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January 2013


Please save the dates.
We will begin with two faculty development workshops focused on getting grants.

  • Friday March 29 9-10:30am – Getting Federal Research Grants
  • Wednesday May 1 9-10:30am – Getting Institutional, Foundational, and Federal Services Grants


We are very pleased that a number of the psychologists based at the Atlanta VA are now joining our faculty.

Pamela S. Eilender worked for the State of Georgia at Georgia Mental Health Institute from 1995 through 1998 and at Georgia Regional Hospital/Atlanta from 1998 through 2010 in forensic and clinical psychology.  Since joining the Atlanta VAMC in July 2010 she has worked as a clinical psychologist in Evaluation, Stabilization, Placement (ESP) - Substance Abuse Treatment Program (SATP) providing diagnostic assessments for inpatient and outpatient Veteran population. She utilizes motivational interviewing and provide group therapy for Dual Diagnosis patients. She participates in research projects and is serving as back-up independent evaluator for VA Augmentation and Switching Treatments for Improving Depression Outcomes (VAST-D) Study. She provides administrative support for the ESP Walk-In Clinic and serves on several hospital committees, including Performance Improvement.  She volunteers as a mentor for Emory postdoctoral psychology fellows. 

Lisa Ferdinand is a clinical psychologist in the integrated primary care/mental health program at the Women’s Wellness Clinic of the Atlanta VA. During her seven+ years at the VA she also served as the Military Sexual Trauma Coordinator and Team Lead for the Women’s Trauma Recovery program, and worked in the Mental Health Assessment Team. She has also been involved in selection and training of residents and interns through the VA’s training committees.  Lisa has also been an Assistant Professor at Georgia Southern University and has taught various courses at Georgia State University and Georgia Gwinnett College.   

Alyson Goodwin attended medical school at Emory and then went to UCSF for her psychiatry residency. After completing residency in 2004, she stayed on at UCSF. She held positions there as clinical faculty and as the medical director of Citywide Case Management, a large intensive case management program within the Division of Community Services. She then transitioned to UC Berkeley, where she worked at Berkeley Student Health. For the duration of her time in the Bay area, she also had a private psychotherapy practice. At Emory she will be working in Student Health Services. She is interested in mood and anxiety disorders, early psychosis, and women's health issues.    

Rachel Holt completed her pre-doctoral Internship at the Atlanta VAMC and her postdoctoral fellowship at the New Orleans VAMC.  After working at the Atlanta VAMC as the Program Coordinator for the Substance Abuse Treatment Program, she took a position closer to home with the VA’s Lawrenceville outpatient clinic, where she now works with general mental health patients. She is interested in alcohol use, anxiety,  borderline personality characteristics, and interpersonal trauma.  

Evelyn A. Lemoine is a clinical psychologist at the Atlanta VA Medical Center on the Mental Health Assessment Team (MHAT) and in Primary Care/Mental Health Integration (PCMH). On MHAT, she conducts psychodiagnostic assessments and provides triage and consultative services for patients newly referred to the Mental Health Service Line, as well as performs psychological police evaluations and pre-organ transplant evaluations. In PCMH Integration, she performs brief diagnostic evaluations, provides consultative services, and conducts short-term psychotherapy with patients in the Infectious Diseases primary care clinic for veterans infected with HIV. She is also one of the Directors of Psychology Training for the internship and postdoctoral residency. In addition to her role as the Co-DOT of Psychology Training, she is the primary supervisor for the combined MHAT and PCMH major rotation for Psychology Interns, and she is the Assessment Coordinator for the internship. Her professional interests include anxiety disorders, psychological assessment, supervision and training.

Nathan Mascaro is a staff psychologist within the Atlanta VA's Trauma Recovery Program (TRP), a clinic where veterans can receive treatment for military related PTSD and related problems.  He works primarily on the TRP's Evaluation and Evidence Based Practice team, which deals with complex cases that have not responded to standard, trauma focused psychotherapy.   He coordinates program evaluation research for this treatment team and maintains specific research interests in the role played by perceptions of meaning in life in the process of trauma recovery as well as interventions that can amplify the effectiveness of standard, trauma focused psychotherapies.

Andrea Michels is a clinical psychologist and Co-Director of Psychology Training at the Atlanta VA Medical Center, where she has been a staff member since 2007. Andrea works in the VA's Trauma Recovery Program and currently specializes in the treatment of combat-related PTSD. She offers clinical supervision of cognitive-behavioral therapies for anxiety and mood disorders.

Stella D. Nelms is a Licensed Psychologist and has served as the Palliative Care Program Psychologist at the Atlanta VA Medical Center since July 2010. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Virginia Commonwealth University Clinical Health Psychology Program where she worked in the liver transplant program, the Evan-Haynes Burn Unit, and the weight loss surgery program.  Stella then served as the primary psychologist for the Home-Base Primary Care Program at the Hampton VA Medical Center in Virginia. Her professional interest include health psychology, geriatrics, adjustment disorders, GLBT issues, and person-centered psychotherapy.

Regina Sherman, a board certified clinical psychologist, works on the Geropsychiatry Team and in Primary Care/Mental Health Integration with the Geriatric Primary Care Outpatient Clinic at the Atlanta VAMC. She serves on the Dementia Committee, Preventive Ethics Committee, Psychology Professional Standards Board, and the Psychology Training Committee. She has conducted research in rural West Africa and has an interest in qualitative international research. Her professional interests also include gero-psychology, adjusting to complex and life threatening illness, grief and bereavement, PTSD, multicultural competence and social justice, couples and family psychotherapy, and supervision and training.

Jennifer Smith is a Psychologist with the Atlanta VA. She has been certified in the use of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD and in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Depression. She provides training workshops regarding the use of ACT; she also conducts training regarding self-care of the mental health professional. She has been a Board Member of the Georgia Psychological Association for 10 years, including positions as Past Chair of the Council on the psychology of Women and Girls, and current Chair of the Continuing Education Committee.


Major Leadership Appointments, Activities and Achievements

Amit Shahane was appointed as Chair of the Diversity Committee for the American Psychological Association’s Division of Psychotherapy (29).


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Addington, J., Cadenhead, K. S., Cornblatt, B. A., Mathalon, D. H., McGlashan, T. H., Perkins, D. O., Seidman, L. J., Tsuang, M. T., Walker, E. F., Woods, S. W., Addington, J. A., & Cannon, T. D. (2012). North American Prodrome Longitudinal Study (NAPLS 2): Overview and recruitment. Schizophrenia Research, 142, 77-82. doi:10.1016/j.schres.2012.09.012

Batis, J., Barret, O., Alagille, D., Koren, A., Stehouwer, J.,  Cosgrov, K., Goodman, M., Seibyl, J.,  & Tamagnan, G. (2012). In vivo evaluation of [123I]mZIENT as a SPECT radioligand for the serotonin transporter. Nuclear Medicine and Biology and Molecular Imaging, 39, 1137-1141.

Bowers, M. E., Choi, D. C., & Ressler, K. J. (2012). Neuropeptide regulation of fear and anxiety: Implications of cholecystokinin, endogenous opioids, and neuropeptide Y. Physiology & Behavior, 107, 699-710. doi:10.1016/j.physbeh.2012.03.004

Brown, A. J., Parman, K. M., Rudat, D. A., & Craighead, L. W. (2012). Disordered eating, perfectionism, and food rules. Eating Behavior, 13, 347-353. doi:10.1016/j.eatbeh.2012.05.011

Capuron, L., Pagnoni, G., Drake, D. F., Woolwine, B. J., Spivey, J. R., Crowe, R. J., Goodman, M. M., & Miller, A. H. (2012). Dopaminergic mechanisms of reduced basal ganglia responses to hedonic reward during interferon-alpha administration. Archives of General Psychiatry, 69, 1044-1053.

Choi, D. C., Gourley, S. L., & Ressler, K. J. (2012). Prelimbic BDNF and TrkB signaling regulates consolidation of both appetitive and aversive emotional learning. Translational Psychiatry, 2, e205. doi: 10.1038/tp.2012.128

Cohen, R., Greenberg, J.M., & Ishak, W.W. (2013). Incorporating multidimensional patient-reported outcomes of symptom severity, functioning, and quality of life in the Individual Burden of Illness Index for Depression (IBI-D) to measure treatment impact and recovery in major depressive disorder. JAMA Psychiatry, 70, 1-8. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2013.286.

Craighead, W. E., Craighead, L. W., Ritschel, L. A., & Zagoloff, A. (2013). Behavior therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy. In G. Stricker, T. A. Widiger, & I. B. Weiner (Eds.), Handbook of psychology, Vol 8: Clinical psychology (2nd ed.) (pp. 291-319). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

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

Dingle, A.D. (2012). What did you say? I must have misunderstood. American Academy for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry News, November/December, 286-287.

Dunlop, B. W., Binder, E. B., Cubells, J. F., Goodman, M. M., Kelley, M. E., Kinkead, B., Kutner, M., Nemeroff, C. B., Newport, D. J., Owens, M. J., Pace, T. W. W., Ritchie, J. C., Aponte Rivera, V., Westen, D., Craighead, W. E., & Mayberg, H. S. (2012). Predictors of remission in depression to individual and combined treatments (PReDICT). Study Rationale and Design Trials, 13, 106. doi:10.1186/1745-6215-13-106.

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

Dunlop, B. W., Thase, M. E., Wun, C. C., Fayyad, R., Guico-Pabia, C. J., Musgnung, J., & Ninan, P. T. (2012). A meta-analysis of factors impacting detection of antidepressant efficacy in clinical trials: The importance of academic sites. Neuropsychopharmacology, 37, 2830-2836. doi:10.1038/npp.2012.153

Embree, M., Michopoulos, V., Votaw, J. R., Voll, R. J., Mun, J., Stehouwer, J. S., Goodman, M. M., Wilson, M. E., & Sanchez, M. M. (2013). The relation of developmental changes in brain serotonin transporter (5HTT) and 5HT1A receptor binding to emotional behavior in female rhesus monkeys: Effects of social status and 5HTT genotype. Neuroscience, 228, 83-100. doi:10.1016/j.neuroscience.2012.10.016

Epps, S. A., Tabb, K. D., Lin, S. J., Kahn, A. B., Javors, M. A., Boss-Williams, K. A., Weiss, J. M., & Weinshenker, D. (2012). Seizure susceptibility and epileptogenesis in a rat model of epilepsy and depression co-morbidity. Neuropsychopharmacology, 37, 2756-2763. doi:10.1038/npp.2012.141

Flandreau, E. I., Bourke, C. H., Ressler, K. J., Vale, W. W., Nemeroff, C. B., & Owens, M. J. (2012). Escitalopram alters gene expression and HPA axis reactivity in rats following chronic overexpression of corticotropin-releasing factor from the central amygdala. Psychoneuroendocrinology, S0306-4530(12)00412-X. doi:10.1016/j.psyneuen.2012.11.020

Hayes, L. J., Goodman, S. H., & Carlson, E. (2012). Maternal antenatal depression and infant disorganized attachment at 12 months. Attachment & Human Development.

Holtzman, C. W., Trotman, H. D., Goulding, S. M., Ryan, A. T., McDonald, A. N., Shapiro, D. I., Brassfield, J. L., & Walker, E. F. (2013). Stress and neurodevelopmental processes in the emergence of psychosis. Neuroscience, 212, S0306-4522(12)01198-0. doi:10.1016/j.neuroscience.2012.12.017

Hostetler, C. M., Hitchcock, L. N., Anacker, A. M., Young, L. J., & Ryabinin, A. E. (2012). Comparative distribution of central neuropeptide Y (NPY) in the prairie (Microtus ochrogaster) and meadow (M. pennsylvanicus) vole. Peptides, 40, 22-29. doi:10.1016/j.peptides.2012.12.008

Jacob, M., Keeley, L. M., Ritschel, L., & Craighead, W. E. (2013). Behavioural activation for the treatment of low-income, African American adolescents with major depressive disorder: A case series. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 20, 87-96. doi:10.1002/cpp.774

Kimmel, H. L., Nye, J. A., Voll, R. J., Mun, J., Stehouwer, J. S.,  Goodman, M. M., Votaw, J. R., Carroll, F. I., & Howell, L. L. (2012). Simultaneous measurement of extracellular dopamine and dopamine transporter occupancy by cocaine analogs in squirrel monkeys. Synapse, 66, 501-508.

Klengel, T., Mehta, D., Anacker, C., Rex-Haffner, M., Pruessner, J. C., Pariante, C. M., Pace, T. 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. doi:10.1038/nn.3275

Klepac, R. K., Ronan, G. F., Andrasik, F., Arnold, K. D., Belar, C. D., Berry, S. L., Christofff, K. A., Craighead, L. W., Dougher, M. J., Dowd, E. T., Herbert, J. D., McFarr, L. M., Rizvi, S. L., Sauer, E. M., & Strauman, T. J. (2012). Guidelines for cognitive behavioral training with doctoral psychology programs in the United States: Report of the Inter-organizational Task Force on Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology Doctoral Education. Behavior Therapy, 43, 687-697. doi:10.1016/j.beth.2012.05.002

Liang, Z., Zhan, W., Zhu, A., Yoon, Y., Lin, S., Sasaki, M., Klapproth, J., Yang, H., Grossniklaus, H., Xu, J., Rojas, M., Voll, R., Goodman, M., Arrendale, R., Natchus, M., Desai, K., Liu, J., Yun, C., Snyder, J., Liotta, D., & Shim, H. (2012). Development of a unique small molecule modulator of CXCR4. PloS One, 7, 1-12. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0034038

Lin, S. J., Epps, S. A., West, C. H., Boss-Williams, K. A., Weiss, J. M., & Weinshenker, D. (2012). Operant psychostimulant self-administration in a rat model of depression. Pharmacology, Biochemistry, & Behavior, 103, 380-385. doi:10.1016/j.pbb.2012.09.008

Maguschak, K. A., & Ressler, K. J. (2012). A role for WNT/β-Catenin signaling in the neural mechanisms of behavior. Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology, 7, 763-773. doi:10.1007/s11481-012-9350-7

McConathy, J., Yu, W., Jarkas, N., Seo, W., Schuster, D. M., & Goodman, M. M. (2012). Radiohalogenated non-natural amino acids as PET and SPECT tumor imaging agents. Medicinal Research Reviews, 32, 868-905.

Mun, J., Jabbar, A. A., Devi, N. S., Liu, Y., Van Meir, E. G., & Goodman, M. M. (2012). Design and in vitro activities of N-[(2,2-dimethyl-8-R-2H-1-benzopyran-6-yl)methyl]-N-alkyl-heteroarylsulfonamides, novel small molecule Hypoxia Inducible Factor-1 (HIF-1) pathway inhibitors and anti-cancer agents. Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 55, 6738-6750.

Mun, J., Jabbar, A. A., Devi, N. S., Liu, Y., Van Meir, E. G., & Goodman, M. M. (2012). Structure activity relationship of arylsulfonamide analogs of N-[(2,2-dimethyl-2H-1-benzopyran-6-yl)methyl]-N-phenyl-3,4-dimethoxybenzenesulfonamide, a novel small molecule hypoxia Inducible Factor-1 (HIF-1) pathway inhibitor and anti-cancer agent. Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry, 20, 4590-4597.

Murray, C. M., Heintz, M. R., Lonsdorf, E. V., Parr, L. A., & Santymire, R. M. (2013). Validation of a field technique and characterization of fecal glucocorticoid metabolite analysis in wild chimpanzees (pan troglodytes). American Journal of Primatology, 75, 57-64. doi:10.1002/ajp.22078

Nicol, A., Krishnadas, R., Champion, S., Tamagnan, G., Stehouwer, J. S., Goodman, M. M., Hadley, D. M., & Pimlott, S. (2012). Human biodistribution, dosimetry and brain SPECT imaging of 123I-mZIENT: A ligand for imaging serotonin transporters. European Journal of Nuclear Medicine, 39, 786-791.

Nugent, N. R., Koenen, K. C., & Bradley, B. (2012). Heterogeneity of posttraumatic stress symptoms in a highly traumatized low income, urban, African American sample. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 46, 1576-1583. doi:10.1016/j.jpsychires.2012.07.012

Oka, S., Okudaira, H., Yoshida, Y., Schuster, D. M., Goodman, M. M., & Shirakami, Y. (2012). Transport mechanisms of trans-1-amino-3-14C-fluorocyclobutane-1-carboxylic acid in glioma and prostate cancer cells. Nuclear Medicine and Biology, 39, 109-119.

Papakostas, G. I., Vitolo, O. V., Ishak, W. W., Rapaport, M. H., Zajecka, J. M., Kinrys, G., Mischoulon, D., Lipkin, S. H., Hails, K. A., Abrams, J., Ward, S. G., Meisner, A., Schoenfeld, D. A., Shelton, R. C., Winokur, A., Okasha, M. S., Bari, M. A., & Fava, M. (2012). A 12-week, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, sequential parallel comparison trial of ziprasidone as monotherapy for major depressive disorder. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 73, 1541-1547. doi:10.4088/JCP.12m07670

Parr, L. A., Taubert, J., Little, A. C., & Hancock, P. J. (2012). The organization of conspecific face space in nonhuman primates. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 65, 2411-2434. doi:10.1080/17470218.2012.693110

Raison, C. L., & Miller, A. H. (2013). The evolutionary significance of depression in Pathogen Host Defense (PATHOS-D). Molecular Psychiatry, 18, 15-37. doi:10.1038/mp.2012.2

Raison, C.L, Rutherford, R.E., Woolwine, B.J., Shuo, C., Schettler, P., Drake, D.F., Haroon, E., & Miller, A.H. (2013). A randomized controlled trial of the tumor necrosis factor antagonist infliximab for treatment-resistant depression: The role of baseline inflammatory biomarkers. JAMA Psychiatry, 70, 31-41. doi:10.1001/2013.jamapsychiatry.4

Riva-Posse, P., Holtzheimer, P. E., Garlow, S. J., & Mayberg, H. S. (2012). Practical considerations in the development and refinement of subcallosal cingulate white matter deep brain stimulation for treatment resistant depression. World Neurosurgery, S1878-8750(12)01436-2. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2012.11.074

Rothbaum, B. O., Kearns, M. C., Price, M., Malcoun, E., Davis, M., Ressler, K. J., Lang, D., & Houry, D. (2012). Early intervention may prevent the development of posttraumatic stress disorder: a randomized pilot civilian study with modified prolonged exposure. Biological Psychiatry, 72, 957-963. doi:10.1016/j.biopsych.2012.06.002

Ryan, E. L., Lynch, M.E., Taddeo, E., Gleason, T.J., Epstein, M. & Fridovich-Keil, J.L. (in press). Cryptic residual GALT activity is a potential modifier of scholastic outcome in school age children with classic galactosemia.  Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease.

Sawyer, E. K., Mun, J., Nye, J. A., Kimmel, H. L.,  Voll, R. J., Stehouwer, J. S., Rice, K. C., Goodman, M. M., & Howell, L. L. (2012). Neurobiological changes mediating the effects of chronic fluoxetine on cocaine use. Neuropsychopharamacology, 37, 1816-1824.

Shankman, S. A., Campbell, M. L., Klein, D. N., Leon, A. C., Arnow, B. A., Manber, R., Keller, M. B., Markowitz, J. C., Rothbaum, B. O., Thase, M. E., & Kocsis, J. H. (2013). Dysfunctional attitudes as a moderator of pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy for chronic depression. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 47, 113-121. doi:10.1016/j.jpsychires.2012.09.018

Shi, Q., Yin, S., Kaluz, S., Ni, N., Devi, N. S., Mun, J.,

Goodman, M. M., Van Meir, E. G.,  Wang, B., & Snyder, J. P. (2012). The binding of KCN1 to p300/CBP: A QSAR and modeling approach to discovery of HIF-1 pathway inhibitors. ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters, 3, 620-625.

Shim, H., Liotta, D., Goodman, M. M., & Zhu, A. (2012). CXCR4 antagonists for imaging cancer and inflammatory disorders. US Patent No. 20120294803.

Smith, A. L., Freeman, S. M., Voll, R. J., Inoue, K., Young, L. J., & Goodman, M. M. (2012). Synthesis and evaluation of C-11, F-18 and I-125 small molecule radioligands for detecting oxytocin receptors. Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry, 20, 2721-2738.

Smith, A. L., Freeman, S. M., Voll, R. J., Young, L. J., & Goodman, M. M. (2013). Carbon-11 N-methyl alkylation of L-368,899 and in vivo PET imaging investigations for neural oxytocin receptors. Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters, 23, 902-906.

Uddin, M., Chang, S. C., Zhang, C., Ressler, K., Mercer, K. B., Galea, S., Keyes, K. M., McLaughlin, K. A., Wildman, D. E., Aiello, A. E., & Koenen, K. C. (2012). ADCYAP1R1 genotype, posttraumatic stress disorder, and depression among women exposed to childhood maltreatment. Depression & Anxiety. doi:10.1002/da.22037

Wilson, M. E., Bounar, S., Godfrey, J., Michopoulos, V., Higgins, M., & Sanchez, M. (2013). Social and emotional predictors of the tempo of puberty in female rhesus monkeys. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 38, 67-83. doi:10.1016/j.psyneuen.2012.04.021

Yin, S., Kaluz, S., Devi, N. S., Jabbar, A
. A., de Noronha, R. G., Mun, J., Zhang, Z., Boreddy, P. R., Wang, W., Wang, Z., Abbruscato, T., Chen, Z., Olson, J. J.,  Zhang, R., Goodman, M. M., Nicolaou, K. C., & Van Meir, E. G. (2012). Arylsulfonamide KCN1 inhibits  
in vivo glioma growth and interferes with HIF signaling by disrupting HIF-1α interaction with co-factors p300/CBP. Clinical Cancer Research, 18, 6623-6633. doi:10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-12-0861.

Zola, S. M., Manzanares, C. M., Clopton, P., Lah, J. J., & Levey, A. I. (2012). A behavioral task predicts conversion to mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias.

Honors, Awards, Rankings

Rob Cotes, Diana Simeonova, and Martha Ward have been selected to participate in the Emory School of Medicine Faculty Development Course from January through May 2013.  Prior participants from the department in this program include Ayman Fareed, Chanda Graves, Patrick Haggard, Priya Jacob, Adriana Hermida, Ishrat Khan, Ray Kotwicki, Gretchen Neigh McCandless, Ann Schwartz, Amit Shahane, Sreedevi Vayalapalli, Ray Young, and Stephanie Winn.

Mark Goodman won the Society of Nuclear Medicine Paul C. Aebersold Award and the Distinguished Investigator Award from the Academy of Radiology Research in 2012.

Nadine Kaslow will be honored March 16th at the Georgia Aquarium by the Grady Health Foundation, as she will be receiving the Inspiring Mentor Award. The Atlanta Journal Constitution featured her in their Real People, Inspiring Stories section.

Diane Simeonova was selected to receive one of the Society of Biological Psychiatry’s 2013 Domestic Travel Fellowship Awards.

Ann Schwartz has been invited to be the Guest Speaker at the 22nd  Annual Student-Athletes’ Academic Honors Banquet at Valparaiso University, 21 years after the was the first recipient of the Laurel Award at her banquet in 1992.


Quality and Safety Initiatives


Development Achievement and Capital Campaign Initiatives

The Fuqua Center for Late-Life Depression has received notification of the following awards. The Jesse Parker Williams Foundation awarded the Fuqua Center $104, 000 of continued support for the provision of on-site geriatric psychiatry services as well as coordination of medical and aging support services in 18 affordable housing complexes in metro Atlanta area. An article which features the model of care has been accepted by the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.  The JB Fuqua Foundation awarded the Fuqua Center $20,000 to assist training of housing providers and the expansion of the Center’s work in affordable housing for older adults. The “Thanks Mom and Dad Fund” through the Atlanta Regional Commission awarded $6,720 to the Fuqua Center to support the implementation of an older adult Certified Peer Support Specialist facilitated outpatient health and wellness group in the Geripsych/ Fuqua Center outpatient clinic.

Community Benefit Programs and Activities

Andrea Elkin, the Chair of the Workplace Violence Prevention Committee at the Atlanta VA Medical Center spoke to the Atlanta Employer Committee. She talked about the behavior and resource aspects of workplace bullying.

Nadine Kaslow and Erica Lee have been appointed to serve on Emory’s Dissent, Protest, and Community Task Force.

The AFSP-Metro Atlanta chapter received the following awards at the National AFSP Chapter Leadership Conference: (1) One of the top 20 walks in the nation – The Atlanta walk ranked 13th of 278 walks nationwide raising over $111,000; (2) Outstanding Chapter Survivor Program (for Candlelight Vigil for survivors of suicide during National Suicide Prevention Week and Survivor Outreach Program); and (3) Outstanding Chapter Public Relations (for media and social media). Chris Owens is the AFSP Metro Atlanta Area Director. Faculty on the 2012 board included Steve Garlow and Barb D’Orio.



Rachel Ammirati has been appointed to serve on Emory’s Dissent, Protest, and Community Task Force.

Jessica Cohen wrote Test Your Knowledge multiple choice questions for the January 2013 issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry Residents Journal.

Kimberly Fitzgerald will be going to Chicago for an addiction psychiatry fellowship at Northwestern. Check out her artistic work at

Lamis, D. A., & Lester, D. (2012). Risk and protective factors for reasons for living in college men. International Journal of Men’s Health, 11, 189-201. doi:10.3149/jmh.1103.189

Lamis, D. A., & Lester, D. (2013). Gender differences in risk and protective factors for suicidal ideation among college students. Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, 27, 62-77. doi:10.1080/87568225.2013.739035

Dorian Lamis was selected to receive the American Psychological Association’s Division 12 (Society for Clinical Psychology) Distinguished Student Research Award in Clinical Psychology.

Angel Perez will be joining the Atlanta Family Psychiatry Practice with Lyndon Waugh.

Yi-lang Tang, Rob Cotes, Bill McDonald and their Chinese collaborators receive the Journal of ECT award for the 2012 best paper.  This award was for a series of papers on ECT in China and Y-Lang will accept the award and give a talk at the annual meeting of the International Society for ECT and Neuromodulation in San Francisco.

Vahabzadeh, A, & McDonald, W.M. (2013). Physicians' warnings for unfit drivers and risk of road crashes. New England Journal of Medicine368, 86-8. doi: 10.1056/NEJMc1212928#SA1.

Vahabzadeh, A,, Wittenauer, J., &  McDonald, W.M. (213) Web-based involuntary-commitment educational project for emergency medicine residents: an interdepartmental quality initiative. Academic Psychiatry. 37, doi: 10.1176/appi.ap.12050097.

Vahabzadeh, A. (January/Februuar 2013). Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders, A time of challenge and opportunities. AACAP News, 44(1).

Vahabzadeh A, & Buxton, D. (2013). Don’t let borders limit your perspective. Psychiatric News, 48, 29-29.

Arshya Vahabzadeh is being honored by the GPPA for his receipt of the AMA Foundation Leadership Award. He also will co-lead a workshop at the American Psychiatric Association meeting in San Francisco entitled, The American Journal of Psychiatry Residents’ Journal: How to be involved. In addition, along with Christina Martin, Daniel Moreno-de-Luca, and Joe Cubells, their poster on “Identification of potentially etiological copy number variations in adults with intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorders using array comparative genomic hybridization” was awarded third place for the GPPA Skobba poster competition.

Justine Wittenauer, Arshya Vahabzadeh, and Ann Schwartz’s poster entitled “Stigma and antidepressant medication, a content analysis of digital media on YouTube” was awarded first place for the GPPA Skobba poster competition.

Our residents did an outstanding job securing Child and Adolescent Psychiatry residency positions –

Ahmed Khan – Stanford

Amanda McMillan – Emory

Raj Shekhat – Emory

Arshya Vahabzadeh - Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean/Harvard

Justine Wittenauer – Harvard/Cambridge Health Alliance


Eve Byrd will be chairing the statewide Behavioral Health Services Coalition and working directly with the Deputy Commissioners Office.

Carman Thomas received Emory’s Rising Star Leadership Award. The award is given to staff members nominated by their managers as “rising stars” in their department, and selected by the School of Medicine Office of Staff Development.

The Addiction Psychiatry training program recently underwent a GME Internal Review with very favorable results.  There were no citations and several commendations.  Amy Cromwell, program coordinator, was recognized for her excellent organizational skills and contributions in preparing for the review.  Amy worked closely with Karen Drexler to provide a comprehensive and detailed report.