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Ilse Wiechers, MD, MPP, MHS

Title(s)Associate Professor, Psychiatry
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Phone203-836-1928
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    Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CTMHS06/2014Post-Doctoral Fellowship
    Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT06/2011Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship
    MGH/McLean Hospitals, Boston, MA06/2010Psychiatry Residency
    Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NCMD05/2005
    Duke University, Durham, NCMPP05/2003Health Policy Certificate
    Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OHBA05/1999Political Science
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    American Psychiatric Association2016Hartford-Jeste Award for Future Leaders in Geriatric Psychiatry

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    Dr. Wiechers is a geriatric psychiatrist with additional expertise in health policy and health services research. She works in the Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention in VA Central Office leading several national mental health programs that focus on evidence-based psychopharmacology, quality improvement, and geriatric mental health. Dr. Wiechers specializes in providing clinical care for Veterans with late-life mood, anxiety and trauma-related disorders. She teaches extensively to interprofessional healthcare audiences at all levels of training and experience. She is a collaborator on several grants focused on improving the quality of psychotropic prescribing and also serves as an operational partner for several VA-funded studies. She is also deeply engaged in advocacy and policy work through her service to professional organizations (American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry and American Psychiatric Association).

    Dr. Wiechers earned her MD and MPP at Duke, did her psychiatry residency at MGH and McLean Hospitals, and her geriatric psychiatry fellowship at Yale. She is an alumna of the VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment, the Yale RWJF/VA Clinical Scholars Program, and the John A. Hartford Foundation's Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine and Geriatric Psychiatry Training Program.

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    1. Wiechers I. An Unconventional Path. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2019 02; 27(2):167-169. PMID: 30558851.
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    2. Wiechers I, Epstein-Lubow G, Thielke S. Engage for Change: The Imperative to Increase Our Efforts in Geriatric Mental Health Policy. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2019 02; 27(2):97-99. PMID: 30558850.
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    3. Gerlach LB, Wiechers IR, Maust DT. Prescription Benzodiazepine Use Among Older Adults: A Critical Review. Harv Rev Psychiatry. 2018 Sep/Oct; 26(5):264-273. PMID: 30188338.
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    4. Chou SC, Rothenberg C, Agnoli A, Wiechers I, Lott J, Voorhees J, Bernstein SL, Venkatesh AK. Patient centered medical homes did not improve access to timely follow-up after ED visit. Am J Emerg Med. 2018 May; 36(5):854-858. PMID: 29452920.
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    5. Maust DT, Blow FC, Wiechers IR, Kales HC, Marcus SC. National Trends in Antidepressant, Benzodiazepine, and Other Sedative-Hypnotic Treatment of Older Adults in Psychiatric and Primary Care. J Clin Psychiatry. 2017 Apr; 78(4):e363-e371. PMID: 28448697.
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    6. Oliva EM, Bowe T, Tavakoli S, Martins S, Lewis ET, Paik M, Wiechers I, Henderson P, Harvey M, Avoundjian T, Medhanie A, Trafton JA. Development and applications of the Veterans Health Administration's Stratification Tool for Opioid Risk Mitigation (STORM) to improve opioid safety and prevent overdose and suicide. Psychol Serv. 2017 02; 14(1):34-49. PMID: 28134555.
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    7. Maust DT, Kales HC, Wiechers IR, Blow FC, Olfson M. No End in Sight: Benzodiazepine Use in Older Adults in the United States. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 12; 64(12):2546-2553. PMID: 27879984.
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    8. Barry DT, Sofuoglu M, Kerns RD, Wiechers IR, Rosenheck RA. Prevalence and correlates of coprescribing anxiolytic medications with extensive prescription opioid use in Veterans Health Administration patients with metastatic cancer. J Opioid Manag. 2016 Jul-Aug; 12(4):259-68. PMID: 27575827.
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    9. Wiechers IR, Karel MJ, Hoff R, Karlin BE. Growing Use of Mental and General Health Care Services Among Older Veterans With Mental Illness. Psychiatr Serv. 2015 Nov; 66(11):1242-4. PMID: 26278225.
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    10. Barry DT, Sofuoglu M, Kerns RD, Wiechers IR, Rosenheck RA. Prevalence and correlates of co-prescribing psychotropic medications with long-term opioid use nationally in the Veterans Health Administration. Psychiatry Res. 2015 Jun 30; 227(2-3):324-32. PMID: 25863822.
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    11. Wiechers IR, Maust DT. Antidepressant prescribing in elderly populations. Psychiatr Serv. 2014 Oct; 65(10):1285. PMID: 25270498.
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    12. Kirwin P, Conroy M, Lyketsos C, Greenwald B, Forester B, deVries C, Ahmed II, Wiechers I, Zdanys K, Steffens D, Reynolds CF. A Call to Restructure Psychiatry General and Subspecialty Training. Acad Psychiatry. 2016 Feb; 40(1):145-8. PMID: 24809688.
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    13. Wiechers IR, Leslie DL, Rosenheck RA. Prescribing of psychotropic medications to patients without a psychiatric diagnosis. Psychiatr Serv. 2013 Dec 01; 64(12):1243-8. PMID: 23999894.
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    14. Wiechers IR, Kirwin PD, Rosenheck RA. Increased risk among older veterans of prescribing psychotropic medication in the absence of psychiatric diagnoses. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2014 Jun; 22(6):531-9. PMID: 24211029.
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    15. Wiechers IR, Perin NC, Cook-Deegan R. The emergence of commercial genomics: analysis of the rise of a biotechnology subsector during the Human Genome Project, 1990 to 2004. Genome Med. 2013; 5(9):83. PMID: 24050173.
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    16. Wiechers IR, Freudenreich O. The role of consultation-liaison psychiatrists in improving health care of patients with schizophrenia. Psychosomatics. 2013 Jan-Feb; 54(1):22-7. PMID: 23194936.
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    17. Wiechers IR, Viron M, Stoklosa J, Freudenreich O, Henderson DC, Weiss A. Impact of a metabolic screening bundle on rates of screening for metabolic syndrome in a psychiatry resident outpatient clinic. Acad Psychiatry. 2012 Mar 01; 36(2):118-21. PMID: 22532201.
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    18. Gross AF, Wiechers IR, Stern TA. Peer review by early career psychiatrists: an opportunity for development. J Clin Psychiatry. 2009 Nov; 70(11):1600-1. PMID: 20031102.
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    19. Xiong GL, Wiechers IR, Bourgeois JA, Gagliardi JP. Behavioral observations reflected on consultation requests from primary medical-surgical services: are they predictive of delirium diagnosis and outcomes? J Psychosom Res. 2009 Feb; 66(2):177-81. PMID: 19154861.
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    20. Fore J, Wiechers IR, Cook-Deegan R. The effects of business practices, licensing, and intellectual property on development and dissemination of the polymerase chain reaction: case study. J Biomed Discov Collab. 2006 Jul 03; 1:7. PMID: 16817955.
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    21. Friedman L, Wiechers IR, Cerny CA, Schulz SC, Buckley P. If patients with schizophrenia have small brains, why don't they have small heads? Schizophr Res. 2000 Mar 16; 42(1):1-6. PMID: 10706980.
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    22. Buckley PF, Wiechers IR. Sexual behavior of psychiatric inpatients: hospital responses and policy formulation. Community Ment Health J. 1999 Dec; 35(6):531-6. PMID: 10863989.
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    23. Friedman L, Wiechers IR, Elkis H. Global structural brain abnormalities in mood disorders: evidence from a meta-analysis versus a traditional review. Biol Psychiatry. 1998 Nov 01; 44(9):932-4. PMID: 9807654.
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    24. Friedman L, Wiechers IR. Psychiatry. The brain hallucinates and gets caught in the web. Lancet. 1996 Dec 21-28; 348 Suppl 2:sII21. PMID: 8973499.
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