UCSF Psychiatry News

Mother and baby daughter

New study finds that the brain structure governing emotion is passed down from mother to daughter

January 27, 2016
A study of 35 families led by a UCSF Psychiatry researcher showed for the first time that the structure of the brain circuitry known as the corticolimbic system is more likely to be passed down from mothers to daughters than from mothers to sons or from fathers to children of either gender.
Markita Mays, LCSW

Mays selected for Dean’s Diversity Leaders group

January 14, 2016
Clinical social worker Markita Mays, LCSW, has been selected through a competitive process as one of the twelve Dean’s Diversity Leaders for the UCSF School of Medicine’s Differences Matter initiative.
James W. Dilley, MD

Dilley named 2016 APA Adolf Meyer Award honoree

January 13, 2016
Professor and Vice Chair for Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital & Trauma Center James W. Dilley, MD, has been named as the recipient of the American Psychiatric Association (APA)’s 2016 Adolf Meyer Award.
2016 Trainee Research Award honorees

Four selected as 2016 Grand Rounds Trainee Research Award honorees

January 11, 2016
Four department trainees have been selected to present their scholarship and research at Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds events later this year as part of a series designed to highlight the work of senior trainees (e.g., residents, child psychiatry fellows, psychology trainees, postdoctoral fellows) at or near the end of their training and help launch their academic careers
Adult hand holding an infant's hand

Special continuing education course to be held in honor of CTRP’s 20th anniversary

January 05, 2016
In celebration of the Child Trauma Research Program (CTRP)’s 20th anniversary, the program and the Department of Psychiatry are presenting a one-day seminar course, “Attachment and Trauma in Early Childhood: Embracing the Family in Clinical Practice, Research, and Public Policy,” on Friday, January 29, at the UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center.
James Sorensen, PhD

Sorensen receives Miracles Tribute award from Constellation Behavioral Health

December 17, 2015
James L. Sorensen, PhD, received the 2015 Miracles Tribute award, honoring a professional for lifetime achievement and outstanding service in the treatment of addiction and co-occurring disorders, from Constellation Behavioral Health's Alta Mira Recovery Programs in Sausalito, California.
MRI of the human brain

Study finds evidence of brain network hyperconnectivity in adolescent major depressive disorder

December 11, 2015
In the first functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) study combining multimodal functional connectivity methods to investigate adolescent major depressive disorder (MDD), lead author Tiffany Ho, PhD, and senior author, Tony T. Yang, MD, PhD, from the UCSF Department of Psychiatry found evidence of hyperconnectivity in the default mode network of adolescent MDD during active emotional processing that persisted during resting-state conditions.
Victor I. Reus, MD

Reus elected as ACCME Chair for 2016

December 09, 2015
The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) announced that Victor I. Reus, MD, has been elected Chair of the ACCME Board of Directors for 2016.
John R. McQuaid, PhD

McQuaid accepts position as LPPI Co-Director of Psychology

December 07, 2015
Professor of Clinical Psychology John R. McQuaid, PhD, has been appointed Co-Director of Psychology for the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute (LPPI) by institute director and UCSF Department of Psychiatry Chair Matthew W. State, MD, PhD.
Watching television

New research connects low physical activity levels with decline in midlife cognitive function

December 04, 2015
Watching a lot of TV and having a low physical activity level as a young adult were associated with worse cognitive function 25 years later in midlife, according to a new study led by Tina Hoang, MSPH, and Kristine Yaffe, MD, published online and in the January print issue of JAMA Psychiatry.