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Sep 15, 2014

Walking to Raise Awareness

A month before the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) annual Out of the Darkness walk in Boston, flyers and signs begin popping up throughout the McLean Hospital campus—it’s an early sign of fall and it also signals that...

Sep 15, 2014

Know the Facts About Suicide

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, which helps shine a light on a topic that is often not discussed out of fear and stigma. According to Dost Öngür, MD, PhD, chief of the Psychotic Disorders Division at McLean Hospital, the...

Sep 12, 2014

A Nursing Veteran Replaces Judgment with Compassion

My name is Julie Twohig, RN. I’m the clinical coordinator of Proctor II, a women’s unit specializing in dissociative disorders and trauma. I came into work on a Wednesday morning in November 2012 and was told that a patient who had made...

Sep 12, 2014

Building Trust Slowly With a Longtime Patient

My name is Sandra Feehan. I have worked at McLean for 15 years and feel very fortunate to have a job I look forward to every day. I work primarily in the Neurotherapeutics department with patients undergoing electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for...

Aug 12, 2014

Death of Robin Williams Puts Spotlight on Suicide

By Dost Öngür, MD, PhD We are all stunned and saddened by the apparent suicide of actor and comedian Robin Williams and our collective hearts go out to his family, friends and fans. While we remember his enormous talent and the joy that...

Jul 2, 2014

McLean Unveils Redesigned User-Friendly Website

Following more than two years of planning, development and testing, McLean Hospital has officially launched its newly redesigned website, www.mcleanhospital.org. The new website was designed to provide the hospital with a modern web presence while...

Jun 23, 2014

Kindred Spirits: Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo

McLean President and Psychiatrist in Chief Scott L. Rauch, MD, recently accepted one of the highest honors in academic medicine: an endowed chair. Thanks to a $5M gift from its namesakes, Dr. Rauch has been appointed to the Rose-Marie and Eijk van...

Jun 22, 2014

Actor Experiences Success Despite Years of Anguish

Hollywood loves a good medical drama, but for Ethan S. Smith, a successful actor, writer and director, the anguish he experienced due to obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) was all too real. Although Smith now successfully manages his OCD, it was...

Jun 16, 2014

In a Patient’s Words: In My Own Head

“Okay, Lisa. Go.” That’s Carol Hevia, a behavioral therapist at the OCDI, talking to me in my head, as if I was sitting in her Intrusive Thoughts group. Once again, she’s telling me it’s time to spill my guts. When I...

Apr 20, 2014

Promoting Wellness for Girls and Women

In 2013, McLean launched the Division of Women’s Mental Health (DWMH) under the leadership of Chief Academic Officer Shelly F. Greenfield, MD, MPH, whose vision is to enhance opportunities for clinical, research and educational collaborations...

Apr 20, 2014

Increasing Access to Care Through Innovation

Kathryn McHugh, PhD, is determined to increase access to quality mental health care for people in need. Through her research to improve the effectiveness of behavioral therapies and innovative treatment delivery models, such as computer-based...

Apr 20, 2014

Endowed Chair Provides Resources to Deliver on McLean’s Mission

Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo want to make a difference in the lives of people with psychiatric illness and in the lives of their families. As longtime supporters of McLean Hospital, they have consistently been strong proponents of the hospital...

Apr 20, 2014

Mastering Anxiety Disorders

Established in 2013, the McLean Anxiety Mastery Program (MAMP) is one of only a handful of programs in the country to provide intensive and evidence-based treatment for anxious youth. The program offers treatment for children and adolescents, ages 9...

Apr 20, 2014

Educating the Next Generation

Felicia Smith, MD, and David Rubin, MD, are passionate about psychiatry. As the newly named directors of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)/McLean Hospital Adult Psychiatry Residency Program and the MGH/McLean Child and Adolescent Psychiatry...

Apr 20, 2014

McLean Leaders Draw Accolades

Joseph Coyle Earns the Julius Axelrod Prize McLean Hospital Chief Scientific Officer Joseph Coyle, MD, was recognized by the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) with the Julius Axelrod Prize during its annual conference in November 2013. The Julius...

Apr 20, 2014

Building for the Future

With the hustle and bustle of day-to-day clinical work and treatment taking place, few patients and visitors pay close attention to the details that Andrew Healy, director of McLean Hospital’s Facilities Department, toiled over for months...

Apr 20, 2014

Reaching a New Audience Through Social Media

In 2013, United States President Barack Obama called for a national dialogue about mental health. In support of the president’s charge, McLean Hospital launched its first social media campaign with the goal of encouraging more public...

Apr 20, 2014

Collaborations Draw Top Researchers Leaders To McLean

Despite coming from very different places geographically, two of the world’s most esteemed neuroscientists found opportunity half the world away in the very same place: McLean Hospital. As a graduate student at the Russian Academy of Sciences...

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