UCSF Psychiatry News


Study: Trajectory of depressive symptoms more accurate at identifying dementia risk than individual assessments

March 17, 2016
In a new study published online by JAMA Psychiatry, a research team led by UCSF Psychiatry faculty members has found that patients with high-and-increasing depressive trajectories were almost twice as likely to develop dementia than those with minimal symptoms, even when accounting for other important factors.

SFVAMC opens same-day mental health clinic

March 17, 2016
The San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC) has expanded its offering of mental health care services with the addition of a same-day clinic. The new clinic is an important part of SFVAMC's continuing efforts to reduce barriers for veterans seeking non-emergency, outpatient mental health care.
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UCSF ranked second nationally for drug and substance abuse research programs

March 16, 2016
The UC San Francisco School of Medicine was ranked second for drug and substance abuse research in this year’s U.S. News & World Report survey of best graduate schools. The rankings also make UCSF the top public university for drug and substance abuse research in the nation.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.