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July 2013


Negar Fani completed her undergraduate training at Emory University and earned a PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology from Georgia State University in 2011, subsequently beginning her post-doctoral fellowship at the Emory University Department of Psychiatry, supported by an NRSA. This grant supported her interest in examining the influence of genetics and childhood maltreatment on the emergence of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder via intermediate cognitive and biological phenotypes, such as attentional biases for social threat cues, corresponding patterns of BOLD response, and alterations in white matter integrity. She will be joining the Emory Psychiatry faculty in August 2013, and will continue to use novel cognitive paradigms, neuropsychological measures, fMRI and DTI to investigate the various cognitive and affective manifestations of PTSD.

Geetha Nampiaparampil will be joining Grady Memorial Hospital this summer devoting her time to the inpatient Consultation Liaison Service and the CIS.   She recently completed a fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine/Psycho-oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering/Weill Cornell in New York City.  Geetha graduated from the combined BA/MD Honors Program in Medical Education at Northwestern University, where she majored in Psychology as an undergraduate.  At Northwestern Medical School, she co-authored a textbook chapter, Crime, substance use, and mental illness (published in the book, Addictive Disorders in Medical Populations), where she discusses various issues such as substance abuse and criminal behavior that professionals in the primary care setting should take note of.  Geetha completed her residency training at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital in NYC where she worked on a joint NIH-pharma funded multi-site study addressing the safety and efficacy of Probuphine, an implantable form of buprenoprhine.  Geetha is very excited for her move to Atlanta and to be working with her new colleagues at Emory. 

Lorie Ritschel came to Emory in 2007 as a postdoctoral fellow. She joined the faculty in 2008, first as a Senior Associate and then as Assistant Professor. She has been tremendously fortunate to be mentored by Ed Craighead and Helen Mayberg, with whom she has worked to develop and test novel treatments for depressed adolescents and to evaluate putative neural mechanisms of action that underlie successful treatments in this age group. In addition, Lorie directs the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program for suicidal/self-harming adolescents and young adults at CAMP. She also is a member of the Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) team. Lorie will be relocating to the Raleigh/Durham area, where she has been recruited to build a new DBT program for adolescents at 3C Family Services. In addition, she is joining the research team at CRESH, a non-profit institution devoted to improving the social and emotional health of children and adolescents. Finally, she has accepted an adjunct Assistant Professor position at UNC School of Medicine. She remains unsure how she will reconcile her love for the Duke Blue Devils with her new role as a Tarheel. She is grateful to her wonderful colleagues and mentors at Emory, whom she will miss dearly. 

Jeff Sanders will be working at Emory as a psychiatrist at Grady Outpatient Behavioral Health.  Jeff graduated with undergraduate majors in Chemistry and Psychology from Washburn University in Topeka, KS. He then completed the MD/PhD program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where his thesis work studied the noradrenergic regulation of the developing brain. In July 2010, Jeff graduated from psychiatry residency at the University of California, San Diego and subsequently became board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He also pursued full time work as a UCSD T32 post-doctoral fellow, studying the neurocircuitry of fear memory. Jeff’s postdoctoral research resulted in a recent first author paper, “Elimination of Dendritic Spines with Long-Term Memory is Specific to Active Circuits”, The Journal of Neuroscience, 2012 Sep 5; 32(36): 12570-8.  Jeff is looking forward to applying his background in both basic and clinical neuroscience to the teaching, research and patient care missions of Emory psychiatry.


Major Leadership Appointments, Activities and Achievements

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Celano, M., Hartmann, E., & Drews-Botsch, C.D. (2013).  Parenting stress in the infant aphakia treatment study. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 38, 484-493. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jst009

Celano, M. (2013). Family psychology in the age of neuroscience: Implications for training. Couple & Family Psychology: Research and Practice, 2, 124-130. doi: 10.1037/cfp0000003

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

Honors, Awards, Rankings

Bekh Bradley received the 2013 Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Distinguished Clinician Award.

Negar Fani received the Biological Psychiatry Travel Fellowship Award and just received funding from the NIH Clinical Loan Repayment Program.

Gene Farber received the 2013 Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Distinguished Service Award.

Adriana Hermida received the PGY 3 Teaching Award.

Sarah Juul was selected as a Public Voices Fellow at the Center for Women.

Andy Miller received the 2013 Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Mentoring Award.

Reed Pitre was listed as a Top Doctor in Atlanta Magazine for Addiction Psychiatry.

Alicia Smith received the 2013 Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award.

Yudit Jung passed her Certification Interview from the American Psychoanalytic Association, which is a necessary step in the process of becoming a Training and Supervising Analyst. In addition, she was invited to join the American Psychoanalytic Association’s Certification Committee.

Quality and Safety Initiatives and Capital Campaign Initiatives

According to Frank Brown, our Emory Healthcare HBIPS is 96% currently.

Community Benefit Programs and Activities

Thanks to the advocacy efforts of Claire Coles, Karen Howell, Wendy Jefferson, and other members of the FAS Prevention group in collaboration with the National Organization for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome- Georgia (NOFAS-GA), Governor Deal has proclaimed 9/13/13 as FASD awareness day in Georgia. At the same time, they have obtained a mini-grant from NOFAS-USA that will allow them to put out a media blast during the first part of September to publicize International FAS awareness day. This is a campaign that goes on all around the world on this day. It is 9/9 because it is the 9th day of the 9th month, and the message is that women should refrain from drinking during the 9 months of pregnancy.


Mark Rapaport announced that many parts of the department will be moving late December and early January to Executive Park 12, so that there can be more integration within the department.


Bekh Bradley-Davino: Fox News – PTSD Treatment

Claire Coles: Atlanta Journal-Constitution – ‘Crack baby’ study ends with unexpected result

Megha Patel: WABE – Military Sexual Trauma

Elaine Walker: Psychiatric News – Prolonged adolescence helps build a better brain


Bagge, C. L., Lamis, D. A., Nadorff, M. R., & Osman, A. (2013). Relations between hopelessness, depression, and suicidality: Mediation by reasons for living. Journal of Clinical Psychology. doi: 10.1002/jclp.22005 

Lamis, D. A., Leenaars, L. S., Jahn, D. R., & Lester, D. (2013). Intimate partner violence: Are perpetrators also victims and are they more likely to experience suicide ideation? Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Advanced online publication. doi:10.1177/0886260513488691


Christina Wilson will be working as a Staff Psychologist at the Atlanta VAMC in the General Mental Health Program, focusing on evidence-based treatments.


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