Psychiatric Research Institute

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…

May 28, 2020

Depression, Anxiety For Many Relieved with Free Cell Phone App, Researchers Find

Tim Taylor

Carolyn Greene, Ph.D., led the team of UAMS researchers who conducted the study.

A cell phone app designed to treat depression showed a dramatic reduction in symptoms compared to those who relied on other methods or received no treatment at all, according to a recent University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) study. The results of the study were published earlier this month in the American Medical Association’s…

May 14, 2020

AR-Connect Provides for Urgent Behavioral Health Needs

Tim Taylor

Logo for AR Connect

For people living with behavioral health issues, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought new challenges to maintaining well-adjusted lives. Imagine this scenario. A man living out of state returns to his Arkansas home to run errands for his aging parents, thus helping protect them from exposure to the virus. Before moving home, his bipolar disorder was…

April 20, 2020

Sensory Room Lets Kids Work Through Problems

Tim Taylor

Patient uses sensory deprivation room

A room once intended for isolating patients in distress has become a favorite of the UAMS Psychiatric Research Institute’s youngest charges, thanks to the addition of a number of components designed to both calm and stimulate them. The Child Diagnostic Unit, an inpatient unit for patients 2 to 12 years old, was intended to be…

October 22, 2019

UAMS-Produced Head Molds to Improve Quality of Brain MRI

Tim Taylor

Devin Guillory of the UAMS Brain Imaging Research Center wears a head mold created from 3-D photos of her.

How long do you think you could lie still without moving an inch? Five, 10, maybe 15 minutes? A person undergoing a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan is expected to lay still in a relatively small space for at least 30 minutes. Now, imagine having to go nearly twice that long without moving, without changing…

August 27, 2019

Horse Riding Therapy Ensures Smiles for STRIVE Students

Katrina Dupins


On a hot July afternoon in Sherwood, three horseback-mounted children are excited to begin a therapy session at Hearts & Hooves. The students have been showing up faithfully to the ranch for their weekly sessions during the summer thanks to a grant awarded to the organization. Children in the UAMS Psychiatric Research Institute school-based therapy…

August 23, 2019

Relationship Enrichment Series Designed to Help Couples

Tim Taylor

The Couples Center at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is holding a three-part series designed to help couples of all ages revive their relationship and gain a better understanding of the issues they face throughout the length of their partnership. The Relationship Enrichment Series will be held Sept. 28 from 10 a.m….

May 21, 2019

Summit Focuses on Treatment Concerns for Opioid Abusers

Tim Taylor

Group of addiction experts talking

Representatives from a number of health-care organizations, academic facilities and governmental agencies attended a meeting May 17 at Little Rock’s Robinson Center designed to bring attention to treatment options for those dealing with opioid use disorder. The Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Summit, sponsored by the Partnership for a Healthy Arkansas, featured…

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