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Medication Adherence In The Digital Age

In this short presentation, hear from Dawn Velligan, PhD, as she discusses suboptimal outcomes and nonadherence in serious mental illness, reasons for nonadherence, methods for measuring adherence to mental health… Read More

Culturally-Sensitive Assessments Of Trauma

May is National Trauma Awareness Month and culturally-sensitive assessments of trauma is essential in providing proper support, validation and culturally informed care. In this recording, Dr. Sierra Carter discusses trauma… Read More

Impact Of Trauma On Women With Children

Pregnant women from marginalized communities are at high risk for problematic birth experiences due to historical trauma and exposure to racism and discrimination, the biological and psychosocial consequences of which… Read More

Intergenerational Effects Of Racism

People of Color are disproportionately exposed to chronic and cumulative stress over the life course. Join Dr. Sierra Carter in this recording as she reviews the “Intergenerational Effects of Racism”… Read More

Lifespan Impact Of Racism-Related Stress

Research findings have suggested that early life stressful experiences-like racial discrimination have a lasting impact on biological risk for disease and premature mortality due to chronic diseases of aging.1 In… Read More

Decriminalizing Mental Illness

U.S. correctional institutions, local courts, and police officers frequently encounter people with untreated mental health disorders. Once incarcerated, individuals with mental illness tend to stay longer in jail and upon… Read More

Digital Technologies For Bipolar Disorder

Please join us for this discussion providing an overview of the use of digital technologies in bipolar disorder. Dr Goulding will discuss unmet needs in bipolar disorder, how digital technologies… Read More

Mental Wellness Across The Lifespan Series: Older Adult Infographic

In the United States, millions of Americans are affected by mental illness. The month of May has been designated as National Mental Health Awareness Month. PsychU joins the national movement to raise awareness by hosting a series on Mental Wellness Across the Lifespan. It… Read More

Psychotherapies For Mood Disorders & Schizophrenia

In the last decades, psychotherapy has gained increasing acceptance as a major treatment option for mood disorders and schizophrenia. This presentation will review the American Psychiatric Association (APA) clinical practice… Read More

Value-Added Pharmacist-Run Programs In Hospitals

In this presentation, Melissa Mitchell, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP, BCGP addresses value-added pharmacist-run programs in hospitals including creating specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-based (SMART) goals for such programs. Featuring: Melissa… Read More

A World Without

This video, developed by Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), the amazing accomplishments of some of history’s most notable figures who live(d) with mental health challenges are celebrated. Watch Video… Read More

April Is Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcohol Awareness Month was founded in 1987 by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence to forward these three ideas: Alcoholism is a disease, and the alcoholic is a… Read More

Digital Technologies For Schizophrenia

Dr. Brian Kirkpatrick, MD, MSPH, Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, discusses the role digital technology plays in the treatment of… Read More

The Current State Of Women’s Mental Health

During this discussion, our panelists engage in a dialog reflecting on the research which underscores how women may be disproportionately affected by the current state as compared to men. They… Read More

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing is a counseling style intended to strengthen reasons for behavioral change by eliciting a client’s motivations for change and resolving ambivalence. This is an approach that health care… Read More

PsychU Thanks Dr. Sloan Manning!

The PsychU Community thanks Dr. Sloan Manning for his contributions to improving mental health care. Dr. Manning is the founding Section Advisor for the Primary Care Provider Corner, has led… Read More

Quality Assurance Initiatives In Psychiatric Pharmacy

In this presentation, Melissa Mitchell, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP, BCGP and Andrew Williams, PharmD, BCPP, BCGP address administrative, regulatory, and clinical initiatives in psychiatric pharmacy. The speakers also discuss creating specific,… Read More

“I’m here…”: Making Connections

Maria Margaglione, of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), and Jeff Fink, owner of Go Fetch Wellness, talk about DBSA’s “I’m here…” campaign. People with mental health and addiction… Read More

The Future Of Health Care & Leveraging Technology

In this presentation, Timothy Aungst, PharmD, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) University, Jake Behrens, MD, Chief Executive Officer and Medical Director, Envision… Read More

National Family Caregivers Month 2020

One in five caregivers help someone with a mental illness and forty-five percent of caregivers for adults with mental illness are parents, fourteen percent are adult children and eleven percent… Read More

Managing A Pandemic: A Pharmacist’s Perspective

In this presentation, Melissa Mitchell, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP, BCGP, Residency Program Director, Riverside University Health System; Andrew Williams, PharmD, BCPP, BCGP, Residency Program Coordinator, Riverside University Health System; and Aneta… Read More

Measurement-Based Care In Psychiatry

In this presentation, Becky Wong, PharmD, MBA, provides an overview of measurement-based care, how measurement-based care may be used to improve quality in psychiatry, shares a fictional case example of… Read More

Measurement-Based Care In Psychiatry

Research has shown that when adding measurement-based care tools to usual care, including psychiatric care, significant improvement in patient outcomes can result. In this podcast, Dwayne Mayes provides his peer… Read More

Mindfulness Meditation In Mental Health

Over the last few decades, mindfulness meditation has increased in popularity. In this presentation, Elizabeth DiNapoli, PhD, Medical Science Liaison, will provide a brief overview of mindfulness meditation, including the… Read More

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing is a counseling style intended to strengthen reasons for behavioral change by eliciting a client’s motivations for change and resolving ambivalence. This is an approach that health care… Read More

Privacy & Security In Digital Health

In this presentation, Dr. Mona Sobhani, PhD, Director of Research and Operations USC Center for Body Computing, Los Angeles, California, discusses the importance of privacy and security of health information,… Read More

“I’m here…”: Peer To Peer – How To Help

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) recognizes mood disorders affect millions of people, yet the stigma surrounding it causes barriers to communication and knowledge about mental health conditions. Here is… Read More

Digital Endpoints & Medication Optimization

In this presentation Dr. Timothy Aungst, Associate Professor of Pharmacy at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, discusses the importance of medication optimization and digital technology. Dr. Aungst… Read More

The Pharmacist’s Perspective During The Pandemic

In this presentation, Dr. Timothy Aungst, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, discusses the importance of medication optimization and digital technology. Dr.… Read More

Telepsychiatry: Implementation & Best Practices

Dr. Mehdi Qalbani discusses his experience providing telepsychiatry in the Information Age. Topics include regulatory concerns, practice guidelines, and web-side manner when working remotely. Mehdi Qalbani, MD, MSPH, is the… Read More

Mixicity In Depression

Researching depressive mixed states of bipolar depression and major depressive disorder began in the late nineteenth century in Europe and mid-twentieth century in the United States. Depressive mixed state refers… Read More

American Foundation Of Suicide Prevention

The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (AFSP) has been a supporting organization of PsychU since 2018. Dr. Jill Harkavy-Freidman sat down with PsychU to talk about how an individual can… Read More

Anxiety In Major Depressive Disorder

Dr. Deidra Couch explains the prevalence of anxiety in Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), discusses the clinical prognosis of comorbid anxiety with MDD, and identifies rating scales that assess anxiety and… Read More

Megan Ehret – What Does PsychU Mean To You?

During this interview, Megan Ehret explains what PsychU means to her and how mental health professionals can collaborate with each other. Megan Ehret, PharmD, MS, BCPP, is the Pharmacist Corner… Read More

Sleep In Behavioral Health

In this podcast, Sana Johnson-Quijada, MD, highlights the importance of sleep in overall behavioral health and discusses goals for better sleep quality. Sleep impacts hormones and neurotransmitters. Implementing and maintaining… Read More

Improving Mental Health With Digital Technology

Becky Wong, MBA, PharmD, discusses the prevalence of mental health in America and how mental health providers can utilize technology to address consumer needs. Telepsychology, mobile applications, and medication adherence… Read More

Suicide Awareness & Prevention

Dr. Nicole Meade discusses suicide awareness and prevention, a topic that is extremely important to our community. Dr. Meade examines suicide statistics and terminology, such as why the phrase “committed… Read More

Suicide Awareness & Prevention

Dr. Nicole Meade discusses suicide awareness and prevention, a topic that is extremely important to our community. Dr. Meade examines suicide statistics and terminology, such as why the phrase “committed… Read More

Meet The Treatment Team: Physician Assistant

In this interview, Catherine Judd, MS, PA-C, CAQ-Psy, discusses the role a physician assistant plays in the mental health team. Physician assistants have a broad-base, primary care medical background in… Read More

Meet The Treatment Team: Physician Assistant

In this interview, Catherine Judd, MS, PA-C, CAQ-Psy, discusses the role a physician assistant plays in the mental health team. Physician assistants have a broad-base, primary care medical background in… Read More

Introduction To Marijuana

Marijuana has become an ubiquitous topic of conversation, which is likely fueled by the changes and proposed changes to legislation throughout the United States. Tune in as Dr. Becky Wong,… Read More

The Neurobiology Of Endocannabinoids

Hear from Chloe Liu, Ph.D., a Medical Science Liaison with Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc., as she examines the historical research discoveries and underlying neurobiological mechanisms of the endocannabinoid… Read More

The Neurobiology Of Opioids

Hear from Chip Meyer, Ph.D., a Medical Science Liaison with Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc., as he examines the historic medical utilization and underlying neurobiological mechanisms of opioids. Explore… Read More

Introduction To Opioid Use Disorder

Dr. Elizabeth DiNapoli provides a brief overview of opioid use disorder (OUD). Key points discussed include: what symptoms may be present if a person is struggling with OUD; how common… Read More

Digital Interventions In Psychiatry: Part 2

In this short presentation, hear from Fatima Sadat, PharmD, as she reviews different types of digital technology that may provide tools for the assessment or management of mental health treatment.… Read More

Depression: From Molecule To Man

Dr. Mark M. Rasenick examines the impact of depression in molecules, rodents, primates, and humans from a biological, genetic, and epigenetics perspective. Dr. Rasenick identifies the importance of research derived… Read More

Smartphone Effects On Mental Health

In this short presentation, hear from Steven Stoner, PharmD, BCPP, as he discusses the use of technology in the United States and the potential positive and negative impacts of smartphone… Read More

Medication Adherence In The Digital Age

In this short presentation, hear from Dawn Velligan, PhD, as she discusses suboptimal outcomes and nonadherence in serious mental illness, reasons for nonadherence, methods for measuring adherence to mental health… Read More

Meet The Treatment Team: Psychiatrists

In this interview Sanjai Rao, MD, sits down with Monica Kim, PharmD, MBA, Medical Science Liaison at Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc., to discuss the role a psychiatrist may… Read More

Meet The Treatment Team: Social Workers

In this interview Tania Hammock, LCSW, sits down with Nicole Meade, PhD, Senior Medical Science Liaison at Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. to discuss the role a social worker… Read More

Meet The Treatment Team: Psychologists

In this interview, Elizabeth DiNapoli, PhD, Medical Science Liaison, sat down to discuss the role a psychologist may play on the treatment team of individuals with mental illness. Meet the other… Read More

CIT Model Of Police Response In OKC

Get a taste of PsychU’s upcoming two-part interview series with Master Sergeant Corey Nooner of the Oklahoma City Police Department on crisis intervention team (CIT) models of police response to… Read More

Transforming Lives Through Supported Employment

In this presentation, Maura Reese, MS, introduced the principles and potential benefits of supportive employment, identified how supportive employment can be used in practice with an assertive community treatment (ACT)… Read More

Biomarkers For Depression: An Interview With Robin Nelson, MD

During this interview, Robin Nelson, MD discusses the article summary “Biomarkers For Depression: Recent Insights, Current Challenges & Future Prospects” which can be viewed here: https://psychu.org/biomarkers-depression-recent-insights-current-challenges-future-prospects/. Read More

Suicide Awareness In Primary Care

In this short interview, Marla Moses, FNP, PMHNP, PsychU Primary Care Providers’ Corner Section Editor and Owner of IN Moses Mental Health in Indianapolis, IN, shared her perspective on suicide… Read More

Clinical & Economic Impact Of Bipolar Disorder

During this recorded presentation, Jane Guo, PharmD, PharmD, MBA, provided a brief overview of the clinical and economic impact of bipolar disorder. Key points included: • Understanding the scope of… Read More

Opinions On The Treatment Of MDD

As part of PsychU’s growth and prominence in the mental health community, three large panel presentations were conducted in New York City, Raleigh, NC, and the Los Angeles area discussing… Read More

Theories Of Bipolar Disorder Pathophysiology

This video is part 2 of a series on Bipolar Disorder, from the Psychopharmacology Collection. This video briefly reviews some of the potential molecular (eg, genetics), cellular (eg, ion dysregulation,… Read More

Introduction To Schizophrenia

Dr. Nicole Meade provides a brief overview of schizophrenia. Key points include the definition, cause, diagnosis, and treatment of schizophrenia. Read More

Introduction To Bipolar Disorder

Dr. Samantha Sweeney provides a brief overview of bipolar disorder. Key points include the definition, cause, diagnosis, and treatment of bipolar disorder. Read More

I’m Here…

This video, developed by Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), is a way for both people living with a mood disorder and those who support them, to open up a… Read More

There’s A Person In There

In these videos, meet a group of individuals who either live with mental health issues, or care for someone who does. They share helpful personal insights and remind the world… Read More

Making Yourself A Priority

In these videos, meet a group of individuals who either live with mental health issues, or care for someone who does. They share helpful personal insights and remind the world… Read More

Accept Help When It’s Offered

In these videos, meet a group of individuals who either live with mental health issues, or care for someone who does. They share helpful personal insights and remind the world… Read More

In The Workplace

In these videos, meet a group of individuals who either live with mental health issues, or care for someone who does. They share helpful personal insights and remind the world… Read More

The State Of Depression In America

This video, developed by Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) and hosted by Mike Wallace, discusses the state of Depression in America, and reflects the unmet need to examine all… Read More

Stigma & Disclosure

This interview, developed by Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), between DBSA President Allen Doederlein and Robert Haggard from The Living Room at Turning Point in Skokie, Illinois, highlights a… Read More

Advanced Receptor Psychopharmacology

This video is part 3 of a series on Basic & Advanced Concepts In Psychopharmacology, from the Psychopharmacology Collection. This video provides an overview of some of the different signaling… Read More

Advanced Neurotransmitters & Neuroglia

This video is part 2 of a series on Basic & Advanced Concepts In Psychopharmacology, from the Psychopharmacology Collection. This video reviews neurotransmitter receptor subtypes, provides an overview of neurotransmitter… Read More

Interview With Robin Nelson, MD

In this short interview, Robin Nelson, MD, PsychU Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) Section Editor and Psychiatrist affiliated with DRG Behavioral Health, LLC and Caron Treatment Centers, shared his impressions of… Read More

Outcomes In Bipolar Disorder

In this interview, Mauricio Tohen, MD, DrPH, MBA, Professor and Chairman at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Department of Psychiatry in Albuquerque, NM, shared his expert perspective… Read More

Interview With Christine Moutier, MD

In this interview, Christine Moutier, MD, a Psychiatrist and Chief Medical Officer the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, shares her expert perspective on suicide and discusses the AFSP and their… Read More

Psychiatric Emergency & Crisis

Ahmed Raslaan Nizar, MD shares his perspective on psychiatric emergencies and crisis management in this audio interview. Dr. Nizar is the Medical Director at Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP), an… Read More

Pharmacokinetics: The Basics

During this recorded presentation, Jacquelyn Canning, PharmD, BCPP, provided a brief overview of the basics of pharmacokinetics. The presentation’s objectives included: Explain the concept and clinical relevance of pharmacokinetics Describe… Read More

Basics In Psychopharmacology

This video is part 1 of the 3-part series on Basic & Advanced Concepts In Psychopharmacology, from the Psychopharmacology Collection. The video starts with an introduction to the organization and… Read More

Interview with Frederick Frese, PhD

Frederick Frese, PhD, a professor of psychiatry with schizophrenia, addresses the challenges of stigma in mental health from the perspective of a professional and a patient. Read More

Interview with Robin Nelson, MD

Robin Nelson, MD, a psychiatrist in private practice at DGR Behavioral Health, sees stigma in his clinical practice every day, from family members and patients themselves. He discusses long-held erroneous… Read More

Interview with Georgia Stevens, PhD, APRN

Georgia Stevens, PhD, APRN, psychiatric nurse, Director of Partners in Aging & Long-Term Caregiving, believes stigma interferes with people’s strengths to overcome limitations and lead full lives. She addresses the… Read More

Interview with Luis Navazro, MD

Luis Navazro, MD, Primary Care Physician at Mobile Doctor Medical Clinic medical doctor, specializes in primary and geriatric care in long-term care facilities. In this interview, he describes his lifelong… Read More

Interview with Kent Alford RN, BSN, MSNc

Kent Alford RN, BSN, MSNc, Executive Director Behavioral Health Program, Washington Adventist Hospital, stepped out of his usual work environment to take part in the forum to “give and take”… Read More

Interview with Deanna Kelly, PharmD

Deanna Kelly, PharmD, is President-elect, College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists; and is Director of the Treatment Research Program, Maryland Psychiatric Research Program at the University of Maryland. Dr. Kelly… Read More

Interview with Meaghon Read

Meaghon Read, Senior Director, Mental Health First Aid, National Council for Behavioral Health, shares her experience as a caregiver for people with mental health, and why she thinks fear is… Read More

Interview with Clare Miller, BS

Clare Miller, BS, is Director of the Partnership for Workplace Mental Health, American Psychiatric Association Foundation. Ms. Miller works with employers as purchasers of care and employers of people with… Read More

Interview with Michael Townsend, LMSW

Michael Townsend, LMSW, is Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Gateway Counseling Center, Inc. He explains that the first onset of psychiatric disorders is usually at adolescence when individuals, their families… Read More

Interview with Sloan Manning, MD

Sloan Manning, MD, is Medical Director, Novant Healthcare, and Adjunct Associate Professor Department of Family Medicine, University of North Carolina. Dr. Manning explains the difficulty in explaining the concept of… Read More

Interview with Mark Rasenick, PhD

Mark Rasenick, PhD, is Distinguished Professor, Director, Neuroscience Training Program at University of Illinois, Chicago School of Medicine. He speaks about the role of science in conquering stigma; if we… Read More

Interview with Joseph Parks, MD

Joseph Parks, MD, psychiatrist, Director of Missouri Medicaid explains why stigma has a direct effect on the help people need. He discusses the lack of understanding and knowledge about mental… Read More

Interview with Allen Doederlein

Allen Doederlein, Executive Director of DBSA, talks about breaking down the barriers of stigma in mental illness and how discrimination must be addressed from different viewpoints. Read More

Interview with Paul Gionfriddo

Paul Gionfriddo, President and Executive Director, Mental Health America, wants to bring mental health out into the open. He explains why the public, media, and public officials must treat mental… Read More

Interview with Sita Diehl

Sita Diehl, Director, State Policy and Advocacy at National Alliance on Mental Illness, has family members in mental health recovery. She explains how attitudes about mental illness get in the… Read More

Interview with Jim McCreath, PhD

Jim McCreath, PhD, Social Worker, Director, Behavioral Health at Trinitas Hospital, advocates fighting stigma on many levels because it is in all aspects of health care and policy development. Read More

Interview with Elizabeth Rowell | Psychiatrist

In this special Mental Health Month interview, Elizabeth Rowell, Staff Clinician at Tarzana Treatment Center and White Memorial Medical Center, Medical Director of Helpline Youth Counseling and New Hope Youth… Read More

A Word From PsychU About Mental Health Month

Raising mental health awareness is an important topic year-round, but in the month of May, the mental health community comes together to share knowledge and spread awareness about mental health… Read More

The Evolving Psychopharmacology Of Major Depressive Disorder

During this recorded presentation, David Scheiderer, MD, provided a brief overview of the psychopharmacology of major depressive disorder. Key points included: Monoamine Imbalance Theory Alternative Hypotheses Theoretical Receptor-Mediated Physiological Effects… Read More

Early Intervention In Psychosis

During this recorded presentation, Diana Perkins, MD, provided a brief overview of the role of early intervention in patients with schizophrenia. Key points included: Medical rationale for early intervention Potential… Read More

An Overview Of The Brief Adherence Rating Scale (BARS)

During this recorded presentation, Matt Byerly, MD, discussed the Brief Adherence Rating Scale (BARS). Key points included: Nonadherence to antipsychotic medication is associated with serious consequences. Prescribers greatly underestimate the… Read More

Metabolic Wellness Considerations In Schizophrenia

During this presentation, Sloan Manning, MD, provided a brief overview metabolic issues and wellness considerations in schizophrenia. Key points included: Life expectancy is substantially shorter for patients with schizophrenia compared… Read More

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) & Mental Health

During this presentation, Terry McInnis, MD, MPH, President and physician of Blue Thorn Inc. Healthcare Consulting, discussed the Affordable Care Act and mental health. Key points included: Healthcare cost drivers… Read More

Better Is Not Well 2014

This video, developed by Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), highlights the “Better Is Not Well” dynamic forum, which provided a place for individuals and their families, alongside clinicians, to… Read More