Feasibility of recruitment and retention in a remote trial of gatekeeper training for close supports of military veterans: Mixed methods study
Contemporary Clinical Trials Communication, December 2022
A fully remote trial of VA S.A.V.E. gatekeeper training was feasible in a population of close supports of veterans. Several strategies may further enhance study participation.
Patient Sense of Belonging in the Veterans Health Administration: A Qualitative Study of Appointment Attendance and Patient Engagement
Medical Care, September 2022
There are multiple opportunities to strengthen patients’ sense of belonging within the health care system that serves them. For veterans, strategies that build their sense of belonging may be a novel approach to increase appointment attendance and patient engagement in their health care.
Social relationship quality, depression and inflammation: A cross-cultural longitudinal study in the United States and Tokyo, Japan
The International Journal of Social Psychiatry, March 2022
Improving the perceived quality of social relationships appears to be a stronger target for depression interventions in the United States than in Tokyo, Japan.
Applying user-centered design in the development of nudges for a pragmatic trial to reduce no-shows among veterans
Journal of Patient Education and Counseling, October 2021
Rapid team-based qualitative analysis, iterative material design, and space in the study design to incorporate entirely new insights from participants into study materials are all approaches that can improve communications of what matters most to a specific population.
Responses to Concerning Posts on Social Media and Their Implications for Suicide Prevention Training for Military Veterans: Qualitative Study
Journal of Medical Internet Research, September 2020
We identify a gap in access to suicide prevention training for veterans and in content of current trainings suicide prevention trainings around how to effectively respond to concerning posts from peers.
Enhancing Usability of Appointment Reminders: Qualitative Interviews of Patients Receiving Care in the Veterans Health Administration
Journal of General Internal Medicine, September 2020
We identify limitations of appointment reminders and recommend modifications to several aspects of the content, timing, and delivery to make them more effective and patient-centered.
Journal of Affective Disorders, June 2020
Social withdrawal may be associated with other clinical symptoms, social connection, and personality traits in patients with major depressive disorder.
The Importance of “Being There”: a Qualitative Study of What Veterans with Depression Want in Social Support
Journal of General Internal Medicine, February 2020
“Being there” represents a novel, patient-generated way to conceptualize and talk about social support. Read the manuscript here.
World Psychiatry, February 2020
This article presents the criteria for a new, updated definition of hikikomori.
Journal of Medical Internet Research, August 2019
The purpose of this primer was to identify opportunities, as well as potential pitfalls, of conducting qualitative research with Facebook users and their activity on Facebook and provide potential options to address each of these issues.
Frequency of Social Contact in-Person vs. on Facebook: An Examination of Associations with Psychiatric Symptoms in Military Veterans
Journal of Affective Disorders, January 2019
The data we collected demonstrates how more frequent in-person social interaction can be associated with significantly decreased risk of symptoms of major depression and PTSD in veterans.
American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, October 2018
Older adults who use video chat such as Skype, but not other common communication technologies, have a lower risk of developing depression.
Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, June 2018
The 25-item Hikikomori Questionnaire (HQ-25) is a self-report scale of hikikomori; it showed robust psychometric properties and diagnostic accuracy in an initial sample of Japanese adults.
Reaching Those At Risk for Psychiatric Disorders and Suicidal ideation: Facebook Advertisements to Recruit Military Veterans
Journal of Medical Internet Research, July 2018
We found that Facebook advertisement images and headlines may help optimize the effectiveness of advertisements for specific subgroups.
Loneliness is Closely Associated with Depression Outcomes and Suicidal Ideation Among Military Veterans in Primary Care
Journal of Affective Disorders, April 2018
This paper addressed how social connectedness is correlated with multiple depression outcomes and that loneliness may be the most important component.
Help-seeking on Facebook Versus More Traditional Sources of Help: Cross-Sectional Survey of Military Veterans
Journal of Medical Internet Research, February 2018
This paper assesses the likelihood of veterans seeking help for depression and suicidal ideation on Facebook as compared to other, more traditional sources of help.
World Psychiatry, February 2018
Hikikomori is still a hidden epidemic in many countries and, to grasp its worldwide relevance, diagnostic criteria should be included in ICD-11 and future DSM systems.
Psychiatric Services, October 2017
In this continuous quality improvement (CQI) project, we found appointment attendance rates were considerably higher when a phone appointment reminder was live, as compared to voice mail or no answer.
Psychiatric Services, June 2017
In this review of recently published studies, we found several promising approaches, but no definitive standard for either suicide risk assessment or preventative interventions.
Brief Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention in an Ethnic Minority Population: a Controlled Intervention
BMC Psychiatry, July 2016
This paper assesses the efficacy of a brief, multi-component gatekeeper intervention in promoting suicide prevention in a high-risk Asian community in the United States.
American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, October 2016
We conducted a study aimed to determine whether use of certain types of online communication technology is associated with subsequent depressive symptoms.
Social Support and Health Service Use in Depressed Adults: Findings from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
General Hospital Psychiatry, March 2016
In this study we found that depressed adults who receive support from loved ones - especially men - rarely use mental health services even though they do often use other health care services.
Does Mode of Contact with Different Types of Social Relationships Predict Depression in Older Adults? Evidence from a Nationally Representative Survey
American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, October 2018
We provide evidence that regular in-person social contact reduces risk for developing depression, but connecting via the phone or email do not help stave off depression.
Asia-Pacific Psychiatry, November 2015
This paper shows how movies can be used to educate and engage the public in mental health issues.
Psychiatry Research, May 2015
In this brief report, we provide some of the first evidence of the existence of a syndrome of social withdrawal not caused by other psychiatric illnesses.
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, November 2014
Our in-depth interviews with veterans from the Iraq & Afghanistan conflicts revealed that military culture, difficult deployment experiences, and challenges adjusting to life after deployment were three common contributors to their experience having thoughts about suicide.
Identification of the Hikikomori Syndrome of Social Withdrawal: Psychosocial Features and Treatment Preferences in Four Countries
The International Journal of Social Psychiatry, May 2014
This study is the first to document the presence of hikikomori in multiple countries using the same research definition of the condition.
The Journal of Family Practice, August 2013
This practical report reviews the literature on challenging doctor-patient relationships, then gives helpful tips to primary care doctors on better engaging their patients.
Journal of Anxiety Disorders, May 2013
This study provides a comprehensive review of tools to measure social isolation and quantifies its influence on social anxiety.
Journal of Anxiety Disorders, May 2013
Our analysis of data from thousands of middle-aged Americans shows that the quality of social relationships affects development of depression more so than the quantity of relationships.
Psychiatric Services, November 2012
This study demonstrated that more training and experience for psychiatrists is associated with better ability to predict aggressive behaviors by psychiatric patients.
Academic Medicine, July 2011
We provide a template for medical educators on designing a capstone course to help students transition into doctors.
The Journal of Nervous & Mental Disease, June 2010
This paper argues that hikikomori is a cultural syndrome and merits further research as a psychiatric condition.
International Journal of Social Psychiatry, March 2010
I provide the first review in the English medical literature of a severe form of social withdrawal called hikikomori.
Academic Medicine, April 2009
This article outlines several means of training physicians in the conduct of patient-oriented research.