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Several Open Books


Below, you'll find selected books and book chapters written by Dr. Duan and colleagues.


“This safe and welcoming book, written by a trio of female mental health clinicians, offers women a comfortingly organized approach to ADHD’s many parts through the compassionate and loving lens of its authors’ experience. The fill-in-the-blank questionnaires alone will not only build your skills but result in a valuable self-inventory you can use to find the most supportive environments for your unique brain.”

Joan Wilder, author of Help for Women with ADHD: My Simple Strategies for Conquering Chaos


“When you finally discover the possibility of ADHD, it can feel overwhelming. Who do you see? Which sources can you trust—amid so many websites, books, and podcasts! Managing ADHD: Workbook for Women guides you into the topic as a wise friend might. Clear. Empathic. Approachable. So very useful.”

Gina Pera, author of Is It You, Me, or Adult ADHD?


“ADHD is often overlooked in adults, especially in women, who often go on struggling with self-understanding and self-doubt. This book gives women with ADHD a blueprint to recognize how ADHD shows up in their lives and how to respond to daily challenges. Written with compassion by three women who specialize in treating ADHD, the book offers practical skills to not only manage ADHD but to appreciate neurodiversity, cultivate confidence and enhance well-being along the way.”

Lidia Zylowska, MD, psychiatrist and author of The Mindfulness Prescription for Adult ADHD and Mindfulness for Adult ADHD: A Clinician's Guide


Creative CBT with Youth: Clinical Applications Using Humor, Play, Superheroes, and Improvisation

Editors: Robert D. Friedberg & Erica V. Rozmid

  • Discusses innovative evidence-based CBT therapies that are clinical-friendly tools

  • Presents detailed descriptions of therapeutic procedures for youth, coupled with case studies

  • Explores using humor in CBT with children, playful applications (e.g., improv theater), and integrating superheroes

Chapter: "Clinical Applications of Steven Universe in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy"

Chapter Authors: Christy DuanGian Ramos MonserrateElaine ShenRishi ChelminskiDiana Mujialli & Mamatha Challa

Steven Universe is a renowned animated television series that explores complex subjects like identity, emotions, and trauma through the lens of a whimsical science fiction adventure. This children’s show has been celebrated for its bold representation of LGBTQ themes and identities, as it portrays a diverse cast of feminoid, queer, and gender non-conforming characters who vary in age, personality, and strengths. Through creative narratives about these unique characters, this series examines important concepts that have been historically underrepresented in television. Prior literature has established that elements of popular media can be effectively used to facilitate discussion and skill-building in individual psychotherapy. LGBTQ-affirming shows like Steven Universe may be especially valuable to incorporate in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with minoritized children who are attempting to understand their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors within a safe therapeutic setting. This chapter offers concrete clinical approaches that mental health providers can utilize to apply aspects of Steven Universe’s world to their CBT work with youth. In particular, this chapter will provide specific exercises that address central components of CBT, including mindfulness, cognitive restructuring, coping strategies, and community-building. By the end of this section, readers will be well-equipped to use positive media like Steven Universe to better meet the mental health needs of children with diverse identities. ​

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All figure images were illustrated by Elaine Shen, MD.

Biomarkers of Postpartum Psychiatric Disorders

Editors: Jennifer L. Payne & Lauren M. Osborne

Biomarkers of Postpartum Psychiatric Disorders provides an up-to-date reference on the current research relating to biomarkers in psychiatric disorders, including major depressive disorder, OCD and bipolar disorder in the immediate postpartum time-period. It is the only reference on the market that synthesizes and interprets available data and reviews clinical phenotypes. Topics cover hormonal contributions, immunology, epigenetics and neuroimaging. While the risk of psychiatric illness during pregnancy appears to be equivalent to the risk at any other time in a woman’s life, the risk in the immediate postpartum time period is dramatically increased, hence the importance of the discussions in this title.

"Chapter 13 - Functional MRI biomarkers of peripartum psychiatric disorders"

Chapter Authors: Megan Hare, Christy Duan and Kristina M. Deligiannidis

This chapter will review the current functional neuroimaging literature on depression (unipolar and bipolar), psychosis, anxiety (generalized anxiety disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder), and obsessive–compulsive disorder in the peripartum period. Neuroimaging research has mainly focused on postpartum depression, leaving a dearth of imaging research of other peripartum psychiatric disorders. Functional neuroimaging research has the potential to inform us of the underlying pathophysiology of peripartum psychiatric illnesses and will ultimately enable us to identify women at-risk, accurately diagnose, and identify optimal personalized treatments.​

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Psychiatry of Pandemics: A Mental Health Response to Infection Outbreak

Editor: Damir Huremović

  • The first text to tie together psychosomatic medicine and psychiatry in the context of an infectious disease outbreak

  • Written by experts in the field

  • Considers the challenges presented by climate change and emerging infections

Chapter 4 - "Societal, Public, and [Emotional] Epidemiological Aspects of a Pandemic"

Chapter Authors: Christy Duan, Howard Linder, Damir Huremović

Behavior contagion in social psychology studies collective behavior under certain (usually stressful) circumstances and propagation of attitudes, emotional responses, and behaviors in anxiety-ridden situations. It is of great importance to understand how behavior contagion can herald, mirror, and match the actual physical contagion of an infectious illness in an outbreak. “Emotional epidemiology” is a term increasingly used to describe studying the emotional and cognitive-behavioral aspects of a pandemic. Utilizing facts and reliable epidemiological models in public communication is an important step toward extinguishing the anxiety-inducing uncertainties, rumors, and speculations. This chapter, at the end, includes a glossary of terms that will allow mental health professionals to converse competently with infectious disease colleagues, and also help relay that information to the general public.

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