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The next leadership consultation program will be held Wednesday September 13 from 11:30-1pm. Once again two faculty members will present leadership dilemmas and there will be peer consultation along with consultation from our colleagues in the business school. 


The next Faculty Development seminar will be held on Wednesday September 20 from 9-10:30am, EP12 1st Floor Training Room. The focus will be on media training.


The next Writing Group will be held at EP12 on Wednesday July 12 from 9-10am. The place is TBD. Please let me know if you would like to join this group.


Julie attended the Curry Programs in Clinical and School Psychology at the University of Virginia for graduate school. Although this was a child-leaning program, she was very clear-minded at that time about wanting to be an adult-oriented psychologist, and the majority of her clinical experiences were with adults. She did work with children, though, in the assessment clinic, and discovered that she loved assessment. Her internship was at the Baltimore VAMC. After finishing she was tied to the area for family reasons, so she looked for jobs in Baltimore and came across a unique opportunity at the Center for Talented Youth (CTY) at Johns Hopkins University. CTY is an organization that serves gifted kids, and they were starting a clinic - the Diagnostic and Counseling Center - that would provide psychological assessment for gifted students with learning disabilities, ADHD, ASDs, etc. She was offered a job in this clinic in 1999 and worked there until moving to Atlanta in 2012. While at CTY, she found that she really enjoyed working with children and adolescents, and wished that she had focused on that more in her graduate training. Her family moved to Atlanta in 2012 for her husband's job. She took advantage of this move as an opportunity to respecialize; she did a one-year post-doc in Emory’s Child and Adolescent Mood Program (CAMP) under Ed Craighead's supervision focusing on child/adolescent therapy (while beginning to build an assessment clinic here). She moved into her current faculty position in the fall of 2013. 

Currently, Julie is an Assistant Professor in CAMP in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and is based at Executive Park 12. Her primary role is running the assessment clinic for children, adolescents, and adults; they evaluate, diagnose, and make recommendations for students of all ages who are struggling in school due to emotional, behavioral, social and/or learning problems. In her role, she conducts evaluations, supervises psychology interns in assessment, and runs the day-to-day operations of the clinic.  In addition to her assessment "hat," she also sees a small number of children, adolescents, and young adults in therapy, focusing primarily on treating anxiety, depression, adult ADHD, and adjustment to learning problems.  She also speaks periodically to medical residents/fellows and psychology interns about issues related to learning disabilities and ADHD.

Julie loves the detective work involved in assessment. Specifically, she likes the process of getting lots of information from a variety of sources, sorting through it all, and working to pull it all together to provide meaningful answers to a family's questions. She also appreciates the opportunity to share her enthusiasm for assessment with trainees. One of her goals of supervision is to help assessment-dreading trainees find the fun of assessment, and help them see that the challenging parts (writing!) are not so bad. She also loves her Emory colleagues. She does not know if she has worked in a place with such a large number of colleagues who are both exceptionally competent professionals and hands-down wonderful people.

Outside of Emory, she has a particular interest/expertise in "twice-exceptional" students, i.e., gifted children with learning disabilities and/or ADHD. She co-authored a book, published in 2013: Creating Effective Programs for Gifted Students with Learning Disabilities. She continues to collaborate with one of her co-authors and presents 1-2 talks a year at regional and/or national conferences.

Outside of the workplace, Julie has been happily married to my high school sweetheart for 21 years, and they are the proud parents of a nearly 7-year-old son. Outside of work, she loves exploring Atlanta with her family. She volunteers at her son's school and with his Cub Scout troop, as well as at their church. When time allows, she loves gardening and spending time in nature. She also enjoys running (something she would have never thought she would say 10 years ago!). 

Going forward, Julie hopes to continue in her current position and watch the assessment program continue to grow. Over the next few years, she hopes to "convert" at least a few psychology interns into assessment wonks. She plans to continue to work with her co-author colleague on talks related to GT/LD issues, and when life slows down a bit, would consider working with her on another book. 


Laura Watkins, PhD recently joined the Emory University School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor and as a Clinical Psychologist in the Emory Healthcare Veterans Program. Laura earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, completed her pre-doctoral internship at University of Mississippi Medical Center and G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center Psychology Internship Consortium, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Clinical Neurosciences Division of the National Center for PTSD at West Haven VA Medical Center prior to joining Emory. Clinically, Laura specializes in providing evidence-based treatments for PTSD, substance use, and related problems. Her research interests broadly focus on characterizing associations between PTSD, substance use, and interpersonal aggression, with the ultimate goal of improving interventions. 


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Major Leadership Appointments, Activities and Achievements

Erica Duncan was promoted to the rank of Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences with tenure.

Chanda Graves was elected as Secretary of the American Psychological Association’s Society of Couple and Family Psychology (Division 43). 

Tanja Jovanovic was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences with tenure.

Julie Kable was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.

Nadine Kaslow was elected as President-Elect of the American Psychological Association’s Division of Psychologists in Public Service (Division 18). 


Jordan Cattie received the Clinical Faculty Supervisor Award.

Marianne Celano received the Supervisor Appreciation Award from the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Miles Crower received the Psychiatry Residency Educator of the Year Award.

Gene Farber was the recipient of the Carol L. Webb Award for Excellence in Teaching.

David Goldsmith received the PGY-1 Teacher Award.

Julie Kable received the Outstanding Service Award from the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Doug Lee received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Christoffel LeRoux received the Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Excellence in Teaching Award.

Abby Powers Lott received the PGY- Teacher Award.

Jeff Rakofsky received the PGY-3 Teacher Award.

Melissa Smith received the PGY-2 Teacher Award.

Meg Weigel received the Medical Student Faculty Teaching Award. 


Amadei EA, Johnson ZV, Kwon YJ, Shpiner AC, Saravanan V, Mays WD, Ryan SJ, Walum H, Rainnie DG, Young LJ & Liu RC.  (Advanced online publication, June 8, 2017). Dynamic corticostriatal activity biases social bond formation in female prairie voles. Nature. DOI: 10.1038/nature22381 

Haeffel, G., Hershenberg, R., Goodson, J.T., Hein, S., Square, A., & Grigorenko, E.L. (first online, 09 March 2017). The hopelessness theory of depression: Generalizability and clinical utility. Cognitive Therapy and Research. DOI: 10.1007/s10608-017-9833-1

Hershenberg, R., Smith, R.V., Goodson, J.T., & Thase, M.E. (Available online 9 May 2017). Activating veterans toward sources of reward: A pilot report on development, feasibility, and clinical outcomes of a 12-week behavioral activation group treatment. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice.DOI: 10.1016/j.cbpra.2017.04.001

Li, X.B., Bo, Q.J., Zhang, G.P., Zheng, W., Wang, Z.M., Li, A.N., Tian, Q., Liu, J.T., Tang, Y.L., & Wang, C.Y. (2017). Effect of childhood trauma on cognitive functions in a sample of Chinese patients with schizophrenia.  Comprehensive Psychiatry, 76, 147-152. doi: 10.1016/j.comppsych.2017.04.010

Li, Y.I., Starr, L.R., & Hershenberg, R. (first online, 01 March 2017). Responses to positive affect in daily life: Positive rumination and dampening moderate the association between daily events and depressive symptoms. Psychopathology & Behavioral Assessment. DOI:10.1007/s10862-017-9593-y

Liao, Y., Tang, Y.L., & Hao W. (2017). Ketamine and international regulations. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. DOI: 10.1080/00952990.2016.1278449

McClintock, S.M., Reti, I.M., Carpenter, L.L., McDonald, W.M., Dubin, M., Taylor, S.F., Cook, I.A., O’Reardon, J., Hsain, M.M., Wall, C., Krystal, A.D., Sampson, S.M., Morales, O., Nelson, B.G., Latoussakis, B., George, M.S., & Lisanby, S.H., on behalf of both the National Network of Depression Centers rTMS Task Group and the American Psychiatric Association Council on Research Task Force on Novel Biomarkers and TreatmentsConsensus recommendations for the clinical application of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) in the treatment of depression. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. DOI: 10.4088/JCP.16cs10905

Powers, A., Fani, N., Carter, S., Cross, D., & Bradley, B. (In press). Differential predictors of PTSD and complex PTSD among traumatized African American females. European Journal of Psychotraumaology.

Rice, C.E., & Lee, L-C. (2017). Editorial: Expanding the global reach of research in autism. Autism, 21, 515-517. DOI: 10.1177/1362361317704603

Sexton, M.B., Avallone, E.R., Smith, K.E., Porter, L., Ashrafioun, J., Arnedt, T., & Rauch, S.M. (2017). Sleep disturbances as predictors of prolonged exposure therapy effectiveness among veterans with PTSD. Psychiatry Research, 256, 118-123. DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2017.06.044

Starr, L.R., Hershenberg, R., Li, Y.I., & Shaw, Z.A. (first on line 26, January 2017). When feelings lack precision: Low positive and negative emotion differentiation and depressive symptoms in daily life. Clinical Psychological Science. DOI: 10.1177/2167702617694657.

Stevens, J.S., Kim, Y.J., Galatzer-Levy, I.R., Reddy, R., Ely, T.D., Nemeroff, C.B., Hudak, L.A., Jovanovic, T., Rothbaum, B.O., & Ressler, K.J. (2017). Amygdala reactivity and anterior cingulate habituate predict posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms maintenance after acute civilian trauma.  Biological Psychiatry, 81, 1023-1029. DOI: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2016.11.015.

Sun Z, Ma Y, Li W, He J, Li J, Yang X, Mao P, Cubells JF, & Tang L. (in press). Associations between the DBH gene, plasma dopamine β-Hydroxylase activity and cognitive measures in Han Chinese patients with schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research.

Honors, Awards, Rankings

Miles Crowder is now an Emeritus faculty member.

Tanja Jovanovic was named one of the 25 most influential people in PTSD research by PTSD Journal.

Dorian Lamis was selected for the University of Georgia 40 under 40.

The following individuals were recognized as Top Doctors in Geriatric Psychiatry by the Atlanta Magazine:

  • Adriana P. Hermida
  • Larry E. Tune

The following individuals were recognized as Top Doctors in Psychiatry by the Atlanta Magazine:

  • Scott D. Firestone
  • Lawrence J. Giustra, Jr.
  • Toby D. Goldsmith
  • Steven T. Levy
  • Andrew H. Miller

The following individuals have received top patient satisfaction scores through Emory Healthcare for the first two quarters: Kelly Coffman, Toby Goldsmith, Abby Lott, Barbara Rothbaum, Tamara Weiss, Liza Zwiebach

Quality and Safety Initiatives and Capital Campaign Initiatives

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Community Benefit Programs and Activities

The National Association for Area Agencies on Aging (n4A) gave a 2017 Aging Achievement Award for the “Behavioral Health Coach” model developed by the Fuqua Center for Late-Life Depression with the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Area Agency on Aging. Jocelyn Wise of the Fuqua Center was the lead on this project.  This innovative model embeds a coach within public aging services agencies to engage older adults, connect them with a wide range of behavioral health and aging services, and ultimately improve independence and housing stability. This program also recently received an “Innovation in the Field of Aging” award from the Georgia Division of Aging Services.

The board of 3Keys, a housing organization for homeless individuals with chronic mental illnesses, would like to thank Nadine Kaslow and Keith Wood for their recent help in volunteering their time to work with clients during a particularly stressful event.  The community often looks to Emory for support and expertise and Nadine and Keith were a tremendous support to our organization when we really needed their help.  This is very much appreciated. 


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Emory in the Media

Nadine Kaslow: (1) Atlanta Journal Constitution – Answers elusive as youth suicides in Georgia rise sharply

Helen Mayberg: (1) New York Times – New electrical brain stimulation technique shows promise in mice

Barbara Rothbaum: (1) Atlanta Magazine – Barbara Rothbaum: Using virtual reality, this Emory psychologist treats veterans with PTSD

Other Accomplishments

Aaron Gluth was one of the presenters in the Association of Medicine and Psychiatry’s sponsored course at the American Psychiatric Association annual meeting on the Management of Cardiometabolic Risk in the Psychiatric Patient. 

Catherine Rice co-edited a Special Issue of Autism on Global Autism Research.

The following individuals were awarded Faculty Development Funds.

  • Michelle Casimir – To participate in a training in CBT for schizophrenia through the Beck Institute
  • Nori Lim – To attend the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association and support his attendance at activities related to his membership on the Board of Convention Affairs
  • Ann Schwartz – To attend the annual meeting of the Association for Academic Psychiatry Meeting where she will give two workshops, complete her three year involvement in the Master Educator Course as a participant and receive her Master Educator Certificate, and attend multiple committee meetings


Dinah Ayna received the Richard Morrell Community Service Award.

Rachel Conrad presented at the APA in San Diego at a symposium called “Patient suicide in residency training: The ripple effect.”

Oliver Glass is the Senior Deputy Editor – American Journal of Psychiatry Residents’ Journal 2017-2018

Laura Hack received the Resident Research Award.

William Howard Hudson received the PRITE Award and was also a Wellborn Fellowship Scholar.

Jon Kaplan, med-psych PGY 3, and Liz McCord, med-psych PGY 2, both received the Exceptional Primary Care Clinic Resident Award.

Jungjin Kim received the APA Resident Recognition Award which is given to a resident who demonstrate "APA Values in Leadership, Clinical Excellence and/or Community Service". 

Kim, J., Hartzell, G., Rezaii, N., Gensler, L., Baer W., Young, R., Schwartz A. (in press). Psychosis due to disseminated cryptococcal infection and delirium in an immunocompetent patient: A case report and review of the literature. Psychosomatics.

Kim, J., Hartzell, G., Dawson, V., & Furman, A. (in press). Teaching trauma and narrative: Using Salinger’s for Esmé – with love and squalor.Academic Psychiatry. DOI: 10.1007/s40596-017-0727-z 

Michael Lowley received the Medical Student Resident Teaching Award.

Jessica Maples-Keller was selected as an ACNP Travel Awardee for the 2017 Annual Meeting.

Amanda NeMoyer received the Research Excellence Award from the Graduate College at Drexel University.

Vera Tate was a Wellborn Fellowship Scholar.


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