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September 2012

Comings and Goings

Patricio Riva Posse was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He received his Medical Doctor degree from the Universidad de Buenos Aires. He then completed a residency in Neurology at the "Instituto de Investigaciones Neurologicas Dr. Raul Carrea - FLENI", was chief resident and worked as faculty for a year before moving to the US. He did his residency at Emory University and in his last year he was chief resident at Emory University Hospital. From the beginning of residency he has been involved in research in Deep Brain Stimulation for depression at Helen Mayberg's lab. In 2012 he won the resident research award. In July he joined the faculty as Assistant Professor, and is now participating in clinical activities in the Med-Psych unit at Emory University Hospital, ECT and outpatient clinics. He is a co-investigator in the protocol for subgenual cingulate DBS in depression.

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Major Leadership Appointments, Activities and Achievements

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At the annual meeting of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (October 2012), Arden Dingle is the Chair for two programs

Clinical Perspectives: Help: A Review and Discussion of Current Clinical and Ethical Issues Related to Having Children Using Assisted Reproductive Technology

Clinical Case Conference: Green Card Missing: Ethical, Clinical, and Systems Issues When Working with Children, Adolescents, and Families Who Are Not Legal Immigrants – Vivianne Aponte-Rivera and Colin Stewart are also on this program.

Harway, M., Kadin, S., Gottlieb, M.C., Nutt, R.L., & Celano, M. (2012). Family psychology and systemic approaches: Working effectively in a variety of contexts. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 43, 315-327. DOI: 10.1037/a0029134

Johnson, K.C., LaPrairie, J.L., Brennan, P.A., Stowe, Z.N., & Newport, J. (2012). Prenatal antispcyhotic exposure and neuromotor performance during infancy. Archives of General Psychiatry, 69, 787-794. DOI:10.1001/archgenpsychiatry.2012.160.

Tanja Jovanovic spoke at the Northern Illinois University Center for the Study of Family Violence and Sexual Assault. Her talk was entitled, Dysregulated fear responses in adults and children from a traumatized inner city population.

Khoury, N.M., Marvar,, P.J., Gillespie, C.F., WIngo, A., Schwartz, A., Bradley, B., Kramer, M., & Ressler, K.H. (2012). The renin-angiotensin pathway in posttraumatic stress disorder: angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers are associated with fewer traumatic stress symptoms. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 6, 849-855. DOI:

Seth Norrholm spoke at the Northern Illinois University Center for the Study of Family Violence and Sexual Assault. Histalk was entitled, Conditioned fear extinction and fear inhibition as psychophysiological indices of trauma-related psychopathology.

Rakofsky, J.J., & Dunlop, B.W. (in press). Do alcohol use disorders destabilize the course of bipolar disorder? Journal of Affective Disorders.

Wilson ME, Bounar S, Godfrey J, Michopoulos V, Higgins M, Sanchez M. (in press).

Social and emotional predictors of the tempo of puberty in female rhesus monkeys.

Psychoneuroendocrinology. DOI:10.1016/j.psyneuen.2012.04.021

Honors, Awards, Rankings

Scott Firestone, Steve Levy, and Larry Tune were listed as Top Doctor’s in this months Atlanta Magazine.

Gretchen Neigh was fortunate enough to receive a second NRSAD award. Her mentor is Andy Miller. The title of the award is “Anti-inflammatory treatment for the reversal of late life depressive-like behavior.”

Aliza Wingo was awarded a 5-year VA Career Development Award. The proposal title is “Genomewide association study of resilience.” Kerry Ressler is her primary mentor.

Quality and Safety Initiatives

  • Over the next 3-4 months, our Department will be exploring the use of additional outcome measures for both inpatient and outpatient.

  • CIN (Clinically Integrated Network):  A set of initial metrics has been submitted for consideration for the psychiatric quality metrics.  A final decision on their use will be decided by a CIN review committee within the next few months.  The metrics will be initiated in January 2013.

  • Carolyn Acker has a new electronic outpatient note template for the general psychiatry practice that is now available for use.  Clinicians are encouraged to make proper use of electronic documentation.

Development Achievement and Capital Campaign Initiatives

We are excited to announce that the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences  is sponsoring in-kind the Alliance Theater production of Next to Normal- the 2009 Tony award winning musical about a suburban family in which the Mother has Bipolar Disorder and how this affects the family.   We will be providing faculty for question and answer sessions after some of the performances, as well as consultation with the director and the cast during rehearsals. The run is from October 17-Nov.11 so please make plans to see this play during its run. More details to come as they are developed. 

Community Benefit Programs and Activities

Arden Dingle is now the Chair of the DeKalb Community Service Board.

Chanda Graves completed the HOPE Training of Trainers through the American Psychological Association and thus can now provide community-based trainings to all healthcare providers regarding ethical issues in working with HIV positive patients.

Ray Young was an educational presenter at the 2012 Greater Atlanta Professional Coder's Annual Educational Summit at Evergreen Marriott Conference Center in Stone Mountain Park on August 10th. His presentation, titled "Depression: What's in a Name?, was for the local chapter of the American Academy of Professional Coders.

Resident and Psychology Training Kudos

Nicole King is a resident member of the AACAP Committee on Religion and Spirituality.

Dana Reid and Nicole King will participate in an AACAP presentation on Cyberbully: A deeper look into the online world of bullying and betrayal.

Colin Stewart received the AACAP Educational Outreach Fellowship.

Arysha Vahabzadehwas selected as a recipient of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Educational Outreach Program for General Psychiatry Residents award. This awarded is supported by Lilly USA, LLC.

Vahabzadeh, A. & Duncan, E. (2012) Caution with Prazosin. Current Psychiatry, 11, E1-2

Vahabzadeh, A. (2012). ADHD. Research challenges and the dopamine hypothesis. American Journal of Psychiatry Residents Journal, 7, 3-5

Justine Wittenauer was the guest editor for the American Journal of Psychiatry Resident’s Journal for the month of July. The section was focused on ADHD and we had a wonderful showing from Emory. Participants included four Emory residents and four Emory medical students. Check out -

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