Division of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
College of Human Medicine

MSU-CHM Division of Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine: Power Through Collaborations

The Division of Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine is a growing academic psychiatry program in a place known for the last 100 years for providing excellent clinical care.  We are combining the resources of Michigan State University, a research-1, Big Ten university, with the clinical strengths of our partner teaching hospital, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, one of the five largest free-standing psychiatric providers in the United States, and the Van Andel Institute, a top-tier private research institute, to make incredible breakthroughs in psychiatry.  In this short film, we hope to introduce you to a few of our faculty, and highlight our growing clinical-translational research programs in depression and first episode psychosis as well as our new, state-of-the-art training facilities for residents and fellows.

The Division of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine is the teaching, research, and patient care arm for the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in West Michigan. The division physician faculty are committed to educating Michigan State University medical students, conducting ground-breaking research, and caring for the people of western Michigan who are suffering with mental health and substance use disorders.

First-episode psychosis gets early intervention under Michigan pilot program

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Encouraging New Schizophrenia Treatment

Smoking cessation benefits persist in spite of weight gain in patients with mental illness

Addressing multiple risk behaviors may help prevent future increases in cardiovascular risk factors

The weight gain that can result from quitting smoking does not eliminate the reduction in cardiovascular risks associated with smoking cessation among patients with serious mental illness, at least not during the first year. A report from a Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)-based research team, being published online in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, describes the results of a one-year trial but cannot rule out future health risks associated with continuing weight gain.

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Feb. 10, 2016) – Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine jointly are a new associate member of the National Network of Depression Centers (NNDC). The NNDC is a non-profit network of leading clinical and academic centers of excellence in the U.S. working to transform the field of depressive illnesses and related mood disorders.

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Help Raise Awareness for Clinical Research on Social Media

Clinical research trials are at the heart of all medical advances. The mission of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure. Please join our Thunderclap and help raise awareness about the importance of clinical research for understanding and treating mental illnesses on your social media accounts such as Twitter and Facebook. Our campaign ends on February 21, 2016, so make sure to sign-up soon and show your support! http://bit.ly/1Tch2rM.

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The U.S. is beginning to expand a groundbreaking mental health program.

Last year, Dr. Thomas Insel, director of the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, described what he regarded as the top 10 mental health stories for 2014. His number one pick was not a novel genetic or biological marker, or a breakthrough in brain imaging. It was RAISE or Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenic Episode, an institute project to develop "a patient-centered, multi-element treatment approach for optimizing outcomes after a first episode of psychosis." Insel was referring to early identification – a truly different treatment approach to serious mental illness than what has typified mental health care since the 1950s.

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