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Chairman's Message

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Mark Hyman Rapaport, MD

We are starting a new section of Brainwaves this spring.   We will periodically devote time in our newsletter to acknowledge the tremendous role philanthropy plays in helping the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences achieve its academic missions.   Although Emory has significant infrastructure support from our healthcare system and from the university, many of the activities that enrich the experience of our patients, trainees and our faculty are supported through philanthropy.  This includes funds to support the development of innovative programs to help patients with posttraumatic stress disorder, provide educational grants for psychotherapy training of our residents and participants in the Emory Psychoanalytic Institute, support leading edge research necessary to gather pilot data for peer-reviewed funds to retain and recruit the best people in the country to join our department.  Therefore, in this edition of Brainwaves, we are initiating a new section to highlight the generosity of people supporting our department and discuss how those funds can be used to enrich and transform our department.  In this inaugural section of Brainwaves, you will read about the remarkable gift from Catherine Shropshire Hardman and learn a little about this wonderful member of the Atlanta community. 

In this edition of Brainwaves, we also wanted to highlight the tremendous work being done by our psychiatrists who take care of the psychiatric health needs of students and graduate students on the Emory campus.  We are fortunate to have four outstanding psychiatrists work in our student mental health program based on campus and you will hear a little about the wonderful things they are doing.  Another person we wanted to highlight in this edition is Dr. Richard Storer Ward, who has decided to retire from the practice of medicine at age 97.  Dr. Ward was the founding division director for child psychiatry at Emory and has had an important and illustrious career.  In closing, I hope you enjoy this edition of Brainwaves and we look forward to many more exciting stories of success to share with you.

Dr. Toby Goldsmith - The Woman of Women's Mental Health

Toby Goldsmith, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine, Director of the Women’s Mental Health Program and Director of the Adult Outpatient Programs for the Emory Clinic.

The Women’s Mental Health Program (WMHP) began at Emory over 20 years ago.  The WMHP was primarily a research program, but currently is a clinical and educational program primarily addressing women’s mental health issues. Dr. Goldsmith and her colleague Kelly Coffman, MD, see women concerned with medication and psychiatric diagnoses during pregnancy, as well as women suffering from postpartum depression, anxiety and psychosis. They also help with women coping with infertility and loss of pregnancy.

Toby Goldsmith, MD

“You’re treating two patients at the same time,” Goldsmith said. “We’re looking at both the impact of the illness on the mom and the impact of the treatment on the fetus.”

The program consists of two psychiatrists; Dr. Goldsmith and Dr. Coffman, five psychiatry residents and a research nurse, Jill Mast. Approximately 10 new patients are seen per week, and Dr. Goldsmith notes the program is busier at Emory than the ones she has been a part of at the University of Cincinnati and the University of Florida. However, she comments that not enough women take advantage of the program’s resources, due to stigmatization and lack of awareness of this service

“I would love to expand [the program] to the needs of women throughout their lives, such as PMS, PMDD, and menopause,” Goldsmith said. “We would need more clinicians for that.”

The Adult Outpatient Program deals with the psychiatric needs of the community, as well as Emory employees and their families. Dr. Goldsmith states they treat many different diagnoses, and the team of psychiatrists, psychologists and residents integrate assessment, medication management and individual and group therapy.

Alongside her other professional achievements, Dr. Goldsmith was also selected for the Woodruff Leadership Academy (WLA), a program promoting leadership and organizational vision for employees of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center. The program involves classes, team projects and weekend retreats.

When asked about her time at Emory, Dr. Goldsmith praises her colleagues and the way they look after one another. “I’m honored to be part of this institution,” she said. “And to work with people who care for not only patients, but for one another.”

To contact the Women’s Mental Health Program either call (404) 778-5526 or email wmhp@emory.edu. You can also visit the department's website at http://womensmentalhealth.emory.edu.

Emory Student Mental Health Program

Front row (L to R): Hannah Potvin, MD, Virginia Plummer, LCSW, and Alyson Goodwin, MD. Back row (L to R) Robert Elliott, MD, Mahalia Way, MD, Maryam Hosseini, MD, Richard Gregory and Mina Boazak, MD. Not pictured: Adrienne Slaughter, LCSW, and Adrienne Bryant-Smith, LCSW.

Emory University Student Health Services (EUSHS) offers psychiatric services for all Emory students without visit fees. Services include diagnostic psychiatric evaluations, medication evaluations and follow-up visits. The team consists of four attending psychiatrists, two psychiatry residents and three licensed clinical social workers.  Robert Elliott, MD, serves as director, and attending staff psychiatrists are Alyson Goodwin, MD, Maryam Hosseini, MD, and Mahalia Way, MD.  The program is quite extensive in comparison to the limited options at some universities. Also available is a student intervention services team, which can be accessed anytime for student mental health emergencies.

The need for comprehensive mental health services for university students has been increasing nationally for several years.  The increased demand may be a combination of more awareness about the importance of treating mental illness, as well as the need to continue treatment started during adolescence. “In the past, some of these students may not have gotten to college,” Way said. “Much progress has been made to expand the program and de-stigmatize mental illness.”  Dr. Way recognizes that there are still Emory students who do not take full advantage of the available services.

The staff feels working within Student Health Services has been a wonderful experience for a number of reasons. First, Emory has a diverse student body, which requires close attention to providing culturally competent care. Secondly, it can be very rewarding to treat young adults at a point where an intervention can shape the direction their life takes.

In promoting institutional values of community and inclusion, Emory was one of the first universities to prioritize funding of high quality, accessible mental health services for students by initiating a mental health fee required of every enrolled student.  These funds help support a comprehensive range of services including Emory Counseling and Psychological Services, psychiatry services at EUSHS, substance abuse education and counseling and nutritional counseling.  “That’s a big advantage because we have the freedom to do what’s clinically right without regard to individual student resources,” Way said. The program also has self-contained resources and referrals, so patients are more likely to make use of their options.

Appointments can be scheduled by calling 404-727-6145. The psychiatry program is located at 1525 Clifton Road, in the same building as Student Health Services.



Catherine Shropshire Hardman - Philanthropist for Mental Health and Brain Health


We are delighted to announce a transformative gift of $1 million from Catherine Shropshire Hardman that we have recently received.  This gift will be used to promote faculty development and innovative research, as well as to establish a multiyear Colloquium on Psychoanalytic Thought and Practice through the Emory Psychoanalytic Institute (EUPI). We used a previously given gift by Catherine Shropshire Hardman to establish the EUPI Hugo J. Zee Fund for Psychoanalytic Research and Education. 

Catherine, a life-long Atlanta resident, was born at Emory Hospital. Her grandfather, Frederick A. Hoyt, Sr., was a close friend of Ernest Woodruff (father of Robert and George Woodruff), and astutely invested in the then-fledgling business - the Coca Cola Company.

Mrs. Hardman spends her time playing the piano, reading biographies and books about history, doing needlepoint, as well as having an avid interest in brain health. We are appreciative of the thoughtful and generous gift from Catherine Shropshire Hardman and look forward to her continued involvement in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, as well as the Emory Brain Health Center.


We had a record number of applicants to our residency program, and unlike the national trend, we continue to fill our residency and fellowship programs with top candidates.  The psychology internship program also had a record number of applicants and matched with many of the leading candidates in the country. 

The residency has a strong and sustained program in Medicine and Psychiatry which began in 2007. We have established tracks for research and for psychotherapy and hope to develop tracks for global health.

The 2018 Walter Wellborn Fellows were announced: Elizabeth McCord, MD, and Justin Palanci, MD.  Dr. McCord will continue the ongoing global health collaboration of Emory and the St. Paul Millennium School of Medicine in Ethiopia.  Dr. Palanci will enhance his training on the Open Dialogue program centered at Grady. 


Dr. Claire Coles, PhD, and Dr. Julie Kable, PhD, were authors on a study showing that the prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FASD) is higher than first thought.Click hereto learn more.

Maybe we are closer to the animal world than we think.  The Evolution of Love is the topic of research by Dr. Larry Young, PhDRead more here.

Dr. Rachel Hershenberg’s, PhD, new book “Activiating Happiness” was recently highlighted in the AJC as one of the top self-help books for 2018 to help people live their best lives.  Read the AJC article.


This section will highlight different aspects of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences that people may not be aware of.

The Emory Brain Health Center has a Facebook page!

Please look at this page often to hear many of our patients inspiring stories as well as to learn about cutting edge research that is taking place at the Brain Health Center.

Dr. Richard Storer Ward, “the Father of Child Psychiatry at Emory,” has reluctantly retired from the private practice of psychiatry at the age of 97, but he is still keeping quite busy. Click here to read more about this amazing man.

Alice Doktor worked for Emory for over 26 years supporting the Outpatient Psychotherapy Training Program both at Uppergate, Briarcliff Campus, Tufts House and Executive Park for 19 years. For the last several yeares this also included supporting the Addiction Fellowship. Prior to this she had various roles at Emory. Alice recently retired and will be moving to North Carolina to spend more time with her son, daughter-in-law and two grandsons. She will be missed at Emory.


Your support will help us to partner together for Atlanta and Beyond. To make a gift to the Department of Psychiatry please click here.


If you have any comments or suggestions please contact Phyllis Rosen LCSW at prosen@emory.edu

A special thank you to BHC Communications Manager Douglas Blair for designing this issue, and Emory University student Ana Ioachimescu for assisting in writing content.