Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often experience distinct physical changes – including a higher body mass index and advanced pubertal onset – that could heighten social stressors, according to research led by Blythe Corbett, Ph.D., a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
For people with co-occurring mental health disorders and substance use disorders, finding integrated care that treats both conditions can be a difficult task. Vanderbilt Behavioral Health is seeking to simplify care for these patients through the co-occurring disorders intensive outpatient program (IOP).
Older adults with depression face a unique obstacle — dealing with both a mental illness and the challenges that come along with aging. Currently, there are no treatments on the market targeting depression in this specific group. The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences has received a grant to study Sinemet, which may change that. Sinemet, a brand name for the drug levodopa, has historically treated Parkinson’s disease, a brain disorder characterized by injury to dopamine-producing neurons.
Kristopher Kast, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and clinical director of Vanderbilt’s Addiction Consult Service, has discovered a strong association between attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) pharmacotherapy and retention rates for substance use disorder (SUD) treatment. The findings were reported in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.
Abstract Objective: Through the use of quality improvement methodology, we aimed to increase the percent of eligible patients seen for developmental testing at our institution from 2.6% to 25% within a 36-month timeframe. Method: The Model for Improvement (Langley et al., 2009) was utilized as a framework to develop and implement an interdisciplinary, hospital-based early intervention program that included comprehensive developmental assessments intended to inform intervention services.
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has selected Aaron Jeckell’s presentation on concussion for new Course of the Month series. Dr. Jeckell presented a talk titled “Dispelling Myths About Head Injuries: An Impactful Look at Sport-Related Concussion” at APA’s 2020 virtual Annual Meeting. His talk was selected to be highlighted as part of APA’s continuing education initiative for APA members. More information can be found here.
Peter R. Martin, M.D., professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Pharmacology and director of the Vanderbilt Addiction Center, served as editor for the first book released by the International Network for the History of Neuropsychopharmacology (INHN) of the same name, "International Network for the History of Neuropsychopharmacology." Authors include Martin, Thomas A.
Medical student, Kia Quinlan, worked with mentors in the pediatric transplant group and Dr. Cathy Fuchs from Child and Adolescent Psychiatry to show that psychiatric illness impacts outcomes in children who need heart transplants. Children with psychiatric disorders had greater risk for readmission to the hospital and graft rejection.