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June 2012

Comings and Goings

Teresa Cone graduated from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia with and an RBA (Regent's Bachelor of Arts). Her medical degree is from Michigan State College of Human Medicine. She graduated from the General Psychiatry residency program at the University of Cincinnati and was the Chief Resident of PES. During the last year, she has been working at a Federally Qualified Health Center, Healthsource of Ohio, in an integrated setting with primary care physicians and Ob-Gyn. At Grady, she will be working half-time providing general psychiatry care in the new outpatient clinic and half-time in CIS. She has an interest in psychotherapy for PTSD.

Faculty Kudos

Major Leadership Appointments, Activities and Achievements  

Peter Ash has become the President of the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association.  

Becky Kinkead was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor on the Medical Educator and Service Track (MEST). Becky received her PhD from Emory in 1997 in Molecular Therapeutics and Toxicology. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship, she was appointed to the position of Assistant Professor, Research Track in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in 1999.  Between 1999 and 2005 she was the PI of an NIMH funded R03 award and the PI or Co-PI of 4 industry sponsored projects with the research focus of the role of peptide systems in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia and the mechanism of action of antipsychotic drugs.  In 2005, she assumed responsibility for the scientific administration of 3 large center grants in the Department of Psychiatry and since 2005, her responsibilities, accomplishments and career goals have continued to shift towards those delineated in the newly created Medical Educator and Service Track - MEST.  Currently, Becky is the Psychiatry Scientific Research Administrator for the department of psychiatry and works to identify funding opportunities, to assist Psychiatry faculty with pre-award development and submission of grant applications, and to coordinate post-award implementation.  Becky continues to be involved with several of the large program project grants in the department and is the Associate Director of the Center for Translational Social Neuroscience.  

Ray Kotwicki was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor on the Medical Educator and Service Track (MEST). Ray arrived at Emory in 2001 to finish residency in psychiatry and begin his post-doctoral fellowship in community psychiatry / public health.  After graduating, he served as Medical Director of Grady Health System's Community Outreach Services program for three years prior to being recruited to lead clinical services at Skyland Trail in 2007.  He now holds the position of Chief Medical Officer of Skyland Trail as well as Director of Medical Student Education for the Department.  Ray was awarded the Dean's "Golden Apple" teaching award in 2010, and was named co-director of the Medical School's longitudinal "Becoming A Doctor" curriculum in 2011.  He serves on the Medical School's Admission Committee, Progress and Promotions Committee as well as the School's Executive Curriculum Committee.  Former faculty member Michael Compton, MD, MPH and Ray co-edited the text "Responding To Individuals with Mental Illnesses: A handbook for lay enforcement officers" (Jones & Bartlett, 2007), which has been used by thousands of police officers in tens of states to train police officers how to divert mentally ill persons away from jail toward treatment.  Ray's particular interest in medical professionalism and social justice have led to additional publications and over 50 extramural, academic presentations.  Through his promotion, Ray hopes to broaden the Department's leadership role in training and administration at the Medical School.

Jeff Rakofsky was appointed to membership on the School of Medicine Continuing Medical Education Committee. In addition, he is now a board member of the Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research.


Rickey Gillespie has been appointed Associate Director of Medical Student Education in recognition of the outstanding work that he has done in leading the Neurosciences II module in the medical student curriculum.  

Jeff Newport has accepted a position with the residency group to develop a research program for residents. 


Broadway, J.M., Holtzheimer, P.E., Hillmire, M.R., Parks, N.A., DeVylder, J.E., Mayberg, H.S., & Corbaliss, P.M. (2012). Frontal theta cordance predicts 6-month antidepressant response to subcallosal cingulated deep brain stimulation for treatment-resistant depression: A pilot study. Neuropsychopharmacology, 37, 1764-1772. DOI: 10.1038/npp.2012.23  

Constantino, M.J., Laws, H.B., Arnow, B.A., Klein, D.N., Rothbaum, B.O., & Manber, R. (2012). The relation between changes in patients’ interpersonal impact messages and outcome in treatment for chronic depression. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 80, 354-364. DOI: 10.1037/a0028351  

Fan, A., Berg, A., Bresee, C., Glassman, L.H., Rapaport, M.H. (2012). Allopurinol augmentation in the outpatient treatment of bipolar mania: a pilot study. Bipolar Disorders, 14, 206-210. DOI: 10.1111/j.1399-5618.2012.01001.x  

Glover, E.M., Jovanovic, T., Mercer, K.B., Kerley, K., Bradley, B., Ressler, K.J., & Norrholm, S. (2012). Estrogen levels are associated with extinction deficits in women with posttraumatic stress disorder. Biological Psychiatry, 72, 19-24. DOI: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2012.02.031  

Koola, M.M., Brown, W.V., Qualls, C., Cuthbert, B., Hollis, J.P., Kelly, D.L., Le, N-A., Raines, J., & Duncan, E.J. (2012). Reduced arterial compliance in patients with psychiatric diagnoses. Schizophrenia Research, 137,251-253. DOI: 10.1016/j.schres.2012.02.007  

Lev, G., Russell, P., Bresee, C., & Rapaport, M.H. (2012). Omega-3 fatty acid augmentation of citalopram treatment for patients with major depressive disorder. Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, 32, 61-64. DOI: 10.1097/JCP.0b013e31823f3b5f 

McLay, R.N., Graap, K., Spira, J., Perlman, K., Johnston, S., Rothbaum, B.O., Difede, J., Deal, W., Oliver, D., Baird, A., Bordnick, P.S., Spitalnick, J., Pyne, J.M., & Rizzo, A. (2012). Development and testing of virtual reality exposure therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder in active duty service members who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Military Medicine, 177, 635-642.  

Seth Norrholm and Tanja Jovanovic presented a mini-symposium at Stanford University School of Medicine entitled “Insights on trauma from fear learning in humans.”  They also set- up Seth’s fear extinction paradigm in Amit Etkin’s lab there in exchange for training on his emotional stroop task. This collaboration will support their work in the newly established Human Psychophysiology of Emotion lab they will soon have up and running at WMB.  

Otto, M.W., Tolin, D.F., Nations, K.R., Utshcig, A.C., Rothbaum. B.O., Hofmann, S.G., Smits, J.A.J. (2012). Five sessions and counting: Considering ultra-brief treatment for panic disorder. Depression and Anxiety, 29, 465-470. DOI: 10.1002/da.21910 

Rapaport, M.H. (2012). Depression following traumatic brain injury: Risk factors and management. CNS Drugs, 26, 111-121. DOI: 10.2165/11599560-000000000-00000  

Ready, D.J., Sylvers, P., Worley, V., Butt, J., Mascaro, N., & Bradley, B. (2012). The impact of group-based exposure therapy on the PTSD and depression of 30 combat veterans. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 4, 84-93. DOI: 10.1037/a0021997  

Taubert, J., Aagten-Murphy, D., & Parrk, L.A. (2012). A comparative study of face processing using scrambled faces. Perception, 41, 460-473. DOI: 10.1068/p7151  

Taubert, J., & Parr, L.A. (2012). The perception of two-tone Mooney faces in chimpanzees. Cognitive Neuroscience, 3, 21-28. DOI: 10.1080/17588928.2011.578737

Taubert, J., Qureshi, A., & Parr, L.A. (2012). The composite face  effect in chimpanzees and rhesus monkeys. Journal of Comparative Psychology, 10.1037/a0027287  

Vilhauer, J.S., Young, S., Kealoha, C., Bormann, J., IsHak, W.W., Rapaport, M.H., Hartoonian, N., & Mirocha, J. (2012). Treating major depression by creating positive expectations for the future: A pilot study for the effectiveness of future-directed therapy (FDT) on symptom severity and quality of life. CNS Neurosciences & Therapeutics, 18, 102-109. DOI: 10.1111/j.1755-5949.2011.00235.x  

Honors, Awards, Rankings  

Rob Cotes received the PGY-1 Teacher Award.

Monica Cowles received the PGY-3 Teacher Award.

Steve  Garlow received the PGY-2 Teacher Award.

Rickey Gillespie received the Psychiatry Residency Educator of the Year Award.

Jeff Newport received the PGY-4 Teacher Award.

Josh Spitalnick received the Clinical Faculty Supervisor Award.

Walid Nassif received the Medical Student Teaching Award – Faculty.  

Quality and Safety Initiatives  

Psychiatry metrics for the Clinically Integrated Network (CIN) are being developed by several members of the Department including Carolyn Acker, Ray Young, Steve Garlow, and Scott Firestone.

Development Achievement and Capital Campaign Initiatives

None reported  

Community Benefit Programs and Activities  

Toby Goldsmith was selected to serve as the sole psychiatrist on the Georgia OB Gyn Society’s Maternal Mortality Review Committee.  

Jeff Rakofsky spoke at the Family STEP Program at Skyland Trail and gave a lecture on mood disorders to family members of patients with psychiatric illness.    

Resident and Psychology Training Kudos

Kambiz Aflatoon will be going into private practice in Atlanta.  

Lauren Butterfield and Colin Stewart will serve as the Co-Chief Residents for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship.  

Aalok Chandora’s poster on Repair Counseling was accepted for the Science of GME day. Aoolok will be going into private practice in Atlanta.  

Nicole Garber will be doing her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine.  

Leah Habib, who received the Outstanding Performance (PRITE) Award, will be an Assistant Professor in the Emory Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences based at Grady Memorial Hospital working on the Inpatient Unit.  She also presented a poster on Decreasing Criminalization of Mental Illness  for the Science of GME day.  

Kristin Jones will be joining the Emory Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences as an Assistant Professor and will be based at Wesley Woods.  

Sarah Juul will be at Assistant Professor in the Emory Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences based in the Women’s Mental Health Program.  

Nicole King will be finishing her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine.  

Jonathon Levy will be going to the Atlanta VAMC.  

Brett Lloyd will be doing a Psychosomatic Psychiatry Fellowship at Northwestern University.  

Tamela McClam will be doing a Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University.  

Karen Padron, who will be going into private practice in Atlanta, received the Senior Resident Mentorship Award.  

Patricio Riva Posse will be an Assistant Professor in the Emory Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, based on the Emory University Hospital Inpatient Unit. He received the Resident Research Award.  

Amy Rosenberg will be going in private practice in Long Island.  

Jill Silbiger will be going into private practice in Atlanta.  

Shari Thomas will be completing her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  

Arshya Vahabzadeh received the Medical Student Teaching Award – Resident.  

Bakari Vickerson will be at Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Morehouse School of Medicine.  

Sarah Vinson will be completing the forensics fellowship.  

Kristin Weinschenk  will work at both the Georgia State University and Oxford University Counseling Centers.  

Staff Kudos 

I encourage staff members in the department to send me their information.