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The next Faculty Development Workshop will be heled on November 18 from 9:00 to 10:30am and will focus on "Interactive and Engaging Teaching Approaches."


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Major Leadership Appointments, Activities and Achievements

Mark Rapaport was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the American Association of Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry.


Med Psych update from Kellie Clearo - The M4 med psych elective is very popular and there are a record number of applicants to our med psych residency program. There also are a record number of medical students attending the annual national Association of Medicine and Psychiatry (AMP) conference in Chicago. In the past, about 30 med students attended the yearly AMP conference. This year there are 63!

Schwartz, A. C. (2015, September). Getting to the root of the problem: Utilizing root cause analysis to teach trainees about quality improvement. Workshop presentation at the annual meeting of the Association of Academic Psychiatry (AAP), San Antonio, TX.

Martha Ward will now spend part of her time in the School of Medicine as an Osler Society Mentor/Small Group Leader and the Assistant Course Director for "Becoming a Doctor."


Costanzo, M., Jovanovic, T., Norrholm, S. D., Ndiongue, R., & Roy, M. (in press). Psychophysiological investigation of combat veterans with subthreshold PTSD symptoms. Military Medicine. 

Kaminsky, Z., Wilcox, H. C., Eaton, W. W., Van Eck, K., Kilaru, V., Jovanovic, T., Klengel, T., Bradley, B., Binder, E. B., Ressler, K. J., & Smith, A. K. (2015). Epigenetic and genetic variation at SKA2 predict suicidal behavior and post-traumatic stress disorder. Translational Psychiatry, 5, e627. doi:10.1038/tp.2015.105

Lynch, M. E., Kable, J. A., & Coles, C. D. (2015). Prenatal alcohol exposure, adaptive function, and entry into adult roles in a prospective study of young adults. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 51, 52-60. doi:10.1016/

Rakofsky, J. J., Tang, Y., & Dunlop, B. W. (2015). Depression worsening associated with Lorcaserin: A case report [Letter to the editor]. Journal of Clinical psychopharmacology, 36. Advance online publication. doi:10.1097/JCP.0000000000000398

Weiss, S., Simeonova, D. I., Kimmel, M., Battle, C., Maki, P. & Flynn, H. (in press).

Anxiety and physical health problems increase the odds of women having more severe symptoms of depression. Archives of Women's Mental Health. doi:10.1007/s00737-015-0575-3

 Weitz, E. S., Hollon, S. D., Twisk, J., van Straten, A., Huibers, M. J. H., David, D., DeRubeis, R. J., Dimidjian, S., Dunlop, B. W., Cristea, I. A., Faramarzi, M., Hegerl, U., Jarrett, R. B., Kheirkhah, F., Kennedy, S. H., Mergl, R., Miranda, J., Mohr, D. C., Rush, A. J., Segal, Z. V., Siddique, J., Simons, A. D., Vittengl, J. R., & Cuijpers, P. (2015). Baseline depression severity as moderator of depression outcomes between cognitive behavioral therapy vs pharmacotherapy: An individual patient data meta-analysis. JAMA Psychiatry. Advance online publication. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2015.1516

 Young, M. B., Andero, R., Ressler, K. J., & Howell, L. L. (2015). 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine facilitates fear extinction learning. Translational Psychiatry, 5, e634. doi:10.1038/tp.2015.138

Mark Rapaport received a number of grants in 2015:

(1) 2015-2020 NCCIH UG3 AT008857-01 "Omega-3 Fatty Acids for MDD with High Inflammation: Personalized Approach" (Mark Rapaport, PI), $1,029,613 annual direct
(2) 2015-2020 NIH R01 MH085548 "African American Genomic Psychiatry Cohort" (Carlos Pato, PI), $130,000 annual direct - Emory subcontract
(3) 2015-2019 NCCIH 1R01AT009169-01 "Mechanism of Action for n-3 PUFA Antidepressant Properties" (Mark Rasenick, PI), $250,000 annual direct

Honors, Awards, Rankings

Scott Firestone, Larry Giustra, Steve Levy, and Larry Tune were named as Top Docs for 2015 in Atlanta Magazine.

Betsy Gard received an American Red Cross award for Disaster Preparedness in Recruitment and Outreach.

Dorian Lamis was appointed to the editorial board of Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior.

Under the direction of Paula Gomes, the Faculty Staff Assistance Program won the Health at Work Award from ComPsych, which recognizes their commitment to wellness.

Quality and Safety Initiatives and Capital Campaign Initiatives

Current quarter at 97% HBIPS.
Community Benefit Programs and Activities

In the month of September, the Department of Psychiatry and the Brain Health Center were sponsors of the opening play of the Alliance Theater season, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." We consulted with the cast, facilitated talks after most performances, and had information tables at each performance. This outreach to the community has been well received but we could not have done this without the great cooperation and collaboration of our faculty and staff. We would like to thank all who helped provide information at our tables, as well as faculty who facilitated talk backs after most all of the performances. They are: Lara Alexander, Michael Armbruster, Carleatha Belcher, Yamy Belis, Janice Dell, Alice Doktor, Sherry Edwards, Toby Glazer, Toby Goldsmith, Kathleen Helms, Karen Hochman, Brian Hogan, Diahann JohnBaptiste, Moon Young Jung, Carolyn Knight, Jill Mast, Veronica Motley, Seth Norrholm, Veronica Novosad, Sharron Paige-Whitaker, Justin Palanci, K. V. Thrivikaman, Krysti Vo, Elaine Walker, and Liza Zweibach. The talks were facilitated by: Peter Ash, Wendy Baer, Kelly Coffman, Erica Duncan, Glenn Egan, Lisa Frank, Andrew Furman, David Goldsmith, Jennifer Holton, Nadine Kaslow, Helen Mayberg, Bill McDonald, Walid Nassif, Jeff Rakofsky, Mark Rapaport, Patricio Riva Posse, Phyllis Rosen, Ann Schwartz, Martha Ward, Paul Wolpe, Keith Wood, and Jennifer Wootten.

Betsy Gard co-presented with the State Disaster Mental Health Services Coordinator and collaborated with the Georgia Psychological Association's Disaster Response Network Coordinator to provide the "Done in a Day" program (which she helped develop), which trained 38 mental health professionals in providing services to the survivors of disaster. She was also invited to serve as the Mental Health Technical Advisor for the International Refugee Committee in Metro Atlanta on a grant working with female refugees who have experienced trauma, presented at the Georgia Emergency Management Annual Meeting in Savannah on "Innovative Program for Recruitment and Retention of Volunteers," and taught the Webinar to 60 mental health professionals across the country on "Disaster Mental Health Fundamentals." Betsy Gard additionally serves on a planning committee with the Red Cross and County Public Health on planning for mass casualty event; and is the Mental Health Advisor to the Grant program through Innovative Solutions to Disadvantage and Disability, Healthcare Without Walls - Veterans (HWW-V)- A Medical and Mental Health Home for Children of Veterans.


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Emory in the Media
Wendy Baer: (1) WebMD - When cancer comes back

Greg Berns: (1) Huffington Post - The scent your dog loves most

Jocelyn Cox: (1) Richmond County sheriff's emphasis on traffic enforcement could influence driver behavior, officials say

Toby Goldsmith: (1) Best Self Magazine - Maternal mental health

Nadine Kaslow: (1) Verizon.Com - Mental health apps go mobile, (2) WBRC - Experts say managers can help prevent workplace violence, (3) Radio New Zealand - Suicide prevention

John Nardo: (1) Health Day - Antidepressant Paxil isn't safe for teens, new analysis says

Julie Pace: (1) Atlanta Journal Constitution - Choosing a career, Georgia students get help from a test

Mark Rapaport: (1) Atlanta Journal Constitution - Cuckoo's nest brings dark comedy to the Alliance, (2) Georgia Public Broadcasting - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest at Alliance Theater, (3) Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Emory doctor leads talks about "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest"

Barbara Rothbaum: (1) WAGA - TV - Virtual reality helps military sexual trauma survivors confront past, find healing

Larry Young: (1) New Zealand Herald - Love hormone may help autistic kids


None Reported.


Crowell, A. L. (2015, September). Preliminary feedback and self-assessments from an educational seminar on agitation management: How to better meet the needs of medical students vs. residents. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Association of Academic Psychiatry (AAP), San Antonio, TX.

Gupta, S., Gersing, K. R., Erkanli, A., & Burt, T. (2015). Antidepressant regulatory warnings, prescription patterns, suicidality and other aggressive behaviors in major depressive disorder and anxiety disorders. Psychiatric Quarterly. Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s11126-015-9389-8

Khandai, A., Lloyd, R. B., Anzia, J. M., Crowell, A. L., & Taylor, A. (2015, September). Selling psychiatry: Strategies and styles in teaching psychiatric topics to non-psychiatrist colleagues. Workshop presentation at the annual meeting of the Association of Academic Psychiatry (AAP), San Antonio, TX.


Eve Byrd was appointed to the Mental Health Ombudsman Nominating Committee by Governor Deal.

Robin Gordon received the September Employee of the Month for Adult Psychiatry.

Regina King received the August Employee of the Month for Adult Psychiatry.