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The next leadership consultation will be held on Wednesday October 24, 2018 from 9-10:30am.


The next faculty development seminar will be held Wednesday October 3, 2018 from 9:00-10:30am. We welcome your input about topics. 


The next Writing Group at EP12 will be held on Wednesday August 1, 2018 from 8:00-9:00am at EP12 Room 525.

SPOTLIGHT: Jordan Cattie, PhD 

Jordan is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and serves as Associate Director of the Adult Outpatient Clinic. She founded and runs the OCD and Related Disorders clinic at EP12, providing individual therapy, group therapy, and telemedicine services to individuals across Georgia. She has worked to grow the Group Therapy program (which will offer 10 groups/week in September) as well as increase psychology and multidisciplinary training opportunities at EP12. Along with Dr. Abby Lott, she co-directs EP12’s Psychology Practicum, which trains Emory and Georgia State doctoral students, and enjoys supervising and teaching psychology interns, postdocs, and psychiatry residents. She co-chairs the Faculty Development Subcommittee for Women with Dr. Jennifer Holton and has been excited to find a research home with the NIA project and Atlanta Trauma Alliance, providing a trauma-sensitive yoga group and beginning to study associated outcomes with a team of wonderful collaborators. 

Jordan studied Civic and Community Engagement as an undergraduate and strives to invest just as fully in the broader community as she does in her professional roles. She is interested in the ways that individuals actively promote their emotional health and wellbeing (not just treat problems once they arise), which spurred her interest in teaching yoga and her ongoing work promoting wellness programming outside of CAPS on college campuses. She is a member of the Atlanta Behavioral Health Advocates (ABHA) and the ACTivists, a community-based learning group for providers of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She currently serves as the Vice President for Outreach and Advocacy for OCD Georgia, our state affiliate of the International OCD Foundation, where she works to increase access to services and train additional Georgia-based providers of evidence-based therapies for OCD. In this role, she enjoys running a monthly advocacy group to enable individuals and families to help others as well as themselves, partnering with training clinics and low-fee clinics, and developing a statewide referral network. She has provided continuing education workshops about OCD to over 200 psychologists so far in 2018 and is excited about new partnerships with NAMI Georgia and a free app that allows individuals to complete supported ERP practice.

Jordan’s favorite part of working at Emory is participating in teams: team-based care, education, and science. She believes that teams enable us to share the joys of doing meaningful stuff every day, and that collaborative, inclusive teams are required to create safe and nurturing cultures/climates that allow trainees to learn, thrive, and contribute, and to promote the highest quality of care for our patients.

Highlights of her career so far include her involvement with Hands to Heart Center, a yoga service organization that provides free community-based yoga for people affected by poverty, addiction, and trauma, then having the opportunity to provide and study these interventions at Grady. Another highlight was completing a year-long project for two nonprofits during her postdoc, developing a framework for promoting emotional health and wellbeing in college, graduate, and professional students of color, which led to exciting ongoing partnerships and work in this area. Finally, being invited to participate in education, by the department and Georgia Psychological Association, has helped her to dive in head-first and follow her passion in this area. 

Outside of work, Jordan enjoys being outdoors whenever possible with her husband and two dogs. She is a voracious reader who also loves yoga, trail running, and playing flag football. Jordan looks forward to continuing to learn and grow clinically, and particularly as an educator and advocate. She is focused on continuing to train in best practices in teaching and education, and promoting curiosity, experiential learning, and individualized strength-based development in Emory trainees. 


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Atlanta Behavioral Health Advocates (ABHA) is a group of behavioral health professionals who engage in social justice advocacy for the behavioral health needs of individuals who experience oppression, discrimination, and barriers to healthcare; and who are disproportionately impacted by social inequities. As a collaborative group embedded in the Atlanta community, we work toward social justice by seeking the perspectives of, and elevating and amplifying the voices of, community members so that their interests and needs are known, respected, and addressed. We are committed to educating the public, fighting prejudice and stigma, and increasing the availability of quality behavioral health resources. 

Members of the ABHA recently took a field trip to Atlanta's Center for Civil and Human Rights. Currently, the Center has three exhibits, including the American Civil Rights Movement, the Global Human Rights Movement, and a special collection of Morehouse College's Martin Luther King, Jr. documents. We entered the Center and were greeted by a massive mural, which was commissioned by George C. Wolfe, the Center’s Chief Creative Officer and depicts 25 posters from various landmark human rights movements across the world. In the center of the posters is a raised hand, in a gesture that the Center describes as "demanding to be counted." 

We traveled from this poster through to the American Civil Rights Movement, titled "Rolls Down Like Water," where we were reminded of our country's recent, cruel history of segregation, hate, and bigotry. A few of us sat at the Center's powerful simulation of the nonviolent protest at Woolworth's lunch counter. As we progressed through the exhibit, we witnessed the development of the Civil Rights movement, the violent clashes against the movement, and we were reminded of all the lives lost - from Martin Luther King, Jr., to the four girls in the Birmingham church bombing, and so many more. 

We then journeyed upstairs, to the Global Human Rights Movement, titled "Spark of Conviction." Here, we saw depictions of the world's most egregious human rights violators, as well as those who are advocating for human rights across the globe. We watched videos highlighting the impact of the sex trade and modern slavery. We also learned about small ways we can make an impact on global human rights (e.g., buying local flowers, avoiding products containing palm oil, ensuring that the chocolate we buy is fair trade).

After this exhibit, we traveled downstairs to see Morehouse College's Martin Luther King, Jr. collection. This is a rotating collection, and this season's theme is MLK Jr.'s funeral. The collection included detailed plans for his funeral, as well as many handwritten notes to his wife, Coretta Scott King, from both supporters and naysayers in the aftermath of her husband's death. Of note was the interesting contrast between the negative letters, which were all signed "anonymous" as compared to many of the supportive letters, which were from children voicing their empathy for Mrs. King. The voice of youth is and has always been a powerful force, and it was fascinating to read the letters from young minds in the 1960s.

We saw so many powerful messages and painful reminders, and countless stories of tragedy were brought to life throughout the exhibits - you might think it would be easy to get caught up in the sadness and feel hopeless. However, the Center does a truly incredible job providing hope and inspiration, on an individual scale. It charges us with the responsibility as global citizens to remember and learn from the past, and to prioritize human rights.


Here are the monthly tips from the department’s Wellness Committee:

July – Operation: Eat Right!:


Major Leadership Appointments, Activities and Achievements

Loren Post was elected as secretary of the APA’s Division 56 Elections Committee for 2019. 

Barbara Rothbaum and the Veterans Program secured another five years of funding from Wounded Warrior in the amount of $27.2 million.  

Jennifer Smith was elected to represent the Georgia Psychological Association on the American Psychological Association’s Council of Representatives.


Teaching awards presented at the 2018 Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Graduation:

  • Ann Schwartz – Medical Student Faculty Teaching Award
  • Andrea Crowell – General Psychiatry PGY-1 Teacher Award
  • Yilang Tang – General Psychiatry PGY-2 Teacher Award
  • Lawrence Giustra – General Psychiatry PGY-3 Teacher Award
  • Martha Ward – General Psychiatry PGY-4 Teacher Award
  • Nadine Kaslow – General Psychiatry Clinical Faculty Supervisor Award and Dr. Carol L. Webb Award for Excellence in Teaching, Grady Health System
  • Roderick Gilkey – Psychiatry Residency Educator of the Year Award
  • Justine Welsh – Addiction Psychiatry Excellence in Teaching Award
  • Deborah Simkin – Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Excellence in Teaching Award
  • Kim Dobson-Callahan – Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Supervisor Appreciation Award
  • Daniel Tucker – Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Arden Dingle Award
  • Jordan Gilleland Marchak – CHOA Excellence in Teaching Award
  • Donald Bearden – Dr. Anthony Stringer Award for Excellence in Neuropsychology Teaching
  • Marianne Celano, Ann Hazzard and Marietta Collins – Richard Morrell Community Service Award

Jeffrey Rakofsky presented a poster and gave a talk at the Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry annual conference in Minneapolis. The title of both the talk and presentation was “Measuring Burnout Among Psychiatry Clerkship Directors.”


Bodnar TS, Raineki C, Wertelecki W, Yevtushok L, Zymak-Zakutnya N, Honerkamp-Smith G, Wells A, Rolland M, Woordward TS, Coles CD, Kable JA, Chambers CD, Weinberg J, and the CIFASD. (2018) Altered maternal immune networks are associated with adverse child neurodevelopment: Impact of alcohol consumption during pregnancy. Brain, Behavior and Immunity. DOI: 10.1016/j.bbi.2018.05.004

Farber, E.W. (2018). Cultivating agency and autonomy in HIV-related psychotherapy: An integrative approach.Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 28. 141-153. DOI: 10.1037/int0000110 

Li X, Tian Q, Bo Q, Zhang G, Zheng W, Wen Y, Tang Y, Wang C. (2018). Impact of childhood trauma on sensorimotor gating in Chinese patients with chronic schizophrenia. Psychiatry Research, 263,  263:69-73. DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2018.01.037.

Lin C, Michopoulos V, Wingo AP, Schwartz A, Bradley B, Ressler KJ, Gillespie CF. (Epub ahead of print). Affect, inflammation, and health in urban at-risk civilians. Journal of Psychiatric Research. DOI: 10.1016/j.psychires.2018.06.008.

Jennifer Stevens received a position in the K12-BIRCWH program effective July 15.  Jennifer received the position through favorable review of her application titled “Predicting risk for post-traumatic stress disorder in African American women with breast cancer.”

Ruan CJ, Zhang XL, Gua W, Li WB, Zhuang HY, Li YQ, Wang CY, Tang YL, Zhou FC, & de Leon J. (2018). Two cases of high serum clozapine concentrations occurring during inflammation in Chinese patients. International Journal of Psychiatry and Medicine. DOI: 10.1177/0091217417749799.

Sun Z, Zhang Z, Mao P, Ma Y, Li W, Li J, Yang X, Ling S, Tang, Y. (2018). Association between COMT gene polymorphisms, clinical symptoms, and cognitive functions in Han Chinese patients with schizophrenia. Psychiatric Genetics, 28, 47-54. DOI: 10.1097/YPG.0000000000000194.

Welsh JW, Tretyak V, McHugh RK, Weiss RD, Bogunovc O. (2018). Review: Adjunctive pharmacologic approaches for Benzodiazepine tapers. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 189, 96-107. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2018.04.028

Honors, Awards, Rankings

Congratulations to the following faculty for being named by Atlanta Magazine as Top Doctors in Atlanta for 2018: Scott Firestone, Lawrence (Larry) Giustra, Toby Goldsmith, Adriana Hermida, Andrew Miller and Larry Tune.

Mar Sanchez was promoted to the rank of Professor.

Quality and Safety Initiatives and Capital Campaign Initiatives

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Community Benefit Programs and Activities


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Emory in the Media 

Greg Berns (1) Australian Broadcasting Company - Adventures in Animal Neuroscience

Marianne Celano (1) WABE - Closer Look: The Literary Works of Local Children’s Authors; (2) AJC - A new Children’s Book Tackles Police Shootings of Unarmed Black Men.   

Nadine Kaslow (1) Washington Post - Suicide Rates Rise Sharply Across the United States, New Report Shows; (2) NPR - Rising US Suicide Rates; (3) Time Magazine - How to Support Loved Ones Who may be at Risk of Suicide; (4) WebMD - “It’s Not a Choice:” Trying to Understand Suicide; (5) Wall Street Journal MarketWatch article Studies Show Suicides Increase in the Months After a Celebrity Takes Their Own Life;

(6) GPB News - Why are More Americans Taking Their Own Lives, and What can be Done to Stop Them? (7) NPR - US Suicide Rates are Rising Faster Among Women than Men; (8) AJC - This Life with Gracie: Are suicides really preventable? (9) ChicagoTribune - Are Suicide’s Really Preventable? The Statistics Aren’t Encouraging.

Jennice Vilhauer (1) Business Insider - 4 Mental Habits that are Sabotaging Your Dating Life.  

Other Accomplishments 

Jordan Cattie, in her role as OCD Georgia’s VP for Outreach and Advocacy, hosted the OCD Georgia 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk in Chastain Park on Saturday, June 2.

Hershenberg, R. Panel discussant in J. Anchin (Chair), Training in the Integration of Psychotherapy Practice and Research: Trainer and Trainee Perspectives. Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration, New York, New York, June 2018. 


Patrice Harris was elected president-elect of the American Medical Association at the Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates.

Stefanie Speanburg was unanimously nominated as the EUPI Director.  Stefanie will serve as Director-Elect and the EUPI Associate Director from September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2019.  She will officially begin serving as Director on September 1, 2019.

The EUPI also elected new members to committees including Sharon Harp to the Executive Committee, Beverly Stoute to the Training Analyst Committee and Yudit Jung to the Faculty Committee.

Beverly Stoute was awarded the 2018 Reiger Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Award by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for her paper entitled “Racial Socialization and Thwarted Mentalization: Reflections of a psychoanalyst from the lived experience of James Baldwin’s America.”  She also gave a lecture and seminar titled “A Psychoanalytic Perspective on Race in the Therapeutic Encounter” at Smith College. Further, her paper titled “Racial Socialization and Thwarted Mentalization: Reflections of a Psychoanalyst from the Lived Experience of James Baldwin’s America” was selected by the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry to receive the 2018 Rieger Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Award.


Elissar Andari was selected as a Travel Awardee by the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Education & Training Committee for the 2018 ACNP Annual Meeting.

Liz McCord received three awards from the Medicine Residency Program: Primary Care Center Award, Humanism Award and Citizenship Award.  

Hassan Naqvi has been selected as a 2018 Rappeport Fellow by the Rappeport Fellowship Committee of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.

Kim J, Hartzell G, Rezaii N, Gensler L, Baer W, Young R, Schwartz AC. (2018).  Psychosis due to disseminated cryptococcal infection and delirium in an immunocompetent patient: A case report and review of the literature. Psychosomatics, 59, 394-399. DOI:

Sanne Van Rooij was co-author in a publication Functional Network Topology Associated with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Veterans.  

Trainee awards presented at the 2018 Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Graduation:

  • Jungjin Kim – General Psychiatry PRITE Award & Wellborn Fellowship Scholar
  • Mina Boazak – General Psychiatry Wellborn Fellowship Scholar
  • Helaina Jaffe and Hannah Potvin – Medical Student Resident Teaching Award
  • Neguine Rezaii – General Psychiatry Resident Research Award

Trainee Future Plans:

General Psychiatry

  • Michael E. Armbruster, Jr - Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship, Emory University of School of Medicine
  • Virginia R. Dawson - Private Practice, Morningside Psychiatry; Atlanta, GA &
  • Staff Psychiatrist, Dekalb Community Service Board; Atlanta, GA
  • Sarah M. Debrey - Assistant Professor, Emory University School of Medicine & Attending Outpatient Psychiatrist, Grady Outpatient Behavioral Health; Atlanta, GA
  • Laura M. Hack - Research Fellowship, Palo Alto VAMC/Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Georgina E. Hartzell - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship; Columbia-Cornell NYP UniversityHospital
  • Jungjin Kim - Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship, MGH-McLean Hospital/ Harvard Medical School
  • John W. Mahler - Outpatient Psychiatrist, Wenatchee Valley Medical Group; Wenatchee, WA
  • Amanda L. McMillan - Private Practice; Decatur, GA
  • Collin M. Reiff - Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship, New York University
  • Neguine Rezaii - Neuropsychiatry Fellowship, MGH-McLean Hospital/ Harvard Medical School
  • Rafael E. Tapias - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, Columbia-Cornell NYP University Hospital
  • Matthew C. Thrun-Nowicki - Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship, Columbia University School of Medicine

Internal Medicine – Psychiatry

  • Stephanie R. Schmitz - Palliative Care Fellowship; Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Marsha J. Stern - Assistant Professor, Emory University School of Medicine & Attending Psychiatrist, Grady Integrated Behavioral Health Clinic; Atlanta, GA

Addiction Psychiatry

  • Rajeev S. Billing - Private Practice; Phoenix, AZ
  • Charles D. Richardson - Assistant Professor, University of Mississippi & Staff Psychiatrist, Pine Grove Behavioral Health; Hattiesburg, MS

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

  • Taryn A. Abrams - Staff Psychiatrist, Veritas Collaborative; Atlanta, GA
  • Milena M. Hirata Armani - TBD
  • Laura Jane Miller - Assistant Professor, Emory University School of Medicine

Forensic Psychiatry

  • Candace Giles - Outpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Georgia Behavioral Health Professionals Group; Smyrna, GA
  • David M. Halverson - Private Practice, Peachtree Psychiatric Professionals, PC; Atlanta, GA
  • Wanda Shao - Attending Forensic Psychiatrist, Georgia Regional Hospital, Atlanta, GA

Geriatric Psychiatry

  • Oliver M. Glass - Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Hadia Shafi - Assistant Professor, Emory University School of Medicine

Psychosomatic Medicine

  • Suparna Shivashankara - Inpatient C/L Psychiatrist, Veterans Affairs Medical Center; Murfreesboro and Nashville, TN

Internship in Health Service Psychology

  • Julia Fleming Beattie - Postdoctoral Residency in Pediatric Neuropsychology, Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology; Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Jabeene Bhimji - Postdoctoral Residency in Adult Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Amanda Hollos Maher - Postdoctoral Residency in Adult Neuropsychology, Department of Psychiatry; University of Michigan
  • Paul Chandra Mangal - Postdoctoral Residency in Clinical Neuropsychology; San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center and University of California, San Francisco
  • Alison M. Pickover - Postdoctoral Residency, PTSD Research and Treatment Program, Columbia University Department of Psychiatry; Columbia University Medical Center/New York State Psychiatric Institute
  • Avanté J. Smack - Postdoctoral Residency in Psychology; Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Shufang Sun - NIH Institutional NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship in HIV Clinical Research, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior; Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • Ashley Laurin McKenzie Ware - Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Psychology; University of Calgary

Postdoctoral Residency Program in Health Service Psychology

  • Lucy J. Allbaugh - Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Dayton
  • Nicole Azores-Gococo - TBD
  • Jennifer Carlson - Assistant Professor, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine & Clinical Psychologist, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Department, Lurie
  • Children's Hospital; Chicago, IL
  • Sierra E. Carter - Assistant Professor, Georgia State University Department of Psychology & Clinical Psychologist, Next Generation Initiative/Resilient Youth Program; Atlanta, GA
  • Courtney L. Crooks - Senior Research Scientist, Electronic Systems Laboratory, Georgia Tech ResearchInstitute; Atlanta, GA
  • Ivonne Andrea Florez - Private Practice; Atlanta, GA
  • Mylissa Fraser - Private Practice; Vero Beach, FL
  • Christine S. Ghilain - Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Wellstar Health System; Atlanta, GA
  • Jason R. Hall - Forensic Psychologist, Georgia Regional Hospital; Atlanta, GA
  • Suzanne Johnson - Staff Psychologist, Atlanta VA Medical Center; Atlanta, GA
  • Hannah L. Jones - Clinical Child Psychologist, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children; Wilmington, DE
  • Margaret A. Martinez - Clinical Director, Atlanta Child and Adolescent Hospital, Veritas Collaborative;Atlanta, GA
  • Camara J. Murphy - Pediatric Psychology, TBD
  • Kaitlin Baker Proctor - Staff Psychologist, Feeding Disorders Program, Marcus Autism Center, Children’sHealthcare of Atlanta; Atlanta, GA
  • Jayme Puff - Soublis Psychological Associates; Atlanta, GA
  • Allison Ramsay - Kaiser Permanente TownPark Comprehensive Medical Center; Kennesaw, GA
  • Karinna O. Vazquez - Rehabilitation Psychologist, Memorial Rehabilitation Institute; Hollywood, FL
  • Natalie Watson-Singleton - Assistant Professor, Spelman College Department of Psychology

Pre-Doctoral Internship in Child and Adolescent Mood Program

  • Katrina Claire Bridgman Goines - Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Psychology; Emory University
  • Joya Nichelle Hampton - Postdoctoral Residency, Department of Psychiatry; Emory University School ofMedicine
  • Aubrey Michelle Toole - Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Psychiatry; Stanford University School of Medicine

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Mood Program

  • Allison Macdonald LoPilato - Assistant Professor, Emory University School of Medicine


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Kandi Felmet’s dog, Benson, successfully passed his Canine Good Citizen test and is now an officially certified therapy dog. He will be working with Happy Tails, a local organization that provides animal-assisted physical, social, emotional and cognitive therapy in hospitals and rehab facilities throughout Atlanta. They also plan to start working at CHOA later this summer. 

Sandra Parks and her husband Michael celebrated 26 years of marriage on June 27.  

Allison Ramsey and Kris Christopher were married on May 12 in Tiger, Georgia.