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Curious about why some people have been so passionately, often angrily, opposed to vaccination against the COVID-19 virus, a team of researchers with access to rare and unusual insights into the childhood forces that shape our adult lives thought they’d try to find out. The study was led by Terrie Moffitt, PhD, the Nannerl O. Keohane University Distinguished Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience at Duke University with a secondary faculty appointment in Duke Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences.
Dr. Uche Aneni, who completed her psychiatry residency in 2018, is now an instructor of clinical child psychiatry in the Child Study Center in the Yale School of Medicine and the associate director of the play2PREVENT Lab at the Yale Center for Health & Learning Games. Read about her path from Ibadan, Nigeria, to New Haven, Connecticut.
Treatment for Substance Use Reduces Depression for Many Adolescents and Young Adults with Both Problems
A recent study led by Duke Psychiatry's John Curry, PhD, reports that, among youth with substance use and depression, a significant proportion show early improvements in depression during their treatment for substance use. Youth who are using cannabis less frequently prior to treatment and those without conduct disorder are more likely to experience early depression improvement.
Duke University School of Medicine ranked No. 6 for research among 124 medical schools nationally in the annual U.S. News & World Report graduate program rankings released today. Psychiatry training programs ranked ninth.
A two-day online conference hosted by Duke will tackle the health care challenges affecting trans communities and other sexual and gender minorities. The conference aims to cut through the controversies and identify the necessary research for better informed medical care and policies. Duke Psychiatry’s Sarah “Sadie” Wilson, PhD, is a co-director of the Duke Sexual And Gender Minority Health Program, which is hosting the symposium.
The difference between a social butterfly and a lone wolf is actually at least eight differences, according to new findings by a team of Duke brain researchers, led by Duke Psychiatry's Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD, and Stephen Mague, PhD. The research may lead to better diagnostic tools to understand how the brain changes in people with impaired social communication, such as those with autism spectrum disorder.
When Russia invaded Ukraine, Robin Gurwitch and other mental health practitioners at the UCLA-Duke National Center for Child Traumatic Stress knew they needed to help others begin to navigate the conflict. The group quickly began pulling information together for “Talking to Children About War,” a resource for mental health experts and families.
Duke Psychiatry's Joseph Winger, PhD, and Sarah Kelleher, PhD, are among the Duke Health providers who have helped Michael Fieldstone through a 22-year journey with prostate cancer. In 2021, Fieldstone participated in a National Palliative Care Research Center-funded study, led by Winger, to learn some new techniques for coping with his pain. He shares his story in this Duke Cancer Institute blog post.
In an op-ed published on the North Carolina Psychiatric Association website, Duke internal medicine-psychiatry resident Colin Smith, MD, highlights the need for systemic changes to achieve racial health equity in psychiatry.
Facilitating collaboration and synergy among a diverse group of researchers is one of the primary goals of the department’s new 8,500 square foot clinical research facility. More than 100 faculty and staff members will conduct research in the new space, which opened on March 1, 2022, on the third floor of Duke North Pavilion.