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September 2010

Faculty Award Recipients

Please join me in congratulating our 2010 faculty award recipients.

Dr. Marianne Celano is a family psychologist and Associate Professor based primarily at Grady. Her research expertise is in a culturally informed family systems perspective on pediatric problems, such as asthma. She has written on a competency-based approach to family psychology education and training. Dr. Celano is involved in teaching general psychiatry residents, child psychiatry residents, psychology interns, and postdoctoral fellows in psychology. For the child residents she coordinates the family therapy training program (with Dr. Aponte-Rivera) , and the child psychiatry research seminar (with Dr. Priya Jacob). Dr. Celano supervises the child psychiatry fellows’ two to three month rotations in family evaluation and community consultation, and co-supervises (with Dr. Aponte-Rivera) their year-long rotation in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic at Grady. She is the recipient of the 2010 Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Resident Award for Teacher of the Year.

Dr. Marina Demetrashvili is an Assistant Professor in the department, who has been based for many years at Grady Health System. Her areas of clinical interest include providing exceptional clinical care to individuals with severe and persistent mental illness and integrating mental health services into the interdisciplinary treatment plan of patients with various types of cancer. She is a highly sought after and well respected clinical supervisor of medical students, residents and fellows. Dr. D as she is fondly called is very grateful for the honor of receiving the Distinguished Clinician Award from our department this year. The award is in recognition of the outstanding, compassionate service that she has provided at the FOCUS program and at the Grady Cancer Center for Excellence since 2002.  Her recommender, Dr. Karen Hochman, highlighted her clinical acumen, outstanding sense of personal responsibility, and exceptional dedication. She also praised Dr. D for her commitment to team-oriented delivery of patient care, positive impact on program development and implementation, deep dedication to the continuing education of health care colleagues, exceptional accessibility and commitment to collaboration with other health care professionals, and high level of dedication that significantly impacts the quality of care received by the patients.

 Dr. Larry Giustra was very touched to receive the PGY-4 Teacher Award. A part-time Assistant Professor, his private practice is psychotherapy oriented. He has a particular interest in an integrated approach to psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. His psychotherapy seminar is one of the most popular educational activities in the department. The award he received reflects the interest our residents have in understanding the richness, depth, and complexity of the relationship that develops between patient and psychotherapist, as well as the value of a comprehensive approach to mental health care when psychotherapy needs to be integrated with pharmacotherapy.

Dr. Deepa Gopalakrishnan, an Assistant Professor, graduated from the Government Medical College, University of Mysore in India.  She completed her psychiatric residency at Albany Medical Center where she was Chief Resident in 2000 – 2001.  In 2003, Dr. Gopalakrishnan completed a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine.  She is the Director of the Outpatient Resident Psychotherapy Training Clinic for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, as well as the Medical Director of Grady Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. In 2009, she won the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Resident Award for Teacher of the Year and in 2010 she won the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Supervisor of the Year Award.

For his excellent teaching efforts at Wesley Woods, Dr. Hisam Goueli, an Assistant Professor, received the PGY II Teacher Award. Dr. Goueli received his medical degree from The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.  He completed a combined Family Medicine – Psychiatry residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland – Case Western Reserve University.  Dr. Goueli joined the Fuqua Center in July of 2009 and is the Medical Director for the Geriatric Psychiatry Inpatient Units and a regular provider of electroconvulsive therapy.

Dr. Paul Holtzheimer, an Assistant Professor, graduated from Dartmouth Medical School and completed his psychiatry residency at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He then spent one year in a clinical research fellowship at the University of Washington focusing on the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation as an intervention for treatment-resistant depression. Dr. Holtzheimer relocated to Emory University in 2004, where his research has focused on the neurobiology and treatment of mood disorders.  Dr. Holtzheimer is principal investigator or co-investigator on several neuroimaging studies investigating the structural and functional neuroanatomy of mood disorders, including treatment-resistant depression and late-life depression. He leads a treatment-resistant mood disorders consultation clinic. The Director of the Psychiatry Resident Psychopharmacology Clinic, he received the PGY III Teacher Award for his superb teaching and supervisory efforts in this clinic.  

Dr. Walid Nassif MD, Assistant Professor, is Director of the Consultation-Liaison service at the VA and coordinates education at the VA for medical students and psychiatry residents. His interests are in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, with a special focus on somatoform disorders and psychogenic seizures. He lectures medical students at the Medical School, residents at the Tufts House and at the VA, and supervises Consultation-Liaison fellows during their rotation at the VA. He won several teaching awards at the University of Rochester where he worked previously. He offers the residents and the students a unique perspective on psychosomatics, getting beyond the diagnosis and into the dynamics that promote somatization.  He is very honored by to have received the Psychiatry Residency Educator Teacher of the Year Award, which at was presented to him by Dr. Bill McDonald.

Dr. Ann Schwartz received the PGY1 Teaching Award for her superb commitment to teaching, her availability and accessibility to the residents, and her helpful and patient approach on Grady’s CIS in the evenings and overnight.  Dr. Schwartz, an Assistant Professor, is the Director of the Consultation Liaison Service at Grady and the Associate Director of Residency Education. She has published on posttraumatic stress disorder and trauma exposure among African Americans and pain medication use among patients with posttraumatic stress disorder.

Dr. Karen Schwartz is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Psychiatry, as well as Psychology, at Emory University and a Scientific Affiliate at the Emory Psychoanalytic Institute. In addition to providing clinical supervision in both the psychiatry and psychology departments at Emory University, she co-teaches the Self/Relational course at the Psychoanalytic Institute. Dr. Schwartz  practices psychoanalytically informed psychotherapy with adults and late-adolescents  and also works with couples. Originally trained in an interpersonal, relational form of psychotherapy and in family systems theory, she acquired further training in self psychology and in contemporary relational psychoanalytic perspectives at the Institute for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Washington, D.C. She enjoys sharing contemporary psychoanalytic developments in theory and clinical practice with Emory medical residents, because of the curiosity, intelligence, and  appreciation of the value of depth psychotherapy that she has found they bring to supervision. Dr. Schwartz is also a visual artist with a keen interest in the creative process that she believes artmaking and psychotherapeutic dialogue share. She was surprised and delighted to receive the Clinical Factory Supervisor Award for her supervisory endeavors in the OPTP.

Dr. Zach Stowe is Professor and Director of the Women’s Mental Health Program, a clinical research program he founded in 1991 and that has been recognized nationally and internationally. Dr. Stowe’s interests are in perinatal psychiatry and in the vertical transmission of vulnerability and resilience in neurodevelopment. His educational and training efforts focus on the impact of maternal illness and its treatment during pregnancy and the postpartum period on obstetrical outcome and child neurodevelopment, the pharmacokinetics/pharmacogenetics of medications during pregnancy and lactation, and the impact of sex steroids on neuropsychiatric illnesses. The best and most successful example of Dr. Stowe and his collaborator’s commitment to education and training has been the “educational components” of the NIH center grants that he has been the center director, including the Specialized Center of Research and Translational Center of Research in Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Stowe is the first recipient of the Distinguished Mentor Award – Clinician/Educator. His multiple recommenders note that he helps them determine their own career trajectories, teaches and challenges them daily, serves as a role model for  remarkable dedication to patient care, provides them feedback that is honest, and approaches the mentoring task with respect to clinician education and research with equal vigor. One person noted that Dr. Stowe’s greatest vocational passion lies in the opportunity to mentor junior faculty and trainees.

The recipient of the Distinguished Service Award is Dr. Keith Wood, Associate Professor. During his tenure at Emory/Grady, Dr. Wood has developed and implemented innovative psychiatric programs (e.g., Crisis Stabilization Unit). Since 1998, he has served as the Center Director, Central Fulton Community Mental Health Center. He is well known for initiating an inter-agency systems approach in the community treatment of severely mentally ill individuals, an on-school-site adolescent substance abuse program, an adult partial hospitalization program, a central intake and referral system for substance abuse services, and mental health/criminal justice intervention program and services. He has been partnered with the Regional Homeless Services Taskforce, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, the Mental Health Association of Georgia, City of Atlanta Department of Corrections, Fulton County courts, and the Grady Emergency Medical Service. He has developed alliances and resources to provide intensive psychiatric inpatient, partial, and follow-up services in metropolitan Atlanta, creating community based alternatives to State-Regional psychiatric hospitalization. He has been effective in receiving state and other funding to support these programs. Dr. Wood has served on numerous community boards: Community Friendship Inc, Crisis Intervention Team (Georgia), Fulton County Criminal Justice Taskforce, Fuqua Center for Late-Life Depression, Horse Time Therapeutic Intervention, National Mental Health Association of Georgia, Pace Substance Abuse Services, West End Medical Centers, World Pilgrims, Care Leadership, and  Interfaith Community Institute. A participant/leader with World Pilgrims Inc., he is deeply involved in community service activities in conjunction with his church, Buckhead Community Fellowship.  He has received the Public Sector Psychologist of the year by the Georgia Psychological Association, IMANI Award for Community Service, Fleming Faculty Service Award from the School of Medicine, and the Richard Morrell Award for Community Service.  Since coming to Emory, he has published on such diverse topics as the role of psychologists in inpatient settings, crisis stabilization units, exercise patterns of psychiatric patients, suicidal behavior, and cross-cultural issues. Trainees love his passion about his work and his desire to save the world. Dr. Wood epitomizes the definition of service. 

Dr. Larry Young, the William P. Timmie Professor, is Chief of the Division of Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychiatric Disorders at the Yerkes National Primate Center. Dr. Young was awarded the 2010 Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award for his internationally acclaimed research elucidating the neurobiology and genetics underlying social behaviors and social attachment.  His work not only provides a foundation for understanding the social brain, but has important implications for identifying novel treatment strategies to improve social cognition and social function in psychiatric disorders such as Autism and Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders. For example, he is currently investigating the possibility of using drugs that stimulate oxytocin release in the brain for enhancing social cognition in animal models, and hopes to conduct similar studies in patient populations in the coming years. Dr. Young has been continuously funded by the NIH since he joined our faculty in 1996. Last year he received a McKnight Foundation Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Grant. In 2008, he received the Golden Brain Award from the Minerva Foundation at the Society for Neuroscience, was elected as a member of the American College of Neuropsychopharamcology in 2009, and was elected as a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science this year. He is Associate Editor for three journal: Hormones and Behavior, Pharmacology, and Biochemistry and Behavior and Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. As his letter writer, Dr. Mike Owens aptly noted, he also has an enviable record of training the next generation of neuropsychopharmacologists. As the 2010 recipient of the Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award, he will give Grand Rounds in our department on October 27. At that time, we will all have a chance to hear about his exciting and groundbreaking translational research.


Farooq Amin is one of the authors on a paper published on the American Journal of Psychiatry entitled “The internet-based MGS2 control sample: Self report of mental illness.

Claire Coles was elected to the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Study Group (FASDSG) Advisory board. FASDG is an international organization for research on these disorders.

Mar Sanchez was appointed to the NIH Study Section for Biobehavioral Regulation, Learning and Ethology.  She also published a paper in Development and Psychopathology on the “effects of sex and early maternal abuse on adrenocoricotrpin hormone and cortisol responses to the corticotrophin-releasing hormone challenge during the first 3 years of life in group-living rhesus monkeys.

Welcome to New Faculty

Please join me in welcoming a new member of our faculty.

Amit Shahane, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is a psychologist at the Grady Health System Infectious Disease Program. He received his PhD from the University of Oregon in 2009. His clinical interests involve applying recovery-oriented, evidenced-based treatments for individuals experiencing co-occurring severe mental illness and medical disorders. His research interests involve evaluating the effectiveness of cognitive-based interventions within a behavioral medicine context, as well as interpersonal violence.