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The next Faculty Development Seminar will be held Wednesday September 3, 2014 from 9-10:30am. The focus will be on the nuts and bolts of grant writing and getting.


Jennifer Holton is a native of Georgia and graduate of Emory College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She completed her residency in psychiatry and her fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Duke University. While at Duke, she served as the Assistant Program Director in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program. She has returned to Emory to serve as the Program Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program.

Dorian Lamis earned his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Carolina, and completed his internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Emory University Department of Psychiatry. His clinical work and research interests include: assessment and treatment of mood disorders, substance use, and suicidality in adults diagnosed with serious mental illnesses. He has over 60 publications on these and related topics. He will be joining the faculty in September 2014 and will be based at Grady’s outpatient clinic, including in the new Momentum program, and will be providing direct clinical services and administrative services, as well as teaching and training psychology practicum students, interns, and postdoctoral fellows; medical students; and residents.

Melissa Smith will be joining the faculty in August, based at Grady on the Consult Service. She attended LaGrange College and completed medical school at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. After two years of general surgery residency at Atlanta Medical Center, she then switched to psychiatry in the Emory Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She is interested in toxicology, psychopharmacology, and consult liaison work. Outside of work, she plays on several soccer teams, including 2 women’s leagues and 2 co-ed leagues. She also runs triathlons and does foster/volunteer work for Angels Among Us pet rescue.


Major Leadership Appointments, Activities and Achievements

Marietta Collins was appointed to the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Children, Youth, and Families. 


Arden Dingle won the first annual Arden D. Dingle Education Award.

Julie Kable was given the Teacher Appreciation Award for outstanding committment to child and adolescent psychiatry residency education.

Vanderlyn Sewell won the Child and Adolescent Supervisor of the Year Award. 


Andero, R., Dias, B. G., & Ressler, K. J. (2014). A role of Tac2, NkB, and Nk3 receptor in normal and dysregulated fear memory consolidation. Neuron. doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2014.05.028

Capron, D. W., Lamis, D. A., & Schmidt, N. B. (2014). Test of the depression distress amplification model in college students with elevated risk of current suicidality. Psychiatry Research. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2014.07.005

Dunlop, B. W., Rothbaum, B. O., Binder, E. B., Duncan, E., Harvey, P. D., Jovanovic, T., Kelley, M. E., Kinkead, B., Kutner, M., Iosifescu, D. V., Matthew, S. J., Neylan, T. C., Kilts, C. D., Nemeroff, C. B., & Mayberg, H. S. (2014). Evaluation of corticotrophin releasing hormone type 1 receptor antagonist in women with posttraumatic stress disorder: Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 15, 240. doi:10.1186/1745-6215-15-240

Hales, D. J., Rapaport, M. H., & Thomas, A. (2014). FOCUS: Post-traumatic stress disorder maintenance of certification (MOC) workbook. Washington DC: American Psychiatric Press.

Howell, B. R., Grand, A. P., McCormack, K. M., Shi, Y., La Prairie, J., Maestripieri,D., Styner, M., & Sanchez, M. M. (in press). Early adverse experience increases emotional reactivity in juvenile rhesus macaques: Relation to amygdala volume. Developmental Psychobiology.

Innamorati, M., Imperatori, C., Manzoni, G. M., Lamis, D. A., Castelnuovo, G., Tamburello, A., Tamburello, S., & Fabbricatore, M. (2014). Psychometric properties of the Italian Yale Food Addiction Scale in overweight and obese patients. Eating and Weight Disorders – Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia, and Obesity. Advanced online publication. doi:10.1007/s40519-014-0142-3 

Innamorati, M., Imperatori, C., Muele, A., Lamis, D. A., Contardi, A., Balsamo, M., Tamburello, A., & Fabbricatore, M. (2014). Psychometric properties of the Italian Food Cravings Questionnaire-Trait-reduced (FCQ-T-r). Eating and Weight Disorders – Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia, and Obesity. Advanced online publication. doi:10.1007/s40519-014-0143-2

Kaye, J. L., Dunlop, B. W., Iosifescu, D. V., Matthew, S. J., Kelley, M. E., & Harvey, P. D. (2014). Cognition, functional capacity, and self-reported disability in women with posttraumatic stress disorder: Examining the convergence of performance-based measures and self-reports. Journal of Psychiatric Research. doi:10.1016/j.jpsychires.2014.06.002

Lamis, D. A., Wilson, C. K., Shahane, A. A., & Kaslow, N. J. (2014). Mediators of the childhood emotional abuse-hopelessness association in African American women. Child Abuse & Neglect, 38, 1341-13450. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2013.11.006

McCormack, K. M., Howell, B. R., Guzman, D., Villongco, C., Pears, K., Kim, H., Gunnar, M. R., & Sanchez, M. M. (in press). The development of an instrument to measure global dimensions of maternal care in rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta). American Journal of Primatology.

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

Simeonova, D.I., Nguyen, T., & Walker, E.(2014). Psychosis risk screening in clinical high-risk adolescents: A longitudinal investigation using the Child Behavior Checklist. Schizophrenia Research (in press).

Smearman, E., Winiarski, D. A., Brennan, P. A., Najman, J., & Johnson, K. C. (2014). Social stress and the oxytocin receptor gene interact to predict antisocial behavior in an at-risk cohort. Development and Psychopathology. doi:10.1017/S0954579414000649

Young, L. J., & Rilling, J. K. (in press). The biology of mammalian parenting and its impact on offspring social development. Science. 

Honors, Awards, Rankings

Maryrose Gerardi is the recipient of the 2014 Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Distinguished Clinician Award.

Helen Mayberg has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Robert Wartenberg Lecture award from the American Academy of Neurology for excellence in clinically relevant research.

Laura Mee is the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Mentor Award for Service.

Mar Sanchez is the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Mentor Award for Research.

Quality and Safety Initiatives and Capital Campaign Initiatives

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Community Benefit Programs and Activities

Katrina Johnson gave a workshop entitled, "Your Brain at Work" to the Leadership Management Institute at the CDC. 

Julie Pace conducted a training for the Atlanta Public Schools Office of Gifted and Talented entitled “Creating effective programs for twice exceptional learners.”

On July 9, our Department co-sponsored a preview of “Sounding the Alarm,” a movie about autism spectrum disorder, along with Autism Speaks and The Autism Foundation of Georgia. The screening, which took place in the new Health Sciences Research Building, was followed by an excellent panel discussion that included Dr. Joe Cubells and Dr. Matt Segall of the Emory Autism Center Adult Program. The producer of the film also attended and was part of the panel.  This film is now available on iTunes and Netflix and is worth viewing.


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Emory in the Media

Nadine Kaslow: (1) Atlanta Journal Constitution: Preventing baby deaths in hot cars

Andy Miller: (1) Featured prominently in this week’s Medical News and Perspectives” from JAMA and the AMA related to research on psychiatric disorders targets inflammation.

Other Accomplishments

Nadine Kaslow spoke at the International Congress on Applied Psychology in Paris on Creating Competent Communities of Psychologists.

Vinson, S. Y. (chair), Dingle, A. D., Herbert, S. E., Francis, S., & Francis, A. (2014, May). Love's all that makes sense: A mother-daughter memoir.  Presentation at Morehouse Medical School Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Atlanta, GA.


Andero, R., Dias, B. G., & Ressler, K. J. (2014). A role of Tac2, NkB, and Nk3 receptor in normal and dysregulated fear memory consolidation. Neuron. doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2014.05.028

Mimi del Valle will be working at the VA in Tampa, FL.

Dias, B. G., Goodman, J. V., Ahluwalia, R., Easton, A. E., Andero, R., & Ressler, K. J. (2014). Amygdala-dependent fear memory consolidation via miR-34a and Notch signaling. Neuron.

Dias, B. G., & Ressler, K. J. (2014). Parental olfactory experience influences behavior and neural structure in subsequent generations. Nature Neuroscience, 17, 89-96. doi:10.1038/nn.3594

Danae Evans will be working at the GA Tech Student Health Center. 

Anjani Jackson will be working in the California State Prison System.

Sarah McMurty accepted a position as a Psychological Specialist, Senior, at the Emory Clinic in the Human Genetics Department, where she will perform psychological testing for individuals with Fragile X and Down Syndrome in a clinical research study. She also will join a private practice group, Atlanta Psychotherapy and Consulting Services in Camp Creek, GA, where she will continue her work with families and children as well as with adults and couples.

Norton, E. S., Black, J. M., Stanley, L. M., Tanaka, H., Gabrieli, J. D., Sawyer, C., & Hoeft, F. (2014). Functional neuroanatomical evidence for the double-deficit hypothesis of developmental dyslexia.  Neuropsychologia, 61, 235-246. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2014.06.015

Panchajanya Paul will be working at a private community agency in Melbourne, FL.

Tammy Saah will be staying at Emory for the Treatment Resistant Depression fellowship.

The poster by Sanjay Shah, Ryan Bromley, Chastity Farr, Tomina Schwenke, Bryon McQuirt, Vicki Roberts, Glenn Egan, and Peter Ash entitled “Cognitive remediation for in-jail competency restoration: Preliminary findings for baseline cognitive functioning” won the annual American Association of Psychiatry and Law Poster Award, which will be presented at this year’s conference in Chicago.

Rachel Waford and Carina Iati received a book contract from Springer publishing for their book The Psychosis Response Guide:  How to help during a first episode.

Rachel Waford began a position as the chief substance abuse interventionist on Project RETAIN, a NIH/NIDA funded study testing the efficacy of integrating substance abuse treatment to HIV medical care to improve outcomes of HIV-infected patients who use cocaine or crack cocaine and are not compliant with ARV therapy.  The position also includes a research assistant professor appointment in the Hubert Department of Global Health at Emory. She also joined Decatur Family Psychiatry as a licensed clinical psychologist providing psychotherapy and psychological assessment.


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