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August 2013

COMINGS AND GOINGS

Kristin Jones received her undergraduate degree from Baylor University with a bachelors in Forensic Science and a minor in Biology in 2003. She completed medical school at the [University of Texas Health Science Center] in San Antonio in 2006. She did a year of Internal Medicine at Loyola University in Chicago before coming to Emory University where she completed her residency in general psychiatry. She completed a geriatric psychiatry fellowship at Emory University and stayed as faculty in the division of geriatric psychiatry. During this past year she was very active in the ECT service and outpatient service as well as teaching residents and medical students. She worked doing  research in a double blind randomized trial with Abilify treating irritability in Huntington Disease and helped  to recruit patients for the National Network of depression Centers (NNDC) registry. She was a real asset to our department. She will be joining as faculty at Baylor School of Medicine in Houston Texas.

Nori Lim was born in the Philippines and was raised in Los Angeles, California.  Upon completion of his bachelor’s degree in psychology and in anthropology from UC-Berkeley, he attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he pursued a degree in clinical psychology.  Prior to receiving hisPhD in 2011, he completed internship training in the Clinical Child Psychology Track at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York.  Nori also completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine in 2013, working as a clinician in the Child and Adolescent Mood Program (CAMP) and as a CBT therapist for an NIMH-funded study on adult depression.  His specialty and interests include anxiety and mood disorders treatment in children, adolescents and young adults, emotion dysregulation and self-harm, parenting practices and family functioning, and ethnic minority psychology, with a particular focus on Asian and Latino immigrant mental health.

Julie Pace received her BA in psychology from Davidson College in 1993 and her PhD. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia in 1999. After an internship at the Baltimore VA Medical Center, she accepted a position as a Staff Psychologist at the Diagnostic and Counseling Center, part of Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth (CTY). In this role, Julie conducted psychological and psycho-educational assessments to evaluate learning disabilities, ADHD, and behavior and emotional concerns in children, adolescents, and young adults.  She also managed the daily operations of the Diagnostic and Counseling Center, and in 2011 she was named clinic director. In her 13 years at CTY, she developed expertise in assessing "twice exceptional" students, i.e., gifted students with learning, behavior, and/or emotional difficulties. In May 2013, she co-authored a book about twice-exceptional students: Creating Effective Programs for Gifted Students with Learning Disabilities. Her family moved to Atlanta in the summer of 2012, and she became a postdoctoral fellow in the Child and Adolescent Mood Program in September. At CAMP, she conducted assessments and psychotherapy with children, adolescents, and young adults. Her interests include psychological/psycho-educational assessment, learning disabilities and ADHD, emotional and academic concerns of gifted students, and child/adolescent anxiety disorders. 

Lindsay Stewart graduated with BA degrees in Psychology and Spanish at the University of Virginia in 2003. She completed her graduate studies in Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida, where she received her MS in 2005 and her PhD in 2010. For her clinical internship, Lindsay conducted assessment and therapy for children and adolescents with behavioral, emotional, and medical conditions at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine/Kennedy Krieger Institute. Lindsay began her postdoctoral fellowship at the Child and Adolescent Mood Program (CAMP) in 2010. Her clinical work and research interests include: assessment and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders in children and teens as well as parent training.

FACULTY KUDOS

Major Leadership Appointments, Activities and Achievements

Bobby Elliott was appointed as the Associate Director of the Emory University Student Health Services Psychiatric Services. This appointment follows Bobby’s serving in this role in an interim capacity. 

Betsy Gard was appointed to serve as the Lead for Disaster Mental Health Services for the Red Cross Disaster Committee of the Georgia Region. In this position she will be working with the Georgia State Chapters of the Red Cross to support Disaster Mental Health Services by helping with training, promotions, and consultations.

Larry Young, Chief of the Division of Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychiatric Disorders at the Yerkes Research Center, will lead the NIH funded Conte Center of Oxytocin and Social Cognition Team that includes researchers at Yerkes and Emory, as well as the University of Arizona and the University of Washington.  Emory received $9.5 million for this center, which will examine how brain chemistry involved in mother-infant bonding and attachment affects brain communication and mental processing of social experiences in animals and humans, including those with autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia.

Education

None noted

Research

The following individuals have recently been awarded grants.

Bekh Bradley –
Mechanisms of intergenerational impact of maternal trauma - NIMH

Rob Cotes and David Goldsmith –
A pilot study of minocycline augmentation to clozapine in African Americans with treatment resistant schizophrenia – EMCF

Michael Owens –
Prenatal atypical antipsychotic exposure: Behavioral and gene expression changes – NIH

Kerry Ressler –
Functional dissection of the TACs-NK3R pathway to prevent fear consolidation – NIH
Epigenetics of neuronal plasticity in auditory cortex in a sensory memory model – NIH

The following research papers have been published:

Andero, R., Brothers, S. P., Jovanovic, T., Chen, Y. T., Salah-Uddin, H., Cameron, M.,

Bannister, T. D., Almli, L., Stevens, J. S., Bradley, B., Binder, E. B., Wahlestedt, C., & Ressler, K. J. (2013). Amygdala-dependent fear is regulated by Oprl1 in mice and humans with PTSD. Science Translational Medicine, 5, 188ra73. doi: 10.1126/scitranslmed.300565 

Hermida, A., McDonald, W. M., Steenland, K., & Levey, A. (2012). The association between late-life depression, mild cognitive impairment and dementia: Is inflammation the missing link? Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, 12, 1339-1350. doi: 10.1586/ern.127.

Jasnow, A. M., Ehrlich, D. E., Choi, D. C., Dabrowska, J., Bowers, M. E., McCullough, K. M., Rainnie, D. G., & Ressler, K. J. (2013). Thy1-expressing neurons in the basolateral amygdala may mediate fear inhibition. Journal of Neuroscience, 33, 10396-10404. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.5539-12.2013

Maddox, S. A., Schafe, G. E., & Ressler, K. J. (2013). Exploring epigenetic regulation of fear memory and biomarkers associated with post-traumatic stress disorder. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 4, 62. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2013.00062

McCormick-King, M. L., Mee, L. L., Gutiérrez-Colina, A., Eaton, C. K., Lee, J. L., & Blount, R. L. (in press). Emotional functioning, barriers, and medication adherence in pediatric transplant recipients. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 

McGrath, C. L., Kelley, M. E., Holtzheimer, P. E. III, Dunlop, B. W., Craighead, W. E., Franco, A. R., Craddock, C., & Mayberg, H. S. (2013). Toward a neuroimaging treatment selection biomarker for major depressive disorder. JAMA Psychiatry, 70, 821-829. doi: 1001/jamapsychiatry.2013.143

Mehta, D., Klengel, T., Conneely, K. N., Smith, A. K., Altmann, A., Pace, T. W., Rex-Haffner, M., Loeschner, A., Gonik, M., Mercer, K. B., Bradley, B., Müller-Myhsok, B., Ressler, K. J., & Binder, E. B. (2013). Childhood maltreatment is associated with distinct genomic and epigenetic profiles in posttraumatic stress disorder. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110, 8302-8307. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1217750110

Steenland, K., Karnes, C., Seals, R., Carnevale, C., Hermida, A., & Levey, A. (2012). Late-life depression as a risk factor for mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer's disease in 30 US Alzheimer's disease centers. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 31, 265-275. doi: 10.3233/JAD-2012-111922

Stevens, J. S., Jovanovic, T., Fani, N., Ely, T. D., Glover, E. M., Bradley, B., & Ressler, K. J. (2013). Disrupted amygdala-prefrontal functional connectivity in civilian women with posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 47, 1469-1478. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2013.05.031 

Honors, Awards, Rankings

Gene Farber has become a Fellow of the American Psychological Association – Division of Psychotherapy (29)

Adriana Hermida was selected as an ECT Task Group awardee for a travel scholarship to the 2013 National Network of Depression Centers (NNDC) Conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Alicia Smith won an ACNP travel award. She also was appointed as a standing member of the VA Merit Review Panel for Gulf War Research.

Ray Young was selected to join the 2013 Woodruff Leadership Academy. 

Quality and Safety Initiatives and Capital Campaign Initiatives

HBIPS: 100% for the current quarter.

Ann Schwartz and Patricia Rich are participating in this fall’s Practical Methods Course (Emory Healthcare Quality Academy).

Community Benefit Programs and Activities

None reported

Facilities

None reported

Emory in the Media

Nadine Kaslow – (1) CNN – Cyberbullying can be final straw; (2) WXIA – Thank you to the heroes of McNair shooting, (3) Associated Press – Thousands honor Elvis Presley at Graceland vigil, (4) Southern Seasons Magazine – Grady’s Rockstar: Dr. Nadine Kaslow

Martha Ward – The Hospitalist – Team approach vital to treating patients with mental illness

Other Accomplishments

Chanda Graves was the Program Chair for Division 43, the Society for Family Psychology, at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association. She also presented on a symposium entitled APA and BET networks partnership: Using media as a platform to address HIV disparities among youth.

Celano, M., Dorn, U., Petersen-Coleman, M., & Pate, L. (August 2013).  Trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy for children who have experienced abuseSymposium presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.

Hermida, A. P., Stair, S., Zhao, L., McClam, T., Prettygar, D., Jones, K., Job, G., & McDonald, M. (2013). Initial Stimulus dosing in ECT: A comparison between seizure titration with other predictive dosing strategies. Paper presented at the International Society of Electroconvulsive Therapy and Neuromodulation, San Francisco, CA.

Shahane, A. (August 2013). Mediators of the childhood emotional abuse-hopelessness association in African American women. Paper presented in a symposium entitled Spirituality and Religion in African American Women exposed to Trauma (Nadine Kaslow, Chair and Discussant) at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.

Shahane, A. (August 2013). A guide to navigating career success for the early career health psychologist.  Chair of a Symposium presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI. 

TRAINEE KUDOS

Abby Nash was selected as a 2013 NIMH Outstanding Resident Award.  The award program will take place on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD in late September. While there, she will have the opportunity to meet with NIH leaders.

Celano, M., Dorn, U., Petersen-Coleman, M., & Pate, L. (August, 2013). Trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy for child abuse. Paper presented at a symposium entitled “Evidence Based Practices for Trauma in Youth,” Nadine Kaslow (Chair), at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Guo, W., Guo, G. X., Sun, C., Zhang, J., Zhang, R., He, J., Sun, Z. L., Yan, F., Tang, Y. L., Wang, C. Y., & Li, W. B. (in press). Therapeutic drug monitoring of psychotropic drugs in China: A nation-wide survey. Therapeutic Drug Monitoring.

Li, X.,Tang, Y. L., & Wang, C. Y. (in press). Adjunctive aripiprazole versus placebo for antipsychotic-induced hyperprolactinemia: Meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. PLOS ONE.

Pate, L., Petersen-Coleman, M., Dorn, U., & Celano, M., (July 2013).  Behavioral health screening in a child advocacy center to identify families in need of services. Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.

Petersen-Coleman, M., Pate, L., Dorn, U., & Celano, M., (August 2013).  Familial tailoring of trauma focused-cognitive behavioral therapy: An approach for children living in two households. Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.

Pompili, M., Venturini, P., Palermo, M., Stefani, J., Seretti, M. E., Lamis, D. A., Searafini, G., Amore, M., & Girardi, P. (2013). Mood disorders medications: Predictors of nonadherence-review of the current literature. Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, 13, 809-824. doi: 10.1586/14737175.2013.811976

Tang, Y. L. (2013). Personal rights and social control—civil commitment for the mentally ill and legal issues in the United States. Chinese Mental Health Journal, 27, 563-568

STAFF KUDOS

Two individuals will be presenting posters at the October 30 EHC Quality Conference: Karen James (Transitions Senior Program) and Laura Nichols (Care Coordination Supervisor Wesley Woods)