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ARLINGTON, Va. – The American Psychiatric Association Foundation has announced the retirement of Foundation Executive Director Paul Burke this summer. Burke has been with the APA Foundation, the philanthropic and public educational arm of the APA, since 2007 and will retire July 1, 2016.

Under Burke’s leadership the Foundation has advanced public understanding of mental illness through a combination of educational programs, grants, awards and numerous partnerships. Foundation initiatives have included programs in military mental health, depression education, workplace mental health, and the Typical or Troubled? school-based mental health educational program. Burke is currently helping lead a major collaborative effort to help end the criminalization of people with mental illness, which will culminate in a national...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Feb 3, 2016


The American Psychiatric Association’s 2016 Annual Meeting features nationally recognized experts in psychiatry and mental health policy, research and clinical practice presenting in hundreds of sessions and new research posters. Special sessions will feature Atul Gawande, M.D., surgeon and best-selling author with a bold vision for changes and improvements in health care, and Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Psychiatry: Claiming our Future.”


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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jan 28, 2016

ARLINGTON, Va. – Today the American Psychiatric Association issued the following statement from its president, Renée Binder, M.D., in reaction to President Obama’s announcement today on gun violence and mental health:

We welcome the announcement from President Obama to make needed investments in mental health and curb the epidemic of gun violence in our country. Gun violence is a public health problem and needs to be addressed as such. We support the president’s efforts to expand background checks, propose policies that respect physician-patient confidentiality, and increase funding for mental health services by $500 million. We will work with Congress to make that funding proposal a reality, as we also work with allies in Congress who are championing comprehensive...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jan 5, 2016

Arlington, Va. – The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) has announced its list of the 10 most clinically important psychiatry research articles of 2015, and four of the 10 were published in the American Journal of Psychiatry (AJP). No other journal published more than one of the selected studies.

The complete list appears at the NEJM Journal Watch Psychiatry website.

Two of the AJP studies were about promising new treatments. Helen Lavretsky et al. found that combining the antidepressant citalopram with methylphenidate, a stimulant, enhanced the response of geriatric patients with depression. The article by...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jan 4, 2016

ARLINGTON, Va. – The American Psychiatric Association (APA) released the following statement from APA President Renée Binder, M.D., on Senate passage Thursday night of S. 993, the “Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health Act,” introduced by Senators Al Franken (D-Minn) and John Cornyn (R-Texas):

“Jails and prisons have become the front lines of treatment for mental illness despite being ill-equipped to do so. In 44 states, the largest facilities housing people with severe psychiatric illness are prisons or jails,” Binder said. “This bipartisan legislation will help improve mental health services in the criminal justice system and reduce the number of people with mental illness in jails and prisons.”

The legislation extends the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act , including support for...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Dec 17, 2015



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