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Ross J. Baldessarini, MD: Celebrating a Pioneer

Ross J. Baldessarini, MD, originally thought he wanted to be an industrial organic chemist, not a doctor. The prospect of medical school didn’t thrill the Williams College chemistry major. He found it to be more like a trade school than an academic endeavor, not to mention it being “cutthroat and nasty.” But after a company he worked for one summer laid off 80 percent of its...

Work at McLean: Nursing

Looking for a job in nursing at McLean? Watch Mary Lou England talk about her employee experience.

New PACT Team Offers Support 24/7

Monica Luke knows what it’s like to care deeply about someone with schizophrenia. Her son, now 37, had his first psychotic break at age 20 and hasn’t spoken to her in a decade. Although she’s pained by the estrangement, she’s thankful for one thing: she could use his college fund to pay for his care over the years. But many families whose loved ones struggle with chronic...

Brain Training Shows Promise for Patients with Bipolar Disorder

Researchers at McLean Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, have discovered for the first time that computerized brain training can result in improved cognitive skills in individuals with bipolar disorder. In a paper published in the October 17, 2017, edition of The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, the researchers suggest that brain exercises could be an effective non-pharmaceutical...

Hospital Without Walls for Individuals With Chronic Mental Illness

McLean Hospital’s Chloe Pedalino, LICSW, says that individuals receive “wraparound care while they’re in the hospital, but they don’t always get that care after discharge.” This is one reason McLean is launching its new Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT). The program will bring coordinated, flexible, and customized mental health care to people with...

Family Funds Space for Young Patients to Gather and Heal

Andrew Smith was an avid sports fan. Always a contrarian, he rooted for the team his family wasn’t supporting. He had a quirky sense of humor, loved chatting on the phone, and taking long walks, often stopping for pizza. When he died in 2011 at age 30, after struggling for years with schizophrenia, his family wanted to honor Andrew’s efforts to find his way in the world. Every year...

Carrie Fisher’s Most Important Role: Confronting Stigma and Reducing Shame

Actress and writer Carrie Fisher died at the age of 60 on Tuesday after going into cardiac arrest on Friday during a flight from London to Los Angeles. Fisher was a longtime advocate for mental health awareness, sharing publicly her own battle with bipolar and substance use disorders. She encouraged those who struggled with bipolar disorder and substance use issues to join in community and find...

McLean Hospital Releases New Findings on Circadian Rhythms and Bipolar Disorder

Results of the first study of its kind to link abnormalities in circadian rhythms to changes in specific neurotransmitters in people with bipolar disorder will be published this week in the journal Biological Psychiatry. The three-year study conducted by McLean researchers points to specific neuroanatomical changes in human subjects with these illnesses, and specifically to neurons that regulate...

A Picture Can Say 1,000 Words

Susan Camuti holds her image, “Insistent rumble pulling me forward—too fast”After taking dozens of photos of trains at commuter rail stations, Susan Camuti finally captured the image she was seeking. Using a specialized app on her smartphone, she transformed the image of an approaching train to depict what her mania feels like. “When I feel manic, it feels like a train is...

McLean Hospital and Valera Health Use Smartphones to Engage Patients

McLean Hospital, the largest psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and emerging health tech startup Valera Health are partnering to conduct a clinical trial that will test a new digital technology to support patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The clinical trial, titled “Using mobile technology to improve quality of care in individuals with mental illness,”...

Collaborative Science: Probing Genetic Connections Leads to Successful New Treatments

Collaboration is key to research at McLean, leading to landmark findings that go beyond the sum of the parts. Deborah L. Levy, PhD, director of the Psychology Research Laboratory, recently led one such meeting of the minds. Working closely with Laura Godfrey, RPh, J. Alexander Bodkin, MD, Michael Coleman, and other colleagues, Levy ran the first treatment intervention in psychiatry tailored to a...

Waverley Place: A Community Program Built on Self-Determination and Hope

Waverley Place is McLean Hospital’s community-based support program providing a therapeutic community for adults experiencing mental illness. “We say that Waverley Place is an intentional community,” said Megan Mooney, occupational therapist. “Self-determination and hope are the two biggest things we value here. How people spend their time here is all self-determined. You...

LMFS Shown to Provide Immediate Relief for Patients

For the millions of Americans who live with major depressive disorder or bipolar disorder, there may be some good news in their future. Individual with those conditions who receive low-field magnetic stimulation (LFMS) have recently shown immediate and substantial mood improvement. “LFMS is unlike any current treatment. It uses magnetic fields that are a fraction of the strength but at a...

AB2 Slogans Convey Common Message to Its Patients, Families, and Staff

Like all programs at McLean, we take tremendous pride in the care we provide to our patients at the Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Inpatient Program (AB2). We have long created a culture of caring that extends beyond our patient population that is felt by our staff, including the residents and both nursing and medical students. But, almost a year ago, we were challenged greatly in the face of...

Justin T. Baker, MD, PhD

Justin T. Baker, PhD, has a background in neuroscience and clinical psychiatry. He is currently the director of functional neuroimaging and bioinformatics for the Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Research Program at McLean Hospital. His research uses both large-scale studies and “deep-phenotyping” approaches to understand the nature and underlying biology of mental illnesses,...

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