Mental Health

Understanding the ways in which mental illness develops, manifests, and is treated is key to promoting wellness and resilience.

Webinar | March 27th, 2019

Mental Health Stigma

In this webinar, Sarah Ketchen Lipson, Assistant Professor of Health Law Policy and Management, takes a deep dive into mental health stigma, examining different forms of stigma, relationships between stigma and mental health service utilization, and trends in stigma over time

Free Associations Podcast | January 29th, 2019

A breakthrough for Alzheimer’s treatment?

Matt, Chris, and Don look at a study that used an antibody to treat Alzheimer’s disease, the gang goes back to the well to talk about conflicts of interest, and Matt tells us the secret to good course evaluations!

Free Associations Podcast | January 1st, 2019

Is ADHD over-diagnosed?

Matt, Chris, and Don look at a study using month of birth to explore whether attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is over-diagnosed, the gang discusses a study on how patients feel about having their clinical trial data shared, and Don enlightens us on which Legos taste best.

Free Associations Podcast | December 4th, 2018

Herpes virus and dementia

Matt, Chris, and Don look at a study of whether herpes virus is associated with dementia, the gang discusses a new database of retracted studies and what it tells us, and Don gives us the ICD10 codes we never knew we needed.

Free Associations Podcast | November 6th, 2018

The born to run episode: Exercise and mental health

Matt, Chris, and Don look at a massive cross-sectional study on the relationship between exercise and mental health, the gang discusses whether critiquing science gives fodder to those who wish to dismiss science, and Don finally solves all our manuscript issues.

Free Associations Podcast | September 25th, 2018

Is smog really affecting our minds?

Matt, Chris, and Don take on a study from China on the relationship between smog and cognitive function, the gang discusses a new EU funding policy on publishing in paywalled journals, and Chris insists he gets two Amazing and Amusings.

Free Associations Podcast | May 22nd, 2018

An antidepressants do-over

Matt, Chris, and Don look at a drug company antidepressant trial in adolescents that was re-analyzed by different authors who came to different conclusions, the gang discusses the pre-registration movement in psychology, and Matt finds out what happens to all those unreported clinical trials.

Free Associations Podcast | April 10th, 2018

Antidepressants — our first in-studio guests!

Matt, Chris, and Don are joined by two faculty from the BUSPH Biostats Department to discuss a massive meta-analysis on the effectiveness of antidepressants, then we talk about the pros and cons of meta-analysis, and Don gives us some driving advice.

Free Associations Podcast | February 27th, 2018

The jellyfish and memory edition

Matt, Chris, and Don look at the science behind a supplement aimed at improving memory, debate conflicts of interest in industry research, and Matt explains why Don is to blame for his hearing loss.

Practically Speaking | October 3rd, 2017

Stress Management and Compassion in Challenging Times

We all know that everyone experiences stress on a daily basis—from our work or our extracurricular activities, and news of recent tragic events. Research indicates that stress can have a real impact on our physical and mental health as well as our relationships, leading us to be less compassionate.

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