Simple and Practical Mental Health Education is delighted to announce the winner of the 2nd Annual Minerva Award (2019) for the best clinically-useful original research paper in mental health published in 2018.
The award goes to Dorothy Sit, MD, who is the first author of the paper Adjunctive Bright Light Therapy for Bipolar Depression: A Randomized Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Trial, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry. The paper describes the results of a randomized, controlled clinical trial funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health. Dr. Sit is an Associate Professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.
The awardee receives a plaque from Simple and Practical Mental Health and a cash prize of $1000.
The judges for the award were the members of the Editorial Board of Simple and Practical Mental Health Education who are internationally-known experts in the field of mental health.
Many clinicians have increased their use of bright light therapy (BLT) for bipolar depression as a result of this study. Also, this study used a new way of administering bright light therapy—afternoon administration—that did work and was not associated with switching into mania.
What is the Minerva Award and why is it important?
The Minerva Award was initiated by Simple and Practical Mental Health Education in 2018 to recognize published research that has immediate practical utility for helping patients with mental disorders. This is consistent with our mission, through our website simpleandpractical.com, of focusing ONLY on learning that has practical implications and directly helps our patients.
An estimated 29,300 papers related to mental health were published in 2018. We asked mental health clinicians which of them led to at least some change in their clinical practice, big or small.
See below for which other papers were considered by mental health clinicians as being of the greatest clinical use and were nominated for the award.
For details of the award, please see this page: Annual Minerva award for the best paper.
Below are the papers that were nominated for the 2019 Minerva Award.
Crawford MJ, Sanatinia R, Barrett B, Cunningham G, Dale O, Ganguli P, Lawrence-Smith G, Leeson V, Lemonsky F, Lykomitrou G, Montgomery AA, Morriss R, Munjiza J, Paton C, Skorodzien I, Singh V, Tan W, Tyrer P, Reilly JG; LABILE study team. The Clinical Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness of Lamotrigine in Borderline Personality Disorder: A Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial. Am J Psychiatry. 2018 Apr 6:appiajp201817091006. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29621901.
(Another paper about the same study as the one listed above: Crawford MJ, Sanatinia R, Barrett B, Cunningham G, Dale O, Ganguli P, Lawrence-Smith G, Leeson VC, Lemonsky F, Lykomitrou-Matthews G, Montgomery A, Morriss R, Munjiza J, Paton C, Skorodzien I, Singh V, Tan W, Tyrer P, Reilly JG. Lamotrigine for people with borderline personality disorder: a RCT. Health Technol Assess. 2018 Apr;22(17):1-68. doi: 10.3310/hta22170. PubMed PMID: 29651981; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5925438.
Padala PR, Padala KP, Lensing SY, Ramirez D, Monga V, Bopp MM, Roberson PK, Dennis RA, Petty F, Sullivan DH, Burke WJ. Methylphenidate for Apathy in Community-Dwelling Older Veterans With Mild Alzheimer’s Disease: A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial. Am J Psychiatry. 2018 Feb 1;175(2):159-168. PubMed PMID: 28945120.
Sibley MH, Rohde LA, Swanson JM, Hechtman LT, Molina BSG, Mitchell JT, Arnold LE, Caye A, Kennedy TM, Roy A, Stehli A; Multimodal Treatment Study of Children with ADHD (MTA) Cooperative Group. Late-Onset ADHD Reconsidered With Comprehensive Repeated Assessments Between Ages 10 and 25. Am J Psychiatry. 2018 Feb 1;175(2):140-149. PubMed PMID: 29050505.
Sit DK, McGowan J, Wiltrout C, Diler RS, Dills JJ, Luther J, Yang A, Ciolino JD, Seltman H, Wisniewski SR, Terman M, Wisner KL. Adjunctive Bright Light Therapy for Bipolar Depression: A Randomized Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Trial. Am J Psychiatry. 2018 Feb 1;175(2):131-139. PubMed PMID: 28969438.
The awardee and commended papers for the 2018 Minerva Award are at this page: Minerva award winners and commended papers 2018.
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