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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 - 2010

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. Claudia Baldassano, MD, Mahendra Bhati, MD, Jody Foster, MD, Christian Kohler, MD, and Marc Lipschutz, MD received this honor in 2010.

The 2010 PGY-3 & 4 Teaching Award was awarded to Richard F. Summers, MD and the 2010 PGY-1 & 2 Teaching Award was awarded to Deborah Kim, 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.

Kyle M. Kampman, MD was awarded the 2010 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.

Marc Lipschutz, MD received the 2010 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.

Benoit Dubé, MD was the 2010 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.

James W. Cornish, MD received the 2010 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, post-doctoral fellows, nurses, and other Penn faculty in the area of substance abuse.

Scott A. Campbell, MD and Theodore D. Satterthwaite, MD received the 2010 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.

Lori A. Goldstein, MD was the 2010 recipient 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.

Kait Yulman, MSW received the Special Recognition for Service to Psychiatric Education Award from the Department of Psychiatry. This award recognizes Ms. Yulman's tireless contributions of organization, energy, and affection to the Office of Education, her five years of service as Curriculum Coordinator of the Psychiatry Residency, and her graduation from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice, where she received her Master’s degree.


Recent Leadership Appointments

Tami D. Benton, MD was appointed Psychiatrist-in-Chief and Chief of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The newly named Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Science is inclusive of all Psychiatry and Psychology services and programs at CHOP. Dr. Benton served as the interim Chief since July 2009.

Effective July 1, 2010, David F. Dinges, PhD became the first Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development of the Department of Psychiatry. In this new role, Dr. Dinges will work with the faculty and Chairman Dwight L. Evans, MD to maximize the professional potential of the Department's faculty. He will be responsible for facilitating the recruitment and appointment, promotion, and retention of distinguished faculty, and will work to further enhance the Department's mentoring program and its commitment to diversity.

In June 2009, David S. Metzger, PhD assumed the role of Scientific Liaison between the Department of Psychiatry and the independent, not-for-profit Treatment Research Institute (TRI). The primary objective of the Scientific Liaison Position is to facilitate closer research and academic linkages between investigators at Penn and TRI. This will include the identification of new research and evaluation opportunities, the development of new research collaborations, and the wider dissemination of existing addictions research activities and findings in both organizations.

David W. Oslin, MD was tapped to serve as the Interim Chief of Staff at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center in May 2010. This temporary assignment will last about six to nine months.

Michelle E. Conley, MBA, BSN, RN, FABC, Associate Chief Nursing Officer at Pennsylvania Hospital, will be assuming the responsibilities of Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Acute Care Services there, while a national search is underway to replace Bob Haffey.

Julie Ann Low, MD was appointed Director of the Mental Health Clinic at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center, effective March 2010.


Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Teaching Awards

These teaching awards from the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellows (Class of 2010) 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.

  • Josephine Elia, MD received the Elizabeth B. Weller Distinguished Teacher Award.
  • Ashley J. Angert, DO received the Fellow Teaching Award for Outside Faculty.
  • Ronald Liebman, MD received the Fellow Teaching Award for In-House Faculty.

Aanmol Rai, MD received the 2010 Graduate Education Committee Award for Excellence in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Lydia K. Sit, MD received the 2010 Elizabeth B. Weller Outstanding Fellow Award. This 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.


Penn/Perelman School of Medicine Honors

Robert M. Weinrieb, MD was awarded a 2010 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching at the University of Pennsylvania. This award, presented by the Provost's office, was established in 1961 with the help of the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation and recognizes "teaching that is intellectually demanding, unusually coherent, and permanent in its effect."

Eleanor Ainslie, MD received the 2010 Medical Student Teaching Award. This award is given to a resident who has been a consistently outstanding teacher of medical students.

David Danish, MD received a 2010 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. This award is managed by AOA students.

Spencer J. Kostinsky, MD received the 2010 Dean's Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching at an Affiliated Hospital. This award recognizes teaching excellence and commitment to medical education at Penn Medicine’s affiliated hospitals.

Chanita Hughes-Halbert, PhD was appointed Associate Program Director for Community Engagement of the Perelman School of Medicine's Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, where she co-directs the course on Methods for Community-Based Participatory Research and Community Engagement. Also, Dr. Hughes-Halbert was selected to be in the second cohort of Penn Fellows. The Penn Fellows Program, begun in 2009, provides leadership development to select Penn faculty members in mid-career, including opportunities to build cross-campus networks, meet with academic leaders both inside and outside Penn, think strategically about universities and university governance, and interact informally with Penn administrators. Dr. Hughes-Halbert was also selected to be a member of the Ad Hoc Consultative Committee to advise University President Amy Gutmann on the selection of Penn's next Executive Vice President of the University for the Health System and Dean of the Perelman School of Medicine. Provost Vincent Price chairs the committee.

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Regional, National & International Honors

Edna B. Foa, PhD was named one of TIME Magazine's "TIME 100" for 2010, the magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Dr. Foa was cited for her development of Prolonged Exposure (PE) for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. The recent dramatic increase of PTSD sufferers in the U.S. and internationally, following increased terror attacks, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and numerous natural disasters, has resulted in the urgent need to disseminate PE to mental health professionals. PE has been adopted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for use in treating returning combat veterans, as well as by governments and private health facilities around the world. Dr. Foa was included as one of 25 influential "Thinkers" in TIME's list - the survey also names influential "Leaders," "Heroes," and "Artists."

In 2009, Jacques P. Barber, PhD, ABPP was invited to the American Psychological Association's Science Leadership Conference, among others, to represent the behavioral sciences in Congress.

Tami D. Benton, MD was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Devereux Foundation in 2009. Devereux is a non-profit organization providing services around the nation for persons with emotional, developmental, and educational disabilities.

Ellen Berman, MD received the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Family Therapy Academy in recognition of her "consistent and outstanding contribution to the field of family therapy theory and practice over the course of a career." She was also elected to the Board of Directors of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry. Dr. Berman was also named to the advisory committee of the American Psychiatric Association's American Association of Community Psychiatrists Recovery to Practice Initiative, and elected to the Board of NAMI Pennsylvania Main Line affiliate. NAMI is a national organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals impacted by mental illness through education and support.

Wade H. Berrettini, MD, PhD is Chair of the Committee on Advocacy Groups of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. He also received the Research Award from the Caron Foundation in 2009.

Olivier Berton, PhD was elected to the editorial board of Neurobiology of Disease.

Rhonda C. Boyd, PhD serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma and of Clinical Medicine: Psychiatry, and is an ad-hoc reviewer for the Journal of Black Psychology.

Gregory Carlson, PhD was invited to join the scientific advisory committee of the International Rett Syndrome Foundation (IRSF). The core mission of the IRSF is to fund research for treatments and a cure for Rett syndrome, while enhancing the overall quality of life for those living with Rett syndrome by providing information, programs, and services.

James W. Cornish, MD was elected as a Fellow to the College of Physicians and Surgeons.

David F. Dinges, PhD was selected to continue as Team Leader for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) Neurobehavioral and Psychosocial Factors Team for human space flight. This is his 10th consecutive year in that role. In January 2010, Dr. Dinges was reappointed for another five-year term (2011-2016) to serve as Editor in Chief of SLEEP, the leading scientific journal on sleep research and sleep medicine. SLEEP is the official publication of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, LLC, which is a joint venture of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society.

Benoit Dubé, MD received the American Psychiatric Association's Nancy C.A. Roeske Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Medical Student Education during the APA's Annual Meeting in New Orleans in May 2010. This award is given annually to APA members who have made outstanding and sustaining contributions to medical student education.

Dwight L. Evans, MD received the 2009 Award for Research in Psychiatry from the American Psychiatric Association. The APA considers this honor as its "most significant award given for research." As the award recipient, Dr. Evans delivered an honorary lecture on "Mood Disorders and Medical Illness: A Major Public Health Problem" in New York City in October 2009.

Chang-Gyu Hahn, MD, PhD was selected to be the editor of a special issue of the journal Brain Research Bulletin titled "Beyond Candidate Genes for Schizophrenia." In addition, he has been asked to be the leading organizer of a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) workshop titled "Synaptomics in Psychiatric Illnesses."

Gordon R. Hodas MD was appointed "Distinguished Life Fellow" by the American Psychiatric Association in December 2009. He serves as representative for the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) at the bimonthly OMHSAS Advisory Committee meetings in Grantville and as the OMHSAS representative at the monthly Pennsylvania Youth and Family Training Institute meetings in Mechanicsville. In 2009 and 2010, he was a co-facilitator of the Family and Youth Psychotropic Medication Education Subcommittee for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, a workgroup that includes child and adolescent psychiatrists and other mental health professionals, state policy representatives, family advocates, and youth. Dr. Hodas is also an ongoing member and participant at the quarterly meetings of the Workgroup on Community Based Systems of Care within the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). As a member of this Workgroup, he codeveloped the Toolkit for System-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The Toolkit was formally approved by AACAP in October 2009, and is now on AACAP website. With other members of the Workgroup, he also co-developed the AACAP Policy Statement on "Family and Youth Participation in Clinical Decision-Making." The policy statement was formally approved by AACAP Council in October 2009.

Chanita Hughes-Halbert, PhD was appointed Chairperson of the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Human Genetics Study Section at the NIH's Center for Scientific Review.

John B. Jemmott III, PhD served as Chair of the Special Emphasis Panel on "Health, Youth and HIV" for RFA HD-08-010, "Using Proven Factors in Risk Prevention to Promote Protection from HIV Transmission (R01)." The grant review panel was convened by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and met in April 2009 in Washington, DC.

Irwin Lucki, PhD continues as Principal Editor for Psychopharmacology, one of the leading journals in this field. He is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Boards for the journals Neuropsychopharmacology and the Journal of Psychopharmacology.

Charles P. O'Brien, MD, PhD received the 2009 Paul Hoch Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology for unusually significant contributions to the College and the John P. McGovern Award in Research and Medial Education in Substance Abuse from the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA). He also received the 2010 Mentorship Award from the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD). 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. Dr. O'Brien also received the Society of Biological Psychiatry Gold Medal Award for 2010. This award was established to honor pioneering contributions to the field and significant and sustained work that advances and extends knowledge in biological psychiatry. He was given the award at the Society's Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans in May.

Adrian Raine, DPhil was selected as a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (previously the American Psychological Society).

J. Russell Ramsay, PhD is co-Chair of the Professional Advisory Board of the Attention Deficit Disorder Association.

Anthony L. Rostain, MD, MA is a Member of the Psychiatry Resident-In-Training Examination (PRITE) Editorial Board Selection Committee of the American College of Psychiatrists and Chair of the Model Curricula Committee of the American Association of Directors of Residency Training (AADPRT). In June 2010, he received the Community Service Award from the Regional Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. This award recognizes an individual for public service on behalf of the mental health needs of children in the Philadelphia area.

Steven J. Siegel, MD, PhD was named to the Program Committee for the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, and to the Education Task Force for the Society for Biological Psychiatry.

Andrew Strasser, PhD was appointed Associate Editor of Nicotine and Tobacco Research.

Joel E. Streim, MD was appointed to the National Quality Forum (NQF) Mental Health Steering Committee. This group is responsible for evaluating and recommending mental health outcome measures for endorsement by NQF member groups, to be used for quality measurement and public reporting.

The American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry announced that Joel Streim, MD has been appointed to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Technical Expert Panel for Inpatient Psychiatric Quality Measure Development.

Richard F. Summers, MD became President-Elect of the American Association of Directors of Residency Training (AADPRT) in March 2010. He previously served as Secretary.

Michael E. Thase, MD was re-appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology. He was also named the Vice Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the National Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.

Thomas A. Wadden, PhD received the George A. Bray Founders Award at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Obesity Society in October 2009. This honor recognizes his "significant contributions to the advancement of the treatment of obesity." He also received an award from the same society for the "best research paper" published in Obesity in 2009.

Daniel Weintraub, MD was appointed to the Editorial Board of Movement Disorders and to the Movement Disorders Society Taskforce on Mild Cognitive Impairment in Parkinson’s Disease and Predictors of PD Dementia. He also served as Chair of the Psychiatry Subgroup of Common Data Elements Working Group of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Monnica T. Williams, PhD was appointed to the Delaware Valley Association of Black Psychologists Executive Board in 2009.

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Clinical Recognition

The Department's Drug and Alcohol Abuse program moved up to 4th place (tied with Columbia University) from 6th place in the 2011 U.S. News & World Report annual survey of medical schools and their specialty programs. The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania achieved a #2 ranking, its highest position in at least 20 years, and perhaps ever.

A number of Department of Psychiatry physicians were recognized by Philadelphia Magazine as "Top Doctors" in the region, as reported in the April 2010 issue - Kyle M. Kampman, MD (Addiction Psychiatry); Anthony L. Rostain, MD, MA (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 2010 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 2010 include: 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 "2009-2010 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 2009-2010 survey are:
Jay Amsterdam, MD, Steven Arnold, MD, Christos Ballas, MD, Robert Berkowitz, MD, Wade Berrettini, MD, PhD, Lawrence Blum, MD, James Cornish, MD, Charles Dackis, MD, Sarah DeMichele, MD, Dwight Evans, MD, David Fink, MD, Newell Fischer, MD, Ruth Fischer, MD, Rollin Gallagher, MD, Donald Gill, MD, Laszlo Gyulai, MD, Edward Hicks, MD, Kyle Kampman, MD, Deborah Kim, MD, Stephen Levick, MD, Marc Lipschutz, MD, Michael McCarthy, MD, Charles O'Brien, MD, PhD, Anthony Rostain, MD, MA, Robert Sadoff, MD, James Stinnett, MD, Joel Streim, MD, Robert Toborowsky, MD, Robert Weinrieb, MD, and George Woody, MD.

In March 2010, MORE Magazine included the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and specifically the Penn Center for Women's Behavioral Wellness (PCWBW), directed by C. Neill Epperson, MD, as one of the top programs in the country specifically tailored to the mental health issues of women over 40. The article listed the PCWBW as one of a handful of female-centric outpatient mental health programs in the nation that focuses expressly on the effects of aging on mood and memory in menopausal aged women, and as the best place for women over 40 to seek treatment for depression.

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