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The next leadership consultation will be on Wednesday February 6 from 9:00am – 10:30am at EP12. 


We have scheduled all of the 2019 seminars so that people can save the dates. These all will be held at EP12.

January 16, 2019, 9:00-10:30am - Unconscious Bias Training

April 3, 2019, 9:00-10:30am - Crafting a Professional Identity

September 18, 2019, 9:00-10:30am - Erotic Transference and Countertransference

December 5, 2019, 9:00-10:30am - Harmful Supervision


The next writing group will meet at EP12 on Wednesday November 7 from 8:00-9:00 am.


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Allison M. LoPilato, PhD, recently joined the Emory University School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor and Clinical Psychologist in the Child and Adolescent Division. Allison earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Emory University under the mentorship of Dr. Elaine Walker, and completed both her pre-doctoral and postdoctoral training at the Emory Child and Adolescent Mood Program (CAMP). Clinically, Allison specializes in providing evidence-based treatments for anxiety and mood disorders in youth populations. She also has specialized training in assessing and treating individuals at risk for psychosis. Allison's research interests broadly focus on characterizing risk phenotypes and developing targeted interventions for adolescents with depression. She has a special interest in using computational methods to translate neuroscience finding into clinical applications. 

Laura Loucks, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and a clinical psychologist with Emory Healthcare Veterans Program and Emory Adult Psychiatry. Laura earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Georgia. She completed her clinical internship at the Memphis VA Medical Center and her postdoctoral fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine. Her clinical interests include providing evidence-based treatment for individuals and families, with a focus on PTSD and related difficulties. Her research interests focus on the relations among PTSD, family emotion communication processes, and individual (parent, child, partner) and family relationship functioning. Additionally, she is interested in examining predictors and outcomes of PTSD and family interventions.

Hadia Shafi, MD, recently joined the Emory University School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor and is currently working at the geriatric outpatient psychiatry clinic. Originally from Pakistan, Hadia went to medical school at The Aga Khan University, before a general psychiatry residency at Duke University. She then completed a fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at Emory in 2018. Hadia is also doing a part-time MPH at the University of Minnesota in community health promotion. Her interests include late life depression, acceptance and commitment therapy, aging and development, psychodynamic therapy and ECT.


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Indigenous Peoples Day (Allie Ramsay, PsyD, Adjunct Faculty). Indigenous Peoples Day fell on Monday, October 8th this year. Many of you may recognize this day as Columbus Day (or Canadian Thanksgiving, if you’re from the Great White North like me), so here’s the back story. The first Columbus Day was celebrated in 1937 when then-president Roosevelt made it a federal holiday in response to lobbying by Italian-American community groups. Columbus Day, these groups said, would be a day to honor Christopher Columbus and his arrival in the Americas. Over the years, there has been building criticism of the U.S.’s celebration of the “discovery” of America, a place that was already inhabited. Previous mayor of Berkeley, California, Loni Hancock (who is currently a California senator), explained that celebrating Columbus Day is “Eurocentric and has ignored the brutal realities of the colonization of indigenous peoples” (TIME Magazine, Monday, Jan. 27, 1992). Although Columbus himself was not the sole perpetrator of the colonization and destruction of the indigenous peoples of America, his name has come to represent the doctrine of “discovery” (the notion that the person who discovers something has a claim to it). Protests of this holiday began the moment Roosevelt made it into a federal holiday, but the movement to change the holiday began to gather more steam in the 1970s. To many, celebrating indigenous people rather than Christopher Columbus challenges the idea that Columbus “discovered” America and provides us with the opportunity to celebrate those who lived here before Columbus (and others) ever set foot here. In 1990, South Dakota became the first state in the United States to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day/Native American Day as a holiday. Also in 1990, the First Continental Conference on 500 Years of Indian Resistance was held in Quito, Ecuador. This then spawned another conference among Native American groups in Northern California, who brought concerns about the holiday to the Berkeley City Council. Following this, in 1992, Berkeley, California was the first city to institute Indigenous Peoples Day as a holiday (coincidentally, this occurred as the rest of the country was celebrating the 500th anniversary of Columbus’s journey). Following that, in 1994, the UN declared August 9th as International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. Currently, four states (Minnesota, Vermont, Alaska, and South Dakota) celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day (although South Dakota has named it Native American Day). In addition, 53 cities have chosen to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day in place of Columbus Day, and two cities have chosen to recognize both. Three universities (Minnesota State University in Mankato, University of Utah, Brown University) have also chosen to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day in place of Columbus Day. For those who feel as though changing the holiday silences the celebrations of Italian-Americans, Loni Hancock says “that was not the purpose – the purpose was to really affirm the incredible legacy of the indigenous people who were in the North American continent long before Columbus.” 

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (Ana Martinez de Andino, MS, Psychology Intern). October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. As a co-facilitator of the Nia Domestic Violence Support Group, I am amazed at the continued stigma faced by individuals currently experiencing or who have experienced intimate partner violence. On a typical day in Georgia, domestic violence hotlines receive approximately 21,000 calls. That is 15 calls per minute. Nationwide, 1 in 3 women and 1in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. As health professionals and providers, it is so important that we stay informed about the prevalence of domestic violence, as well as regarding the resources in our area. In addition to theNational Domestic Violence Hotline, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence has a wonderful website that contains statistics, resources, and a list of domestic violence programs in Georgia broken down by congressional district. I encourage you all to check it out and stay informed!


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Major Leadership Appointments, Activities and Achievements

Andrew Furman was honored during the SOM Faculty Celebration of Excellence for being promoted to the rank of professor.

Adriana Hermida was honored during the SOM Faculty Celebration of Excellence for being promoted to the rank of associate professor.

Mar Sanchez was honored during the SOM Faculty Celebration of Excellence for being promoted to the rank of professor.

Ann Schwartz was honored during the SOM Faculty Celebration of Excellence for being promoted to the rank of professor.

Paul Wolpe became president of the National Association of Bioethics Program Directors, which works on promoting bioethics and creating standards for tenure, promotion, grantmaking and executive skills in running bioethics programs and centers. 


Lawrence Scahill’s textbook “Parent Training for Autism Spectrum Disorder: Improving the Quality of Life for Children and Their Families” can now be ordered through the American Psychological Association


Doyle LR, Moore EM, Coles CD, Kable JA, Sowell ER, Wozniak JR, Jones KL, Riley EP, Mattson SN; CIFASD (2018, in press). Executive Functioning Correlates With Communication Ability in Youth With Histories of Heavy Prenatal Alcohol Exposure. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2018 Oct 16:1-12, [Epub ahead of print]

Jiang F, Hu L, Rakofsky J, Liu T, Wu S, Zhao P, Hu G, Wan X, Liu H, Liu Y, Tang YL. Sociodemographic Characteristics and Job Satisfaction of Psychiatrists in China: Results From the First Nationwide Survey. Psychiatr Serv. 2018 Oct 10:appips201800197. doi: 10.1176/ [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30301449.

Kelley ME, Dunlop BW, Nemeroff CB, Lori A, Carrillo-Roa T, Binder EB, Kutner MH, Rivera VA, Craighead WE, Mayberg HS. Response rate profiles for major depressive disorder: Characterizing early response and longitudinal nonresponse. Depression and Anxiety 2018 Oct;35(10):992-1000. DOI: 10.1002/da.22832. Epub 2018 Sep 7. 

Khan, Ishrat J; McDonald, William M; Nassif Walid. PTSD, Epilepsy, or Psychogenic Seizures? Psychiatric Annals; Thorofare Vol. 48 Iss. 10 (Octo 2018): 488-491.

Li X, Tian Q, Bo Q, Zhang G, Zheng W, Wen Y, Tang Y, Wang C. Impact of childhood trauma on sensorimotor gating in Chinese patients with chronic schizophrenia. Psychiatry Res. 2018 May;263:69-73. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2018.01.037. Epub 2018 Jan 31. PubMed PMID: 29502040.

Pickover, A. M., Bhimji, J., Sun, S., Evans, A., Allbaugh, L. J., Dunn, S. E., et al. (2018). Neighborhood disorder, social support, and outcomes among violence-exposed African American women. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. doi: 10.1177/0886260518779599

Sun Z, Zhang Z, Mao P, Ma Y, Li W, Li J, Yang X, Ling S, Tang Y. Association between COMT gene polymorphisms, clinical symptoms, and cognitive functions in Han Chinese patients with schizophrenia. Psychiatr Genet. 2018 Jun;28(3):47-54. doi: 10.1097/YPG.0000000000000194. PubMed PMID: 29634613.

Honors, Awards, Rankings

Douglas Bremner was inducted into the Millipub Club, which honors and recognizes current Emory faculty who have published one or more individual papers throughout their careers that have each garnered more than 1000 citations.

Jennifer DelVentura obtained board certification in Clinical Health Psychology.

David Goldsmith was awarded an Emory Dean’s Teaching Award for his dedication to medical student teaching and his many contributions as a course director and mentor. 

Toby Goldsmith was honored by the Emory Healthcare Patient Experience Team on the 10% Provider Recognition List for FY18.

Michael Owens was inducted into the Millipub Club, which honors and recognizes current Emory faculty who have published one or more individual papers throughout their careers that have each garnered more than 1000 citations.

Julie Pace was honored by the Emory School of Medicine as a “Hidden Gem.” The Hidden Gem award honors faculty who make an impact at Emory and beyond, but often go unnoticed or unrecognized. Julie directs and coordinates the psychological assessment clinic; is the resident expert for psychological testing, learning disabilities, ADHD, and dually diagnosed learning disabilities and intellectual abilities; and plays an active role as a supervisor and educator. She has saved many youths with undiagnosed learning disabilities who present with behavioral problems in the classroom by enabling them to maintain academic success by receiving education in a manner in which they can be successful.

Rachel Hershenberg was honored during the SOM Faculty Celebration of Excellence for her 2017 Rising Star Award from the Association for Psychological Science.

Mark Rapaport was honored during the SOM Faculty Celebration of Excellence for his election as president of the Association of Academic Chairs of Departments in Psychiatry.

Sheila Rauch was honored during the SOM Faculty Celebration of Excellence for her Special Achievement Award from the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

Barbara Rothbaum was honored during the SOM Faculty Celebration of Excellence for her fellowship from the National Academy of Inventors.

Mar Sanchez was honored during the SOM Faculty Celebration of Excellence for being a finalist for the Emory School of Medicine Mentoring Award.

Martha Ward was honored during the SOM Faculty Celebration of Excellence for receiving the Roger Kathol Pioneering Spirit Award for Early Career Physicians from the Association of Medicine & Psychiatry.

Justine Welsh received an R21 grant for a total $390,000 over two years supported by NIDA. Justine’s study, "Evaluating the combination of the Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach and medication-assisted treatment in young adults with severe opioid use disorder," will assess whether adding a behavioral intervention, known as the Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA), to the treatment of forty individuals receiving buprenorphine/naloxone can improve treatment success and retention rates in young adults with severe opioid use disorder. 

Quality and Safety Initiatives and Capital Campaign Initiatives

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Community Benefit Programs and Activities

The department was honored to host Kay Jamison PhD on October 23, 2018, who is the Dalio Professor of Mood Disorders and Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  She is co-director of the Mood Disorders Center there.  Dr. Jamison is co-author of the standard medical text on bipolar disorders and an author of many other books including the classic book “An Unquiet Mind” which is a memoir chronicling her personal experiences with bipolar disorder.  Her most recent book, “Robert Lowell: Setting the River on Fire” was a Pulitzer Prize Finalist.  While at Emory, Dr. Jamison met with some faculty and highlighted a well-attended community event in the evening with members of the Emory English department discussing Robert Lowell as a poet and as a patient. Jeff Rakofsky who is the director of our Bipolar Clinic was part of a panel discussion. The following morning, Dr. Jamison met with trainees for a more personal question and answer session about bipolar illness as well as candidly discussing her experience as a patient.  We were delighted to be able to have such a prominent person in the field share her expertise with us.

Michelle Casimir was highlighted in the American Psychological Association’s Division 31 (Division of State, Provincial, and Territorial Psychological Association Affairs Newsletter for her leadership with the Early Career Psychologist’s Committee of the Georgia Psychological Association.

Ishrat Khan was named PTSA SAT Prep Committee chair at a local high school.

Jeffrey Rakofsky gave a talk to the Emory Pathology Department titled “Recognizing and Assisting the Struggling Learner,” as well as a talk with Emory’s Omicron Epsilon Pi sorority titled “Talk Saves Lives.”


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Emory in the Media 

Douglas Bremner (1) – Everyday Health: Women and PTSD: The Public Health Problem Nobody Talks About.

Marianne Celano (1) – The Hill: Parents Welcome Guidance on Discussing Police Shootings, Racial Injustice. (2) – WABE-FM:Closer Look. (3) – Atlanta Journal Constitution: Book for Kids Covers Police Shootings of Unarmed Black Men. (4) – Arts Atlanta:A New Book by Atlanta Psychologists Helps Kids Grapple with the Issues of Racial Injustice and Police Brutality. (5) – Embrace Race: Addressing Racial Injustice with Young Children. (6) – MyNDTalk with Pamela Brewer: Something Happened in Our Town. (7) – Speaking of Psychology: Something Happened in Our Town.

Negar Fani (1) – Huffington Post: Indelible in the Hippocampus.

Nadine Kaslow (1) – Atlanta Journal Constitution: One Year after #MeToo: Where do We go From Here?.

Mark Rapaport (1) – Medical Association of Georgia: Top Docs Radio Show.

Other Accomplishments 

Nadine Kaslow gave the plenary address for the Georgia Suicide Prevention Conference in Augusta, Georgia. Both Nadine Kaslow and Dorian Lamis gave workshops at the conference.


Dinah Ayna gave a workshop at the American University Cairo’s Psychological Counseling Services and Training Center on the “Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Group Skills Training.”

Flores, A and Perdew Silas, N (October 2018) Ethically Representing Mentally Ill Clients.  Presented at the Fall Meeting and Seminar of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), Savannah, GA (Conference theme: “Decoding and Litigating Mental Health Issues”)

Sharon Harp was recently featured in the ABPsa’s newsletter.  The article is below:


Dr. Harvey Schwartz, former Chair of the Certification Committee, is available to visit your Institute by Skype or in person to conduct a workshop on certification. Through the use of case material, Dr. Schwartz familiarizes participants with the writing requirements, the core competencies used to evaluate applications for certification and the steps involved in the certification process. The case write-ups are studied with an eye towards formulating questions for clarification that will then be brought up with the applicant during the interview process. Those who have attended these sessions have found it helped to de-mystify the certification process in a user-friendly format. Dr. Schwartz has conducted three such workshops at Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute. We asked Sharon Harp, LCSW a recent graduate to share her experience with us: I have attended three of Harvey Schwartz's workshops and I continue to learn something new each time. Harvey demystifies the certification process so that it is accessible to everyone regardless of whether you are a trainee or a senior analyst. In the most recent workshop I attended, he distributed a disguised certification report for discussion. I find this portion of the workshop to be extremely helpful to have the opportunity to discuss ways in which reports can be improved upon to ensure a more successful result, but also simply to offer a guideline for the writing process. Harvey is warm, welcoming and exceptionally knowledgeable about the certification process and attends well to any concerns about the process. I felt encouraged and well supported around the certification process, particularly clarifying myths about the types of cases needed for certification. Harvey also engages the group in conversation around their thoughts about the process as well as any feedback that could allow for improvement to future workshops or the certification process for others. I would highly recommend that everyone considering certification, regardless of your stage in the process, attend one of these workshops.

Sharon Harp, LCSW ( is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Atlanta. She graduated from Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute in December 2017. For more information about Dr. Schwartz’s workshop and ABPsa on the Road visit our website To schedule a workshop at your Institute, contact Dr. Schwartz directly at


Mina Boazak was appointed to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s Review Committee for Psychiatry.

Trygve Dolber, PGY 4, presented in the resident clinical vignette competition a case on "Psychogenic Polydipsia Following Kidney Transplant" at the Association of Medicine and Psychiatry Annual Meeting.

Shan Elahi, PGY 3, presented the poster "Neuropsychiatric Presentation of SLE" at the Association of Medicine and Psychiatry Annual Meeting.

Lauren Gensler, PGY 5, presented the posters "Brain Teaser:  A Boney Problem" and "Metabolic Misses: Improving Metabolic Screening for Atypical Antipsychotics in a Community Mental Health Clinic" at the Association of Medicine and Psychiatry Annual Meeting.

Jon Kaplan, PGY 5, presented the poster: "Myxedema Mania with Psychotic Features: A Case Report and Review of the Literature" at the Association of Medicine and Psychiatry Annual Meeting.

Jesse Mahautmr, PGY 3, presented the poster "Myotoxic Reaction from Long Acting Injectable Resulting in Rhabdomyolysis without NMS" at the Association of Medicine and Psychiatry Annual Meeting.

Stefan Routt, PGY 5, presented the poster "An Unusual Case of Hypertensive Urgency on the Inpatient Psychiatric Ward" at the Association of Medicine and Psychiatry Annual Meeting.

Alexander Tan was honored as the Featured Member of the Association of Neuropsychology Students and Trainees. 


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