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Artiss Symposium 2016

The Center is a sponsoring partner for the annual Artiss Symposium. Kenneth L. Artiss, MD (1913–2001), the namesake of the symposium, was an Army officer, a research psychiatrist and instructor at the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center who inspired generations of military psychiatry residents to conduct high quality research. This year's symposium, titled "Understanding the Patients' Experience: Beyond the Diagnosis" will be held on June 1, 2016, from 0800-1600 at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence which is adjacent to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. On site registration is free and Continuing Education credits will be offered.

Army STARRS Issue 9 Updated May 26, 2016

Army STARRS (2009-2015) was the largest and most comprehensive research project of mental health ever conducted in the U.S. Army. The project was designed to examine a broad range of risk and resilience (protective) factors across a complex set of outcomes. Army STARRS scientists created a series of extensive databases with the potential to achieve groundbreaking results. These databases allow scientists to investigate a diverse combination of factors from demographic, psychological, biological, neurological, behavioral, and social domains to help identify risk and resilience factors for Soldier suicidal behaviors and associated mental health issues. The project was designed using an adaptive approach which means it evolved as new information became available over the course of the project. With the goal of generating actionable findings, the research team shared preliminary findings with the Army as they become available so that the Army could apply them to its ongoing health promotion, risk reduction, and suicide prevention efforts.

WHO Guidance for Healthcare Providers caring for Pregnant Women with Zika Virus Infection

Psychosocial support for pregnant women and for families with microcephaly and other neurological complications in the context of Zika virus: Interim guidance for health-care providers

The World Health Organization has announced that microcephaly associated with Zika virus infection represents a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. A causal relationship between Zika infection during pregnancy and microcephaly is strongly suspected, though not scientifically proven. Several countries have also reported an increase in the incidence of cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome concurrent with Zika virus outbrek. This document describes guidance for a supportive response by healthcare providers (e.g. physicians, nurses), focusing primarily on women affected by Zika virus infection during pregnancy and their families, for their mental health and psychosocial needs.

JFJF Spring 2016

The Spring edition of the CSTS newsletter on family maltreatment, Joining Forces Joining Families, explored men’s and women’s experiences of intimate partner violence (IPV), the how and the why,  in an interview with L. Kevin Hamberger, PhD, and Sadie E. Larsen, PhD, of the Medical College of Wisconsin. They also discussed their research on IPV screening in health care settings, an important current policy and practice issue. Another feature is a brief explanation and example of epigenetics and its relation to genes related to child maltreatment.

Disaster Psychiatry: What Psychiatrists Need to Know

Disasters and public health emergencies, such as epidemics, can lead to significant community-wide disruptions. Appreciation of the psychiatric consequences of disasters and public health emergencies has increased significantly in the past decade. Dr. Anthony T. Ng's article in Psychiatric Times, "Disaster Psychiatry: What Psychiatrists Need to Know", provides a useful overview of relevant issues.