Peter Lee Phalen

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Worldwide, one person dies every 40 seconds by suicide, a potentially preventable tragedy. A limiting step in our ability to intervene is the lack of objective, reliable predictors. We have previously provided proof of principle for the use of blood gene expression biomarkers to predict future hospitalizations due to suicidality, in male bipolar disorder(More)
Cognitive insight is implicated in the formation and maintenance of hallucinations and delusions. However, it is not yet known whether cognitive insight relates to broader outcome measures like quality of life. In the current study, we investigated whether the component elements of cognitive insight-self-certainty and self-reflectiveness-were related to(More)
Women are under-represented in research on suicidality to date. Although women have a lower rate of suicide completion than men, due in part to the less-violent methods used, they have a higher rate of suicide attempts. Our group has previously identified genomic (blood gene expression biomarkers) and clinical information (apps) predictors for suicidality(More)
Suicide remains a clear, present and increasing public health problem, despite being a potentially preventable tragedy. Its incidence is particularly high in people with overt or un(der)diagnosed psychiatric disorders. Objective and precise identification of individuals at risk, ways of monitoring response to treatments and novel preventive therapeutics(More)
OBJECTIVES To examine whether stricter firearm legislation is associated with rates of fatal police shootings. METHODS We used a cross-sectional, state-level design to evaluate the effect of state-level firearm legislation on rates of fatal police shootings from January 1, 2015, through October 31, 2016. We measured state-level variation in firearm laws(More)
OBJECTIVE This study aims to identify consumer-level predictors of level of treatment response to illness management and recovery (IMR) to target the appropriate consumers and aid psychiatric rehabilitation settings in developing intervention adaptations. METHOD Secondary analyses from a multisite study of IMR were conducted. Self-report data from(More)
Obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) has been largely ignored in the stigma literature. The present study examined perceptions of violent thoughts that varied in terms of the diagnostic label – OCD, Schizophrenia, or no diagnostic label – assigned to a target experiencing such thoughts. Participants were randomly assigned to read a vignette about a target(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Despite the apparent relevance of persecutory delusions to social relationships, evidence linking these beliefs to social functioning has been inconsistent. In this study, we examined the hypothesis that theory of mind moderates the relationship between persecutory delusions and social functioning. METHODS 88 adults with(More)
The issue was raised by Solomon Bendet, insurance departmental representative to the CSEA Board of Directors. Bendet brought the problem u p a t a recent meeting of the Metropolitan Conference, at which time the Conference members voted to direct their president, Jack Wei.sz, to go on record against the rate increase. In a letter tha t Bendet read to(More)