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The next leadership development workshop will be held on Monday September 12, 2016 from 12-1:30pm at Executive Park. Details will be shared as they become available.


The next Faculty Development Seminar will be on Promoting Your Work to the Public and to Donors. It will be held on Wednesday October 5 from 9-10:30am at Executive Park 12 Room 3311 and 3312.


Since joining the Atlanta VA in 2010, Pam Eilender has worked in the Substance Abuse Treatment Program (SATP)/ Evaluation, Stabilization, & Placement (ESP) Clinic, where she serves as a clinical psychologist and coordinator of the clinic. ESP serves as the triage department for outpatients seeking SATP. In May, she started a 90-day detail as Clinical Director of SATP at main campus, where she manages and supervises 20 non-prescribing SATP clinical staff located at main campus. At Emory, she enjoys working with the School of Medicine Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program. It allows her to give back for all the wonderful mentors and supervisors she has had over the years and the trainees infuse her work with fresh energy. She finds it rewarding to help providers learn new ways to treat their patients, especially for an area that is often neglected. That is why she serves as the chair of the Mental Health Service Line Tobacco Cessation Committee. This committee provides quarterly training for the VA community in tobacco use disorder assessment and treatment.

Publishing was not on Pam’s career path until she came to work at the VA. She has had the opportunity and support to publish with colleagues multiple times over the past several years. Presenting at national conferences has become a new and exciting part of her career. She presented with colleagues at the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence, Inc. (AATOD) National Conference in March 2015 and recently gave a workshop on Comorbid Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Pain and Opioid Addiction at the 2016 American Psychiatric Association annual meeting. In the future, she would like to continue publishing and presenting in the area of addiction and integrated psychological treatment.

On a personal note, Pam is a biker, well, a cyclist. She rides to Stone Mountain, around the loop and back, on most weekends. She currently is training for 44 mile ride in July on GA 400. When she is not biking she spends time with her husband, daughter and two very opinionated dogs.


After graduating from residency two years ago, Andrea Crowell continued at Emory in a research fellowship, partially funded by an APA research fellowship award, studying deep brain stimulation for treatment-resistant depression with Helen Mayberg. During this period she also continued to see psychotherapy patients, has been a core candidate in the Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute, and has given lectures and seminars for residents and medical students on neuroanatomy, antipsychotics, and managing patient agitation. Starting in July 1, Andrea will be doing clinical work in adult outpatient and the treatment-resistant depression (TRD) clinic. She will also be continuing research on deep brain stimulation for depression with Helen as well as helping to build up the research structure for the TRD clinic, with the goal of establishing some common assessment measures across research and clinical settings and development of an algorithm or other means of better predicting which patients will respond best to the various treatments offered by Emory.


Major Leadership Appointments, Activities and Achievements

Michael Morrier was elected President of the newly re-activated Georgia Division for Early Childhood Subdivision, a state subdivision of the Division for Early Childhood, a component of the Council for Exceptional Children.


Teaching and Mentoring Award: Faculty of the Year Award, Neuroscience Graduate Program, Emory University - Mar Sanchez, PhD

PGY-1 General Psychiatry Teacher Award – Robert Cotes, MD

PGY-2 General Psychiatry Teacher Award - Robert Cohen, PhD, MD

PGY-3 General Psychiatry Teacher Award – Adriana Hermida, MD

PGY-4 General Psychiatry Teacher Award – Toby Goldsmith, MD

General Psychiatry Clinical Faculty Supervisor Award - Liza Zwiebach, PhD

Psychiatry Residency Educator of the Year Award – Erica Duncan, MD

Medical Student Faculty Teaching Award – Robert Cotes, MD

Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Teaching Award – Christoffel Le Roux, MD

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Excellence in Teaching Award – Lawrence Scahill, MSN, PhD

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Supervisor Appreciation Award – Vanderlyn Sewell, MD

Carol L. Webb Award for Excellent in Teaching – Gene Farber, PhD, ABPP

Jeff Rakofsky and Carolyn Knight both attended the Association of Directors in Medical Student Education for Psychiatry (ADMSEP) in Excelsior Springs, Missouri. Jeff chaired and presented in a workshop titled, “Before you send out that survey: the nuts and bolts of survey research.” They were both presenters in a workshop titled, “Coordinators and Directors’ Perspectives on the Roles and Responsibilities of the Psychiatry Clerkship Team.”

Beverly Stoute received a grant from the American Psychoanalytic Association’s Diversity Task Force. to integrate the teaching about race and diversity into the curriculum of the Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute.


Andero, R., Daniel, S., Guo, J-D., Bruner, R.C., Seth, S., Marvar, P.J., Rainnie, D., & Ressler, K.J. (2016). Amygdala-dependent molecular mechanisms of the Tac2 pathway in fear learning. Neuropsychopharmacology. DOI: 10.1038/npp.2016.77

Bachevalier J, Sanchez M, Raper J, Stephens S, & Wallen K (2016). The effects of neonatal amygdala lesions in rhesus monkeys living in a species-typical social environment. In: DG Amaral, R Adolphs (Eds), “Living without an amygdala”. New York, NY: Guilford Press. Pages 186-217.

Celano, M., Hartmann, E.E., DuBois, L.G., & Drews-Botsch, C., on behalf of the Infant Aphakia Treatment Study Group (2015). Motor skills of children with unilateral visual impairment in the Infant Aphakia Treatment Study. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 54. DOI: 10.1111/dmcn.12832

Drews-Botsch, C., Celano, M., Cotsonis, G., Hartmann, E., Lambert, S.R., for the Infant Aphakia Treatment Study Group (2016). Association between occlusion therapy and optotyype visual acuity in children using data from the Infant Aphakia Treatment Study: A secondary analysis of a randomized clinical trial JAMA Ophthalmology. DOI: 10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2016.1365

Drury S.S., Sanchez M.M., & Gonzalez A. (2016). When mothering goes awry: Challenges and opportunities for utilizing evidence across rodent, primate and human studies to better define the biological consequences of negative early caregiving. Hormones and Behavior 77:182-192. PMID:26506032. PMCID:PMC4802164.

Ford, J., Klibert, J. J., Tarantino, N., & Lamis, D. A. (2016). Savoring and self-compassion as protective factors for depression. Stress and Health. Advanced Online Publication. DOI:10.1002/smi.2687

Godfrey JR, Pincus M, & Sanchez MM (2016). Effects of social subordination on macaque neurobehavioral outcomes: focus on neurodevelopment. In: Shively CA, Wilson ME (Eds.), “Social Inequalities in Health in Nonhuman primates: The Biology of the Gradient”, Barrett L (Series Ed.), “Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects”. Springer International Publishing: Switzerland. Pages 25-47.

Guzman DG, Howell BR, & Sanchez MM (2016). Early Life Stress and Development: Preclinical Science. In: Bremner, J.D. (Ed.), “Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: From Neurobiology to Treatment”. John Wiley & Sons Press. Pages 61-81.

Hoge, C.W., Yehuda, R., Castro, C.A., McFarlane, A.C., Vemetten, E., Jetly, R., Moenen, K.C., Greenberg, N., Shalvev, A.Y., Rauch, S.A.M., Marmar, C.R., & Howell BR, McMurray MS, Guzman DB, Nair G, Shi Y, McCormack KM, Hu X, Styner MA, Sanchez MM. (2016). Infant maltreatment and behavioral inhibition: roles of maternal presence and prefrontal-amygdala connectivity. Social Neuroscience.

Howell BR, Neigh G, & Sanchez MM (2016). Animal models of developmental psychopathology. In: Cicchetti, D. (Ed.), “Developmental Psychopathology”, 3rd Edition, Volume 2 (“Developmental Neuroscience”). New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons Press. Pages 166-201.

Kilaru, V., Iyer, S.V., Almli, L.M., Stevens, J.S., Lori, A., Jovanovic, T., Ely, T.D., Bradley, R., Binder, E.B., Koen, N., Stein, D.J., Conneely, K.N., Wingo, A.P., Smith, A.K., & Ressler, K.J. (2016). Genome-wide gene-based analysis suggests an association between Neuroligin 1 (NLGN1) and post-traumatic stress disorder. Translational Psychiatry. DOI: 10.1038/tp.2016.69

Lyu,I., Kim,S.H., Seong,J-K; Yoo,S.W., Evans,A.C., Shi,Y., Sanchez, M., Niethammer, M., & Styner,M. (2015). Robust Estimation of Group-wise cortical Correspondence with an Application to Macaque and Human Neuroimaging Studies. Frontiers in Neuroscience 9:210. PMID:26113807. PMCID:PMC4462677.

Rothbaum, B.O. (2016). Treatment options for veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder. JAMA Psychiatry. DOI: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2016.0563

Rothbaum, B.O. (2016). Unintended consequences of changing the definition of posttraumatic stress disorder in DSM-5: Critique and call for action. JAMA Psychiatry. DOI: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2016.0647

Michopoulos, M., Vester, A., & Neigh, G. (2016). Posttraumatic stress disorder: A metabolic disorder in disguise? Experimental Neurology. DOI: 10.1016/j.expneurol.2016.05.038

Honors, Awards, Rankings

The following individuals were selected as Top Doctors in Atlanta Magazine – Scott Firestone, Larry Giustra, Adriana Hermida, Steve Levy, and Larry Tune

Jane Yates was certified in adult psychoanalysis by the American Psychoanalytic Association.

Julie Pace and Ann Schwartz are the recipients of this quarter’s faculty development funds.

Quality and Safety Initiatives and Capital Campaign Initiatives

Quality data: Inpatient year-to-date:

  • TOB-1: 64/65 (98%)(Tobacco use screening)
  • TOB-2: 19/19 (100%)(Tobacco use treatment provided)
  • TOB-3: 7/17 (41%)(Tobacco use treatment provided or offered at discharge)
  • SUB-1: 62/63 (98%)(Alcohol use screening)
  • SUB-2: 1/5 (20%)(Alcohol use brief intervention provided or offered)
  • HBIPS-1: 43/44 (98%)(Admission screening elements)
  • HBIPS-5: no deficits (justification for the use of 2 antipsycbotics on discharge)

Community Benefit Programs and Activities

The Emory Autism Center’s Monarch Education and Transition Program, under the direction of Matthew Segall and with staff Kathryn Rossbach, Kelsey Bohlke, or Katie Rogers worked with students, families and professionals from over 50 counties in Georgia and all of our neighboring states. Their efforts include conducting school consultations and student observations, providing transition assessments, offering training initiatives, providing cognitive behavior therapy, piloting a Healthcare Transition Initiative, evaluating a peer mentoring program for colleges students with ASD, and presenting at the 2015 Association of University Centers on Disability annual meeting and the 2016 Council for Exceptional Children annual convention.


None Reported.

Emory in the Media 

Jennice Vilhauer: (1) Psychology Today – The three words that can change your life


Clearo, K. (2016). Integration of medicine and psychiatry in patient care. PCS Health Care Congress-2016, Mental Health Forum, Theme: Science, Health, and Collaboration, Budapest, Hungary.

Morrier, MJ, Ousley, O, Segall, M, Andari, E, Cubells, JF, & Young, JL. (2016, May). Correlations between ADOS-2: Module 4 comparison severity scores and standardized assessment measures: A preliminary examination in adults with autism spectrum disorder. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Autism Research, Baltimore, MD.

Rice CE, Carpenter LA, Boan AD, Morrier MJ, Soke C, Bishop SL, Hobson N, Thurm A, Zahorodny W, & Lord C. (2016, May). Defining in detail and establishing consensus on DSM-5 autism spectrum disorder (ASD) criteria for case review. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Autism Research, Baltimore, MD.


Goldsmith, D. R., Haroon, E., Woolwine, B. J., Yung, M. Y., Wommack, E. C., Harvey, P. D., Treadway, M. T., Felger, J. C., & Miller, A. H. (2016). Inflammatory markers are associated with decreased psychomotor speed in patients with major depressive disorder. Brain Behavior and Immunity. DOI: 10.1016/j.bbi.2016.03.025 was featured in Psychiatry Advisor Daily Updates on June 22, 2016

Raheu, U.K. & Postolache, T.T. (2016). Mood disorders: Depression and bipolar disorder. In L.L.Rubin, J. Merrick, E.D. Gredanus, & R.D. Patel (Eds.), Health care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the lifespan. Cham: Springer International Publishing. Uttam Raheja also presented a poster at the American Psychiatric Association and at the Society of Biological Psychiatry on “Low heritability of neopterin in the Old Order Amish.”

Lauren Hack received an Honorable Mention recognition for the 2016 NIMH Outstanding Resident Award.

Todd Hoffenberg received the PRITE Award.

Nikia A. Scott is the recipient of the Richard W. Morrell Community Commitment Award.


Sherry Dey will be recognized with a Lifesavers Award.