Articles in the Media

The following are articles reporting in local, national and international media relating to activity of the Semel Institute and Department of Psychiatry at UCLA. Note that links to articles may expire without warning or require registration. These articles are provided for public interest and UCLA does not necessarily endorse the content or opinion contained within such articles.

UCLA Workers Snooped in Spears' Medical Records
Claims that UCLA Medical Center was taking steps to fire at least 13 employees for improperly accessing a patient's medical records were reported March 14 and throughout the week by the Los Angeles Times, BBC News, Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, NBC News, Reuters and United Press International, among others. Carole Klove, chief compliance and privacy officer for UCLA Health System, and Jeri Simpson, director of human resources at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center, were quoted.
14 Mar 08 News bullet

Study Finds One in Four US Teen Girls has a STD
Gail Wyatt, professor of psychiatry in the Semel Institute and director of the UCLA Sexual Health Program, was quoted March 11 on KTTV Channel 11 about a national study finding that 1 in 4 teenage girls are infected with a sexually transmitted disease.
11 Mar 08 News bullet

Troubled Boys Will Abandon Pot When it's Deemed Uncoo'
Steven Shoptaw, professor of family medicine and psychiatry in the Semel Institute, was quoted in a March 4 HealthDay story that appeared in the Washington Post on marijuana-smoking trends among teens.
4 Mar 08 News bullet

A Matter of the Heart
Dr. Michael Irwin, professor of psychiatry and director of the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology in the Semel Institute, was quoted in the March issue of the journal Nature Medicine about how depression, stress and anxiety may contribute to heart disease.
1 Mar 08 News bullet

Environmental Causes of Depression
The Semel Institute's Dr. Andrew Leuchter, professor of psychiatry and director of the Laboratory of Brain, Behavior and Pharmacology, and Dr. Gary Small, professor of psychiatry and director of the Center on Aging, addressed viewers' questions about mood disorders and treatments in ABC News "On Call" videos that began appearing online March 1.
1 Mar 08 News bullet

Types of Talk Therapy for Depression
The Semel Institute's Dr. Andrew Leuchter, professor of psychiatry and director of the Laboratory of Brain, Behavior and Pharmacology, and Dr. Gary Small, professor of psychiatry and director of the Center on Aging, addressed viewers' questions about mood disorders and treatments in ABC News "On Call" videos that began appearing online March 1.
1 Mar 08 News bullet

10 Tips to Quit Smoking
Michael D. Rabinoff, an assistant research psychiatrist in the Semel Institute, was interviewed Feb.28 on the KATU-TV (Portland) morning program "AM Northwest" about how cigarettes have been chemically engineered to be more addictive, along with tips to quit smoking.
28 Feb 08 News bullet

Teen Depression
Joan Asarnow, professor of psychiatry in the Semel Institute, was featured in a Feb. 26 segment on KABC-Channel 7 about teen depression. Asarnow was part of a multi-center research effort that found that teens with difficult-to-treat depression who do not respond to an initial antidepressant medication are more likely to get well if they switch to a different antidepressant but add psychotherapy.
26 Feb 08 News bullet

S.J. Resident Fights Stigma, Challenges of Mental Illness
Dr. Stephen Marder, a professor of psychiatry in the Semel Institute, was quoted in the Feb. 25 Stockton Record about how the public generally views people with schizophrenia.
25 Feb 08 News bullet

Drugs Double-Edged Sword
Dr. Andrew Leuchter, professor of psychiatry and director of the Laboratory of Brain, Behavior, and Pharmacology in the Semel Institute, was quoted in the Feb. 25 Los Angeles Times about concerns over the possible effects when people abruptly stop taking their antidepressant medication.
25 Feb 08 News bullet