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Stovall provides psychiatric evaluations at Texas detention facility as part of Physicians for Human Rights

December 5, 2018

Jeffrey Stovall, M.D., associate professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and affiliate of the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health, was invited by Physicians for Human Rights to travel to the federal detention center in Dilley, TX, to provide psychiatric evaluations for women who have fled Central America and who are applying for asylum in the U.S.. These women had been recently reunited with their children from whom they were separated at the U.S. border. 

Marcovitz co-directs course for American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry

December 5, 2018

David Marcovitz, Ph.D., assistant professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and medical director, Addiction Consult Team, is co-directing a four-hour course at the national meeting of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry titled "Practical Guide to Offering Office-Based Opioid Treatment." In addition, he is one of the co-authors for the paper " Correlates of Opioid Abstinence in a 42-Month Post-Treatment Naturalistic Follow-up Study of Prescription Opioid Dependence," currently in press for the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.

Brown invited to present at Tennessee Psychological Association on Violence and Mental Illness

December 5, 2018

Kimberly Brown, Ph.D., ABPP, associate professor of Clinical Psychiatry and director, Forensic Evaluation Team, was recently invited to present at a meeting of the Tennessee Psychological Association (TPA) on Violence and Mental Illness in November 2018. Brown was also featured in national news coverage for USA Today's newspaper article "Playing with Fire. Click here to read the article.

Becker publishes article on TMS use in adolescents

December 5, 2018

Jonathan Becker, D.O., assistant professor of Clinical Psychiatry, recently published his paper "Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in Conditions Other than Major Depressive Disorder" in the journal Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America. Click here to view the abstract.

Nicotine patch shows promise in treating late-life depression

September 7, 2018

http://news.vumc.org/2018/09/06/nicotine-patch-late-life-depression/

A Vanderbilt University Medical Center pilot study of treating late-life depression in nonsmokers with transdermal nicotine (nicotine patch) has yielded some promising results, but the study’s author cautions that more study is needed. Late-life depression — depression that occurs in adults 60 years or older — is characterized by poor response to antidepressant medications and often memory issues. About half of those treated for late-life depression fail to respond to initial treatments.

Gracey earns Excellence & Innovation Award in Social & Emotional Learning

July 13, 2018

Kathey Gracey, M.Ed., Programs Director, Vanderbilt Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody, received the Community Professional Excellence & Innovation Award in Social & Emotional Learning at the eighth annual Socail & Emotional Learning Conference in Nashville. Gracey has dedicated more than 25 years of service in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences serving children and families at risk of going into state custody. View her recognition here.

Fuchs named Distinguished Fellow by American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

June 11, 2018

D. Catherine Fuchs, M.D., professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Pediatrics, was recently named a Distinguished Fellow by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. This honor was given in recognition of Fuchs' high level of training, skill, and experience in child and adolescent psychiatry. She will receive special recognition at the next AACAP Annual Meeting in November.

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