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Study Examines How Sensitivity to Emotions Changes Across the Life Span

Why do we become more positive as we grow older? Why are adolescents so sensitive to negative social cues? These are a few of the questions addressed in “Emotion Sensitivity Across the Lifespan: Mapping Clinical Risk Periods to Sensitivity to Facial Emotion Intensity,” a new paper published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. The paper presents findings from a groundbreaking...

Summit Envisions Future of Technology in Psychiatry

Technology is ubiquitous. Children have smartphones, octogenarians are savvy iPad users, and nearly everyone tracks steps and calories with wearables. It is no surprise that the field of psychiatry is forging a path toward using technology to revolutionize the way mental illnesses are diagnosed and treated as well as how outcomes are measured. That was the consensus that emerged from McLean’s...

Using New Technology to Track Senior Health

Mounted on the wall in David’s room at an assisted living facility west of Boston is a small, white box. It emits a low hum, but otherwise, it is hard to know it is there. But, while people in the room may not notice the box, the box is noticing everything that goes on in the room. The box houses a highly sophisticated sensor called Emerald, and it is helping clinicians find better ways to care...

Institute for Technology in Psychiatry Envisions the Future of Mental Health

At a restaurant in San Diego, Ipsit Vahia, MD, had his “aha” moment. He and his wife were dining with friends and their four-year-old son, who was restless and disruptive. Vahia handed over his iPhone, and the boy was quietly absorbed until it was time to leave. Distracting children with technology is not new, but Dr. Vahia left the experience with the genesis of a research question: could...

Tablet Devices Show Promise in Managing Agitation Among Patients With Dementia

A new pilot study led by Ipsit Vahia, MD, medical director of Geriatric Psychiatry Outpatient Services at McLean Hospital, suggests that the use of tablet computers is both a safe and a potentially effective approach to managing agitation among patients with dementia. “Tablet use as a nonpharmacologic intervention for agitation in older adults, including those with severe dementia, appears to be...

Technology: Modern Help for the Aging Mind

Digital technology isn’t just a domain for younger generations. It also has amazing potential for activating the mind and improving the quality of life in older adults. How do older adults use technology? A common misconception is that older adults are technophobic. One reason behind this thinking may be older people’s relative lack of exposure to technology. Whereas technology is a...

Technology Improves Quality of Life for Older Adults

Technology may revolutionize the lives of older adults with psychiatric disorders, thanks to creative research ideas posed by Ipsit Vahia, MD, McLean’s new medical director for Geriatric Psychiatry Outpatient Services. Dr. Vahia is working closely with Dr. Brent Forester on a number of novel studies that explore the use of technology and smart devices to improve assessment of psychiatric symptoms...

New Medical Director in Division of Geriatric Psychiatry to Receive Prestigious AAGP Award

Ipsit Vahia, MD, medical director of Geriatric Psychiatry Outpatient Services, has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 American Association for Geriatric (AAGP) Psychiatry Barry Lebowitz Early Career Scientist Award. The award recognizes exceptional academic and research accomplishments in the area of geriatric psychiatry and/or evidence of early career funding from federal or private...

Successful Healthy Aging: Prevention and Education (SHAPE) Brain Health Course: June 6-July 18 Session

This 6-week educational course focuses on techniques to promote healthy brain aging and is ideal for older individuals and/or their adult children. This 6-week educational course focuses on techniques to promote healthy brain aging and is ideal for older individuals and/or their adult children. Taught by McLean Hospital clinicians, SHAPE’s curriculum is based on scientific evidence regarding...

Successful Healthy Aging: Prevention and Education (SHAPE) Brain Health Course: June 13-July 25 Session

This 6-week educational course focuses on techniques to promote healthy brain aging and is ideal for older individuals and/or their adult children. Taught by McLean Hospital clinicians, SHAPE’s curriculum is based on scientific evidence regarding topics that have been shown to contribute to brain health. Through lifestyle choices, medical management, and use of cognitive strategies, course goals...

Successful Healthy Aging: Prevention and Education (SHAPE) Brain Health Course: April 25-May 30 Session

This 6-week educational course focuses on techniques to promote healthy brain aging and is ideal for older individuals and/or their adult children. Taught by McLean Hospital clinicians, SHAPE’s curriculum is based on scientific evidence regarding topics that have been shown to contribute to brain health. Through lifestyle choices, medical management, and use of cognitive strategies, course goals...

Successful Healthy Aging: Prevention and Education (SHAPE) Brain Health Course: August 22-September 26 Session

This 6-week educational course focuses on techniques to promote healthy brain aging and is ideal for older individuals and/or their adult children. Taught by McLean Hospital clinicians, SHAPE’s curriculum is based on scientific evidence regarding topics that have been shown to contribute to brain health. Through lifestyle choices, medical management, and use of cognitive strategies, course goals...

Successful Healthy Aging: Prevention and Education (SHAPE) Brain Health Course: May 2-June 6 Session

This 6-week educational course focuses on techniques to promote healthy brain aging and is ideal for older individuals and/or their adult children. Taught by McLean Hospital clinicians, SHAPE’s curriculum is based on scientific evidence regarding topics that have been shown to contribute to brain health. Through lifestyle choices, medical management, and use of cognitive strategies, course goals...

Successful Healthy Aging: Prevention and Education (SHAPE) Brain Health Course: September 5-October 10 Session

This 6-week educational course focuses on techniques to promote healthy brain aging and is ideal for older individuals and/or their adult children. Taught by McLean Hospital clinicians, SHAPE’s curriculum is based on scientific evidence regarding topics that have been shown to contribute to brain health. Through lifestyle choices, medical management, and use of cognitive strategies, course goals...