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SAVE THE DATE – The final leadership development seminar of this academic year will be held on Monday January 30 from 12-1:30pm at Executive Park 12 in Room 331.


The next faculty development program will be held on Wednesday February 1 from 9-10:30 am in SOM 153A. It will focus on juggling multiple responsibilities in the work place, as well as on the home front.

SPOTLIGHT: Patrick Amar, MD

Patrick is the Medical Director of the CIS, which is Grady's Temporary Observation Unit. He teaches the Interviewing course to residents and has taught the Gender and Sexuality course for the candidates at the Psychoanalytic Institute.

Outside of work, he and his husband have two children ages 4 and 5 and Patrick adores his sons. They are very involved in their children’s school -- The Children's School. He is on the Parent Ambassador Committee, and the Capital Campaign and was on the Strategic Planning Committee.

Patrick “loves Grady.” “I remember as a psych intern hearing from Nadine the story of patients describing the shape of Grady. It's as if the ‘arms’ of Grady are reaching out to the city.” He is grateful to have such a meaningful job where he can serve all people especially those who are neglected and forgotten. He is inspired by the sense of community he feels when he walks into Grady. He is greeted with smiles and share laughs on the Grady elevators often with people he just met --riding the Grady elevator is a memorable experience that is like no other. He enjoys belonging to a community that welcomes all and is dedicated to serving others.

In terms of the key highlights of his career trajectory, he felt pride and satisfaction graduating from the Psychoanalytic Institute. It was years of dedication and hard work but he felt so enriched and experienced tremendous personal growth. He was grateful to the department for supporting his studies. He also felt love and support from the whole department when he decided to take some time off to stay at home with his newborn son. He was most appreciative of Bill McDonald and Steve Levy for understanding and for the department for throwing a baby shower for Patrick and Richard and celebrating their new family.

When Patrick envisions his future, he always sees himself at Grady. “I expect I'll be taking the Medicaid van from my nursing home so I can do my shift at Grady. Lol! Fortunately I expect Barbara D'Orio and Nadine Kaslow to me there with me too! ;”


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Major Leadership Appointments, Activities and Achievements

Nori Lim was elected to the American Psychological Association’s Board of Convention Affairs.


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Diaz, M.P., Andersen, M.L., Rice, K.C., & Howell, L.L. (16 December 2016). Effects of a Serotonin 2C agonist and a 2A antagonist on actigraphy-based sleep parameters disrupted by Methampehtamine self-administration in rhesus monkeys. Neuropsychopharmacology. DOI: 10.1038/npp.2016.280

Hershenberg, R., Mavandadi, S., Wright, E., & Thase, M.E. (in press). Anhedonia in the daily lives of depressed Veterans: A pilot report on experiential avoidance as a moderator of emotional reactivity. Journal of Affective Disorders.

Johnson ZP, Wilson M., Barreiro L, Tung J. 2016. Social status alters immune regulation and response to infection in macaques. Science, 354, 1041-1045. PMID: 27885030 (PMCID in progress).

Kohn JN, Snyder-Mackler N, Barreiro L, Johnson ZP, Tung J, Wilson ME. 2016. Dominance rank causally affects personality and glucocorticoid regulation in female rhesus macaques. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 74, 179-188. PMID: 27639059 (PMCID in progress)

Nasser, J.D. & Przeworski, A. (2016) A comparison of two brief present moment awareness training paradigms in high worriers. Mindfulness. doi: 10.1007/s12671-016-0656-z

Snyder-Mackler N, Sanz J, Kohn JN, Brinkworth JF, Morrow S, Shaver, AO, Grenier J-C, Pique-Regi R, Starr, L.R., & Hershenberg, R. (in press). Depressive symptoms and the anticipation and experience of uplifting events in everyday life. Journal of Clinical Psychology.

Vazquez, K., Sandler, J., Interian, A., & Feldman, J. M. (in press). Emotionally triggered asthma and its relationship to panic disorder, ataques de nervios, and asthma-related death of a loved one in Latino adults. Journal of Psychosomatic Research.

Honors, Awards, Rankings

At the 2016 annual School of Medicine Faculty Recognitions Celebration the following individuals from the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences were honored: (1) Promotion to the rank of Professor: Elisabeth Binder; (2) Promotion to the rank of Associate Professor: Laura Mee, Alicia Smith; (3) Dean’s Teaching Award: Jeffrey Rakofsky; (4) MilliPub Club Inductees: Andrew Miller, Paul Plotsky; (5) Hidden Gem Award: Ray Young; (6) Regional, National, and International Awards: Peter Ash – Distinguished Service Award, Georgia Psychiatric Physician’s Association; Joyce Cohen – Elected as Trustee, Association of Primate Veterinarians; Negar Fani – Early Career Pilot Study Award, Society for Clinical Neuroscience; Distinguished Alumni Award, Clinical Psychology Program at Georgia State University; Eugene Farber - Distinguished Leadership Award, American Psychological Association Committee on Psychology and AIDS; Mar Sanchez – Member, Board of Trustees, Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Lab Animal Care International

Wendy Baer received departmental Faculty Development Funds for her workshop presentation with Ann Schwartz at the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine on physician burnout, as well as her receipt of Fellow status within the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine.

Elisabeth Binder received the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology’s (ACNP) Eva King Killam Award, which is given to an early career researcher on the basis of outstanding translational research contributions to neuropsychopharmacology.

Erin Jones was awarded departmental Faculty Development Funds for her attendance at an intensive clinical training for Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

Mark Wilson (MPI, with E Albers at Georgia State) and Vas Michopoulos (Co-investigator) recently were awarded a five year R01 from NIMH entitled Sex differences in the social brain.

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Community Benefit Programs and Activities

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Emory in the Media

Nadine Kaslow – (1) USA Today – Politics adds new anxiety to family get-togethers over the holidays

Michael Morrier – (1) New Dunwoody clinic offers state-of-the-art space for children on the autistic spectrum

Barbara Rothbaum: (1) PBS - Hitting the brain’s reset button

Jennice Vilhauer: (1) FastCompany – Stop meditating alone –For productivity gains, it’s a team spirit


Jennifer Delventura and Mark D. Ackerman will present a poster at the December, 2016 American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry annual conference (December 8-11th) based on data collected over the last 3 years here at VA within their Quit Smoking Treatment Program entitled: Program Evaluation of the Quit Smoking Treatment Program at the Atlanta VA Medical Center.

Karen Rommelfanger give a presentation What is neuroethics? At the BRAIN Initiative Investigator’s Meeting, Bethesda, MD. She also gave a keynote address entitled Future (Brain) Identities, Lost in Translation at the Future. Today Summit, NYC.


Eaton, C.K., Lee, J.L., Loiselle, K.A., Reed-Knight, B., Mee, L.L., Gutierrez-Colina, A., & Blount, R.L. (2016). Pretransplant patient, parent, and family psychosocial functioning varies by organ evaluation type and child age. Pediatric Transplantation, 20(8), 1137-1147. doi: 10.1111/petr.12826

Lee, J.L., Eaton, C.K., Loiselle, K.A., Reed-Knight, B., Liverman, R.S., Mee, L.L., Gutierrez-Colina, A., Romero, R., & Blount, R.L. (in press). The interactive effect of parent personality and medication knowledge on adherence in children awaiting solid organ transplantation. Health Psychology. Advanced online access. doi: 10.1037/hea0000452


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