions are having unintended effects on people with chronic pain. Although the debate about the benefits of opioid prescription controls is set to continue, there is broad agreement that the US health-care system as a whole has failed people with chronic pain. Mark Sullivan, MD, PhD,
Billings Clinic to help train psychiatrists
NBC Montana | August 26, 2019
Billings Clinic has begun a program to help train psychiatrists with the hope some of them will stay in Montana, where there is a shortage. The Montana Track, directed by Julie Kelso, MD,
is the first-ever psychiatry residency program in Montana.
Seattle Has Figured Out How to End the War on Drugs
New York Times | August 23, 2019
Opinion columnist Nicholas Kristof writes about a bold approach to narcotics that should be a model for America, citing a
2017 peer-reviewed study
by Susan Collins, PhD,
and Seema Clifaseﬁ, PhD, MSW,
that highlighted the positive effects of the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Program on recidivism. Note: you will have to create a free NYT account to view the article.
This American Life | August 23, 2019
Debra Kaysen, PhD,
(now at Stanford University) provided 10 hour-long sessions over two weeks of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) to journalist Jaime Lowe who had experienced sexual assault as a teenager. It's a powerful episode -- the CPT sessions are recorded -- and has been listened to 3.5 million times.
Washington Jails See Hope in Medication to Treat Opioid Addiction Behind Bars
Centralia Chronicle | August 5, 2019
With more than half of people abusing prescription opioids or heroin reporting contact with the justice system, according to a national 2018 study, jails are exploring providing what’s known as medication-assisted treatment. Rick Ries, MD, FAPA, FASM,
and Andy Saxon, MD,
talk about the benefits of buprenorphine.
Marijuana and Pregnancy: Here’s What the Science Says
ParentMap | July 30, 2019
More pregnant women are using marijuana, and many aren’t sure how the substance impacts their baby’s health. Open, honest communication between women and their providers is best for moms and babies, whether a mother uses marijuana or other substances, says Therese Grant, PhD.
$4.2 million CDC grant to expand injury-prevention research
Mirage News | July 17, 2019
A $4.2 million grant to UW Medicine’s Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center (HIPRC) will support four projects focused on prescription-opioid abuse, suicide, older adult falls, and pediatric concussion in Washington state and the Pacific Northwest including a project on prescription opioids led by Mark Sullivan, MD, PhD.
Can you ever be freinds with your former therapist?
SELF | July 16, 2019
Anna Borisovskaya, MD.
weighs in on whether staying in touch with a former patient is a good idea, saying it would be very hard to shake a feeling of duty that would go beyond a typical friendship.
Avoid these phrases when trying to help an assault survivor
UW Medicine Newsroom | July 5, 2019
Well-intentioned reactions might be even more harmful than victim blame, according to a recent study led by Emily Dworkin, PhD.
The analysis looked at whether survivors’ mental health was better or worse depending on the kinds of reactions they got when they told others -- family, friends or professionals -- about the assault. The story was picked up by KING 5 News.
Wider implementation of Collaborative Care is inevitable
Psychiatric News | July 3, 2019
Some of the nation’s experts in mental health policy and payment, including Andrew Carlo, MD,
summarize recent information on billing codes and other factors affecting the implementation of evidence-based collaborative care programs.
Paul Ramsey: Big legislative wins for UW Medicine
The Huddle, UW Medicine | June 26, 2019
Each year, our government relations director, Ian Goodhew, JD,
travels to Olympia and Washington, D.C. to advocate for (and against) legislation that impacts UW Medicine. His efforts recently produced some important outcomes at the 2019 Washington state legislative session, including significant funding to the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
How to Support Someone After a Difficult Diagnosis
Right as Rain | June 24, 2019
When you get the news you never want to hear -- that someone you love has just received a difficult health diagnosis -- what should you do? Listen, says Jesse Fann, MD, MPH,
who specializes in helping patients cope with medical issues.
San Francisco conservatorship
KUOW The Record | June 17, 2019
San Francisco can now involuntarily treat people who are suffering from a trifecta of homelessness, mental illness and drug addiction. Susan Collins, PhD,
comments on what science can tell us about whether forced treatment works, and the effectiveness of harm reduction strategies.
Life saving supports
Monitor on Psychology | June, 2019
Psychologist-designed programs that include housing, work and family interventions for people with opioid use disorder show promise. A combined behavioral and pharmacotherapy program run through the Harm Reduction Research and Treatment (HaRRT) Center and Harborview Medical Center is featured; Susan Collins, PhD,
How to choose the right therapy app
Right as Rain | June 13, 2019
There’s an app for pretty much everything these days, and mental health help is no exception. Apps are alluring because they offer convenient relief for free or for a smaller fee than in-person therapy. Patricia Areán, PhD,
talks about when and how they can be beneficial.
Drug ODs, Suicides Soaring Among Millennials: Report
US News & World Report | June 13, 2019
During the past decade, drug-related deaths among millennials increased by 108%, alcohol-induced deaths by 69%, and suicides by 35%, according to the report from the Trust for America's Health and Well Being Trust. Andrew Saxon, MD,
comments on the trend.
Seattle has stopped charging people for personal drug possession -- instead, it is treating addiction
The Washington Post | June 11, 2019
Late last year, prosecutors in King County, which encompasses Seattle, and neighboring Snohomish County became the first in the nation to stop charging people for possessing small amounts of drugs — heroin, meth and crack included — in virtually all cases. Research by Susan Collins, PhD,
and Seema Clifasefi, PhD, MSW,
The Future of Mental Health Care is Sitting in Your Pocket
National Council for Behavioral Health | June 7, 2019
In his TED-Style talk with standing room only, “The Future of Mental Health Care is Sitting in Your Pocket,” Dror Ben-Zeev, PhD,
highlights the innovative uses of mobile technology in mental health care.
Why is ADHD missed in girls?
BBC | June 4, 2019
Many more boys get diagnosed with ADHD than girls. But more girls may have the condition than we think — and their struggle to receive a diagnosis can affect their whole lives. Anne Arnett, PhD,
UW Medicine Magazine | Spring, 2019
Why do active-duty military personnel die by suicide? There’s no single answer. But there may be a new way to prevent some of these deaths: with the text function on your phone. The article is based on research by Kate Comtois, PhD, MPH, Amanda Kerbrat, MSW, LICSW, Chris DeCou, PhD, Dave Atkins, PhD,
and Rick Ries, MD, FAPA, FASM.
Commentary: State sets a new course for mental health care
HeraldNet | May 26, 2019
With funding and policy, state lawmakers cooperated to rebuild a behavioral health system that works for all. Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, MA,
provided legislators with the insight and inspiration needed to make this a reality.
Understanding consequences of marijuana use
KIMA | May 10, 2019
The Yakima Health District held an educational forum to help local health care providers understand the impact marijuana use has on youth. Jason Kilmer, PhD,
Training developed to help families dealing with psychosis
UW Newsroom | May 7, 2019
When a loved one is going through a psychotic episode, it’s hard to know what to do. How do you communicate? How do you offer support? A program to teach evidence-based skills to help people whose loved ones have a psychotic disorder is being held May 14, and a promising smartphone-based intervention for people with schizophrenia is being deployed at 20 health clinics across the state.
Dr. Raymond Vath receives 2019 MEDEX Pioneer Award
The UW Daily | May 6, 2019
Can marijuana treat autism? A new clinical trial is looking to see if cannabidiol (CBD) gel is a safe and effective method of treating Fragile X syndrome, a type of autism linked to deficiencies in the endocannabinoid system, which controls emotional responses, behavioral reactivity to context, and social interaction. Raphe Bernier, PhD
, is the principal investigator.
Editorial: Expand access to mental health telemedicine
The Everett Hereld | April 30, 2019
"Cell phones and the internet get enough blame — only some of it deserved — for various social ills that result from their misuse, but both are tools and have the potential to do a lot of good," writes The Everett Herald Editorial Board. One of those potential tools is telemedicine. The editorial board cites two bills, one that passed and one that didn't, that mention the UW.
Dr. Raymond Vath receives 2019 MEDEX Pioneer Award
The Huddle | April 29, 2019
"Congratulations to Raymond Vath, MD
, a former psychiatry resident and clinical faculty member in our department (now retired). We congratulate him on this honor and thank him for his outstanding service to UW and to our community. We are very proud to have him as one of our graduates.
The movies that haunt Us
The Record | April 24, 2019
"How to get through horror movies, such as Jordan Peele's Us, and maybe even enjoy them. Kristen Lindgren, PhD,
discusses why people like horror movies and how fear affects us with Bill Radke. Segment starts around the 17 min mark.
Smartphone interventions benefit schizophrenia patients
MDedge | April 23, 2019
Dror Ben-Zeev, PhD,
said that, despite the many differences in the habits and experiences of people with schizophrenia, there do not appear to be many differences in the way they use mobile technology, compared with the general population.
University of Washington | April, 2019
, a PhD student in John Neumaier's, MD, PhD,
lab, was chosen as a Husky 100. The Husky 100 recognizes 100 UW undergraduate and graduate students who are making the most of their time at the UW. Congratulations, Alec!.
White House tries to standardize CBD rules and regulations
Fox News | April 17, 2019
"The Farm Bill passed by Congress last year, which took effect in December, specifically makes CBD legal nationwide, but that new law is now creating inconsistencies with local health regulations in a number of states. Raphe Bernier, PhD
Opinion: Sobriety is just one pathway to recovery. Harm reduction is another
STAT News | April 11, 2019
"As counselors and researchers, my colleagues and I at the University of Washington’s Harm Reduction Research and Treatment Center decided to go back to the drawing board. We asked the people we were working alongside — people with lived experiences of alcohol-use disorder and homelessness — how they would redesign alcohol treatment. Ninety-four percent of them favored harm reduction approaches," writes Susan E. Collins, PhD
Today's vets seek mental health help sooner than peers
UW Medicine Newsroom | April 9, 2019
A new study in Psychiatric Services found that veterans who served post-9/11 are seeking PTSD care in 2.5 years, compared to 16 years for veterans serving before 9/11, and 15 years for civilians. John Fortney, PhD
, is quoted.
Today's vets seek mental health help sooner than peers
Medium Elemental | April 5, 2019
For people experiencing mental illness, popular productivity hacks don't work. Understanding your mental capabilities and taking breaks is crucial to productivity. Pat Areán, PhD
, is quoted.
The Top Doctors in Seattle for 2019: 19th annual list of the 397 best physicians in 65 medical specialties
Seattle Magazine | April 2, 2019
Congratulations to the following people who were voted a “Top Doctor” by their peers: Richard Ries, MD
, (addiction psychiatry), Ray Hsiao, MD
, (child and adolescent psychiatry), Ian Kodish, MD, PhD
, (child and adolescent psychiatry), Hower Kwon, MD
, (child and adolescent psychiatry), Mark Snowden, MD, MPH
, (geriatric psychiatry), Jesse Fann, MD, MPH
, (psychiatry), and Gregory Simon, MD
UW launches clinical trail on CBD treatment for autism
The Stranger | April 2, 2019
There is no current therapy for Fragile X syndrome, a form of autism caused by a genetic mutation. But that could soon change. Researchers across the country, including Raphael Bernier, PhD
, are launching a clinical trial looking at how a topical cannabidiol (CBD) gel can reduce the symptoms of this genetic disorder.
Psychologists explain how to stop being scared after a scary movie
Inverse.com | March 30, 2019
Most people who hate horror films are fed a simple refrain: It's not real. That viewpoint neglects how horror movies make some of us feel once they're over: chilled by lingering creepiness. Kristen Lindgren, PhD
, relays that this experience isn't fear, but anxiety.
How a new UW teaching hospital might help Washington state’s mental-health crisis
The Seattle Times | March 25, 2019
Washington State is close to funding what would be a national model in treating psychiatric patients and training medical residents. Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, MA
, envisions a state-of-the-art hospital, up to eight stories high, with rooms for up to 150 patients and a key role in helping the state care for its mentally ill residents.
News from Olympia: House Passes Speaker Chopp Bill That Plans for a UW Behavioral Health Campus
UW State Relations | March 14, 2019
The House unanimously passed legislation (HB 1593) to launch plans to establish a new behavioral health innovation and integration campus with the UW Medicine. The proposal plans for a new teaching facility with a capacity for 150 patients and the ability to train current and future health care providers to address the urgent need for mental health and substance abuse treatment across the state.
UW fraternities ban hard alcohol ahead of nationwide ban
KIRO 7 | March 5, 2019
A new policy from the North American Interfraternity Conference bans alcohol above 15 percent at chapter events and on chapter property. Jason Kilmer, PhD
, says the impact of this new ban needs to be evaluated to see if it actually acheives the intended results.
It's Not Elementary: Examining the Ethics of IBM's Watson
Endocrinology Advisor | March 4, 2019
David Luxton, PhD, MS
, cautions clinicians about the legality around using Watson, IBM’s computer system that has the ability to see patterns and data that can help diagnose and treat a patient.
KUOW | February 25, 2019
The opioid epidemic has been in the news for years as a crisis. But right next to it is one you might not know about: benzos. Benzo-involved overdose deaths have increased eightfold between 1999 and 2016. KUOW host Bill Radke talks with Rick Ries, M.D.
, to find out why. Scroll down to fourth story.
Yes, Your Heart Can Really Break
Right as Rain | February 14, 2019
Once in a while, a perfectly healthy heart can stop functioning properly due to a stressful event. Mark Sullivan, M.D., PhD
, talks about the psychological recovery from a traumatic event.
It Doesn’t Take Much For Soldiers To Feel Cared For
UW Medicine Newsroom | February 14, 2019
In 2018, the U.S. military experienced the highest number of suicides among active duty personnel in six years. A study led by UW Psychiatry researchers Kate Comtois, PhD
, Amanda Kerbrat, MSW
, Christopher DeCou, PhD
, David Atkins, PhD
, and Rick Ries, MD
, found that caring texts to at-risk active duty military members can have positive effects. Lead author Comtois and corresponding author Kerbrat were quoted in multiple news stories: The Oregonian
, TuniseSoir News
, Global Health News Wire
. and Deccan Chronicle
Digital Psychotherapy Has Yet to Overcome Trust Barrier
UW Medicine Newsroom | February 13, 2019
Digital psychotherapy could help improve access to mental health treatment, especially in underserved communities, but consumers still have significant concerns. Patricia Areán, PhD
, weighs in.
Got the Winter Blues?
Right as Rain | January 24, 2019
Amy Burns, M.D.
, offers practical tips for beating the January blues and keeping yourself motivated, whether that’s so you can stick to New Year’s resolutions or just find the bright side of the dreariest few months of the year.
Ways to Help Kids Cope With — And Help Combat — Climate Change
The Washington Post | January 22, 2019
As the tone surrounding climate change becomes more dire, our conversations about it with children grow more important. Laura Kastner, PhD
, explains the importance of being realistic with kids but also teaching them agency and action.
Who's Making Sure Your Mental Health App Is Safe? No one, experts say
Deseret News | January 21, 2019
Less than half of the 44 million people in the U.S. with mental health disorders receive any form of treatment. Mobile applications can help address the issue of accessibility to mental health resources. Patricia Areán, PhD
, and Dror Ben- Zeev, PhD
, chime in on the subject of regulating mental health mobile apps.
What is Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder?
ADDitude | January 2019
A child who consistently acts cranky and moody and then flies into intense rages with seemingly no provocation might have Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder. William French, M.D.
, is quoted.
To Be Blunt: The Real Risks of Marijuana Use
UW Daily | January 7, 2019
Just as the potency of marijuana is getting higher, college students’ perceived harm of the drug is plummeting. Jason Kilmer, PhD,
talks about the risks of marijuana use and some of the common misconceptions among young adults.
Could You Have a Drinking Problem Without Even Knowing?
Right as Rain | January 4, 2019
Kristen Lindgren, PhD
, talks about the importance of minimizing risks when consuming alcohol and offers some practical takeaways such as setting and keeping limits, drinking at your own pace and knowing your reasons for drinking.
What's Coming In 2019? Global Thinkers Make Big, Bold Predictions
NPR: Goats and Soda | January 4, 2019
One prediction for global health and development in 2019 is that people who need mental health help will find it on their phone, and researchers around the world are also testing a variety of apps. The work of Dror Ben-Zeev, PhD
, is cited.
'DeepSqueak' helps researchers decode rodent chatter
UW Medicine Newsroom | January 4, 2019
Russell Marx, and Kevin Coffey, PhD, researchers in the Neumaier Lab, are investigating rodent vocalizations in an effort to better understand how drugs change brain activity, and ultimately, to develop treatments for withdrawal from alcohol or opioids.