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Emory Healthcare - Emory Brain Health Center

Emory’s Brain Health Center combines psychiatry and behavioral sciences, rehabilitation medicine, neurology, neurosurgery, and sleep medicine to offer complete, coordinated care for disorders of the brain. Bringing these specialties together allows more than 400 researchers and clinicians from different specialties to work in collaboration to more rapidly predict, prevent, treat, or cure devastating diseases or disorders of the brain. These unique collaborations are demonstrated in some of the more than 20 centers and programs within the Brain Health Center. Emory’s Brain Health Center is based on a model of collaborative, interprofessional patient care that is individualized.

Emory Neurobehavior and Exposure Clinic (ENEC). This placement, which is within the Division of Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Programs in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, allows the resident to work with a multidisciplinary team to provide diagnostic and intervention services to children and adolescents, 0-21, exposed to alcohol and other drugs, illicit and prescription, and their families as well as children with a history of abuse/neglect and foster placement. The multidisciplinary team includes psychologists, physicians, and educators. The ENEC Clinic serves a diverse community with a wide range of developmental and behavioral problems and provides a comprehensive experience in developmental psychopathology. Typical problems of children presenting at the Clinic include fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, prenatal exposure to cocaine and prescription drugs, learning and developmental disorders, behavioral and emotional disorders associated with abuse, neglect and institutionalization, issues associated with international adoption or foster care and a variety of genetic disorders. A Medication Management Clinic is part of the activities of ENEC. The resident’s clinical activities include participation in interdisciplinary diagnostic evaluations, individual evaluations, therapy with children and families, and interactions with other educational and social agencies. In addition, as part of ongoing research activities, residents can participate in community intervention, development of educational methods, and evaluation of research outcomes. As part of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine, residents can participate in prevention activities that include the design and implementation of workshops and teaching modules, as well as outcome research. Under the supervision of the primary investigators, residents may design and carry out their own independent research or prevention activities as well.

OCD and Anxiety Intensive (Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic, EP12). This placement, which is embedded within the Adult Outpatient Clinic in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, allows the resident to work with an interdisciplinary team (psychologists, physicians, social workers) providing team-based care for diagnostic and intervention services to adolescents and adults aged 15-65 who are experiencing symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), social anxiety, or panic disorder in an intensive 2-3 week specialty clinic format. The program offers one full-time training opportunity and aims to prepare the resident for the clinical, training, and program evaluation/research aspects of independent practice within an academic health center setting. The resident will provide diagnostic evaluations and individual therapy (primarily exposure therapy with response prevention) within the context of an intensive outpatient treatment program, as well as group therapy through the Adult Outpatient Clinic. Residents will attend team rounds and work on cases with attendings, assist with the supervision of doctoral practicum students and undergraduate research assistants, participate in program intakes, and facilitate continuity of care after discharge. Residents can participate in outcome research or design and carry out their own independent research activities as well. Residents are also invited to participate in community-based projects in collaboration with OCD Georgia, the state affiliate of the International OCD Foundation.