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Pine Rest Research Symposium Highlights Advancements In Behavioral Healthcare

Pine Rest Research Symposium Highlights Advancements In Behavioral Healthcare

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services Psychiatry Residency Program highlighted the research done by its psychiatry residents and staff at a research symposium on May 30. On display were 18 projects, case reviews and journal article presentations. Four of the poster presentations received an award at the April Michigan Psychiatric Society Annual Conference in Lansing.

Attendees had the opportunity to read the posters and ask questions of the residents and staff. The poster presentations were judged by Pine Rest Doctors Folabo Dare, David Folks, and Shady Shebak. Named below are the first, second and third place winners and the two honorable mentions.

First Place

Poster Title: Depression, Suicidality, Substance Use, and Abuse History Among LGBTQ Adolescents Who Are Psychiatrically Hospitalized

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or questioning (LGBTQ) youth have higher rates of suicide. This study compared psychiatrically hospitalized adolescents identified as LGBTQ with the general population and found higher rates of depression, suicidality, and abuse history than their peers.

Authors: Sara B. VanBronkhorst, MD, MPH, PGY3; Evonne M. Edwards, PhD; Daniel E. Roberts, LMSW, MS4; Katie Kist, DO, PGY3; Darci L. Evans, DO, MSW, PGY2; Alexandra Mahdasian, MS3

Second Place

Poster Title: Demographics, Prescribed Pharmacotherapy and Co-morbidities of Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Outpatients

This study identifies the demographics (gender), medication therapy, and co-morbidities of children and adolescents diagnosed with Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder in a Pine Rest outpatient setting.

Authors: Shayna Bailey, MD, PGY3; Russell Fridson, DO, PGY1; Rose Mauch, MS4; Irene Warner, MS4; Evonne Edwards, PhD; Kelly Blankenship, DO

Third Place

Poster Title: Improvement in Anxiety as a Predictor for Depression Response in Patients Undergoing ECT

This study looked at 35 patients with depressive disorders who received Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT). A change in anxiety symptoms correlated with, and may predict, response in depressive symptoms in patients receiving ECT.

Authors: Sara B. VanBronkhorst, MD, MPH, PGY3; Ali Saleem, MD, PGY4; Darci L. Evans, DO, MSW, PGY2; William J. Sanders, DO, MS; Evonne Edwards, PhD; Eric Achtyes, MD, MS; Louis Nykamp, MD

Honorable Mention

Poster Title: Response Rates in Patients with Symptoms of Depression to Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) at the Pine Rest TMS Clinic

Authors: Ryan Doyle, DO, PGY4; Jessica O’Mara, DO, PGY4; Ashlee Senay, DO, PGY3; Dan Tuinstra, MS4; William Sanders, DO, MS; Evonne Edwards, PhD; Julie Ann Mulder, MS, BSN, RN-BC

Poster Title: Therapist Characteristics and Practices Impacting Patient Retention in Psychotherapy: A Qualitative Study

Authors:  Rebecca Crosbie, MD, PGY4; Evonne Edwards, PhD; Rebecca Marchand, PsyD; Leslie Visser, MA, LLP; Jean Holthaus, LISW, MSW; Brant VanOrman, PsyD; Andrew Riegel, DO, PGY4; Rebecca Tuinstra, MA

The Pine Rest Psychiatry Resident Research Symposium 2018 program with all the projects is located here. 

Caption (Photo provided by Pine Rest):

Dr. Vegas Coleman, Psychiatry Residency Associate Program Director, far right, congratulates Sara VanBronkhorst, MD, MPH, PGY3; along with, far left, Darci Evans, DO, MSW, PGY2; and Katie Kist, DO, PGY3; for winning first place at the Research Symposium.

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