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How To Engage Older Adults With Digital Health

The Covid-19 public health emergency has changed the landscape of healthcare service delivery. Healthcare service providers have had to pivot rapidly to new and different treatment modalities while serving patients… Read More

Treatment Adherence In Mental Health

A downloadable and shareable resource collating key information and resources available through PsychU.org that address the topic of treatment adherence in mental health. The areas addressed by the resource include,… Read More

ADHD Interview With Dr. Newcorn: Part 2

It is estimated that ~6 million children have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in the US with a large proportion having another mental or behavioral disorder1. Additionally,… Read More

ADHD Interview With Dr. Newcorn: Part 1

It is estimated that ~6 million children have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in the US with a large proportion having another mental or behavioral disorder1. Additionally,… Read More

Neurocircuitry Of Depression

During this webinar our speakers will begin with a brief overview of the history of neurocircuitry therapeutics. They will then introduce the core brain networks, and the current state of the… 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

Keeping Your “High Performers” From Burnout

Burnout is a word we’ve heard often in the past 14 months. In one 2021 study across different industries, age groups, and experience levels, 52% of employee respondents said they were feeling burned out, up from… Read More

Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HAM-A)

Administration time: 10–15 minutes Main purpose: To assess the severity of symptoms of anxiety Population Adults, adolescents and children The HAM-A was one of the first rating scales developed to… 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

Nurse Wellness: A Call To Action

Worldwide, nurses are on the frontlines caring for the sick and injured of society. The presence of COVID-19 and the global pandemic have shined a light on nurses’ heroic efforts… Read More

National Certified Peer Specialists (NCPS)

Opportunities for peers to work in a variety of systems and settings to support individuals in achieving and maintaining recovery exist. This website, developed by Mental Health America (MHA) and… 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

COVID—What We Know Is A Moving Target

This week, we heard some good and bad news about COVID-19. On November 9, Pfizer announced that the vaccine it has developed with German drugmaker BioNTech may be more than… 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

“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

When You Think Strategy, Think Affordability & Cost

These are lean times for health and human service organizations. The drop in face-to-face visits of all types. Limited demand for “non-emergency” procedures and services. In the past six months, the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund disbursements have… 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

Growth Is A Mission Mandate

Over the past decade, there has been a running disagreement with many of the non-profit organization executives and board members. One view is that non-profit organizations need to be run… Read More

Value-Based Reimbursement In The Next Normal

In our mapping of the post-pandemic market, one key issue is how health plans will reimburse provider organizations in the year ahead. Anecdotally, we’re seeing more health plan managers looking for provider… Read More

Making High-Performing Culture Happen

A few weeks ago, we wrote about the need for executive teams to build a culture to keep “high performers” in their organizations—the executives who can do strategy, develop the “next big thing,”… Read More

The Digital First Era

In his presentation, Preparing For The New Normal: What’s Keeping Executives Up At Night? during the 2020 OPEN MINDS Management Best Practices Institute David Klements, Chief Executive Officer, Qualifacts, discussed the future of… Read More

Focusing On The Non-Health Factors Of Health

It’s no secret—social factors affect health care spending. Last year, Bechara Choucair, MD, Senior Vice President and Chief Community Health Officer, Kaiser Permanente, provided the health plan perspective on social… Read More

The Primary Care Strategy Question

For over a decade, the health and human service field has been focused on getting primary care and behavioral health services in sync. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services… Read More

Technology Update: Impacts On Treatment

Technology’s impact on mental health care service delivery is often lauded, but what’s the evidence thus far? Artificial intelligence, machine learning, neuro-linguistic programming therapy, and blockchain: What have they done… Read More

What You Should Be Thinking About Now

In Monica E. Oss’ closing address at the 2020 OPEN MINDS Management Best Practices Institute, Navigating The Crisis – Best Leadership Practices To Survive A Crisis & Emerge As A Market Leader, she… Read More

Rules For Post-Pandemic Care Transformation

The one word that keeps coming up in discussions with health plan executives is “transformation.” And, they’re not talking about transforming themselves. They are talking about the transformation in service… Read More

Telemedicine & Medication Adherence

Nonadherence to psychotropic medication is one of the major obstacles when treating mental illnesses. Approximately 60% of individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia discontinue their medication within 90 days of prescription. For… Read More

Neuroimmunology Of Schizophrenia

Recent research has presented possible links to both risk and protective factors regarding the occurrence of schizophrenia. This presentation provides an overview of some of these factors and the schizophrenia… Read More

Neurodevelopment Of Schizophrenia

The molecular pathophysiology of schizophrenia is complex and involves many factors, but there are some typical patterns that serve as a guideline to the neurodevelopment of the disease. The presentation… Read More

Genetics Of Schizophrenia

Years of research have established that schizophrenia is a highly heritable disease, providing a greater understanding of the genetic links to the occurrence of schizophrenia. This resource explores the complex… Read More


Data comparing hormone levels and the development of schizophrenia suggest there may be both neuroprotective and risk factors associated with different hormones. Additional studies could lead to new treatment options… Read More

Neuroanatomical Alterations In Schizophrenia

Observing the brains of patients with schizophrenia has yielded insights into issues such as gray matter loss, typical disease progression, and the effects of antipsychotic treatments. This resource reviews the… Read More

A Vicious Circle: Suicidality & Stigma

The irony is painful: Suicidal behavior is highly stigmatized, but stigma itself may increase suicidality. The complex, reciprocal relationship between the two is the focus of two recent journal articles:… 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

Maternal Mood & Anxiety Disorders

This podcast features Dr. Lisa Weinstock, a reproductive and perinatal psychiatrist, discussing mood and anxiety disorders during pregnancy and in the postpartum period. As many as 15% of women experience… Read More

Getting To Whole Person Addiction Treatment

Our coverage of primary care physicians’ views of addiction treatment and medication assisted treatment (MAT) brought quite a few comments. A recent study found that even though two thirds of… Read More

Making Your Clinical Programs VBR-Ready

The adoption of value-based reimbursement (VBR) has been inconsistent over the past few years. But the consensus is that the recession that is upon us and the likely reduced federal/state… 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

PsychU: Perspectives & Evolution

Listen in as Jon Grant, MD, JD, shares his thoughts with Rachel Self, PhD, MS, about PsychU and its particular value at this time. As for the future, Dr. Grant… Read More

Substance Use Disorder Amid Pandemic

“Ninety meetings in 90 days”: This is one mantra repeated to and by many individuals early in recovery from substance use disorder (SUD). Regular attendance at peer-run meetings offered by… Read More

A Picture Of Opioid Use & Dependence Worldwide

Millions of people around the world are dependent on opioids, with significant costs to society and deadly consequences for some individuals. According to the “Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and… 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

Opioid Use & Suicidal Behaviors

Connections between opioid misuse and suicidal behaviors have been explored, but a team of researchers, led by Hillary Samples of the Department of Epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of… Read More

Resident’s Corner Challenge, Dr. Caitlin Wise

Dr. Caitlin Wise relays her pharmacy residency experience. As an avid dancer, Dr. Wise shares similar challenges between conducting research and performing on-stage. Caitlin Wise, PharmD, is a PGY1 Managed… 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

World Bipolar Day 2020

Dr. Terence Ketter discusses World Bipolar Day and its theme for 2020, stigma. World Bipolar Day emphasizes the international diversity of antibipolar efforts. Dr. Ketter explains how stigma behind psychopharmacological… Read More

My Promise As A Mental Health Nurse

In 2015, I embarked on an academic journey at the University of San Francisco where I completed my master’s degree in nursing and continued on to pursue my doctor of… Read More

Caregiver Wellness & Self-Care

Renée Cavallaro, a licensed clinical social worker, explains wellness and self-care, as well as why both are important for caregivers. In addition to providing some examples of self-care, Renee gives… Read More

Utilizing PsychU As A Resident

Dr. Pankaj Manocha, MD shares his perspective as a member of PsychU during his fellowship. Dr. Manocha attended his first PsychU live event discussing treatment implications for bi-polar depression, major… Read More

Interacting With First Responders

Approximately 15% of men and 30% of women jailed have a serious mental illness (SMI).1 Educated first responders can potentially safely de-escalate situations involving a behavioral health crisis. Crisis Intervention… Read More

How Do Bipolar Disorder Type I & Type II Differ?

Traditionally, bipolar disorder type II (BDII) has been thought to be less severe—and less disabling—than bipolar disorder type I (BDI). Experts believe this characterization might be attributed to the fact… 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

Telehealth User Satisfaction Is High

User satisfaction is high among consumers who have used telehealth services, according to a J.D. Power survey. The overall customer satisfaction score for telehealth services is 851 (on a 1,000-point… Read More

Major Depressive Disorder In Chronic Kidney Disease

Major Depressive Disorder affects more than 260 million people worldwide1. The reported prevalence of depression in patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) ranges from 20-65%2. This webinar provides an overview… Read More

MHA 2019 Mind The Workplace Report

Mental Health America (MHA) recognizes that psychological impact that workplaces can have on their employees. Millions of employees spend a large part of their day, and lifetime, at work, increasing… Read More

CPAP Provides Relief From Depression

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment provides relief from depression in those with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This is true irrespective of how well CPAP treatment improved sleep status. There… 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

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

Coming Up With The Next Big Thing

Structural changes in the health and human service value chain will make many services obsolete (or at least in need of a serious remake) over time. The growing shift in… Read More

ACO Data Sharing For Care Coordination Is Incomplete

Medicare accountable care organizations (ACOs) that have participating provider organizations using a variety of electronic health record systems (EHRs) face care coordination challenges due to incomplete data sharing. Because their… Read More

Do You Have A SDH Screening Tool?

Depression, alcohol dependency, risk of suicide, childhood trauma — clinical professionals and provider organizations employ a variety of assessment tools and standardized questions to screen consumers for the drivers of… 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

Revisiting Cognitive Deficits In Bipolar Disorder

Neurocognitive deficits are commonly experienced by individuals living with bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is known to affect attention, processing speed, verbal learning and memory, and executive functions, including working memory… 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

Pain Medication Questionnaire (PMQ)

The Pain Medication Questionnaire (PMQ) is a 26-item instrument designed to identify patients on a continuum from low to high risk for opioid misuse. The original study which validated the… Read More

Opioid Clarity?

The number of deaths due to opioids has shown no signs of diminishing—drug overdose deaths involving prescription opioids rose from 3,442 in 1999 to 17,029 in 2017 (see National Rate… Read More

Brief Risk Interview© (BRI)

The Brief Risk Interview© (BRI) was developed as a protocol to determine potential patient risk of violating a treatment agreement related to prescription opioids and risk of future opioid misuse.… Read More

Cut Down, Annoyed, Guilty, Eye-Opener (CAGE)

The Cut Down, Annoyed, Guilty, Eye-Opener (CAGE) was designed to screen patient risk for alcohol abuse and dependence in the clinical setting. This version of the tool is a brief… Read More

Brief Risk Questionnaire© (BRQ)

The Brief Risk Questionnaire© (BRQ) is an opioid risk screening tool found to offer a good alternative to doing a clinical interview (see Brief Risk Interview© (BRI) https://psychu.org/brief-risk-interview-bri/). The tool… Read More

Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D)

The Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D; HRSD; HDRS), designed in 1960, has become one of the most widely utilized rating scales intended to assess depression disorder symptom severity and change.… 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

Mental Health Awareness Month 2019 Toolkit

Throughout May each year, we celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAM). For 2019, Mental Health America (MHA) is celebrating 70 years of celebrating MHAM by sharing their MHAM Toolkit. They… Read More

Gender Differences In Depression

The prevalence of depressive disorders is higher in women than men. Why? Many factors are thought to contribute to the divergence, including biological and clinical presentations. Understanding these variances may… Read More

Webinar Summary – Gender Differences In Depression

This summary was developed utilizing the full recorded presentation of this webinar. You can access the full sourcing, polling results, recording, or presentation slides here: https://psychu.org/gender-differences-in-depression/. On March 7, 2019,… Read More

Resilience: How Nature & Nurture Shape Us

Why any given experience should induce one person to adapt, while another is edged toward a maladaptive stress response that could ultimately lead to psychiatric illness, is not clearly understood.… Read More

Brief Resilience Scale (BRS)

The Brief Resilience Scale (BRS) differs from previous scales measuring resilience in that it does not attempt to identify or measure personal characteristics and/or social resources that individuals may possess… Read More

Webinar Summary – Resilience: How Nature & Nurture Shape Us

This summary was developed utilizing the full recorded presentation of this webinar. You can access the full sourcing, polling results, recording, or presentation slides here: https://psychu.org/resilience-how-nature-nurture-shape-us/. On February 26, 2019,… 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

Webinar Summary – Psychiatric Illness Identification & Treatment For Mass Casualty Event Survivors & First Responders (Emergency Relief Series Part 2)

This summary was developed utilizing the full recorded presentation of this webinar. You can access the full sourcing, polling results, recording, or presentation slides here: https://psychu.org/psychiatric-illness-identification-treatment-mass-casualty-event-survivors-first-responders-emergency-relief-series-part-2/. This presentation was the… Read More

Webinar Summary – Mental Health Considerations After A Natural Disaster: Clinical Pearls For Those In Nature’s Path (Emergency Relief Series Part 1)

This summary was developed utilizing the full recorded presentation of this webinar. You can access the full sourcing, polling results, recording, or presentation slides here: https://psychu.org/mental-health-considerations-natural-disaster-clinical-pearls-natures-path-emergency-relief-series-part-1/. On October 30, 2018,… Read More