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October 2012


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Major Leadership Appointments, Activities and Achievements

Gene Farber was elected Chair Elect of the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Psychology and AIDS.

Nadine Kaslow was elected President-Elect (designate) of the American Psychological Association. She will be President in 2014.

Kerry Ressler was elected to the Institute of Medicine. This is a wonderfully well deserved honor.


Ray Kotwicki and Ann Schwartz co-hosted a GPPA/Emory networking event.  This event was an opportunity for residents/fellows and medical students interested in psychiatry to meet mentors in a variety of professional roles and learn about the wide range of professional opportunities available to young psychiatrists as they enter the professional world.

Jeff Newport, Kerry Ressler, and Becky Kinkead submitted an R25 for an Emory Psychiatry Clinical Scientist Training Program to add a research residency track.  They are also working on a 1-year pilot implementation of the PGY-4 mentored research project to work out any kinks before formal implementation and to be able to reference the pilot in a future resubmission of the R25 application. 


Claes, S., Tang, Y., Gillespie, C., & Cubells, J. (2012). Human genetics of schizophrenia. In T.E Schlaepfer & C.B. Nemeroff (Eds.), Handbook of clinical neurology: Neurobiology of psychiatric disorders (Vol. 106, 3rd series). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier. doi:10.1016/B978-0-444-52002-9.00003-6

Cubells, J., & Tang, Y. (2012). Genetics of stimulant dependence. In J.I. Nurnberger & W. Berrettini (Eds.), Principles of psychiatric genetics (pp. 306-315). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/CBO9781139025997.026

DeFife, J.A., Smith, J.M., & Conklin, C. (in press). Psychotherapy appointment no-shows: Clinicians’ approaches. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy. doi:10.1007/s10879-012-9216-6

Fowler, J.C., & DeFife, J.A. (2012). Quality of object representations related to service utilization in a long-term residential treatment center. Psychotherapy, 49, 418-422.  doi:10.1037/a0029566

Garlow, S.J., Dunlop, B.W., Ninan, P.T., & Nemeroff, C.B. (2012). The combination of triiodothyronine (T3) and sertraline is not superior to sertraline monotherapy in the treatment of major depressive disorder. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 35, 1406-1413. DOI: 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2012.08.009

Johnson, W.B., Barnett, J.E., Elman, N.S., Forrest, L., & Kaslow, N.J. (2012). The competent community: Toward a vital reformulation of professional ethics. American Psychologist, 67, 557-569. DOI: 10.1037/a0027206

Morrier, M. J., & Gallagher, P. A. (2012). Racial disparities in preschool special education eligibility for five southern states. Journal of Special Education, 46(3), 152-169. doi:10.1177/0022466910380465

Ren, Y.P., Jiang, W., Cotes, R.O., Ma, X., Tang, Y.L., & McDonald, W.C. (2012). Electroconvulsive therapy in China (II): Side effects and mechanism. Journal of ECT. DOI:10.1097/YCT.0b013e3182617ef9

Ren, Y.P., Jiang, W., Tang, Y.L., Ma, X. (2012). A novel seizure therapy---magnetic seizure therapy for depression. Chinese Journal of Psychiatry.

Santorelli, N., Woods, A., Carlin, E., Marsic, A., & Kaslow, N.J. (in press).  Attachment mediates the childhood maltreatment-daily hassles link in low-income, suicidal African American women. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 21, 737-757. DOI: 10.1080/10926771.2012.7032901

Sheng, L.X., Tang, Y.L., Jiang, Z.N., Yao, C.H., Gao, J.Y., Xu, G.Z., & Tong, X.Y. (2012). Sustained-release bupropion for smoking cessation in a Chinese sample: A double-blind, placebo-controlled randomized trial. Nicotine and Tobacco Research. PMID: 22614545

Street, J.C., Taha, F., Jones, A.D., Jones, K.A., Carr, E., Woods, A., Woodall, S., & Kaslow, N.J. (2012). Racial identity and reasons for living in African American female suicide attempters. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 18, 416-423. DOI: 10.1037/a0029594

Tang, Y.L., Hao, W., & Leggio, L. (2012). Treatments for alcohol-related disorders in China: A developing story. Alcohol & Alcoholism, 47, 563-570. doi:10.1093/alcalc/ags066

Tang, Y.L., Jiang, W., Ren, Y.P., Ma, X., Cotes, R.O., & McDonald, W.C. (2012) Electroconvulsive therapy in China (I): Clinical practice and research on efficacy. Journal of ECT. PMID: 22801297

Wang, J., Yang J., & Tang, Y.L. (Eds.). (2012). Abnormal psychology (2nd ed.). Beijing, China: Higher Education Press.

Westen, D., Malone, J.C., & DeFife, J.A. (2012). An empirically derived approach to the classification and diagnosis of mood disorders. World Psychiatry, 11, 172-180. PMID:  23024677

Honors, Awards, Rankings

At the 2012 Research Awards Ceremony, the following faculty were honored.

  • Helen Mayberg – Millipub – Mayberg, H.S., Liotti, M., Branna, S.K., McGinnis, S., Mahurin, R.K., Jerabek, P.A., Silva, J.A., Tekell, J.L., Martin, C.C., Lancaster, J.L., & Fox, P.T. (1999). Reciprocal limbic-cortical function and negative mood: Converging PET findings in depression and normal sadness. American Journal of Psychiatry, 156, 675-682. DOI: Retrieved from
  • Mike Davis  – Millipub – Davis, M. (1992). The role of the amygdala in fear and anxiety.  In: The Annual Review of Neuroscience, 15, 353-375. DOI: 10.1146/
  • Nadine Kaslow – 1% Club – NIMH funded grant entitled “Group interventions for abused, suicidal Black women”

Tad Pace was named a PopTech Science Fellow for 2012.  PopTech is a nonprofit organization that seeks to bring together leading community leaders and scientists from all fields -- to solve the world's big problems.  PopTech aims to break traditional silos of inquiry that historically have hampered progress, to foster new ways of tackling the most major issues of our time.  Poptech's annual conference is coming up in a few weeks, and this year's focus is on resilience.;

Quality and Safety Initiatives

Rob Cotes,  Nan Chadwick, Mat Winer, Michael Claeys, Carolyn Coley, Cynthia Eugene, Barb D’Orio, and Bill McDonald presented their work entitled “Reducing mechanical restraint in an acute behavioral health setting” at the 2012 Emory Healthcare Quality Conference.

Development Achievement and Capital Campaign Initiatives

None reported

Community Benefit Programs and Activities

The department is providing consultations to and discussions about Next to Normal at the Alliance. Phyllis Rosen took the lead on this endeavor.  Jeff Rakofksy consulted with the Director and Marianne Celano consulted with the cast.  The following individuals served as discussants: Jeff Rakofsky, Jennifer Wootten, Martha Ward, Ann Schwartz, Carol Levy, Steve Levy, Mark Rapaport, Belinda McIntosh, Carolyn Acker, Joe Cubells, Erica Duncan, Nadine Kaslow, Ray Kotwicki, Marianne Celano, and Dana Reid.

Jared Defife was interviewed for Sidewalk Radio on AM1690 along with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra concertmaster David Coucheron to discuss the upcoming film release of ‘Chicken with Plums’. He also was selected as an advisor to National Psychotherapy Day, an event sponsored by The Psychotherapy Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion, research, and support of psychotherapy services and community mental health. See link for more information about Marianne’s work with the cast -

Jeff Rakofksy presented a lecture entitled, "Coming to Terms with Complicated Grief" to the nurses and social workers at South Miami Hospital in Miami, Florida as part of a continuing education program on Perinatal Bereavement.  


Negar Fani was honored at the 2012 Awards Reception with the Outstanding Postdoc Award. This nomination was based on her academic achievements, including publications, grant funding, and presentations.

Amy Hofstetter will be presenting an oral paper at the upcoming meeting of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine in Atlanta on November 16th.  The paper is entitled Psychotropic Exposures and Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy. Co-authors include Sarah H. Juul, Emily Stagnaro, Bettina T. Knight, Zachary N. Stowe, D. Jeffrey Newport.

Sanjay Shah passed the Bar Examination.

Arysha Vahabzadeh has been selected as a 2013 Laughlin Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists. .The Laughlin Fellows are chosen from an elite pool of applicants deemed likely to make a significant contribution to the field of psychiatry. He will have the opportunity to attend their meeting in Kaua'i, Hawai'I, expenses paid, and to participate in all educational and social functions held during the meeting. 


In support of Dr. Ann Schwartz and the Psychiatry Education program, Diahann JohnBaptiste was instrumental in designing a Residency Recruitment Manual for candidates.  The material prepared was of outstanding quality and content which was recognized by the Vice-Chair of Education and Department personnel.