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May 2010

Mentoring Panel

The Mentoring Panel will be held on Wednesday June 30, 2010 from 9-10:30am in the Whitehead auditorium. If you have questions you would like addressed by the panelists, please let me know by Monday June 14, 2010 (

Faculty Kudos

Our faculty continues to excel in many ways. I hope that by sharing with you some of the faculty’s accomplishments that people will learn about others in the department with similar interests with whom they can collaborate. As a reminder, please send me your accomplishments, whether they be talks, publications, grants received, awards, etc., and I will include them in the monthly update.

Mark Ackerman spoke at the VA Psychology Leadership Conference in San Antonio. The title of his talk was “Treating tobacco dependence and providing smoking cessation services: What have we learned.”

Wendy Baer gave a talk about Coping with Implantable Cardiac Defibrilators to the cardiac support group at Emory Midtown.

Doug Bremner has published papers in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology on “Posttraumatic stress disorder is associated with higher c-reactive protein levels”, in the Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience on “Does neuroimaging research examining the pathophysiology of posttraumatic stress disorder require medication-free patients?”, in Twin Research and Human Genetics  a paper entitled “Common genes contribute to depressive symptoms and heart rate variability: The Twins Heart Study,”  and in the American Journal of Psychiatry on “Emotion modulation in PTSD: Clinical and neurobiological evidence for a dissociative subtype.”

Marianne Celano, Chaundrissa Smith, Shannon Croft and their colleagues published a paper entitled “Treatment adherence among low-income, African American children with persistent asthma” in the Journal of Asthma.

Joe Cubells and Elaine Walker and their colleagues published in Psychiatric Genetics a paper entitled “Catechol-O-methyltransferase modulation of cortisol secretion in psychiatrically at-risk and healthy adolescents.” Joe Cubells, Michael Compton, and Elaine Walker and their colleagues published in Schizophrenia Research  a paper entitled “ Cognitive performance in the schizophrenia spectrum: The influence of COMT and BDNF polymorphisms.”

Phil Harvey and his colleagues published in Neuropsychopharmacology articles entitled “Circumstances under which practice does not make perfect: A review of the practice effect literature in schizophrenia and its relevance to clinical treatment studies” and “Pergolide treatment of cognitive deficits associated with schizotypal personality disorder: Continued evidence of the importance of the dopamine system in the schizophrenia spectrum”; in Schizophrenia Research  papers regarding the “Feasibility study of multi-site cognitive remediation in the Schizophrenia Trials Network (CRSTN)”, “Predictors of real world functional behavior in bipolar disorder and schizophrenia”, “Psychometric properties of performance-based measurements of functional capacity: Test-retest reliability, practice effects, and potential sensitivity to change”, and “Symptomatic and functional recovery index for negative symptoms in a 40-week randomized, double-blind study of ziprasidone versus haloperidol followed by a 3-year double-blind extension trial”; in Bipolar Disorders a paper on the “Relationship of the Brief UCSD Performance-based Skills Assessment (UPSA-B) to multiple indicators of functioning in people with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder”; in Biological Psychiatry on “The course of neuropsychological performance and functional capacity in older patients with schizophrenia: Influences of previous history of long-term institutional stay;” and in Personality and Individiaul Differences an article on the “Psychometric properties of a short form of the Affective Lability Scale (ALS-18)”. 

Paul Holtzheimer and Phil Harvey and their colleagues published a paper entitled “Factors associated with functional recovery in bipolar disorder patients” in Bipolar Disorders.

Wendy Jacobson has published a piece in the Huffington Post, Hollywood’s hidden mortality tale in The Hurt Locker vs Avatar.

Ray Kotwicki was selected for the 2011 Class of Leadership Atlanta. Leadership Atlanta is an intensive leadership development program that helps executives develop skills in several key areas, including cultural competencies, strategic planning, human resources, etc.

Steve Levy was listed by Atlanta Magazine as one of the Top Doctors in psychiatry.

Opal Ousley, Joe Cubells, and Elaine Walker were co-authors on a paper entitled “ Schizotypal personality disorder and the 22Q11.2 deletion syndrome: The relationship between prodromal symptoms and autistic features” in Schizophrenia Research.

Alicia Smith has just received word that she will be the recipient of a K01 award entitled “Genetic and environmental risk factors that contribute to childhood psychopathology that is funded by the NIMH. Her primary mentor is Joe Cubells and Zach Stowe is on her mentoring committee.

Larry Tune was appointed to the Medical Care Advisory Board for the Georgia Department of Community Health.

Elaine Walker and her colleagues published in Schizophrenia Research papers on the “Neuropsychology of the prodrome to psychosis in the NAPLS consortium: Relationship to family history and conversion to psychosis” and on “Clinical high risk for psychosis: The risk of false positive"