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The next leadership development workshop will be held on Monday September 12, 2016 from 12-1:30pm at Executive Park. Details will be shared as they become available.


The next Faculty Development Seminar will be on Promoting Your Work to the Public and to Donors. It will be held on Wednesday October 5 from 9-10:30am at Executive Park 12 Room 3311 and 3312.

SPOTLIGHT: Matthew (Matt) Segall, PhD

Matt is the Program Director for Education and Transition Services at the Emory Autism Center (EAC), which provides a range of services including school-based (K-12 and post-secondary) consultation for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), training for educators and other professionals on ASD, educational and life skills treatment planning and counseling, and transition assessments for adolescents and young adults. They are actively engaged with state agencies (e.g., Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency, Department of Public Health) in developing programs and initiatives to support transition-age youth with ASD. For example, the partnership with DPH has resulted in the development of a resource for physicians interested in improving the transition from pediatric to adult healthcare in Georgia. They are also in the process of evaluating a peer mentoring program for students with ASD at Georgia Tech; this study is funded through a small grant through the Organization for Autism Research.

Matt loves his work! His team and close colleagues know well that he is strongly motivated by finding new ways to challenge himself. Working in the field of ASD provides no shortage of these opportunities, so he is constantly engaged, curious, learning and problem solving. Individuals with ASD possess complex profiles of strengths and challenges, and he and his colleagues play the important role of helping others to better understand ASD and create meaningful opportunities in their school, homes and communities. He also enjoys teaching tremendously – whether it is conducting a training for educators, supporting an individual with ASD in better understanding themselves and others, or mentoring colleagues, he finds these roles quite gratifying.

In terms of highlights, he notes that moving from post-doc to faculty and then to program director at EAC is hard to beat. He recognizes how slow the road from trainee to professional can feel and for him, that slow road paid off in a fast climb to leadership at the EAC and he is very proud to be in this role so early in his career. Other highlights include creating a few new services at EAC: transition assessments, individual counseling, and college/university training and supports. Their grant to study peer mentoring in college is another significant step towards their longer term goals. Eventually, he would like to see the program as a leader in developing and evaluating supports for college students with ASD and as a leader in helping K-12 systems better prepare their students with ASD for college, employment and other trajectories. He hopes to someday direct a specialized program at Emory for its undergraduate and graduate students with ASD; other universities have similar programs, and he would be delighted for Emory to be the home of a model program.

Outside of work, he is a husband and father. His partner, Michelle, is a Rollins graduate and an outstanding health educator at Georgia Tech. Their toddler, Ava, is their pride and joy, and their dog, Kyle, is about as sweet and relaxed as you could ever want. Being a parent has in many ways filled up the space that used to have hobbies and relaxation; but from time to time, when he gets some “me” time, he still enjoys watching football on Saturdays and Sundays (go Dawgs! go Ravens!), home-brewing, live music, and catching up with friends. He and his wife love to cook and to dine out in the Atlanta food scene. They live in Ormewood Park and love being in a neighborhood that is walkable to so many great areas.


Emily CollinsEmily joined the Atlanta VAMC in November 2014. A board certified psychiatrist, she completed residency training at the University of Colorado in 2014. She completed medical school at Emory in 2010. After a brief time at the Denver VAMC, she decided to return home to Atlanta. She continues to work at that Atlanta VAMC in the Trauma Recovery Program where she works with a large proportion of women with military sexual trauma, borderline personality disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder . She is excited to be joining Emory as an Assistant Professor and enjoys working with residents and medical students.

Christoffel LerouxChristoff is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist (ABPN) who trained in Loma Linda, CA (PGY 1-3), Morehouse School of Medicine (PGY-4) and Emory University for Geriatric Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. A citizen of South Africa, he works at the Atlanta VA in the Substance Abuse Treatment Program. He has a military medical background with 10 years of service in the South African National Defence Force. He finds it meaningful to have this in common with veterans that he treats for addictions. Through his own journey, he met Drs. Steven Lynn (Ridgeview) and Paul Earley (GA PHP), two excellent role models in the recovery community. His father was a Major-General in the South African National Defence Force and former Officer Commanding of the elite 1 Parachute Battalion during the South African Border War, which unfolded on the Namibia/ Angola border during his formative years. He was 19 when the political dynamics shifted radically in South Africa. He found recovery to be an excellent vehicle for dealing with change and de-militarization, which is what he teaches veterans recovering from having had similar experiences. He also teaches Emory medical students about addiction. With Karen Drexler, Yilang Tang and Bill McDonald, he co-authored a review paper for Current Psychiatry Reports about alcohol and opioid use disorder in older adults. He is preparing for the ABPN Addiction Psychiatry Board Exams in October 2016. His goals are to continue working at the Atlanta VA, teaching, and raising his 9 month old son with his wife Amie.


Major Leadership Appointments, Activities and Achievements

Patrick Amar will assume the responsibilities as Medical Director of the Crisis Intervention Service at Grady.

DeJuan White will assume the role as Medical Director of the Psychiatric Emergency Service, based in the ECC, at Grady.


Nori Lim assumed the role as Interim Director of the CAMP psychology doctoral internship program for the upcoming year.


Dunlop, B.W. & Rapaport, M.H.(2016). When should a patient be declared recovered from a major depressive episode? The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 77: e1026-e1028. DOI: 10.4088/JCP.15com10437

Felger, J.C., & Treadway, M.T. (2016). Inflammation effects on motivation and motor activity: Role of dopamine. Neuropsychopharmacology. DOI: 10.1038/npp.2016.143

Goh, P, Doyle, LR, Glass, L, Jones, KL, Riley, EP, Coles, CD, Kable, JA, May, PA, Sowell, ER, Wozniak, JR, Mattson, SN, and the CIFASD (2016) Decision tree to identify children affected by prenatal alcohol exposure. Journal of Pediatrics, doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2016.06.047

Imperatori, C., Innamorati, M., Lamis, D. A., Farina, B., Pompili, M., Contardi, A., & Fabbricatore, M. (2016). Childhood maltreatment in obese and overweight women with food addiction and clinical-level binge eating. Child Abuse and Neglect, 58, 180-190. DOI: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2016.06.023

Kreuze, E., Jenkins, C., Gregoski, M., York, J., Lamis, D. A., & Ruggiero, K. (2016). Technology-enhanced suicide prevention interventions: An integrative review of the current state of the science. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1177/1357633X16657928

Lamis, D. A., Underwood, M., & D’Amore, N. (2016). Outcomes of a suicide prevention gatekeeper training program among school personnel. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1027/0227-5910/a000414

Michopoulos, V., Powers, A., Gillespie, C.F., Ressler, K.J., & Jovanovic, T. (2016). Inflammation in fear- and anxiety-based disorders: PTSD, GAD and beyond. Neuropsychopharmacology. DOI: 10.1038/npp.2016.146; accepted article preview online August 11, 2016

Miller, A.H., Haroon, E., & Felger, J.C. (2016). Therapeutic implications of brain-immune interactions: Treatment in translation. Neuropsychopharmacology. DOI: 10.1038/npp.2016.167

Panczakiewicz, AL, Glass, L, Coles, CD, Kable, JA, Sowell, ER, Wozniak, FR, Jones, KL, Riley, EP, Mattson, SN and the CIFASD (2016). Neurobehavioral deficits consistent across age and sex in youth with prenatal alcohol exposure. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, published on line in early view.

Pompili, M. Innamorati, M., Trovarelli, S., Narcisi, A., Bellini, S., Forte, A., Lamis, D. A., Girardi, P., & Costanzo, A. (2016). Suicide risk and psychiatric comorbidity in patients with psoriasis. Journal of International Medical Research. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1177/0300060515593253

Cathy Rice was a co-author on papers selected for the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee Top Research Advances in Autism Spectrum Disorder for 2014 and 2015. These were recently released by this committee, which is a Congressionally formed federal coordinating advisory committee on autism.

  • Maenner, M.J., Rice, C.E., Arneson, C.L., Cunniff, C., Schieve, L.A., Carpenter, LA., Van Naarden, B.K., Kirby, R.S., Bakian, A.V., & Durkin, M.S. (2014). Potential impact of DSM-5 criteria on autism spectrum disorder prevalence estimates. JAMA Psychiatry, 7, 292-300.DOI: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2013.3893
  • Jo, H., Schieve, L.a., Rice, C.E., YEargin-Allsopp, M., Tian, L.H., Blumber, S>J., Kogan, M.D., & Boyle, C.A. (2015). Age at autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis by race, ethnicity, and primary household language among children with special health care needs, United States, 2009–2010. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 19, 1687-97. DOI: 10.1007/s10995-015-1683-4

Samuelson, K.W., Wilson, C.K., Padrón, E., Lee, S., Gavron, L.(2016). Maternal PTSD and children’s adjustment: Parenting stress and emotional availability as proposed mediators. Journal of Clinical Psychology. DOI: 10.1002/jclp.22369

Shisler, S, Eiden, RD, Molnar, DS, Schuetze, P, Coles, CD, Huestis, M, & Colder, CR (2016). Effects of Fetal Tobacco Exposure on Focused Attention in Infancy, Infant Behavior and Development, 46, 1-10. DOI: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2016.07.008

Honors, Awards, Rankings

Doug Bremner received the 2016 Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Mentoring Award: Research.

Samuel (Sammye) Bornw received the 2016 Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Distinguished Adjuct Faculty Member Award.

Rickey Gillespie received the 2016 Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award: Junior Faculty.

Adriana Hermida received the 2016 Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Distinguished Clinician Award.

Tanja Jovanovic was selected for acknowledgement by the School of Medicine on Researcher Appreciation Day.

Mar Sanchez was selected for acknowledgment by the School of Medicine on Researcher Appreciation Day. She also received the 2016 Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award: Senior Faculty.

Ann Schwartz received the 2016 Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Mentoring Award: Service and Education.

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Community Benefit Programs and Activities

Jeff Rakofksy spoke at the annual national conference for the American Association of Service Coordinators on “Major depression: Diagnosis, biology, and treatments.”


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Emory in the Media

Nadine Kaslow: (1) Scientific Americans: Getting off the hedonic treadmill

Seth Norrholm and Samuel Hunley: (1) Anxiety.Org ( – The psychology of dictators: Power, fear, and anxiety

Sheila Rauch: (1) WAGA-TV – Marine take on post-traumatic stress disorder

Jeff Rakofsky: (1) Reuters Health – Intergenerational transmission of depression places young people at risk


Glenn Egan is now a Consultant to Emory Special Diagnostic Services Clinic.

Rachel Hershenberg was just invited to serve as Co-Chair of the American Psychological Association’s Society of Clinical Psychology (Division 12) Committee on Science and Practice.


Gutierrez-Colina, A., Lee, J., vanDellen, M., Mertens, A., & Gilleland Marchak, J. (in press) Family functioning and depressive symptoms in adolescent and young adult cancer survivors and their families: A dyadic analytic approach. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. Advanced Online Access. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsw041

Gutierrez-Colina, A., Lee, J.L., Reed-Knight, B., Hayutin, L., Lewis, J., & Blount, R.L. (in press). The Pediatric Symptom Checklist in pediatric gastroenterology: The utility of factor structures. Children’s Health Care. Advanced Online Access. doi: 10.1080/02739615.2016.1163493

Gutierrez-Colina, A. M., Eaton, C., Lee, J.L., Reed-Knight, B., Loiselle, K., LaMotte, J., Mee, L., Liverman, R., & Blount, R. (2016). Executive functioning, adherence, and barriers to adherence in adolescent and young adult transplant recipients. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 41(7), 759-767. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsv107

Reed-Knight, B., Lee, J.L., Greenley, R., Lewis, J., & Blount, R.L. (2016). Disease activity doesn’t explain it all: How internalizing symptoms and parent depressive symptoms relate to health-related quality of life among youth with inflammatory bowel disease. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, 44(4), 963-967. doi: 10.1097/MIB.0000000000000686

Spangler, B. R. & Allbaugh, L. J. (in press). Reactive attachment disorder. In A. Wenzel (Ed.), The Sage Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishing.

Natalie Watson received the Association of Black Psychologists SAGE student award for outstanding scholarship related to persons of African descent. The journal article is titled, "African American women’s perceptions of mindfulness meditation training and gendered race-related stress."

Williams, J. A., Romero, V., Clinton, C. M., Vazquez, D. M., Marcus, S. M., Chilimigras, J. L., Hamilton, S. E., Allbaugh, L. J., Vahratian, A. M., Schrader, R. M., & Mozurkewich, E. L. (2016). Vitamin D levels and perinatal depressive symptoms in women at risk: A secondary analysis of the Mothers, Omega-3, and Mental Health Study. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 16, 203-211. DOI: 10.1186/s12884-016-0988-7


Carolyn Knight won the School of Medicine 2016 Staff Above and Beyond Award at a Staff-fest event. Dean Larsen presented her with the award.

Carman Thomas received a School of Medicine 2016 Staff Above and Beyond Award at Grady’s Staff Appreciation Day. She received her award from Dr. Leon Haley.

Jill Mast and Kimber Hall were the Employee of the Month for Adult Psychiatry in August and Del Hanson was the Employee of the Month for Adult Psychiatry in July.