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Research News & Publications

Current and past research & publication news highlights from the Department Newsletter.

  • A new paper by Steven Silverstein, PhD and Joy Choi, MD with Kyle Green, MD Kristen Bowles-Johnson, OD Rajeev S Ramchandran, MD of the Department of Ophthalmology discusses the mechanisms in which eye structure can serve as a biomarker to brain health, particularly in schizophrenia.
  • Anthony Pisani, PhD and Caroline Kelberman were coauthors for a paper looking at surveys completed by those who texted the Crisis Text Line and their perceptions of the effectiveness of the conversation. 
  • Steven Silverstein, PhD was a co-author for new paper in Schizophrenia Research finding unique and overlapping utility among three major self-report questionnaires in characterizing those at clinical high-risk for psychosis.
  • Peter Wyman, PhD was a co-author on a study alongside Trevor Pickering, PhD, and Thomas Valente PhD of the University of Southern California comparing different methods of selecting peer leaders for Sources of Strength, a high-school-based suicide preventive program.
  • Thomas O'Connor, PhD was a coauthor on the largest study to date measuring exposure to 89 contemporary and emerging chemicals among pregnant women in the U.S.
  • Detection of documented suicide attempts and ideations may help alert medical providers for suicide prevention efforts. Wilfred Pigeon, PhD was a coauthor on a study using machine learning to identify the type of suicidal behavior during a patient's hospital stay.

Marc Swogger, Ph.D. co-authored a study on the relationship between kratom initiation and regular consumption of illicit drugs and HIV risk behaviors in Malaysia.

  • Saref, A., Suraya, S., Singh, D., Grundmann, O., Narayanan, S., Swogger, M. T., ... & Balasingam, V. (2020). Self-report data on regular consumption of illicit drugs and HIV risk behaviors after kratom (Mitragyna Speciosa Korth.) initiation among illicit drug users in Malaysia. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs52(2), 138-144. doi:10.1080/02791072.2019.1686553​ 

Eric Caine, M.D. published a commentary in Epidemiology and Psychiatric Services on building the foundation for comprehensive suicide prevention and social--ecological challenges that must be confronted to create systematic strategies.

  • Caine, E. (2020). Building the foundation for comprehensive suicide prevention – based on intention and planning in a social–ecological context. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, 29, E69. doi:10.1017/S2045796019000659