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Major Leadership Appointments, Activities and Achievements

Kellie Clearo is Co-Chair of the Scholarship and Research Committee for the National Association of Medicine and Psychiatry.

Adriana Hermida has been elected as a member of the board of directors for the National Network of Depression Centers representing Emory.

Kelly Skelton was appointed Associate Deputy Chief, VAMC Mental Health Service Line.

Steve Walfish has been named the Inaugural Editor of Practice Innovations, a new journal that will be published by the American Psychological Association; its first issue will appear this March.

Christina Wilson was appointed Acting Clinical Director, Acute Inpatient Mental Health Unit at the VAMC.


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Doug Bremner received a grant from DARPA entitled “Closed loop vagal stimulation in posttraumatic stress disorder.” The purpose of this project is to develop Vagal Nerve Stimulation (VNS) treatment for co-morbid PTSD and depression and map physiological and brain functional correlates of response.

Bandoli, G., Coles, C. D., Kable, J. A., Wertelecki, W., Granovska, I. V., Pashtepa, A. O., Chambers, C. D., & the CIFASD. (in press). Assessing the joint effects of un-medicated maternal depressive symptoms and alcohol consumption in pregnancy and infant neurodevelopmental outcomes. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.

Bryson, E. O., Hermida, A. P., & Kellner, C. H. (2016). Should the laryngeal mask airway play a role in electroconvulsive therapy? [Letter to the editor]. Revista de Psiquiatria y Salud Mental. Advance online publication. doi:10.1016/j.rpsm.2016.01.005

Coles, C. D., Gaily, A., Mulle, J., Kable, J. A., Lynch, M. E., & Jones, K. L. (in press). A comparison among five methods for the clinical diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.

Hermida, A. P., Janjua, A. U., Tang, Y., Job, G., Syre, S., & McDonald, W. M. (in press). Use of orally disintegrating olanzapine during electroconvulsive therapy for prevention of postictal agitation. Journal of Psychiatric Practice.

Li, Z., Coles, C. D., Lynch, M. E., Luo, Y., & Hu, X. (2016). Longitudinal changes of amygdala and default mode activation in adolescents prenatally exposed to cocaine. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 53, 24-32. doi:10.1016/

Morrison, F. G., Dias, B. G., & Ressler, K. J. (2015). Extinction reverses olfactory fear-conditioned increases in neuron number and glomerular size. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 112, 12846-12851. doi:10.1073/pnas.1505068112

Tully, E. C., Gray, J. M. Goodman, S. H., & Nowicki, S. (2016). Family correlates of daughter’s and son’s locus of control expectancies during childhood. Early Child Development and Care. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/03004430.2015.1137562

Ward, M. C., Miller, B. F., Marconi, V. C., Kaslow, N. J., & Farber, E. W. (2016). The role of behavioral health in optimizing care for complex patients in the primary care setting. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 31, 265-267. doi:10.1007/s11606-015-3499-8

Honors, Awards, Rankings

Alicia Smith was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor, tenure track.

A Festschrift was held in honor of Robert (Bobby) Paul entitled Transgressing boundaries: Interdisciplinary culture, psychoanalysis, and anthropology.

Scott Firestone, Rickey Gillespie, Andy Miller, and Martha Ward were nominated by their peers and selected by the Emory School of Medicine Recognitions Committee as featured doctors on Doctor’s Day.

Autism speaks selected the following paper by Larry Scahill and his colleagues as one of the top 10 papers in autism in 2015 - Bearss, K., Johnson, C., Smith, T., Lecavalier, L., Swiezy, N., Aman, Mem> 1524-1533. DOI: 10.1001/jama.2015.3150

Quality and Safety Initiatives and Capital Campaign Initiatives

Kara Brendle and Regina Koepp received funding and were selected to enter the Innovators Network accelerator program for the Spark-Seed-Spread Innovation grant application. The grant will enable them to examine existing VA models of family-based care, explore the specific needs of the Atlanta VA, and ultimately create a cohesive and cost effective proposal for providing family/couple intervention across the service line.

Community Benefit Programs and Activities

Catherine Rice and Larry Young will be the escorts for Temple Grandin, who will receive an Honorary Degree from Emory University at commencement.


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Emory in the Media 

Boadie Dunlop: (1) Everyday Health: Your 10 biggest antidepressant problems, solved

Nadine Kaslow: (1) Parent Herald: Five things parents do that children hate

Andy Miller: (1) Washington Post – A treatment for Parkinson’s disease reveals a brain switch for sadness

Seth Norrholm: (1) USA Today – Diagnosing the Trump phenomenon: What does a narcissist look like?

Jennice Vilhauer – (1) Washington Post – Can this nightly ritual really boost yourself esteem in 30 days? Let’s try it; (2) Psychology Today – How to stop negative talk


Kelly Coffman and Diana Simeonova each gave talks presented as part of the Global Women’s Health Issues Project under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program in Atlanta.

Karen Rommelfanger served as the ambassador for the US Brain Initiative Neuroethics Workgroup to the EU Human Brain Project Ethics Group. She also gave a talk on the US BRAIN Initiative in Basel, Switzerland.


Cristina Poscablo-Stein, Todd Hoffenberg, and Laura Hack were selected to participate in the 2016 MindGames competition. They competed against 105 other residency programs on their medical knowledge, psychiatric history, and knowledge on patient care.

Goldsmith, D. R., Haroon, E., Woolwine, B. J., Yung, M. Y., Wommack, E. C., Harvey, P. D., Treadway, M. T., Felger, J. C., & Miller, A. H. (in press). Inflammatory markers are associated with decreased psychomotor speed in patients with major depressive disorder. Brain Behavior and Immunity.


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