2021 Match Day Results
EDUCATION
Mar 19, 2021

2021 Match Day Results

The Department of Psychiatry is excited to announce our incoming residents and fellows from the 2021 Match Day. ... Read More

KSL: Dr. Oz speaks firsthand about importance of early intervention for dementia
EDUCATION
Nov 11, 2020

KSL: Dr. Oz speaks firsthand about importance of early intervention for dementia

Dr. Mehmet Oz , Troy Christian Andersen, an associate professor at the University of Utah; Bruce W. Lee, owner of ComForCare of Northern Utah; and Anne Asman, director of advancement and outreach for the University of Utah's Department of Psychiatry, spoke about raising dementia awareness at the Utah stop of the Educating America Tour a virtual conference organized by the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.... Read More

RESEARCH
Sep 11, 2020

Steamboat Pilot: The Longevity Project Part 2: An unclear correlation — Colorado clinicians and researchers talk Alzheimer’s risk, care in mountain communities

Dr. Brent Kious, a psychiatrist, assistant professor and researcher with both University of Utah Health and the school’s Department of Psychiatry, has studied the link between living at high altitude and major depressive disorder, anxiety and suicide. He said he and his research team have been interested in the impact of altitude on the incidence and median age of onset of Parkinson’s disease, but has not studied this impact or the effects of altitude on dementia risk.... Read More

Vice President’s Clinical and Translational (VPCAT) Research Scholars Program
RESEARCH
Aug 25, 2020

Vice President’s Clinical and Translational (VPCAT) Research Scholars Program

The Vice President’s Clinical and Translational (VPCAT) Research Scholars Program has published and opened their 2021 VPCAT Cohort Competition Space application. Junior faculty committed to careers in clinical or translational research can find details and instructions on our website and in the attached flyer. All applications are due by 5:00 pm on Friday, September 25, 2020. No late applications will be accepted.... Read More

RESEARCH
May 28, 2020

Deseret News: Experts warn of a suicide surge related to COVID-19. They may be right

Colleen Fitzgerald, Perry Renshaw, Andrew Prescott, Deborah Yurgelun-Todd, Danielle Boxer and Doug Kondo are suicide researchers at the University of Utah and the Salt Lake City Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. This material is the result of work supported with resources and the use of facilities at the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System. The authors’ views are their own.... Read More

EDUCATION
Apr 27, 2020

The Scope: Health Benefits of Drinking Less

A common thought is 'a few drinks during times of stress can help a person relax and sleep.' However, drinking too much alcohol can have the opposite effect, as well as other mental health repercussions. Psychiatry Dr. Andrew Smith says moderation is the key and talks about ways to scale back the consumption of alcohol. ... Read More

Roll Call Podcast: Mental Wellness during the Covid-19 Pandemic
EDUCATION
Apr 01, 2020

Roll Call Podcast: Mental Wellness during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Roll Call is a podcast produced by Unified Fire Authority that discusses topics about firefighting and emergency care and rescue. In this episode, they talk with Department of Psychiatry faculty, Dr. Andrew Smith, Therapist Layne Hilton, and UFA Safety Officer Mike Greensides about mental wellness and self-care during these difficult times of pandemic, social distancing, and lock-down.... Read More

Elizabeth Gargaro, MD, Joins Department of Psychiatry Faculty
RECOGNITION
Oct 17, 2019

Elizabeth Gargaro, MD, Joins Department of Psychiatry Faculty

New physician, Elizabeth Gargaro, MD, joins the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Gargaro works with adolescent patients at UNI’s Girls Transition Center and provides pediatric care and mental health integration services at the UofU Health South Main Clinic.... Read More

What are Utah leaders doing to prevent youth suicides?
RESEARCH, EDUCATION
Jul 08, 2019

What are Utah leaders doing to prevent youth suicides?

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 More

Faculty Neuropsychologist Uses Art to Give Different Perception of Resilience
RESEARCH, EDUCATION
May 18, 2019

Faculty Neuropsychologist Uses Art to Give Different Perception of Resilience

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 More

Medicinal marijuana is well on its way to local production in Utah
RESEARCH
May 15, 2019

Medicinal marijuana is well on its way to local production in Utah

Faculty researchers, Perry Renshaw and Deborah Yurgelun-Todd, have been studying medicinal marijuana in local double-blind studies that are the first of their kind in the country. They told lawmakers that it seems to be having an effect and will present more data to the Health and Human Services Committee in six months.... Read More

SafeUT app is saving lives daily; 1,500 tips on suicide contemplation in 15 months
EDUCATION, RECOGNITION
Apr 04, 2019

SafeUT app is saving lives daily; 1,500 tips on suicide contemplation in 15 months

The SafeUT app, established in 2015, has seen record usage this year. From July 2017 to October 2018, the app, which relies heavily on the use of text messages, has had nearly 1500 tips about people considering taking their own lives. The free app is statewide service that provides real-time crisis intervention to youth through live chat and a confidential tip program – right from your smartphone. It connects users to a licensed clinical social worker at the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI). The app is run by the Safe U.T. commission with representation from officials with the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute, Utah Attorney Generals Office, The Utah State Legislature, Utah System of Higher Education, Utah System of Higher Education, Utah State Office of Education, University of Utah Health IT Department and Utah Department of Human Services.... Read More

Starting the New Year Happier is Important for Your Health
EDUCATION
Jan 04, 2019

Starting the New Year Happier is Important for Your Health

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 More

 Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Chair Award Received
RECOGNITION
Jun 19, 2018

Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Chair Award Received

Dr. Lowry Bushnell, Department of Psychiatry faculty member and clinical director of the Treatment Resistant Mood Disorders Clinic, is one of six individuals to receive the newly formed Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Chair.... Read More

The Season of SAD
EDUCATION
Apr 23, 2018

The Season of SAD

Dr. Jason Hunziker, Division Chief of Adult Psychiatry and Inpatient Medical Director at University Neuropsychiatric Institute, addresses the symptoms and treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).... Read More

Child psychiatrist Dr. Doug Gray talks to KSL about suicide
EDUCATION
Sep 10, 2017

Child psychiatrist Dr. Doug Gray talks to KSL about suicide

Dr. Doug Gray, faculty member of the University of Utah Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and a Utah pioneer in suicide prevention, contributes to a three-part news series addressing suicide prevention, crisis and recovery during KSL's 2017 "Reasons to Hope" Suicide Prevention Week ... Read More

TheScope Interview with Omar Reda: Helping Asylum Refugees Deal with Trauma
EDUCATION
Jul 11, 2017

TheScope Interview with Omar Reda: Helping Asylum Refugees Deal with Trauma

It’s a topic many U.S. citizens don’t think about—treating the psychological needs of refugees. The trauma that so many refugees suffer does not go away when they reach their new country. In fact, refugees are faced with many new traumas as they adjust to a new culture. Dr. Omar Reda, a refugee himself, is a psychiatrist specializing in treating refugee trauma. Dr. Reda shares his personal journey as a refugee, the unique traumas that refugees face and how to help ease these tensions.... Read More

TheScope Interview with Mark Ilgen: The Real Problem of the Opioid Epidemic: Bad Pain Treatment
EDUCATION
Jun 28, 2017

TheScope Interview with Mark Ilgen: The Real Problem of the Opioid Epidemic: Bad Pain Treatment

Around 2 million people in the United States are addicted to prescription painkillers, with 52,000 accidental opioid overdose deaths in 2015. According to Mark Ilgen, associate professor of psychiatry at University of Michigan, the problem isn’t the medication itself, but how doctors treat pain. Different approaches to chronic pain management may be the answer to helping reduce opioid addiction.... Read More

TheScope Interview with Mark Ilgen: Managing Both Pain and Addiction
EDUCATION
May 26, 2017

TheScope Interview with Mark Ilgen: Managing Both Pain and Addiction

For individuals with both addiction and chronic pain, it’s been common practice to treat one before the other, rather than treating both at the same time. Psychologist Dr. Mark Ilgen from the University of Michigan talks about a new approach that combines behavioral therapy and social support to help chronic pain patients manage both their pain and addiction.... Read More

EDUCATION
Apr 29, 2016

Parkites Connect Raising Mental Health Awareness

May is Mental Health Awareness month. To raise awareness, this Parkites Connect are holding several events. The kick-off event is May 3 and will feature specialists from the Department of Psychiatry about the stigmas surrounding mental health.... Read More