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Do state physician health programs encourage referrals that violate the Americans with Disabilities Act?

Hot off the presses with co-author Nick Lawson in the International Journal of Law and Psychiatry is this article entitled “Do state physician health programs encourage referrals that violate the Americans with Disabilities Act?”  Here is the abstract:  The websites … Continue reading

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Mass Murder in the US

We are the only country where these mass killings happen regularly. Even though some say “How can we prevent this?” the answer is quite clear and has worked in every other country in the world. No way the men who … Continue reading

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How mass incarceration harms U.S. health, in 5 charts

Co-author Emily Nagisa Keehn and I just published this piece about the extensive health toll that incarceration exacts.  The AP just picked it up!

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Mental Health Matters–Thinking about Stigma, Parity, and the Obstacles to Obtaining Needed Mental Health Care

Pat Lawrence interviews J. Wesley Boyd., M.D., Ph.D., a psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School. They discuss the crisis in mental health care, focusing on difficulty in getting insurance coverage, substance abuse issues, and advances in treatment.  The interview can be … Continue reading

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Our Youth Deserve Better: We Fail Our Youth When They are Most at Risk for Drug and Mental Health Problems.

I co-authored this piece with Sarah Samuelson for Psychology Today.  In the piece we write that transition-age youth (age 18-25) are at high risk for mental health, physical health, and substance use problems, yet they are falling through the cracks due to … Continue reading

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Reflecting on Behind Bars: Ethics and Human Rights in U.S. Prisons

This is the first of a handful of posts and commentaries that I will post arising out of the Prison Conference called “Behind Bars:  Ethics and Human Rights in US Prisons.”  In it, Gali Katznelson nicely highlights some of the … Continue reading

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The urgent need to recognize and value academic labor

Two Harvard professors share their thoughts on the latest from the US Republican Party’s tuition waiver tax plan. The post appears in Nature here: http://blogs.nature.com/naturejobs/2017/12/11/the-urgent-need-to-recognize-and-value-academic-labor/

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What Do Medical Students Know?

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Behind Bars: Ethics and Human Rights in U.S. Prisons

Behind Bars: Ethics and Human Rights in U.S. Prisons November 30 – December 1, 2017 Harvard Medical School Campus, Boston, MA View Schedule The United States leads the world in incarceration. The “War on Drugs” and prioritizing punishment over rehabilitation … Continue reading

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The Difficulties of Obtaining Needed Care if You have Medicaid

I was interviewed by a reporter from Kaiser Health News who wrote this excellent piece about the difficulties of obtaining needed mental health care for those with Medicaid:.

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