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  • May 29, 2014

    Dr. Sheryl Kingsberg and Phase II Clinical Trial of Tefina

    Trimel Pharmaceuticals Corporation (TSX: TRL) announced results of its Phase II clinical trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of Tefina™, a "use-as-required" testosterone nasal gel for the treatment of Female Orgasmic Disorder (FOD).  "Female Orgasmic Disorder is the second most prevalent sexual disorder affecting women. Approximately one in five women report difficulty with orgasm and one quarter of these show marked distress, a key criterion in a clinical diagnosis," said Dr. Sheryl Kingsberg, the U.S. principal investigator for the Tefina™ Phase II clinical trial, chief of behavioral medicine at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and professor of reproductive biology and psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. 

    Dr. Kingsberg will be the keynote speaker at an Investor Event to be held at the Toronto Region Board of Trade on June 12th.  Click the link to  read the entire press release including details about the research and the event in Toronto.

  • May 23, 2014

    Dr. Resnick is Quoted in the Los Angeles Register on Child Murder

    Dr. Phillip Resnick's opinion was sought by the Los Angeles Register on a young mother who murdered her three children.   Dr. Resnick explained, that "it can be difficult for women suffering from postpartum depression or mental health issues to get help: A woman may be so ashamed she won’t reveal problems to a doctor. They won’t reveal thoughts of killing their children, because they’re fearful a social worker will take their children away."… Read the entire article here. 

  • Feb 24, 2014

    CWRU Participates in National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

    Eating disorders are becoming more prevalent among teens and college-aged students, and the rate of new cases of eating disorders overall has been increasing since 1950, according to the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA). To read about National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, February 23rd to March 1st, and Case Western Reserve’s support services for individuals with eating disorders click here.  This article also includes signs of an eating disorder and where to find treatment.

  • Feb 21, 2014

    Dr. Christina Delos Reyes Comments on Heroin Epidemic

    Heroin is killing Cuyahoga County residents by the hundreds, and the epidemic was  discussed at the City Club of Cleveland. Overdoses were the number one cause of accidental death in 2013, according to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office. Dr. Christina Delos Reyes, program director of Addiction Psychiatry at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, and Michael Astrab, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas judge, were there to provide a look at what the future holds for Ohio in the fight against heroin. Here is a link to the City Club video.

  • Jan 31, 2014

    Dr. Patrick Runnels Responds to Question About Psychiatric Bed Shortage

    Dr. Patrick Runnels and a diverse group of healthcare providers were asked  to respond to the following question: "De-institutionalization of the mentally ill sounded like a great idea, but decades later the hoped for benefit has not materialized. What lessons can be drawn from this failed fix?"  The answers are presented by MedPage Today in the Friday Feedback section.  Dr Runnels is assistant professor and director, Community Psychiatry Fellowship, University Hospitals Case Medical Center.

    You can the read the responses to the main question and follow-up questions, including Dr. Runnels' responses here.

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  • Nov 6, 2013

    Dr. Amunategui Comments on Death of Prisoner

    A man died recently after assaulting two officers at the Bedford Heights Correctional Facility.  Dr. Felipe Amunategui discussed this incident on Fox News and said that tragedies like this are preventable, but jail employees are ill equipped to deal with the complexities of treating a psychiatric patient. Dr. Amunategui said the death of Omar Arrington-Bey and other prisoners should serve as a wake-up call for policy makers.


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  • Sep 30, 2013

    Suicide: Education Treatment and Prevention

    The Suicide Prevention Education Alliance, or SPEA, aims to prevent suicide by teaching young people to recognize the warning signs and seek professional help. The SPEA will hold its 10th annual "Into the Light Walk" from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday Oct. 6 at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Dr. Robert J. Ronis and Dr. John Hertzer have contributed to an article in the Cleveland Jewish News on treatments for depression and preventing suicide. Here is a link to the entire article, which includes signs of depression and where to go for help.

  • Sep 24, 2013

  • Aug 27, 2013

    Dr. McVoy and Dr. Varkula Explain Study on Antipsychotics and Diabetes in Youth

    Antipsychotic drugs increased the risk of diabetes in children and young adults according to a recent study in the journal JAMA Psychiatry by researchers at Vanderbilt University. Children who took the drugs—whose brand names include Risperdal, Seroquel, Abilify and Zyprexa—had a three-fold increased risk of Type 2 diabetes compared to children with the same conditions who took other medications… The study’s results were no surprise to Dr. Mackenzie Varkula, child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Cleveland Clinic’s Fairview Hospital and Dr. Molly McVoy, Program Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University Hospitals Case Medical Center.  Read the entire article here.

  • Jul 10, 2013

  • Jun 27, 2013

    Dr. Calabrese Honored by Congresswoman Marcie Kaptur

    Click here to readthe remarks of the Honorable Marcie Kaptur in the U.S. House of Representatives in recognition of Dr. Joseph Calabrese, who was recently presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the European Bipolar Forum at its annual meeting in Seville, Spain. Marcie Kaptur is a member of the House Committee that supported research by Doctor Calabrese into the relationship between PTSD and suicidal ideation among members of the Ohio Army National Guard.


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  • Apr 12, 2013

    Psych ER at St. Vincent Charity Hospital

    Cleveland is one of only two cities in Ohio to have an Emergency Room devoted to psychiatric emergencies.  Dr. Mickelson, ER Director at University Hospitals Case Medical Center explains how the Psych ER at St. Vincent Charity Hospital relieves the pressure on other emergency rooms and trauma centers, and helps conserve inpatient psych beds.  Read the article here.  

  • Feb 20, 2013

  • Feb 4, 2013

    Medical Student Prizes Announced

    The Department of Psychiatry is pleased to announce the medical student award winners for prizes in psychiatry and the emotional growth and well-being of children.  These awards will be conferred at the commencement exercises in May.

    The Evans-Machlup Award is endowed by Doris Evans, MD, a CWRU SOM graduate and practicing pediatrician.  The prize honors Dr. Evans’ mother and her colleague and friend, Marilyn Machlup.  This award goes to a student who has demonstrated exceptional understanding of the emotional growth and development of children and the relationship between their mental and physical well-being.  This year, Andrea Rosati, PhD will be the recipient of the Evans-Machlup Award.  She holds a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in Developmental Psychology and was a tenured faculty in the Psychology Department at Elmira College before she began medical school. 

    The Miriam Rosenthal Award for Excellence in Women’s Mental Health is awarded to the student who has completed a project related to women’s mental health and who has shown an appreciation for mental health concerns related to perinatal, post-partum and perimenopausal issues.  This year’s Rosenthal Award goes to Yvonne Chasser for her research work (Caring for the Sexual Health of Young Hispanic Women: How do Hispanic Mothers Communicate with their Daughters?”) and her excellence on her clinical rotations in psychiatry and her interest in psychodynamic concepts.

    The Helen and Leland Schubert Award for Excellence in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry supports a student who best demonstrates an appreciation for the social and developmental context and a facility for empathic engagement with their patients, specifically in the context of their interactions with children.  The award this year goes to Elizabeth Wolf who demonstrated excellence on an Academic Initiative experience on a Mood Disorders Unit and also on an elective in neurogenetics where she focused her attention particularly on neuropsychiatric disorders affecting children and adolescents.

    The Philmore J. and Constance Mayer Haber Award for Excellence in General Psychiatry supports the student who best demonstrates an appreciation for and facility with a biopsychosocial approach to patients with serious and persistent mental illness.  Indrany Datta-Barua will receive the Mayer Haber Prize for her outstanding performance on her core psychiatry rotation where she demonstrated a natural sense of caring and comfort for seriously ill patients, attention to biologic, psychological and social aspects of the patients’ situation, and a knowledge base that exceeded expectations.

    The Ellen and Irving Rothchild Award for Excellence in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry is presented to the student who best demonstrates an appreciation for the interface between, and co-occurring presentations of medical and psychiatric clinical pathology and the interrelated nature of physical and mental health.  Rachel Katz will receive this award for her excellent work on a consultation liaison rotation where she demonstrated her compassionate care, her interest and knowledge of use of medications in the medically ill, and her curiosity and inquisitiveness.  She also performed exceptionally well on her core rotation where she demonstrated her natural ability to connect with patients and their families and a high degree of professionalism.



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  • Jan 27, 2013

    Dr. Phillip Resnick Comments on the Insanity Defense

    A California mother accused of drowning her 3-year-old daughter walked away a free woman this past week after she was found not guilty by reason of insanity and a judge deemed her fit to reenter society.  ABC News questioned Dr. Resnick on whether the general public can accept this judgement and allow the woman to re-join society.  Read the article here.

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  • Dec 18, 2012

    CWRU's Psychology Clinic is Profiled in the Plain Dealer

    Diane Suchetka, the Plain Dealer reporter who writes about how to save money on health care, points out that low-cost counseling has been available from the Department of Psychological Sciences at Case Western Reserve University since 1980.  Doctoral students who are supervised by licensed psychologists provide cognitive behavioral therapy sessions for a range of mental health disorders.  Read the Plain Dealer article or visit the Clinic's website.

  • Dec 10, 2012

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  • Dec 6, 2012

    Dr. Robert Ronis is Honored at Recovery Resources Gala

    Following is the short article that appeared in The Cleveland Jewish News.

    "Recovery Resources’ 2012 Bronze Key Gala, held at the InterContinental Hotel Cleveland, featured a silent auction and dinner. The event honored Dr. Robert J. Ronis, chair of the department of psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland and psychiatrist-in-chief of the University Hospitals. Recovery Resources, headed by Debora Rodriguez, helps people triumph over mental illness, alcoholism, drug and other addictions in Northeast Ohio."


  • Dec 5, 2012

    Dr. McVoy is Quoted in Plain Dealer Article on DSM-V

    Dr. Molly McVoy is a member of the APA committee that on December 1, 2012 approved the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Diseases, or DSM-5.  In the article Dr. McVoy explained the significance of the changes in diagnoses for providers and patients.

  • Nov 15, 2012

    2012 SPEA Into the Light Walk - Highlights

    The 2012 SPEA Into the Light Walk was a success.  More than 1,700 walkers attended.  This video presents highlights from the event and includes comments on managing, preventing, and surviving suicide from Loree Vick, Dr. Calabrese and SPEA Walk organizers.  

  • Nov 13, 2012

  • Nov 10, 2012

    CWRU Nurse Researchers Study the Demands of Caregiving

    Evanne Juratovac, PhD, RN, GCNS-BC, assistant professor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing is the study’s lead investigator.
    Juratovac was part of a research group that analyzed the effort of 110 family members in the study, “Effort, Workload, and Depression Symptoms in Family Caregivers of Older Adults: Conceptualizing and Testing a Work-Health Relationship,” published in the international journal, Research and Theory for Nursing Practice (Vol. 26, No. 2, 2012).
     Read the story in CWRU’s digital news, the Daily, here.

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  • Sep 19, 2012

    Dr. Patrick Runnels Speaks on WCPN About Magnolia Clubhouse

    UH Psychiatrist Patrick Runnels works one-on-one with patients at Magnolia Clubhouse, a support and transitional center for people with mental illness.  In this podcast he explains how the Magnolia House provides a positive, nurturing community for newly discharged patients.  Click here to listen to the podcast and to learn about the variety of services offered there.

  • Sep 19, 2012

  • Sep 9, 2012

    Area Hospitals Receive Grant for Dedicated Emergency Room

    Connections, along with University Hospitals, The Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth System and St. Vincent Charity Medical Center will meet with state and county officials Friday to discuss how to spend the $1.8 million, and if a single unit could be located at one of the local hospitals.  Read the full story on

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  • Feb 9, 2012

    Alzheimer's Breakthrough by CWRU School of Medicine Researchers

    The current edition of the journal Science will report on how Professor Gary Landreth and his team discovered that a cancer drug can quickly reverse Alzheimer's symptoms in animal models. Within 72 hours of administration, the medication halved the number of plaque deposits closely associated with this degenerative brain disease. More, it saw the signs of cognitive and memory deficits disappear within the same short time period.  The breakthough was announced today by Pamela B. Davis, MD, PhD, Dean, School of Medicine, Vice President for Medical Affairs, Case Western Reserve University

    Read the full press release here.

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  • Dec 31, 2011

    Training for Motivational Interviewing

    Jeremy Evenden, MSSA, LISW-S will present a 4-part motivational interviewing training series in northeast Ohio beginning January 26, 2012. Participants will engage in skillbuilding exercises to learn MI's client-centered approaches for responding to desire for change and resistance to change among individuals with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders in a number of service settings (e.g., IDDT, ACT, other best practices). Registration is $60 for each event. CEUs & supervisory credit are available. For more information and to register go to

  • Dec 30, 2011

    Life Exchange Center Opens in Cleveland

    The Life Exchange Center, which opened on December 14, 2011, is designed to assist with the recovery process and provide social supports, educational programs, and life skills training for individuals with mental illness, alcohol and other drug addiction, and developmental disabilities. The primary purpose of the Center is to offer an opportunity for adults with behavioral health concerns to interact in a supported environment where principles of self determination, advocacy and empowerment are encouraged within the program day.

    The center is located at 13407 Kinsman Avenue in Cleveland.

  • Dec 1, 2011

    Poster Presentation by Dr. Kirk Carruthers

    Dr. Kirk Carruthers, recent graduate of the Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship and current Community Psychiatry Fellow has been selected by The American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry for a poster presentation at the 22nd Annual Meeting and Symposium, which will take place December 8-11, 2011 at the Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center in Scottsdale, Arizona.

  • Nov 30, 2011

    University Circle and New Urban Market Trends

    A recent New York Times article about current and future development in University Circle reports that new urban market trends such as health care, education, entertainment, good food, expanded public transportation, and new housing all combine to support population growth in Cleveland.

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  • Sep 23, 2011

    New CEBP Website

    The Center for Evidence-Based Practices is launching a new website on September 25th. It will have the same address but a new look, feel, and functionality. After the launch, you can help with the transition by creating (or re-creating) your own membership account, which is free. The new "my account" feature is the doorway to our enhanced online learning community.

  • Sep 1, 2011

    Article by Maria Pagano, Ph.D

    In a review article published in Volume 29 of Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, Maria E. Pagano, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry at the School of Medicine, sheds light on the role of helping in addiction recovery.

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