Awards and Honors 2014

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Teaching Awards

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. E. Cabrina Campbell, MD, Scott A. Campbell, MD, Claudia F. Baldassano, MD, Theodore D. Satterthwaite, MD, MA, and Sarah B. Mathews, MD received this honor in 2014.

Theodore D. Satterthwaite, MD, MA received the 2014 PGY-3 & 4 Teaching Award and Spencer J. Kostinsky, MD received the 2014 PGY-1 & 2 Teaching Award. 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.

Steven Berkowitz, MD was awarded the 2014 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.

Ruth S. Fischer, MD received the 2014 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.

Michael E. Thase, MD was the recipient of the 2014 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.

Claudia Sauerteig, MD and Steven Sust, MD received the 2014 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.

David Lee, MD, Dan Lache, MD, and Erin Torday, MD received the 2014 Kenneth D. Cohen, MD Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Award. This award is named as a tribute to the late Dr. Cohen in recognition of his outstanding teaching about psychodynamic understanding during his 54 years on the Department of Psychiatry faculty. He was a dedicated, tireless, and enthusiastic teacher who helped residents focus on the patient as a person and the essential importance of subjective experience. The prize has been endowed by the Cohen Family.

University of Pennsylvania/Perelman School of Medicine Honors

Richard F. Summers, MD received the 2014 Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence by Non-Standing Faculty from the University of Pennsylvania, “given in recognition of distinguished teaching.” He was also elected to a six-year term on the Psychiatry Residency Review Committee of the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), beginning in April 2014. The ACGME is responsible for setting the requirements for psychiatry residency training and accrediting general and specialty training programs. In addition, Dr. Summers received the Edith Sabshin Award for Excellence in Psychoanalytic Teaching from the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) in New York in January 2014. The Sabshin Award recognizes members of the APsaA who have made outstanding contributions in educating students who are not candidates at psychoanalytic institutions.

Dr. Summers has written on psychodynamic therapy training, therapeutic alliance, psychodynamic formulation, positive psychology, and psychiatry residency training. His book, Psychodynamic Therapy: A Guide to Evidence Based Practice, co-authored with Jacques Barber, PhD, is currently used in over thirty training programs. Dr. Summers is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Co-Director of Residency Training in the Department of Psychiatry.

E. Cabrina Campbell, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, received the 2014 Robert Dunning Dripps Memorial Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education from the Penn Perelman School of Medicine. This honor recognizes “excellence as an educator of residents and fellows in clinical care, research, teaching, or administration.” Dr. Campbell is an inaugural member of Penn Medicine’s Academy of Master Clinicians and Associate Director of Inpatient Psychiatry at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. As expressed in the April 29 issue of the Penn Almanac, “she is known for her compassion and dedication to patients, students, residents and other trainees.”

Scott A. Campbell, MD and Paul Kettl, MD received the 2014 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching at an Affiliated Hospital from the Penn Perelman School of Medicine, along with two other recipients. This award recognizes “clinical teaching excellence and commitment to medical education by outstanding faculty members from affiliated hospitals.” Dr. Campbell is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Director of Inpatient Psychiatric Services on 6 Spruce and Director of the Consultation-Liaison Service at Pennsylvania Hospital. He is actively involved in mentoring and training medical students and Penn Psychiatry residents, in addition to participating in ongoing Brain & Behavior and Doctoring courses for pre-clinical medical students. Dr. Kettl is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Education Director of the Behavioral Health Service at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center (PVAMC). He coordinates the outpatient clinic of the PVAMC, where all Penn medical students rotate. He also serves as a lecturer for the Psychiatry residency program, and conducts repeated clinical skills exams for the residents.

Vasant Dhopesh, MD received the 2014 Scott Mackler Award for Excellence in Substance Abuse Teaching from the Penn Perelman School of Medicine. This award was established in 2000 by the Center for Studies of Addiction and the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Mackler was known for his excellence in teaching medical students, residents, postdoctoral fellows, nurses, and other Penn faculty in many different departments in the area of substance abuse. Dr. Dhopesh is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and is a member of the Center for Studies of Addiction in the Department of Psychiatry. He has taught in the substance abuse course for medical students and residents for over three decades, focusing on the medical effects of drug abuse and the importance of careful physical and neurological patient examinations.

Anne Taylor, MD received the 2014 Medical Student Teaching Award. This award is given to a resident who has been a consistently outstanding teacher of medical students.

E. Cabrina Campbell, MD was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) Class of 2015 (fourth-year Penn medical students) as one of two faculty inductees in October 2014. The communication to her announcing her induction stated that she was selected “for your embodiment of humanism in medicine, as well as for your role-modeling of patient centered care.” The GHHS was established nationwide in 2002 by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation “as a signature program to recognize medical students, residents, and faculty who practice patient-centered care by modeling the qualities of integrity, excellence, compassion, altruism, respect and empathy.” Dr. Campbell is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Director of Inpatient Psychiatry at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center.

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Research and Career Achievement Awards

Regional, National & International Honors

Charles P. O’Brien, MD, PhD was selected by the American College of Physicians (ACP) to receive the 2014 William C. Menninger Memorial Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Science of Mental Health. Dr. O’Brien will receive this significant honor in April 2014 at the Annual Meeting of the ACP. 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. O’Brien joins four other distinguished Penn Psychiatry faculty who have received this very prestigious award - Raquel E. Gur, MD, PhD (2011), Dwight L. Evans, MD (2009), Aaron T. Beck, MD (2007), and Albert J. Stunkard, MD (1980). Dr. O’Brien is the Kenneth E. Appel Professor of Psychiatry and Founder of the Center for Studies of Addiction in the Department of Psychiatry.

Daniel Wolf, MD, PhD received the 2013 Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Residents from the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in May 2013. According to the APA, the award recognizes “APA members who have made outstanding and sustaining contributions to resident education in psychiatry.” Dr. Wolf is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry.

Theodore (Ted) D. Satterthwaite, MD and Pavel I. Ortinski, PhD received Young Investigator Travel Awards from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP). The awards supported their visits to the ACNP’s Annual Meeting in Hollywood, Florida in December, 2013, among other benefits. According to the ACNP, these awards allow recipients “an opportunity to attend an outstanding scientific program in clinical and basic research on brain-behavior drug interactions; become aware of the most recent, and often unpublished, advances in psychopharmacology; and meet and interact with internationally distinguished researchers and scientists.” At the ACNP meeting, Dr. Satterthwaite presented work examining how sex differences in brain connectivity and network organization in adolescence relate to patterns of cognition. Dr. Satterthwaite is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Dr. Ortinski is Research Assistant Professor of Neurobiology in Psychiatry.

John B. Jemmott III, PhD was named a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) in May 2013. According to the APS, Fellow status is awarded to Association Members who have made “sustained outstanding contributions to the science of psychology in the areas of research, teaching, and/or application.” The APS (previously the American Psychological Society) is dedicated to the advancement of scientific psychology and its representation at the national and international levels. It currently has approximately 25,000 members and includes the leading psychological scientists and academics, clinicians, researchers, teachers, and administrators in the field. Dr. Jemmott is the Kenneth B. Clark Professor of Communication and Psychiatry and Director of the Center for Health Behavior and Communication Research in the Annenberg School for Communication and the Perelman School of Medicine.

Stephen J. Morse, JD, PhD has been named the recipient of the 2014 Isaac Ray Award from the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in recognition of his outstanding contributions to forensic psychiatry and the psychiatric aspects of jurisprudence. Dr. Morse will receive the award, one of the highest honors in its field, at the APA’s Annual Meeting in New York in May. He will deliver his award lecture on why neuroscience does not pose a fundamental challenge to the traditional practice of forensic psychiatry and psychology. The Isaac Ray Award has been given by the APA since 1952 in honor of Dr. Ray, a nineteenth-century pioneer in the field of forensic psychiatry. In 2006, Robert L. Sadoff, MD in the Department of Psychiatry also earned this prestigious honor. Dr. Morse is the Ferdinand Wakeman Hubbell Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology and Law in Psychiatry, and the Associate Director of the Penn Center for Neuroscience & Society. He has an international reputation for his work on problems of individual responsibility and agency and the intersection of law and neuroscience. In 1989, Dr. Morse was awarded the American Academy of Forensic Psychology’s Distinguished Contribution Award. He teaches courses on criminal law, mental health law, freedom and responsibility, and perspectives on cognitive neuroscience.

Judith Coche, PhD, Clinical Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, received a Letter of Excellence from the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA) for a DVD recently produced about her work in couples group therapy training. Dr. Coche also chaired a national training symposium in group psychotherapy at the AGPA’s Annual Meeting in Boston in March 2014 titled “Psychiatry Treats Troubled Times: Training Group Therapy at Penn.” In addition to Dr. Coche, the session featured six participants from the Department of Psychiatry, including Juliette A. Galbraith, MD, CGP (Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry), Shari Baron, MSN, RN (Clinical Associate), and four Psychiatry residents - David Lee, MD; Katherine Baratz Dalke, MD, MBE; Courtney Lockhart McMickens, MD, MPH; and Thomas Alexander Suberman, MD. The panelists presented their viewpoints on the Penn group training program, followed by a discussion with a national and international group of colleagues. This symposium was unique in spotlighting the training in group psychotherapy in Penn’s Department of Psychiatry as a model of excellence. Dr. Coche and the panelists engaged the audience in a discussion of standards for group therapy residency training.

Six (6) Department of Psychiatry physicians were recognized by Philadelphia Magazine as “Top Doctors” in the region, as reported in the May 2014 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).

David B. Sarwer, PhD was appointed a public member Director of the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), joining 21 other members of the ABPS Board. The ABPS is one of 24 medical specialty boards that make up the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Its mission “is to promote safe, ethical, efficacious plastic surgery to the public by maintaining high standards for the education, examination, certification, and maintenance of certification of plastic surgeons as specialists and subspecialists.” Dr. Sarwer is Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry and Surgery at Penn. He is a consultant to the Edwin and Fannie Gray Hall Center for Human Appearance at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), where he leads a program of research on the psychosocial aspects of appearance, and he works with the Division of Plastic Surgery at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Dr. Sarwer is also Director of Clinical Services at the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry.

Theodore D. Satterthwaite, MD, MA is a recipient of the 2014 Gerald R. Klerman Award. This honor “recognize[s] exceptional clinical and basic research by young scientists who have been supported with NARSAD Young Investigator Grants from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation.” Dr. Satterthwaite, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Penn, will receive the award in New York City in July at a reception hosted by the Foundation.

Charles P. O’Brien, MD, PhD received the Lifetime Achievement Award in May 2014 from the Tulane Medical Alumni Association on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his graduation from the Tulane University School of Medicine. An article in a Tulane University publication concisely summarized the scope of Dr. O’Brien’s numerous and seminal contributions to the addictions field: “Widely viewed as one of the most respected and innovative researchers in the world, O’Brien has conducted countless research projects and dozens of clinical trials and authored over 600 papers. His work has increased understanding of the clinical aspects of addictions and the neurobiology of relapse.

Aaron T. Beck, MD recently received major honors from around the region and world. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science (honoris causa) from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia in November 2014. The citation for the honorary degree reads in part: “Dr Beck’s research into Cognitive Therapy has fundamentally changed the way that mental health disorders are viewed and the way psychological treatment is conducted. Dr Beck is today recognised as one of the world’s leading researchers in psychopathology and has been cited as one of the most influential therapists of all time (part of a list that includes Dr Sigmund Freud)…”

Dr. Beck was also honored with the Changing Minds Award, presented to him in October 2014 at Minding Your Mind’s (MYM) 5th Annual Blue Gene Gala in Philadelphia. MYM’s primary objective is to provide mental health education to adolescents, teens and young adults, their parents, teachers, and school administrators in an effort to reduce the stigma and destructive behaviors often associated with mental health issues and illnesses. The Changing Minds Award honors an individual who has had a dramatic impact on the field of mental health and whose work has consistently advanced the philosophy that those with mental health disorders can live happy and productive lives through treatment. Dr. Beck was cited for “his lifetime achievement in psychiatry.”

Dr. Beck also received the Impact Award from the Montgomery County, PA chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in November 2014 in Philadelphia. This award, begun in 2013, recognizes outstanding work done in the recovery of persons with mental illness, and is part of NAMI’s Annual Benefit for the Brain. Dr. Beck was honored for his development of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Dr. Beck is Emeritus University Professor of Psychiatry at Penn and Director of the Aaron T. Beck Psychopathology Research Center in the Department of Psychiatry.

Edna B. Foa, PhD received the Scientific Research Award from the Montgomery County, PA chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in November 2014 in Philadelphia. She was cited “for her research on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.” Dr. Foa is Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry at Penn and Director of the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety (CTSA) in the Department of Psychiatry.

Michael E. Thase, MD gave the annual Alexander Glassman Memorial Lecture at the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute on October 1, 2014. The title of the talk was “Do Antidepressants Really Work? A Review of the Current Controversy.” Dr. Thase is Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Treatment and Research Program in the Department of Psychiatry at Penn.

Stephen J. Morse, JD, PhD was one of this year’s recipients of the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award, which recognizes a small number of leading scholars each year in the fields of medicine, law, and psychology. He received the award, along with nine other recipients, at a ceremony on November 15, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Morse was recognized not only for his cross-disciplinary scholarly work focusing on the intersections of the law, psychology, psychiatry, and neuroscience, but for his accomplishments as an educator. The $25,000 Beckman Award specifically honors scholars who have “inspired their former students to create an organization which has demonstrably conferred a benefit on the community at large.” Dr. Morse inspired a former student, James Preis, to found and be Executive Director of Mental Health Advocacy Services, a public interest law firm in Los Angeles that advocates on behalf of people with mental disabilities and that has helped thousands of clients. Dr. Morse is the Ferdinand Wakeman Hubbell Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology and Law in Psychiatry, and the Associate Director of the Penn Center for Neuroscience & Society.

Adrian Raine, PhD received the 2013 Athenaeum Literary Award from The Athenaeum of Philadelphia for his book, The Anatomy of Violence: The Biological Roots of Crime (Pantheon, 2013), which discussed the biological foundation for violent behavior. This award, according to the Athenaeum, was established in 1950 to “recognize and encourage literary achievement among authors who are bona fide residents of Philadelphia or Pennsylvania living within a radius of 30 miles of City Hall at the time their book was written or published. Nominated works are reviewed on the basis of their significance and importance to the general public as well as for literary excellence.” Dr. Raine was also elected President of the Academy of Experimental Criminology (AEC) in 2013, and will serve until 2015. The AEC was founded in 1998 in order to recognize criminologists who have successfully led randomized, controlled, field experiments in criminology. The Academy recognizes outstanding achievements in experimental criminology through election of Fellows and Honorary Fellows, and by bestowing prestigious awards. Dr. Raine is the Richard Perry University Professor of Criminology, Psychiatry, and Psychology.

John P. Williams MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, recently received several honors. In November 2014, he received the Jack Greenspan Award from the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society. The Greenspan Award is “presented to a psychiatrist who has been out of training for up to five years and has established a private practice, who has excelled in preserving, protecting, and defending the practice of psychiatry in Pennsylvania, or has made a substantial contribution to the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society and/or organized psychiatry.” Dr. Williams was also appointed by Governor Tom Corbett to the Board of Pardons of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and, on January 1, 2015, he will become President of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, an international board certifying mental health clinicians in cognitive behavioral therapy.

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Clinical Recognition

Six (6) Department of Psychiatry physicians were recognized in Castle Connolly’s 2013 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 2013 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., the website for Health magazine, listed the Albert J. Stunkard Weight Management Program as one of the top 15 medical weight loss centers in the U.S. According to the website (,,20765536,00.html), all of the selected centers met two basic criteria - they offer an evidence-based treatment plan (meaning the methods are backed by solid clinical research), and they are closely medically supervised. Under the leadership of David B. Sarwer, PhD, Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry and Surgery, the Stunkard Program treats overweight and obese adults. Program professionals develop a custom plan for physical, nutritional, and behavioral therapy for each patient following an initial evaluation. Treatment can include individual and group counseling, the use of structured meal-replacement programs, and medication, if appropriate.

For the second straight year, the Department of Psychiatry’s clinical services ranked 12th nationally in the 2014-15 US News & World Report’s Annual Ranking of Best Hospitals, the top ranking for psychiatric care in the region. Overall, the Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian (HUP-PPMC) ranked 7th nationally, up from #11 in the prior survey, continuing its presence in the survey’s “Honor Roll,” where it has placed in 17 of the past 18 years.

Twenty-nine (29) Department of Psychiatry physicians were recognized as 2013 2014 “Best Doctors in America." Seventeen (17) of the physicians are Full-Time or Emeritus faculty and twelve (12) are Associated Faculty. The list, compiled by Best Doctors, Inc., is composed of physicians who have been selected by a consensus of their peers, and is published every two years.

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