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Updates from the frontiers of neuroscience, wellbeing, and mental health with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


featuring our faculty and trainees

  • Sleep in the time of coronavirus: Talking ZZs with Stanford's Rafael Pelayo
    Is the world now filled with insomniacs? Is it even possible to get a good night's sleep when outside your bedroom the world is a jumble? As each week passes, many find themselves coping with the upheaval brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. With heightened stress and anxiety, sleep disruptions are inevitable. In this podcast, Stanford sleep specialist Rafael Pelayo discusses ways to manage sleep during these uncertain times.
  • How to talk to kids and teens about COVID-19
    The COVID-19 epidemic has brought a lot of uncertainty to many families. In this podcast, Victor Carrion, MD, director of the Stanford Early Life Stress and Pediatric Anxiety Program, discusses how to talk with children and teens about the anxiety they are likely to experience due to COVID-19, social distancing, and shelter-in-place orders.
  • New treatment offers relief from severe depression in small study
    A new treatment is offering relief for patients who suffer from severe depression. In a small study, which used high doses of magnetic stimulation, Stanford researchers saw a rapid relief of symptoms in 90% of participants. In this podcast, Stanford psychiatrist and neurologist Nolan Williams, MD, discusses the study's findings. 
  • The prescription for resilience. How to overcome life's obstacles
    Ever wonder why some people thrive in the face of adversity? It turns out that skill is teachable. In this episode of Untangle, Dr. Manpreet Singh teaches us 10 things you can do to build resilience in your life.
  • Psychiatry Unbound American Psychiatric Association Publishing
    Psychiatry Unbound is APA Publishing's Books podcast, hosted by APA Books Editor-in-Chief, Laura Roberts, M.D. It offers the opportunity to hear the voices behind the most prominent psychiatric scholarship in the field today. Learn about important topics in the field of psychiatry and see how APA authors are making an impact in clinical settings throughout the world.
  • Interview with Anna Lembke, MD AJP Residents' Journal
    Senior Deputy Editor Matthew Edwards, MD interviews Anna Lembke, MD about Addiction Psychiatry and her book Drug Dealer, MD.
  • Function with Anil Dash: We Can't Just Log Off: Mental Health and Tech on Apple Podcasts
    This podcast looks at the impact the internet has made on mental health...helpful or harmful. Elias Aboujaoude, clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, participates in a roundtable discussion on how the web is changing social interaction.
  • The Science of Addiction - BBC Sounds
    Neuroscientists now have a sophisticated understanding of the networks in the brain that can pull a person towards addiction and hold them there. Keith Humphreys, the Esther Ting Memorial Professor and professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is featured in this podcast.
  • Ketamine for depression: Proceed with caution
    Many psychiatrists and patients with depression are excited about the potential of esketamine nasal spray. But Alan Schatzberg, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and director of the Stanford Mood Disorders Center, warns that too little is known about ketamine for it to be used broadly.
  • Suicide and hope: A podcast discussion
    In this 1:2:1 podcast, Rebecca Bernert, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and founding director of the Suicide Prevention Research Laboratory at Stanford, discusses suicide prevention and risk factors, including sleep problems.
  • Global Mental Health
    In this  AJP Residents’ Journal Podcast, Dr. Matthew Edwards interviews Dr. Daryn Reicherter, Director of the Stanford Human Rights in Trauma Mental Health Program. The program is an interdisciplinary collaboration in law, medicine and global health on human rights issues and trauma violations internationally to inform policy, influence law, and provide restitution and mental health resources to survivors.
  • 'Special K' as potential OCD treatment
    In this podcast, Stanford psychiatrist Carolyn Rodriguez, MD, PhD, discusses how she got interested in the use of ketamine to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder and how she is determined to find out why, in studies, the drug has provided relief from symptoms.
  • Addressing mental illness in California
    The Mental Health Services Oversight & Accountability Commission was formed to oversee the expansion and transformation of the state’s county mental-health service systems.
  • Mental health in medical school
    In a recent Washington Post column, Stanford psychiatry resident Ned Morris posed the question: What drives bright young people – medical students – to take their own lives? In this podcast, he discusses the stigma of mental health that is so pervasive in society today.
  • Laura Roberts on building a career in academic medicine
    In addition to her expertise in her field, Laura Roberts, MD, chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, is recognized for her success as a mentor and teacher. In this podcast she discussed her latest book, which is aimed at young physicians, clinicians and scientists and serves as a guide for building more creative, effective and inspiring careers.
  • A word with Karl Deisseroth
    Karl Deisseroth, MD, PhD, calls the human brain “the most complicated object in the universe.” The Stanford psychiatrist and bioengineer is well-known for developing two game-changing techniques — optogenetics and CLARITY
  • A new approach to mental health
    Stanford neuroscientist Leanne Williams, PhD, discusses how she and her colleagues were able to predict with 80 percent accuracy whether antidepressants would help patients by analyzing their brain function and personal history.
  • How physicians are fueling the opioid epidemic
    In, "Drug Dealer, MD, How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop," Stanford addiction expert Anna Lembke explores the culprits behind the rise in the opioid epidemic sweeping the country.
  • A conversation about mental health
    When it comes to treating mental illness, Amit Etkin, MD, PhD, is thinking outside of the box and collaborating with other Stanford scientists to map the origins of mental illnesses in the brain and develop improved treatments for depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.



featuring our department, programs, and faculty

Stanford University's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences: An Introduction

Stanford University's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences: Residency Program

Steven Adelsheim, MD, director of the Stanford Psychiatry Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing, explains the importance of the Headspace program.

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford Medicine is a center of excellence in clinical care, translational research, and training in eating disorders across the age and diagnostic spectrum.

Stanford Mood Disorders Center - Pioneering Solutions for Mood Disorders

Neuroscience Informed Precision Mental Health

Modulation of Neural Circuits to Restore Function for Neurologic and Psychiatric Disorders

Novel Platforms for Novel Treatments in Neuroscience with Dr. Rob Malenka

Why Sleep? Dr. Rafael Pelayo

Exploring the Brain Forest: Molecular Nanoscopy for Alzheimer’s and Cancer - with Dr. Mourrain

The Demise of the Asylum and the Rise of Interventional Psychiatry - with Dr. Nolan Williams

Computational Neuropsychiatry - New Approaches to Psychiatric Diagnosis with Dr. Manish Saggar

Advances in Detection and Treatment for Autism with Drs. Karen Parker & Antonio Hardan

Accelerating Discovery to Promote Healthy Brain Outcomes Starting from Birth with Drs. Manpreet Singh & Ian Gotlib

Neuromonitoring-Guided Cognitive Augmentation with Dr. Hadi Hosseini

New Conceptual Frameworks in Mental Health with Dr. Amit Etkin

Genetics and Epigenetics of Brain Function in the Age of the Genome Technology Revolution with Dr. Alex Urban

Karen Parker - The Social Brain in Health and Disease

Dr Jacob Ballon: Looking Beyond Schizophrenia Symptoms to Treat the Whole Person

A toolkit that seeks to help clinicians provide culturally and religiously informed mental health care for Muslim patients was officially launched at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in 2019.

Minds Wide Open | Unlocking the Potential of the Human Brain

Neuroscience of Contemplative Practices with Manish Saggar - Contemplation By Design Summit 2018, Stanford University

From Loss to a Legacy of Hope: George Ting, MD, shares his journey from loss to healing in this moving short film and explains why he chose to establish the Esther Ting Memorial Professorship in addiction medicine at Stanford.

Virtual Reality Technology Treatment for Mental Illness - Dr. Kim Bullock

For all of these videos and many more, please visit the Department's YouTube Playlist