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On Wednesday May 3 from 11:30-1:00pm, we will begin a series of confidential consultations about leadership dilemmas. Jennifer Wootten and Erica Duncan have agreed to present cases. Rick Gilkey will be there as senior consultants, along with the other faculty in attendance serving as peer consultants. Our hope is to do this quarterly.


Date and topic TBD


Executive Park 12 – May 24, 2017 from 8:30-9:30am

Grady - TBD


Meghna, an Assistant Professor, is the Clinical Director of the Military Sexual Trauma/Dialectical Behavior Therapy (MST/DBT) team within the Trauma Recovery Program (TRP) at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. As Clinical Director, she manages an interdisciplinary team of psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, residents, interns, and students; trains and supervises psychology interns, post-docs, and practicum students; provides diagnostic assessments and individual and group psychotherapy; engages in program evaluation and development; and serves on hiring committees.  She also is a member of the extended training committee for psychology training at the Atlanta VA. A nationally certified Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) VISN level trainer, Meghna provides training and weekly consultation for VA staff for CPT.

Actively involved with the psychiatry residency training program, she co-leads a CBT supervision group for third year psychiatry residents rotating through the VA; provides individual DBT supervision for residents interested in providing DBT through the TRP; and presents on various topics as part of the lecture series for residents at the VA.

Moreover, she serves as a Co-Investigator on several grants: (1) Evaluating the effectiveness of trauma sensitive yoga for female veterans with PTSD who experienced MST and (2) Evaluating neurobiological correlates of fear in veterans with MST.

Nationally, Meghna serves on the American Board of Professional Psychology Foundation Board and recently was Elected as the secretary for this board. She also participates on exam committees for psychologists pursuing board certification in clinical psychology. 

Meghna enjoys working with veterans and giving back to others who have served our country. She appreciates the opportunity to work with sexual assault survivors; she views them as an underserved population that richly deserves our help. For her, it is a true honor to see these individuals recover from truly horrific experiences. She values the variety of challenges in her position, as it encompasses supervisory, administrative, clinical, training, and research duties. Meghna loves working on and an interdisciplinary team, particularly within the TRP, as it is a collegial and supportive environment, which is important to her.

When she considers the highlights of her career trajectory, she lists getting hired at the Atlanta VA to work on the MST/DBT team as one of them. She says this was her “dream job”; she knew she wanted to work with this population and be involved in research and training. Other highlights include gaining board certification in clinical psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology and being selected as Clinical Director of the MST/DBT team.

Outside of work, Meghna is involved in her neighborhood association; she served on the board for 2 years. She enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with friends and family. She is eagerly preparing to become a first-time mom. 

Long-term, Meghna hopes to continue her VA career and pursue leadership opportunities focused on expanding services for veterans who have experienced military sexual trauma. She would like to continue her involvement with the American Board of Professional Psychology Foundation board and get more involved with the local section of ABPP. Over time, she would like to pursue more leadership opportunities within this organization, as it serves an important role in psychology. Meghna would like to create a postdoctoral fellowship training program at the Atlanta VA focused on clinical training with a MST/DBT population. She hopes to further her research related to assessing the effectiveness of both alternative treatments for veterans with PTSD secondary to MST and DBT with this complex population.


Katie Ragsdale, PhD recently joined the Emory University School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor and will serve as a Clinical Psychologist in the Emory Healthcare Veterans Program. Katie completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. She completed a clinical internship and a PTSD fellowship at the Salem Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Salem, Virginia. Katie’s clinical interests fall broadly in the evidence-based treatment of PTSD and comorbid disorders, with particular interests in exposure therapy and other behavioral treatments. Her research interests significantly overlap with her clinical interests, with recent endeavors examining how various comorbidities (e.g., substance dependence and/or traumatic brain injury history) may impact treatment effectiveness, with the ultimate goal of improving and/or developing treatment protocols that comprehensively treat the complex presentations associated with military-related PTSD. Katie is thrilled to join Emory!


Nicole Almeida, MD joined Emory as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in 2012.  Since joining the faculty, she has developed an Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD) clinic, has been involved in numerous research projects, and has taught many doctors in training about child psychiatry.  She also saw patients at the Emory Autism Center and supervised residents and fellows in the Psychopharmacology and the ADHD clinic.  She will be leaving Emory at the end of June to pursue other opportunities in the field. 

Miles Crowder, MD moved to Knoxville Tennessee when he was three. His childhood was straight out of the 50s and characterized by non-discriminating interest in all sports (even professional wrestling). His key goals as an adolescent included being a devoted member of the mildly notorious North Knoxville Treehouse Gang and finding ways to irritate his mother. He was successful with the latter goal.

In his case, there was an Emory before Emory. His father entered Emory College exactly 100 years ago and stuck it out through Medical School. His father was grateful for his time at Grady Hospital, in part because while a medical student he met a Grady nurse and married her.

Miles followed his father’s lead, attending Emory College and Emory Medical School. He graduated 50 years ago. In that era, NIMH sponsored Summer Fellowships and he spent two summers as a medical student working with the Emory Department of Psychiatry. Thus he has a 50+ year connection with our department. Bernie Holland had recruited Layton McCurdy as the Residency Director at Emory and Layton was influential in Miles’ decision to pursue psychiatry. That specialty was useful in his continued interest in perplexing his mother, who had taught him to spell OPHTHALMOLOGY when he was three.

Miles did his residency at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. This was followed by a two year stint in the Navy during Viet Nam. He was fortunate to be stationed at Oakland CA Naval Hospital, which at the time sponsored a psychiatry residency program and also was the receiving hospital for the POWs released at the end of the war.

Following this, he joined the faculty at Vanderbilt and was there from 1973-1988.  At Vanderbilt, he stumbled into an early opportunity to be the residency director thanks to a failed recruitment. He was inexperienced, but survived primarily due to the interest and support of Mark Hollender and Charles Wells (also an Emory graduate) who provided “on the job” training.

Miles’ return to Emory in 1988 was iinfluenced by his Emory history and the fact that Jeff Houpt had also been assigned to Oakland Naval Hospital when he was there. A few years after Jeff followed Bernie Holland as Chair of the department at Emory, the Residency Director position at Emory developed. Jeff recalled Miles’ interest in residency education and invited him to consider the position.  Miles served as the Director of Residency Education in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences from 1998-2007 and from 2000-2007 he also held the title of Director of Postgraduate Medical Education. Since retiring from that role full time, he now serves as the Senior Associate Director for Residency Education. In his various residency education roles, Miles developed a reputation of his kindness, generosity, thoughtfulness, and dedication.

Miles was very active locally, regionally, and nationally in psychiatry and psychiatric education. He served on the Executive Committee of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training; the Awards Committee for the American College of Psychiatrists; the Part I Examination Committee of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; the Psychiatry Resident In-Training Examination (PRITE) Editorial Board representing the American College of Psychiatrists; and the PRITE Commission of the American College of Psychiatrists.  He received important awards and honors, including the Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Residents from the American Psychiatric Association and the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association.

Upon his retirement, he plans to remain in Atlanta, but will spend more time in the East Tennessee home his mother willed to him despite his earlier behavior. He expects to make a few trips of longer duration than was possible while he was employed. He hopes to explore parts unknown and continue to wine and dine at new, interesting, and delicious restaurants.

Miles had two personal heroes, Henry Woodfin Grady and Leonard Cohen. Henry Woodfin Grady, a journalist and orator, helped re-integrate the states of the former confederacy into the union after the Civil War and encouraged the industrialization of the South. Many things were named after him including Grady Hospital. Miles was honored to work at Henry W. Grady’s hospital. Leonard Cohen, a Canadian singer, songwriter, musician, poet, novelist, and painter, was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Miles feels fortunate he made it to three Leonard Cohen concerts between 1968 and his recent death in November 2016.


Major Leadership Appointments, Activities and Achievements

None reported


The residents reported that they had a very productive resident retreat. In addition to allowing for continued bonding among classes, the event fostered the exchange of ideas, and the establishment of goals for the upcoming academic year. The meetings were largely focused on areas of improvement in mentorship, recruitment, approachability of residency education leadership, resident process groups, and educational curriculum. The overall consensus was that we are proud to be part of a strong academic program that values clinical care, research, mentoring, resident well-being, and an ongoing quest for excellence. We believe that our residency program, faculty, and patients will significantly benefit from the work that was done at the retreat.  They wanted to let the faculty know how much they appreciate the faculty’s ongoing support. 

Under the leadership of Andy Miller and with an NIMH training grant, the department has an active research track that has filled with two residents a year. The track provides research seminars and mentors for all general residents and specific training and research opportunities for the research track residents.  Laura Hack, a second year resident involved in the research track, was a recipient of the 2017 American Society for Clinical Psychopharmacology (ASCP) Annual Meeting New Investigator Award. 

William (Bill) McDonald, Vice-Chair of Education, has been involved in the LCME reaccreditation and serves as the co-chair with Erica Brownfield of the LCME Working Group.

Martha Ward has assumed the role of Associate Program Director for the Combined Internal Medicine/Psychiatry Residency.


Bill McDonald guest edited and special issue of Focus on neuro cognitive disorders in geriatric psychiatry.

Cates, D., Gomes, P.G., & Krasilovsky, A. (in press). Behavioral health support for patients, families and healthcare workers. In R. Murthy and A. Hewlett (Eds.),Preparing for Bioemergencies: A Guide for Healthcare Facilities. Ohio: Springer International.

Cross, D., Powers, A., Fani, N., & Bradley, B. (In press). Neurobiological development in the context of childhood adversity. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice. 

Druss BG, von Esenwein SA, Glick GE, Deubler E, Lally C, Ward M, & Rusk K. (Published online September 2016). Randomized trial of an integrated behavioral health home: The Health Outcomes Management and Evaluation (HOME) Study. American Journal of Psychiatry.  DOI: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2016.16050507

McDonald, W. M. (2017). Overview of neurocognitive disorders, Focus, 15, 4-12. DOI: 10.1176/appi.focus.20160030

Summer, J.A., Duncan, L.E., Wolf, E.J., Amstadter, A.B., Baker, D.G., Beckham, J.C., Gelaye, B., Hemmings, S., Kimbrel, N.A., Logue, M.W., Michopoulos, V., Mithell, K.S., Nievergelt, C., Rothbaum, A., Seedat, S., Shinozaki, G., & Vemetten, E.. (2017). Letter to the Editor: Posttraumatic stress disorder has genetic overlap with cardiometabolic traits. Psychological Medicine. DOI: 10.1017/S0033291717000733

Tune, L. (2017). Treatment of newly diagnosed mild cognitive impairment/Early Alzheimer's disease. Focus, 15, 75-76. DOI: 10.1176/appi.focus.20160039

Weisman, O; Guri, Y; Gur, RE; McDonald-McGinn, DM; Calkins, ME; Tang, SX; Emanuel, B; Zackai EH; Eliez, S; Schneider, M; Schaer, M; Kates, WR; Antshel, KM; Fremont, W; Shashi, V; Hooper, SR; Armando, M; Vicari, S; Pontillo, M; Kushan, L; Jalbrzikowski, M; Bearden, CE; Cubells, JF; Ousley, OY; Walker, EF; Simon, TJ; Stoddard, J; Niendam, TA; van den Bree, MBM;  Gothelf D. (2017). Subthreshold Psychosis in 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome: Multisite Naturalistic Study. Schizophrenia Bulletin. DOI: 10.1093/schbul/sbx005

Honors, Awards, Rankings

Nadine Kaslow and Michael Owens were elected as At-Large Members to Emory’s newly formed Tenure and Promotion Advisory Committee.

Helen Mayberg was elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  She also had her third paper cited 1000+ times, making it a Millipub publications: Biswal et al., (2010). Toward discovery science of human brain function.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 107, 4734-3749. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0911855107

Quality and Safety Initiatives and Capital Campaign Initiatives

None reported

Community Benefit Programs and Activities

Robert Cotes and Keith Wood spoke at the NAMI Georgia annual meeting in Savannah about Open Dialogue.

At the Emergency Management Summit Training Meeting, Betsy Gard gave two presentations: (1) Using Your Volunteer Workforce: The Joys and Challenges of Preparedness and Response, and (2) Preparing your Workforce for Resiliency During a Disaster. She also did an APA Webinar that was presented nationally entitled Screening and Interviewing with Refugees: Understanding Trauma and the Mental Health Needs (  She helped facilitate the Georgia Psychological Association’s efforts to become a collaborative partner for the Refugee Mental Health Resource Network and is Vice-Chair on this project which is funded by a CODAPAR grant from the American Psychological Association. She also facilitated Services to the Armed Forces Workshops in Baton Rouge, LA.  


None reported

Emory in the Media

Wendy Baer: (1) WABE-FM – Atlanta hairdresser ramps up knowledge to help cancer patients

Ed Craighead and Helen Mayberg: (1) Vox – Treating depression is guesswork: Psychiatrists are beginning to crack the code.

Tanja Jovanovic: (1) Web MD – Advances in diagnostic tests for PTSD

Helen Mayberg: (1) Medscape – Brain imaging may pinpoint optimal treatment for depression; (2) WAGA-TV – Brain scans may help depression patients find the right treatment; (3) IEEE Spectrum – Treating depression with deep brain stimulation works – most of the time

Mark Rapaport: (1) Atlanta Journal Constitution – Massage makes the real difference

Laurie Vismara: (1) Huffington Post – Amiel and Elise: Friendship beyond autism

Other Accomplishments

The Department recently formed a Wellness Committee, which is co-chaired by Wendy Baer and Chanda Graves. Committee members include Mark Ackerman, Lauren Artman, Virginia Dawson, Ann Marie Decker, Paula Gomes, Alyson Goodwin, Michele Miles, Ann Schwartz (ex-Officio), Christina Smith, Martha Ward, and Magdalene Yonker.

Adriana Flores, Sanjay Shah, and Glenn Egan gave a continuing education workshop entitled Professional Skills and Ethics Associated with Testifying in Court for the annual meeting of the Georgia Psychological Association, Atlanta, Georgia. 

Paula Gomes earned her credential as a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP).

Kable, JA. Behavioral dysregulation in children with FASD:  The role of damage to the prefrontal cortex. (Oral presentation).  Scientific Meeting of the Ukrainian Catholic University on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), Diagnosis, Neurodevelopmental Aspects, and Treatment, Lviv, Ukraine, April 11, 2017.

Nadine Kaslow gave the keynote address for the Minnesota Psychological Association Annual convention entitled Community Violence: The Role of Psychology and Psychologists; the keynote address for the Taiwan Association of Clinical Psychology on Translating Psychological Science for the Future; and a keynote workshop for the Idaho Psychological Association on diversity in couples and family therapy.


Mina Boazak, a former Canadian police officer and second year Emory psychiatry resident, was funded by the Wellborn Fellowship for a one month elective in Liberia with the Carter Center ( There he provided crisis intervention team training for low to high ranking police officers, led meetings with the countries first crisis intervention team association, and trained local mental health clinicians in crisis management.  He plans to expand upon this work during his residency. 

Jungjin Kim was selected to participate in the two year APA/APA Foundation Diversity Leadership Foundation.

This was the second year of collaboration with St. Paul's Millennium Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  This year Wellborn fellows and Emory Psychiatry Med/ Psych resident, Vera Tate, and her colleague Erika Heard, who graduated from the Emory Med/Psych Program and is now a geriatric psychiatry fellow,  provided pre-recorded lectures from various Emory faculty members.  They also led seminars on consult liaison topics in addition to providing supervision on CL rounds and in the psychopharmacology clinic.   


Kevin Clark is on the School of Medicine Faculty/Physician Compensation Committee. He has a two year appointment as a Department Administrator.

Dawn Fletcher, who previously was the Senior Manager, Clinical Services and Operations in the Brain Health Center has accepted the new position of Director of Patient Care Practice for the Brain Health Center.