Dr. Alan Teo
VA HSR&D Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care
Journal of General Internal Medicine, February 2020
In this study we interviewed patients about their relationships with close supports and identified "being there" as an important quality. Read the manuscript here.
World Psychiatry, January 2020
In this paper we use a three-part diagnostic criteria to propose a definition for this form of extreme social isolation.
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.
Frontiers in Psychiatry, July 2019
In this study, we investigated the relationship of internet addiction, smartphone addiction, and the risk of hikikomori, severe social withdrawal, in Japanese young adult.
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
We conducted a study aimed to determine whether use of certain types of online communication technology is associated with subsequent depressive symptoms.
Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, June 2018
Hikikomori, a form of severe social withdrawal, is an emerging issue in mental health, for which validated measurement tools are lacking. Our aim was to develop a self-report scale of hikikomori, and assess its psychometric properties and diagnostic accuracy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.