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House Bill 17: Pilot Project to Treat Opioid Overdose

Posted by Rachel Haake on  June 9, 2021
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Category: Policy Brief
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

Posted by Rachel Haake on  May 27, 2021
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Category: Research Blurb
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

Posted by Rachel Haake on  March 7, 2021
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Category: Research Blurb
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

Posted by Rachel Haake on  February 16, 2021
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Category: Editorial
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 544: Establish Non-Opioid Treatment Alternatives.

Posted by Seth Hurley on  December 17, 2019
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Category: Policy Brief
Written by Seth Hurley, Ph.D. December 2nd, 2019 Abstract Senate Bill 544 aims to provide improved access to non-opioid treatment alternatives for pain. Opioids are very effective pain relievers; however, they also have additional negative side-effects. Over-prescription and reliance on opioids for pain management has led to a nation-wide opioid epidemic that has severely impacted North Carolina [1]. The North Carolina Senate proposed a bill to provide non-opioid treatment alternatives to reduce the likelihood of