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APA President Calls for Gun Control Measures in Wake of Oregon Tragedy

Renée Binder, M.D. APA President Renée Binder, M.D., is calling for the implementation of “common sense measures” to reduce access to firearms in this country. Her call to action came in response to the mass shooting on Thursday that took the lives of nine people at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., as well as that of the 26-year-old gunman. Nine other people were wounded in the attack. Read more.

Four Outstanding Mental Health Programs To Be Honored at IPS: The Mental Health Services Conference

APA logo APA will recognize four outstanding mental health programs with Psychiatric Services Achievement Awards at the 2015 IPS: The Mental Health Services Conference. The top award winners are the Missouri Community Mental Health Center Health Home Program and the Sexual Behaviours Clinic in Ottawa, Canada. The awards recognize innovative programs offering services to people with mental illnesses or disabilities that can serve as models for other programs. They will be presented at the Opening Session of the conference at the Sheraton New York Times Square on October 8, noon to 1:30 p.m. Read more.

Human Rights Expert to Be Keynote Speaker at APA’s Fall Meeting

Adeyinka M. Akinsulure-Smith, Ph.D.Adeyinka M. Akinsulure-Smith, Ph.D., will be presenting the keynote lecture at the 2015 IPS: The Mental Health Services Conference on Thursday, October 8, at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel. She is a licensed psychologist from Sierra Leone who has participated in human rights investigations in Sierra Leone, worked with war victims from the African diaspora and survivors of torture, and served as an expert on gender crimes and posttraumatic stress disorder in a case before the International Criminal Court. learn more about the meeting and register now. One-day registrants are welcome!

Pay Dues Now for a Chance to Win Apple Watch!

Apple watchInvoices for APA’s 2016 membership dues are now in the mail. If you pay your dues before November 2, you will be entered in a drawing for an Apple Watch. The winner will be notified by email and announced in Psychiatric News. To renew today, you can pay online, pay by phone at (888) 357-7924; or enroll in the scheduled payment plan to pay your dues on the schedule most convenient for you: monthly, quarterly, biannually, or annually. The deadline to pay 2016 dues is December 31. Pay early and take a chance at winning an Apple Watch!

APA Seeks Editor in Chief for Books

APA logoAPA invites applications for editor in chief of books within APA’s Publishing Division. The editor in chief works with the publisher, associate publisher, editorial board, and other APA staff in overseeing the editorial development of print books and electronic products, implementing book program strategy and policy, guiding content and editorial direction, soliciting and reviewing book proposals and manuscripts, and reviewing backlist publications and new frontlist titles. Applicants must be APA members with experience in book publishing (digital and print), mental health research, and clinical care for people with mental illness. Applications are due by October 31. Candidates should submit their curriculum vitae and a cover letter outlining their qualifications to editorbookssearch@psych.org.

Further information and more detailed descriptions of these positions can be obtained by contacting Rebecca Rinehart at rrinehart@psych.org.

Your Dream Job Awaits You!

Career fair Looking for a new position in psychiatry that exceeds your expectations? Here’s the job-hunting resource you won’t want to miss: APA’s third Virtual Career Fair, hosted by APA JobCentral. It will be held on Wednesday, October 14, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. EDT. Connect directly with representatives from 20+ nationwide companies who are looking to hire psychiatrists now. As a bonus, APA JobCentral is offering a 20 percent discount on all APA Publishing products for fair participants (you’ll be emailed the code after the fair’s conclusion). register today.


Join APA at IPS: The Mental Health Services Conference and Save on Member Dues!

NYC Fully trained psychiatrists and psychiatry residents and fellows who pay the full program or resident nonmember registration fee at ips are eligible for a rebate or refund for part of their membership dues when they join apa on site at IPS. Let your nonmember colleagues know to stop by APA Central and complete a membership application. They won’t want to miss this money-saving opportunity and the benefits they’ll realize with apa membership.

Help Your Residency Program Reach 100% Club Status

100% Club Over 60 residency training programs are already members of the 100% club for 2015-16, with only one month left to sign up! Don’t miss the chance for your program to join the ranks of this exclusive club. The first year of membership is free to all new residents, so encourage yours to become members of the APA. Email cvanwagner@psych.org to verify residency program memberships and gain your 100% Club status. Remember, to qualify for the 100% Club for 2015-2016, your residents must be enrolled no later than October 31.


Publications From American Psychiatric Association Publishing

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Board Approves Statement on Role in Reducing Physical Health Disparities

Lori RaneyThe statement is broadly worded to allow for a range of ways in which psychiatrists can be involved in the management of common medical conditions, depending on clinicians’ competence, confidence, and training. Read more.


UCSF Global Mental Health Fellowship: Applications Invited

BerkeleyThe UCSF Department of Psychiatry is offering a two-year fellowship in Global Mental Health (GMH) starting July 2016. Fellows will complete mentored rotations at Navajo Nation and rural Nepal while obtaining an M.P.H. from UC Berkeley and receiving a longitudinal curriculum in GMH from UCSF faculty. You can read more about the fellowship here.


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ICD Codes for Some DSM-5 Diagnoses Updated

Risk-Benefit Analyses in Medication Decision Making

Men Shouldn't Be Overlooked as Victims of Partner Violence

The Ketamine Challenge: When Practice Leaps Ahead of Science

How to Diagnose and Treat Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder


Varenicline’s Release Did Little to Alter National Smoking Cessation Rates

Robots May Be Able to Teach Social Skills to Children With ASD

Molecular Investigation of Autism May Bring Genetic Diagnosis Closer

Program Teaches Social Skills to Adolescents With Autism

Brains of People With Insomnia Stay More Active During Sleep



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PSSame-Day Integrated Care Improves PTSD Diagnosis Among Veterans
Veterans who received integrated mental health treatment in a primary care setting on the same day they screened positive for PTSD were more likely to receive a PTSD diagnosis than veterans who received only primary care.

PSADHD Rates Lower for Whites in New York, a Departure From National Patterns
Data from the New York State public mental health system, which found significantly lower rates of ADHD among white children versus children from other racial/ethnic groups, represent an exception to well-established national patterns.

PSGuidelines Reduce Medication Costs in a Juvenile Justice Program
Costs for psychiatric medication at a state-run juvenile justice facility in Washington state dropped 26 percent in the 10 years following implementation of psychiatric practice guidelines compared with increases of 104 percent and 152 percent at similar facilities that did not implement the guidelines.

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Reproductive Safety of Second-Generation Antipsychotics
This study indicates that the rate of major malformations among infants exposed to second-generation antipsychotics is not significantly higher than the rate among unexposed infants of mothers with psychiatric illness.

Retaliatory Behavior in Youth
Youth with disruptive behavior disorders and low callous-unemotional traits alone were found to show significantly greater threat responses during retaliation relative to comparison subjects.


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