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MCW Psychiatry News

The impact of housing on HIV status

July 17 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a five-year, $3.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Drug Abuse to study different housing models for HIV-positive, chronically homeless individuals.

Dr. Wichman Discusses Post-Partum Depression

July 01 - Christina Wichman, DO discusses post-partum depression on Fox-TV/Channel6. Fox 6 Now

Dr. Heinrich to Serve as Medical Consultant under New Agreement

June 30 - As part of a new service agreement between MCW and Rogers Behavioral Health System, Dr. Thomas Heinrich will serve as a medical consultant to assist Rogers in effectively integrating behavioral health services into medical settings. The Business Journal

MCW and State Fund Central Wisconsin Psychiatric Residency Program

June 30 - A Wausau Daily News editorial endorses grants of approximately $500,000 from MCW and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to develop a psychiatric residency training program in Central Wisconsin, beginning in 2017. Wausau Daily Herald

Dr. Thomas Heinrich, behavioral integration expert, working with Rogers Behavioral Health

June 27 - Rogers Behavioral Health System has finalized a new service agreement with the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), effective last month, to provide a medical consultant to assist Rogers in effectively integrating behavioral health services into medical settings. Thomas W. Heinrich, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine and Director of Psychosomatic Medicine, will work with Rogers to design and implement evidence-based approaches to meet the mental health and addiction needs of medical patients.

Central Wisconsin Psychiatric Residency Program Receives Funding from MCW, State

June 23 - MCW is providing $185,000 in support of the development of a Central Wisconsin psychiatric residency program. The MCW funds supplement a $370,000 award to North Central Health Care from the Wisconsin Department of Health and Human Services. Wausau Daily Herald

Governor Appoints Three Faculty Members to Milwaukee County Mental Health Board

June 17 - Governor Scott Walker named three MCW Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine faculty members to the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board, the new state oversight board for the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Mentally ill bonobo treated by former Chairman of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

June 12 - The Atlantic tells the story of Brian the bonobo, who was housed at the Milwaukee County Zoo, who underwent therapy and treatment for mental illness. The Atlantic

Dr. Clarke Discusses Genetic Predisposition as Factor in Some Suicides

June 10 - David Clarke, PhD discussed genetic predisposition as a factor in some suicides at a conference sponsored by the Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Skokie Sun-Times

State grants to support psychiatry residency program at MCW-Green Bay, MCW-Central Wisconsin

June 04 - The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has awarded two grants of more than $370,000 each to develop MCW psychiatry residency programs in Central Wisconsin and Green Bay.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder research part of MCW/VA collaboration

May 23 - The Medical College of Wisconsin and the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center are collaborating to improve the lives of those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Milwaukee County Supervisors recommend faculty members for new board

May 16 - The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors’ Health and Human Needs Committee identified three MCW faculty members on its list of recommendations to Governor Scott Walker for the new Milwaukee County Health Board. Urban Milwaukee

Why one man’s story should be motivation for prostate screening

May 12 - Fox 6 News profiled a local man whose prostate exam revealed cancer, and who received treatment at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin. Monday, May 12 is the annual free prostate screening at Miller Park. WITI-TV

Door County Loses Region’s Only Psychiatrist

Apr 24 - The Green Bay Press Gazette reports that Door County’s only psychiatrist is relocating to Fond du Lac. Green Bay Press Gazette

Dr. Clarke to Discuss Ways to Research Survivors of Suicide Attempts

Apr 23 - David Clarke, PhD, will be a panelist discussing ways to reach those at risk for suicide and survivors of suicide attempts on June I in Evanston, Illinois. Rebecca's Dream

New Green Bay Psychiatry Residency Slots Address Region’s Shortage of Psychiatrists

Apr 3 - An article in the Peshtigo Times reports on the shortage of psychiatrists in northern Wisconsin and the announcement that MCW has secured about half the funding needed to start a new residency program in Green Bay that will train future psychiatrists. Peshtigo Times

Mental Health Complex: Wisconsin Senate Passes Bill to Transfer Mental Health Facility Control

Mar 18 - The Wisconsin Senate unanimously passed a bill supporting the transfer of control of the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex to a board of medical professionals, including one non-voting member from MCW. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Residency Program to Tackle State Psychiatrist Shortage

Mar 7 - The Green Bay Press Gazette featured the psychiatry residency program MCW is developing in Green Bay and the Fox Valley. Green Bay Press Gazette

Dr. Ebert Receives Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy Grant

Feb 25 - Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy announced that Allison Ebert, PhD, is one of eight scientists worldwide who will share in $600,000 in basic science research awards to study the disorder. Families of SMA

VA System Creates Seven New Psychiatry Residency Slots for Northeast Wisconsin

Feb 25 - MCW’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, in partnership with the Milwaukee VA, will oversee the training of seven new psychiatry residency slots in northeast Wisconsin. WauwatosaNOW

New training positions for mental health professionals approved in Green Bay, Appleton

Feb. 20 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has approved the addition of ten new training slots for mental health professionals in northeastern Wisconsin. The positions, which are established to train seven psychiatrists, two psychologists, and a pharmacist, are designed to help alleviate a critical shortage of mental health professionals in that region of the state.

Drs. Amirkhanian and Kelly Receive NIH Grant to Study Russian HIV Social Support Systems

Feb 18 - Yuri A. Amirkhanian, PhD, and Jeffrey A. Kelly, PhD, received a two-year, $400,000 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to study whether social support improves care attendance and treatment adherence for people in Russia with HIV. WauwatosaNOW

Editorial Supports Transfer of Mental Health Complex to Board of Medical Professionals

Feb 12 - A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial endorses proposed legislation to transfer oversight of the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex from the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors to a board of medical professionals. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Psychiatry Residents Rate Clinical Supervision as Best Way to Assess Core Competency

Feb 12 - Resident physicians in Psychiatry rated direct clinical supervision as the most favorable way for faculty supervisors to assess trainee skills in the “core competency” of professionalism and ethics according to study reported in Academic Psychiatry by Dr. Laura Roberts. Psychiatric News

Peer groups may help HIV patients maintain treatment regimens

Feb. 10 - The Medical College of Wisconsin’s Center for AIDS Intervention Research has received a two-year, $400,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Mental Health to study whether social support improves care attendance and treatment adherence for people in Russia infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). HIV is the virus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).

Legislation Would Place County Mental Health under Control of Governor = Appointed Board

Feb 6 - Legislation will be introduced in Madison to strip the Milwaukee County Board of its oversight of mental health care. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Butson Receives CTSI Grant to Develop Clinical Decision Support System

Jan 21 - Christopher Butson, PhD, received a $25,000 grant from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin to develop a clinical decision support system to manage patients receiving deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease. WauwatosaNOW

Recent legislative advocacy efforts by MCW faculty members

Dec. 03 - 2013 has been a busy year for everyone at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), and the last month has been no exception for MCW’s Office of Government & Community Relations (GCR). The entire GCR team would like to take this opportunity to highlight the following MCW faculty members for their outstanding legislative advocacy efforts

Dr. Carlyle Chan elected Chair of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education

Dec. 09 - Carlyle Chan, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine as well as Bioethics and Medical Humanities in the Institute for Health and Society, was elected 2014 Chair of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) at the annual meeting of its Board of Directors, held Dec. 5-6 in Chicago.

Dr. Dennis Butler serves as co-editor of special issue of international journal

Oct. 28 - Dennis J. Butler, PhD, Professor of Family and Community Medicine, served as co-editor of a special issue of the International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine devoted to behavioral science education in family medicine residencies (Volume 45, 4, 2013), which was released in September.

Collaborators funded by Extendicare Foundation to research links between depression, Alzheimer’s

Oct. 21 - Depression, which is the leading cause of disability worldwide, is also known to double a person’s risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease, but physicians and scientists do not currently know which individuals with depression are more likely to progress to Alzheimer’s. A Medical College of Wisconsin researcher has earned a $150,000 grant from the Extendicare Foundation that will join multiple organizations in collaboration to study the impact of depression and family history on brain structure and function.

Dr. Clark to Discuss Suicide Prevention at Illinois Workshop

Oct 14 - David Clark, PhD, will discuss suicide prevention and treatment for depression at a workshop on October 18 at Oakton Community College in Skokie, Illinois. Skokie Review

Dr. Lehrmann, Billie Kubly Discuss Depression and Suicide

Oct 14 - In recognition of MCW’s second annual Depression Recognition Day, Dr. Jon Lehrmann was interviewed on WUWM-FM’s “Lake Effect” on suicide and depression. WUWM-FM

Psychiatry to Host Second Annual Depression Recognition Day on October 10

Oct 8 - MCW’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine is hosting the second annual Depression Recognition Day on October 10. Greater Milwaukee News

Still time to register for depression recognition day on Oct. 10

Oct. 03 - Recognizing and treating depression will be the focus of the second annual Depression Recognition Day at the Medical College of Wisconsin on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 12–6 p.m.

Dr. Hammeke Interviewed on WUWM-FM

Sept 17 - Thomas Hammeke, PhD, discussed how the brain recuperates from concussion on WUWM-FM’s “Lake Effect.” WUWM FM

How Quickly Does a Concussed Brain Heal?

Sept 10 - Thomas Hammeke, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral medicine, discovered that brains recovering from concussion injuries may actually be overcompensating during the healing process. WUWM

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