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2011 Faculty Development Award Winners

McIntoshDistinguished Clinician Award

Belinda McIntosh, MD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine.  After obtaining her bachelor’s in Biology at Harvard College, she attended medical school at Duke University and Emory University.  She completed a general psychiatry residency at Emory, where she served as Psychiatry Chief Resident at Emory University Hospital in her final year.  Dr. McIntosh is the Interim Associate Director for Psychiatric Services at the Student Health and Counseling Services.  She is engaged in a variety of clinical, teaching, administrative, and research endeavors.  She is Chair-Elect of the Mental Health Section of the American College Health Association and a member of the American Psychiatric Association.  She is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. 

JovanovicDistinguished Scientific Contributions Award

Dr. Tanja Jovanovic is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Jovanovic has significant expertise in psychophysiological research with traumatized populations, as the focus of her National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellowship was startle responses in combat-related PTSD. For the last 10 years she has been investigating neurobiological underpinning of PTSD in Vietnam veterans, as well as victims of inner-city violence. Dr. Jovanovic is developing a research program focusing on the interaction of traumatic experiences, neurophysiology, neuroendocrinology, and genetics in mental disorders. She heads the Neurophysiology laboratory of the Grady Trauma Project in Atlanta, and is the lead investigator on an Exploratory research grant to examine the effects of cortisol suppression on fear-potentiated startle in PTSD. In addition, she was awarded a NARSAD Young Investigator Award for her research examining early precursors of fear dysregulation in children of mothers with PTSD. 

ResslerDistinguished Mentor Award – Research

Kerry Ressler, MD, PhD, received his BS in molecular biology from MIT in 1990 and MD/PhD from Harvard Medical School in 1997.  His overall program is to understand the risks for psychopathology that include developmental, genetic and environmental risk factors.  He has received national research awards for basic and translational research on fear in animals and humans including recently being named an HHMI Investigator,  the Freedman Award in Basic Science from NARSAD and the Clinical Scientist Award in Translational Research from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund; and previously, the Pfizer Fellowship in Biological Psychiatry, the Anxiety Disorders Association of America Junior Faculty Award, two NARSAD young investigator awards, a Rockefeller Brother’s Fund Young Investigator Scholarship, and K01 from the National Institutes of Health. He is currently Principal Investigator (PI) on three NIH R01 grants to understand translational, genetic and psychological risk factors for PTSD.  He was previously a standing member of the VA Merit Review study section for PTSD and mental health related grants, and is currently a member of the NIH CSR Learning and Memory (LAM) study section.  He is on a variety of scientific advisory boards related to genetics of memory and PTSD and was recently named Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board for the DOD/NIMH Army STARRS project on risk and resiliency in the Army.   Together, these experiences and his labs’ expertise provide for a powerful combination of sophisticated behavioral, physiological, molecular and genetic approaches to understand the effects of trauma on emotional memory.

CollinsDistinguished Service Award – Collins

Marietta Collins, PhD completed her doctoral studies in clinical psychology at Emory University. Currently, she works as a child and adolescent psychologist in the Child and Adolescent Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic at Grady Health System. Within this setting, she has served as Coordinator of Adolescent Outreach and Co-Coordinator of Diagnostic Intakes and Psychological Assessments. She also provides attending coverage for the Emory Midtown Neonatology unit and the Grady Adolescent Reproductive Health Clinic. Dr. Collins has an additional Adjunct Appointment in the Emory University clinical psychology doctoral program. Most recently, she has provided clinical supervision and serves as a Co-Investigator for research protocols examining the role of Peer Health Navigation and retention in HIV positive infected populations. Dr. Collins has published numerous articles in peer reviewed journals and books on topics highlighting the importance of quality mental health interventions for minorities and has been awarded research grants to develop such interventions.  Her areas of expertise include pediatric sickle cell disease, adolescent substance abuse, adolescent reproductive health, and childhood depression. In recognition of her work, Dr. Collins was honored to receive the Cultural and Economic Diversity Award from the American Family Therapy Association, The Emory University Transforming Community Project (TCP) Champions Award, the Emory University We Are Emory Diversity Award, and is a 2011 recipient of the Emory Department of Psychiatry’s Distinguished Service Award.  Her passion is working with children and adolescents both professionally and in her personal life.