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August 2010

In this monthly faculty update, I announce the faculty award winners, provide information on the next faculty development seminar, and share some faculty kudos.

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Award Winners

This is the inaugural year of faculty awards for mentoring, distinguished clinician, distinguished service, and distinguished scientific contributions. Thanks very much to all of you who nominated individuals for these awards.  I am pleased to announce the award winners for 2010. They will be more officially honored at the first departmental Grand Rounds of this academic year, on September 8, 2010. Please join us to honor them.

The Mentoring Award in the clinician educator or service area goes to Zach Stowe, MD.

The Distinguished Clinician Award goes to Marina Demetrashvili, MD, PhD.

The Distinguished Service Award goes to Keith Wood, PhD, who will give Grand Rounds on September 8.

The Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award goes to Larry Young, PhD, who will give Grand Rounds on October 27, 2010.

Faculty Development Seminar

The next faculty development seminar will be held on Wednesday December 1, 2010 from 9-10:30am. It will be focused on promotion. We will begin with a presentation by Sharon Weiss, MD, Associate Dean for Faculty Development. Then a number of faculty members in the department who have been promoted in recent years and/or who are knowledgeable about the promotion process will provide information on a panel. We will have all tracks and ranks represented, and attention will be paid to promotion for both MDs and PhDs. Please save the date and I encourage everyone to attend. This will be relevant to both individuals for whom promotion is in their future, as well as mentors guiding people through the promotion process.

Faculty Kudos

Bekh Bradley, Kerry Ressler and prior residents (Aliza Wingo is first author) and medical students published a paper on the “moderating effects of resilience on depression in individuals with a history of childhood abuse or trauma exposure” in the Journal of Affective Disorders.

Joe Cubells and his colleagues, including Bekh Bradley, Ricky Gillespie, Robert Bonsall, and Kerry Ressler published in Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry  on “Genotype-controlled analysis of serum dopamine β-hydroxylase activity in civilian post-traumatic stress disorder.

Michael Davis and Kerry Ressler are co-authors on a paper entitled “Differential regulation of brain-derived neurotrophic factor transcripts during the consolidation of fear learning” in Learning and Memory.

Bodie Dunlop published a commentary in JAMA entitled “Should sensitive information from clinical trials be included in electronic medical records?. This article was cited in Science News as well.

Nadine Kaslow was one of the authors on a paper published in Aggression and Violent Behavior entitled “A culturally-informed approach to trauma, suicidal behavior, and overt aggression in African American adolescents.”  She also obtained board certification by the American Board of Professional Psychology in clinical child and adolescent psychology.

Tanja Jovanovic, Seth Norrholm, Tamara Weiss, Michael Davis, Erica Duncan, Bekh Bradley, and Kerry Ressler and colleagues published in Psychoneuroendocrinology on “Fear potentiation is associated with hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis function in PTSD.”

Kerry Ressler and colleagues published “Prelimbic cortical BDNF is required for memory of learned fear by not extinction or innate fear” in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In addition, Kerry Ressler, Bekh Bradley, Alicia Smith, Ricky Gillsepie, Joe Cubells, and Elisabeth Binder published a paper in the American Journal of Medical Genetics a paper entitled “Polymorphisms in CRHR1 and the serotonin transporter loci: Gene X gene X environment interactions on depressive symptoms. And, Kerry Ressler was a co-author on a paper in The Journal of Neuroscience entitled” Amygdala-specific reduction of α1-GABAA receptors disrupts the anticonvulsant, locomotor, and sedative, but not anxiolytic, effects of benzodiazepines in mice.

Barbara Rothbaum just learned that she has been awarded the Robert S. Laufer Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement from the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies. This award is given to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to research in the field of traumatic stress.

Chaundrissa Smith was board certified through the American Board of Professional Psychology in clinical child and adolescent psychology.

Carol Webb is senior author on a paper regarding life-long learning for psychologists, which appeared in Professional Psychology: Research and Practice.

Drew Westen is senior author on a paper in the American Journal of Psychiatry entitled “Agreement between clinician and patient ratings of adaptive functioning and developmental history, a paper in Journal of Interpersonal Violence on “Subtyping male perpetrators of intimate partner violence,” and an article the  Journal of Personality Disorders entitled “Diagnosis and subtypes of adolescent antisocial personality disorder.”

What an impressive set of accomplishments as always!