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Harvard Medical School Honors CHA Psychiatrist with Diversity Award
Marshall Forstein, MD, (right) receiving Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Thiebauth CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Marshall Forstein , MD, interim chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) and an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (HMS), was named a recipient of the 2016 Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award presented by HMS. The award honors HMS faculty members who have made significant achievements in cultivating a diverse and incl...
Cambridge Health Alliance Named a 2015 WWCMA WorkWell Massachusetts Award Program Silver Level Winner for Exemplary Worksite Health Promotion
Joy Curtis (center) with Archana Kansagra (left), WWCMA Awards and Recognition Committee Chair, and Mari Ryan (right), WWCMA Board of Directors Chairperson Cambridge, Mass. — Cambridge Health Alliance announced today that it has been named a WorkWell Massachusetts Award program silver level winner for its exemplary work in worksite health promotion. WorkWell Massachusetts is a corporate award program created by the Worksite Wellness Council of Massachusetts (WWCMA) - a not-for-profit member organization...
CHA Child Psychologist Shares Back to School Tips
James Barrett, PhD , is a child psychologist at Cambridge Health Alliance, a comprehensive academic community health system serving Cambridge, Somerville and Boston’s metro-north communities. It’s that time of year: the temperatures are still high but change is in the air. Days are getting shorter and the leaves will soon change. That means back to school for kids and teens across Massachusetts. While back to school time can be exciting, it can also be stressful, especially for children. If your son or ...
CHA Honors Gov. Michael and Kitty Dukakis with Art of Healing Award
Annual event raises $420,000 for CHA’s community health mission
Cambridge, Mass. — Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), the comprehensive academic community health system serving Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities, honored former Massachusetts Governor Michael and Kitty Dukakis with its seventh annual Art of Healing Award on April 29that the Charles Hotel in Cambridge. The award was presented during CHA’s annual fundraising event, which raised $420,000 to benefit CHA and its critical community health mission. The Art of Healing Award celebrates ...
CHA Receives BCBSMA Foundation Grant to Strengthen Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care Services
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) is one of 10 area health organizations to receive a grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation (BCBSMA Foundation) to support behavioral health integration services. The new grant program, called Fostering Effective Integration of Behavioral Health and Primary Care , is awarding a total of $1.3 million in grants to organizations that are currently implementing collaborative, co-located, and integrated service models for patients with ...
CHA Researchers Discuss Racial and Ethnic Disparities at Mass. Health Policy Forum
Margarita Alegr í a , PhD, director, and Benjamin Cook, PhD, MPH, senior scientist, both of CHA's Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research and Harvard Medical School, presented their findings from a new report titled “The Time is Now: Tackling Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Mental and Behavioral Health Services in Massachusetts” at a Massachusetts Health Policy Forum summit on December 11. They explored the underlying factors that contribute to disparities in behavioral health treatment and sha...
CHA Researcher: Access to Private Psychiatrists is Scant
New study by Harvard Medical School/CHA researchers finds limited access to outpatient psychiatric care in three major U.S. cities
Cambridge, Mass. – A new study from Harvard Medical School researchers and others, published online today by Psychiatric Services , has found that access to private outpatient psychiatric care in the Boston, Chicago, and Houston metropolitan areas is severely limited, even for those with private insurance or who are willing to pay “out of pocket.” Using the Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) online database of in-network providers, the authors identified and called 120 psychiatrists in each of these three me...
CHA Psychologist Selected for Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellowship
Cambridge, Mass. – Kimberlyn Leary, PhD, ABPP, chief of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), an innovative community health system serving Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities, has been selected to participate in the 2014-2015 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows program. Dr. Leary, who also serves as an associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School (HMS), is one of seven individuals chosen for the year-long r...
CHA/Harvard Researchers Find Psychology Grad Students Get Scant Teaching on Medical Ethics and Torture
Cambridge, Mass. – U.S. graduate students in psychology receive little instruction in military medical ethics and are largely unaware of their duties under the Geneva Conventions despite both the longstanding ties between the American Psychological Association (APA) and the military and the fact that psychologists were the architects of the “enhanced interrogation” programs used at Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, and elsewhere. Those are some of the findings of a study by researchers at Harvard Medical School/C...
CHA Psychologist James Barrett, PhD, Wins Harvard Medical School Fellowship
Recognized for Efforts to Help At-Risk Youth in Cambridge
Cambridge, Mass. – James Barrett, PhD, a staff psychologist at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) and an instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School, has been awarded the Dr. Lynne Reid/Drs. Eleanor and Miles Shore Fellowship from Harvard Medical School. The award, one of the Eleanor and Miles Shore 50th Anniversary Fellowships for Scholars in Medicine, aims to enhance the quality and diversity of Harvard Medical School faculty at all ranks. Dr. Barrett specializes in making mental health ...
CHA's Victims of Violence Program Receives Victim Service “Innovations” Award
Cambridge, Mass. – During Victim Rights Month in April, Attorney General Martha Coakley, the Victim Witness Assistance Board, and the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) recognize individuals and organizations that have made notable advancements in victim rights and services in the state. The Victims of Violence (VOV) Program received this year’s “Innovations” award for its work in developing mental health services to assist crime victims and communities recover from violence.   ...
CHA Researchers Test Intervention to Support Patients’ Voice in Mental Health Treatment
Cambridge, Mass. – Training patients to take a more active role in their mental health care, both on their own and when talking to a mental health provider, may be an effective way to reduce racial and ethnic disparities, according to a new study from  Harvard Medical School researchers published online by JAMA Psychiatry . Over the past decade, a growing body of research has demonstrated that more confident and better informed patients tend to be healthier, get higher quality care and report being...
State Legislators Learn How CHA Trains the Next Generation of Physicians
Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) welcomed a group of state legislators, political staffers, and policy leaders to its Cambridge Hospital campus on March 25 as part of Project Medical Education (PME), an event organized by the Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals .  PME, a national initiative of the Association of American Medical Colleges ,  educates policy makers on the critical role of graduate medical education, as participants visit teaching hospitals in Boston for one day and ...
CHA Researchers Find Mentally Ill Make Up a Growing Proportion of U.S. Smoking Population
New study finds significant declines in general population are not seen among mentally ill
Somerville, Mass. – Individuals with mental illness are nearly twice as likely to smoke as those without mental illness and make up more than half of nicotine-dependent smokers in the U.S., according to a new study led by a Harvard Medical School researcher. The study, published in the January 8 th edition of JAMA, demonstrates that recent declines in smoking rates in the general population have largely bypassed those with mental illness. “Individuals with severe mental illness have a life expectan...
CHA's Everett Older Adult Health Program Offers Free "Living Alone" Workshop
Everett, Mass. – The Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) Everett Older Adult Health Program and the Everett Council on Aging, along with sponsorship of the Everett Foundation for the Aged, will host "Living Alone Out Loud," a free four-session program led by Kathy Hoey, manager of CHA's Outpatient Geriatric Psychiatry department. The workshop is designed to help participants boost their mood and energy, deal with stress and challenges, and find more balance and contentment. All Everett r...
Cambridge Health Alliance Psychiatrist Nancy Rappaport, MD, Receives Art of Healing Award
Annual event raises over $330,000 for CHA’s community health mission
Cambridge, Mass. - Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) honored psychiatrist Nancy Rappaport, MD, with the healthcare system’s sixth annual Art of Healing Award on June 12 th at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge.   Presented during CHA’s annual fundraising event, the Art of Healing Award celebrates visionary men and women who transcend boundaries, joyfully embrace humanity, and profoundly inspire the healing of body and spirit. Sacha Pfeiffer, host of NPR affiliate WBUR’s All Things Considered , emcee...
Cambridge Health Alliance Researcher Margarita Alegria, PhD, Elected to the Institute of Medicine
Somerville, MA...Margarita Alegria, PhD, director of Cambridge Health Alliance's Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research and a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, was named this week to the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. Dr. Alegria was one of 65 new members and five foreign associates appointed at the IOM's annual meeting. Dr. Alegria is a leading expert on disparities...
Cambridge Health Alliance Psychiatrist Honored by AACAP for School-Based Mental Health Care
Cambridge, MA...The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) has named Nancy Rappaport, MD, attending psychiatrist and director of school-based programs at Cambridge Health Alliance, as the recipient of AACAP's 2011 Sidney Berman Award for School-Based Study and Intervention for Learning Disorders and Mental Health. AACAP's Schools Committee administers the annual award, which recognizes excellence in the study or treatment of learning disorders and work in a school-setting. Albert Ab...
Cambridge Health Alliance's Department of Psychiatry Wins Harvard Medical School Diversity Award
Cambridge, MA... The Department of Psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) has been named the recipient of the 2010 Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award presented by Harvard Medical School (HMS). This marks the first time an entire group of faculty has won the award, which recognizes those who have made significant achievements to help HMS become a more diverse and inclusive community. CHA's Department of Psychiatry was honored for fostering an environment that supports and promotes diversity for f...
New Book from Cambridge Health Alliance Clinicians Offers Innovative Trauma Treatment Guide
Cambridge, MA... Clinicians from the renowned Victims of Violence Program at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) and the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School have drawn on their collective experiences to publish a novel treatment guide for adult survivors of interpersonal violence and abuse. Rich with expert, practical guidance for therapists,  The Trauma Recovery Group: A Guide for Practitioners  (Guilford Press, March 2011) presents an evidence-based group treatment approach for tr...
Cambridge Health Alliance's Child Assessment Unit Inspires Bestselling Novelist
Cambridge, MA... On Wednesday, July 14, at 7 p.m., Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) will co-sponsor a book signing by  New York Times  bestselling author Lisa Gardner at Porter Square Books in Cambridge. Gardner, a New England resident, visited CHA's Child Assessment Unit nearly a year ago and met with staff including nurse manager Kathy Regan, RN, to conduct research for her new suspense novel  Live to Tell  (Bantam Books, July 2010), which is set in a pediatric psychiatry unit. She ...
Cambridge Health Alliance Psychiatrist Receives Art of Healing Award
Cambridge, MA... Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a public healthcare system with three hospital campuses and a network of community-based health centers that serve Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston's Metro-North region, announced today that psychiatrist Marshall Forstein, MD, has received CHA's second annual Art of Healing Award. The award recognizes an individual for exemplary leadership, advocacy, and innovation in healing. Dr. Forstein is Director of CHA's Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program...
Cambridge Health Alliance Clinician Offers Innovative Approach to Understanding Addictions in New Book
Cambridge, MA... Addiction is commonly perceived as a chemical imbalance in the brain or simply as moral weakness. But these perceptions ignore the deep personal pain that can permeate the lives of the addicted, argues Mark Albanese, MD, Director of Addictions Treatment Services at Cambridge Health Alliance. In the new book  Understanding Addiction as Self Medication: Finding Hope Behind the Pain  (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.), Dr. Albanese and co-author Edward J. Khantzian, MD, ...
CHA Psychiatrist Named to Residency Review Committee of National Accreditation Organization
Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, Revere, Somerville, Winthrop, MA... Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) announced today that psychiatrist Marshall Forstein, MD, has been appointed to the Residency Review Committee for Psychiatry of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). ACGME is a national organization that sets accreditation standards for all residency training in psychiatry and conducts reviews of each program. Dr. Forstein was named to the position by the presiden...
New Book from CHA Researchers Offers Strategies to Cope With Trauma
Find out how trauma victims find the strength for post-traumatic recovery Cambridge, MA... ...Cambridge Health Alliance announced today a book reflective of the excellent work in its Department of Psychiatry.  Sources and Expressions of Resiliency in Trauma Survivors  (The Haworth Press, Inc., July 2007) provides a framework for understanding how - and why - resiliency is essential to the challenges of post-traumatic recovery. This unique book examines how this framework applies to trauma surv...
CHA Helps Launch Ruth M. Batson Social Justice Award
Boston, Cambridge, MA......  The Ruth M. Batson Social Justice Award launched on April 10, 2007 at Harvard Medical School's day long Reflection in Action: Building Healthy Communities™ (RIA) celebration. This new permanent award at Harvard Medical School's Office for Diversity and Community Partnership was named for an inspiring role model. Cambridge Health Alliance, a community partner and a Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate, helped to support this award. Each year a Ruth M. Batson Social ...
Three CHA Women Promoted at Harvard Medical School
Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Medford, Revere, Somerville, Winthrop , MA...Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) is pleased to announce that three women - Jean Frazier, MD, Elizabeth Gaufberg, MD, MPH, and Cynthia Telingator, MD - have earned academic promotions from Harvard Medical School (HMS). Jean Frazier , MD, Director of the Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatric Research Program at CHA and Co-Director of CHA's Center for Child and Adolescent Development, has been named Associate Professor of Psychiatry a...
CHA to Host Revolutionary and FREE Academic Symposium in Cambridge, October 14th
Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Medford, Revere, Somerville, Winthrop , MA.... Can science tell us how babies learn to identify with their parents, and thus ultimately understand how we learn? Will exploration yield a road map of the brain's ability to empathize with others? Can we distill the essence of human bonding? These questions lie at the heart of the Cambridge Health Alliance's (CHA) Department of Psychiatry and The Tavistock Clinic's ground-breaking academic symposium, Shared Subjectivities in Bra...
Cambridge Health Alliance Clinicians in Psychiatry Study School Violence
Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Medford, Revere, Somerville, Winthrop, MA ... Educators, parents, and mental health professionals are expected to deal with such scenarios on a daily basis, often with limited information. Schools sometimes request assurance that an aggressive or disruptive student is "safe to return to school," but how does a professional determine such a state? Clinicians at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), who are also Harvard researchers--Drs. Nancy Rappaport, Lois T. Flaherty, and Stuar...
Alliance Psychiatrist Wins Harvard Teaching Prize
Cambridge, MA...Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) psychiatrist Alfred Margulies, MD, was recently honored at the Harvard Medical School (HMS) Faculty Awards ceremony, where he received the 2006 Cynthia N. Kettyle Teaching Award. Dr. Margulies is the Associate Chairman of Psychiatry at CHA and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at HMS. Dr. Margulies was unanimously selected by the HMS Psychiatry Executive Committee and Medical Education Council to receive this honor. The Cynthia N. Kettyle Teaching Award wa...
Teen Suicide and Antidepressants: Harvard Psychiatrists review black box warning
Dr. Nancy Rappaport,  lead researcher on the study, at Cambridge Teen Health Center. TEEN SUICIDE AND ANTIDEPRESSANTS: HARVARD PSYCHIATRISTS REVIEW BLACK BOX WARNING Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Medford, Revere, Somerville, Winthrop, MA.... Imagine your teenager over several weeks has no energy, is unable to get out of bed, and there are family members who have suffered from debilitating depression. Or you have an adolescent who made a suicide attempt by taking an overdose after a prolonged period ...
Alliance research program awarded federal grant to study Lithium in children
NEWS FROM CAMBRIDGE HEALTH ALLIANCE For Immediate Release                                                               November 16, 2005 CAMBRIDGE HEALTH ALLIANCE RESEARCH PROGRAM AWARDED FEDERAL GRANT TO STUDY LITHIU...