UCSF Psychiatry News

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New study finds smartphone assistants lacking in support for mental health concerns

March 14, 2016
Personal voice assistants are increasingly used by smartphone owners for a range of health questions, but in a new study the telephone conversational agents responded inconsistently and incompletely to simple questions about mental health, rape, and domestic violence.
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San Francisco VA providers hold conference on preventing veteran suicide through lethal means safety

March 11, 2016
Approximately 22 veterans end their lives every day, making up over 20% of all suicides in the U.S. Providers in the San Francisco VA Health Care System (SFVAHCS) are working to save lives through innovative approaches to suicide prevention.
Stephen P. Hinshaw, PhD

Hinshaw named 2016 James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award honoree by APS

February 22, 2016
Co-Vice Chair for Psychology Stephen P. Hinshaw, PhD, has been selected by the Association for Psychological Science (APS) as one of its 2016 James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award recipients.
John L.R. Rubenstein, MD, PhD

Rubenstein recognized with trio of honors

February 18, 2016
Faculty member John L.R. Rubenstein, MD, PhD, was recently honored by three organizations for his work in the fields of child and adolescent psychiatry and neuroscience.

UCSF Psychiatry Chief Residents for 2016-2017 selected

February 12, 2016
The UCSF Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program (RTP) has announced its new chief residents for the 2016-2017 academic year
Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD

11th annual Wallerstein Lecture to be streamed live March 24

February 12, 2016
The 2016 Robert S. Wallerstein, MD Visiting Lectureship on Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy will be held on Thursday, March 24, 2016 from 1-5 p.m. in Cole Hall Auditorium on the UCSF Parnassus Heights campus.
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$25 million from Oberndorf Foundation to advance UCSF psychiatry, neuroscience research

February 11, 2016
UCSF has received an unrestricted $25 million commitment from the Bill and Susan Oberndorf Foundation to advance basic research in psychiatry and the behavioral sciences. Over the next decade, this science promises to revolutionize our understanding of the most serious psychiatric illnesses, including autism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, depression and anxiety.
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Long-term marijuana use associated with worse verbal memory in middle age

February 02, 2016
Marijuana use over time is associated with remembering fewer words from a list, but it did not appear to affect other areas of cognitive function in a study of men and women followed up over 25 years, according to an article published online by JAMA Internal Medicine.
Mazen A. Kheirbek, PhD

Research neuroscientist Kheirbek joins department faculty

February 01, 2016
Please join us in welcoming research neuroscientist Mazen A. Kheirbek, PhD, as he officially begins his appointment today as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry.
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CTRP celebrates 20th anniversary with sold-out seminar course

February 01, 2016
A capacity crowd filled the Fisher Banquet Room at the UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center on Friday, January 29, 2016, for a special day-long seminar course celebrating the 20th anniversary of the UCSF Child Trauma Research Program (CTRP).