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February 2012

Save the Date - Note Change of Date

The Service Portfolio is a new and very key component of an appointment/promotions packet. Therefore, on Wednesday May 2, 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

Effective January 1, 2012, Carol Webb is the President of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards.


The department leadership is in discussion with School of Medicine leadership with regard to having a resident rotation in Ethiopia.


Bertholomey, M.L., West, C.H.K., Jensen, M.L., li, T-K., Stewart, R.B., Weiss, J.M., & Lumeng, L. (2011). Genetic propensities to increase ethanol intake in response to stress: Studies with selectively bred swim test susceptible (SUS), alcohol-preferring (P), and non-preferring (NP) lines of rats. Psychopharmaoclogy, 1, 157-167. DOI: 10.1007/s00213-0111-2381-6.

Holtzheimer, P.E., Kelley, M.E., Gross, R.E., Filkowski, M.M., Garlow, S.J., Barrocas, A., Wint, D., Craighead, M.C., Kozarsky, B., Chismar, R., Moreines, J.L., Mewes, K., Posse, P.R., Gutman, D.A., & Mayberg, H.S. (2012). Subcallosal cingulate deep brain stimulation for treatment-resistant unipolar and bipolar depression. Archives of General Psychiatry, 69, 150-158. DOI: 10.1001/archgenpsychiatry.2011.1456.

Jacob, M.K., Ash, P., & Craighead, W.E. (2012). Adolescent female with withdrawal psychosis following abrupt termination of ziprasidone. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. DOI: 10.1007/s00787-012-0239

Kaslow, N.J., Broth, M.R., Smith, C.O., & Collins, M.H. (2012). Family-based interventions for child and adolescent disorders. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 38, 82-100. DOI: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2011.00257.x

Mercer, K.B., Orcutt, H..K., Quinn, J.F., Fitzgerald, C.A., Conneely, K.N., Barfield, R.T., Gillsepie, C.F., & Ressler, K.J. (2012). Acute and posttraumatic stress symptoms in a prospective gene X environment study of a university campus shooting. Archives of General Psychiatry, 69, 89-97. DOI: 10.1001/archgenpsychiatry.2011.109

Parr, L.A., Boudreau, M., Hecht, E., Winslow, J.T., Nemeroff, C.B., & Sanchez, M.M. (in press). Early life stress affects cerebral glucose metabolism in adult rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta). Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience.

Santhanam, P., Coles, C.D.,  Li, Z., Lynch, M.E., & Hu, X. (2011) Default mode network dysfunction in adults with prenatal alcohol exposure. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 194, 354-362. PMID:22079659

Honors, Awards, Rankings

Rob Cotes received the persistence and performance award from the Grady administration for his work in decreasing seclusions and restraints.

Quality and Safety Initiatives

We remain at 100 percent for our HBIPS measures (Hospital Based Inpatient Psychiatric Services).

We are now under two additional inpatient core measures : Flu and pneumococcal vaccinations.

Development Achievement and Capital Campaign Initiatives

Grady received the first of four checks from the Fitzgerald Foundation on a one million dollar grant to start the planning for a Med Psych Unit.

The Fuqua Foundation also got a grant to provide psychiatric coverage in low cost housing for seniors. 

Community Benefit Programs and Activities

On February 23, 2012, Marietta Collins will be the keynote speaker for the Nell Hodgson School of Nursing Black history event and her presentation is on racial history. She also spoke to the Student National Medical Association on Emory University School of Medicine’s Racial History.

Resident and Psychology Training Kudos

Schwenke, T. (2011). Childhood trauma:  Considering diagnostic and culturally sensitive treatment approaches for deaf children, JADARA: A Journal for Professionals Networking for Excellence in Service Delivery with Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, 158-173, Myersville, MD: American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association.

Arshya Vahabzadeh has been awarded an American Psychiatric Association/American Psychiatric Leadership Fellowship for 2012-2014. The fellowship is designed to prepare future leaders in psychiatry. He also was awarded 2nd prize in the Joe and Hope Skobba Poster Presentation Competition of the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association.