Psychiatric Research Institute

September 1, 2021

UAMS’ AR-Connect to Provide Mental Health Care to Those Displaced by Hurricane Ida

Yavonda Chase

Administrative Coordinator Suzi Rook updates a schedule for AR-Connect’s therapists.

LITTLE ROCK — AR-Connect, a University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) program that provides mental health care via live video, is offering its services to Gulf Coast natives forced to relocate to Arkansas due to the devastation left behind by Hurricane Ida.

August 23, 2021

UAMS Researchers Awarded $2.5 Million Grant to Create Phone App to Prevent Opioid Use Relapse

Yavonda Chase

Andrew James, Ph.D., a neuroimaging scientist in UAMS’ Brain Imaging Research Center, seeks to understand how the reward systems of the brain change during recovery from opioid use disorder.

LITTLE ROCK — A team of UAMS research scientists has been awarded a five-year grant worth $2.5 million from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to determine if a cell phone application can reduce the relapse rate in people with opioid use disorder.

July 16, 2021

Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas Awards Grants Totaling $1.95 Million for UAMS K-12 Behavioral Health Programs

Benjamin Waldrum

UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA, speaks at the press conference. Seated behind him are (from left) Marcy Doderer, president and CEO, Arkansas Children's (not pictured); Curtis Barnett, president and CEO, Arkansas Blue Cross; Governor Asa Hutchinson and Rebecca Pittillo, executive director, Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas.

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received grants totaling $1.95 million from the Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas to support two key behavioral health programs. Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the largest health insurer in Arkansas, established the Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier…

July 7, 2021

Researcher Finds Challenges in Study Involving Methamphetamine

Linda Haymes

Michael Wilson, M.D., an assistant professor of Emergency Medicine, is studying how methamphetamine affects the human body, particularly how the body responds to stress.

If the photo of the pile of crystal methamphetamine doesn’t get your attention, the question on the flyer, designed by the UAMS Translational Research Institute and complete with the UAMS logo and familiar triangles, will.

“Use meth?”

June 29, 2021

UAMS Physicians See Dramatic Increase In Postpartum Psychosis Cases during COVID-19 Pandemic

Tim Taylor

Jessica Coker, M.D., (left) and Erin Bider, M.D., collaborated on a paper detailing the rise in cases of postpartum psychosis they saw at UAMS' Women's Mental Health Program during the COVID-19 pandemic.

LITTLE ROCK — Postpartum psychosis is a serious, albeit rare illness, compared to the number of postpartum depression cases seen in the United States.

February 24, 2021

UAMS Received $3 Million to Reimburse Facilities that Provide Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use

Tim Taylor

Michael Mancino, M.D., oversees the MATRIARC program at UAMS. UAMS recently received a $3 million grant from the Arkansas Department of Human Services for the medication-assisted treatment of opioid-use disorder.

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) recently received $3 million from the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) to compensate facilities across the state providing medication-assisted treatment to opioid use disorder patients. The money will allow medical providers to offer treatment for opioid use disorder to patients without insurance or…

October 27, 2020

$250,000 Gift Supports Education, Research, Patient Care at UAMS Psychiatric Research Institute

Benjamin Waldrum

The $250,000 gift supports the G. Richard Smith, M.D. Fund for Excellence in the Psychiatric Research Institute. Smith will retire in 2021. He leaves behind a legacy of service to the state of Arkansas.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received a gift of $250,000 to support the priorities of the Psychiatric Research Institute on its Little Rock campus. The gift will have a far-reaching impact for patients across the state. The donor asked to remain anonymous. “I want to personally thank this donor for their…

October 21, 2020

Four Physicians Join UAMS Psychiatric Research Institute

Tim Taylor

San Bui, M.D.; James Scott Steele, M.D, Ph.D.; Toby Belknap, M.D.; and Ming Hwei Yek, Psy.D. recently joined the Psychiatric Research Institute.

LITTLE ROCK — The Psychiatric Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) recently added four new physicians to its faculty. Ming Hwei Yek, Psy.D., a clinical psychologist, is an assistant professor in the UAMS Department of Psychiatry. Yek received a master’s in Clinical Psychology from McGill University of Montreal and…

August 4, 2020

AR-Connect Links Arkansans With Virtual Care For Mental Illness, Stress Related to COVID-19

Tim Taylor

Christie Kelly, a licensed clinical social worker and clinic supervisor for AR-Connect, is shown talking to a client via live video.

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansans experiencing mental health issues or stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic may receive immediate help 24 hours a day through the AR-Connect program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) with no out-of-pocket cost to the patient. The program began in May and offers the opportunity to talk to…

June 26, 2020

George and Linda Gleason Foundation Gives $100,000 for UAMS Psychiatric Research Institute, Department of Neurology

Benjamin Waldrum

George and Linda Gleason (at left) chat with G. Richard Smith, M.D. (center), David Ashmore and R. Lee Archer, M.D., prior to the presentation of a $100,000 check to be split equally between the Psychiatric Research Institute and Department of Neurology.

The George and Linda Gleason Foundation has given $100,000 to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), split evenly among the Department of Neurology in the College of Medicine and the Psychiatric Research Institute. The Gleasons were on hand Friday, June 19 to present a check to R. Lee Archer, M.D., chair of the…

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