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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 - 2009

James Cornish, MD received the Scott Mackler Award for Excellence in Substance Abuse Teaching. This award was established in 2000 by the Penn/VA Center for Studies for Addiction and the Department of Psychiatry.

Spencer Kostinsky, MD was awarded the Dean's Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching at an Affiliated Hospital. This award was established in 1986 to recognize teaching excellence and commitment to medical education at affiliated hospitals.

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. Claudia Baldassano, MD, Chang-Gyu Hahn, MD, PhD, Alexandra McLean, MD, John P. O'Reardon, MD, and David Weiss, MD received this honor in 2009.

Rebecca Aspden, MD was the 2009 recipient of the Medical Student Teaching Award. This award is given to a resident who has been a consistently outstanding teacher of medical students.

The 2009 PGY-3 & 4 Teaching Award was awarded to Claudia Baldassano, MD and the 2009 PGY-1 & 2 Teaching Award was awarded to Christian Kohler, 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.

Ellen M. Berman, MD received the 2009 Annual Award for Clinical Faculty. This award is given to a volunteer clinical faculty member who has demonstrated long-term loyalty to the Department and excellence in teaching and/or supervising.

E. Cabrina Campbell, MD received a 2009 Penn Pearls Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching. This award is given in honor of outstanding contributions to medical student education at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Special Recognition for Service to Psychiatric Education Award was given to Michele Cepparulo, who has tirelessly contributed organization, energy, and affection to the Office of Education, in honor of her 10 years of service as Education Administrator of the Psychiatry Residency, and in honor of her formal certification this year as a Program Administrator by the Training Administrators for Graduate Medical Education (TAGME).

Cyndia Choi, MD received the 2009 Dean's Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching at an Affiliated Hospital.

Charles A. Dackis, MD received the 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.

Taliba Foster, MD received the 2009 Elizabeth B. Weller, MD Award. This new award is given to a child and adolescent psychiatry fellow who has contributed to the improvement of psychiatric care of children, adolescents and their families through excellence in research and clinical care.

Martin E. Franklin, PhD received the 2009 Dean's Award for Excellence in Medical Student Teaching by an Allied Health Professional from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Namni Goel, PhD served as Chair of the Annual Research Retreat of the Center for Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology at the University of Pennsylvania in May 2009.

Chang-Gyu Hahn, MD, PhD was awarded the 2009 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.

David Metzger, PhD has been named Scientific Liaison for TRI and the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Psychiatry effective June 1, 2009. Metzger assumes the liaison position to facilitate closer research and academic linkages between the University and TRI, identify collaborative research possibilities, and disseminate more broadly the research findings of both groups.

Charles P. O'Brien, MD, PhD received the 2009 Arthur K. Asbury Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award. The Asbury award "recognizes a faculty member who has fostered the professional development of other faculty members by providing inspiring and effective counsel and opportunities for achievement."

John P. O'Reardon, MD was the 2009 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.

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. Ben Pumphrey, MD and Sarah Mathews, MD were the 2009 recipients.

Steven Siegel, MD, PhD became the Associate Director of the Masters in Translational Research by the Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics/Clinical & Translational Science Awards. In this role, he will be responsible for the design and implementation of a new Therapeutics Development Track, focused on how to effectively move technology from academia into practice.

The Special Chairman's Award honors special achievements by Penn faculty members, particularly in the development of new and innovative educational programs, or special academic or educational contributions to the Department. The recipient for 2009 is Elizabeth B. Weller, MD.

These teaching awards from the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellows (Class of 2009) 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.

  • Harold Kolansky, MD received the Elizabeth B. Weller Distinguished Teacher Award.
  • Marion Lindblad-Goldberg, PhD received the Fellow Teaching Award for Outside Faculty.
  • Christopher Lam, MD received the Fellow Teaching Award for In-House Faculty.

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Regional, National & International Honors - 2009

Charles P. O'Brien, MD, PhD is the 2010 recipient of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) Mentorship Award. This award is given yearly to a member of the CPDD who has been an exemplary mentor to developing researchers in the field of drug dependence.

Siobhan Banks, PhD is the Vice-Chair of the Sleep Deprivation Section of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Jacques P. Barber, PhD has been appointed a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), in recognition of "sustained and outstanding distinguished contributions to psychological science."

Aaron T. Beck, MD received three international awards during 2009: 1) the Castilla del Pino Foundation Eighth Castilla del Pino Award for Achievement in Psychiatry; 2) The Forum Lundense Award for outstanding contributions to the science and practice of psychotherapy that has stimulated and guided the entire field of cognitive and behavioral therapy and research; and 3) The 22nd Prize Competition sponsored by the Anna-Monika Foundation in Germany for papers written on "the investigation of the biological substrate and functional disturbances of depression." Dr. Beck also received three national awards: 1) the Pasarow Foundation Award for Research in Neuropsychiatry; 2) the National Nursing Centers Consortium's Lifetime Achievement Award; and 3) the Rhoads Medal for Distinguished Achievement in Medicine, jointly awarded by the American Philosophical Society, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and the University of Pennsylvania Department of Surgery. The citation for the Rhoads Medal recognized Dr. Beck "for his pioneering work in cognitive behavioral therapy." He is the first psychiatrist to receive the Rhoads Medal.

Tami Benton, MD has been elected as Councilor at Large for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry to serve a three-year term. She has also been appointed as Co-Chair of the recruitment committee for the Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training to serve a three-year term.

Wade Berrettini, MD, PhD has been selected by NARSAD, the leading charity for research on mental health disorders, to receive its prestigious Distinguished Investigator Award. The one-year grant will provide Dr. Berrettini with $100,000 to advance his research on the genetic foundations of bipolar disorder.

Chaya Bhuvaneswaran, MD has been selected as a 2009 ACNP Travel Award for Minorities Travel Awardee from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. This award, which supports attendance at the ACNP Annual Meeting, is given to individuals who have, through their research, teaching, or clinical activities, demonstrated professional and scientific interest in the field of neuropsychopharmacology.

Joshua A. Blume, MD has been selected by the American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education (APIRE) to participate in the APIRE/Janssen Resident Psychiatric Research Scholars program. This one-year fellowship will provide special mentoring and career enrichment programs, along with a $2,500 grant to assist in research career development.

Edward S. Brodkin, MD was listed in the 2009 Guide to America's Top Psychiatrists published by the Consumers' Research Council of America. He also served on a number of scientific review panels for the NIH, Autism Speaks Foundation, and New Jersey Governor's Council on Autism.

Gregory K. Brown, PhD was the 2009 recipient of the Research Award from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for his collaborative work in suicide prevention in emergency department settings.

Delane Casiano, MD received a Travel Award in December 2008 from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and American Psychiatric Association.

Michele Cepparulo, Education Administrator for the Department of Psychiatry, passed the examination for the National Board of Certification for Training Administrators of Graduate Medical Education. Michele is only the second Residency Administrator at UPHS to receive certification.

Anna Rose Childress, PhD was named President-Elect of The College on Problems of Drug Dependence.

Judith A. Coché, PhD serves on the Board of Directors of Volunteers in Medicine in Cape May County (New Jersey). The organization's mission is to bring free medical care to those with no income and no insurance. She also is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Registry of Certified Group Psychotherapists.

PENN Psychiatry residents recently competed in MindGames, a jeopardy like competition that pits residency programs against each other for the coveted title of national champions. The residents representing PENN this year include Ryan Connolly, MD, Regina Szucs, MD and Josh Blume, MD. They were selected as one of the final 3 programs to compete at the annual APA meeting in San Francisco this year, receiving a $5,000 grant from the APA. Click here to visit the Residency Training Program site for additional details.

James C. Coyne, PhD was appointed External Scientific Advisor to the European Commission's program "Optimised Suicide Prevention Programs and Their Implementation in Europe", a 14-nation project coordinated by Leipzig University.

Melissa DeJesus Quinn, MD & Benjamin Pumphrey, MD received the 2009 Dr. Henry P. and M. Page Durkee Laughlin Foundation Award. This award is given to a resident upon recommendation of the program in recognition of his/her outstanding professional achievement, dedication and scholarship during the residency.

David F. Dinges, PhD received the 2009 Mary A. Carskadon Outstanding Educator Award from the Sleep Research Society. The award honors an investigator for outstanding efforts in disseminating basic and/or clinical sleep research as a mentor, teacher, or through public education. He was also awarded the 2009 Raymond F. Longacre Award for outstanding accomplishment in the psychological and psychiatric aspects of aerospace medicine by the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA).

Dwight L. Evans, MD received the 2009 William C. Menninger Memorial Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Science of Mental Health from the American College of Physicians at its Annual Meeting in April 2009 in Philadelphia. The award was established in 1967 and was named for Dr. Menninger who was a Governor, Regent, and the first President of the College. Dr. Evans also delivered the William C. Menninger Memorial Award Lecture. Albert J. Stunkard, MD and Aaron T. Beck, MD from the Department of Psychiatry are past recipients of this award.

The American College of Psychiatrists has selected Dwight L. Evans, MD as the 44th President of the organization for 2009-2010. As President, he will oversee the College's governance and chair its Annual Meeting "Translating Scientific Advances into Psychiatric Practice", in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, February 24-28, 2010.

Edna B. Foa, PhD been selected to receive the Career/Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies for her "substantial and enduring impact on the field and on the well-being of patients". The Career/Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Dr. Foa at the ABCT convention in New York in November.

Raquel E. Gur, MD, PhD and Ruben C. Gur, PhD received the 2009 Lieber Prize for Schizophrenia Research awarded by the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders (NARSAD).

Trevor R. Hadley, PhD was selected as the recipient of the 2009 Leadership Award by the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania (MHASP). The award was presented at the 10th Annual Bell of Hope Award Dinner in May 2009.

Matthew O. Hurford, MD was selected for the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare's 2009-10 Psychiatric Leadership Program (PLP). The PLP is an executive leadership program for medical directors in community behavioral health organizations.

Michael Kowitt, PhD, ABPP received the Teacher of the Year Award from the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia for the year 2008-2009.

Caryn Lerman, PhD was elected President of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, an international scientific organization whose members study nicotine addiction, from the molecular to societal levels. She was also appointed to the National Institute on Drug Abuse's (NIDA) Council.

Stephen E. Levick, MD was selected for inclusion in Best Doctors, 2009-10.

David S. Mandell, ScD was named Associate Director of the new Center for Autism Research (CAR). The CAR is a center of emphasis at the Joseph Stokes Jr. Research Institute at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and is a collaboration between CHOP and the University of Pennsylvania.

Donovan Maust, MD has been selected as a NIMH Outstanding Resident Awardee 2009. This award is intended to honor psychiatric residents with outstanding academic potential that have entered their PGY-III level by December 2009.

David S. Metzger, PhD was named Scientific Liaison for the Treatment Research Institute (TRI) and the Penn Department of Psychiatry in June 2009. His role will be to facilitate closer research and academic linkages between the University and TRI, an independent not-for-profit addiction research organization.

Charles P. O'Brien, MD, PhD has been awarded the Society of Biological Psychiatry Gold Medal Award for 2010. The Gold Medal award was established by the Society of Biological Psychiatry to honor pioneering contributions to the field and significant and sustained work that advances and extends knowledge in biological psychiatry. Dr. O'Brien has also been award the CPDD Mentorship Award. This award is given yearly to a member of CPDD who has been an exemplary mentor to developing researchers in the field of drug dependence.

David W. Oslin, MD was selected a member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology in December 2008 and was also selected to the Board of Directors of the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry.

At the 2009 Annual Colloquium of Scholars Meeting of the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society, Angeliki Pesiridou, MD and Sasha Waring Penn, MS-IV won first prize for their poster on: "Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) in the treatment of depression: effectiveness in the real world of clinical practicepost FDA approval". In addition Yan Xuan Penn MS-IV won third prize for his poster entitled: "Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) in the maintenance treatment of major depression: long term outcomes".

R. Arlen Price, PhD will serve as a member of the Kidney, Nutrition, Obesity and-Diabetes Study Section, Center for Scientific Review for the term beginning July 1, 2009. Members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors.

Matt Prowler, MD received a scholarship from the Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome Information Service (NMSIS) Promising New Investigators competition, for a paper entitled "Treatment of catatonia with methylphenidate in an elderly patient with depression", to be published in Psychosomatics.

Paul M. Robins, PhD received the 2009 Excellence in Training Award from the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers. He was also elected to the American Psychological Association's (APA) Society of Pediatric Psychology Executive Board for a 2010 to 2013 term and served as representative to the Education Leadership Conference of the APA's Education Directorate in 2008 and 2009.

Carla Rodgers, MD was appointed chair of the private practice committee of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law for 2008 to 2010. She was selected to be on the advisory board of the American College of Forensic Psychiatry - the term is unlimited. In addition, Dr. Rodgers is the President-Elect of the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society.

David B. Sarwer, PhD was named Associate Editor of the journal Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases.

Theodore D. Satterthwaite, MD received the 2009 American Psychiatric Association/Eli Lilly Resident Research Award in recognition of his manuscript, "Frontolimbic Responses to Emotional Face Memory: The Neural Correlates of a First Impression." This paper was subsequently published in the journal Human Brain Mapping. Dr. Satterthwaite also received the Society of Biological Psychiatry Travel Award and the Junior Investigator Travel Award from the American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education (APIRE).

Robert A. Schnoll, PhD will serve as Co-Chair of the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. He has also been appointed to the Risk, Prevention and Intervention for Addictions Study Section of the NIH.

David Steinman, MD served on the Board of Directors of A Chance to Heal from 2005 to 2009. A Chance to Heal, a non-profit organization, prevents the incidence and reduces the impact of eating disorders, and promotes the importance of positive body image by educating and influencing parents, young people, educators, and health care professionals. In 2009, he became co-chair of the Professional Advisory Committee, which meets regularly to consult with thought leaders in eating disorder prevention research, public health, education, and advocacy.

Richard F. Summers, MD is an American Psychoanalytic Association representative to the Psychotherapy Training Standards Task Force of the Consortium of Psychoanalytic Organizations. He is also a new member of the Laughlin Fellowship Committee of the American College of Psychiatrists. In addition, Dr. Summers served as Program Chair of the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training (AADPRT) held in Tucson, Arizona in March 2009. He is currently Secretary of the AADPRT and Co-Chair of its Clinical Skills Task Force. He is also a new member of the Council on Medical Education and Continuing Education of the American Psychiatric Association.

Chris Tjoa, MD, a resident in the Department of Psychiatry, was awarded an APA/SAMHSA Minority Fellowship. The Minority Fellowships Program (MFP) endeavors to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in mental health and substance abuse care by providing specialized training to psychiatry residents and medical students interested in serving minority communities.

Elizabeth B. Weller, MD is serving as Chair of the Blanche F. Ittleson Research Award Committee of the American Psychiatric Association from May 2009 to May 2010. The Ittleson Award honors the best research in child and adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Weller was selected for inclusion in Best Doctors, 2009-10.

George E. Woody, MD received an award in 2009 given in honor of Alexei Alexeevich Likhachev, founder of the Pharmacology Department of the Women's Medical Institute of St. Petersburg, Russia. He also serves as a member of the Credentials, Awards, and Membership Committees of The College on Problems of Drug Dependence and will continue in this role into 2010.

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Regional Recognition - 2009

The Department of Psychiatry ranked 16th in the 2009-10 US News and World Report Annual Ranking of Best Hospitals for the quality of its Psychiatry clinical services at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, the highest ranking of any Delaware Valley psychiatric program. The HUP service improved from rank 24 in 2008. (Overall, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania ranked 8th nationally, continuing its presence in the survey's "Honor Roll".)

A number of Department of Psychiatry physicians were recognized by Philadelphia Magazine as "Top Doctors" in the region, as reported in the April 2009 issue: Anthony L. Rostain, MD, MA and Elizabeth B. Weller, MD (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry); Joel E. Streim, MD (Geriatric Psychiatry); and Edward S. Brodkin, MD and Michael E. Thase, MD (Psychiatry).

A number of Department of Psychiatry physicians were recognized in Castle Connolly's 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 2009 include: Edward S. Brodkin, MD, Kyle M. Kampman, MD, Anthony L. Rostain, MD, MA, Joel E. Streim, MD, Michael E. Thase, MD, and Elizabeth B. Weller, MD.

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