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March 2012


This is just a friendly reminder that 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

Ray Kotwicki has been selected to serve as a member of the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Intersex (LGBTI) liaison group, which has the charge of developing and vetting curricula and clinical treatment guideless for LGBTI healthcare.


The Psychology Internship Training Program did extremely well in the match.


Eufinger, S.C., Votaw, J., Faber, T., Ziegler, T.R., Goldberg, J., Bremner, J.D., & Vaccarino, V. (2012). Habitual dietary sodium intake is inversely associated with coronary flow reserve in middle-aged male twins. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. DOI: 10.3945/​ajcn.111.018077

Flandreau, E.I., Ressler, K.J., Owens, M.J., & Nemeroff, C.B. (2012). Chronic overexpression of corticotrophin-releasing factor from the central amygdale produces HPA axis hyperactivity and behavioral anxiety associated with gene-expressed changes in the hippocampus and paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 37, 1, 27-38. DOI: 10.1016/psyneuen.2011.04.014

Foran, H.M., Vivian, D., O’Leary, K.D., Klein, D.N., Rothbaum, B.O., Manber, R., Keller, M.B., Kocsis, J.H., Thase, M.E., & Trivedi, M.H. (2012). Risk for partner victimization and marital dissatisfaction among chronically depressed patients. Journal of Family Violence, 27, 75-86. DOI: 10.1007/s10896-011-9404-2

Gertsik, L., Poland, R.E., Breese, 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

Holtzman, W., Shapiro, C.I., Trotman, D.D., Hana, F., & Walker, E. (2012). Stress and the prodromal phase of psychosis. Current Pharmaceutical Design, 18, 527-533. DOI: 10.2174/138161212799316280

Kamkwalala, A., Norrholm, S.D., Poole, J.M., Brown, A., Donley, S., Duncan, E., Bradley, B., Ressler, K.J., & Jovanovic, T. (2012). Dark-enhanced startle responses and heart rate variability in a traumatized civilian sample: putative sex-specific correlates of posttraumatic stress disorder. Psychosomatic Medicine, 74, 153-159. DOI: 10.1097/PSY.0b013e318240803a

Kaslow, N.J., Falender, C.A., & Grus, C.L. (2012). Valuing and practicing competency-based supervision: A transformational leadership perspective.  Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 6, 47-54. DOI: 10.1037/a0026704

Leiner, A.S., Kearns, M.C., Jackson, J.L., Astin, M.C., & Rothbaum, B.O. (2012). Avoidant coping and treatment outcome in rape-related posttraumatic stress. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. DOI: 10.1037/a0026814

Marvar, P.J., Vinh, A., Thabet, S., Lob, H.E., Geem, D., Ressler, K.J., Harrison, D.G. T- lymphocytes and vascular inflammation contribute to stress-dependent hypertension. Biological Psychiatry. DOI: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2012.01.017

Newport, D.J., Baldessarini, R.J., Knight, B.T., Fernandez, S.V., Morris, N.J., Viguera, A.C., & Stowe, Z.N. (2012). Comparison of women with confirmed versus presumably misdiagnosed bipolar disorder. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 73, 242-246. DOI: 10.4088/JCP.11m06936

Newport, D.J., Ji, S., Long, Q., Knight, B.T., Zach, E.B., Smith, E.N., Morris, N.J., & Stowe, Z.N. (2012). Maternal depression and anxiety differentially impact fetal exposures during pregnancy. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 73, 247-251. DOI: 10.4088/JCP.10m06783

Patel, M.N., Bhaju, J., Thompson, M.P., & Kaslow, N.J. (2012). Life stress as mediator of the childhood maltreatment-intimate partner violence link in low-income, African American women. Journal of Family Violence, 27, 1-10. DOI: 10.1007/s10896-9398-9

Rakofsky, J.J., & Dunlop, B.W. (2012). US psychiatric residents’ treatment of patients with bipolar disorder. Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, 32, 231-236. DOI: 10.1097/JCP.0b013e31824857ad

Ritschel, L.A., Cheavens, J.S., & Nelson, J. (2012). Dialectical behavior therapy in an intensive outpatient program with a mixed-diagnostic sample. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 68, 221-235. DOI: 10.1002/jclp.20863

Rooks, C., Veledar, E., Goldberg, J., Bremner, J.D., & Vaccarino, V. (2012). Early trauma and inflammation: Role of familial factors in a study of twins. Psychosomatic Medicine, 74, 146-152. DOI: 10.1097/​PSY.0b013e318240a7d8

Schaffer, J.B., Rodolfa, E., Owen, J., Lipkins, R., Webb, C., & Horn, J. (2012). The Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology: New data – Practical implications. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 6, 1-7. DOI: 10.1037/a0026823

Sink, K.S., Walker, D.L., Freeman, S.M., Flandreau, E.I., Ressler, K.J., & Davis M. (2012). Effects of continuously enhanced corticotropin releasing factor expression within the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis on conditioned and unconditioned anxiety. Molecular Psychiatry, DOI: 10.1038/mp.2011.188.

Su, S., Votaw, J., Faber, T., Khan, D., Bremner, J.D., Goldberg, J., Nichols, K., Van Tosh, A., & Vaccarino, V. (2012). Measurement of heritability of myocardial blood flow by positron emission tomography: The Twins Heart Study. Heart. DOI: 10.1136/heartjnl-2011-301080

Westen, D., Shelder, J., Bradley, B., & DeFite, J.A. (2012). An empirically derived taxonomy for personality diagnosis: Bridging science and practice in conceptualizing personality. American Journal of Psychiatry, 169, 273-284. DOI:  10.1176/appi.ajp.2011.11020274

Zhao, J., Goldberg, J., Bremner, J.D., & Vaccarino, V. (2012). Global DNA methylation is associated with insulin resistance: A monozygotic twin study. Diabetes, 61, 542-546. DOI: 10.2337/db11-1048

Honors, Awards, Rankings

Seth Norrholm was selected to be an expert outsider reviewer for internal research and artistry grants at Northern Illinois University.

Kerry Ressler is PI on two new R01s from the NIMH, both of which were funded for five years: (1) “Genetic and estrogen-dependent regulation of the human PAC1R receptor and PTSD” - This grant will extend our findings that the PACAP/PAC1 receptor pathway is associated with PTSD and with dysregulation of fear in humans by examining the mechanisms by which estrogen, epigenetic modulation, and genetic polymorphisms differentially modulate PAC1 gene expression in humans. (2) “Prospective Determination of Psychobiological Risk Factors for PTSD” - The fundamental unanswered question in the field is how to identify markers in trauma victims that predict who will later develop PTSD.  This grant examines genetic, epigenetic, and hormonal biomarkers in the hours after a trauma occurs, combined with 6-12 month followup to identify biomarkers of PTSD in civilians.

Diana Simeonova received a K23 award entitled Resilience in high-risk offspring of mothers with bipolar disorder. Ed Criaghead is her primary mentor and Jeff Newport will play a large role in mentoring.

Quality and Safety Initiatives

HBIPS remains at 100 percent for the inpatient service.
The recent Joint Commission survey at Wesley Woods validated our quality monitoring process for our clinicians with no issues being identified.  

Development Achievement and Capital Campaign Initiatives

None reported.

Community Benefit Programs and Activities

Steve Garlow gave a continuing education workshop for psychology related to the latest advances in biological treatments for depression.

The Emory University Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program and The Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research held the second in its Beautiful Minds: Lecture and Performance Series, which was entitled “bipolar disorder and alcohol dependence.”

Resident and Psychology Training Kudos

Telsie Davis received 100% funding through the Emory Substance Abuse Research Training Grant Mechanism T32. Her work will be with the Grady Trauma Project and will link it with the Grady Nia Project and will focus on whether specific biomarkers will predict treatment outcome.

Ahmed Khan was selected to be a fellow in the Donald J. Cohen Fellowship Program of the IACAPAP for the 20th World Congress that will be held in Paris.

Dana Reid had an article entitled “Keeping our teens safe on social networking sites” that was published in the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Newsletter in January/February 2012.

Arshya Vahabzadeh has been selected as the Associate Editor for the AJP Residents’ Journal for the 2012-2013 academic year. This will be followed by a 1 year term as Editor-in-Chief.