Welcome Kimberly Dienes

DSC_5407It is my pleasure to announce the addition of Kimberly Dienes as one of our weekend guest bloggers. Kimberly is a terrific writer and a young brilliant academic in Chicago (yes, another Chicago connection but I swear it is entirely coincidental!). Kimberly is going to Ireland for her wedding (where her family owns a home) and she may not be able to post a great deal at the start. (She had a civil ceremony with Simon Williams last year in Las Vegas). However, she adds a unique perspective to the blog and I am very excited to have her posts added to our wonderful team on the weekends.

Kimberly is an assistant professor of clinical psychology at Roosevelt University in Chicago, and also has a part time private therapy practice. Kim received her B.A. in Human Biology and M.A. in Psychology from Stanford University, and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from UCLA. Her research focuses on stress sensitivity, psychoneuroendocrinology, and depression, and her clinical work centers on relational issues and stress. She has published in the areas of bipolar disorder, depression, cognitive therapy, behavioral therapy, relational therapy, and psychoneuroendocrinology. Kim received her B.A. in Human Biology and M.A. in Psychology from Stanford University, and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from UCLA. She completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University.

Kimberly was born in Maryland and lived for 12 years in California. She now resides in the Midwest so she has covered the country geographically. Kim says that she spends her free time reading, watching terrible reality TV, and lifting heavy weights in the gym with her husband. In the last year Kim has lived in Chicago, Cambridge, Cardiff, and Bethesda. She is about to take part in probably the only Welsh-American wedding in Northern Ireland (the civil ceremony was last year in Las Vegas).

You get a master’s if you simply understand all of the titles of Kimberly’s major writings:

Dienes, K.A., Hazel, N.A., & Hammen, C.L. (2013) Cortisol secretion in depressed and at-risk adults. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 38 (6), 927-940. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2012.09.019
Dygdon, J.A. & Dienes, K.A. (2013) Behavioral Excesses in Depression: A learning theory hypothesis. Depression and Anxiety, 00:1-8.
Dienes, K.A., Torres, Harding, S., Reinecke, M.A., Freeman, A., and Sauer, A. (2011). Cognitive Therapy. In S.B. Messer and A.S. Gurman (Ed.s) Essential Psychotherapies: Theory and practice, Third Edition (pp. 143-183). New York, London: Guilford.
Dienes, K.A., Hammen, C.L., Henry, R.M., Cohen, A.N. & Daley, S. (2006). The stress sensitization hypothesis: Understanding the course of bipolar disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders, 95(1-3), 43-49. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2006.04.009.
Chang, K.D., Adleman, N., Dienes, K., & Reiss, A.L. (2004). Prefrontal-limbic anomalies in pediatric bipolar disorder: a fMRI investigation. Archives of General Psychiatry, 61, 781-792. doi: 10.1001/archpsyc.61.8.781.
Chang, K.D., Dienes, K., Blasey, C, Adleman, N., Steiner, H., & Ketter, T.A. (2003). Divalproex in the treatment of bipolar offspring with mood and behavioral disorders and at least moderate affective symptoms. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 64, 936-942.
Chang, K.D., Adleman, N., Dienes, K., Reiss, A.L., & Ketter, T.A. (2003). Bipolar offspring: A window into bipolar disorder evolution. Biological Psychiatry, 53, 941-945. doi: 10.1016/S0006-3223(03)00061-1.
Chang, K.D., Adleman, N., Dienes, K., Reiss, A.L., & Ketter, T.A. (2003). Decreased N-acetyl aspartate Levels in Pediatric Bipolar Disorder, Biological Psychiatry, 53, 1059-1065. doi: 10.1016/S0006-3223(02)01744-4.
Dienes, K.A., Chang, K.D., Blasey, C., Adleman, N.E. & Steiner, H. (2002) Characterization of bipolar offspring by parent report CBCL. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 36, 337-346. doi: 10.1016/S0022-3956(02)0001.

23 thoughts on “Welcome Kimberly Dienes”

  1. Kimberly,
    I worked at the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex years ago and the treatment of the mentally ill is something I also feel strongly about, I look forward to a blog post on this issue.

  2. Thanks for the welcome everyone. I’m looking forward to joining such a great group of people. Elaine, I’m glad to add to the female representation and that’s wonderful about your daughter. It’s a truly beautiful country. BK I hadn’t heard of that event before, but I look forward to looking into it further. Jonathan and I already discussed my first post for this weekend, but I think stereotyping and treatment of mentally ill patients in the US would be a wonderful topic for a future post. It is frightening to see such treatment of vulnerable populations. It accompanies strong beliefs about the mentally ill that can be ill-informed and misguided at best. One very interesting study is an old one conducted by Rosenhan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosenhan_experiment). I think it is a clear illustration of how assumptions about the mentally ill shape treatment and diagnosis.

  3. Kimberly, welcome aboard. Evaluations on a case by case basis will be very interesting.
    Sometimes videos may be posted to help the thread along. Here’s a sample:

  4. nick, I’m sure Kimberly is aware that she can respond or not. What better and more respectful way to welcome her than to ask for her opinion on a subject that might be right up her alley?

    Mr. Keebler, Why didn’t they complete in autopsy in two years? Maybe they are playing at “cooperation” and just trying to bury the evidence.

  5. Thanks, bettykath.

    “According to the Herald, interviews with former employees show the prison guards “made ‘sport’ of agitating the mentally ill inmates, hoping for an excuse to beat or otherwise punish them.”

    One current corrections officer at the facility, who spoke to the Herald on condition of anonymity, said prisoners in the mental health unit who caused trouble were threatened by guards with the shower treatment. ”

    Trickle-down torture, IMO.

  6. Well BK, when you give her quotas of the number of posts she can have and tell her, her sites are too liberal, I’ll worry. But until you do, I thought that was an interesting read. Why haven’t they completed an autopsy in two years?

  7. BK, You give her homework after just her introduction! What a task master. This is a joke, BK.

  8. OT This is OT for welcoming Kimberly to this blog, but this needs to be shared and perhaps Kimberly has some thoughts on this, as in, WTF is going on in the brains of the staff of this hospital???

    http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/345-justice/23823-florida-prison-accused-of-boiling-mentally-ill-inmate-alive-security-cameras-qmalfunctionedq-during-incident

    In his complaint, George Mallinckrodt, a psychotherapist assigned to the unit from 2008 to 2011, related a series of episodes, including the death of inmate Darren Rainey. The 50-year-old was placed in a small, enclosed, scalding-hot shower by guards and left unattended for more than an hour. He collapsed and died amid the searing heat, suffering severe burns when he fell, face up, atop the drain.

    His death, for which no one has been held accountable, was described in Sunday’s Miami Herald.

    Mallinckrodt was no longer with the prison at the time of Rainey’s scalding on June 23, 2012, but says he was told of the incident by a former colleague who remained on staff.
    ……..

    “I can’t take it no more, I’m sorry. I won’t do it again,’’ he screamed over and over, according to a grievance complaint from a fellow inmate, as Rainey was allegedly locked in a shower with the scalding water turned on full blast.

    A 50-year-old mentally ill inmate at the Dade Correctional Institution, Rainey was pulled into the locked shower by prison guards as punishment after defecating in his cell and refusing to clean it up, said the fellow inmate, who worked as an orderly. He was left there unattended for more than an hour as the narrow chamber filled with steam and water.

    When guards finally checked on prisoner 060954, he was on his back and dead. His skin was so burned that it had shriveled from his body, a condition referred to as slippage, according to a medical document involving the death.

    But nearly two years after Rainey’s death on June 23, 2012, the Miami-Dade medical examiner has yet to complete an autopsy and Miami-Dade police have not charged anyone. The Florida Department of Corrections halted its probe into the matter, saying it could be restarted if the autopsy and police investigation unearth new information.

  9. Kimberly, I’m a huge fan of the Lisa Kudrow iconoclastic series, Web Therapy. You will see as unique a mix of folks here, only we aren’t acting. Look forward to your perspective. We are becoming more diverse and you are a welcomed addition to that positive change.

  10. Welcome, you sound like someone who can interrelate with some of the multifaceted personalities, while not quite edging on bipolar but close enough that it’s hard to state the differences with exact certainty.

    Look forward to your first posting.

  11. Welcome to the carnival, Kimberly. It’s a wild, wonderful, and worthwhile ride. Sort of like a dinner with the dons of Cambridge.

  12. Great. A Chicago gal that will be able to analyze the psychotics that the herd vote into office. More power to you. Keep up the good work.

  13. Welcome to the team Kimberly. Your contributions will benefit us famously.

  14. Welcome aboard, Kim! It’s great to have another weekend blogger who is a woman. I am really looking forward to your first post. BTW, my daughter honeymooned in Ireland. She and my son-in-law had the time of their lives. I wish you all the best.

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