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Advances in Mental Health

Welcome to Advances in Mental Health, a blog developed by McLean Hospital featuring commentary on mental health topics in the news, opinions by hospital thought-leaders and discussion about local, regional and national mental health policy. Advances in Mental Health provides our community with an opportunity to educate, while working toward reducing and ultimately eliminating the stigma of mental illness.

Pictured: McLean's Lois Choi-Kain, MEd, MD, medical director of McLean Gunderson and Stephanie Pinder-Amaker, PhD, director of the College Mental Health Program.

On the Record with Dr. Staci Gruber

An Interview with Dr. Staci Gruber

With recent appearances on the CNN documentaries Weed and Weed 3, McLean’s Staci Gruber, PhD, has been thrust into the center of the nation’s ongoing debate regarding the legalization of recreational marijuana and the use of medical marijuana.

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Staci Gruber, PhD
Staci Gruber, PhD


“Despite the fact that some states, like California, have had medical marijuana laws on the books since the 90s, I couldn’t find much in the scientific literature which focused on the impact of medical marijuana on cognitive function or other areas related to brain health.”

~Dr. Staci Gruber

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Philip Levendusky, PhD

Using the Right Strategies, New Year's Goals Are Attainable

This New Year's Eve, millions of Americans will resolve to lose weight, give up smoking, save money, do volunteer work, or find a new job. Chances are, they made the same resolution last year and the year before. Research shows that nearly 90...

A Crisis Point: Staving Off the Epidemic of Opiate Use

We have all heard about the recent rash of opiate overdoses that many have termed an “epidemic.” Earlier this month, numbers from the Minnesota Department of Health revealed that overdose deaths from opiates, including prescription...

Death of Robin Williams Puts Spotlight on Suicide

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 he brought so many of us...


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