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Iowa is facing a critical shortage of mental health care providers in rural communities. New rotation sites across Iowa provide resident physicians training in psychiatry with opportunities to experience mental health care in critical access settings.
Clinician-researcher examines neurostimulation therapies to treat brain disorders.
By Francie Williamson, Communications Coordinator, Department of Psychiatry Addiction and behavioral health staff will soon be embedded in UI Hospitals & Clinic’s liver clinic. Andrea Weber, MD, MME, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and internal medicine and assistant director of the...
By Francie Williamson, Communications Coordinator, Department of Psychiatry Heather Sloma-Weber, RN, takes a patient’s blood pressure and checks the patient’s oxygen level at the Behavioral Health Clinic at UI Hospitals & Clinics. This late summer day marks the seventh time she’s seeing the...
A new study that used genetic data from nearly 43,000 autistic individuals and their families has identified 60 autism spectrum-associated genes with exome-wide significance, including five new genes not previously implicated in neurodevelopmental disorders. University of Iowa scientists led by...
By Francie Williamson, Communications Coordinator, Department of Psychiatry Clinical Social Worker Brittany McGraw, LISW, CCTP, is passionate about helping survivors of domestic violence and trauma. When McGraw worked in the emergency department, a supervisor connected her with the Johnson County...
By Francie Williamson, Communications Coordinator, Department of Psychiatry Thanks to a federal grant, more providers will soon be able to train in addiction medicine at the Roy A. and Lucille J. Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. The $2.25 million award from the U.S. Health...
By Francie Williamson, Communications Coordinator, Department of Psychiatry Holly Jensen of Menlo, Iowa, knew from a young age that Huntington’s disease (HD) would play a role in her life. When she was about six years old, her father tested positive for the mutation in a gene called Huntingtin,...
By Francie Williamson, Communications Coordinator, Department of Psychiatry When Jim Hagen of Fairfax met his wife Leslie in the early 1980s, they had no idea she would later develop a terminal illness. Leslie Hagen But in the 1990s, after her father, Norman and sister, Lisa, developed symptoms of...
By Francie Williamson, Communications Coordinator, Department of Psychiatry Jody Jones, PhD, says when she started her career in clinical psychology in the late 1990s, not a lot of organ transplant programs had a dedicated psychologist on staff. “I had literally never heard of anything like that...