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February 2010

I want to remind everyone interested in mentoring or being mentored that there will be a departmental panel by mentor-mentee teams that will be held on Wednesday June 30, 2010 from 9-10:30am. Please save the date.  

Below are some recent accomplishments of members of our faculty that I would like to highlight. I also want to once again remind people to send me news ranging from poster presentations and community talks to major awards and grants or publications.  

Bekh Bradley, Kerry Ressler, and Elisabeth Binder are co-authors with a number of colleagues from other institutions on a paper that will appear in the Archives of General Psychiatry on the association of genetic variants in the neurtrophic receptor-encoding gene NTRK2 and a lifetime history of suicide attempts in depressed patients. Bekh and Kerry also are co-authors with colleagues from Georgia State University on a paper published in Cognitive Therapy and Research addressing attention bias in adult survivors of childhood maltreatment with and without posttraumatic stress disorder.  

Marietta Collins was honored as a Transforming Community Project (TCP) champion for her longevity with TCP, serving on the TCP Steering Committee, and establishing a Grady-based Community Dialogue. She received an engraved medallion.  

Ben Druss was the lead author of a paper published in the American Journal of Psychiatry on a randomized trial of medical care management for community mental health settings: The Primary Care Access, Referral, and Evaluation (PCARE) Study. Michael Compton was a co-author on this paper as well.  

Adriana Hermida will be presenting with a number of her colleagues at the American Geriatric Association Meeting in Savannah:  Hermida AP, Syre S, Holtzheimer P, Mufti M, McDonald WM. Oral olanzapine for the prevention of post-ictal agitation during electroconvulsive therapy poster presentation AAGP 2010 Savannah, Georgia. She has two chapters in press with Bill McDonald: Hermida A, McDonald WM.  The practice of ECT. In Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology, (4th edition). Weiner, I. B., & Craighead, W. E. (Eds.). New York: John Wiley & Sons  and Hermida A, McDonald WM.  The assessment of depressive states.  In Principles and Practice of Geriatric Psychiatry. (Second Edition) Copeland JRM, Abou Saleh MT, Blazer DJ (eds.). John Wiley & Sons Ltd.  

Steve Levy published a paper entitled psychoanalytic education then and now in the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association.

The author of a paper entitled new research in low-tech solutions to a significant public health problem: Assessment of depression in the elderly, which appeared in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry in 2009, Bill McDonald also was one of the authors of a 2009 paper in Brain Stimulation on decreasing procedural pain over time of a left prefrontal rtms for depression.  

In 2010, Andy Miller was the first author of a paper that appeared in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research entitled Anti-inflammatory and anti-apoptotic roles of endothelial cell STAT3 in alcoholic liver injury.  

Lisa Parr has a paper coming out in Journal of Comparative Psychology on comparative kin recognition in moneys and apes and she has a symposium approved for the upcoming International Primatology Society conference on the chimp brain. Further, she was appointed as the Chair of the Membership Committee for the new Society for Social Neuroscience.  

Jeff Rakofsky, Paul Holtzheimer and Charlie Nemeroff published in 2009 a paper on emerging targets for antidepressant therapies in Current Opinion in Chemical Biology.  

Barbara Rothbaum was a co-editor with Dan Stein and Eric Hollander for the second edition of the Textbook of anxiety disorders published in 2009 by American Psychiatric Publishing Inc.  

Stuart Zola received a Senior Research Career Scientist Award from the Veterans Administration in recognition of his “extraordinary contribution to neuroscience”. This appointment is for a seven-year period beginning April 2010.  

Please send me updates on what you are doing for our March 2010 Faculty Kudos Report.  

Nadine