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2007

Chanita Hughes-Halbert, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, was interviewed on the NBC singing competition "Clash of the Choirs" for her exceptional work on the Abramson Cancer Center's "With Our Voices" outreach program.
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Thomas Wadden, PhD, director of the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, is quoted in a USA Weekend article about how to make healthy, long-term nutrition and lifestyle changes after the holidays.

John P. O'Reardon, MD, associate professor of psychiatry and director of Penn’s Treatment Resistant Depression Clinic, is quoted in a NBC-10 story about his work using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to treat depression in patients who don’t respond well to drugs for the condition. Dr O'Reardon was also quoted in stories that ran on NBC affiliates in San Diego, Dallas/Forth Worth, and Washington DC and CBS News affiliate in Hartford/New Haven, CT.

The Washington Post reported on findings from Daniel Rodriguez, PhD, research assistant professor of Psychiatry, showing that young people who participate in sports are less likely to smoke than their peers. The study was presented at the meeting of the American Association Cancer Research.
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Penn researchers, including Associate Professor of Psychiatry John P. O'Reardon, MD, show transcranial magnetic stimulation is effective in treating major depression. This non-drug, non-invasive treatment helps patients who have tried other options without success.
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John P. O'Reardon, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, was cited in an article on MedPage Today. The article discusses his recent research findings that transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) significantly reduces acute symptoms of major depression and offers an alternative to conventional therapy.

James C. Coyne, PhD, co-leader, Cancer Control and Outcomes Program, Abramson Cancer Center and professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, is quoted in a Los Angles Times article in continuing coverage of his recent research showing that emotions do not affect a cancer patient’s rate of survival.
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Paul Root Wolpe, PhD, associate professor of bioethics and psychiatry, and Daniel Langleben, MD, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Penn, were guests on NPR's Morning Edition three-part report on the topic of lie detection. Drs. Wolpe and Langleben were also featured in the October 10th episode of WIRED Science.
Click here to listen to Part 1 (10/29/07) on npr.org (off-site link)
Click here to listen to Part 2 (10/30/07) on npr.org (off-site link)

James C. Coyne, PhD, co-leader, Cancer Control and Outcomes Program, Abramson Cancer Center and professor of Psychology in Psychiatry is quoted on Reuters and The Wall St. Journal On-Line Health Blog, in The Washington Post, and on FoxNews.com regarding his research showing that emotions do not affect a cancer patient’s rate of survival.
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Edward Brodkin, MD receives one of the new NIMH Social Neuroscience Grants to Help Unravel Autism, Anxiety Disorders.
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The newly-launched Albert J. Stunkard Weight Management Program is featured in The Almanac and The Daily Pennsylvanian.  Quoted in the articles are Albert J. Stunkard, MD, professor of Psychiatry; Thomas Wadden, PhD, professor of Psychology in Psychiatry; director, Center for Weight and Eating Disorders; executive director, Stunkard Weight Management Program; and David Sarwer, PhD, associate professor of Psychology in Psychiatry; director of Clinical Services, Center for Weight and Eating Disorders; director, Stunkard Weight Management Program.
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Albert Stunkard, MD, professor of Psychiatry, Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, is featured in an article that appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer about his 50 years of obesity research and the new Albert J. Stunkard Weight Management Program at Penn. Thomas Wadden, PhD, professor of Psychology in Psychiatry and director of the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, is also quoted throughout the article. 
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Siobhan Banks, PhD, Research Assistant Professor of Sleep in Psychiatry, is quoted in USA Today about sleep deprivation and stress on the heart, based on research she conducted.  
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Thomas McClellan, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, is quoted in a Washington Post article about addictions.
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Anthony Fabricatore, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, appeared live on CN8’s Your Morning yesterday to talk about research suggesting that a common virus may contribute to obesity in some people.

David Dinges, PhD, Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry and Chief, Division of Sleep and Chronobiology, is quoted in a New York Times article about becoming tired after eating lunch.
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Research conducted at the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Psychology shows that the more overweight a child, the more likely he or she is to be absent from school. Andrew Geier, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, and lead author, is quoted. Click for article (off-site link)

Judith Coché, Clinical Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, was featured in a New York Times Magazine story about couples therapy. Click for article on nytimes.com (off-site link). She also appeared on the Today Show to discuss common marital problems and how to repair them.
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David Sarwer, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry and Surgery, is cited in a Los Angeles Times article about a report that women who receive implants for breast enhancement are three times more likely to commit suicide.
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Anthony Rostain, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, is quoted in a Baltimore Sun article about new research showing that half of children with autism can be diagnosed not long after the first birthday.
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Charles O’Brien, MD, PhD, Vice-Chair of Psychiatry, Director of the Center for Studies in Addiction, was a guest on NPR (7/10/07 on the topic of compulsive video gaming.
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Rollin Gallagher, MD, MPH, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Anesthesiology, Director of Penn's Center for Pain Medicine, Research and Policy, and Director of Pain Medicine at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center, was on "Radio Times" WHYY 91 FM talking about Pain Management.

Thomas Wadden, PhD, Director of the Weight and Eating Disorders Program, is quoted in USA Today commenting on the FDA’s unanimous rejection of the experimental diet pill, rimonabant, after hearing testimony that it increases the risk of suicidal thoughts, even in patients without a history of depression.
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Thomas Wadden, PhD, Director of Penn’s Weight and Eating Disorders Program, is quoted in articles in USA Today about appetite suppressant pill Rimonabant, which has not yet been FDA approved, and also the fat-blocking pill, Alli, which is now available over-the-counter.
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Rollin Gallagher, MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Anesthesiology and the Director of Penn's Center for Pain Medicine, Research and Policy, is quoted several times in a recent article in Newsweek Health on "The Changing Science of Pain."
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Julie Blendy, PhD, Department of Pharmacology and Charles O'Brien, MD, PhD, Director of the Center for Studies in Addiction and Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, were featured in The Scientist in an article about basic research on drug and alcohol addiction.

David F. Dinges, PhD, Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry has been awarded the 2007 Distinguished Public Service Medal from NASA. This is the highest award the agency bestows upon non-governmental personnel whose accomplishments contribute substantially to the NASA mission.
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Anthony Fabricatore, PhD, Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, Department of Psychiatry, comments in a USA Today article on new research suggesting that the most effective weight-loss diet for a person may depend upon their physiology.
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Rollin Gallagher, MD, Director of the Center for Pain Medicine, Research and Policy and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry is mentioned in a New York Times article about tracking injured troops with chronic pain.
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James Coyne, PhD, Abramson Cancer Center and Department of Psychiatry, is quoted in an on-line U.S. News & World Report article about the research review that he and colleagues conducted showing that psychotherapy does not extend the lives of cancer patients.
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Anthony Rostain, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, was interviewed for a segment that aired on CBS 3 about the new FDA guidelines for antidepressants.

Paul Root Wolpe, PhD, Center for Bioethics and psychiatry faculty, is quoted in an Associated Press article that appeared in numerous outlets on the ethical questions posed by deep space exploration.
Click here to view an excerpt or access the archived article on Philly.com (off-site link)

Ruben Gur, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, is quoted in a Jewish Exponent article about the relation between brain mass and intelligence.

Shawn Cahill, MD, assistant professor of clinical psychology and Robert L. Sadoff, MD, clinical professor of psychiatry, were both quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about the massacre at Virginia Tech.
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Dr. Edna Foa, a professor of psychology in psychiatry, and director of the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania is quoted in an article about the effects of war on women in a New York Times Magazine article.
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Dr. Ruben Gur, a professor of psychiatry at Penn; Dr. Daniel Langleben, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Penn; and Dr. Paul Root Wolpe, who teaches in psychiatry and bioethics at Penn; Dr. Stephen Morse, professor of law and psychiatry at Penn; and Amy Wax of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, are all quoted in an in-depth cover article of the Sunday New York Times magazine about how neuroscience has transformed the American legal system.
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Anna Rose Childress, PhD, Research Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at Penn, is featured in an interview that appeared on Good Morning America (ABC TV network) on March 7 on the new science of addiction.
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Penn Psychiatry faculty, Martin Franklin, PhD, was featured in an interview about anxiety and phobias that was aired on March 6 on Voice of America.

Dr. Paul Wolpe, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, is quoted in an article in The New York Times Associated Press about how German researchers claim they have now, for the first time, predict people's decisions about how they would later do a high-level mental activity, through brain scans.
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NPR news describes the VA study that compared the prolonged exposure treatment - developed by the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety - to treatment as usual. The National Center of PTSD asserts that prolonged exposure therapy is much more effective than treatment as usual and should be disseminated thought the VA system.
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Penn Researchers, including Psychiatry Faculty, Jeffrey Staab, find that Chronic Dizziness may be caused by Psychiatric and Neurologic illnesses: Results show that patients' symptoms are not a mystery, allowing physicians to better diagnose and treat the cause.
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Penn Psychiatry faculty, Mary Riggs Cohen discusses her work with the Penn Adult Development Disorders Program in a radio interview on WHYY.


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