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April 2012

Save the Date

Please remember that on Wednesday May 2, 2012 from 9-10:30am there will be a presentation on Service Portfolios. Presenters will include Nadine Kaslow, Ann Schwartz, and Becky Kinkead.

Faculty Kudos

Major Leadership Appointments, Activities and Achievements

Frank Brown has been asked to chair for another year (year 4) as the Chair of the Finance & Budge Committee of the American Psychiatric Association, and be a consultant to the Investment Oversight Committee and Audit Committee.  He will also continue to be the chair until May 2013 of the APA’s Long-Range Reserve Planning Committee. Further, he has begun his final year as Treasurer of the American College of Psychiatrists.

Rob Cotes has been appointed Associate Residency Training Director in the general adult program.

Arden Dingle will serve as a core faculty member for the Psychiatry Review 2012 day-long Master Course at the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting.

Both Nadine Kaslow and Kerry Ressler were invited speakers at the 2012 NIMH Outreach Partnership Program Annual Meeting in Denver, CO. This program is designed to bring NIMH funded research into the community. Nadine’s talk was entitled “Grady NIA Project: Assessing and treating abused, suicidal, low-income, African American women. Kerry’s talk was entitled “Genetics and neurobiology of PTSD.”

Helen Mayberg has been appointed as the first Dorothy C. Fuqua Chair in Psychiatric Neuroimaging and Therapeutics.

Tad Pace will serve as a reviewer for the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation.

Mark Rapaport has been appointed to the Search Committee for the Dean, School of Medicine. He has also been selected as the Treasurer for The American Society of Clinical Pharmacology.


Five Emory medical students matched in psychiatry. They will be doing their residencies at Emory, Vanderbilt, Colorado, Harvard and Columbia.


Barnum, C.J., Pace, TW.W., Hu, F., Neigh, G.N., & Tansey,  M.G. (2012) Psychological stress in adolescent and adult mice increases neuroinflammation and attenuates the response to LPS challenge. Journal of Neuroinflammation, 9. DOI: 10.1186/1742-2094-9-1
Bourke, C.H., Harreli, C.S., & Neigh, G.N. (in press). Stress-induced sex differences: Adaptations mediated by the glucocorticoid receptor. Hormones and Behavior. DOI: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2012.02.024

Bourke, C.H. & Neigh, G,N. (2012). Exposure to repeated maternal aggression induces depressive-like behavior and increases startle in adult female rats. Behavioural Brain Research 227, 270-275. DOI:10.1016/j.bbr.2011.11.001

Capuron, L., Pagnoni, G., Drake, D.F., Woolwine, B.J., Spivey, J.R., Crowe, R.J., Votaw, J.R., Goodman, M.M., & Miller, A.H. (in press). Dopaminergic mechanisms of reduced basal ganglia responses to hedonic reward during interferon-alpha administration. Archives of General Psychiatry.

Celano, M.P., Holsey, C.N., & Kobrynski, L.J. (2012). Home-based family intervention for low-income children with asthma: A randomized controlled pilot study. Journal of Family Psychology, 26, 171-177. DOI: 10.1037/a0027218

Haroon, E., Raison, C.L., & Miller, A.H.  (2012). Psychoneuroimmunology meets neuropsychopharmacology: Translational implications of the impact of inflammation on behavior. Neuropsychomarmacology Reviews, 37, 137-162. DOI: 10.1038/npp.2011.205. As of 3/22/12, it is #2 on Top Ten Most Downloaded Papers in Neuropsychopharmacology.

Kaslow, N. J., Garcia-Williams, A., Moffitt, L., McLeod, M., Zesiger, H., Ammirati, R., Berg, J.P., McIntosh, B.J., & Members of the Emory Cares 4 U Coalition (2012). Building and maintaining an effective campus-wide coalition for suicide prevention. Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, 26, 121-139. doi: 10.1080/87568225.2012.659160

Kaslow, N.J., Graves, C.C., & Smith, C.O. (2012). Specialization in psychology and health care reform. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, DOI: 10.1007/s10880-011-9273-0

Morrier, M. J., & Hess, K. L. (2012). Ethnic differences in autism eligibility in the United States public schools. Journal of Special Education, 46, 49-63. DOI: 10.1177/0022466910372137

Olivera, A., Moore, T.W., Hu, F., Brown, A.P., Sun, A., Liotta, D.C., Snyder, J.P., Yoon, Y., Shim, H., Marcus, A.I., Miller, A.H., & Pace, T.W.W. (2012). Inhibition of the NF-κB signaling pathway by the curcumin analog, 3,5-Bis(2-pyridinylmethylidene)-4-piperidone (EF31): anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. International Immunopharmacology, 12, 368-377. DOI: 10.1016/j.intimp.2011.12.009

Pace, T.W.W., Wingenfeld, K., Schmidt, I., Meinlschmidt, G., Hellhammer, D.H., & Heim, C.M. (2012). Increased peripheral NF-kB pathway activity in women with childhood abuse-related  posttraumatic stress disorder. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 26, 13-17. DOI: 10.1016/j.bbi.2011.07.232

Raison, C.L. & Miller, A.H. (in press). The evolutionary significance of depression in pathogen host defense (PATHOS-D). Molecular Psychiatry.

Honors, Awards, Rankings

Scott Firestone was named as one of the 2012 Top Docs in Lifestyle Magazine.

Andy Miller became a Fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology.

Michael Phillips won the Shanghai International Collaborative Science Award and the Shanghai Magnolia Silver Award.

Quality and Safety Initiatives

Barb D’Orio was selected to participate in the Emory Quality Academy. The training is comprised of 12 days of training over four months. Topics covered range from how to identify and develop a quality project, working within a team setting, methods of assessing performance, data collection and data management tools, all the way down to how to manage employees who are not following policies and procedures. Completing a quality project is part of the training. Her project was derived from one of Grady Psychiatry’s objectives – completion of the suicide risk assessment on the Temporary Observation Unit. The Grady team, of which she is a part, has seen an improvement in the suicide risk assessment completion rate from 76% in January to 99% as of this week.

HBIPS remains at 100% compliance (that is bundled meaning that all individual measures are in compliance)

Development Achievement and Capital Campaign Initiatives

None reported

Community Benefit Programs and Activities

Bekh Bradley has been showcased in Emory’s I am campaign. This is a visibility campaign for the President’s Commission on Sexuality, Gender Diversity, and Queer Equality.

There was a CNN documentary on DBS featuring Helen Mayberg on April 15 and 21.

Gretchen Neigh led two science outreach workshops on brain awareness for Evansdale Elementary School in Dekalb County School System – one in January and one in February.  Combined attendance was over 100 elementary school students between kindergarten and fifth grade. In addition , she represented the School of Medicine in the Emory Imagining America Academic Learning Community, a semester long series of discussions determining how Emory can better interact with the community to facilitate transfer of academic knowledge to the greater Atlanta area.  The program was run through Emory’s Office of University-Community Partnerships.

Tad Pace will be speaking at the 4th Annual SOM/ EHC Administrative Professionals Day Symposium on April 25, on the topic of Mind-Body Health and Wellness.

Resident and Pyschology Kudos

Andrea Crowell has been selected for a fellowship to support her attendance at the Workshop on Clinical Trials in Psychopharmacology in New York City.

Telsie Davis presented a poster of psychological research at the Anxiety Disorders Association of America Annual Conference in Arlington, VA: Protective Developmental Experiences and the Mediation of PTSD symptoms in African Americans with High Trauma Exposure. Her co-authors were JoAnna Kaye, Ami Smith, Kiran Neelarambam, Kerry Ressler, and Bekh Bradley.

David Mays presented a poster of psychiatric research at the Department of Medicine annual resident research day. Outcomes in Patients with Schizophrenia Treated Adjunctively with Divalproex. His co-authors were Erica Duncan, Maya Sternberg,  Wendy Hasenkamp, and William Boshoven.

Patricia Riva Posse, Sarah Juul, and Brett Lloyd finished in the Top Five in APA MindGames, which is a residency competition modeled on Jeopardy TV where the teams answer questions on medical knowledge and patient care. This Emory resident team finished 5th out of 90 participating programs.

Sarah Vinson is the founder and Chief Editor of BlackMentalHealthNet.Com, whose mission is to empower the Black community by promoting mental health. In addition, in her role related to the Medical Students and Residents Committee, she was quoted about how mentorship matters in the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry News, March/April 2012.