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October 2010

Happy Halloween!

How Do I Get Promoted?

  • Save the Date! Our second departmental faculty development seminar will be held on Wednesday December 1, 2010 from 9:00-10:30am. This seminar will focus on the promotion process and presenters will include faculty members from our department and other departments who can speak to their own experiences of being promoted. There will be presenters from multiple ranks and tracks. In addition, Sharon Weiss, MD, Associate Dean for Faculty Development will offer some introductory remarks. I strongly encourage all mentors and junior faculty to attend this event.

Major Leadership Appointments, Activities and Achievements

  • Karen Drexler serves as the Chair of the Addiction Psychiatry Committee of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the Chair of the Education Section and Member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry. She is also a Member of the Council on Adult Psychiatry and Expert Advisory Panel on Addiction Psychiatry of the American Psychiatric Association, as well as a Member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America.
  • Larry Young recently was named the Director for the Center for Translational Social Neuroscience at Emory University. In addition, he recently was one of the co-organizers for the South East Nerve Net (SENN)/Georgia-South Carolina Neuroscience Consortium, Atlanta GA.  He currently is an Associate Editor of both Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience and Hormones and Behavior, as well as the section editor for Pharmacology, Biochemistry & Behavior. 
  • Barbara Rothbaum, who is on the Board of Directors of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA), also served on the Scientific Committee of the World Congress for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies held June, 2010 in Boston, MA. She also serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards for both the National Center for PTSD (NC-PTSD) and the McLean Hospital of Harvard Medical School.
  • Carol Webb was elected as President-Elect of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, which oversees the psychology licensure boards throughout the United States and Canada.


  • Ray Kotwicki was awarded the Dean’s Teaching Award at the State of the School of Medicine address.


  • Susan Gantt edited a special issue of the International Journal of Group Psychotherapy October 2010) focused on neurobiology and building interpersonal systems: Groups, couples, and beyond. In addition, she co-authored a paper in this special issue entitled “Developing the group mind through functional subgrouping: Linking systems-centered training (SCT) and interpersonal neurobiology.
  • Paul Holtzheimer was first author on a paper in General Hospital Psychiatry on the “Utility of the Beck Depression Inventory to screen for and track depression in injection drug users seeking hepatitis C treatment.” He also co-authored a review of the neuropsychologic effects of neuromodulation techniques for treatment-resistant depression in Brain Stimulation.
  • Nadine Kaslow was co-author on a paper entitled “Family violence exposure and health outcomes among older African American women: Do spirituality and social support play protective roles? In the Journal of Women’s Health.
  • Laura Mee and her colleagues have a paper appearing in Pediatric Transplantation entitled “Prospective comparison of parent and adolescent report of health-related quality of life in adolescent solid organ transplant recipients.
  • Mike Owens, Kerry Ressler, and Tig Rainnie were among the co-authors of a paper in Biological Psychiatry on “A novel transgenic mouse for gene-targeting within cells that express corticotrophin-releasing factor.”
  • Tig Rainnie has co-authored two papers that have appeared in Neuroscience, one entitled  “Presymnaptic 5-HT1b receptor-mediated serotonergic inhibition of glutamate transmission in the bed nuclear of the stria terminalis” and the second is “Expression and distribution of Kv4 potassium channel subunits and potassium channel interacting proteins in subpopulations of interneurons in the basolateral amygdale.”
  • Barbara Rothbaum received a Department of Defense Clinical Trial, Enhancing Exposure Therapy for PTSD: Virtual Reality and Imaginal Exposure with a Cognitive Enhancer (Co-PI; with J. Difede, Cornell Weill & A. Rizzo, USC), Total Costs $11,000,000. Year 1 Emory total costs $564,133. Emory project total costs: $2,412, 969. The specific aimsinclude 1) To examine the effects of D-Cycloserine (DCS) versus placebo augmentation of exposure therapy on PTSD symptoms; 2) To examine the relative efficacy of virtual reality exposure therapy (VRE) and prolonged imaginal exposure therapy (PE) on PTSD symptoms; 3) To examine the interaction of DCS and mode of exposure therapy on PTSD symptoms; and 4) To examine genetic markers as moderators of the response to treatment.

Honors, Awards and Rankings

  • In November 2010, Barbara Rothbaum will received the Robert S. Laufer Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). Earlier this year she received the American Psychological Association (APA), Division of Trauma Psychology (Division 56) Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Practice of Trauma Psychology.
  • In August 2010, Larry Young was awarded the Robert F. Schinazi International Exchange Programme Faculty Fellowship.

Community Benefit Programs and Activities

  • Chuck Raison presented to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the title of his presentation was Report from the Front Lines: An Update on Health-Relevant Effects of Compassion Meditation from Ongoing Studies at Emory University.
  • Larry Young was the keynote speaker for the Biomedical and Biotechnical Conference, Darton College, Albany Georgia, a small 2year college in Southwest GA.  The purpose of the conference was to expose high school and community college students to the opportunities in science.

I want to thank everyone for their ongoing contributions in scholarship, education, and service and remind you to send me updates whenever they are available.