The Department of Psychiatry saluted two of its distinguished faculty members with a reception celebrating the appointment of Thomas A. Wadden, PhD as the first Albert J. Stunkard Professor of Psychiatry.
Department of Psychiatry Honors
The Albert Stunkard Faculty Recognition Award is given annually to faculty members who are outstanding teachers and mentors. The graduating resident class selects award winners who have significantly influenced their education and training. Named for Albert J. Stunkard, MD, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry and former Chair of the Department, this award recognizes Dr. Stunkard's enormous contribution to the education, training, and support of Department housestaff. David Weiss, MD, John P. O’Reardon, MD, Claudia Baldassano, MD, Christian Kohler, MD, and Benjamin R. Nordstrom, MD received this honor in 2011.
The 2011 PGY-3 & 4 Teaching Award was awarded to Mahendra T. Bhati, MD and the 2011 PGY-1 & 2 Teaching Award was awarded to Paul Kettl, MD. These awards honor those individuals whom the residents believe were the most effective teachers of the academic year and exemplary in shaping their overall education.
Jacques P. Barber, PhD was awarded the 2011 Martin P. Szuba Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching and Research. This award is presented annually to a Department faculty member with outstanding teaching abilities, ongoing clinical research, and a focus on translating research concepts into clinically useful teaching, all of which Dr. Szuba embodied in his work.
Luciano Lizzi, MD, JD received the 2011 Annual Award for Clinical Faculty. This award, funded by a clinical faculty member, is given to a volunteer clinical faculty member who has demonstrated long-term loyalty to the Department and excellence in teaching and/or supervising.
Claudia Baldassano, MD was the recipient of the 2011 Earl Bond Award. Initiated by the efforts of Dr. William Peltz, this annual award is given to a Department member who has distinguished himself/herself for teaching at the medical student, resident and/or graduate levels.
George E. Woody, MD received the 2011 Scott Mackler Award for Excellence in Substance Abuse Teaching. This award is given by the Penn/VA Center for Studies of Addiction and the Department of Psychiatry. First given in 2000, the award honors Dr. Scott Mackler who is known for his excellence in teaching medical students, residents, postdoctoral fellows, nurses, and other Penn faculty in the area of substance abuse.
Robert I. Berkowitz, MD received the Patricia Lipschutz Distinguished Clinician Award from the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry in December 2011. The award is named for Patti Lipschutz, MSN, a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist, who worked at the Center as a clinician and senior research coordinator before her death in 2009.
Donovan Maust, MD and Christopher Tjoa, MD received the 2011 Dr. Henry P. and M. Page Durkee Laughlin Foundation Award. Upon the recommendation of the residency program, this award is given to residents in recognition of their professional achievement, dedication, and scholarship throughout residency training. Founded in 1964 through the generosity of Hank and Page Laughlin, the Dr. Henry P. and M. Page Durkee Laughlin Foundation is based in Frederick, Maryland. For more than thirty years, the Laughlin Foundation has honored outstanding residents in psychiatric training programs throughout the United States and the United Kingdom.
Lauren Elliott, MD and Samuel Collier, MD were the 2011 recipients of the Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Award given by the Psychoanalytic Cluster Steering Committee. This award honors graduating residents in recognition of their excellence in providing psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Recent Leadership Appointments
Thomas N. Ferraro, PhD is serving as Assistant Dean for Animal Research in the Perelman School of Medicine. In this role, he oversees all aspects of animal research in the medical school, including strategic planning for programs and facilities, point person and liaison activities with University and external entities concerning regulatory compliance and programmatic development, and medical school policies and procedures for animal research and care issues. He also is Chair of the Perelman School of Medicine’s Animal Research Committee.
Mahendra T. Bhati, MD was appointed Director of the Neuromodulation Program, which includes electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), vagal nerve stimulation (VNS), and deep brain stimulation (DBS), effective September 1, 2011.
Henry R. Kranzler, MD was appointed Co-Director of the Center for Studies of Addiction. Dr. Kranzler came to Penn in December 2010 from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.
Caryn Lerman, PhD served as Interim Director of the Abramson Cancer Center (ACC) from October 15, 2010 until the appointment of the new Director, Chi Van Dang, MD, PhD, on September 1, 2011. She has served as the ACC’s Deputy Director since 2006. Further, she led the ACC’s Strategic Planning Committee and played a major role in the recent highly successful competitive renewal of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Center Support Grant.
David S. Mandell, ScD was appointed Associate Director of the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research.
Dwight L. Evans, MD was appointed Co-Director of the Penn Comprehensive Neuroscience Center (CNC), joining Amita Sehgal, PhD of the Department of Neuroscience as CNC Co-Director. The CNC was created in 2006 to emphasize the Neurosciences as an area for development. As its highest priorities, the CNC has taken major strides in its brief existence to fully integrate Neuroscience-related clinical care, research, and education programs to enhance Penn’s position at the forefront of the Neurosciences nationwide.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Teaching Awards
These teaching awards from the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellows (Class of 2011) at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia honor faculty members whom the fellows regard as the most effective teachers of this academic year. The winners of each of these awards are recognized for their outstanding contributions as teachers and mentors.
- Karin Borgmann-Winter, MD received the Elizabeth B. Weller Distinguished Teacher Award.
- Marion Lindblad Goldberg, PhD received the Fellow Teaching Award for Outside Faculty.
- Martin E. Franklin, PhD received the Fellow Teaching Award for In-House Faculty.
Zoe Wilson, MD received the 2011 Graduate Education Committee Award for Excellence in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Penn/Perelman School of Medicine Honors
Janet E. Audrain-McGovern, PhD was selected to serve as a Hearing Panel Member for the University-wide Student Disciplinary System. She also became a Senior Fellow at three centers at Penn – the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics, and Center for Health Behavior Research.
Michael B. Blank, PhD was named Distinguished Research Fellow of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at Penn.
E. Cabrina Campbell, MD was a Faculty Inductee into the Perelman School of Medicine Minority Hall of Fame for her leadership in mentoring and teaching underrepresented minorities in medicine.
C. Neill Epperson, MD was elected to the Penn Women’s Health Leadership Council.
Michael Gandal, PhD, a student in the laboratory of Steven J. Siegel, MD, PhD, received the 2011 Flexner Award for Outstanding Thesis Work in the Neurosciences. Students in any graduate group who did their PhD on a neuroscience-related topic in any lab across the University are eligible for the Flexner Award. Recipients are selected by the Neuroscience Graduate Group Awards Committee.
Caryn Lerman, PhD received the 2011 William Osler Patient Oriented Research Award. This award “recognizes outstanding achievement for research in which the investigator directly interacts with human subjects.”
Helen M. Pettinati, PhD was elected President of the John Morgan Society at the Perelman School of Medicine for the 2011-2012 term. Prior to her presidency, she served as the Society’s Secretary-Treasurer from 2010 to 2011. Also, E. Cabrina Campbell, MD, David F. Dinges, PhD, C. Neill Epperson, MD, Kyle M. Kampman, MD, Henry R. Kranzler, MD, David W. Oslin, MD, and Daniel H. Wolf, MD, PhD were recently elected into the Society, which honors outstanding faculty from the Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, and Nursing.
Andrew A. Strasser, PhD was appointed Research Fellow of the Annenberg Public Policy Center for the period 2010 to 2013.
Penn Teaching Awards
Stanley N. Caroff, MD received the 2011 I.S. Ravdin Master Clinician Award. This honor “recognizes an active master clinician who is a skillful, compassionate practitioner with a long and consistent record of contributions to the Penn School of Medicine and Health System.”
Benoit Dubé, MD received the 2011 Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching Excellence. This prestigious honor recognizes educators whose teaching is intellectually demanding, unusually coherent, and permanent in its effect. In December 2011, Dr. Dubé received the Module 2 Teaching Award from the medical student Entering Class of 2010 for his contributions to the Brain and Behavior course in the Spring of 2011. The award represents the Class’ expression of “gratitude to the professors who enthusiastically instructed and mentored (them) since their arrival at Penn Med."
Anthony L. Rostain, MD, MA will receive the 2012 Robert Dunning Dripps Memorial Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education. This award recognizes excellence as an educator of residents and fellows in clinical care, research, teaching, or administration.
Steven J. Siegel, MD, PhD received the 2011 Leonard Berwick Memorial Teaching Award. This award recognizes "a member of the medical faculty who in his or her teaching effectively fuses basic science and clinical medicine." It particularly honors outstanding teachers among the younger faculty.
Alissa E. Silverman, PsyD received the 2011 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Medical Student Teaching by an Allied Health Professional. This award recognizes outstanding teaching by allied health professionals (e.g., nurses, physicians assistants, emergency medical technicians). The recipient is selected on the advice of a committee composed of faculty and students.
Anthony Carlino, MD and Matthew Kayser, MD, PhD, both Psychiatry residents in the Class of 2013, received 2011 Penn Pearls Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching from the Medical Student Government. This award is given in honor of outstanding contributions to medical student education at the Perelman School of Medicine and is managed by AOA students.
Alysia Cirona, MD received the 2011 Medical Student Teaching Award. This award is given to a resident who has been a consistently outstanding teacher of medical students.
Regional, National & International Honors
Steven E. Arnold, MD was appointed to the Editorial Boards of Neuropsychiatry and Translational Neuroscience. He also served as Chair of the Working Group for Research at the Interface between Neurodegenerative Diseases and Late-Life Psychiatric Disorders at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). In addition, Dr. Arnold was appointed to the Alzheimer's Disease Centers Clinical Core Steering Committee and to the Scientific Review Committee of the National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center, both supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA).
Janet E. Audrain-McGovern, PhD was invited to serve a three-year term as Associate Editor of the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research.
Tracy L. Bale, PhD received the 2011 Richard E. Weitzman Memorial Award from the Endocrine Society in July 2011. The award is presented annually to a young investigator “in recognition of meritorious accomplishments in the field of endocrinology” and is one of 11 laureate awards given annually by the Endocrine Society.
Mathias Basner, MD, PhD, MSc received the Science Award of the German Academy for Aviation and Travel Medicine – the Albrecht-Ludwig-Berblinger-Award – for his seminal research on the effects of commercial aircraft noise on sleep and health in populations living near urban airports (Basner M, Siebert U. Markov Processes for the Prediction of Aircraft- Noise Effects on Sleep. Medical Decision Making 30: 275-289, Mar-Apr 2010). Dr. Basner was presented with the award in August 2010, when he delivered a major lecture at the 48th Annual Congress of the German Society of Aerospace Medicine in Wiesbaden, Germany. The award was accompanied by 10,000 Euros. Dr. Basner was also re-elected Secretary of the International Commission of Biological Effects of Noise (ICBEN) in July 2011 at the ICBEN meeting in London. The main goal of ICBEN is to promote a high level of scientific research concerning all the aspects of noise-induced effects on human beings and on animals, including preventive regulatory measures, and to keep alive a vivid communication among the scientists working in that field. He was also re-elected Co- Chair of ICBEN Team 5: “The Effects of Noise on Sleep.”
Aaron T. Beck, MD received the 11th Annual Bell of Hope Award in May 2010 from the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania. This lifetime achievement award was given to Dr. Beck for significant and far-reaching contributions benefiting individuals facing the challenges of mental illness. In November 2010, he received the 2010 Sigmund Freud Award from the New York Chapter of the American Society of Psychoanalytic Physicians. His lecture titled "My Early Introduction to Psychoanalytic Therapy," which discussed the history of how he discovered automatic thoughts, was delivered at the awards ceremony. He also received the Edward J. Sachar Award from the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University in December 2011. Dr. Beck was also honored with the 2010 Scholarship and Research Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Pennsylvania for his current research on cognitive behavior therapy for schizophrenia. Dr. Beck and Dr. David Clark received the 2010 Book of the Year Award from the American Journal of Nursing for their publication, Cognitive Therapy of Anxiety Disorders: Science and Practice. AJN's panel of judges recognized the book as the "most valuable psychiatric-mental health nursing text of 2010." In January 2012, Dr. Beck was recognized as a co-recipient of the Prince Mahidol Award in Medicine for his outstanding contribution in the development of cognitive behavioral therapy.
Judith S. Beck, PhD received the Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual for Clinical Activities from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) in November 2011.
Tami D. Benton, MD became a Section Editor for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Current Psychiatry Reports publication.
Robert I. Berkowitz, MD serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Obesity.
Henry R. Bleier, MD, MBA received the 2010 Psychiatric Educator of Physicians Award from the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society in November 2010. This award is given in recognition of the recipient’s outstanding teaching or research abilities.
Rhonda C. Boyd, PhD serves as co-chair of the Child Depression Workgroup in the Emerging Scholars Interdisciplinary Network. She also became a member of the Diversity Network Committee of the Society for Prevention Research.
Stanley N. Caroff, MD is Director of the Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome Information Service, a division of the Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the United States (MHAUS), a non-profit advocacy group headquartered in Sherburne, New York.
Kenneth D. Cohen, MD was honored by the Belmont Behavioral Treatment Center in Philadelphia in June 2010 at the annual dinner for the graduation of the Albert Einstein Medical Center psychiatry residents with the establishment of the Annual Kenneth D. Cohen Academic Excellence Award. Dr. Cohen has a long history with Albert Einstein and with Belmont. Among other connections, Dr. Cohen was formerly Belmont’s Clinical Director and Director of Professional Education from 1973 to 1980. Dr. Cohen is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Penn, and has been teaching and supervising in Penn’s Department of Psychiatry for over 50 years. Currently, he is responsible for organizing a dynamic psychotherapy conference at Penn for the PGY-4 residents that runs through July, August, and September.
Guy S. Diamond, PhD received the 2010 Marilyn Mennis Memorial Award from the Pennsylvania Community Providers Association (PCPA) Board of Directors in October 2010. This award, established in 1995, is presented to an individual or program that reflects Ms. Mennis’ qualities of dedication, caring, leadership, and advocacy on behalf of Pennsylvania’s children with special needs and their families.
Joseph DiGiacomo, MD received the Nancy C. A. Roeske MD Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Medical Student Education at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in New Orleans in May 2010. This award honors APA members who have made “significant and sustained contributions…to the advancement of medical student education.”
David F. Dinges, PhD was elected a member of the International Academy of Astronautics. Founded in 1960, the Academy includes the world's foremost experts in astronautics to foster the development of astronautics for peaceful purposes, to recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves in a branch of science or technology related to astronautics, and to provide a program through which the membership can contribute to international endeavors and cooperation in the advancement of aerospace science, in cooperation with national science or engineering academies. In addition, for the eleventh consecutive year, Dr. Dinges was selected to continue as Team Leader for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute’s Neurobehavioral and Psychosocial Factors Team for human space flight. He was also asked by the Boards of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society to serve a second fiveyear term (2012-2017) as Editor-in-Chief of SLEEP, the leading biomedical publication in the world dedicated to sleep medicine and sleep research.
C. Neill Epperson, MD was elected a member of the College on the Problems of Drug Dependence and was elected to the Philadelphia Forum for Executive Women. She was also invited to be Co-Chair of the Committee on Women of the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society. Dr. Epperson served as the opponent for the doctoral defense of Erika Temby, MD at Umea University in Umea, Sweden – contributing in this role is considered an honor in Europe. In addition, she co-Chaired with Ellen Freeman, PhD (Obstetrics and Gynecology) a panel at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Society titled “Mood, Memory and Myths: What Really Happens at Menopause” in Honolulu, Hawaii in May 2011.
Newell Fischer, MD was elected to the Executive Committee of the International Psychoanalytic Association to represent the United States, Canada, and Japan. He was also elected Chair of the Education Committee of the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia.
Edna B. Foa, PhD received the 2010 Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Field of Trauma Psychology from the American Psychological Association (APA) at its Convention in San Diego in August 2010. The Lifetime Achievement Award “recognizes a senior distinguished psychologist who has made outstanding contributions to science, practice, advocacy, and/or education/training over the course of his/her career … at such a level that they have advanced the field of trauma psychology.”At the convention, Dr. Foa delivered the Harry Kirke Wolfe Lecture on “PTSD: Diagnosis, Theory, and Evidence-based Treatment.” Also, Dr. Foa was the first recipient of the Outstanding Career Achievement Award from the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation in July 2011. She was honored “for her pioneering work on the treatment and understanding of OCD.”
Rollin M. Gallagher, MD received the John B. Murtha Award in September 2011 for service to military pain medicine from the Defense and Veterans Center for Integrated Pain Management, a component of the Department of Defense. In November 2011, he was honored with the Josefina Magno Award for Leadership in Program Excellence Dedicated to Military Service Personnel from Capital Caring in Falls Church, Virginia. Capital Caring provides palliative and hospice care in Virginia, Washington, DC, and Maryland. In addition, Dr. Gallagher was selected in 2011 as Co-Chair of the Department of Defense-VA Health Executive Committee's Pain Management Work Group.
Namni Goel, PhD completed her term as President of the Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms in July 2010. Her term as Immediate Past President runs through July 2012. She served as a member of the Organizing Committee for the July 2010 Annual Meeting of the Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms in Vienna, Austria. Dr. Goel was named Academic Editor of PLoS ONE in July 2010, a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurology Research in February 2011, and Review Editor of Frontiers in Behavioral and Psychiatric Genetics in July 2011. She was appointed a member of the Educational Programs Committee of the Sleep Research Society in June 2011.
Raquel E. Gur, MD, PhD received the 2011 William C. Menninger Memorial Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Science of Mental Health from the American College of Physicians (ACP) at the ACP’s Annual Meeting in April 2011 in San Diego. The award was established in 1967 and was named for Dr. Menninger who was a Governor, Regent, and the first President of the College. Albert J. Stunkard, MD (1980), Aaron T. Beck, MD (2007), and Dwight L. Evans, MD (2009) from the Department of Psychiatry are past recipients of this prestigious award.
Trevor R. Hadley, PhD received the 2011 Benjamin Rush Award from the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society. The Rush Award is given to “a non-psychiatrist who has brought recognition to mental illness/health over the past year.” Dr. Hadley received the honor at the Society’s Benjamin Rush Event in November 2011.
Steven F. Huege, MD received a Geriatric Academic Career Award (GACA) from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The purpose of the award is to increase the number of junior faculty at accredited schools of allopathic and osteopathic medicine and to promote the development of their careers as academic geriatricians who emphasize training in clinical geriatrics, including the training of interdisciplinary teams of health professionals. Dr. Huege was Co-Chair of the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation’s Scholars Program for Medical Students at the 2011 and 2012 Annual Meetings of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.
Chanita Hughes-Halbert, PhD was elected to the Minorities in Cancer Research Council at the American Association for Cancer Research.
Matthew Hurford, MD was elected Early Career Psychiatrist representative to the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society and was named Chair of the Community Psychiatric Committee for the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society.
Kyle M. Kampman, MD served as a member of an NIH grant study section within the Center for Scientific Review’s Risk, Prevention and Health Behavior Integrated Review Group in June 2010. Also in 2010, he was selected as a Member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and appointed Associate Editor of the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.
Caryn Lerman, PhD was elected in 2010 to membership in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies, one of the nation's highest honors in biomedicine. She joins four other Department of Psychiatry faculty who are members – Aaron T. Beck, MD (1997); Raquel E. Gur, MD, PhD (2001); Charles P. O’Brien, MD, PhD (1991); and Albert J. Stunkard, MD (1988).
Caryn Lerman, PhD is leading a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Council Workgroup on the “Translation of Evidence-Based Interventions for Substance Abuse to Practice.”
Craig Lichtman, MD, MBA co-founded and co-chaired the new “Psychotherapeutic Approaches to the Medically Ill” Special Interest Group at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine in November 2011 in Phoenix. In May 2011, he became a member of the Board of Directors of PLAN of Pennsylvania, a non-profit agency, which provides planning, special needs trust, representative payee, and care management services to families of adults with mental illness, intellectual disabilities, autism, and brain injury, as well as other lifelong disabilities.
Deborah Anna Luepnitz, PhD received the 2011 Award for Achievement in Psychoanalytic Education from the Philadelphia Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology in November 2011.
Scott Mackler, MD, PhD, a Newark, Delaware resident, was awarded the Order of the First State from Delaware Governor Jack Markell in 2010. Dr. Mackler continues to teach and conduct research a decade after being diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and is working with students to investigate the molecular mechanisms underlying cocaine addiction.
David S. Mandell, ScD accepted an invitation from the Center for Scientific Review of the NIH to serve as a member of the Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health Study Section. The term runs until June 30, 2014. Members are selected based on “their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline.” He also received the American Public Health Association (APHA) Mental Health Section Award, was named the Scientific Program Chair for the 2010 International Meeting for Autism Research, and was selected as Co-Editor of Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice. He also received the Variety Club Autism Award.
David S. Metzger, PhD received the Penn Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) Community Advisory Board’s Red Ribbon Award for Excellence in International Research. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the national CFAR Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Network. Dr. Metzger also serves on the Advisory Board of Project Legacy, a National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) supported initiative to increase the number of investigators and participants from underrepresented minorities in AIDSrelated biomedical research.
Stephen J. Morse, JD, PhD is a member of the newly-funded MacArthur Research Network on Law and Neuroscience. The project is funded through 2014 and Dr. Morse is only one of thirteen participating researchers nationwide. Supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Research Network funds research at the intersection of neuroscience and criminal justice, including issues related to the mental states of defendants and witnesses, a defendant’s capacity for self-regulating his behavior, and the introduction of neuroscientific evidence in court. Dr. Morse will focus his research on the neuroscience of legally relevant self-control capacity and on the neuroscientific correlates of different mental states, such as recklessness and negligence, that are crucial to criminal law. In addition, Dr. Morse is a Member of the Board of the Bazelon Center for Mental Health and Law in Washington, DC and serves on the Nominations and Finance Committees. The Bazelon Center is a nonprofit organization devoted to improving the lives of people with mental illnesses through changes in policy and law.
Cory F. Newman, PhD was promoted to the rank of Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry in the Standing Faculty of the Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Newman also served as Visiting Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neurosciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder from July 1, 2011 until December 31, 2011. There he taught an upperlevel graduate course titled “Introduction to Becoming a Clinical Supervisor,” the first course of its type in the department’s history. The course was videotaped so that other faculty at CU-Boulder may continue to teach it from 2012 forward. In November 2011, Dr. Newman's book (coauthored with Dr. Thomas Ellis of the Menninger Clinic) titled Choosing to Live: How to Defeat Suicide Through Cognitive Therapy was chosen as a Self-Help Book Seal of Merit Winner by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy.
Charles P. O’Brien, MD, PhD has been asked to chair a committee of the Institute of Medicine requested by Congress to examine the problems of substance abuse and psychiatric disorders in the American armed forces. In October 2011, he served as President of the European and International Congress on Addiction, Hepatitis, and AIDS in Biarritz, France.
Helen M. Pettinati, PhD received the Dan Anderson Research Award from the Hazelden Foundation. This award recognizes a single published article of an original, innovative, and creative work by a researcher who has advanced the scientific knowledge of addiction recovery. Dr. Pettinati’s award-winning paper reported the first controlled trial demonstrating that a combination of an antidepressant and an anti-craving medication was significantly better than either treatment alone or placebo for treating patients with both depression and excessive drinking - a very commonly seen comorbidity (Pettinati HM, Oslin DW, Kampman KM, Dundon WD, Xie H, Gallis TL, Dackis CA, and O'Brien CP. A double-blind, placebocontrolled trial combining sertraline and naltrexone for treating co-occurring depression and alcohol dependence. Am J Psychiatry 167: 688-675, 2010). Dr. Pettinati received the award in May 2011 at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) in Chandler, Arizona, where she summarized her paper in the Plenary Session.
Jennifer G. Plebani, PhD became a member of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) in 2010. R.
Arlen Price, PhD was appointed to the editorial board of a new journal, Frontiers in Behavioral and Psychiatric Genetics.
Sydney Pulver, MD served as Chair of a panel titled "How and When Does Treatment End?" at the Winter Meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association held in New York City in January 2012.
Adrian Raine, PhD was elected Vice President of the Academy of Experimental Criminology (AEC). The AEC, a division of the American Society of Criminology, was founded in 1999 to recognize criminologists who have successfully led randomized, controlled, field experiments in criminology.
J. Russell Ramsay, PhD is an invited member of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine’s (SAHM) initiative, “Navigating Change Points: Improving ADHD Care in Our Nation’s Adolescents.” He is representing the Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) in this effort.
Paul M. Robins, PhD serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology and on the Executive Board of the Society of Pediatric Psychology. He also serves as an Internship Site Visit Chair in the Office of Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA) and as a Regional Federal Action Coordinator in the APA’s Education Directorate.
Anthony L. Rostain, MD, MA is the President of the American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD).
Robert L. Sadoff, MD received two prestigious awards. In November 2010, he received the Presidential Award from the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society, its highest honor. In October 2010, he was presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Minnesota Medical Alumni Society, which recognizes University of Minnesota medical school alumni “who have made outstanding contributions to their communities – at the local, regional or national level – through medical practice, teaching, research or other humanitarian activities.” Dr. Sadoff was also honored with the establishment of the Robert L. Sadoff Lecture in Forensic Psychiatry at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia in perpetuity. He also initiated and developed the Section on Medicine, Ethics and Law at the College.
Robert A. Schnoll, PhD was named Chairperson of the Risk, Prevention, and Intervention for Addictions NIH Study Section in September 2011. He was also nominated to membership on the Strategic Planning Committee for the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco.
Steven J. Siegel, MD, PhD advanced to Fellow in the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology.
Joel E. Streim, MD was appointed to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Technical Expert Panel for Inpatient Psychiatric Quality Measure Development. This technical expert panel (TEP) is a group of stakeholders and experts who will provide input on the development, selection, and maintenance of measures for which CMS contractors are responsible. Dr. Streim will contribute his expertise related to measures of quality of care for older adults with medical-psychiatric comorbidity and associated disability.
Richard F. Summers, MD is serving a one-year term as President of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training until March 2012. In 2010, he was selected as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and was appointed Chair of the American Psychoanalytic Association’s Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytic Teachers’ Academy. In the fall of 2011, he was appointed to the Advisory Group of the Psychiatry Milestones Project of the American Council of Graduate Medical Education.
Michael E. Thase, MD received the 2012 Award for Research in Mood Disorders from the American College of Psychiatrists in February 2012. This award is given to an “individual who has advanced the understanding and treatment of mood disorders.”
Daniel Weintraub, MD was appointed to the Editorial Advisory Board of CNS Spectrums. He was also appointed to the Executive Committee of the Parkinson Study Group and to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM)-V Task Force as advisor to the Sleep-Wake Disorders Work Group and the Cognitive Work Group. In addition, Dr. Weintraub was appointed to the Movement Disorder Society’s Committee on Rating Scales in Movement Disorders.
Kenneth J. Weiss, MD was selected Outstanding Teacher in a Forensic Fellowship by the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law in October 2011. He was elected Secretary of the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society in June 2011. Dr. Weiss co-led (with Gary Patronek, DVM, PhD) an interdisciplinary conference funded by the American Psychology-Law Society on “Animal Hoarding” in Boston in July.
Daniel H. Wolf, MD, PhD received, in 2009, the Young Investigator Memorial Fellowship Travel Award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) and the NARSAD Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Prize for Schizophrenia Research.
George E. Woody, MD served as a member of several important entities – the FDA External Advisory Group on the question of scheduling dextromorphan; the Executive Committee and Publications Committee of the National Institute on Drug Addiction (NIDA) Clinical Trials Network; the External Scientific Advisory Board of the Texas Node of the NIDA Clinical Trials Network; and the Program Development Committee of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence. He also served as an external reviewer for the Behavioral and Social Consequences of HIV/AIDS (BSCH) Study Section at the NIH.
The Department ranked 12th nationally in the 2011-12 US News & World Report’s Annual Ranking of Best Hospitals for the quality of its psychiatry clinical services. The psychiatric service improved from rank 14 in 2010-11. Overall, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) ranked 10th nationally, continuing its presence in the survey’s “Honor Roll,” and marking the fourth consecutive year that the hospital ranked in the top ten nationwide. HUP remains the top ranked hospital for psychiatric care in the region.
The Department’s Drug and Alcohol Abuse program ranked #5 in the 2012-13 U.S. News & World Report annual survey of medical schools and their specialty programs. The Perelman School of Medicine achieved a #2 ranking, retaining its position from the previous survey.
A number of Department of Psychiatry physicians were recognized by Philadelphia Magazine as “Top Doctors” in the region, as reported in the April 2011 issue – Kyle M. Kampman, MD (Addiction Psychiatry); Anthony L. Rostain, MD, MA (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry); Joel E. Streim, MD (Geriatric Psychiatry); Steven E. Arnold, MD (Psychiatry; Alzheimer’s Disease); Edward S. Brodkin, MD (Psychiatry); and Michael E. Thase, MD (Psychiatry).
Six Department of Psychiatry physicians were recognized in Castle Connolly's 2011 edition of America's Top Doctors. Physicians are selected on the basis of "peer nomination, extensive research and careful review and screening by [a] doctor-directed research team." The Department faculty recognized in 2011 include: Steven E. Arnold, MD, Edward S. Brodkin, MD, Kyle M. Kampman, MD, Anthony L. Rostain, MD, MA, Joel E. Streim, MD, and Michael E. Thase, MD.
Thirty Department of Psychiatry physicians were recognized as "2011-2012 Best Doctors in America." The list, compiled by Best Doctors, Inc., is composed of physicians who have been selected by the consensus of their peers. The Department faculty recognized in the survey are: Jay D. Amsterdam, MD, Steven E. Arnold, MD, Christos Ballas, MD, Wade H. Berrettini, MD, PhD, Henry R. Bleier, MD, MBA, Lawrence D. Blum, MD, James W. Cornish, MD, Charles Dackis, MD, Sarah C. DeMichele, MD, C. Neill Epperson, MD, Dwight L. Evans, MD, David L. Fink, MD, Newell Fischer, MD, Ruth S. Fischer, MD, Rollin M. Gallagher, MD, Laszlo Gyulai, MD, Kyle M. Kampman, MD, Marc Lipschutz, MD, Michael McCarthy, MD, Charles P. O'Brien, MD, PhD, David W. Oslin, MD, Anthony L. Rostain, MD, MA, Robert L. Sadoff, MD, James L. Stinnett, MD, Andrew M. Stone, MD, Joel E. Streim, MD, Michael E. Thase, MD, Robert M. Toborowsky, MD, Robert M. Weinrieb, MD, and Daniel Weintraub, MD.
Matthew Hurford, MD and the clinical team at the Hall Mercer Community Behavioral Health Center at Pennsylvania Hospital received a University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) Quality and Patient Safety Award for the project titled “Access and Service Continuity Improvement Project at Hall Mercer Community Behavioral Health Center.” This project is aimed at reducing wait times for initial appointments, increasing patient show-rates, and improving continuity of patient care. Dr. Hurford and the team received the award at a UPHS awards ceremony in October 2010.
Cathy A. Mercaldi, MD was listed in America’s Top Psychiatrists 2010 and 2011 by the Consumer’s Research Council of America.
The Behavioral Health Laboratory (BHL) at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center, led by David W. Oslin, MD, was awarded the American Psychiatric Association Bronze Award for clinical innovations. The BHL was developed to support the delivery and improve the outcomes for primary care patients with behavioral health problems. It has become a national model within the VA system and recognized as a Best Practice Model.