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The next leadership development workshop will be held on Monday November 14, 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.

SPOTLIGHT: Sanjay Sharma, MD

Sanjay is an “Emory lifer”; he graduated from Emory College and Emory School of Medicine, completed his general psychiatry residency and consultation-liaison psychiatry fellowship in the Emory Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and joined the faculty upon finishing his training. Since completing his training, Sanjay has primarily worked at the Grady Infectious Disease Program (IDP), where he serves as the Associate Director of the Center for Well Being taking care of persons living with HIV/AIDS and co-occurring psychiatric disorders.

Sanjay has always been dedicated and passionate about his clinical care and service work with individuals who are HIV+. He has always embraced a holistic model of care in working with his clients that not only pays close attention to the various bio-psycho-social-cultural elements of an individual, but also actively involves the client as a partner in care. Being part of the IDP, Sanjay has also enjoyed working closely with interdisciplinary healthcare providers/clinicians in reducing barriers to care and providing comprehensive, integrative care and services to clients of the program.

In addition to the clinical services he provides, Sanjay greatly enjoys being a teacher. He has served as the clinical site director coordinating mental health rotations at the IDP for medical students, senior residents, and fellows in Addiction Psychiatry and in Psychosomatic Medicine. In this role, he provides clinical teaching and case supervision for trainees on the various neuropsychiatric aspects of HIV/AIDS and the manner in which these conditions affect and impact the daily lives of individuals with the illness. Through lectures and seminars, Sanjay has enjoyed educating students, trainees, and multidisciplinary HIV/AIDS health service providers on the various neuropsychiatric aspects of HIV/AIDS and treatment planning in this context. His administrative activities related to teaching primarily involve serving on both the Program Evaluation and Clinical Competency Committees of the Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship Program.

In his administrative role at the IDP, Sanjay is involved in activities pertaining to the design and implementation of integrated behavioral health service activities. Additionally, he serves on the Metropolitan Atlanta Ryan White Health Services Planning Council, which plans for the comprehensive delivery of HIV/AIDS services and allocation of resources for the Atlanta Eligible Metropolitan Area.

In line with his clinical and service work and his role as an educator, Sanjay’s research interests focus on the effects/impact of mental health and substance use issues upon access and linkage to HIV care, as well as engagement, adherence, and retention in care. In this context, Sanjay has had the pleasure of collaborating with colleagues from the Schools of Nursing and Public Health at Emory, and has also been involved in writing various articles, abstracts, and book chapters related to his HIV/AIDS-related work.

Outside of work, he is a husband and father. His wife Melissa works at the CDC, and he has two beautiful and energetic daughters, Bela (9 years old) and Arya (7 years old). Sanjay truly enjoys spending time with his family more than anything else! He also enjoys sports (particularly tennis…..if anyone is interested in hitting/playing, please let him know), eating ice cream and playing games with his girls, watching movies, reading, cooking, and hanging out with friends and family.

Sanjay’s experiences as an “Emory lifer” have been and continue to be truly gratifying and rewarding. Over the years, he has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the diverse and supportive Emory community. For the future, Sanjay plans to continue his ongoing work with persons living with HIV/AIDS through his clinical service, teaching, and research, and looks forward to pursuing opportunities to participate in service and professional activities both within and outside of the Department.


Justine Welsh - Justine completed residency at Emory under her maiden name of Justine Wittenauer. Since leaving Emory in 2013 she completed a child and adolescent fellowship at Cambridge Health Alliance and a joint program addiction fellowship through McLean/Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals. Her interests include treatment and prevention of adolescent substance use disorders. Part of her role at Emory will be to create an adolescent substance abuse clinic.


Major Leadership Appointments, Activities and Achievements

Frank Brown has been promoted to the role of Chief Quality Officer for EUH.

Kitty Deering was elected Vice President and President-Elect of the American Board of Clinical Psychology, one of the specialty boards of the American Board of President Psychology.

Grayson Norquist was reappointed by the US Government Accountability Office as the Chair of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board.

Mark Rapaport was elected President Elect of the American Association of Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry (AACDP).


Brian Dias spent the summer teaching Neuroscience to Tibetan monks as part of the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative (his 4th year teaching).


Jennifer Fleger received her first R01 entitled “Inflammation effects on corticostriatal connectivity and reward: Role of dopamine.”

Tanja Jovanovic is PI on a new RO entitled “Impact of Trauma Exposure on Critical Periods in Brain Development and Fear Processing in Children.”

Miller, B.J., & Goldsmith, D.R. (Epub ahead of print). Towards an immunuphenotype of schizophrenia: Progress, potential mechanisms, and future directions. Neuropsychopharmacology. doi: 10.1038/npp.2016.211.

Andy Miller and Ebramim Haroon are Co-PIs on a new Ro1 entitled “Inflammation-induced CNS glutamate changes in depression.”

Votaw, V.R., Wittenauer, J., Connery, H.S., Weiss, R.D., & McHugh, P.K. VR, (Epub ahead of prin). Perceived risk of heroin use among nonmedical prescription opioid users. Addictive Behaviors. Doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2016.08.025

Honors, Awards, Rankings

Brian Dias spent 2 days at Google participating in Sci-Foo Camp – an invitation-only ideas festival co-organized by Google, O’Reilly Media, Nature and Digital Science, often described as a mini-Woodstock of ideas.

The Fuqua Center for Late-Life Depression, under the leadership of Bill McDonald, was named as a finalist in the Atlanta Magazine Groundbreaker Awards.

Andrew Furman received funding from the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Faculty Development Funds Committee to present on “Novel strategies in psychoanalytic education” and to teach a master class on “The use of the humanities in psychoanalytic and psychodynamic training” at the national meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association.

Ralph Roughton was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists for his lifetime contributions to the LGBTQ community. He received this award at the 2016 meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in Atlanta.

Current quarter perfomance at EUH:

  • HBIPS - 42/43
  • TOB1 - 91/93
  • TOB2 - 29/32
  • TOB3 - 17/31
  • SUB1 - 65/65
  • SUB2 - 7/10

Community Benefit Programs and Activities

Betsy Gard has been working as part of the Deployment Team for the Disaster Mental Health for providing assistance to the Louisiana Floods.


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Emory in the Media

Rob Cotes: (1) Georgia Public Radio Second Thought – Schizophrenia

Ayman Fareed: (1) Cocaine addicts often unaware of their risk for relapse

Nadine Kaslow: (1) Dance Informa – Got a case of the post-show blues?; (2) MedPage Today – Suicide risk factors vary for children and young teens


Betsy Gard presented a poster at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association on “An innovative progress for refugees: Screening and referral to community agencies. She is also co-chairing the American Psychological Association’s Division of Trauma Psychology (Division 56) committee focused on providing information and referral resources for refugees and training on refugee health/mental health for psychologists

Schwartz AC, Heinrich TW, Peterson MJ. “Identifying successful strategies to recruit medical students into psychiatry.” Workshop presentation at the Association of Academic Psychiatry (AAP) Annual Meeting, San Juan, PR (2016).

Heinrich TW, Pheister M, Schwartz AC, Lehrmann J. “Mr. Potato-Head can and will be rebuilt: An interactive exercise in quality improvement.” Workshop presentation at the Association of Academic Psychiatry (AAP) Annual Meeting, San Juan, PR (2016).


Pinheiro, A.P., Rezaii, N., Rauber, A., & Nzinkiweicz, M. (2016). Is this my voice or yours? The role of emotion and acoustic quality in self-other voice discrimination in schizophrenia. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry. DOI: 10.1080/13546805.2016.1208611

Colin Reiff and Mina Boazak prepared an outstanding video for residency recruitment.


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