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March 2013


Kara Snead is a staff psychologist in the General Mental Health clinic at the Atlanta VAMC. She completed her post doctoral fellowship at Emory- Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, predoctoral internship at Vanderbilt- Tennessee Valley VA Consortium, and obtained her doctorate in clinical psychology from GSU. Kara is a generalist and has specialized training and expertise in trauma interventions for both children and adults.


Major Leadership Appointments, Activities and Achievements

Nadine Kaslow was selected to serve as a panelist for a Public Workshop on Priorities for a Public Health Research Agenda to Reduce the Threat of Firearm Related Violence under the auspices of the Institute of Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She will be addressing the link between media violence and later violent behavior.

Larry Young was elected President-elect of the Society for Social Neuroscience. 


We matched 11 general psychiatry and 2 med-psych PGY-1 residents for the class entering July 2013.  We are fortunate to have a diverse class from all over the country and the world with varied backgrounds and achievements.  They look like a great group and think they will fit in well with our program: 

General Psychiatry Residency


Medical School

 Abascal,  Aliana    

University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine

 Abrams,  Taryn    

Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine

 Agonafer,  Makeda    

Morehouse School of Medicine

 Carness,  Jason    

State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine

 Dickson,  Susane    

University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine

 Goins,  Kristine    

UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School-Piscataway

 Halverson,  David    

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

 Hudson,  William    

Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine

 Novik,  Emily    

Sackler School of Medicine

 Owens,  Andrew    

Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine

 Vo,  Lan Chi    

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Southwestern Medical School

Med-Psych Residency


Medical School

Schmitz, Stephanie

University of Maryland School  of Medicine

Smith,  Marsha

Tulane University School of Medicine

Psychology Interns



Beckwith, Joy

Emory University

Gallagher, Kate

Georgia State University

Kuruville, Bena

Idaho State University

Walker, Kristin

East Tennessee State University


Barrett, C. E., Keebaugh, A. C., Ahern, T. H., Bass, C. E., Terwilliger, E. F., & Young, L. J. (2013). Variation in vasopressin receptor (Avpr1a) expression within a species creates diversity in behaviors related to monogamy. Hormones and Behavior, 63, 518-526. doi: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2013.01.005

Campbell, L.F., Norcross, J.C., Vasquez, M.T., & Kaslow, N.J. (2013). Recognition of psychotherapy effectiveness: The APA resolution. Psychotherapy, 50, 98-101. doi: 10.1037/a0031817

Carr, E.R., Woods, A.M., Vahabzadeh, A., Sutton, C., Wittenauer, J., & Kaslow, N.J. (2013). PTSD, depressive symptoms, and suicidal ideation in African American women: A mediated model. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 20, 37-45. doi: 10.1007/s10880-012-9316-1

Craighead, W.E. (2013). Interventions for childhood depression. Shanghai Archives of Psychiatry, 25, 50-51. doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1002-0829.2013.01.009

McIntosh, B. J., Compton, M. T., & Druss, B. G. (2012). Students left behind: The limitations of university-based health insurance for students with mental illnesses. Journal of American College Health, 60(8), 596-598.

McIntosh, B.J., & Compton, M.T. (2013). The initial evaluation and treatment of schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders. In W. O'Donohue & S. O. Lilienfeld (Eds.), Case studies in clinical psychological science: Bridging the gap from science to practice (pp.251-278). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Parr, L.A., Modi, M., Siebert, E., & Young, L.J. (in press). Intranasal oxytocin selectively attenuates rhesus monkeys’ attention to negative facial expressions. Psychoneuroendocrinology. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2013.02.011

Payne, M., Eaton, C., Mee, L. & Blount, R. (2013). Promoting medication adherence and regimen responsibility in two adolescents on hemodialysis for end-stage renal disease: A case study. Clinical Case Studies, 12(2), 95-110. DOI:10.1177/1534650112467079

Sen, S., Kranzler, H. R., Didwania, A. K., Schwartz, A. C., Amarnath, S., Kolars, J. C., Dalack, G. W., Nichols, B., & Guille, C. (2013). Effects of the 2011 duty hour reforms on interns and their patients: A prospective longitudinal cohort study. JAMA Internal Medicine. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.351. This article has received a lot of media attention.

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 & Medicinal Chemistry Letters. 23, 902-906. doi: 10.1016/j.bmcl.2012.10.116

Strickland, D. C., Coles, C. D., Southern, L. B. (2013). JobTIPS: A transition to employment program for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. doi: 10.1007/s10803-013-1800-4

Honors, Awards, Rankings

Thomas Bornemann was honored with the Emory University Award of Distinction, only the 2nd Carter Center staff person to receive this honor.

Ebrahim Haroon was selected as a 2013 NCDEU New Investigator Award recipient. His application was sponsored by Mark Rapaport.

Nadine Kaslow received the Inspiring Mentor Award from the Grady Health Foundation.

Helen Mayberg was selected to receive the 2013 Joan and Stanford Alexander Annual Award in Psychiatry, to be presented at Baylor College of Medicine in April 2013. She also was selected to receive the 25th Annual Pasarow Foundation Award for outstanding neuropsychiatric research and this award will be presented May 2013 in Los Angeles. This award comes with a generous financial gift.

Jeff Rakofsky was selected to be a 2013 NCDEU New Investigator Award recipient. His application was sponsored by Kerry Ressler.

Quality and Safety Initiatives

HBIPS:  91% for the quarter

Development Achievement and Capital Campaign Initiatives

None reported

Community Benefit Programs and Activities

A reception was held on March 12 to welcome our visitors from Shanghai Mental Health Center. They were here to visit with many members of our faculty to learn about what we are working on at Emory.  While here, they delivered Grand Rounds as well.  Mark Rapaport and Barbara Rothbaum visited Shanghai Mental Health Center in December  to inaugurate our collaboration with them. Michael Phillips , of our faculty, is an integral part of this collaboration. We had many representatives of the Chinese community attend this event which was well received by our guests.

We will soon be launching our password protected Alumni website for alums to connect with each other and learn about information that  would be useful to them pertaining to Emory and our Department. 

Marietta Collins spoke before the University Senate in her role as Chair of the Senate Diversity Committee and offered recommendations on a University response to President Wagner’s controversial comments in the Emory Magazine related to his reference to the 3/5 rule regarding slavery.  She also recently was appointed to the Advisory Committee on Class and Labor.

Jeff Rakofksy presented a lecture on “diet and nutritional supplements for bipolar depression” at the Skyland Trail Professional Advisory Board meeting.

Diana Simeonova was a panelist on a panel on Successful career development awardees and the secrets to their success in the Department of Pediatrics for their K-Club.


1)    Jeff Rakofksy – City Channel – Bipolar disorder

2)    Stuart Zola – Fox 5 News  - Researchers use eye-tracking device to detect Alzheimer’s


David Goldsmith and Arshya Vahabzadeh contributed to the apa healthyminds blog – What to expect for your first visit with your psychiatrist

Goldsmith, D.R. (2013). Metformin adjuvant therapy to counteract metabolic side effects of atypical antipsychotics. The Residents’ Journal: A publication of The American Journal of Psychiatry, 8, 2-4.

Dorian Lamis was accepted for the ICRC-S Research Training Institute in Rochester, NY. This program trains suicide researchers.

McDonald, W. M., & Vahabzadeh, A. (2013). ECT and neuromodulation in the treatment of late-life mood disorders. In H. Lavretsky, M. Sajatovic, &  C. Reynolds (Eds.), Late-life mood disorders. New York: Oxford University Press.

Alex Sawicki presented a poster at the GPPA Winter Meeting on Questioning physicians about mental health treatment on physician license applications: What other states can teach us.

Vasliki Michopoulos was the winner of a travel award to the Wisconsin Symposium on Emotion.

Our team placed 7th in Mind Games 2013!  It was Arshya Vahabzadeh, Rachel Goldberg, and Bo Houston. 


I know that our staff are doing wonderful things. We have such an amazingly talented and helpful group of staff. Please send me your own accomplishments or the accomplishments of other staff members that you know in the department. I really would like to highlight these.