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December 2011

Save the Date

The Service Portfolio is a new and very key component of an appointment/promotions packet. Therefore, on Wednesday February 1, 2012 from 9-10:30am, there will be a presentation on Service Portfolios. Presenters will include Nadine Kaslow, Arden Dingle, and Ann Schwartz.

Faculty Kudos

Major Leadership Appointments, Activities and Achievements

Claire Coles was the Expert Chair , responsible for the activities of the expert panel, and the keynote speaker for a consensus conference sponsored by the Interagency Coordinating Committee of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism,( NIAAA)NIH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).  Held October 31-November 2, 2011, it was titled, “Recognizing Alcohol-Related Neurodevelopmental Disorders (ARND) in Primary Health Care of Children”.   The goal of the meeting was to arrive at appropriate recommendations concerning the pediatric care of alcohol affected infants and children for inclusion in the Bright Futures Initiative sponsored by the AAP which is the standard of care for pediatric care in the USA.  The consensus statement and recommendations that emerged from the meeting will be submitted to the AAP and reviewed widely.

Nadine Kaslow was appointed to the School of Medicine Faculty Development Advisory Committee.


No new initiatives or activities reported.


Arnarson, E.O., & Craighead, W.E. (2011). Prevention of depression among Icelandic adolescents: A 12-month follow-up. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 49, 170-174. DOI: 10.1016/j.brat.2010.12.008

Bjornsson, A.S., Bidwell, L.C., BRosse, A.L., Carey, G., Hauser, M. Seghete, K.L.M., Schulz-Heik, J., Weatherley, D., Erwin, B.A., & Craighead, W.E. (2011). Cognitive-behavioral group therapy versus group psychotherapy for social anxiety disorder among college students: A randomized controlled trial. Depression and Anxiety, 28, 1034-1042. DOI: 10.1002/da.20877

Druss, B.G., von Esenwein, S.A., Compton, M.T., Zhao, L., & Leslie, D.L. (2011). Budget impact and sustainability of medical care management for persons with serious mental illnesses. American Journal of Psychiatry, 168, 1171-1178.

Dunlop, B..W., Kelley, M.E., Mletzko, T.C., Velasquez, C.M., Craighead, W.E., & Mayberg, H.S. (2011). Depression believes, treatment preference, and outcomes in a randomized trial for major depressive disorder. Journal of Psychiatric Research. DOI: 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2011.11.003 

Farber, E.W., Woods, A., Sherman, R.M., Sharma, S.M., & Campos, P.E. (2011). Personal meaning as a predictor of psychological well-being over time in individuals receiving HIV-related mental health services. General Hospital Psychiatry, 33, 469-475.  DOI:10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2011.05.010

Hanson, N.D., Owens, M.J., Boss-Williams, K.A., Weiss, J.M., & Nemeroff, C.B. (2011). Several stressors fail to reduce adult hippocampal neurogenesis. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 36, 1520-1529.

Houry, D., Hankin, A., Daughtery, J., Smith, L.S., & Kaslow, N.J.(2011). Effect of a targeted women’s health intervention in an inner-city emergency department. Emergency Medicine International, 2011. DOI: 10.1155/2011/543493.

Jacob, M., Keeley, M.L., Ritschel, L., & Craighead, W.E. (2011). Behavioural activation for the treatment of low-income, African American adolescents with major depressive disorder: A case series. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy. DOI: 10.1002/cpp.774

West, C.H.K., Boss-Williams, K.A., & Weiss, J.M. (2011). Effects of fenfluramine, 8-OH-DPAT, and tryptophan-enriched diet on the high-ethanol intake by rats bred for susceptibility to stress. Alcohol, 45, 739-749. DOI: :10.1016/j.alcohol.2011.07.007 

West, C.H.K., & Weiss, J.M. (2011). Effects of chronic antidepressant drug administration and electroconvulsive shock on activity of dopaminergic neurons in the ventral tegmentum. The International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, 14, 201-210. DOI: 10.1017/S1461145710000489

Honors, Awards, Rankings

Frank Brown and the Hospital Based Inpatient Psychiatric Service team at Wesley Woods received a Quality and Patient Safety Award from the Georgia Hospital Association. This is the first time Wesley Woods has received this award.   

Jeff Newport was accepted into the 2012 class of the Woodruff Leadership Academy (WLA). Other faculty who have been selected for this leadership program include Nadine Kaslow and Andrew Furman.

Seth Norrholm has been invited to serve on the Editorial Board of Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience.

Mike Owens was elected to be a Fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology.

Mark Rapaport was selected as one of Prevention Magazines’ Integrative Medicine Award winners for his work on the ways in which massage therapy can boost the immune system.

The client workbook, Reclaiming your life from a traumatic experience, written by Barbara Rothbaum, Edna Foa and Elizabeth Hembree received the Self Help Book Seal of Merit Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT).  This program is an effort by ABCT to educate the general public on the benefits of empirically supported treatment. 

Quality and Safety Initiatives

The Department is rolling out the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS).  PQRS is an initiative from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) designed to demonstrate quality patient care through evidence based measures that are based upon clinical guidelines. There is a 1% increase in Medicare payments for eligible providers (physicians, practitioners & therapists) that successfully report. For Psychiatry, the following 4 measures have been selected based upon the highest number of eligible visits across our department: (1) Adoption/Use of Electronic Health Records (EeMR), (2) Current Medications in the Medical Record, (3) Unhealthy Alcohol Use – Screening, and (4) Tobacco Use: Screening and Cessation Intervention.

Development Achievement and Capital Campaign Initiatives

The Grady Nia Project held a very successful fund raiser at 56 East Andrews. Proceeds from the silent auction are used to directly benefit the low-income, abused and suicidal African American women who are served by the project. Organized by Allison Hill and Farah Taha, the fund raiser also included entertainment by musicians from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and speakers whose shared about their experiences recovering from abusive relationships.

Community Benefit Programs and Activities

The Department held their Sixth Annual Holiday Project.  The recipients of this year’s gift giving were Community Friendship, Inc. and City of Refuge.

In partnership with the Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research, the Emory Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program held a program entitled “Beautiful minds: Bipolar lecture and performance series.” Jeff Rakofsky presented a lecture on the differences between Type 1 and Type II bipolar disorder, followed by questions from the audience. Then, the watched a ballet performance by a 30 year old woman with bipolar disorder, who then answered questions focusing on how the illness has impacted her life in positive and negative ways.

Resident and Pyschology Training Kudos

I strongly encourage residents and psychology trainees to share their accomplishments with me so that I can share them with the department.