Rep. Ben McAdams, D-Utah, joined UofU Health suicide prevention experts at a news conference on Monday, July 8, 2019, to discuss the need for funding suicide crisis prevention and the local efforts made so far to raise awareness. Experts included Department of Psychiatry professor, Doug Gray, and Ross VanVraken, Executive Director of the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI). ... Read MorePsychiatry
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Dr. Scott Langenecker, a clinical neuropsychologist and professor of psychiatry, discusses ways people can strengthen their resilience during a free presentation titled “Images of Resilience,” at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, at the Park City Library’s Community Room. The event that honors Mental Health Awareness Month is sponsored by CONNECT Summit County.... Read MorePsychiatry
When James Morris, MD, speaks to providers in Rexburg this May, he’ll be talking to people who know first-hand about the challenge of preventing suicide. The Idaho town has had eight suicides over recent months.... Read MorePsychiatry
University of Utah Health researchers found that the median age at which 4-year-old children are first evaluated did not significantly decrease between 2010 to 2014. Increased efforts for early screening are needed.... Read MorePsychiatry
Study by faculty researcher, Shami Kanekar, PhD, indicates that women may be more affected by brain chemistry issues caused by altitude. Her animal tests show that females are actually more vulnerable to behavioral changes caused by a lack of oxygen at higher altitudes, and therefore may be at higher risk for suicide. ... Read MorePsychiatry
Researchers at the University of Utah Health conducted the first population-based study of suicidality in individuals with ASD in the United States. The 20-year retrospective study found that for individuals with autism, particularly females, the risk of suicide has increased through time compared to their non-autistic peers. ... Read MorePsychiatry
University of Utah Health Awarded CDC Funding to Expand Knowledge About Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
The University of Utah’s Department of Psychiatry was awarded a $2 million, four-year grant from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to enhance the capacity of the Utah Registry of Autism and Developmental Disabilities (URADD).... Read MorePsychiatry
We all strive to be happy, but sometimes events in your life can bring you down. Did last year not go as well as you were hoping? Wondering how you could be happier in the new year? Psychiatrist Anne Lin says a negative outlook will set you up for failure, so it’s important to stay positive when that calendar changes. Dr. Lin shares some helpful strategies to avoid dangerous thinking errors, and keep your outlook positive and productive this year.... Read MorePsychiatry
What Doesn’t Kill You May Not Make You Stronger: How Childhood Adversity Affects Resilience Later in Life
Researchers at University of Utah Health wanted to know if adversity during childhood rewired the brain, increasing vulnerability to mood disorders later in life. ... Read MorePsychiatry