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Training the Next Generation to Treat Borderline Personality Disorder

Alexandra Yogman, LICSW, recalls the first time she talked alone with a patient with borderline personality disorder (BPD). It was 2015, and as part of her social work master’s degree program, she was interning on McLean’s Short Term Unit. She had spent several months shadowing experienced clinicians, and her supervisor believed she was ready to sit down and converse alone with this...

Philanthropy Provides Crucial Support for Addiction Treatment

When Maria Curtis’s son was released from a McLean treatment program, she was so impressed by the follow-up he received that she and her husband John made a gift to the hospital, directing it to help patients during their early recovery. Their generosity was enormously appreciated, says Roger D. Weiss, MD, chief of McLean’s Center of Excellence in Substance Use Disorders. Dr. Weiss...

Three Prominent Community Members Join McLean’s Board

The McLean Board of Trustees recently welcomed three new members: Michelle Williams, PhD, Josef H. von Rickenbach, and Gloria Cordes Larson, Esq. Michelle Williams, PhD Williams is an internationally renowned epidemiologist and public health scientist and the dean of the faculty at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Much of her research is in the field of reproductive and perinatal...

Telling the Story of Addiction

“That’s the outfit I wore when I overdosed and when I was discharged from the emergency room–the last day I used and the first day of sobriety.” - Ava Grieco Ava Grieco’s canvas shows her floating through a blue sky, arms wide and stippled with needle marks. A chain anchors her to a hypodermic needle. Her polka-dotted pants and black top have tremendous meaning....

Run for Gratitude Supports McLean Services for First Responders

They did what they were trained to do: ran toward the explosions to shield and tend the injured and held the hands of the frightened as they were transported to waiting ambulances. The first responders were among the biggest heroes of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. The Richard family suffered an unimaginable loss that day when a bomb killed 8-year-old Martin and injured father Bill, mother...

John Gunderson: Borderline Personality Disorder Trailblazer

As a young psychiatrist, John G. Gunderson, MD, was fascinated by certain patients that he, and even his more experienced colleagues, struggled to diagnose and treat. They were challenging and sometimes erratic. They would cut or burn themselves. Often, they would grasp on to one person as their savior and feel abandoned when that person set limits. At the time, these patients were called “...

Horizons – Winter 2019

Our Winter edition of Horizons showcases new partners, old friends, true heroes, and a creative way to approach addiction recovery. Our first story features a legacy of kindness honoring the late Martin Richard, the 8-year-old victim of the 2013 Marathon bombing. The Martin Richard Foundation organized an 8k road race to thank the city’s heroic first responders and raised $100,000 to...

Horizons – Fall 2018

This edition of Horizons highlights our June annual dinner when we honored NFL wide receiver Brandon Marshall with the 2018 McLean Award. Michi Marshall, Brandon’s wife and partner in advocacy, accepted the award on his behalf and spoke eloquently about their work together. It was an uplifting night of celebration during which we also recognized other members of the McLean community who...

Foundation Gift Enables Cannabis Research

For a substance that has been used by humans for more than 5,000 years, there remains much to learn about marijuana’s effects on the brain. McLean neuroscientist and clinical researcher Staci Gruber, PhD, has spent more than two decades trying to advance knowledge in this domain. Now, with the help of a $1.5 million grant from the Patricia Cornwell Foundation, a nonprofit organization...

Kelsey Fellowship Brings Bates Undergrads to McLean Labs

Former Board Chair David Barlow has endowed a fellowship that forges a closer relationship between two institutions that are dear to his heart: McLean Hospital and his alma mater, Bates College. The John Kelsey Fellowship is named after the retired Bates professor who built the college’s neuroscience program and nurtured generations of neuroscientists, including Bill Carlezon, PhD, chief...

Seattle Seahawks Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall Honored by McLean

NFL wide receiver Brandon Marshall received the 2018 McLean Award at the hospital’s annual dinner on June 1. McLean President and Psychiatrist in Chief Scott L. Rauch, MD, donned a Seattle Seahawks cap in homage to the breaking news that Marshall had just been drafted to the Seattle team. Rauch made this exciting announcement while acknowledging that it meant Marshall was unable to accept...

New Collaboration Seeks to Understand Trauma’s Impact on Genes

Why does one person who suffered severe childhood adversity become homeless or addicted, while another with a similar background builds a loving family life and a thriving career? Is the answer in our genes, or perhaps in how trauma affects our genes? A collaboration between McLean Hospital and The Connor Group Kids and Community Partners, an Ohio-based non-profit, is attempting to answer this...

Campaign for McLean Hospital Impact Report

Above and Beyond The $100 million Campaign for McLean Hospital was McLean’s first comprehensive philanthropic campaign. More than 6,000 generous supporters contributed to the effort which ended early and surpassed its goal. Every gift, large and small, helped the hospital go “Above and Beyond” to create seven Centers of Excellence and has allowed the hospital to expand...

Foundations Support Study on the Benefit of Yoga for Adolescent Depression

Yoga has become ubiquitous. In fact, it is difficult to find a community that doesn’t offer classes ranging from “flow” and “hot” yoga to those with nearly unpronounceable names. Tracing roots back more than 5,000 years, yoga is an array of techniques or practices aimed at integrating mind, body, and spirit to promote mindfulness, personal exploration, and a...

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...

Running Against Stigma, Not Away From It

On April 17, 2017, Ana Febres-Cordero, a suicide survivor, and her father Rafael ran the Boston Marathon to support public awareness and outreach programs focused on eliminating the stigma surrounding mental illness. Ana was inspired to partner with McLean Hospital to develop Deconstructing Stigma: Ana’s Marathon Fund because of a shared mission to eliminate the obstacles that discourage...

Samuel Plimpton and Wendy Shattuck Are Investing in Unmet Needs

Samuel Plimpton and Wendy Shattuck target their giving to organizations that leverage gifts to achieve returns for society. Sam, senior advisor and partner emeritus at the Baupost Group, LLC, is interested in the long-term value created through investment to address unmet needs. “There is substantial unmet demand in the field of mental health care,” he said. “Yet, primary...

Horizons – Spring 2018

With depression being the leading cause of illness and disability worldwide, this issue features a new research endowment established by a former trustee and her family. The $1 million fund will prioritize studies focused on adolescents, as depression commonly onsets in youth. More and more, there is hope that technology can improve the way we diagnose and treat depression—as well as many...

McLean Team Wins Technology Competition

A McLean team took home the top prize in the 2017 Partners Connected Health Innovation Challenge for their proposal to translate a highly effective addiction treatment into a platform for mobile phones and other devices. Led by Cheryl Cronin, MBA, MA, the team consists of clinicians and staff from McLean’s Center of Excellence in Substance Use Disorders, including Fernside, one of McLean...

Paying It Forward

Ten years ago, then 27-year-old Mike Muccio thought he was having a heart attack or a stroke. His heart raced, he was dizzy, off-balance, and felt like he was dying—and it kept happening. With his parents at his side, Mike spent the next nine months in and out of physician’s offices with no concrete diagnosis. When a doctor finally suggested the psychiatric ER at Massachusetts...

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