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Awards and Honors: 2008

Dr. Beck receives AFSP award
Psychiatry Chairman, Dwight Evans, presents the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Lifetime Achievement Award to Aaron Beck, Professor of Psychiatry


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Penn 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. Sarah DeMichele, MD, Jody Foster, MD, MBA, Alexandra McLean, MD, John P. O'Reardon, MD, and David Weiss, MD received this honor in 2008.

Steven E. Arnold, MD was named Associate Director of the Institute on Aging and also Clinical Core Leader and Associate Director of the Penn Alzheimer's Disease Core Center (ADCC), effective January 2, 2008. Dr. Arnold has been involved with the Penn ADCC since its inception eighteen years ago.

Aaron T. Beck, MD received the 2008 Chief Residents' Award in its inaugural year. The award recognizes a teacher who has expanded frontiers for residents' thinking about the role of psychiatry in medicine and society, and who also promotes the development of leadership for such reflective thought in the field of mental health.

Peter B. Bloom, MD received the 2008 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. Dr. Bloom was honored for his "clear thinking and personal warmth," his "many contributions to the Department," and for having served as "a skilled clinician and a teacher of excellence...[and] as an outstanding role model for a generation of students and colleagues."

Two Psychiatry residents, Scott Campbell, MD and Ted Satterthwaite, MD, MA, were 2008 Penn Pearls winners. They were chosen by third- and fourth-year medical students for their exceptional teaching of clinical medicine.

Dwight L. Evans, MD was appointed Psychiatrist-in-Chief of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. As Psychiatrist-in-Chief, Dr. Evans will have expanded involvement in strategic and policy planning and implementation for the Health System related to the Department's academic and clinical programs at its component Hospitals and physician practices.

Jody Foster, MD, MBA won the 2008 Blockley-Osler Award from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Created in 1987 by the Blockley Section of the Philadelphia College of Physicians, this award is given annually to a member of the faculty at an affiliated hospital for excellence in teaching modern clinical medicine at the bedside in the tradition of Dr. William Osler and others who taught at Philadelphia General Hospital.

The Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Award is given by the Psychoanalytic Cluster Steering Committee to a graduating resident in recognition of his/her excellence in providing psychodynamic psychotherapy. Michelle Goldsmith, MD (PGY-4) and Glenda Wrenn, MD (PGY-4) were the 2008 recipients.

Michelle Goldsmith, MD and Glenda Wrenn, MD were recipients of the Dr. Henry P. and M. Page Durkee Laughlin Foundation Award. The award is given to a resident upon recommendation of the program as recognition of his/her 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. Award recipients are selected by the senior faculty at their university.

Deborah Kim, MD was the 2008 recipient of the 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.

Caryn Lerman, PhD received the 2008 Arthur K. Asbury Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award from the School of Medicine for "foster[ing] the professional development of other faculty members by providing inspiring and effective counsel and opportunities for achievement."

Marion Lindblad-Goldberg, PhD received a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Teaching Award from the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellows (Class of 2008) at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in June 2008 in appreciation for her outstanding contributions as a teacher and mentor.

J. Russell Ramsay, PhD was awarded the 2008 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.

Karl Rickels, MD received the 2008 William Osler Patient-Oriented Research Award from the School of Medicine in recognition of his "achievement in research conducted with human subjects...for which an investigator...directly interacts with human subjects."

Robert L. Sadoff, MD received the 2008 Dean's Special Award from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. This award honors special achievements by Penn faculty members, particularly in the development of new and innovative educational programs. The award recognizes faculty members who have made unique contributions to medical education at Penn.

Kenneth Sullivan, PhD received the 2008 Dean's Award for Excellence in Medical Student Teaching by an Allied Health Professional from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. This award was established in 1996-97 to recognize teaching by allied health professionals (e.g., nurses, physicians's assistants, emergency medical technicians).

The 2008 PGY-3 & 4 Teaching Award was awarded to Richard F. Summers, MD and the 2008 PGY-1 & 2 Teaching Award was awarded to Jody Foster, MD, MBA. 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.

Elizabeth B. Weller, MD received the Best Teacher Award from the 2007 graduating class of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellows at CHOP. In her honor, the fellows established a lectureship in her name to be given to the best teacher in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

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Regional, National & International Honors

In FY2007, the Department of Psychiatry continued to rank high in U.S. News & World Report's annual survey of hospitals and specialties - Psychiatry ranked eighteenth, the highest of any Delaware Valley psychiatric program. In addition, according to the 2007 consumer survey conducted by the National Research Corporation, "mental health services" at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) were ranked higher than those offered by any other hospital or medical center in the Greater Philadelphia Area. "Mental health services" at Pennsylvania Hospital ranked sixth in the survey, and those at Penn-Presbyterian Medical Center ranked fifteenth.

In addition, twenty-four Department of Psychiatry physicians were recognized as "2007-2008 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. According to Best Doctors, "only about 5% of all doctors in the US are honored in this way by their colleagues as the result of a nationwide survey in which doctors cast more than one million votes." The Department faculty recognized in the 2007-2008 survey are: Jay Amsterdam, MD, Steven Arnold, MD, Christos Ballas, MD, Wade Berrettini, MD, PhD, Charles Dackis, MD, Sarah DeMichele, MD, Josephine Elia, MD, Dwight Evans, MD, Rollin Gallagher, MD, Donald Gill, MD, Laszlo Gyulai, MD, Kyle Kampman, MD, Deborah Kim, MD, Stephen Levick, MD, Marc Lipschutz, MD, Charles O'Brien, MD, PhD, Anthony Rostain, MD, Robert Sadoff, MD, Jeffrey Staab, MD, James Stinnett, MD, Robert Toborowsky, MD, Robert Weinrieb, MD, Elizabeth Weller, MD, and George Woody, MD.

Jacques P. Barber, PhD is serving as President of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, an international group of psychotherapy researchers. He was also a Visiting Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Wollongong in New South Wales, Australia.

Mathias Basner, MD, MS assumed the position of Head of the Flight Physiology Division of the Institute of Aerospace Medicine at the German Aerospace Center in Cologne, Germany in January 2008.

Aaron T. Beck, MD received the Thomas William Salmon Medal from The New York Academy of Medicine in December 2007 for outstanding contributions in the fields of psychiatry, neurology, or mental hygiene. He also received the American Psychological Association (Division 12) Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of research in suicide and behavioral emergencies and the American Counseling Association's Presidential Award.

Tami D. Benton, MD was appointed to the Editorial Board of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's publication, "AACAP News." Dr. Benton has been appointed as components editor for a two-year term.

Ellen Berman, MD joined the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Leadership Council. Since 2005, the PPLC has worked to create new ways to think about psychiatric practice in the public sector, and to develop a strategic plan for the recruitment and retention of psychiatrists to the public sector and community settings.

Monica E. Calkins, PhD received an Early Career Development Award in 2008 from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology.

Delane Casiano, MD began a three-year appointment in May 2008 to the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Corresponding Committee on Research Training, a subcommittee of the Council on Research. The Corresponding Committee is responsible for the topic selection for the Research Colloquium for Junior Investigators that is held at each annual APA meetings. The committee is also responsible for the selection of mentors that serve as faculty for the research colloquium. In June 2008, she was awarded a second year of postdoctoral fellowship funding through the Program for Minority Research Training in Psychiatry (PMRTP). PMRTP is a fellowship funded by the National Institute on Mental Health designed to increase the number of under-represented minority men and women in the field of psychiatric research and is administered by the American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education (APIRE).

Mario Cristancho, MD and Pilar Cristancho, MD, residents in the Department of Psychiatry, received second place honors at the 2008 Philadelphia Psychiatric Society Colloquium of Scholars for their poster, "Electroconvulsive Therapy for the Treatment of Severe Major Depression During Pregnancy." This marks the second year in a row the pair has won an award for their poster submission.

David F. Dinges, PhD is a member of the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Optimizing Graduate Medical Trainee (Resident) Hours and Work Schedules to Improve Patient Safety. The report of the Committee was released in December 2008.

David F. Dinges, PhD was awarded the 2008 Laurence R. Young Space Biomedical Research Award for contributions to human performance in space. The award is given jointly by the National Space Biomedical Research Institute and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Dwight L. Evans, MD was awarded the American Psychiatric Association AACDP (American Association of Chairmen of Departments of Psychiatry) Research Mentorship Award at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in May 2008. Dr. Evans is also President-Elect of the American College of Psychiatrists.

Dwight L. Evans, MD received the Research Mentorship Award from the American Psychiatric Association at its Annual Meeting in May 2008. The award is given in recognition of a psychiatrist's substantial and formative contributions to the mentoring of students and residents throughout a distinguished career in psychiatric research.

Myles Faith, PhD was named to the Nutrition Committee of the American Heart Association.

Thomas N. Ferraro, PhD was named Chairman of the Fellowship and Career Development Study Section of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, effective July 1, 2008.

Ruth S. Fischer, MD was the recipient of the 2007-2008 National Woman Psychoanalytic Scholar Award given by the American Psychoanalytic Association in recognition of her distinguished career and her contributions to advancing the understanding of female psychology.

Edna B. Foa, PhD has been selected to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Connecticut Psychological Association (CPA) in November. Dr. Foa is being honored for her contributions on understanding the psychopathology of anxiety disorders, and for developing effective treatments for these disorders in general and for posttraumatic stress disorder in particular.

Rollin M. Gallagher, MD, MPH was elected to the position of President-Elect of the American Academy of Pain Medicine (2009-10). In March 2008, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Pain Foundation (2008-11).

Namni Goel, PhD became President of the Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms, an international organization, in June 2008. In September, she was appointed to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Circadian Rhythms.

Ruben C. Gur, PhD received the Distinguished Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) in 2007.

Gordon R. Hodas, MD has been selected to receive the 2008 Community Service Award from the Regional Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He was recognized for his "ongoing work and leadership outreach in advocating for the behavioral health needs of youth throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania." Dr. Hodas has served as the Statewide Child Psychiatric Consultant to the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services in Harrisburg since 1992, and as child and adolescent psychiatric consultant to the Bucks County Behavioral Health System since 1995.

John B. Jemmott III, PhD was cited in the July 25 issue of Science Magazine as one of the top 10 NIH-funded researchers in the area of HIV/AIDS research for FY2007. In August 2008, Dr. Jemmott received The Haven Hero Award from the Haven Youth Center in Philadelphia for his "significant contribution in the fight against HIV/AIDS."

Muniya Khanna, PhD was elected to the position of President-Elect (2008-2010) of the Child Anxiety Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT).

Stephen E. Levick, MD was approved for membership in the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) in January 2008.

In October 2007, Craig Lichtman, MD, MBA was elected to the board of directors of The Center for Autism, a nonprofit autism treatment and evaluation center in Philadelphia.

Falk W. Lohoff, MD received a Young Investigator Memorial Travel Award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP). The Travel Award is intended “to encourage the involvement and career development of young teacher-scientists in neuropsychopharmacology” by providing funding to attend annual meetings of the ACNP.

James R. McKay, PhD became a fellow in Division 50 (Addictions) of the American Psychological Association.

Paul J. Moberg, PhD was named to the Editorial Board of The Clinical Neuropsychologist, the official journal of The American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology.

Charles P. O'Brien, MD, PhD and Thomas McLellan, PhD were recognized by ISI (Thomson Scientific) as among the "most highly cited psychiatrists and psychologists in America."

Helen Pettinati, PhD received the 2007 Researcher of the Year Award from Caron for her work in psychopharmacology. Caron is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is "to provide an enlightened and caring treatment community in which all those affected by alcoholism or other drug addiction may begin a new life."

Christopher Pierce, PhD received the 2008 Jacob P. Waletzky Memorial Award for Innovative Research in Drug Addiction and Alcoholism from the Society for Neuroscience at its Annual Meeting in Washington, DC in November 2008. The award honors a scientist "who has conducted research or plans to conduct research in the area of substance abuse and the nervous system."

Jennifer G. Plebani, PhD received a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Women & Sex/Gender Junior Investigator Travel Award to attend the 70th Annual Scientific Meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence in San Juan, Puerto Rico in June 2008.

Paul M. Robins, PhD became a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. He was also appointed to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology and to the Advisory Board of the Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Dr. Theodore D. Satterthwaite, a resident in the Department of Psychiatry, received first place in the Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome Information Service's 4th Annual Promising New Investigators Travel Scholarship. This award is given to an early career psychiatrist for promoting education and research. He will accept his award at the 2008 annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in Washington, DC in May. In addition, he was named one of this year’s American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education (APIRE)/Janssen Resident Psychiatric Research Scholars. This one-year fellowship is for "promising PGY-1, PGY-2, and PGY-3 psychiatric residents with the potential to become leaders in clinical and health services research in all areas of psychiatric research."

Robert A. Schnoll, PhD was Co-Chair of the Program Committee for the 14th Annual Meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. He is also serving as a member of the American Medical Association’s Expert Panel on Tobacco Control and as a member of the Risk, Prevention, and Intervention for Addictions NIH Study Section.

Steven J. Siegel, MD, PhD received the 2008 Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. This award recognizes psychiatrists who have "gone the extra mile" with NAMI members and have made substantial contributions to local or state NAMI activities. He will accept his award at the 2008 annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in Washington, DC in May.

Albert J. Stunkard, MD received the John Scott Award from the American Philosophical Society for his contributions to the understanding and treatment of eating disorders and obesity. The award is given to "the most deserving" men and women whose inventions have contributed to the "comfort, welfare and happiness" of mankind.

Richard F. Summers, MD received the 2007 Psychiatric Educator of the Year Award from the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society.

Richard F. Summers, MD was honored as the Teacher of the Year by the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia in May 2008. He currently serves as Program Chair for the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training. He was appointed a Member of the Clinical Skills Assessment Curriculum Task Force of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a Member of the Psychotherapy Standards Committee of The Psychoanalytic Consortium.

Thomas Wadden, PhD was appointed Associate Editor of the journal Obesity and was named to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Leadership Group for Cardiovascular Risk Reduction. In 2007, he received the Howard-Carter Award for Excellence in Bariatric Medicine from Albany Medical Center.

Laurel Weaver, MD, PhD, a resident in the Department of Psychiatry, was awarded the Best Poster honor at the annual meeting of the Association for Convulsive Therapy. Dr. Weaver will receive the award for her submission, "Safety & Efficacy of TMS for the Treatment of ADHD in Adolescents & Young Persons," at the 2008 meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in May.

Elizabeth B. Weller, MD received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She also received the Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation Award for Research in Depression or Suicide in 2007. The foundation funds research and other programs related to childhood and adolescent depression and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

A number of Department of Psychiatry physicans were recognized by Philadelphia Magazine as "Top Doctors" in the region, as reported in the May 2008 issue:

Kyle M. Kampman, MD (Addiction Psychiatry)
Anthony L. Rostain, MD and Elizabeth B. Weller, MD (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)
Joel E. Streim, MD (Geriatric Psychiatry)
Michael E. Thase, MD (Psychiatry)

In addition, the Charles O'Brien Center for Addiction Treatment was cited as one of the places "to get the best care" for addiction treatment.

A number of Department of Psychiatry physicians were recognized in Castle Connolly's 2008 edition of "America's Top Doctors". According to Castle Connolly, physicians are selected through "peer nomination, extensive research and careful review and screening by [a] doctor-directed research team." The Department faculty recognized in 2008 include: Edward Brodkin, MD, Kyle M. Kampman, MD, Anthony L. Rostain, MD, Joel E. Streim, MD, Michael E. Thase, MD and Elizabeth B. Weller, MD.

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