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The next faculty development seminar is scheduled for Wednesday, February 4 from 9-10:30am in Room SOM 153A. It will focus on work-life integration


Seong Shim joined the Atlanta VAMC, General Mental Health service, in December 2014. A board certified psychiatrist, he’d graduated from Choong-Ang Medical College in South Korea and received his PhD in psychopharmacology at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training and fellowship at Yale University. During his fellowship, he conducted electrophysiological research related to the psychopharmacology of schizophrenia. For over 13 years, Dr. Shim provided clinical services, teaching and research with University Hospitals of Cleveland-Case Medical Center and  Cleveland VAMC as a faculty member of psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University. At Case, he provided lectures on psychopharmacology and psychotic disorders and clinical supervisions for residents and medical students. His clinical services included the comprehensive care of patients with severe mental illness. Before joining the Atlanta VAMC, he worked as a faculty member at the North Chicago VAMC/the Chicago Medical School. His research focuses on the synaptic plasticity of mood disorders and schizophrenia, and he has received funding from NIMH and investigator-initiated research awards and foundation grants. More recently, his research has been focused on calcium dysregulation and impaired synaptic plasticity as the critical pathophysiological processes of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Currently, he conducts VA merit review research examining endoplasmic reticulum calcium dysregulation as an early signaling deficit in the pathophysiological processes of AD and developing novel therapeutics restoring the calcium dysregulation. He is also interested in clinical research on the
therapeutic effects of lithium on TBI/PTSD and miRNAs as peripheral blood markers of mood disorders.


Major Leadership Appointments, Activities and Achievements

Scott Firestone has been selected as an officially certified ADHD evaluator for the NFL. 

Leonard Howell was elected President of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence. 

Dorian Lamis was selected to participate in the 2015 Career Development Institute for Bipolar Disorders held in Pittsburgh and was selected to serve as the
Director of Emory’s Injury and Violence Prevention Certificate Program.


Ann Schwartz was invited by the Society of Biological Psychiatry to participate in the first Psychiatry Training Director’s Outreach Program.


Belvederi Murri, M., Respino, M., Innamorati, M., Cervetti, A., Calcagno, P., Pompili, M., Lamis, D. A., Ghio, L., & Amore, M. (in press). Is good insight associated with depression among patients with schizophrenia? Systematic review and meta-analysis. Schizophrenia Research. doi:10.1016/j.schres.2015.01.003 

Dias, B. G., Maddox, S. A., Klengel, T., & Ressler, K. J. (in press). Epigenetic mechanisms underlying learning and the inheritance of learned behaviors. Trends in Neuroscience. doi:10.1016/j.tins.2014.12.003 

Farber, E. W., & Marconi, V. C. (2014). Palliative HIV Care: Opportunities for biomedical and behavioral change. Current HIV/AIDS Reports, 11, 404-412. doi:10.1007/s11904-014-0226-8 

Fani, N., King, T. Z., Brewster, R., Srivastava, A., Stevens, J. S., Glover, E. M., Norrholm, S. D., Bradley, B., Ressler, K. J., & Jovanovic, T. (2015). Fear-potentiated startle during extinction is associated with white matter microstructure and functional connectivity. Cortex, 64, 249-259. Advance online publication. doi:10.1016/j.cortex.2014.11.006 

Kable, J. A., Taddeo, E., Strickland, D., &, Coles, C. D. (2015). Community translation of the math interactive learning experience program for children with FASD. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 39, 1-11. doi:10.1016/j.ridd.2014.12.031 

Kable, J. A., Reynolds, J. N., Valenzuela, C. F., & Medina, A. E. (2014). Proceedings of the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Study Group. Alcohol, 48, 623-630. doi:10.1016/j.alcohol.2014.08.002.

Lamis, D. A. (2014, December 19). Taking cultural backgrounds into account for suicide prevention. PsychiatryAdvisor. Retrieved from 

Lamis, D. A., & Kaslow, N. J. (Eds.). (2014). Advancing the science of suicidal behavior: Understanding and intervention. New York: Nova Science Publishers. 

Lamis, D. A., Wilson, C. K., Tarantino, N., Lansford, J. E., & Kaslow, N. J. (2014). Neighborhood disorder, spiritual well-being, and parenting stress in African American women. Journal of Family Psychology, 28, 769-778. doi:10.1037/a0036373 

Rauch, S. A. M., King, A. P., Abelson, J., Tuerk, P. W., Smith, E., Rothbaum, B. O., Clifton, E., Defever, A., & Liberzon, I. (2014). Biological and symptom changes in posttraumatic stress disorder treatment: A randomized clinical trial. Depression and Anxiety. Advance online publication. doi:10.1002/da.22331 

Simeonova, D., I., Attalla, A. M., Nguyen, T., Stagnaro, E., Knight, B. T., Craighead, W. E., Stowe, Z. N., & Newport, D. J. (2014). Temperament and behavior in toddlers of mothers with bipolar disorder: A preliminary investigation of a population at high familial risk for psychopathology. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, 24, 543-550. doi:10.1089/cap.2013.0136

– This paper was one of the highlighted articles in the JCAP December 2014 issue. 

Simeonova, D. I., Nguyen, T., & Walker, E. F. (2014). Psychosis risk screening in clinical high-risk adolescents: A longitudinal investigation using the Child Behavior Checklist. Schizophrenia Research, 159, 7-13. doi:10.1016/j.schres.2014.07.046 

Singewald, N., Schmuckermair, C., Whittle, N., Holmes, A., & Ressler, K. J. (in press). Pharmacology of cognitive enhancers for exposure-based therapy of fear, anxiety and trauma-related disorders. Pharmacology and Therapeutics. doi:10.1016/j.pharmthera.2014.12.004 

Honors, Awards, Rankings

None reported

Quality and Safety Initiatives and Capital Campaign Initiatives

Emory University Hospital ended last quarter with 92% for HBIPS and currently at 100% for current quarter and Alcohol and Tobacco core measures currently at 100%.

Toby Goldsmith received more than 30 completed Press Ganey Surveys between September –November 2014 and her scores on the care provider questions placed her in the top 10 percent of the specialty across the entire Press Ganey database!

The Fuqua Center for Late-Life Depression brought in $304,572 in grants and donations in 2014 through its partnerships with: the Fuqua Foundation, Jesse Parker Williams Foundation, GA Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD), GA Division of Aging Services (DAS), GA Gerontological Society, the Atlanta Regional Commission, the Rosalynn Carter Institute and the Jennifer Nicole Hower Memorial Foundation.

 In December many of the Psychiatry residents took part in a phone-athon reaching out to alumni.  This has proven to be a great way to reach out to our alumni and we have successfully received some donations from these calls.  We may be doing this again in the spring to contact those who we did not have a chance to reach.  Thanks to all of the residents who took part in this effort.  The funds collected will go to support resident activities, books and meetings.

 The rest of the department was successful with philanthropy as well.   A more specific report will come out next month but we thank all of our donors and foundation donors for their support.

Community Benefit Programs and Activities

Negar Fani delivered a lecture as part of the Franklin Foundation Neuroimaging lecture series at UGA on December 4, entitled: Emotional and Cognitive Manifestations of Posttraumatic Stress: Moving Toward New Diagnostic Classifications and Treatment Methods for Traumatized Individuals. 

Nori Lim is giving a series of seminars for students and parents on Anxiety and Stress Management at Druid Hills High School. 

Jeff Sander presented to NAMI Northside Atlanta Educational Meeting on his research.


None reported

Emory in the Media

Nadine Kaslow: (1) Huffington Post – Why you can’t help turning into your teenage self when you go home for the holidays, (2) Dance Magazine – I resolve to… Experts weigh in on your 2015 goals

Helen Mayberg: (1) New York Times – To treat depression, drugs or therapy?

Grayson Norquist: (1) The Hill – PCORI’s promise to patients

Mark Rapaport: (1) Prevention – 4 all-natural weight loss tricks that work

Kerry Ressler: (1) The Guardian – Unbroken: What makes some people more resilient than others

Larry Young: (1) The Scientist – Oxytocin for autism


Martha Calamaras spoke on Stress Management and Conversations at the Atlanta Employers’ Committee on the North Metro Career Center of the Department of Labor.

Ashly Gaskin and Jalika Street presented a symposium at the National Multicultural Conference and Summit entitled Low-income African American individuals’ resilience in the face of relational trauma and suicidality.

Ikanga, J. (2014). Psychology in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Its struggles for birth and growth. Psychology International, 25(4). Retrieved from

 Powers, A., Cross, D., Fani, N., & Bradley, B. (2014). PTSD, emotion dysregulation, and dissociative symptoms in a highly traumatized sample. Journal of Psychiatric Research. DOI:  10.1016/j.jpsychires.2014.12.011


Jill Mast is employee of the month in the Adult Psychiatry Clinic for December 2014.