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LEADERSHIP WORKSHOPS

The next leadership consultation program will be held Wednesday September 13 from 11:30-1pm. Once again two faculty members will present leadership dilemmas and there will be peer consultation along with consultation from our colleagues in the business school.

FACULTY DEVELOPMENT SEMINARS

The next Faculty Development seminar will be held on Wednesday September 20 from 9-10:30am in EP 12 in the 1st Floor Training Room. The focus will be on media training.

WRITING GROUPS: UPCOMING

The next Writing Group will be held on Wednesday September 20 from 8-9:00am in EP12. 

SPOTLIGHT: ALIZA WINGO, MD, MSc

Aliza Wingo, MD, MSc identifies as a physician-scientist.  As such, most of her effort is focused on performing the research projects for her VA Career Development Award. Her research aims to elucidate molecular signatures of PTSD, depression, resilience, and psychological well-being (PWB), and recently extends into understanding mechanisms behind protective effects of PWB and deleterious effects of depression on Alzheimer’s disease risk. Clinically, Aliza assesses and treats veterans at the Atlanta VAMC outpatient clinic. Aliza collaborates with researchers in the departments of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Human Genetics at Emory University as well as with investigators at Rush University, McLean, University of Barcelona, Mt Sinai, Columbia University, Brown University, Sage Bionetwork, and University of Cape Town in South Africa. Aliza also serves on the Emory University Research Committee and participates in the Emory University Discovery Mentor Network.  Outside of Emory, Aliza is a member of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, Gene Expression Workgroup and a recent Review Editor for the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry. She also performs peer review for several journals on an ad-hoc basis. 

Aliza enjoys the intellectual stimulation and excitement of discovering something new in her line of work. While the majority of research involves long hours of writing grants, collecting data, and dealing with research related paperwork, analyzing the data can be a lot of fun, especially when one finds something interesting. Aliza also enjoys the collaborative aspect of doing research, working closely with other investigators and learning from their strengths and expertise. She feels very grateful for the support and mentoring she has received along the way and aspire to help younger investigators. In addition, Aliza feels privileged to work among a team of hard-working and wonderful clinicians at the Atlanta VAMC Trauma Recovery Program in the past seven years.

Reflecting on some of the key highlights of her career trajectory, Aliza named the following: a) receiving a two-year post-doctoral Research Fellowship Award from the American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education; b) recipient of a NARSAD Young Investigator Award; c) awarded a five-year VA Career Development Award, d) published as first-author in Nature Communications and Molecular Psychiatry; e) invited to present on psychological resilience at an ACNP symposium in 2016; and f) being a PI/co-PI on 3 grants with priority funding percentiles (R01, U01, and Merit).

Outside the workplace, Aliza enjoys going on walks with her 4-year-old son and husband and spending time with family and friends. She also loves to read, travel, and listen to the NPR Ted Radio Hour and On Being with Krista Tippett.

Aliza is eager to start the next phase of her research career as an independent investigator. She plans to continue to collaborate with other researchers to: a) investigate the transgenerational effects of maternal stressors focusing on infant gene expression and microRNA profiles, b) elucidate the molecular mechanisms of resilience and psychological well-being, and c) to uncover clues on why having a purpose in life can decrease one’s risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease.

WELCOME TO NEW FACULTY

Meena Kumar,MD is from Pakistan and moved to USA after she got married. She finished her medical school in Pakistan. Before joining the residency program at Morehouse School of Medicine, she did 3 years of a postdoctoral research fellowship at Emory in Department of Endocrinology. The primary focus of her research was on the benefits of Vitamin-D in chronic medical conditions and she published several papers and case reports. She also presented poster presentations at various conferences.  During the 4th year of her residency, she was fortunate to get the opportunity to do a 6-month elective in Geriatric Psychiatry in Emory under Dr. Hermida’s supervision and it was great learning experience. Hence, she decided to pursue a fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry at Emory where she developed expertise in ECT, Ketamine treatments, and Neuropsychiatric testing. She joined the VAMC as a Staff Psychiatrist in 2016 and has been supervising Emory Residents since July 2017.  She is planning to continue research projects with Dr. Hermida other faculty members. Her research interests include: PTSD treatment in geriatric populations, treatment of neurocognitive disorder particularly Alzheimer’s disease NCD.  Furthermore, she is interested in working with students and residents and enjoys teaching. 

Tim Moore, MD just moved to Atlanta from the Boston suburbs with his wife and two children.  From 2012-2016, he was an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Tufts University School of Medicine. While on the faculty, he received the Department of Psychiatry Excellence in Teaching Award from the housestaff. He was credentialed to provide ECT there after completing a mini-fellowship in ECT at Emory in 2015. From July 2016 until moving to Atlanta, he was an attending psychiatrist on the inpatient unit at North Shore Medical Center Salem Hospital.  After spending five years as an inpatient psychiatrist in his prior positions, he will be working in Emory’s intensive outpatient program as well as doing outpatient psychiatry at EP12. 

Monika M. Stojek, PhD received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Georgia in 2015. After completing her doctoral internship at the Medical College of Georgia and Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia, she pursued her postdoctoral residency focused on health psychology at the Uniformed Services University and National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. In August 2017, she started as an assistant professor at the Emory Healthcare Veterans Program where she works primarily with post-9/11 veterans seeking treatment for PTSD. Her clinical expertise lies in cognitive-behavioral therapies for trauma, anxiety, eating disorders, and substance misuse. Her broad research interests include the impact of emotional problems and impulsivity on health behaviors such as eating behaviors, exercise, and substance use.

THANK YOU TO FACULTY WHO ARE LEAVING

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FACULTY KUDOS

Major Leadership Appointments, Activities and Achievements

Jordan Cattie, PhD was appointed as Associate Director of the Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Program for EHC effective September 1, 2017.  

Education

Effective August 1, 2017, Christoff Leroux is now the Director of the Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program.

The Georgia Pediatrician, the Newsletter of the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, highlighted the training efforts under the umbrella of the Georgia Autism Assessment Collaborative (GAAC) in which the Emory Autism Center and the Georgia Department of Public Health are partnering to provide specialized training to improve early screening and diagnosis for children with autisms. Based upon the most current research and data, the GAAC aims to increase (1) professional competence in the assessment and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), (2) increase professional competence in knowledge about evidence-based treatments for ASD, and (3) increase professional-family collaboration in the diagnostic and treatment process for ASD. The GAAC training is led by Catherine Rice and Michael Morrier.

Barrett, C.E., Hennessey, T.M., Gordon, K.M., Ryan, S.J., McNair, M.L., Ressler, K.J., & Rainnie, D.G. (2017). Developmental disruption of amygdala transcriptome and socioemotional behavior in rats exposed to valproic acid prenatally. Molecular Autism, 8, 42. DOI: 10.1186/s13229-017-0160

Berro, L.F., Diaz, M.P., Maltbie, E., & Howell, L.L. (2017). Effects of the serotonin 2C receptor agonist WAY163909 on the abuse-related effects and mesolimbic dopamine neurochemistry induced by abused stimulants in rhesus monkeys. Psychopharmacology, 234, 2606-2617. DOI: 10.1007/s00213-017-4653-2

Druss, B.G. (2017). Cost sharing and mental health care: A cautionary tale from the Netherlands. JAMA Psychiatry, 74, 940-941. DOI:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2017.1837

Fargotstein, M., Hasenkamp, W., Gross, R., Cuthbert, B., Green, A., Swails, L., Lewison, W., Boshoven, W., Keyes, M., & Duncan, E. (epub 2017 July 18). The effect of antipsychotic medications on acoustic startle latency in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research.

Gaskin-Wasson, A., Calaamaras, M.R., LoParo, D., Goodnight, B., Remmert, B.C., Salami, T., Mack, S., & Kaslow, N.J. (2017). Childhood emotional abuse, self/other attachment, and hopelessness in African American women. Attachment and Human Development, 19, 22-37. DOI: 10.1080/14616734.2016.1249895

Glass, O.M., Glass, M., Muzyka, B.C., & Hermida, A.P. (2017). Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) in late life: Dental protection—a neglected topic. American Journal of Psychiatry, 25, S78–S79. DOI: 10.1016/j.jagp.2017.01.112

Heard, E., Poscablo-Stein, C., Sohail, Y., Nagar, A., & Hermida, A. P (2017). A diagnostic dilemma: Co-morbid attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and bipolar disorder in geriatric patients. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 25, S65. DOI: 10.1016/j.jagp.2017.01.079

Hermida, A.P., Stakun, M., & Glass, O. (2017). Emerging evidence—Cutaneous assessment in Parkinson's Disease. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 25. S77-78. DOI:10.1016/j.jagp.2017.01.089

Lamis, D.A., Cavanaugh, C.E., Anastasiades, M.H., Garcia-Williams, A., Anderson, C., & Kaslow, N.J. (2017). Intimate partner sexual coercion mediates the childhood sexual abuse-suicidal ideation link among African American women. Journal of Black Psychology, 43, 305-324. DOI: 10.1177/0095798416644885

Massa, N.M., Duncan, E., Jovanovic, T., Kerley, K., Weng, L. Gensler, L., Lee, S.S., Norrholm, S., Powers, A., Almli, L.M., Gillespie, C.F., Ressler, K., & Pearce, B.D.  (2017). Relationship between Toxoplasma gondii seropositivity and acoustic startle response in an inner-city population. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity 61:176-183. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyt.2017.00117

Morrier, MJ, Ousley, OY, Caceres-Gamundi, GA, Segall, MJ, Cubells, JF, Young, LJ, & Andari, E. (Advanced online publication, 2017). Brief report: Relationship between ADOS-2, Module 4 calibrated severity scores (CSS) and social and non-social standardized assessment measures in adult males with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. DOI:10.1007/s10803-017-3293-z

Ryan, S., Sultan, R.S., Oflson, M., Correll, C.U., & Duncan, E.J. (2017). Evaluating the effect of the changes in FDA guidelines for clozapine monitoring. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.  DOI: 10.4088/JCP.16m11152.

Smith, A.K., Jovanovic, T., Kilaru, V., Lori, A., Gensler, L., Lee, S.S., Norrholm, S.D., Massa, N., Cuthbert, B., Bradley, B., Ressler, K.J., & Duncan, E. (2017). A gene-based analysis of acoustic startle latency. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 8.  DOI: 10.3389/fpsyt.2017.00117

Vaughan, C.P., Prizer, L.P., Vandenberg, A.V., Goldstein, F.C., Trotti, L.M., Hermida, A.P., & Factor, SA. (in press). A comprehensive approach to Parkinson Disease. Movement Disorders in Clinical Practice.

Xi, Y., Chen, R., Yan, F., Ma, X., Rakofsky, J.J., Tang, L., Guo, H., Wu, X., Li, X., Zhu, H., Guo, X., Yang, Y., Li, P., Cao, X., Li, H., Wang, P., Xu, Q., Tang, Y., & Broome, M.R. (epub 2017 July). Low post-traumatic stress disorder rate in Chinese in Beijing, China. Asian Journal of Psychiatry. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ajp.2017.07.003

Honors, Awards, Rankings

Jennifer Felger received the 2017 Klerman Prize for Exceptional Clinical Research for her work on The Neurocircuitry of Inflammation-Induced Anhedonia in Depression.

Carol Levy was certified in Adult Psychoanalysis at the June meetings of the American Psychoanalytic Association in Austin.

Sheila Rauch received that 2017 Mentor of the Year Award from the Office of Postdoctoral Education.

Seong Shim was appointed at the rank of Associate Professor on the MEST Track.

Quality and Safety Initiatives and Capital Campaign Initiatives

Jordan Cattie was accepted to the Faculty Development Course in Quality Improvement.

Community Benefit Programs and Activities

Jordan Cattie was elected Vice-President of OCD Georgia for 2017-2018.

Negar Fani did a two-day training with the Atlanta Police Department on PTSD in the police force.

The following faculty were honored in the School of Medicine’s Researcher Appreciation Day – Boadie Dunlop, Jennifer Felger, and Dorian Lamis. 

Clem Pollydore gave a talk entitled Mental Health in Our Communities at Solomon's Temple Homeless shelter in Atlanta. 

Facilities

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Emory in the Media

Doug Bremner: (1) Washington Post – Doctors often don’t tell you about drug side effects, and that’s a problem

Jordan Cattie: (1) WAGA-TV – Breaking free: Atlanta women finds help for OCD

Rick Gilkey: (1) Atlanta Journal Constitution: Kempner: Our CEO/President Trump gets graded by profs

Nadine Kaslow: (1) Atlanta Journal Constitution – How to talk to your child about Lithia Springs school shooting

Seth Norrholm: (1) Star Tribune – U researchers probe the spread – and control – of fear

Barbara Rothbaum: (1) New York Times – A new way for therapists to get inside heads: Virtual reality

Jennice Vilhauer: (1) Entrepreneur – 5 ways you sabotage your happiness

Other Accomplishments

Toby Goldsmith was selected as a Fellow for the 2018 Woodruff Leadership Academy (WLA) class.

Larry Young established a new lab at Tsukuba University in Japan (Young Lab East) which will focus on oxytocin receptor neural circuitry regulating social behavior in mice.  He also is the Founding Director of the Center for Social Neural Networks in Japan which includes Japanese researchers and clinicians across Japan studying the neurobiology of social behavior and autism in organisms including fish, dogs, voles, mice and humans.

TRAINEE KUDOS

Sun, S., Budge, S. (2017). Women’s group therapy. In K.L. Nadal (Ed). The Sage encyclopedia of psychology and gender. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Sun, S., Hoyt, W. T., & Westergaard, R. (2017). HIV/AIDS and global health: A minority stress perspective.  In C. Stout (Ed). Why global health matters.  New York City, NY: John Wiley & Sons.

Sun, S., Minero, L. P., & Budge, S. (2017). Multiracial people and gender. In K.L. Nadal (Ed). The Sage encyclopedia of psychology and gender. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Jungjin Kim was awarded a travel scholarship from the TMS Health Solutions to attend a 3-day Advanced Hands-on TMS Symposium in San Francisco

STAFF KUDOS

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