Wilson publishes paper on PTSD in ICU survivors for Frontiers in Neuroscience

July 1, 2020

Jo Ellen Wilson, M.D., MPH, Instructor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, has published a new paper, titled "The Association Between Brain Volumes and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Intensive Care Unit Survivors: A Preliminary Study," in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience.  Wilson is also a Ph.D. candidate in the Epidemiology program with VUMC's Institute for Medicine and Public Health and specializes in psychosomatic medicine.

Taylor, Blackford publish manuscript on mental health of clinicians treating COVID-19

May 27, 2020

Warren D. Taylor, M.D., MHSc, and Jennifer U. Blackford, Ph.D., professors of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, have written a new publication detailing the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of front-line clinicians.  The manuscript, published in The Annals of Internal Medicine, describes physiological changes that occur with stress that lead to burnout and mental health disorders.  It challenges many providers' reluctance to seek treatment and proposes strategies to maintain mental health.

Blackford and Benningfield call for greater attention to anxiety in research, clinical practice

May 20, 2020

Jenni Blackford, PhD and Meg Benningfield, MD published a viewpoint in JAMA psychiatry along with Kristy Allen, PhD from University of Tennessee, highlighting the need for a greater emphasis on childhood anxiety in psychiatry research and practice.  Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent mental health conditions among youth and contribute to significant costs for society.  In this piece, Drs.

Blackford, Winder labs collaborate on paper in Addiction Biology journal

April 6, 2020

M.D./Ph.D. student Elizabeth Flook spearheaded a paper published in the journal Addiction Biology. The review paper, titled "Anxiety during abstinence from alcohol: A systematic review of rodent and human evidence for the anterior insula's role in the abstinence network," was a joint collaboration between Jennifer Blackford and Danny Winder's research labs describing the role of the anterior insula in abstinence.  Read the abstract here: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/adb.12861  

2020 VKC Hobbs Discovery and Director’s Strategic Priorities Grants announced, next call to open May 2020

March 31, 2020

A Nicholas Hobbs Discovery Grant and a Director’s Strategic Priorities Grant have been awarded to Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC) investigators for 2020-21. The grants aim to further our understanding of the neurocognitive effects of neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome and to explore the brain function of comorbid reading comprehension and math problem solving learning disabilities.