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November 2013


The next Faculty Development Seminar will be held Wednesday January 29, 2014 from 9-10:30am. The focus will be on getting involved at the national level.


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Major Leadership Appointments, Activities and Achievements

Kitty Deering has been selected to serve as the Southeastern Rep to the American Board of Clinical Psychology and will be coordinating clinical psychology board certification exams for the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) in the area.

Tig Rainnie was invited to be temporary Chair of the Neurobiology of Motivated Behavior study section at NIMH.


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The following research papers have been published:

Dabrowska, J., Hazra, R., Guo, J. D., Dewitt, S., & Rainnie, D. G. (2013). Central CRF neurons are not created equal: Phenotypic differences in CRF-containing neurons of the rat paraventricular hypothalamus and the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis.Frontiers in Neuroscience, 7, 156. DOI: 10.3389/fnins.2013.00156

Dabrowska, J., Hazra, R., Guo, J. D., Li, C., Dewitt, S., Xu, J., Lombroso, P. J., & Rainnie, D. G. (2013). Striatal-enriched protein tyrosine phosphatase- STEPs toward understanding chronic stress-induced activation of corticotrophin releasing factor neurons in the rat bed nucleus of the stria terminalis. Biological Psychiatry, 74(11), 817-826. DOI:10.1016/j.biopsych.2013.07.032. This paper was a featured article and also provided the cover art for that edition.

Ehrlich, D. E., Ryan, S. J., Hazra, R., Guo, J. D., & Rainnie, D. G. (2013). Postnatal maturation of GABAergic transmission in the rat basolateral amygdale. Journal of Neurophysiology, 110, 926-941. DOI: 10.1152/jn.01105.2012

Fani, M., King, T. Z., Resier, E., Binder, E. B., Jovanovic, T., Bradley, B., & Ressler, K.J. (2013). FKBP5 genotype and structural integrity of the posterior cingulum. Neuropsychopharmacology. DOI: 10.1038/npp.2013.322

Hubert, G. W., Li, C., Rainnie, D. G., & Muly, E. C. (2013). Effects of stress on AMPA receptor distribution and function in the basolateral amygdale. Brain Structure and Function. DOI: 10.1007/s00429-013-0557-z

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

Johnson, W. B., Barnett, J. E., Elman, N. S., Forrest, L., & Kaslow, N. J. (2013). The competence constellation: A developmental network model for psychologists. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 44, 343-354. DOI: 10.1037/a0033131

Kelch-Oliver, K., Smith, C., Johnson, K., Welkom, J., Gardner, N., & Collins, M. (2013). Exploring the mentoring relationship among African American women in psychology. Advancing Women in Leadership, 33, Available online at:

Rainnie, D. G., Hazra, R., Dabrowska, J., Guo, J. D., Li, C. C., Dewitt, S., & Muly, E. C. (2013). Distribution and functional expression of Kv4 family alpha subunits and associated KChIP beta subunits in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis.Journal of Comparative Neurology. DOI: 10.1002/cne.23435

Tooker, A., Madsen, T. E., Yorita, A., Crowell, A., Shah, K. G., Felix, S., Mayberg, H. S., Pannu, S., Rainnie, D. G., & Tolosa, V. (2013). Microfabricated polymer-based neural interface for electrical stimulation/recording, drug delivery, and chemical sensing – development. Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 5159-5162. DOI: 10.1109/EMBC.2013.6610710

Honors, Awards, Rankings

Bobby Elliott was selected for the SOM Junior Faculty Development Course

Helen Mayberg has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She was also honored and featured in Science, in an article entitled Short-circuiting depression (November 1, 2013).

Quality and Safety Initiatives and Capital Campaign Initiatives

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Community Benefit Programs and Activities

Sarah Juul contributed a blog for Huffpost Healthy Living entitled new mothers need more than medication.

Jeff Rakofsky organized the AFSP Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department team and emceed the closing ceremonies for the AFSP Out of the Darkness Community Walk.

The Grady Nia Project Team also had an AFSP Out of the Darkness Community Walk.


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Emory in the Media

Greg Berns: (1) MSNBC – Into the mind of man’s best friend, (2) New York Times – Opinion: Don’t mess with my sacred values

Claire Coles: (1) Associated Press via Atlanta Daily World – Emory offers counseling for pregnant women

Nadine Kaslow: (1) AJC – Significant step for mental health care

Helen Mayberg: (1) Science Magazine – Short-circuiting depression

Jeff Rakofsky: (1) WABE – Suicide prevention group holds annual walk

Other Accomplishments

Simeonova, D., Nguyen, T., Hsu, H., Juul, S., Mast, J., Goldsmith, T., Craighead, W.E., & Ressler, K.  (2014). Opportunities and challenges in establishing the Emory Longitudinal Cohort of Offspring of Mothers with Bipolar Disorder (ELCOM-BD). Abstract to be presented at the 16th annual conference of the International Society for Bipolar Disorder, Seoul, South Korea.


Bonney Reed-Knight received honorable mention for her research entitled “Behavioral functioning in youth with inflammatory bowel disease: Perceived barriers as mediator of medication adherence” from the Society of Pediatric Psychology.

Yilang Tang was selected as a 2014 Honors Scholar by the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation Scholars Fund Selection Committee.

Zhang, H., Neelarambam, K., Schwenke, T., Rhodes, M. N., Pittman, D., & Kaslow, N. J. (2013). Mediators of a culturally-sensitive intervention for suicidal African American women. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 20, 401-414. doi: 10.1007/s10880-013-9373-0


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