Year in Review 2015: Where Big Things Happen

May 2, 2016

“I can’t say enough about the people at McLean and how supportive they’ve been.”

The quote above came from Elizabeth See, a former tennis professional who has struggled with depression for more than a decade. As you will read in this issue of Year in Review, Elizabeth finally experienced improvement thanks to transcranial magnetic stimulation—a treatment she receives at McLean in our newly expanded Psychiatric Neurotherapeutics Program.

We are proud to say that Elizabeth is only one of the many people who have been positively affected by McLean Hospital’s recent growth.

In 2015, we made great strides in developing, expanding, and launching programs that provide greater access to high-quality, evidence-based, compassionate psychiatric care, while also emphasizing the need and importance of innovative research and exceptional educational experiences for professionals and the general public.

A Passion for Science and Collaboration
The recruitment of Kerry J. Ressler, MD, PhD, who is spearheading the growth of McLean’s research programs as our new chief scientific officer and chief of the Division of Depression and Anxiety Disorders. With a vision of cross-collaboration, he is fostering translational research by helping McLean’s scientists and clinicians join in this quest more seamlessly.

Helping Those in the Line of Duty
The growth of our LEADER (Law Enforcement, Active Duty, Emergency Responder) program, which provides specialized mental health and addiction services for men and women in uniform, including police officers, fire department personnel, and active members of the military.

The Largest Fundraising Effort in Hospital History
The announcement of the largest philanthropic effort in hospital history. We are well on our way toward meeting our fundraising goal of $100 million, which will enable us to more fully realize our vision of improved access to care and accelerated discovery, hopefully leading to prevention and cures.

The Essence of Adolescence: Examining Addiction in the Teenage Brain
When Marisa M. Silveri, PhD, director of McLean Hospital’s Neurodevelopmental Laboratory on Addictions and Mental Health, gives community presentations on the effects of alcohol and drug use on the adolescent brain, she refers to herself as a “neuroscience interpreter.”

Leading the Way: McLean Staff Are Making an Impact on Mental Health
Each year, McLean Hospital faculty are recognized by national and international psychiatric organizations for their work to improve the lives of people and families affected by mental illness. R. Kathryn McHugh, PhD, and Michael Leslie, MD, are just two of McLean’s stars who made an impact in 2015.

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