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July and August 2011

Reminder – Teaching Portfolio Workshop

The Teaching Portfolio Workshop for the department will be held on Wednesday August 31, 2011 from 9-10:30am. Dr. Kate Heilpern, Chair of Emergency Medicine, who has considerable expertise in this topic, will be the lead speaker. Some of the faculty members from our department who have prepared strong teaching portfolios will also be on the panel: Drs. Ann Schwartz, Erica Duncan, and Mar Sanchez are confirmed presenters. I encourage anyone interested in promotion over the next 3-5 years or mentoring a faculty member planning to pursue promotion to attend the workshop.

Departmental Awards

Please join me in congratulating our department award recipients for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Marietta Collins will receive the Distinguished Service Award. Marietta, an Assistant Professor and child and adolescent psychologist based primarily at Grady, has a long history of service to the department and nationally. She is particularly being acknowledged for her institutional service on the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, the President’s Commission on Race and Ethnicity, and the Transforming Community Project (TCP). Her exemplary dedication and service to the TCP, particularly her leadership on the TCP Faculty and Staff Community Dialogue Groups at Grady, earned her the Transforming Community Project Champions Award. Also, for her dedication to community service in 2008, she received the Richard W. Morrell Community Service Award. At the national level, she received the American Family Therapy Academy Cultural and Economic Diversity Award for her leadership with regard to multiculturalism in the educational, clinical, and research domains.

Tanja Jovanovic, an Assistant Professor on the tenure track, will receive the Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award for a Junior Faculty Member. Her research is a testimony to achieving translational research at the bench and the bedside. Recently, she received a Young Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Anxiety Disorders. She has developed laboratory paradigms to measure fear inhibition in PTSD patients. A member of the Grady Trauma Project Research Team, she will be testing her paradigm in civilian trauma populations. In recent years, she has been a co-author on papers that have appeared in Nature, Biological Psychiatry, General Hospital Psychiatry, American Journal of Psychiatry, Psychoneuroendocrinology, Depression and Anxiety,  Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Neuropharmacology to name a few.

Belinda McIntosh, Assistant Professor and Staff Psychiatrist at the Student Health and Counseling Services, will receive the Distinguished Clinician Award. She is receiving this award for the outstanding quality of patient care that she provides to Emory students. She uses evidence-based practices in a student-centered approach and provides both individually-tailored and collaborative treatments.  This award also acknowledges  her commitment to team-oriented delivery of patient care, her excellence in cultivating rapport with an interdisciplinary clinical staff, and her accessibility and commitment to collaboration with other health care professionals. Moreover, she has actively participated in important quality improvement programs. And finally, she is very valued for her dedication to the continuing education of health care colleagues and her active participation in the Emory Cares 4 U Campus-Wide Suicide Prevention Program.

Kerry Ressler, Associate Professor, Director of the Grady Trauma Project, and an Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, will receive the Mentoring Award for his mentoring of faculty and trainees primary in the research area. Letters on his behalf were received from many junior faculty and students. A prolific and well-funded researcher, who is a brilliant scientist, Kerry was portrayed as a committed mentor. He generously provides career guidance in addition to research support and training. His mentees appreciate his providing them with career enhancing opportunities and his making their career development one of his top priorities. They value his compassion, generosity, wisdom, humility, and genuineness.


Patrick Haggard was trained here at Emory and graduated from the psychiatry residency program in 2003 and the psychoanalytic institute in 2007.  He has been on the faculty since 2003 and specifically on the 13A Psychiatry Unit where he was promoted to medical director.  He has worked with countless interns and chief residents and taught numerous didactics to the residents.  He has served on various committees in the department including as chair of the curriculum committee for the psychoanalytic institute, as a member of the P and T committees at Grady and Emory, and as a member of the executive committee for the Psychoanalytic institute.  He also was the site-PI for two NIMH-funded grants, the ACES project and the RAISE project at Grady, which examined first episode patient with psychosis.  As a psychoanalyst, he particularly enjoyed his psychotherapy practice at Emory Clinic and found it rewarding and meaningful. Patrick is now a very happy stay-at-home dad with his delightful son, Caleb.

Faculty Kudos

Major Leadership Appointments, Activities and Achievements

Ayman Fareed is the site PI for a clinical trial sponsored by the Veteran Health Administration Cooperative Studies Program that examines the effects of augmenting antidepressants with antipsychotic medications for the treatment of resistant depression. Ayman is also the reviewer for several journals including, Addiction, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, Palliative Care: Research and Treatment, Neurobehavioral HIV Medicine, Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation, and Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology.
Nadine Kaslow is the site PI for a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health entitled “implementation of an evidence-based PTSD treatment in public sector settings.”

Mar Sanchez, a newly appointed Editorial Board Member for ISRN Neuroendocrinology (July 2011-present), has joined the Committee on Animals in research (CAR), Society for Neuroscience, which tracks changes in judicial, regulatory, and legislative policy that could negatively affect neuroscience research. 


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Coles, C.D. (2011). Discriminating effects of prenatal alcohol exposure from other behavioral and learning disorders. Alcohol Research and Health, 34, 42-50.

Craighead, W.E., Sheets, E.S., Craighead, L.W., & Madsen, J.W. (2011). Recurrence of MDD: A prospective study of personality pathology and cognitive distortions. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 2, 83-97. DOI: 10.1037/a0020456

Cramer, S.C., Sur, M., Dobkin, B.H., O’Brien, C., Sanger, T.D., Trojanowski, J.Q., Rumsey, J.M., Hicks, R., Cameron, J., Chen, D., Chen, W.G., Cohen, L.G., deCharms, C., Duffy, C.J., Eden, G.F., Fetz, E.E., Filart, R., Freudn, M., Grant, S.J.Haber, S., Kalivas, P.W., Kolb, B., Kramer, A.F., Lynch, M., Mayberg, .S., McQuillen, P.S., Nitkin, R., Pascual-Leone, A., Reuter-Lorenz, P., Schiff, N., Sharma, A., Shekim, L., Stryker, M., Sullivan, E.V., & Vinogradov, S. (2011). Harnessing neuroplasticity for clinical applications. Brain, 134, 1591-1609. DOI: 10.1093/brain/awr039

Dunn, L.B., Holtzheimer, P.E, Hoop, J.H., Mayberg, H.S., Roberts, L.W., & Appelbaum, P.S. (2011). Ethical issues in deep brain stimulation research for treatment-resistant depression: Focus on risk and consent. AJOB Neuroscience, 2, 29-36. DOI: 10.1080/21507740.2010.533638

Fareed, A., Stout, S., Casarella, J., Vayalapalli, S., Cox, J., & Drexler, K. (2011). Illicit opioid overdose: Diagnosis and treatment [Invited Review]. Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment, 5, 17-25.

Fareed, A., Vayalapalli, S., Byrd Sellers, J., Casarella, J., & Drexler, K. (2011). Predictors of good treatment outcome for patients seeking buprenorphine maintenance treatment. The American Journal on Addictions, 20, 383-384.

Fareed, A., Vayalapalli, S., Byrd Sellers, J., Casarella, J., & Drexler, K. (2011). Safety and efficacy of long term buprenophine maintenance treatment. Addictive Disorders and Their Treatment (published online ahead of print).
Fareed, A., Vayalapalli, S., Stout, S., Casarella, J., Drexler, K., & Bailey, S.P. (2011). Effect of methadone maintenance treatment on heroin craving: A literature review. Journal of Addictive Diseases, 30, 27-38.

Fins, J.J., Mayberg, H.S., Nuttin, B., Kubu, C.S., Galert, T., Sturm, V., Stooperbrink, K., Merkel, R., & Schlaepfer, T.E. (2011). Misuse of the FDA’s humanitarian device exemption in deep brain stimulation for obsessive-compulsive disorder. Health Affairs, 30, 302-311. DOI: 10.1377/hlthaff.2010.0157

Freeman, M.P., & Rapaport, M.H. (2011). Omega-3 fatty acids and depression: From cellular mechanisms to clinical care. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 72, 258-259. DOI: 10.4088/JCP.11ac06830

Hoffman, B.M. Babyak, M.A., Craighead, W.E., Sherwood, A., Doraiswamy, P.M., Coons, M.J., & Blumenthal, J.A. (2011). Exercise and pharmacotherapy in patients with major depression: One-year follow-up of the SMILE Study. Psychosomatic Medicine, 73, 127-133. DOI: 10.1097/​PSY.0b013e31820433a5

Jacobs, S.C., Huprich, S.K., Grus, C.L., Cage, E.A., Elman, N.S., Forrest, L., Schwartz-Mette, R., Shen-Miller, D.S., Van Sickle, K.S., & Kaslow, N.J. (2011). Trainees with professional competency problems: Preparing trainers for difficult but necessary conversations. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 5, 175-184, DOI: 10.1037/a0024656.

Kaslow, N.J., & Webb, C. (2011). Internship and postdoctoral residency. In J.C. Norcross, G.R. Vandebos, and D.K. Freedheim (Eds.), History of psychotherapy: Continuity and change (2nd edition) (pp.640-650). Washington DC: American Psychological Association.

Kennedy, S.H., Giacobbe, P., Rizvi, S.J., Placenza, F., Mishikawa, Y., Mayberg, H.S., & Lozano, A.M. (2011). Deep brain stimulation for treatment-resistant depression: Follow-up after 3 to 6 years. American Journal of Psychiatry, 168, 520-510. DOI: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2010.10081187.

LeMaire, A.W., Shahane, A., Dao, T.K., Kibler, J.L., & Cully, JA. (2011). Illness intrusiveness mediates the relationship between heart failure severity and depression in older adults. Journal of Applied Gerontology, DOI: 10.1177/0733464810396507.

Rapaport, M.H., Nierenberg, A.A., Howland, R., Dording, C., Schettler, PJ., & Mischoulon, D. (2011). The treatment of minor depression with St. John’s Wort or citalopram: Failure to show benefit over placebo. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 45, 931-941. DOI: 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2011.05.001 

Vayalapalli, S., Fareed, A., Casarella, J., & Drexler, K. (2011). Housing as a motivation for seeking substance abuse treatment. The American Journal on Addictions, 20, 182-183.

Yager, J., Silverman, J.J., &  Rapaport, M.H. (2011). Adapting to decreased industry support of CME: Lifelong education in an “industry-lite” world. American Journal of Psychiatry, 35, 101-105. DOI: 10.1176/appi.ap.35.2.101

Honors, Awards, Rankings

Nadine Kaslow received the Rosalee Weiss Leadership Award for her work on the Grady Nia Project from the American Psychological Foundation.

Larry Tune was also listed as one of Atlanta’s Top Doctors in Atlanta Magazine last month. I apologize for this oversight.

Quality and Safety Initiatives

The Hospital Based Inpatient Psychiatric Services (HBIPS) represent a set of psychiatric core measures similar to the CHF and pneumonia core measures as required by The Joint Commission. HBIPS is mostly evidence based and evaluate admission and discharge quality metrics.

Development Achievement and Capital Campaign Initiatives

None reported

Community Benefit Programs and Activities

Jeff Rakofksy has given a number of lectures in the community. He spoke about Treatments for Bipolar Depression at the Summer Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association CME conference. In addition to providing a continuing education talk for the Grady Psychology Program Series on bipolar disorder, he has given recent presentation on this topic for the National Alliance for Mental Illness- Cobb County Chapter and the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance-Metro Atlanta Chapter.

Resident and Psychology Training Kudos

Finley, K., Borod, J.C., Kluger, A., Savage, K., Bhatt, K., Twaite, J., Myers, T., Hall, S.J., Pick, L., Schmidt, J.M., Sliwinski, M., & Brickman, A. (2011, August). Associations among demographic characteristics and control measures in emotion perception. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

Sarah Juul is the Director for the Atlanta Asylum Network, won the 2010 National Institute of Mental Health Outstanding Resident Award, and received the 2011-2012 American Psychoanalytic Association Fellowship.

Nicole King and Dana Reid received the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Educational Outreach Program (EOP) for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residents award, supported by the AACAP Endowment.

Mian, A., Reid, D., & Pumariega, A. (2010). Tackling xenophobia: Are we there yet? AACAP News.

Colin Stewart received the American Psychiatric Leadership Fellowship (2010-2012), and the UCSF PGY-3 Medical Student Teaching Award. Colin is also a Psychiatry Representative (2011-2013) for the AAMC Organization of Resident Representatives.

Stewart, C. E., Carlin, D., Young, J. Q., Azzam, A. (2011, May). A review of longitudinal medical educational programs relating to a psychiatry residency clinical curriculum redesign. Poster presented as part of the Western Group on Educational Affairs Annual Meeting, Palo Alto, CA.

Sarah Vinson, an APA/SAMHSA Minority Fellow, was appointed to the AACAP policy statement advisory committee for a two year term, served on the APA council for advocacy and government relations, was the speaker and co-chair for “interpersonal violence in a cross cultural treatment setting” at the APA IPS conference, presented a poster entitled “Survey of MA Psychiatrists Re: MA Healthcare Reform” during the annual meeting of the APA, volunteered on a medical mission trip to Haiti, and partnered with NAMI Dekalb to plan and host Minority Health Month Outreach Event. She also was awarded the GCAP Advocacy Travel Award and the AACAP Travel Award. She is the founder, chief editor, and contributor to the website which launched in July 2011. 

Vahabzadeh, A., & Juul, S. (2011). New duty-hour rules present challenges. Psychiatric News, 46, 23. DOI: 10.1176/appi.ap.35.4.273. 

Wanat, S., Whisnant, J., Reicherter, D., Solvason, B., Juul, S., Penrose, B., & Koopman, C. (2010). Coping with the challenges of living in an Indonesian residential institution. Health Policy, 96, 45-50.DOI: 10.016/j.healthpol.2010.01.001.

Weinschenk, K., & Schwartz, A. C.(2010). “A case report of closed eye hallucinations.” (Letter to the Editor). Psychosomatics, 52, 86-87.