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The next Faculty Development Seminar will be held Wednesday September 3, 2014 from 9-10:30am. The focus will be on the nuts and bolts of grant writing and getting. 


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Major Leadership Appointments, Activities and Achievements

Gene Farber was promoted to the rank of Professor on the Clinical Track effective September 1, 2013.

Nadine Kaslow was appointed to an Institute of Medicine Committee, the Board of Health Care Services.

Karen Rommelfanger has been appointed Director of Laney Graduate School's Program for Scholarly Integrity starting on June 1. 


Jared Defife received the PGY 3 Teacher Award.

Barb D’Orio received the Psychiatry Residency Educator of the Year Award.

Gene Farber received the PGY 4 Teacher Award.

Susan Furman received the Clinical Faculty Supervisor Award.

Patricio Riva-Posse received the Medical Student Teaching Award for a faculty member.

Martha Ward received the PGY1 Teacher  Award.

Ray Young received the PGY 2 Teacher Award.

We will welcome the inaugural class for the newly instituted Psychiatry Resident Research Track: Drs. David Goldsmith, Cristina Poscablo-Stein, and Yilang Tang.  These residents will conduct clinical research projects over the next 1-2 years, as well as participate in specific curriculum and professional development activities to facilitate their careers as academic psychiatrists. 

  • Under the mentorship of Dr. Rob Cotes and Dr. Brian Miller, Dr. Goldsmith will study the effectiveness of minocycline augmentation in patients with treatment resistant schizophrenia.
  • Under the mentorship of Dr. Marianne Celano and Dr. Sonali Bora, Dr. Poscablo-Stein will evaluate a brief hypnosis treatment for pain control in a hospitalized pediatric population. 
  • Under the mentorship of Dr. Kerry Ressler, Dr. Tang will study predictors of comorbid substance abuse in patients with PTSD, examining relative contributions of specific trauma-related risk factors and genetic markers.  


Cloitre, M., Henn-Haase, C., Herman, J.L., Jackson, C., Kaslow, N.J., Klein, C., Mendolsohn, M., & Petkova, E. (2014). A multi-site single-blind clinical study to compare the effects of STAIR narrative therapy to treatment as usual among women with PTSD in public sector mental health settings: Study protocol for a randomized clinical trial. Trials, 15, DOI:  10.1186/1745-6215-15-197

Fareed, A. (2014). Opioid use disorders and their treatment. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Hirsch, J.K., Webb, J.R., & Kaslow, N.J. (2014). Daily hassles and suicide ideation in African American female suicide attempters: Moderating effect of spiritual well-being. Mental Health, Religion, & Culture, 17, 529-541. DOI: 10.1080/13674676.2013.858682

Jayawickreme, N., Cahill, S.P., Riggs, D.S., Rauch, S.A.M., Resick, P.A., Rothbaum, B.O., & Foa, E.B. (2014). Primum non nocere (First do no harm): Symptom worsening and improvement in female assault victims after prolonged exposure for PTSD. Depression and Anxiety, 31, 412-419. DOI: 10.1002/da.22225

Marvar, P.J., Goodman, J., Fuchs, S., Choi, D.C., Banerjee, S., & Ressler, K.J. (2014). Angiotension Type 1 receptor inhibition enhances the extinction of fear memory. Biological Psychiatry, 75, 864-872. DOI: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2013.08.024

Rakofsky, J.J., & Dunlop, B.D. (2014). Review of nutritional supplements for the treatment of bipolar depression. Depression and Anxiety, 31, 379-390. DOI: 10.1002/da.22220

Honors, Awards, Rankings

Scott Firestone, Larry Giustra, Steve Levy, Reed Pitre, and Larry Tune were selected as Atlanta Top Docs in Atlanta Magazine. 

Quality and Safety Initiatives and Capital Campaign Initiatives

HBIPS is 85%

Substance Abuse core measure is 100%

Community Benefit Programs and Activities

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Emory in the Media

Nadine Kaslow: (1) Pointe Magazine - Want a Role?: How to ask for it; (2) and Huffington Post– 10 best apps to train your brain; (3) WXIA-TV – Similarities of mass shooting cases key to preventing more; (4) Wallet Hub – 2014’s best and worst cities for staycations

Helen Mayberg: (1) Science News - Stress and the susceptible brain

Mark Rapaport: (1) AlterNet – Can massage improve the fundamentals of your body’s health? New medical research points to yes

Kerry Ressler: (1) Science World Report – PTSD symptoms can be relieved with common hypertension treatment

Barbara Rothbaum: (1) Time – Here’s what happens to the mind after 5 years of captivity

Other Accomplishments

Jeff Sanders participated in the APA Research Colloquium for Junior Investigators and gave a presentation titled, "BNDF Signaling in Hippocampal Function and Social Behavior". Jeff also received the 2014 Biological Psychiatry Domestic Travel Fellowship and spoke in a symposium titled "The Neurobiology of Resilience, Empathy and Optimism". 

Sarah Dunn and Larisa Niles-Carnes spoke to the project coordinators about suicide screening and safety planning. 


Rachel Ammirati has accepted a staff psychologist appointment at the Atlanta VAMC working in the pain program. She also has the following recent publication: Lilienfeld, S.O, & Ammirati, R. (2014). Would the world be better off without religions? A skeptic’s guide to the debate. Skeptical Inquirer, 38, 30-37.

Lindsey Burrell has accepted a second year research postdoctoral fellows at Marcus working with Larry Scahill and Karen Bearss primarily on disseminating parent training (via telehealth, parent groups, etc.) with children with autism spectrum disorders.

Andrea Crowell has been selected to receive an Association for Academic Psychiatry Fellowship Award, which is a two year award. She received the Resident Research Award from the department. She will be completing an Affective Neuroscience Fellowship at Emory.

Jessica Cohen received the American Psychoanalytic Association fellowship for next year.

Chastity Farr has accepted a position as a forensic psychologist with the Forensic Inpatient Services Department, Georgia Regional Hospital/Atlanta.

Rachel Goldberg will be attending a Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship at Inova Fairfax Hospital – George Washington University.  She received the Outstanding Performance (PRITE) Award.

David Goldsmith received the Medical Student Teaching Award for a resident. His research proposal for the Janssen Academic Research Mentorship (ARM) Program was selected by the Janssen ARM Steering Committee.  In addition he learned that he has been given Honorable Mention for the 2014 NIMH Outstanding Resident Award in recognition of his many accomplishments.

Bruce Hill will be starting an outpatient practice in Washington DC and psychoanalytic training at the Baltimore Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis in Laurel, Maryland.

Maryam Hosseini will be working at Emory Student Health as a Staff Psychiatrist.

Bo Houston will be moving to California and starting psychoanalytic training and doing a combination of private practice and hospital based work. 

Ahmed Khan will enter the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Brieanne Kohrt will be the Psychology Coordinator with the non-governmental organization SKIP (Supporting Kids in Peru) and Director of PASEO, an immersion training program in Spanish for mental health professionals (also with SKIP).

Dorian Lamis will be joining the faculty in the department based at Grady – Park Place. Lamis, D., & Kaslow, N.J. (2014).Mediators of the daily hassles-suicidal ideation link in African American women. Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior, 44, 233-245. DOI: 10.101111/sltb.12099

Joanna Lomas-Mevers has accepted a position as Program Manager of Severe Behavior at Marcus, with an assistant professor position in the Emory Department of Pediatrics.

Abigail Lott will continue her postdoctoral fellowship with the Grady Trauma Project and will be funded by an NIMH F32 fellowship.

Susan McManus will be staying in the Department of Neuropsychology at CHOA as a pediatric neuropsychologist. She will be doing a combination of outpatient and inpatient work (Sibley Heart Center, acute rehabilitation, concussion) on the Egleston Campus.   

Sara Pollard will be the Foster Care Psychologist at the Children’s Medical Center – Dallas.

Byron McQuirt will be an attending psychiatrist at Georgia Regional Hospital – Atlanta, where he will be supervising forensics fellows.

Shane Savage will be starting a private inpatient child, adult, and forensic work in LaGrange GA, continuing to teach Emory medical students about child development.

Sanjay Shah has accepted a position as a forensic psychologist with the Forensic Inpatient Services Department, Georgia Regional Hospital/Atlanta.

Raj Shekhat will be staying at Emory for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship.

Melissa Smith will be joining the faculty at Grady – Consult Liaison Service.

Yilang Tang was selected for the Janssen Academic Research Mentoring Program.

Monica Ward will be joining the faculty at Grady – Inpatient Service.

DeJuan White will be doing a forensic psychiatry fellowship in the Emory Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Traci Williams will be employed through the University of the West Indies Open Campus as an Instructor in the Early Childhood Education & Family Studies Program.

Andrea Wright will be moving to Austin, Texas and likely joining the faculty at the University of Texas – Southwestern. 


Varun Kilaru received his Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in finance from Emory¹s Goizueta Business School.  Varun also received an Emory Service Award for 5 years of service.