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The next Faculty Development Workshop is entitled “Successful Professional Transitions in Mid and Late Career,” and it will be held on Wednesday, September 16 from 9:00 to 10:30am.

The seminar after that will be on November 18 from 9:00 to 10:30am and will focus on “Interactive and Engaging Teaching Approaches.”


Steve Garlow, who has been in the department for 19 years as a clinician, educator, and researcher, will be moving to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Steve worked at Grady, Emory Hospital, Emory Clinic, and in the Brain Health Center. He has won countless teaching awards over the years.


Major Leadership Appointments, Activities and Achievements

Julie Kable edited a special issue of Current Developmental Disorders Report on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome,


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Bowers, M. E., & Ressler, K. J. (2015). An overview of translationally informed treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder: Animal models of Pavlovian fear conditioning to human clinical trials. Biological Psychiatry, 78(5), e15-e27. doi:10.1016/j.biopsych.2015.06.008

Fischer, N. L., Lamis, D. A., Petersen-Coleman, M. N., Moore, C. S., Zhang, H., & Kaslow, N. J. (in press). Mediating effects of existential and religious well-being among abused, suicidal African American women. Journal of Family Violence. doi:10.1007/s10896-015-9771-1

Kable, J. A., O’Connor, M. J., Carmichael Olson, H., Paley, B., Mattson, S. N., Anderson, S., & Riley, E. P. (2015). Neurobehavioral Disorder Associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure (ND-PAE): Proposed DSM-5 diagnosis. Child Psychiatry & Human Development. Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s10578-015-0566-7

Kaslow, N. J. (2015). Translating psychological science to the public. American Psychologist, 70, 361-371. doi:10.1037/a0039448

Klengel, T., Dias, B. G., & Ressler, K. J. (in press). Models of inter- and transgenerational transmission of risk for psychopathology in mice. Neuropsychopharmacology. doi:10.1038/npp.2015.249

Honors, Awards, Rankings

Emory and Pediatric Children’s Research Conference Poster Award Honorable mention went to Laura Mee and her colleagues for their poster entitled Changes in Health-Related Quality of Life and Psychological Functioning from Pre- to 6-months Post-Solid Organ Transplantation.

Quality and Safety Initiatives and Capital Campaign Initiatives

Rob Cotes, Greg Esper, and David Cotes - $250,000 received from the Jim and Billie Ellis Foundation, Inc., in support of brain health and schizophrenia.

Barbara Rothbaum - $350,000 commitment by the Abraham J. and Phyllis Katz Foundation in support of posttraumatic stress disorder research.

Emory Healthcare: HBIPS: 96%, Substance Use: 97%, Tobacco 1: 97%, and Tobacco 2: 100%

Community Benefit Programs and Activities

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Emory Brain Health Center are a sponsor of the first play of the season at the Alliance Theater. They will be putting on “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is consulting with the cast, providing faculty for talks after each performance, and having tables outside of the theater with information about some of the services that we provide as well as research studies that are ongoing. The play runs from Sept. 2-20, 2015. As available, you can purchase tickets using the Emory 10% discount code of EMORYDM1. This is a great opportunity to educate the community on all things mental health related.

Rob Cotes is speaking on a symposium entitled Stop the Stigma, Silence the Shame: Mental Health and the Minority Communities sponsored by the City of Atlanta Department of Corrections.

Sheila Rauch gave a lecture for the PTSD Consultation Program for Providers Who Treat Veterans entitled Applying Cutting Edge Research Advances to PE: Safety Learning and Extinction.


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Emory in the Media

Wendy Baer: (1) CNN.Com – Cancer survivors exercises for health; (2) WebMD – When your child has cancer

Greg Berns: (1) Asian News International – First ever dolphin brain scan shows likeness to bat; (2) Atlanta Magazine – Why are we so crazy about our pets?

Gene Farber: (1)APA Monitors on Psychology – Article on the Committee on Psychology and AIDS -25th anniversary

Nadine Kaslow: (1) New York Times - US psychologists urged to curb questioning terror suspects; (2) New York Times – Psychologists approve ban on role in national security interrogations; (3) Toronto Star – American Psychological Association takes stand against torture; (4) Dance Spirit – Not the teacher’s pet; (5) Dance Magazine – In a slump?

Nori Lim: (1) WABE-FM – Georgia students make the leap to a new phase in life

Andrew Miller: (1) Psychology Today via Questia: Depression, dissected

Sheila Rauch: (1) PsychCentral – Brain scans may tailor treatment for PTSD

Karen Rommelfanger: (1) New York Times – Scientists demonstrate animal mind-melds; (2) – Experts weigh in on ‘self/less’ and the science of immortality; (3) ABA Journal – Do you have a right to neural privacy? Linking of animal brains raises issue; (4) The Conversation – Are we ready for a test that could ‘pre-diagnose’ autism in babies?


Mark Ackerman presented at the 35th Annual Conference of the Alabama Osteopathic Medical Association on Pain and Addiction: Common Threads.

Erica Duncan was elected to the Emory University Senate.

Gene Farber gave invited remarks at the 25th anniversary of the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Psychology and AIDS at the annual convention in Toronto.

Karen Rommelfanger has a talk at the University of Zurich, Switzerland on Mind Over Matter: Placebo of psychogenic movement disorders.


Krystal Frierson received the Outstanding Student Poster Award from the American Psychological Association’s Division of Health Psychology (D38).


Kimber Hall won the July Employee of the Month for Adult Psychiatry.