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April 2013


Priya Jacob started working at Emory in the fall of 2006, and was recruited to help at the Emory Autism Center, Grady (working in the clinic and running resident clinics), and the Emory Clinic.  Her work at the Emory Clinic merged with the work of CAMP.  In this role, she was able to be a part of research projects including behavioral activation as a treatment for depressed teens at Grady.  She received an EMCF grant to run a trial using this intervention, and worked closely with students and post-docs on this project. She also became more involved in research by helping/consulting with the Grady Trauma Project (mom and kids).  She later became involved in establishing a telepsychiatry consultation practice for children and adolescents in rural GA for approximately on year. In addition, she was involved with Elaine Walker's prodromal schizophrenia projects (using Ziprasidone in one study and omega-3 fatty acids in her current study).  She devoted much of her time to the PREDICT project (treatment predictors of depression study) where we opened a clinical site south of Atlanta in Stockbridge, GA. She will be working at CHOA-Scottish Rite doing consultation liaison psychiatry. 


Major Leadership Appointments, Activities and Achievements

Marianne Celano was appointed to the rank of Professor on the Clinical Track. She is board certified through ABPP in couple and family psychology. She has been on the faculty for 22 years. During most of this time her clinical work has been in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic at Grady. Currently she is the Clinical Director for the Georgia Child Traumatic Stress Initiative, a partnership between Emory and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta to provide evidence-based behavioral health interventions to maltreated children and their families. Marianne, who is Past President of the Society for Family Psychology (Division 43) of the American Psychological Association and an Associate Editor for the Journal of Family Psychology, has also conducted federally research in child maltreatment and pediatric asthma.

Lisa Parr was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure. Lisa joined the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in 2005. Her work focuses on comparative social cognition in nonhuman primates, specifically face processing and nonverbal communication. Recently, she has focused on translational social neuroscience and establishing developmental models for studying social deficits.

Nadine Kaslow was asked to Ch-Chair Emory’s Class and Labor Committee related to Faculty. This is a follow-up to the work done on staff issues. 


The following individuals will be joining the Emory Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Professional Psychology: Leah Adams (CHOA- AFLAC), Rachel Ammirati (Grady IDP and Park Place), Lindsey Burrell (Marcus-Feeding Disorders Clinic), Chastity Farr (Forensics), Sophia Green (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Program), Carina Iati (Park Place Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program and Crisis Intervention Service), Dorian Lamis (Park Place and Grady Nia Project), Sarah McMurtry (CHOA- Child Protective Services Program), Joanna Mevers (Marcus – Severe Behavior Disorders Program), Elisabeth Mitchell (Marcus – Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Center),  Sara Pollard (CHOA- Child Protective Services Program), Bonney Reed-Knight (CHOA- Transplant), Sanjay Shah (Forensics), Rachel Waford (Grady – 13A and Park Place), Traci Williams (CHOA- Child Protective Services Program), and Huaiyu Zhang (Grady Nia Project and Lucy Daniels Project). 


The following individuals are on study sections in 2013

  • Bill McDonald –  Federal Drug Administration’s Office of Women’s Health Intramural Science Program, Alzheimer’s Association International Research Grant Program, Hartford-Kennisington Foundation, National Institute of Neurological Disease and Stroke Parkinson’s Disease Cooperative Neuroprotection Studies Oversight Board
  • Lisa Parr– National Institute of Mental Health F02A Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Tig Rainnie – National Institute of Health Neurobiology of Motivated Behavior
  • Kerry Ressler – National Institutes of Health CSR Learning and Memory (LAM)
  • Mar Sanchez – National Institute of Health Behavioral Regulation, Learning and Ethology (BRLE)

The following individuals have done ad hoc reviewing in 2013

  • Bill McDonald – NIMH Interventions Committee for Adult Disorders
  • Gail McGee – Autism Speaks Early Access to Care Initiative
  • Tig Rainnie- Portuguese Foundation for Science And Techonology, Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, NIMH’s ZRG1 FCN Special Emphasis Panel, Austrian Science Fund, French National Research Agenda, German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development
  • Alicia Smith – Health and Medical Research Fund the Government of theHong Kong SAR, China; Developmental Core Center for AIDS Research Emory University; VA Merit Review Special Emphasis Panel for Gulf War Research Office of Research and Development Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Larry Young -  National Cooperative Drug Discovery/Development Groups (NCDDG)  and Innovative Pilot Studies of Novel Mechanism of Action Compounds for Treating Psychiatric Disorder Special Emphasis Study Sections

Almli, L. M., Mercer, K. B., Kerley, K., Feng, H., Bradley, B., Conneely, K. N., & Ressler, K. J. (2013). ADCYAP1R1 genotype associates with post-traumatic stress symptoms in highly traumatized African-American females. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics, 162, 262-272. doi: 10.1002/ajmg.b.32145

Berg, J. M., Lilienfeld, S. O., Reddy, S. D., Latzman, R. D., Roose, A., Craighead, L. W., Pace, T. W. W., & Raison, C. L. (2013). The Inventory of Callous and Unemotional Traits: A construct-validational analysis in an at-risk sample. Assessment. doi:10.1177/1073191112474338

Corwin, E. J., Guo, Y., Pajer, K., Lowe, N., McCarthy, D., Schmiege, S., Weber, M., Pace, T. W. W., & Stafford, B. (in press). Immune dysregulation and glucocorticoid resistance in minority and low income pregnant women. Psychoneuroendocrinology. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2013.02.015

Dias, B. G., & Ressler, K. J. (2013). PACAP and the PAC1 receptor in post-traumatic stress disorder. Neuropsychopharmacology, 38, 245-246. doi:10.1038/npp.2012.147

Dunlop, B. W., Rakofsky, J. J., & Rapaport, M. H. (2013). A simple question answered: Adding moderate-dosage lithium does not help patients with bipolar disorder. American Journal of Psychiatry, 170, 9-11. DOI: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2012.12111378

Esterberg, M.L., Ousley, O.Y., Cubells, J.F., & Walker, E.F. (2013). Prodomal and autistic symptoms in schizotypal personality disorder and 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 122, 238-249. DOI: 10.1037/a0028373

Forrest, L., Elman, N. S., Huprich, S. K., Veilleux, J. C., Jacobs, S. C., & Kaslow, N. J. (2013). Training directors; perceptions of faculty behaviors when dealing with trainee competence problems: A mixed method pilot study. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 7, 23-32. doi: 10.1037/a0032068

Gillespie, C. F., Almli, L. M., Smith, A. K., Bradley, B., Kerley, K., Crain, D. F., Mercer, K. B., Weiss, T., Phifer, J., Tang, Y., Cubells, J. F., Binder, E. B., Conneely, K. N., & Ressler, K. J. (2013). Sex dependent influence of a functional polymorphism in steroid 5-α-reductase type 2 (SRD5A2) on post-traumatic stress symptoms. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics, 162, 283-292. DOI: 10.1002/ajmg.b.32147

Klengel, T., Mehta, D., Anacker, C., Rex-Haffner, M., Pruessner, J. C., Pariante, C. M., Pace, T. W. W., Mercer, K. B., Mayberg, H. S., Bradley, B., Nemeroff, C. B., Holsboer, F., Heim, C. M., Ressler, K. J., Rein, T., & Binder, E. B. (2013). Allele-specific FKBP5 DNA demethylation mediates gene-childhood trauma interactions. Nature Neuroscience, 16, 33-41. PMID: 23201972.

Miller, B. J., Culpepper, N., & Rapaport, M. H. (2013). C-reactive protein levels in schizophrenia: A review and meta-analysis. Clinical Schizophrenia & Related Psychoses. DOI: 10.3371/CSRP.MICU.020813

Norrholm, S. D., Jovanovic, T., Smith, A. K., Binder, E., Klengel, T., Conneely, K., Mercer, K. B., Davis, J. S., Kerley, K., Winkler, J., Gillespie, C. F., Bradley, B., & Ressler, K. J. (in press). Differential genetic and epigenetic regulation of catechol-O-methyltransferase is associated with impaired fear inhibition in posttraumatic stress disorder. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. Doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2013.00030

Parsons, R. G., & Ressler, K. J. (2013). Implications of memory modulation for post-traumatic stress and fear disorders. Nature Neuroscience, 16, 146-153. doi:10.1038/nn.3296

Alicia Smith gave an invited talk on the influence of genetic and epigenetic patterns on child behaviors at the 3rd Annual CANDLE Brain Awareness Week Conference in Memphis, TN, March 2013.

Torres, M. A., Pace, T. W. W., Liu, T., Felger, J. C., Mister, D., Doho, G. H., Kohn, J. N., Barsevick, A. M., Long, Q., & Miller, A. H. (2013). Predictors of depression in breast cancer patients treated with radiation: Role of prior chemotherapy and nuclear factor kappa B. Cancer. doi: 10.1002/cncr.28003

Honors, Awards, Rankings

Rickey Gillespie is now a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Nadine Kaslow was an invited presenter at a Public Workshop, Committee on Priorities for a Public Health Research Agenda to Reduce the Threat of Firearm-Related Violence. Institute of Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She addressed the link between media violence and gun violence. 

Quality and Safety Initiatives

According to Frank Brown, our HBIPS rating is at 96%. 

Development Achievement and Capital Campaign Initiatives

There was an excellent and very productive meeting held with the Friends of Emory Psychiatry and some senior faculty within the department. 

Community Benefit Programs and Activities

Marietta Collins was selected to sing the National Anthem in the 200 voice choir that opened the NCAA Basketball tournament before over 85,000 people.

Gail McGee, Michael Morrier, and Sharon Hynes are collaborating with the Georgia Department of Education on a 5-year teacher training project funded by U.S. Department of Education, entitled Early Autism Language Project.  During the first year they will be developing demonstration classrooms in Savannah, Macon, and Gainesville/Cumming areas. 

Morrier, M. J. (2013, April). Promoting social skills for children with autism. Invited presentation presented at the Marcus Autism Center’s Autism Symposium for Educators, Atlanta, GA.

Morrier, M. J. (2013, April). Ethnic differences in identification and placement of children with autism spectrum disorders. Invited presentation presented at Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center, Phoenix, AZ.


  1. Helen Mayberg – Houston Chronicle – Deep brain stimulation holds potential to treat multiple disorders
  2. Michael Morrier – (a) Interview with Erinn Conner, CNN, Everyday Health, Health Matters with Dr. Sanjay Gupta; Latest research/findings in autism. (b) Interview with Caleb Hellerman, CNN, Sanjay Gupta, MD: The coast of care (aired March 31, 2013).  (c) Interview with Diana Davis, WSB-TV, Channel 2, CDC survey shows autism more common than thought. Retrievable from (March 20, 2013). (4) Interview with Caleb Hellerman, CNN, Mothers fight to pass Ava’s Law for autism coverage. Retrievable from (March 12, 2013). (5) Interview with Jaye Watson, WXIA-TV, 11Alive, The Autism Gap, series airing February 18-23, 2013. Retrievable from (February 22, 2013).
  3. Jeff Rakofksy and Nadine Kaslow – - Emory to host seminar on bipolar disorder - This seminar was for families and patients and was sponsored by the Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research and Emory’s Mood and Anxieties Disorder Program. 


Fani, N., Gutman, D., Tone, E. B., Almli, L., Mercer, K. B., Davis, J., Glover, E., Jovanovic, T., Bradley, B., Dinov, I. D., Zamanyan, A., Toga, A. W., Binder, E. B., & Ressler, K. J. (2013). FKBP5 and attention bias for threat: Associations with hippocampal function and shape. JAMA Psychiatry, 70, 392-400. DOI: 10.1001/2013.jamapsychiatry.210

David Goldsmith received the Janssen Resident Psychiatric Research Scholar Award. As a result, he will receive his way paid to the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association.

Ahmed Khan was selected to participate in the APA/SAMHSA fellowship program for the academic year beginning July 2013.  

Mizrab Khan and Arshya Vahabzadeh posted on the APA Healthyminds Blog ( comments about depression in people with Parkinson’s disease.

Alex Sawicki was appointed Chair of the Candidates’ Social Issues Committee of the American Psychoanalytic Association.

Tomina Schwenke is the recipient of the Martin Seligman Student Research in Psychology and Deafness Award from the American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association (ADARA). This award is designed to encourage student researchers in the field of psychology and deafness to conduct, present and publish research in this field. 

Vahabzadeh, A., Buxton, D., McDougle, C. J., & Stigler, K. A. (2013). Current state and future prospects of pharmacological interventions for autism. Neuropsychiatry, 3, 245-259.doi: 10.2217/npy.13.22

Vahabzadeh, A., & Buxton, D. (2013). Finding light in the dark: Suggestions for dealing with a patient’s death. Psychiatric News, 48(7), 18. Doi: 10.1176/


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