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March 2010

Happy Spring!

Mentoring Panel

I want to remind everyone to save the date for the first in a quarterly series of workshops that will be put on by the Faculty Development Committee. On Wednesday June 30 from 9-10:30am, we will have a panel on effective mentoring pairs. If you have questions/issues that you would like addressed at that event, please email me.

Faculty Conference Reports

I want to thank all of the faculty who participated in the faculty conference report process. Those individuals who did participate will be receiving a brief survey to complete regarding their experience with this process. We hope that you will take the time to complete the survey, as your input will be used to guide future faculty conference report endeavors.

Faculty Kudos

Our faculty continue to have many successes and honors. Here are some updates for March 2010. Please send me an email with any news you have to share. I would like to be sure that we highlight community service activities of our faculty, as well as scholarly accomplishments, so please share those with me as well. Remember, the accomplishments we can highlight in the monthly faculty kudos email can range from paper and poster presentations, to community service activities, to national and international presentations, to publications and grants, to honors and awards, etc.

Bekh Bradley, who has a Young Investigator Award from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) for his work on genetic and environmental prediction of suicidal behavior and ideation in a sample of low income African American men and women, was invited to present his work at the 2010 American Association of Suicidology Annual Convention as one of the AFSP Pfizer Awardees.

Marianne Celano passed her boards in Couple and Family Psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology.

Michael Compton was elected as a member of the American College of Psychiatrists. He also was elected as the Area V Representative of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists.

Michael Davis received two patents during the last few months for the use of D-cycloserine as an adjunct for psychotherapy. In addition,  he has had three recent grants funded through the NIMH: (1) Safety signal learning in monkeys: Cortical regulation and its development; (2) Safety signal learning in rhesus monkeys following early life stress; and (3) neural substrates of phasic versus sustained fear.

Eugene Farber and Nadine Kaslow co-edited a special section of Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training entitled the role of supervision in ensuring the development of psychotherapy competencies across diverse theoretical perspectives. Gene Farber wrote an article for the special section entitled “Humanistic-existential psychotherapy competencies and the supervisory process” and Marianne Celano, Chaundrissa Smith, and Nadine Kaslow have a paper in the special section as well, “Competency-based approach to couple and family therapy supervision.”

In May, Nadine Kaslow will receive the Emory University Campus Life “Friends in Faculty” Award.

Ray Kotwicki Emory medical Students voted to elect me into Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society.  The induction ceremony was last Friday night. 

Helen Mayberg and Michael Davis had a U19 funded through an Emory-MSSM-GSK-NIMH Collative Mood and Anxiety Disorders Initiative that is focused on rate and mouse models of depression and anxiety.

Paul Plotsky just published an edited book with Carol Worthman, Daniel Schechter, and Constance Cummings published by Cambridge University Press entitled Formative experiences: The interaction of caregiving, culture, and developmental psychobiology.