Dhyana Kearly

Friendships empower women against unwelcome sexual experiences

Friendships empower women against unwelcome sexual experiences

Sexual victimization is a widely studied phenomenon on college campuses, yet surprisingly little is known about how first-year college women navigate and respond to this risk. A new study reviews how perpetrators might target first-year women for a variety of reasons that include inexperience with alcohol, and being new to many of the social settings that are common in college. Strategies developed by researchers called “capable guardianship” helps women understand that by working together they can maximize their protection and safety and reduce the possible occurrence of nonconsensual sexual acts, ranging from unwanted touching to rape.

Patients with dissociation following trauma more likely to experience PTSD

Patients with dissociation following trauma more likely to experience PTSD

Results from the largest prospective study of its kind indicate that for individuals who experience trauma, the presence of dissociation — a profound feeling of detachment from one’s sense of self or surroundings — may indicate a high risk of later developing severe post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, physical pain, and social impairment. The research, which was led by investigators at McLean Hospital, is published in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

Teens exhibiting record levels of stress-related mental health problems

Teens exhibiting record levels of stress-related mental health problems

The mental health crisis among teens has prompted an urgent quest for preventive interventions. Researchers believe they have one. As the team explains in a recent study, the 30-minute online training module teaches teenagers to channel their stress responses away from something negative that needs to be feared and tamped down towards recognizing those responses — sweaty palms, a racing heart, for example — as a positive driving force.

Guidance, compassion and understanding.

Guidance, compassion and understanding.

New Patient Comment – 7/22

Thank you for your guidance, compassion and understanding. Your encouragement is leading to my growth and understanding about human behavior. These giant steps of experiencing and continuing to work on accepting life and its challenges have me appreciating communication and accepting others in a caring and compassionate way. I don’t always have the words to express my feelings and I’m very grateful that you are her for me. There is much love, compassion and caring in our work together.

New study looks at the impact stress can have on aging and disease

New study looks at the impact stress can have on aging and disease

Stress — in the form of traumatic events, job strain, everyday stressors and discrimination — accelerates aging of the immune system, potentially increasing a person’s risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease and illness from infections such as COVID-19, according to a new USC study.