- october 2016
Ten-Year Effects of the Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly Cognitive Training Trial on Cognition and Everyday Functioning in Older Adults
George Rebok’s article on advanced cognitive training has been named the fifth most cited paper out of 155 papers for consideration in the Journal of American Geriatrics Society (JAGS) from 2000 - 2015.
- october 13, 2016
Prevention is Possible! Exploring the Public Health Approach
Elizabeth Letourneau’s latest Psychology Today column discusses ways to prevent children from engaging in sexually abusive behavior towards others. One third to one half of child sexual abuse is committed by other youth.
- october 3, 2016
The Weak Evidence Behind Brain-Training Games
Seven psychologists reviewed every single scientific paper put forward to support these products—and found them wanting. George Rebok is quoted in an article in The Atlantic.
- october 2016
FDA Black Box, VA Red Ink? A Successful Service-Connected Disability Claim for Chronic Neuropsychiatric Adverse Effects From Mefloquine
Remington Nevin, MD, DrPH ’16, recently had a case report published in Federal Practitioner.
- september 8, 2016
Counterpoint: After Jacob, work harder to prevent child sexual abuse [Op-Ed]
Instead of just reacting to perpetrators, create programs so they don't offend in the first place.
Elizabeth Letourneau urges policymakers and the rest of us who want to end child sexual abuse to invest our efforts and resources. She writes in the wake of the news that 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling was sexually assaulted before he was murdered 27 years ago by Danny Heinrich.
- august 31, 2016
Return to school means return to bullying for some, expert says
Anxiety about going to school is really a big sign (about being bullied).
Kathryn Van Eck, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Mental Health is interviewed by WBAL TV.
- august 31, 2016
FDA Issues New Warning Involving Opioid-Based Prescriptions, Antidepressants
Federal regulators say they are concerned about the increase in people taking opioid-based medications and antidepressants together.
Colleen Barry’s research is mentioned in Healthline.
- august 11, 2016
Malaria drug causes brain damage that mimics PTSD: case study
The case of a service member diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder but found instead to have brain damage caused by a malaria drug raises questions about the origin of similar symptoms in other post-9/11 veterans.
Remington Nevin is quoted in Military Times.
- july 30, 2016
Opinion: Punishment That Doesn't Fit the Crime
The writer urges reforms to listing juveniles on state sex offender registries. Many of the kids branded as sex offenders are guilty of nothing worse than public urination, exposing themselves or having consensual sex.
Elizabeth Letourneau, director of The Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse, is quoted in The New York Times.
- july 25, 2016
Brain Training Cuts Dementia Risk a Decade Later
How a brief intervention could have such long-lasting results remains unclear
Article in Scientific American describes how for the first time ever, researchers have managed to reduce people’s risk for dementia — not through a medicine, special diet, or exercise, but by having healthy older adults play a computer-based brain-training game.
George Rebok is quoted.
- july 25, 2016
Marking kids for life on sex offender registries
A new bi-partisan coalition called Just Kids is advocating for this much-needed changes to the way sex offender registries treat minors.
Research by the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse is mentioned in an article in The Hill.
- july 12, 2016
Rethinking the Service Delivery System of Psychological Interventions in Low and Middle Income Countries
Laura Murray, PhD, Associate Scientist, recently published a paper in BMC Psychiatry, which presents a brief overview of the scientific progress in global mental health, and suggests consideration of an internal stepped care delivery approach.
- july 8, 2016
For Effective Brain Fitness, Do More Than Play Simple Games
Brain exercise classes offer useful skills to older people and are seen as helpful by many experts in improving the overall health and quality of life for participants – even though there is no known cure for dementia, or any evidence that exercising the brain in different ways can delay the onset of Alzheimer’s.
George Rebok is quoted in The New York Times.
- july 8, 2016
Medical Marijuana Reduces Prescription Drug Use, Study Finds
Patients fill significantly fewer prescriptions for such conditions as nausea and pain in states where medical marijuana is available, researchers reported Wednesday in one of the first studies to examine how medical cannabis might be affecting approved treatments.
Brendan Saloner (joint faculty) is quoted in Philly.com.
- june 28, 2016
Should a Juvenile Sex Offender be Locked Up Indefinitely?
The segment looks at how in some states sex crime offenders in are being held years beyond their release date. Laws giving jailers discretion in releasing convicts for being too dangerous are facing increased scrutiny.
Elizabeth Letourneau is interviewed in segment on PBS News Hour.
- june 23, 2016
State Action Limits Opioid Addiction Treatments
Why is Maryland's Medicaid policy coming from the secretary of corrections?
Op-ed by Deborah Agus in The Baltimore Sun. Deborah is an adjunct faculty in the Department of Mental Health, and executive director of Behavioral Health Leadership Institute (BHLI).
- june 18, 2016
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health turns 100
From water to drugs and disease, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has studied it all.
Those who were educated or employed by the school over the past century have had a hand in the eradication of smallpox, the chlorination formula that makes municipal water supplies safe, and the screening process that protects the nation's blood supply. They also were responsible for discovering that vitamin D prevents rickets, that penicillin treats syphilis, that HPV causes cancer and that smoking reduces life expectancy.
Dean Klag is quoted. Faculty, past and present, are mentioned in are article in The Baltimore Sun.
- june 17, 2016
Ron Manderscheid Receives the Howery Memorial Award from theNational Association for Rural Mental Health
The historic and prestigious Victor I. Howery Memorial Award is given each year by the NARMH Board of Directors to an individual who has made significant and sustained contributions to the rural mental health field. We are delighted to announce that this year’s recipient is Dr. Ron Manderscheid, Executive Director of NARMH and NACBHDD.
- june 6, 2016
Study: News Stories Often Link Violence With Mental Health Illness, Even Though People With Mental Health Illness Are Rarely Violent
Research finds little has changed in media portrayal of mental illness over 20-year period
Nearly four in 10 news stories about mental illness analyzed by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers connect mental illness with violent behavior toward others, even though less than five percent of violence in the United States is directly related to mental illness.To learn more, see the School’s news release and the Health Affairs article.
“Trends in News Media Coverage of Mental Illness in the United States: 1995—2014” was written by Emma E. “Beth” McGinty, Alene Kennedy-Hendricks, Seema Choksy and Colleen Barry (holds joint in MH).
- june 2016
Nicholas Ialongo, PhD receives the SPR Presidential Award
The Recognition and Honors Committee with nominations from the membership of the Society for Prevention Research (SPR) has selected Nick Ialongo to receive the 2016 Presidential Award. Dr. Ialongo has been selected for his outstanding contributions to advancing the field of prevention science.
The SPR Presidential Award is given to an individual or a team of individuals who have made a major specific contribution to prevention science research. This award is a “lifetime achievement” award for a significant body of research or theory in any area related to prevention that has had a major impact on the field.
- april 26, 2016
It's Autism Awareness Month
We're lighting it up blue. But which aspects of autism most need more attention?
Experts comment on they wished received more attention or was better understood about autism.
Heather Volk is featured in Psychology Today.
- april 26, 2016
Correcting the Record: Leo Kanner and the Broad Autism Phenotype
James C. Harris, MD, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and Joseph Piven, MD, a professor of psychiatry and director of the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, wrote the above-linked Viewpoint article in the latest edition of Spectrum, an online publication by the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative. Dr. Harris was Leo Kanner’s student during his residency training and was a successor to Kanner as director of the child and adolescent psychiatry division at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Harris is joint faculty in DMH.
- april 25, 2016
Suicide in America
The suicide rate in the U.S. is at its highest level in nearly 30 years. In the 1980s and 1990s the suicide rate declined. But a new report from the Centers for Disease Control shows suicides rose by 24 percent between 1999 and 2014.
Holly Wilcox and other suicide expert panelists explain what’s behind the rise and to talk about prevention on the Diane Rehm Show.
- april 19, 2016
Treating Depression, Anxiety Saves Everyone Money
Treating mental illness is not only a good medical decision, but it also makes good economic sense.
Judy Bass is quoted in Healthline.
- april 14, 2016
The fed's new 'war on drugs': Obama proposes $1.1 billion to expand care for opioid addicts
Amid a prescription opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic largely fueled by overprescribing among doctors, President Obama has suggested allocating $1.1 billion to expand affected individuals’ access to care— a proposal that has garnered bipartisan support. Although some experts question whether throwing money at the issue will be enough, many believe that, if used properly, the funding has the potential to save lives.
Brendan Saloner is quoted in Fox News.
- april 13, 2016
Association of DNA Methylation Differences With Schizophrenia in an Epigenome-Wide Association Study
DNA methylation may play an important role in schizophrenia (SZ), either directly as a mechanism of pathogenesis or as a biomarker of risk.
Dani Fallin and Andy Feinberg are contributors in JAMA Psychiatry Online First.
- april 10, 2016
Laysha Ostrow on Live & Learn Inc.: On the future of mental health
A Q&A with Laysha Ostrow, founder of Live & Learn, a consulting firm that works with community and government organizations on mental health issues on Psychology Today blog: Rethinking Mental Health.
Laysha Ostrow, PhD, is an alumna of the department.
- march 18, 2016
Social and Emotional Readiness for Kindergarten Key to Future Academic Success
Children who enter kindergarten behind in social-behavioral development are more likely to be held back, require more individualized supports and services, and be suspended or expelled in later grades.
Amie Bettencourt is quoted in The Examiner. (Amie is an alum of MH and is currently Associate Faculty.)
- march 14, 2016
When juveniles are found guilty of sexual misconduct, the sex-offender registry can be a life sentence. That misconduct can include elementary school students engaged in pranks and play.
Elizabeth Letourneau is quoted in The New Yorker.
- march 7, 2016
In the last months or days, these treatments can make things worse
A look at what has research found about commonly used end-of-life interventions -- which ones can be useful and which are not, and when should they be administered.
Joseph Gallo is quoted.
The story ran in other outlets, including the Bangor Daily News
- march 2, 2016
Students Should Heed the Dangers of Speed
If Adderall use at USC looks anything like it does at other universities, chances are, it’s everywhere.
Ramin Mojtabai’s research is cited in the Daily Trojan (USC Student Newspaper).
- february 25, 2016
An Ice Bucket, an Autistic Child, and a Cruel Joke
Victimization worsens when autistic children cannot verbally express themselves. A social media campaign aimed at raising awareness for one health problem becomes the cruel vehicle by which awareness is raised for another.
Research led by Wendy Klag Memorial Scholar Benjamin Zablotsky, PhD ’13 (Mental Health) is mentioned in Psychology Today.
- february 16, 2016
Adderall Misuse Rising Among Young Adults
Prescriptions for the stimulant unchanged, but study finds more nonmedical use and emergency room visits among adults
Study authors Ramin Mojtaibai and Lian-Yu Chen are quoted in the JHSPH News Release. The study, which appears in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry is getting broad media coverage.
- february 16, 2016
'Mindfulness' May Help Ease Sleep Problems for Seniors
Mindfulness meditation may help older adults get a better night's sleep, a small study suggests. The study appeared in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Adam Spira, who wrote an editorial published with the study, is quoted in HealthDay.com.
- february 15, 2016
Senate HELP Committee Brings Reason, Civility and Comprehensiveness to Mental Health Reform
Something remarkable happened at the recent US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee Hearing on Improving the Federal Response to Challenges in Mental Health Care in America. Civility, respect and a desire to be comprehensive were ever present at this hearing.
William Eaton, who testified at the hearing, is mentioned in Huffington Post.
- february 11, 2016
Our heroin, opioid epidemic is a national emergency, Washington needs to treat it like one
New England is in the grip of an uncontrolled epidemic of opioid and heroin abuse, which has spread to our small towns and rural areas. As one addiction specialist put it: “It’s easier to get heroin in some of these places than it is to get a UPS delivery.” But this is also a nationwide crisis, and it requires an urgent federal response. In Congress we are advancing an emergency funding bill that would provide an additional $600 million to mobilize major new resources for prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery.
Brendan Saloner (joint appointment in MH) is quoted in Fox News.
- january 29, 2016
Obesity, Diabetes in Mom Increases Risk of Autism in Child
New study offers new evidence that autism spectrum disorder risks may begin in utero
Dani Fallin is quoted in this JHSPH News Release.
- january 27, 2016
Hopkins Study Says Areas Around Drug Treatment Centers May Be Safer Than You Think
Plans for methadone clinics and other treatment centers are often looked at with suspicion or worse by neighbors, believing they bring with them a criminal element. A new study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health finds the reverse may actually be true, that there may be less violent crime near those clinics.
Debra Furr-Holden and Adam Milan (co-author) are quoted by WBAL.com.
- january 5, 2016
Realizing You're a Pedophile Can Make You Want to Kill Yourself
Pedophilia can be especially hard to live with for those who haven't committed a crime, and are forced to come to terms with an identity that most people regard as monstrous.
Ryan Shields is quoted in Vice.
- december 17, 2015
Peaceful Rally in West Baltimore after Porter Mistrial
Call for peace continues in Penn-North community
Several groups peacefully gathered there Wednesday after a mistrial was declared in the trial of Officer William Porter. He was the first of six officers to go on trial for charges related to the death of Freddie Gray.
Philip Leaf is interviewed (at 00:52) by WBAL TV.
- december 10, 2015
Autism's Lost Generation
Some autistic adults have spent much of their lives with the wrong diagnosis, consigned to psychiatric institutions or drugged for disorders they never had.
David Mandell, PhD, DMH alum, is quoted in The Atlantic.
- december 8, 2015
The Commons Defence Select Committee recently announced an inquiry into the MoD’s use of the drug
In response to growing concern over the dangers of Lariam, prompted by a series of reports in The Independent, the Commons Defence Select Committee recently announced an inquiry into the MoD’s use of the drug. The anti-malarial drug has dozens of psychiatric side effects including psychotic behaviour, hallucinations, and suicidal thoughts.
Remington Nevin testified before a panel. Listen to the hearing on Parliamentlive.tv…
- november 24, 2015
States Scale Back Juvenile Sex Offender Registries
Driving the changes are concerns that putting juveniles’ names and photos on a registry stigmatizes them in their schools and neighborhoods and makes them targets of police. Thirty-eight states now add juveniles to sex offender registries. The remaining 12 states only add the names of youths convicted in adult courts.
Elizabeth Letourneau is quoted in The Herald.
- november 23, 2015
Smoking during Pregnancy Leaves a Generic Mark Imprinted in Your Baby's Blood 'that's still detectable 5 years later - and could be linked to autism'
Smoking during pregnancy could leave damaging markers in your child's blood for at least five years after birth, experts have warned.
Dani Fallin is quoted in Daily Mail (UK).
- november 12, 2015
Sleep Could be the Missing Link in Dementia
A growing body of research is exploring links among sleep deprivation, sleep disturbance and Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia. Poor sleep is a common symptom of Alzheimer's patients, particularly those suffering moderate to severe forms of the cognitive disorder. Researchers still haven't established whether the poor sleep causes Alzheimer's or is only a symptom of the incurable disease.
Adam Spira is quoted in The Chicago Tribune.
- november 11, 2015
Tide Turns Against U.S. Residency Restrictions on Sex Offenders
Increasingly tough laws adopted in the United States over the past 20 years have had the unintended consequence of forcing many of the nation's 800,000 registered sex offenders into homelessness.
Elizabeth Letourneau is quoted in Reuters.
- november 3, 2015
Sympathy for the Deviant (Cover Story)
The intense stigma surrounding child sexual abuse clouds an already misunderstood subject—and may ultimately prevent potential abusers from getting help before they commit harm. One convicted offender shares his story.
Elizabeth Letourneau is quoted in Psychology Today.
- november 2, 2015
Lack of Exercise Linked to Alcohol Misuse
African-Americans who did not engage in physical activity were nearly twice as likely to abuse alcohol.
April Joy Damian, PhD students, is quoted in EurekAlert! Science News.
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