Author: Rachel Haake

House Bill 17: Pilot Project to Treat Opioid Overdose

Written by Carol Gianessi, Ph.D. Edited Sarah Banducci, Ph.D., Ryan Bell, Ph.D., and Rachel Haake, Ph.D. June 9, 2021 Abstract Opioid overdose deaths have significantly increased over the past two decades in the United States and within North Carolina specifically [1]. For every opioid overdose death there are approximately 30 non-fatal overdoses, occasions that may be well suited for policy interventions to reduce morbidity [2]. House Bill 17 aims to continue the Quick Response Team…

The Psychological Impact of COVID-19 on College Students

Written by Ariana Pirzadeh, B.S.Edited by Sarah Banducci, Ph.D., Ryan Bell, Ph.D., and Rachel Haake, Ph.D. Making it to class on time, balancing social life and academics, finding time to do laundry, studying for exams–these are the types of challenges a college student anticipates. All of these tasks are stressful on their own, let alone when a global pandemic is added to the mix. Trying to manage those day-to-day tasks, while focusing on daunting issues…

The Power of Thought: Using cognitive fusion to understand Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Written by Ariana Pirzadeh, B.S. Edited by Sarah Banducci, Ph.D., Ryan Bell, Ph.D., and Rachel Haake, M.A. Thoughts can be powerful, but for some individuals they can become paralyzing and take an unhealthy amount of control over behavior. This phenomenon is known as cognitive fusion, one commonly observed symptom of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Linking cognitive fusion to OCD A recent study posits that those with OCD risk being swept up in their intrusive thoughts…

The Cost of COVID-19 in North Carolina: State Funding for Mental Health Services

Written by Rachel Haake, M.A.Edited by Sarah Banducci, Ph.D. and Ryan Bell, Ph.D. Since March of 2020, COVID-19 has ravaged the United States, both exposing and exacerbating pre-existing crises like the “Deaths of Despair” epidemic—the increasing rates of death by suicide and drug overdose among US adults. Sustained recovery from the pandemic will require scientifically informed policies. Among these should be expansion of funded programs addressing the far-reaching consequences of COVID-19 on mental health and…

Senate Bill S601: School-Based Mental Health

Written by Rachel Haake, M.A. August 7, 2019 Abstract The School-Based Mental Health bill responds to the growing incidence of youth suicide in North Carolina, which has nearly doubled in the last ten years and has become the second leading cause of death for children ages 10-17. The bill requires schools to implement school-based mental health plans including a mental health training program and suicide risk referral protocols. The bill appears to be broadly supported…