Michael Gara

Summary

Affiliation: New Jersey
Country: USA

Publications

  1. doi request reprint Influence of patient race and ethnicity on clinical assessment in patients with affective disorders
    Michael A Gara
    University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey University Behavioral HealthCare and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, NJ 08855, USA
    Arch Gen Psychiatry 69:593-600. 2012
  2. doi request reprint The role of complex emotions in inconsistent diagnoses of schizophrenia
    Michael A Gara
    Department of Psychiatry, UMDNJ University Behavioral HealthCare and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, NJ 08855 1392, USA
    J Nerv Ment Dis 198:609-13. 2010
  3. pmc The role of inflammatory cytokines in cognition and other non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease
    Matthew Menza
    Psychiatry and Neurology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, D207A, 671 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ 08854, USA
    Psychosomatics 51:474-9. 2010
  4. pmc The impact of antidepressant treatment on cognitive functioning in depressed patients with Parkinson's disease
    Roseanne DeFronzo Dobkin
    Department of Psychiatry, UMDNJ, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, D317, 675 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ 08854, USA
    J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci 22:188-95. 2010
  5. doi request reprint Inconsistencies in diagnosis and symptoms among bilingual and English-speaking Latinos and Euro-Americans
    Esperanza Diaz
    Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine, Hispanic Clinic, New Haven, CT 06519, USA
    Psychiatr Serv 60:1379-82. 2009
  6. doi request reprint Concordance between measured and self-perceived weight status of persons with serious mental illness
    Shula Minsky
    University Behavioral HealthCare, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, 151 Centennial Ave, Suite 1500, Piscataway, NJ 08855, USA
    Psychiatr Serv 64:91-3. 2013
  7. ncbi request reprint Efficacy of the team solutions program for educating patients about illness management and treatment
    Betty Vreeland
    University Behavioral HealthCare UBHC and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey UMDNJ, Piscataway, New Jersey 08855, USA
    Psychiatr Serv 57:822-8. 2006
  8. pmc Treatment of insomnia in Parkinson's disease: a controlled trial of eszopiclone and placebo
    Matthew Menza
    Department of Psychiatry, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, New Jersey 08854, USA
    Mov Disord 25:1708-14. 2010
  9. ncbi request reprint The relationship between ataque de nervios and unexplained neurological symptoms: a preliminary analysis
    Alejandro Interian
    Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, UMDNJ, 675 Hoes Lane, D306, Piscataway, NJ 08854, USA
    J Nerv Ment Dis 193:32-9. 2005
  10. ncbi request reprint Ethnicity and clinical psychiatric diagnosis in childhood
    Shula Minsky
    Department of Psychiatry, UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ, USA
    Adm Policy Ment Health 33:558-67. 2006

Research Grants

  1. TREATMENT OF SOMATIZATION IN PRIMARY CARE
    Michael Gara; Fiscal Year: 2004
  2. Ethnicity and the Diagnosis of Affective Illness
    Michael Gara; Fiscal Year: 2007

Detail Information

Publications27

  1. doi request reprint Influence of patient race and ethnicity on clinical assessment in patients with affective disorders
    Michael A Gara
    University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey University Behavioral HealthCare and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, NJ 08855, USA
    Arch Gen Psychiatry 69:593-600. 2012
    ..Rates of clinical diagnoses of schizophrenia in African American individuals appear to be elevated compared with other ethnic groups in the United States, contradicting population rates derived from epidemiologic surveys...
  2. doi request reprint The role of complex emotions in inconsistent diagnoses of schizophrenia
    Michael A Gara
    Department of Psychiatry, UMDNJ University Behavioral HealthCare and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, NJ 08855 1392, USA
    J Nerv Ment Dis 198:609-13. 2010
    ..e., age of patient, gender, or ethnicity. In particular, complex emotion patterns were associated with greater disagreement between experts and trained lay interviewers than were simpler patterns...
  3. pmc The role of inflammatory cytokines in cognition and other non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease
    Matthew Menza
    Psychiatry and Neurology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, D207A, 671 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ 08854, USA
    Psychosomatics 51:474-9. 2010
    ..However, at present, the pathophysiology and clinical management of these symptoms are poorly understood...
  4. pmc The impact of antidepressant treatment on cognitive functioning in depressed patients with Parkinson's disease
    Roseanne DeFronzo Dobkin
    Department of Psychiatry, UMDNJ, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, D317, 675 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ 08854, USA
    J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci 22:188-95. 2010
    ..Treatment responders did not exhibit larger gains in cognition than nonresponders. Findings warrant replication...
  5. doi request reprint Inconsistencies in diagnosis and symptoms among bilingual and English-speaking Latinos and Euro-Americans
    Esperanza Diaz
    Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine, Hispanic Clinic, New Haven, CT 06519, USA
    Psychiatr Serv 60:1379-82. 2009
    ..research questions: Do Latinos have disproportionate rates of clinical diagnoses of major depression based on structured diagnostic interviews? Are diagnostic patterns consistent with patient profiles and medical record information?..
  6. doi request reprint Concordance between measured and self-perceived weight status of persons with serious mental illness
    Shula Minsky
    University Behavioral HealthCare, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, 151 Centennial Ave, Suite 1500, Piscataway, NJ 08855, USA
    Psychiatr Serv 64:91-3. 2013
    ..This study investigated concordance between self-perceived and measured weight status for persons with serious mental illness...
  7. ncbi request reprint Efficacy of the team solutions program for educating patients about illness management and treatment
    Betty Vreeland
    University Behavioral HealthCare UBHC and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey UMDNJ, Piscataway, New Jersey 08855, USA
    Psychiatr Serv 57:822-8. 2006
    ..Team Solutions was chosen for study because it is available over the Internet and other venues at no cost and is used by mental health agencies across the United States and Canada...
  8. pmc Treatment of insomnia in Parkinson's disease: a controlled trial of eszopiclone and placebo
    Matthew Menza
    Department of Psychiatry, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, New Jersey 08854, USA
    Mov Disord 25:1708-14. 2010
    ..Definitive trials of the treatment of sleep disorders in this population are warranted...
  9. ncbi request reprint The relationship between ataque de nervios and unexplained neurological symptoms: a preliminary analysis
    Alejandro Interian
    Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, UMDNJ, 675 Hoes Lane, D306, Piscataway, NJ 08854, USA
    J Nerv Ment Dis 193:32-9. 2005
    ..A diagnosis of panic disorder also appears to interact with cultural factors...
  10. ncbi request reprint Ethnicity and clinical psychiatric diagnosis in childhood
    Shula Minsky
    Department of Psychiatry, UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ, USA
    Adm Policy Ment Health 33:558-67. 2006
    ..Clinician bias; 3. Discordant normative behavioral expectations between parents and service providers; and 4. Interaction between differential expression of underlying pathology and tolerance for such expressions...
  11. ncbi request reprint The value of pseudoneurological symptoms for assessing psychopathology in primary care
    Alejandro Interian
    UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, New Jersey 08854 5635, USA
    Psychosom Med 66:141-6. 2004
    ..This study sought to examine the relationship between pseudoneurological symptoms (PNS) and somatic and psychiatric symptom severity, physical functioning, and psychiatric comorbidity...
  12. pmc Depression in Parkinson's disease: symptom improvement and residual symptoms after acute pharmacologic management
    Roseanne DeFronzo Dobkin
    Department of Psychiatry UMDNJ, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, NJ 08854, USA
    Am J Geriatr Psychiatry 19:222-9. 2011
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  13. doi request reprint Role of psychiatric comorbidity in chronic Lyme disease
    Afton L Hassett
    University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ 08903 0019, USA
    Arthritis Rheum 59:1742-9. 2008
    ..To evaluate the prevalence and role of psychiatric comorbidity and other psychological factors in patients with chronic Lyme disease (CLD)...
  14. pmc Medically unexplained physical symptoms in medical practice: a psychiatric perspective
    Javier I Escobar
    Department of Psychiatry, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, New Jersey 08854, USA
    Environ Health Perspect 110:631-6. 2002
    ..Included in this article is a discussion of nosological issues, clinical assessment, how these syndromes are viewed within the various medical specialties, and clinical management and treatment...
  15. ncbi request reprint Diagnostic patterns in Latino, African American, and European American psychiatric patients
    Shula Minsky
    University Behavioral HealthCare, Department of Psychiatry, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Piscataway 08855, USA
    Arch Gen Psychiatry 60:637-44. 2003
    ..Documenting such differences should have important implications for evidence-based clinical practice...
  16. ncbi request reprint Psychosocial treatments for multiple unexplained physical symptoms: a review of the literature
    Lesley A Allen
    Department of Psychiatry, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Piscataway, New Jersey 08854, USA
    Psychosom Med 64:939-50. 2002
    ..The present article reviews the literature assessing the efficacy of psychosocial treatments for polysymptomatic somatizers...
  17. pmc Effectiveness of a time-limited cognitive behavior therapy type intervention among primary care patients with medically unexplained symptoms
    Javier I Escobar
    Department of Psychiatry, UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, NJ 08854 5635, USA
    Ann Fam Med 5:328-35. 2007
    ..Patients seeking care for medically unexplained physical symptoms pose a major challenge at primary care sites, and there are very few well-accepted and properly evaluated interventions to manage such patients...
  18. ncbi request reprint Cognitive-behavioral therapy for somatization disorder: a randomized controlled trial
    Lesley A Allen
    Department of Psychiatry, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, NJ 08854, USA
    Arch Intern Med 166:1512-8. 2006
    ..We examined the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for SD...
  19. pmc Stigma and depression treatment utilization among Latinos: utility of four stigma measures
    Alejandro Interian
    Department of Psychiatry, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, 671 Hoes Ln, D306, Piscataway, NJ 08854 5635, USA
    Psychiatr Serv 61:373-9. 2010
    ..The study evaluated the scale for Perceived Discrimination Devaluation (PDD), the Stigma Concerns About Mental Health Care (SCMHC) scale, the Latino Scale for Antidepressant Stigma (LSAS), and the Social Distance (SD) scale...
  20. ncbi request reprint Somatic complaints in primary care: further examining the validity of the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-15)
    Alejandro Interian
    Department of Psychiatry, UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, 671 Hoes Lane D306, Piscataway, NJ 08854 5635, USA
    Psychosomatics 47:392-8. 2006
    ..Also, the PHQ-15 appears to measure medically unexplained symptoms, psychiatric distress, and physical functioning. Further study is recommended to better evaluate ethnic variations and other types of validity for the PHQ-15...
  21. pmc Ramelteon for the treatment of insomnia in menopausal women
    Roseanne DeFronzo Dobkin
    Department of Psychiatry, UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, 675 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ 08854, USA
    Menopause Int 15:13-8. 2009
    ..The goal of this study was to evaluate the effect of ramelteon, a selective melatonin receptor agonist, for the treatment of menopausal insomnia...
  22. doi request reprint Service use among patients with serious mental illnesses who presented with physical symptoms at intake
    Shula Minsky
    Department of Quality Improvement, University Behavioral HealthCare, Piscataway, NJ, USA
    Psychiatr Serv 62:1146-51. 2011
    ..The goal of this study was to examine relationships among serious mental illness, general physical symptoms, and use of mental health services among persons presenting for admission at a community-based mental health center...
  23. pmc Whether medically unexplained or not, three or more concurrent somatic symptoms predict psychopathology and service use in community populations
    Javier I Escobar
    Department of Psychiatry, UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ, USA
    J Psychosom Res 69:1-8. 2010
    ..To examine the frequency of somatic symptoms in a community population of various ethnic backgrounds and to identify correlates of these symptoms such as psychopathology, use of services, and personal distress...
  24. ncbi request reprint Idiopathic physical symptoms: a common manifestation of psychiatric disorders in primary care
    Javier I Escobar
    Department of Psychiatry, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, NJ 08854 5635, USA
    CNS Spectr 11:201-10. 2006
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  25. ncbi request reprint Managing atypical antipsychotic-associated weight gain: 12-month data on a multimodal weight control program
    Matthew Menza
    Department of Psychiatry, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, D207A, 671 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ 08854, USA
    J Clin Psychiatry 65:471-7. 2004
    ....
  26. pmc The impact of treatment of depression on quality of life, disability and relapse in patients with Parkinson's disease
    Matthew Menza
    Department of Psychiatry, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, New Jersey 08854, USA
    Mov Disord 24:1325-32. 2009
    ....
  27. ncbi request reprint Social cognitive complexity and depression: cognitive complexity moderates the correlation between depression self-ratings and global self-evaluation
    Michael A Gara
    University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, 671 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, New Jersey, 08855 1392, USA
    J Nerv Ment Dis 190:670-6. 2002
    ....

Research Grants4

  1. TREATMENT OF SOMATIZATION IN PRIMARY CARE
    Michael Gara; Fiscal Year: 2004
    ..In spite of the relatively high prevalence of somatization in this group, to our knowledge, there are no controlled trials of the effectiveness of treatments for somatization in the Latino community. ..
  2. Ethnicity and the Diagnosis of Affective Illness
    Michael Gara; Fiscal Year: 2007
    ..The final objective is to determine whether Latinos are at risk for similar problems in diagnostic assessments and treatment assignment. ..