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Psychiatrist-Anthropologist on Mission to Help Those with Mental Illnesses in Low-Income Countries

Psychiatrist-Anthropologist on Mission to Help Those with Mental Illnesses in Low-Income Countries

June 27, 2013 An M.D./Ph.D. in psychiatry and medical anthropology, Dr. Brandon Kohrt, a consultant to the Carter Center Mental Health Program’s Liberia Mental Health Initiative, is undertaking innovative mental health projects in developing countries including Nepal and Liberia. In Liberia, Dr. Kohrt has assisted in researching programs to reduce…

Former Fellow Andrea Petersen Describes Potential for Faster Depression Relief

Former Fellow Andrea Petersen Describes Potential for Faster Depression Relief

June 26, 2013 Andrea Petersen (2007-2008 Rosalynn Carter fellow) investigated a group of scientists who are working to identify biomarkers that can direct patients diagnosed with depression to the medication or therapy that will help them most. One study from UCLA has shown that psychiatrists can predict with about 80%…

New Study Finds That Outpatient Treatment for People with Mental Illness Significantly Reduces Arrest Rates

New Study Finds That Outpatient Treatment for People with Mental Illness Significantly Reduces Arrest Rates

June 25, 2013 A new study from North Carolina State University, the Research Triangle Institute, and the University of South Florida found that outpatient treatment of mental illness significantly reduces arrest rates for people with mental health problems. This study asserts that providing mental health care is not only advantageous…

Patrick Kennedy Argues for the Equal Treatment of People with Mental Illness

Patrick Kennedy Argues for the Equal Treatment of People with Mental Illness

June 18, 2013 Patrick Kennedy, the former U.S. representative for Rhode Island’s first congressional district and son of the late U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, argues for the equal treatment of people with mental illness. Kennedy argues that it is a moral issue that people with mental illness are treated…

Study Finds Relationship Between Social Class and Brain Development

Study Finds Relationship Between Social Class and Brain Development

June 17, 2013 A recent study conducted by Dr. Martha Farah at the University of Pennsylvania investigated the relationship between social class and brain development. Before this study, little attention was focused on the effect of low socioeconomic status on the brain and cognition. Dr. Farah’s analysis of what aspects…