Mind the Brain

Can we predict suicide from Twitter language?

Can we predict county-level death by suicide from Twitter data? We tried. Our surprising results added weight to results of our re-analyses of Twitter data attempting to predict death from heart disease.  Analyzing Twitter data in bulk does not add to our understanding geographical variations in health outcomes.

Using F1000 “peer review” to promote politics over evidence about delivering psychosocial care to cancer patients

The F 1000 platform allowed authors and the reviewers whom they nominated to collaborate in crafting more of their special interest advocacy that they have widely disseminated elsewhere. Nothing original in this article and certainly not best evidence!

Complex PTSD, STAIR, Social Ecology and lessons learned from 9/11- a conversation with Dr. Marylene Cloitre

Dr. Marylene Cloitre is the Associate Director of Research of the National Center for PTSD Dissemination and Training Division and a research Professor of Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the New York University, Langone Medical Center in New York City. She is a recipient of several honors related to her service in New … Continue reading "Complex PTSD, STAIR, Social Ecology and lessons learned from 9/11- a conversation with Dr. Marylene Cloitre"

Why PhD students should not evaluate a psychotherapy for their dissertation project

Things some clinical and health psychology students wish they had known before they committed themselves to evaluating a psychotherapy for their dissertation study. A well designed pilot study addressing feasibility and acceptability issues in conducting and evaluating psychotherapies is preferable to an underpowered study which won’t provide a valid estimate of the efficacy of the … Continue reading "Why PhD students should not evaluate a psychotherapy for their dissertation project"

Advocating CBT for Psychosis: “Ultimately it is all political.”

Political… Or just cynical? Professor Paul Salkovskis and his colleagues organized a lively, thought-provoking conference at University of Bath “Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia: How well do we understand and what should we do to improve how we help?” Presenters and members of the roundtable discussion panel included a number of authors of the British Psychological … Continue reading "Advocating CBT for Psychosis: “Ultimately it is all political.”"

Distress- the 6th vital sign for cancer patients?

A third or more of cancer patients experience significant psychological distress following their diagnosis. Yet a much smaller proportion receives any psychosocial services. This situation is counter to recommendations from a number of sources, including the US Institute of Medicine report, Care of the Whole Patient, Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs. The gap between the proportion … Continue reading "Distress- the 6th vital sign for cancer patients?"