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2019-20 Award Recipients

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Mentoring Award for Research: Julie Kable, PhD

Julie Kable, PhD, an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is a licensed psychologist with over 25 years of experience working with children with neurodevelopmental disabilities with a focus on children with a history of prenatal alcohol exposure. Her research is on the impact of various teratogens (i.e. alcohol, cigarettes, cocaine) on arousal and attentional control, early cognitive functioning, and cognitive inhibition skills. She has specialized in assessing physiological/neurophysiological responses (auditory brain stem response, heart rate (cardiac orienting responses or CORS), galvanic skin response, respiration, respiratory sinus arrhythmia, and functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS)). She is the PI of a study on the vascular health of adults recruited while in utero as a result of their prenatal alcohol exposure. She is Co-PI on two grants: (1) evaluation of the predictive validity of the COR obtained in infancy and its relation to fNIRS responses obtained at 7 years of age, and (2) planning grant to assess the impact of prenatal opiate exposure. In her previous work, Dr. Kable used fNIRS to identify differences in hemodynamic changes in the prefrontal cortex during inhibition tasks in children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) compared to children who were typically developing or had neurobehavioral problems with no prenatal alcohol exposure. She was previously the PI of Atlanta’s Neurobehavioral Collaborative Initiative on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder’s (CIFASD) study and co-investigator on multiple prospective studies, including a clinical trial involving a nutritional intervention among Ukrainian women who used alcohol during pregnancy. She has assisted with the development of innovative interventions for children with FASDs, focusing on improving math skills, self-regulation and adaptive living skill and on a study to establish the prevalence of FASD in San Diego, CA as a co-investigator where she helped translate the MILE intervention project into the school system.

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Mentoring Award for Service and Education: Martha Ward, MD

Martha Ward, MD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Medicine at Emory, as well as Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Ward is the founder and medical director of the Park Place Primary Care Clinic, located in Adult Outpatient Behavioral Health at Grady, where she provides primary care to individuals living with severe mental illness. Dr. Ward is Associate Program Director for the Combined Internal Medicine-Psychiatry Residency and serves as Director of the Global Health Track for the categorical Psychiatry Residency. In the SOM, Dr. Ward acts as Associate Program Director for the Essentials of Patient Care Course, the longitudinal course that teaches clinical skills to all medical students across the 4-year UME curriculum. Dr. Ward is also a Small Group Advisor in the Osler Society, and serves as Co-Chair of the Admissions Committee for the Emory School of Medicine. In her multiple roles in undergraduate medical education and graduate medical education and as an active faculty member in multiple departments, Dr. Ward has the unique opportunity to mentor individuals in all phases of their medical and academic careers. 

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Distinguished Clinician Award: Liza Zwiebach, PhD

Liza Zwiebach, PhD is an Assistant Professor who currently serves as the Clinical Director for Emory Healthcare Veterans Program (EHVP). EHVP has been her professional home since her postdoctoral fellowship, during which she was involved in the development of this innovative program. In her current role, Dr. Zwiebach oversees the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) as well as the outpatient service and provides supervision to the clinical team. With the onset of COVID, she was instrumental in creating virtual formats for all EHVP treatments, as well as helping to develop a "hybrid" model for the IOP. In addition to her clinical work at EHVP, Dr. Zwiebach carries teaching and training responsibilities both in and outside of Emory; specifically, she has helped to manage a nationwide program that trains community clinicians to use Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD. Dr. Zwiebach recently was appointed to the Georgia Suicide Prevention Task Force.

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Distinguished Service Award: Jordan Cattie, PhD

Jordan Cattie, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and currently serves as Associate Director of Outpatient Psychiatry at Emory Clinic and Administrative Director of Resident Outpatient Psychotherapy. Her passions include increasing access to quality mental healthcare, particularly for underserved populations. Accordingly, she has founded and co-founded several new clinical and education programs that align with this mission, including the OCD and Anxiety Intensive Outpatient Program, the EP12 Clinical Psychology Practicum, and the ASAP Clinic for healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Her other service roles at Emory focus on actively and collaboratively forming more inclusive and equitable environments for our colleagues and trainees; she is Co-Chair of the Women Faculty Subcommittee and an active member of DISC and Caring Communities. Dr. Cattie is also involved in multiple efforts promoting student mental health across Atlanta, providing faculty development at the SOM and student programming for undergraduates at Emory and Georgia Tech. She is the current President of OCD Georgia (the state-level affiliate of the International OCD Foundation).  

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Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award for a Junior Faculty Member: Jennifer Stevens, PhD

Jennifer Stevens, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and a Co-Director of the Grady Trauma Project. Her research focuses on neurobiological risk factors for trauma-related psychopathology. She leads several ongoing studies of the effects of trauma on the brain using longitudinal neuroimaging, in emergency department patients, breast cancer patients, and school aged children. She is also interested in women's health and is currently conducting a NIMH-funded trial of the effects of transdermal estradiol on the brain circuits supporting fear learning and extinction memory -- a potential mechanism that may be key to women's increased risk for post-traumatic stress disorder (versus men). She is very invested in undergraduate research, and mentors several undergraduate students each semester through the Grady Trauma Project internship program, a highly sought-after research experience for Emory Psychology and NBB majors as well as students from Georgia State and Georgia Tech.

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Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award for a Senior Faculty Member: Jennifer C. Felger, PhD

Jennifer C. Felger, PhD is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Laboratory Director of the Behavioral Immunology Program at the Emory. Dr. Felger combines basic and clinical approaches to understand the mechanisms by which inflammation affects neurotransmitters and neurocircuits to cause behavior symptoms in patients with major depression or medical illnesses like cancer. Her previous work demonstrated mechanisms by which inflammation decreases dopamine and impacts reward and motor circuits to contribute to symptoms of reduced motivation and motor slowing. This work laid the foundation for ongoing studies determining whether drugs that increase dopamine or novel anti-inflammatory agents can reverse the effects of inflammation on corticostriatal reward and motor circuits in patients with depression and high inflammation. She also recently received a Shariatzadeh/Sanei Research Award for Innovative Research in Mood Disorders to conduct a pilot study that aims to identify novel molecular and metabolic pathways utilized by activated immune cells that may server as novel therapeutic targets. Her work has been funded by the NIMH and by foundations like the American Cancer Society and Dana Foundation, as well as the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation which awarded her the Klerman Prize for Exceptional Clinical Research in 2017. Dr. Felger regularly lectures for graduate and undergraduate courses as well as Emory-affiliated international teaching and research training programs. She is on the editorial board of Neuropsychopharmacology and Brain, Behavior and Immunity, serves on committees for international research societies, and reviews grants for NIH, DOD and international study sections.

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Nadine J. Kaslow Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award: Erica Marshall Lee, PhD

Erica Marshall Lee, PhD is a clinical psychologist who serves as Clinical Director of the Grady Behavioral Health Services AIR (PSR) clinic; Assistant Vice Chair for Faculty Development- Diversity and Inclusion; and Associate Director, Advocacy and Diversity for Postdoctoral Residency Program in Health Service Psychology. In these roles, she facilitates the development and dissemination of Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives for the department and helps ensure that the departmental strategic plan prioritizes DEI (co- chairs the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences DEI strategic plan workgroup). She also serves on both the Racial Ethnic and Cultural Minority Faculty Subcommittee and the Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee. She thoroughly enjoys the collaborative efforts of these groups that work tirelessly to ensure that the department is attentive to DEI needs. In addition, she co-coordinates the resident lecture series on Cultural, Community, and Global Context. Passionate about social justice and advocacy, Dr. Marshall Lee is a member the Atlanta Behavioral Health Advocates, which is an inter-professional social justice advocacy workgroup, and she has developed a curriculum for psychology and psychiatry trainees with this focus.  One of the founding members of Caring Communities and the Anti-Racism Work Groups developed in response to the COVID -19 and racism syndemic, she is a Diversity Facilitator Trainer and a facilitator of small group diversity dialogues within the SOM.  Within the American Psychological Association, she co-chairs Division 18’s Policy and Advocacy subcommittee.  She is Co-Chair of the 2021 annual meeting committee of the Georgia Psychological Association, the theme for which is Psychologists in Action: Allyship, Advocacy and Action. Dr. Marshall Lee prioritizes addressing and ending mental health disparities and empowering underrepresented individuals to improve quality of life. 

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Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Member Award: Susan McCarthy Furman, PhD

Susan McCarthy Furman, PhD is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the department. The framework of her practice is evidence-based, warm, collaborative, and appreciative of identity, culture, context, development, and clinical concerns.  She offers contemporary Cognitive Behavior Therapy to pre-teens, adolescents, and adults that is solution- and strength-oriented to address challenges including mood, anxiety, health, relationships, grief, loss, trauma, work-life balance, as well as educational and professional achievement. Additionally, she provides consultation and comprehensive psychological assessment to identify learning, attentional, and emotional challenges to guide instruction and treatment planning. With a strong commitment to affordable and accessible services, she accepts some health insurance plans and offer telehealth. Half of her practice is the richly rewarding work of supervising graduate and post-graduate trainees at the low-cost Georgia State University Psychology Clinic and Emory University School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Outpatient Training Program. She is a fellow of the Georgia Psychological Association and member of the International Dyslexia Association, International OCD Foundation, the American Psychological Association, and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.