Read the latest news from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. The links below take you to articles where you can learn more about our faculty’s latest achievements, awards, and honors.
A genome-wide analysis revealed nine new genes associated with fragile X syndrome, findings that shed light on the complex hereditary mechanisms behind the genetic disease.
The ventral striatum, a small part of the brain’s basal ganglia, directs behavior by assigning a reward dimension to everyday items, according to a recent study.
Teens and young adults with cancer get support from a special oncology program. Read the story in Northwestern Medicine magazine.
Novel research is changing the way we approach healthcare for mothers and their babies. Read the feature in Northwestern Medicine magazine.
A new Northwestern Medicine study shows how a breakdown in the development of inhibitory neurons helps explain autism’s link to epilepsy.
Lesbian and gay youth showed significantly less psychological distress and were buffered against the negative effects of bullying and victimization when in a relationship.
Northwestern Medicine scientists have demonstrated a new method that helps to pinpoint which genetic variants might be most important in the development of schizophrenia and related disorders.
Hans Breiter, ’88 MD, professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, is leading the development of a radical, proactive approach to stopping violence using advanced mathematical models of human emotion.
With evidence-based smartphone apps developed by our Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies, mental healthcare is always within reach.
A new pathway in the brain can be manipulated to alleviate depression, offering a promising new target for developing a drug that could be effective in individuals for whom other antidepressants have failed.
By targeting a hub of schizophrenia-related genes, Northwestern Medicine scientists were able to correct a disease-related alteration in mouse model neurons.
Herbert Meltzer, MD, professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Pharmacology and Physiology, has been chosen to receive a Pioneer in Psychopharmacology Award from the International College of Neuropsychopharmacology.
Smartphone conversational agents like Apple’s Siri respond to questions about health crises inconsistently and incompletely, according to a recent study.
Genetic factors and the environment cause depression via different molecular pathways in rats, according a new Northwestern Medicine study.
SchizConnect, the first neuroimaging meta-database dedicated to clinical schizophrenia research, will allow scientists to see broader results across many more subjects than ever before.
Northwestern Medicine scientists received a five-year, $3.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to determine the optimal drug doses for treating pregnant women with depression.
Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered for the first time the neurotransmitter pathways that allow stressful fear-related memories become consciously inaccessible.
Scientists at Northwestern University are using a novel dimensional method for distinguishing misbehavior that is expectable in early childhood versus that which is cause for clinical concern.
Time spent on smartphones and GPS location sensor data can help detect depression, according to new Northwestern Medicine research.
A collaborative study that included Northwestern Medicine scientists has identified structural brain abnormalities in patients with schizophrenia, helping further understanding of the mental disorder.
Genetic mutations that cause neuropsychiatric disorders may make synapses smaller and weaker, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study.
Northwestern Medicine scientists, inspired by treatments used by traditional healers in Nigeria, have synthesized four new chemical compounds that may lead to therapies for psychiatric disorders.
Northwestern Medicine scientists have developed a suite of interactive smartphone mini-apps designed to deliver treatment for depression and anxiety directly to a user.
A new study shows that teenagers who had previously been heavy users of marijuana performed worse on long-term memory tests than those who never used cannabis, and they had abnormally shaped hippocampuses.
A new study by Northwestern Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania found that extending patch treatment beyond the standard eight-week duration is safe and leads to better smoking cessation rates.
Northwestern Medicine scientists found a genetic biomarker to pinpoint some patients with treatment-resistant schizophrenia, making it possible to give them an effective alternative therapy sooner.
A nano-sized discovery by Northwestern Medicine scientists helps explain how bipolar disorder affects the brain and could one day lead to new drug therapies to treat the mental illness.
Domestic violence occurs at least as frequently, and likely even more so, between same-sex couples compared to opposite-sex couples, according to a review of literature by Northwestern Medicine scientists.
Dane Chetkovich, MD, PhD, and Brian Mustanski, PhD, are the latest of many faculty members who are members of National Institutes of Health (NIH) study sections, through which they peer review NIH research grant applications.
Northwestern Medicine scientists developed the first blood test to diagnose major depression in adults and to predict who will benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy.