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Brain Researchers Seek ‘Fingerprints’ of Severe Mental Diseases

Researchers from McLean Hospital and Yale University have published findings of their study of large-scale systems in the brain, findings that could improve understanding of the symptoms and causes of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, and other mental illnesses. Their paper, “Functional Connectomics of Affective and Psychotic Pathology,” published in the Proceedings of the National...

A Bridge From Hospital to Home

The first 30 days following a period of psychiatric treatment can be treacherous. Patients have left the supportive, highly structured environment of the hospital, with its singular focus on recovery, to return to the same old stressors. They also have to navigate new stressors, such as explaining their absences to colleagues. And transitioning to a new outpatient therapist can be fraught. Not...

Focusing on Technology’s Role in Patient Care

Kara Backman, McLean’s chief information officer, said she has been fortunate as a woman pursuing a career in the traditionally male-dominated field of information technology (IT). “Personally, I have not faced many barriers in my career being a woman,” she said. “I’ve been fortunate to be surrounded by supportive male and female managers and colleagues while working at Partners HealthCare.”...

A Researcher’s Journey From Tinkerer to Innovator to Mentor

Laura Germine, PhD, calls herself a tinkerer. “I’ve always been messing around with technology—coding, building things,” she said. Fortunately for McLean—and the field of psychiatric research—Germine has moved far beyond tinkering. By combining her academic training in molecular biology, experimental psychopathology, and psychiatric genetics with her passion for technology, she created...

Study Finds Deep Biases in Standard Measures of Social Cognition

According to a recent paper published in Psychological Medicine, one of the most widely used tests for measuring social cognition is biased toward well-educated Caucasians. Laura Germine, PhD, technical director of the McLean Institute for Technology in Psychiatry and director of the Laboratory for Brain and Cognitive Health Technology, said that the study looked at the impact of social, cultural...

New Research Looks at the Promise of ‘Digital Neuropsychology’

In a new paper published in The Clinical Neuropsychologist, McLean Hospital’s Laura Germine, PhD, and her colleagues describe the many ways in which cognitive tests conducted with computers and smartphones might improve upon traditional “pencil-and-paper” tests. The researchers also present a critical overview of modern testing technology to help neuropsychologists understand and benefit from new...

Local Students Learn About Potential of Using Technology to Address Loneliness

Coding, robotics, virtual reality (VR)—to most of us, these are mostly foreign concepts, or they exist solely in the realm of science fiction. But to a group of 5th graders in Belmont, Massachusetts, who participate in the First Lego League (FLL)—and to Justin T. Baker, MD, PhD, scientific director of McLean Hospital’s Institute for Technology in Psychiatry—these are natural concepts and very...

New Smartphone App Helps During Mental Health Treatment Transition

The transition out of an inpatient psychiatric setting is never easy—for the patient or the clinician. And the challenge escalates after the day program ends and the patient returns home. Now, clinicians at McLean Hospital’s Behavioral Health Partial Hospital Program (BHP), a day program that integrates psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy (medications), believe they have a way to improve on that...

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...

An Epic Leap Into the Future of Health Care

With more than a dozen clinical, technical, and administrative staff looking on from a command center atop Belmont Hill, at 5am on June 24, 2017, McLean Hospital took a giant leap into the future of health care as it flipped the switch and officially “went live” with an electronic health record (EHR). The EHR, which is built using the Epic platform and is known as Partners eCare, is the largest...

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...

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’s...

McLean Leaders Call for Expansion of Electronic Health Records in Psychiatric Care

In an essay to be published in the May 3 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), leaders from McLean Hospital make the case for expanding the use of electronic health records (EHRs) in psychiatric care. The authors report that psychiatric care providers have lagged behind the rest of the health care industry in adopting EHRs. This, they explain, has caused psychiatrists,...

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