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The next faculty development seminar will be held on May 6 from 9-10:15am. It will be focused on effective strategies for having difficult conversations in the workplace.


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Major Leadership Appointments, Activities and Achievements

Mark Rapaport was elected as President-Elect of the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology.

Mark Wilson has been appointed as a Professor on the Research Track.


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Ammirati, R., Lamis, D. A., Campos, P. E., & Farber, E. W. (2015). Optimism, well-being, and perceived stigma in individuals living with HIV. AIDS Care. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/09540121.2015.1018863

Bowers, M. E., & Ressler, K. J. (2015). Interaction between the cholecystokinin and endogeneous cannabinoid systems in cued fear expression and extinction retention. Neuropsychopharmacology, 40, 688-700. doi:10.1038/npp.2014.225

Dunlop, B. W., Kaye, J. L., Youngner, C., & Rothbaum, B. (2014). Assessing treatment-resistant posttraumatic stress disorder: The Emory Treatment Resistance Interview for PTSD (E-TRIP). Behavioral Sciences, 4, 511-527. doi:10.3390/bs4040511

Glover, E. M., Jovanovic, T., & Norrholm, S. D. (in press). Estrogen and extinction of fear memories: Implications for posttraumatic stress disorder treatment. Biological Psychiatry. doi:10.1016/j.biopsych.2015.02.007

Howell, B. R., Grand, A. P., McCormack, K. M., Shi, Y., LaPrarie, J. L., Maestripieri, D., Styner, M. A., & Sanchez, M. M. (2014). Early adverse experience increases emotional reactivity in juvenile rhesus macaques: Relation to amygdala volume. Developmental Psychobiology, 56, 1735-1746. doi:10.1002/dev.21237

Innamorati, M., Pompili, M., Erbuto, D., Ricci, F., Migliorati, M., Lamis, D. A., Amore, M., Girardi, P., & Martelletti, P. (2015). Psychometric properties of the Stagnation Scale in medication overuse headache patients. Journal of Headache and Pain. Advance online publication. doi:10.1186/1129-2377-16-2

Keifer, O. P., Gutman, D. A., Hecht, E. E., Keilholz, S. D., & Ressler, K. J. (2015). A comparative analysis of mouse and human medial geniculate nucleus connectivity: A DT1 and anterograde tracing study. NeuroImage, 105, 53-66. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage2014.10.047

Klibert, J., Lamis, D. A., Naufel, K., Yancey, C. T., & Lohr, S. (2015). Associations between perfectionism and generalized anxiety: Examining cognitive schemas and gender. Journal of Rational Emotive Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10942-015-0208-9

Lynch, M. E., Potter, N. L., Coles, C. D., & Fridovich-Keil, J. F. (2015). Developmental outcomes of school-age chldren with duarte galactosemia: A pilot study. JIMD Reports. Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/8904_2014_370

McCormack, K., Howell, B. R., Guzman, D., Villongco, C., Pears, K., Kim, H., Gunnar, M. R., & Sanchez, M. M. (2015). The development of an instrument to measure global dimensions of maternal care in rhesus macaques (Macaca Mulatta). American Journal of Primatology, 77, 22-30. doi:10.1002/ajp.22307

Michopoulos, V., Norrholm, S. D., & Jovanovic, T. (in press). Diagnostic biomarkers for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD): Promising horizons from translational neuroscience research. Biological Psychiatry. doi:10.1016/j.biopsych.2015.01.005

Pompili, M. Innamorati, M., Lamis, D. A., Lester, D., Fiore, E. D., Giordano, M. E., … & Girardi, P. (2015). The interplay between suicide risk, cognitive vulnerability, subjective happiness and depression among adolescents. Current Psychology. Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s12144-015-9313-

Raper, J., Stephens, S. B. Z., Sanchez, M., Bachevalier, J., & Wallen, K. (2014). Neonatal amygdala lesions alter mother-infant interactions in rhesus monkeys living in a species-typical social environment. Developmental Psychobiology, 56, 1711-1722. doi:10.1002/dev.21234

Thompson, N. J., Patel, A. H., Selwa, L. M., Stoll, S. C., Begley, C. E., Johnson, E. K., & Fraser, R. T. (2014). Expanding the efficacy of Project UPLIFT: Distance delivery of mindfulness-based depression prevention to people with epilepsy. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. Advance online publication. doi:10.1037/a0038404

Walker, E. R., Berry, F. W., Citron, T., Fitzgerald, J., Rapaport, M., & Stephens, B. (2015). Psychiatric workforce needs and recommendations for the community mental health system: A state needs assessment. Psychiatric Services, 66, 115-117. doi:10.1176/

Honors, Awards, Rankings

Helen Mayberg did a TEDxEmory talk on deep brain stimulation.

Jeff Rakofsky was elected to be a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Kerry Ressler was named by the BBR Foundation for his PTSD research work being among the 10 major discoveries in 2014 by NARSAD grantees.

Ann Schwartz was elected as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Mar Sanchez is the Emory Subcontract PI for an R03 from NIH/NICHD entitled “Stress and pubertal timing affect amygdala functional circuitry in females.”

Quality and Safety Initiatives and Capital Campaign Initiatives

Congratulations to the OATC program in SATP at the VA.  There was an un-announced Joint Commission visit to this program that was successful.  The strong work being done by this program was recognized and there were no Recommendations for Improvement (RFIs).  The JC surveyor was highly complementary of the program staff and environment.  He praised the program for treating the whole person, for maintaining a safe and recovery-oriented environment, and for creating a sense of community among the Veterans in the program.  He noted that the staff of the program treated the Veterans with respect and that this respectful attitude was recognized by the Veterans.  Key faculty associated with the program include Jennifer Cassarella, Natasha Whitfield, Aymen Fareed, and Karen Drexler.

HBIPS (current quarter):  97% Alcohol:  100% Tobacco 1 and 2a:  100%

Community Benefit Programs and Activities

Nori Lim presented on Anxiety and Stress Management for Students and Parents at Druid Hills High School.

Jeff Rakofksy spoke to the Metro Atlanta chapter of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance on “The Mediterranean Diet: A healthy diet for a healthy mind.”


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Emory in the Media

Greg Berns: (1) Harvard Business Reviewer— 7 ways to capture someone's attention
Doug Bremner: (1) New York Times – American Sniper jury hears of scars Iraq left on victim and defendant alike
Nadine Kaslow: (1) BBC – Girls switched at birth; (2) Dance spirit – What happens if I don’t get my period
Michael Morrier: (1) Medhost – What is applied behavior analysis and how does it benefit autism treatment
Lydia Odenat: (1) WAOK – Trauma re-enactment
Kerry Ressler: (1) BBC – How extreme fear shapes what we remember
Larry Young: (1) ABC – The science of attraction and love: In matters of the heart, the brain reigns supreme, (2) AP – Researchers explore the science behind monogamy


Cross, D., Crow, T., Powers, A., & Bradley, R. (in press). Childhood trauma, PTSD, and problematic alcohol and substance use in low-income, African-American men and women. Child Abuse and Neglect. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2015.01.007

Li, H., Liu, L., Tang, Y., Ji, N., Yang, L., Qian, Q., & Wang, Y. (2014). Sex-specific association of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) Val66Met polymorphism and plasma BDNF with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in a drug-naïve Han Chinese sample. Psychiatry Research, 217, 191-197. doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2014.03.011 PMID: 24713358

Li, X. B., Liu, J. T., Zhu, X. Z., Zhang, L., Tang, Y. L., & Wang, C. Y. (2014). Childhood trauma associates with clinical features of bipolar disorder in a sample of Chinese patients. Journal of Affective Disorders, 168, 58-63. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2014.06.017

Li, X. B., Tang, Y. L., Wang, C. Y., & de Leon, J. (2014). Clozapine for treatment-resistant bipolar disorders: A systematic review. Bipolar Disorders. Advance online publication. doi:10.1111/bdi.12272.

Li, X. B., Tang, Y. L., Wang, C. Y., & de Leon, J. (2014). QT interval prolongation associated with intramuscular ziprasidone in Chinese patients: A case report and a comprehensive literature review with meta-analysis. Case Reports in Psychiatry, 2014, 489493. doi:10.1155/2014/489493.

Tang, Y. L., Li, J., & Hao, W. (2014). Screening and detection of alcohol-related disorders in general hospitals and primary care settings. Chinese Journal of Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment, 2014(1), 59-62. doi:10.3969/j.issn.1006-902X.2014.01.027

Tang, Y. L., Li, W. B., Hu, M., Hao, L., & Hao, W. (2014). Research progress in biomarkers of alcohol abuse. Chinese Journal of Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment, 2014(4), 243-247. doi:10.3969/j.issn.1006-902X.2014.04.024

Yang, X., Sheng, L. X., Hao, W., & Tang, Y. L. (2014). Alcohol withdrawal syndrome: Updates on mechanism, assessment and pharmacotherapy. Chinese Journal of Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment, 2014(3), 181-185. doi:10.3969/j.issn.1006-902X.2014.03.027

Callie Dunn matched at the Michael E. DeBakey (Houston) VA Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Danielle Eagan will be doing her postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

Ashly Gaskin will be doing her postdoctoral fellowship in clinical psychology at the Durham VA in the PTSD clinic.

David Goldsmith’s poster won third place in the 2015 Joe and Hope Skobba Poster Presentation Conference. His poster title is: Meta-Analysis of Cytokine Alterations in Chronic Psychiatric Patients: Comparisons Between Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, and Depression.  He will present this work at the Society of Biological Psychiatry annual meeting in May as part of a symposium and will present a similar poster at the International Congress of Schizophrenia Research in March.

Jean Ikanga will be doing his postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology of dementia at Johns Hopkins Medical School in the Department of Neurology.

Shweta Kapoor will be doing her postdoctoral fellowship through the Emory University School of Medicine Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Professional Psychology based at Grady Health System- Nia Suicide Research and Outpatient Serious Mental Illness.

Nancy Martin was selected to receive the 2015 Developing Leaders in Women's Health Travel Award to support her attendance to the Women's Mental Health Congress in Tokyo, Japan.

Donna Murdaugh will do a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric clinical neuropsychology through the Emory University School of Medicine Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Professional Psychology based at CHOA.

Lydia Odenat is the newly elected President of the Metro-Atlanta Association of Black Psychologists. In addition, she presented a workshop on stress reduction and work/life balance at Morehouse School of Medicine’s I-AAM Conference (Women’s Health Forum).

Teri Preddy will do a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Clinical Outcomes of Child and Adolescent Intensive Services at Bradley Hospital.

Brittany Remmert will be doing a 2nd year postdoctoral fellowship through the Emory University School of Medicine Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Professional Psychology based on the Forensics Program.

Jalika Street will be doing her postdoctoral fellowship through the Emory University School of Medicine Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Professional Psychology based at the Faculty Staff Assistance Program.

Yilang Tang’s poster, co-authored with Adriana Hermida, Khanh Ha, Sipra Laddha, Dawn Pettygar, and William McDonald, won third place in the 2015 Joe and Hope Skobba Poster Presentation Conference. The poster title is Efficacy and Safety of ECT for Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD): A retrospective chart review.


Del Hanson was selected as the EP12 Staff Member of the Month.