VUMC Study Shows Marijuana May Reduce Anxiety Causing Connections in the Brain

January 15, 2020

An article published in Newsweek January 15, 2020, describes the work of study co-author Sachin Patel, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Division of General Psychiatry.  From the article: Scientists have identified a molecule the brain that may help to protect the body from anxiety, and could help explain people's use of marijuana in times of stress.

Jaquart CBT presentation lauded at Health Professions Education Research Day

October 22, 2019

Predoctoral Psychology intern Jolene Jacquart, M.A., and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Sonia Matwin, Ph.D., worked together on an intern-lead effort to promote resident training in psychotherapy. Jaquart's presentation was ranked among the top five posters at this year's Health Professions Education Research Day. This poster highlights the use of technology and standardized measurement to promote resident learning and practice of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Pain Perception in Patients with Alzheimer’s and Cancer

October 10, 2019

Are older adults with cancer and Alzheimer’s more sensitive to pain? Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and The Ohio State University have been awarded a five-year, $5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute on Aging to study the impact of cancer and co-occurring Alzheimer’s disease on pain perception.

Billings interviews Christopher Watson during inaugural statewide Association of Infant Mental Health in Tennessee conference

September 20, 2019

Giovanni Billings, Psy.D., IMH-E®, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, hosted and interviewed Christopher Watson, Ph.D., IMH-E® (IV) Co-Director of the Center for Early Education and Development (CEED) at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities for the Inaugural statewide conference for the Association of Infant Mental Health in Tennessee (AIMHiTN). The conference focused on "Nurturing a Culture of Relationship & Reflection in Practice and Programs" for systems serving infant care at the Scarritt Bennett Center.

Inhibited Temperament: An Early Risk Factor for Schizophrenia

August 29, 2019

Schizophrenia is a heterogeneous disorder, with patients exhibiting diverse clinical manifestations. Identifying pre-morbid factors that account for variability in schizophrenia is of interest to improve the identification of predisposed individuals and to provide more personalized, effective treatment. New research suggests childhood inhibited temperament may be a pre-morbid difference to target in preventative interventions.

Taylor co-authors JAMA Psychiatry article on age-related mental disorders

August 29, 2019

As the percentage of U.S. adults older than 65 years continues to grow, so too does the need for preventing mental illness among older adults as well as improving clinical services and outcomes for older patients with psychiatric disorders. Psychiatry's obligation to treat this population, and an agenda for research and enhancement of clinical services, is outlined by Warren D. Taylor, M.D., M.H.Sc., James G. Blakemore Professor of Psychiatry and Director, Division of General Psychiatry, and Charles F.