The five Health Sciences colleges at the University of Arizona plan special ways to mark the rite-of-passage of earning a degree, despite COVID-19 social distancing and stay-at-home orders.
UArizona Department of Psychiatry’s Saira Kalia, MD, assistant professor and the Medical Director of Banner – University Medical Center Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic, shares the behavioral health impacts of COVID-19 stay-at-home orders on domestic violence, child abuse, and isolation, and offers helpful resources for coping and healing.
On May 14, a total of 117 medical students from the University of Arizona in Tucson officially will become physicians and earn their Doctor of Medicine degrees.
Arizona Athletics' Director of Clinical and Sports Psychology Dr. Alex Auerbach worked with Dr. Daniel Taylor and Dr. John Ruiz of the Psychology department on campus in a cross-departmental collaboration that also included Dr. Michael Grandner who is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology and Medicine. With the awarding of a grant, this University of Arizona partnership is leading the conference of champions in key mental health and wellbeing initiatives.
In recognition of Alcohol Awareness Month, we spoke with Department of Psychiatry Assistant Professor Kathryn Ann Emerick, MD about some of the less-mentioned topics surrounding alcohol use disorder. Dr. Emerick specializes in Addiction Medicine and Adult Psychiatry.
"I have had a phone, oil pastels, books, a notebook, and a broken guitar. These have proven to be enough to hold space to accommodate my sense of mission amidst the fear, anxiety, vulnerability, and hopelessness — enough to revisit and spread poetry, art, music and the way of silence."
In 1970, the Autism Society launched an ongoing nationwide effort to promote autism awareness and assure that all affected by autism spectrum disorder are able to achieve the highest quality of life possible. We interviewed Emery Mahoney, PhD, who is heading up the Banner-University Medical Center South's Child and Adolescent Autism Assessment Clinic to learn more about autism spectrum disorder, and how Banner’s autism clinic is unique in Tucson.
As a psychiatrist, Dr. Noshene Ranjbar, Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona, is among thousands of practitioners worldwide facilitating small groups and workshops to teach the practice of mind-body skills through The Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM). Free small groups facilitated by CMBM faculty are now being offered to assist individuals to work through their experiences of isolation, stress, and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Director of UArizona's Department of Psychiatry Behavioral Sleep Medicine Clinic Michael Grandner, PhD, shares: "The whole idea of the workday — starting at the same time and place — is a 20th century phenomenon." Now, people are allowing their bodies to fall into a more natural rhythm.
Michael Grandner, PhD – the director of UArizona's Department of Psychiatry Behavioral Sleep Medicine Clinic – was interviewed for this article, saying: "Dreams are our brains' processing and organizing and integrating and making sense of things. We're dumped in this new environment and we're trying to figure out our place in it."