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Below is the information on the faculty development seminars for 2020. We are sending all the information in advance in hopes that people can clear their schedules. All seminars are from 9:00-10:30am and will be virtual this year.

  • September 30, 2020 - Erotic Transference – Yudit Jung, Patrick Amar, Negar Fani -
  • October 7, 2020 – Effective Strategies for Online Teaching 202 -
  • December 9, 2020 – How to Get Promoted: Service Portfolio – Nadine Kaslow, Andrew Furman, Marianne Celano


The Writing Group is the 1st Wednesday of every month from 8:00-9:00am. The next meeting is Wednesday, September 2, 2020 and will be on Zoom - 


Friday September 18, 2020, 09:00-12:00pm – Ethical Issues in Clinical Supervision with Nadine Kaslow -



Rebecca Woo – Rebecca is a native of Augusta, Georgia.  She graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Applied Biology, then obtained a Master’s degree in Cellular Biology from the University of Georgia.  She did her thesis research at the CDC during that time, doing field work in Peru.  After completing her medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia, she moved to Houston, where she completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor University.  Her husband then took an ex-pat assignment in the Netherlands, during which time she worked as a contractor for the US Army at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany.  Upon returning to the US, Rebecca and her husband settled in Richmond, VA, where she was in private practice for several years. She got burned out on the stress of practicing Ob/Gyn and shifted her focus to perinatal mental health. Rebecca returned to Augusta for psychiatry residency, where she was actively involved in teaching at the medical student and resident level. She was awarded the Resident Award in Medical Student Education.

Rebecca is delighted to be working with Dr. Toby Goldsmith, a mentor for the past five years now.  She and husband Dan and are living in Decatur with their three children- Miles, a rising 9th grader (and soon to be driver!), Amelia, a rising 7th grader and Vivian, a rising 3rd grader.  They have two Boston terriers that have been enjoying long walks and full-time people company since the pandemic started.  The children share her love of musical theatre though her husband is not so enthusiastic.  When not under pandemic restrictions, Rebecca loves doing yoga, trying new restaurants and going to the movies.  


Wellness during the COVID-19 Pandemic:

Check out for a number of resources promoting wellbeing during COVID-19. 


Major Leadership Appointments, Activities and Achievements

Tamara Almeyda has agreed to serve as the medical director for the IOP and medical director for the new outpatient program for patients with SMI within the EHC system.  These new roles will take effect as of September 1, 2020.

Mar Sanchez has been appointed as Chief of the Division of Developmental and Cognitive Neuroscience (DCN),Yerkes National Primate Research Center, as of Nov 1, 2020.


These faculty members are newly appointed Site Directors for the General Psychiatry Residency Education team and will serve as liaison between residency education leadership, faculty, chief residents, and the residents at the individual clinical sites.

Walid Nassif (VA)

Lauren Schmidt (Emory)

DeJuan White (Grady)

DeJuan White was added as an Associate Member of the Medical School Admissions Committee for the 2020-2021 academic year.


Cadenhead KS, Duncan E, Addington J, Bearden C, Cannon TD, Cornblatt BA, Mathalon D, McGlashan TH, Perkins DO, Seidman LJ, Tsuang M, Walker EF, Woods SW, Bauchman P, Belger A, Carrión RE, Donkers F, Johannesen J, Light G, Niznikiewicz M, Nunag J and Roach B (2020). Evidence of slow neural processing, developmental differences and sensitivity to cannabis effects in a sample at clinical high risk for psychosis from the NAPLS Consortium assessed with the human startle paradigm. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 11.  doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2020.00833 

Drane DL, Fani N, Hallett M, Khalsa SS, Perez DL, Roberts NA. (accepted). A framework for understanding the pathophysiology of functional neurological disorder. CNS Spectrums 

Harnett NG, Stevens JS, Fani N, van Rooij SJH, Ely TD, Michopoulos V, Hudak L, Rothbaum AO, Hinrich R, Winters SJ, Jovanovic T, Rothbaum BO, Nickerson LD, Ressler KJ. (in press). Acute posttraumatic symptoms are associated with multimodal structural covariance patterns. Biological Psychiatry, Cognitive Neuroscience, and Neuroimaging.

Hermida AP, Dhingra A, Chapman H, Lunceford A, Janjua U, Job G, Riva-Posse P, Tan A, McDonald W. (2020) Right unilateral electroconvulsive therapy for the treatment of late-life bipolar disorder. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 28, S143-S144.

Hermida AP, Goldstein FC, Loring DW, McClintock SM, Weiner RD, Reti IM, Janjua AU, Ye Z, Peng L, Tang YL, Galendez GC, Husain MM, Maixner DF, Riva-Posse P, McDonald WM, the National Network of Depression Centers ECT Task Group (2020). ElectroConvulsive therapy cognitive assessment (ECCA) tool: A new instrument to monitor cognitive function in patients undergoing. Journal of Affective Disorders, 269, 36-42.

Hermida AP, Petrides G, Lapid M, Nykamp L, Chapman H, McDonald W, Riva-Posse P. Lunceford A, Sanghanai S, Seiner S, Harper D, Rahman A, Kilpatrick E, Sutor B, Johnson E, Walton M, Mueller M, Knapp R, Dillon C, Forester B. (2020). Treatment parameters and rationale for the use of electroconvulsive therapy for the management of treatment refractory agitation in Alzheimer’s disease. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 28, S144-S145. 

Kaslow NJ, Friis-Healy E., Hoke DM, Dubale BW, Shamebo BM, Jatta I, & Cotes RO. (2020). Development of a global, interprofessional, learning community of practice. Academic Psychiatry.

Morin EL, Howell BR, Feczko E, Earl E, Pincus M, Reding K, Kovacs-Balint ZA, Meyer JS, Styner M, Fair D, Sanchez MM. (in press.) Developmental outcomes of early adverse care on amygdala functional connectivity in nonhuman primates. Development & Psychopathology

Mukamuyango J, Ingabire R, Parker R, Nyombayire J, Easter SR, Wall KM, Tichacek A, Nyirazinyoye L, Kaslow N, Allen S, & Karita E. (2020). Motivational interviewing to promote long acting reversible contraception among Rwandan couples wishing to prevent or delay pregnancy. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 222(4S), e1-S919-e12.

Pritchett CM, Job GP, Hermida AP. (2020). Ultrabrief right unilateral ECT and catatonia: a case series and literature review The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 28, S88.

Raper J, Kovacs-Balint Z, Mavigner M, Gumber S, Burke MW, Habib J, Mattingly C, Fair D, Earl E, Feczko E, Styner M, Jean S, Cohen J, Suthar MS, Sanchez MM, Alvarado MC, Chahroudi A. (2020). Long-term alterations in brain and behavior after postnatal Zika virus infections in infant macaques. Nature Communications, 11, 2534-4256.

AGP*, Kochoian B*, Siebert ER, Katznelson S, Morin EL, Howell BR, McCormack KM, Nader MA, Sanchez MM, Howell LL. (in press). Effects of early life stress on cocaine intake in male and female rhesus macaques.  Psychopharmacology. 

Honors, Awards, Rankings

Please join in congratulating the following faculty members on being selected as the awardees of each of our departmental awards.

  • Mentoring Award for Research – Julie Kable, PhD
  • Mentoring Award for Service and Education – Martha Ward, MD
  • Distinguished Clinician Award – Liza Zwiebach, PhD
  • Distinguished Service Award – Jordan Cattie, PhD
  • Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award for a Junior Faculty Member – Jennifer Stevens, PhD
  • Distinguished Scientific Contributions for a Senior Faculty Member – Jennifer C. Felger, PhD
  • Nadine J. Kaslow Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award – Erica Marshall Lee, PhD
  • Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Member Award – Susan McCarthy Furman, PhD

Marianne Celano received the Couple & Family Psychology Specialty Board Award from the American Board of Professional Psychology. 

David Goldsmith, Brad Pearce, Zhexing Wen and Erica Duncan received a Woodruff Health Sciences Synergy Grant entitled “Investigating the impact of SARS-COV2 virus on neural development using human iPSC-derived brain organoids”

Nadine Kaslow and Kathryn Youn received a Woodruff Health Sciences Synergy Grant entitled “Impact of COVID-19 state level executive orders on incident partner violence and suicide: Assessing collateral health effects on non-pharmaceutical risk mitigation during pandemics.

Erica Marshall-Lee was selected to participate in the inaugural Underrepresented in Medicine (URIM) Faculty Development Program.

Community Benefit Programs and Activities

The Wellness Committee hosted a school supplies drive in August to benefit children and families at Hughes Spalding: CHOA and Grady. Members of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences graciously donated backpacks, lunchboxes, paper, pens, scissors, glue and snacks, as well as financial contributions! Many thanks to all who participated! If you are interested in participating in future Wellness committee events, or have ideas for projects, please contact

Emory in the Media 

Negar Fani (1) Seattle Times – Time in the Kitchen can Improve Your Mental Health.

Nadine Kaslow (1) New York Times – When Things Aren’t OK with a Child’s Mental Health. (2) USA Today – The Pandemic is Taking a Toll on Americans’ Mental Health. A New CDC Study Shows Who We Need to Worry About Most. (3) Inside Higher Ed – Pandemic Increasing Suicidal Ideation. (4) Atlanta Fox 5 – Psychologist Shares Tips for Overcoming Pandemic Fatigue.

Raymond Young (1) Emory University’s Hidden Gem – Understanding the Current State Of Medicine.


Melanie Bliss: July 20, 2020. Community Connections with Ryan Sauers. Podcast, TV, Radio show. 30-minute interview. 

Yassar Kanawati – Physicians for Human Rights: My Only Crime was that I was a Doctor.


Hartzell G, Stenson AF, van Rooji SJH, Kim YJ, Vance LA, Hinrichs R, Kaslow N, Bradley B, & Jovanovic T. (2020). Intergenerational effects of maternal PTSD: Roles of parenting stress and child sex. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy.

Ku BS, & Druss BG. (2020). Associations between primary care provider shortage areas and county-level COVID-19 infection and mortality rates in the USA. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 

Gaby Ritfeld received a Diversity Supplement Award from the NIAAA.


Negar Fani married Patrick Heagney on July 24th