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Secret Ingredients of OCD Research and Treatment

Last year, I heard a great story on the popular radio show “This American Life” about a family-owned sausage company that could no longer keep up with demand. In some ways, they already had what they wanted—a great business with a solid reputation that employed nearly two dozen of their neighbors. Their success and drive led them to take the risk, investing in the growth of...

Patients Prefer Talk Therapy to Psychiatric Medications, Report McLean Hospital Researchers

Despite declining trends in the percentage of people receiving talk therapy, in a paper published last month in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry (PMID: 23842011, doi: 10.4088/JCP.12r07757), McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School investigators found that 75 percent of patients interviewed preferred psychological talk therapy to medications for the treatment of anxiety and depression....

Family Connections: Bridging Clinical Care and Research to Improve Outcomes

As a liaison between child and adolescent research and clinical care, Randy Auerbach, PhD, is instrumental in forging collaborative relationships that benefit McLean Hospital patients. Through his role as Center for Depression, Anxiety and Stress Research Liaison to the Nancy and Richard Simches Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Auerbach fluidly integrates research into patient care...

Faith in God Positively Influences Treatment for Individuals with Psychiatric Illness, Suggests McLean Hospital Study

Belief in God may significantly improve the outcome of those receiving short-term treatment for psychiatric illness, according to a recent study conducted by McLean Hospital investigators. In the study, published in the current issue of Journal of Affective Disorders (PMID: 23051729, doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2012.08.030), David H. Rosmarin, PhD, McLean Hospital clinician and instructor in the...

McLean Hospital’s Roger Weiss Earns Hazelden’s Dan Anderson Research Award

Roger D. Weiss, MD, chief of McLean Hospital’s Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, has been selected as the 2012 recipient of the Hazelden Foundation’s Dan Anderson Research Award. Sponsored by the Butler Center for Research at Hazelden, the Dan Anderson Research Award recognizes a single published article by a researcher who has advanced the scientific knowledge of addiction recovery...

McLean Hospital Researcher to Receive New NIH Funding as Part of Autism Centers of Excellence

Nicholas Lange, ScD, director of the Neurostatistics Laboratory at McLean Hospital and associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, is collaborating with one of the two latest research networks to be been awarded $5.3 million in initial one-year funding from the National Institutes of Health as part of the Autism Centers of Excellence (ACE) Treatment Network program. Lange is...

Cutting Edge: News from the OCDI Office of Clinical Assessment & Research

The OCR is currently working on more than a dozen projects in various stages of completion with many more in the works. Our sincerest thanks go out to the patients, their families, the OCD Institute staff, and the various collaborators who have made research possible at the OCDI this year. We are better able to help others because of your efforts. Our Mission The primary mission of the OCR is...

McLean Hospital Study Finds Long-Term Anabolic-Androgenic Steroid Use May Severely Impact Visuospatial Memory

The long-term use of anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) may severely impact the user’s ability to accurately recall the shapes and spatial relationships of objects, according to a recent study conducted by McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School investigators. In the study, published today online in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence (doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2012.11.008), McLean...

Partnerships Key to PEAR and Student Success

In ten Boston classrooms last year, students who habitually “acted out” were handed cameras and asked to document the things that angered them and offended their sense of justice. Their images ranged from the commonplace to the profound, everything from a crumbling school bathroom to a sidewalk memorial for a murdered youngster. After participants wrote about their photos, they...

McLean Research Shows Exercise Tied to Higher IQ in Women

Previous research has shown that cognitive performance is associated with regular exercise among children and elderly, and now researchers at Harvard Medical School’s McLean Hospital have shown a similar correlation for non-geriatric adult women. As reported in the current issue of the journal Perceptual & Motor Skills, William D. S. Killgore, PhD, and Zachary J. Schwab, BS, asked...

Eleven McLean Hospital Scientists Receive NARSAD Young Investigator Awards

Eleven McLean Hospital researchers have received Young Investigator Awards from The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) grants awards to young investigators pursuing brain and behavior research related to depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and anxiety disorders...

Turning Promise into Practice: Nurturing Young Researchers Through Donor-Supported Fellowships

The future of brain science lies in researchers like Poornima Kumar, a 30-year-old neuroscientist with the mind of a mathematician, the expertise of an engineer, and a PhD in neuroimaging. Kumar, the hospital’s first John and Charlene Madison Cassidy Fellow in Translational Neuroscience, works in that sweet spot where neuroanatomy meets mathematics. She uses computational models—the...

A Daughter’s Legacy: The Simches Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

The philanthropy of the Simches family spans generations; the beneficiaries include a host of programs, organizations, and initiatives throughout Massachusetts and Israel. “Our family has always had a commitment to philanthropy,” said Nancy Simches. “The spirit of giving back, whether through volunteering or financial largesse, is a long-standing tradition started by my father,...

Responsibility and Privilege: McLean Faculty Serving as Journal Editors Influence the Field

The Archives of General Psychiatry (Archives) made quite a stir in July of 2011 when it published a twins study suggesting that autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has both genetic heritability and a significant environmental component. Picked up by the mass media, including NBC Nightly News, The New York Times, and others, the California Autism Twins Study (CATS) “marked an important shift in...

Bridging Distances: Patricia and James Poitras Fund McLean’s Novel Research Study with MIT

The distance between McLean Hospital and MIT is a mere eight miles, but that is vast in the world of scientific collaborations. Longtime McLean and MIT donors Pat and Jim Poitras decided to bridge the distance by supporting an innovative study bringing together the two research powerhouses to investigate the brain abnormalities at the root of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). “We...

Seeing Beyond The Data: McLean-Led National Study Informs Clinical Care Methods

Chief of the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Roger D. Weiss, MD, has long been a leader in the field of substance abuse treatment, research, and education. It was no surprise when he was tapped by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) to lead the first large-scale study to address treatment of prescription opioid addiction. The results of the six-year study, announced in the December...

Suboxone is Most Effective in Treating Painkiller Addiction

Individuals addicted to prescription painkillers are more likely to succeed in treatment with the aid of the medication buprenorphine-naloxone (Suboxone), report McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School researchers in today's online edition of the Archives of General Psychiatry (doi: 10.1001/archgenpsychiatry.2011.121). “Adjunctive Counseling During Brief and Extended Buprenorphine-...

McLean Becomes First Psychiatric Hospital to Earn Accreditation for Research Subject Protection Program

McLean Hospital, the largest psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School, has become the first psychiatric hospital in the nation to receive accreditation from the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP). The voluntary accreditation, announced last month, is for a three-year period. McLean joins its parent institution, Partners HealthCare, in receiving...

McLean Launches Center for Depression, Anxiety and Stress Research

Depression, anxiety, and stress are a debilitating triad. About one in six Americans will suffer from depression at some point in his or her life; one in four will struggle with an anxiety disorder. Often, the two go hand in hand, triggered by stressors like childhood neglect or the death of a loved one. Left untreated or not accurately diagnosed, these disorders can negatively impact every facet...

University of Utah and Harvard Researchers Take Major Step Toward First Biological Test for Autism

Researchers at Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital and the University of Utah have developed the best biologically-based test for autism to date. The test was able to detect the disorder in individuals with high-functioning autism with 94 percent accuracy. The study will be published in the online edition of Autism Research on Thursday, Dec. 2 (PubMed PMID 21182212). The test, which uses MRI to...

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