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June 2016

Departmental Goings-On


Thank you, Dr. Evans!

Dr. EvansOn June 30, Dwight L. Evans, MD will conclude his tenure as Chair of Psychiatry, after almost 19 remarkable years of leading our Department. On January 1, 2017, Maria A. Oquendo, MD will assume the position of Chair of Psychiatry. She is currently Professor and Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Psychiatry at the Columbia University Medical Center and Director of Clinical Studies in the Molecular Imaging and Neuropathology Division of the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University.

In announcing to Penn Medicine faculty and staff on June 1, 2015 that Dwight would be leaving the Chairmanship, J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD, Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System and Dean of the Perelman School of Medicine, and Ralph W. Muller, Chief Executive Officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, succinctly summarized the scope of Dwight’s accomplishments as Chair:

“Dwight is not only one of the longest serving Department Chairs at Penn Medicine but has been one of its most impactful leaders, and his influence on the department will be enduring. Since he assumed its stewardship in October 1997, the Department has grown and strengthened its faculty, improved across all of its mission areas, and established highly productive and collaborative relationships across Penn Medicine, the University, and beyond. As a result, its national reputation has been greatly enhanced.”

The record of the Department’s upward trajectory during Dwight’s tenure is exceptional.  From FY1997 until today, the Department has grown significantly, from 73 full-time faculty in FY 1997 to 131 today, an increase of almost 80 percent. Over the same period, the diversity of the faculty has grown even more. The number of women full-time faculty increased from 18 to 51, a 183 percent increase; the number of minority full-time faculty increased from 5 to 20, a 300 percent increase; and the number of underrepresented minority faculty grew from 3 to 8, a 167 percent increase. Simultaneously, the number of Department-affiliated endowed professorships has doubled, from four to 8 and, in all, 10 different department faculty members hold University professorships.
Similarly, the Department’s research enterprise has flourished. National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding has more than doubled from $23.3 million in FY1997 to $47.5 million in FY2015. According to figures compiled by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, the Department ranked 4th among psychiatry departments nationwide in NIH research support in FY2015. During this period, total sponsored funding has expanded even more dramatically, from $24.1 million to $67.4 million (FY2015) and gifts and endowments have tripled to over $37 million (FY2015). Advancing the Department’s research strengths, Dwight led the creation in 2013 of the NIH-funded Penn Mental Health AIDS Research Center (PMHARC), which he directs, and over his 19 years as Chair supported the creation of approximately 20 faculty-led research centers, programs, and laboratories.

The Department has also achieved national recognition for its clinical programs under Dwight’s stewardship. It ranked 13th nationally in the 2015-16 U.S. News and World Report Annual Ranking of Best Hospitals for the quality of its Psychiatry clinical services, the highest ranking of any Delaware Valley psychiatric program.  In addition, Dwight oversaw the establishment of Penn Behavioral Health (PBH) in the late 1990’s, which offers traditional patient care services and highly innovative non-traditional business and clinical services.

The Department’s educational programs have also thrived. Under Dwight’s leadership, the Department of Psychiatry strengthened its complete and robust array of highly regarded educational programs, including University undergraduate education, undergraduate medical education, residency and clinical fellowship training, post-doctoral research fellowship training, graduate (PhD) training, and continuing medical education and public outreach programs.  In 1999, Dwight established the Office of Education, critical to the success of the Department’s educational programs. He also fostered the establishment in 2012 of the Rural Mental Health Elective at the Mount Desert Island Hospital in Maine, offering Penn Psychiatry residents an experience in a rural setting to complement their experience in Philadelphia’s urban environment. Also in 2012, Dwight led the launch of a psychiatry rotation at Princess Marina Hospital in Botswana and assisted in the development and delivery of a psychiatry curriculum at the University of Botswana School of Medicine. Indeed, with Dwight’s support, the Department’s global outreach has expanded to the point that departmental faculty now participate in programs on all seven continents and, via NASA-funded studies on the International Space Station, even beyond the Earth’s atmospheric boundaries.

After June 30, Dwight intends to remain active within Penn Medicine and will serve as the inaugural holder of the Roehrhoff Rickels Professorship.  He will continue to conduct his translational research on the neurobiology of stress and depression, which has been continuously funded by the NIH for nearly 30 years.  Among numerous awards and accolades, he has received the Award for Research in Psychiatry from the American Psychiatric Association and the William C. Menninger Memorial Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Science of Mental Health from the American College of Physicians. He has served as President of the American College of Psychiatrists, is routinely named to the list of The Best Doctors in America, and has served as President of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

On behalf of the entire Department, I wish to extend to Dwight our fondest appreciation for leading us for almost two decades, assembling the human, physical, and financial resources to allow us to prosper, and, in summing it all up, to thank him for a job very well done!

Caryn Lerman, PhD
John H. Glick Professor and Interim Chair
Department of Psychiatry

Dr. and Mrs. Evans Host Masters’ Dinner with Dr. Beck

Master's Dinner

During his tenure as Chair, Dwight L. Evans, MD developed the very popular Masters’ Dinners with senior faculty (“Masters”) who interact informally with Psychiatry residents and with Office of Education faculty to discuss the history of their careers and their current scientific work. Dr. and Mrs. Evans graciously host these dinners at their home and, on June 7, they hosted a dinner with Aaron T. Beck, MD, the last one that Dr. Evans will host as Chair.  It was a wonderful evening, where Dr. Beck spoke firsthand to the residents about his path to and within psychiatry, as well as his development of cognitive behavioral therapy.  It was an apt conclusion to the Masters’ Dinner series under Dr. Evans’ leadership, as Dr. Evans explained, “Tim Beck was the inspiration for these past two decades and, fittingly, he was the Master at the last dinner that we hosted.”

The Department’s Graduating Residents Are Off to New Challenges

This year, eight (8) Department of Psychiatry PGY-4 residents, two (2) Post Pediatric Portal residents, and three (3) PGY-3 residents will be completing their residency training at Penn and will be headed to new roles at other institutions, as well as within the Department, and to fellowships at new destinations. The Department congratulates these outstanding physicians for jobs well done in the training program and wishes each of them all the best as they continue their life and career journeys.

Graduating Residents

[destinations are below residents’ names and selected accomplishments during residency are in brackets]

Dr. Finelli

Julianna Finelli, MD
Chief Resident, Medical Student Education 

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, Tulane University School of Medicine (New Orleans, LA)



Dr. Jarrett

Matthew Jarrett, MD

Inpatient Attending, Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center (Philadelphia); private outpatient practice (therapy-focused)

[Clinical Fellow, Philadelphia Center for Psychoanalysis (PCOP); Member, Penn Housestaff and Advanced Practitioner Quality Council; Member, Pennsylvania Hospital Psychiatry Unit Based Clinical Leadership Committee; Member, Penn Behavioral Health Risk Reduction Initiative]

Dr. Joy Michelle Joy, MD
Chief Resident, Inpatient

Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania

[With Co-Chief Resident Cecilia Livesey, MD, served as Resident Representatives to the Professionalism Program at Penn Medicine and authored the UPHS Professionalism Statement; Penn Public Psychiatry Interest Group Leader; American Psychiatric Association (APA) Public Psychiatry Fellow; Member, Board of the American Association of Community Psychiatry; Member, APA Council of Psychiatry and the Law; published several book reviews, including on psychoanalysis and sexuality, and co-authored a book with Jody Foster, MD on managing difficult workplace relationships (set for publication by St. Martin’s Press in winter 2016); Recipient, 2016 Dr. Henry P. and M. Page Durkee Laughlin Foundation Award]

Maria Jose Lisotto, MD

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital (Boston, MA)

[Resident Deputy Representative, Resident Representative, and Chair of the Resident’s Pennsylvania Committee, Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society (PaPS); Housestaff Representative, GME Finance Committee, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP); Psychiatry Recruitment Representative, Alliance of Minority Physicians (AMP); Recipient, 2014 Travel Award, American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology (ASCP); Member, ASCP 2016 Annual Meeting Program Committee; Junior Investigator, American Psychiatric Association (APA) Research Colloquium for Junior Investigators; Recipient, 2015 Travel Award, APA (Toronto); Clinical Research Scholars Program (CRSP) resident - published several papers on both psychopharmacology and neuromodulation and presented posters at both local and national conferences; certified in Prolonged Exposure Therapy for adults and adolescents; Minority Fellow (2015), APA/ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) - as a SAMHSA fellow, Voting Member, Council on Children, Adolescents and their Families; Co-Chair and Presenter, Symposium on Sociocultural Perspectives of Postpartum Depression Among Immigrant and Minority Women, 2016 APA Annual Meeting]

Dr. LiveseyCecilia Livesey, MD
Chief Resident, Inpatient

Member, Clinical Faculty, Pennsylvania Hospital, University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA) (after completing residency in November); maintain a private practice

[With Co-Chief Resident Michelle Joy, MD, served as Resident Representatives to the Professionalism Program at Penn Medicine and authored the UPHS Professionalism Statement; established several residency committees, including the first resident-faculty QI committee; Member, HUP Housestaff QI Leadership Council; Medical Advisor for the Broadway production of Misery; Recipient, 2016 Dr. Henry P. and M. Page Durkee Laughlin Foundation Award; Recipient, 2016 Kenneth D. Cohen, MD Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Award]

Dr. Rasetti

Roberta Rasetti, MD, PhD (PGY-3)

Will complete PGY-4 year of residency at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) (Bethesda, MD) followed by a Fellowship in clinical research on the biological mechanisms of psychosis; private practice

[In collaboration with NIMH researchers, published two new studies in JAMA Psychiatry and PlosOne; served as ad-hoc peer reviewer for several psychiatric journals - awarded American Medical Association (AMA) Physician's Recognition Award (PRA) Category 1 Credits for reviewing manuscripts for JAMA Psychiatry and other journals]

Dr. Resnick

Kimberly Resnick, MD

As a late addition to the residency program, will complete some requirements at Penn before pursuing a Fellowship in forensic psychiatry

[Completed two-year Psychoanalytic Fellowship with the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia (PCOP); twice represented Penn in the annual MindGames competition; served as active abstract reviewer for Society of Medical Decision-Making, after her abstract on Anticipated Regret in Shared Decision-Making earned her the honor of becoming a finalist for the Lee B. Lusted early career award]


Dr. Taylor Anne Taylor, MD
Chief Resident, Outpatient                   

Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina (Schizophrenia Treatment and Evaluation Program, part of the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health)

[Recipient, 2014 Medical Student Teaching Award]

Dr. Turner Catharyn A. Turner, II, MD
Post Pediatric Portal Program

Scheduled to graduate in September and is seeking a position in which she can use both her pediatric and psychiatric skills  

[Recipient, 2015 American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Systems of Care Special Program Clinical Projects Award; Certification, American Board of Pediatrics (2013)]

Jeein Yoon, MD
Post Pediatric Portal Program

Pediatrician, Department of Pediatrics, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children (Philadelphia, PA)



Dr. Zhao

Jeff Zhao, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania

[Certified in Prolonged Exposure Therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder [PTSD] and cognitive-behavioral therapy targeting insomnia]


Graduating PGY-3 Residents Fast-Tracking into Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowships

Dr. Perez

Kenny Perez, MD

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami School of Medicine (Miami, FLA)

[Member, Housestaff Executive Committee/Quality Council: Communications and Information Technology Liaison; received the Educational Outreach Program Award for Adult Psychiatry Residents from The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry]

Dr. Vetter

Martin Vetter, MD

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital (Boston, MA)

[Recipient, Travel Grant, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) (San Antonio TX); presented poster on “Quality of Life in Pediatric Liver Transplant Patients,” Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine (APM) (New Orleans LA); published on “pediatric heart transplant in intellectual disability and neurodevelopmental delay”]



Welcome to the Class of 2020

Penn's Department of Psychiatry welcomes the class of 2020 to the residency training program.  The current class of interns in psychiatry was chosen from 1049 applicants of whom 111 were actually ranked.  These 10 individuals are extremely talented young doctors who were at the top of their medical school classes and who demonstrated a strong commitment to the field, as well as great leadership potential. They began their residency training on June 19, 2016.  Next year's recruitment efforts will begin on September 1, 2016 and continue until January 31, 2017. For more information about the Penn Department of Psychiatry's residency training program, please visit []

Dr. Carter
Penelope Carter, MD


Dr. Fosbenner
Fosbenner, MD, MPH


Hussein, MD, MPH


Dr. Moshiri
Sheyda Moshiri, MD



Dr. Muhrer
Eli Muhrer, MD



Dr. Ruutiainen
Tuua Ruutiainen, MD


Agin Thomas, MD


Dr. Venkatraman
Ayyappan Venkatraman, MD


Dr. Wang
Yi Wang, MD


Dr. Yu
Albert Yu, MD



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Dr. Dackis to Retire in July

Dr. Dackis

Charles A. Dackis, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at Penn, will retire this July after a distinguished career as a clinician, researcher, and educator in the addiction field.  On May 7, 2016, Chair Dwight Evans, MD and Caryn Lerman, PhD announced his retirement in an e-mail to Penn Perelman School of Medicine faculty, reproduced here: 

Charles Dackis will be retiring on 7/15/16 after nearly eighteen years at Penn. Dr. Dackis graduated from Duke University Medical School and completed his psychiatric residency at Columbia University in 1981.  He was the Medical Director of two private psychiatric hospitals before joining the Penn faculty in 1998.  Dr. Dackis has been the Chief of Psychiatry at Penn Presbyterian since 1999 and the Medical Director of HUP/CPUP Psychiatry since 2007.  He also directed the O’Brien Center for Addiction Treatment, Penn Forensic Center and the Comprehensive Consultation Service.  Dr. Dackis was in charge of the Addiction Course for medical students for six years and earned several teaching awards including the Dean’s Award in 2003.  Prior to his arrival at Penn, Dr. Dackis conducted research on cocaine and other addictions, and he developed the dopamine depletion theory of cocaine addiction in 1982.  He was a principal investigator at the Center for Studies of Addiction for nearly thirteen years and led the Modafinil Treatment for Cocaine Addiction project.  Dr. Dackis will take a sabbatical before he retires from Penn. We are pleased that he plans to remain active in Philadelphia psychiatry and we thank him for his very important service.


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News and Announcements

In the News

Penn Department of Psychiatry faculty are highly acclaimed experts in their chosen fields, often contacted by local, national, and international media outlets for their knowledge about topics of immediate interest. In this section, we provide just a brief sample of the many recent interactions that our faculty have with the press. For a more complete listing, please visit Penn Psychiatry In the News -

All About Sleep

Dr. Dinges

David F. Dinges, PhD was quoted in several articles about sleep in the May 2016 issue of Philadelphia Magazine. He commented on a variety of topics, including:

1) Why sleep is so important to health – Lack of sleep is “becoming a lifestyle matter. We’re prioritizing it. More scientists are interested in it. The U.S. government has panels on nutrition and exercise. We need to have sleep as the third component of the triad.” Click for Philadelphia Magazine article

2) Why we need sleep - “Evolutionarily, it was adaptive to be out and about in one phase or the other. All animals function according to circadian rhythms, and sleep is a manifestation of that.” Click for Philadelphia Magazine article

3) Why we aren’t getting enough sleep – Citing research from Penn Psychiatry colleague Mathias Basner, MD, PhD, Dr. Dinges said, “Work is the number one reason people reduce their sleep. That’s true even at the billionaire level, where you couldn’t possibly spend all the money you have.” Click for Philadelphia Magazine article

4) The latest time for caffeine in the afternoon without impacting night-time sleep - Caffeine has a half-life of anywhere between two and seven hours, depending on how a person metabolizes it. “The rate at which you metabolize caffeine is genetically determined,” said Dr. Dinges, and he added that individuals probably already know how sensitive (or not) they are to a caffeine jolt. Click for Philadelphia Magazine article

Dr. Dinges is Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry and Director of the Unit for Experimental Psychiatry and Chief of the Division of Sleep and Chronobiology in the Department of Psychiatry at Penn. Dr. Basner is Associate Professor of Sleep and Chronobiology in Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at Penn.


Influential Physicians' Group Recommends Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Insomnia

Dr. PerlisMichael Perlis, PhD was interviewed in a May 2, 2016 WHYY Radio (Philadelphia) Newsworks article reporting the recommendation of the American College of Physicians (ACP) that therapy - not pills - be the first approach for people suffering with insomnia. The new guidelines from the influential ACP endorse cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT-I) as the first-line treatment for chronic insomnia, shown to work for about 50 to 70 percent of patients.

While CBT-I may take several weeks of therapy, the effects last, Dr. Perlis emphasized. “And that’s where it really distinguishes itself from medical therapy,” he said. “There’s no pill on this planet that will give you sustainability of treatment gains after treatment is discontinued.” CBT-I also comes with no or few side effects, in contrast to the potential negative consequences from sleep medications.  Dr. Perlis was also quoted in a May 2 article in STAT about the new ACP guidelines.
Dr. Perlis is Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry and Director of the Penn Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program in the Department of Psychiatry at Penn.

Click to view the May 2, 2016 WHYY Radio (Philadelphia) Newsworks audio segment

Click to view the May 2, 2016 STAT article


Behavioral Therapy for Common Conditions - Practical in the Real World?

Dr. Gehrman

Philip R. Gehrman, PhD was featured as an expert panel member in MedPage Today's May 6, 2016 Friday Feedback series on the topic of the practicality of behavioral therapies in the real world.  MedPage Today contacted several clinicians and researchers in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and sleep disorders via email to ask a number of questions, with one focused on the barriers to the use of behavioral therapies in clinical practices.  Dr. Gehrman replied, “There are two main barriers to behavioral treatment of insomnia. First is lack of awareness, as most providers who treat patients with insomnia don't even know it exists (although the new guidelines will help with that), nor do most patients with insomnia. Second is lack of trained providers. Most mental health or sleep medicine providers are not trained in this type of treatment.”

Dr. Gehrman is Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at Penn.

Click to view the May 6, 2016 MedPage Today article


Talking to Patients About Psychotropic Medications and Cultivating the Therapeutic Alliance

Dr. Ascher

Michael S. Ascher, MD and Frederic Baurer, MD co-authored a column in the April 15, 2016 issue of Clinical Psychiatry News titled “Four Questions Open Dialogue, Cultivate the Therapeutic Alliance.”  The column discussed the anxieties that patients may feel when prescribed psychotropic medications, and explored how physicians might address these anxieties by “engag[ing] the power of the therapeutic alliance.” The authors recommended that prescribers ask their patients four questions to begin to build a “collaborative partnership”:

1) “What does it mean for you to take a medication to treat these symptoms?”

2) “What are your biggest fears or anxieties related to taking this medication?”

3) “Do you think your relationship with your physician can affect the outcome of your treatment?”

4) “Would you feel comfortable telling me if something I’ve said or recommended does not sit well with you so that we can discuss it?”

Drs. Ascher and Baurer acknowledged that some patients do not prefer the collaborative approach, “and want their doctor to know what is best and to believe in the ‘magicality’ of a prescription from an all-knowing physician.” By recognizing this possibility,” they concluded, “we do not impose our preference for a collaborative partnership when it might create further anxiety in a patient. But we seek to learn more from our patients in this regard, and to accept that sometimes we are not the right fit.”

Dr. Ascher is Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at Penn. Co-author Dr. Baurer is Medical Director of the Kirkbride Center in Philadelphia, President of the Pennsylvania Society of Addiction Medicine, and a member of the faculty at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia (PCOP).

Click to view the April 15, 2016 column in Clinical Psychiatry News

Stopping the Revolving Prison Door for the Mentally Ill

Dr. JoyMichelle Joy, MD was cited in a May 10, 2016 article that highlighted a pilot project that Dr. Joy and a team of other health care providers, bioethicists, sociologists, and advocates - including former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey - are collaborating on at Penn. The project is focused on developing ways, according to Dr. Joy, that seek to close the “revolving door” of the mentally ill who endlessly cycle in and out of incarceration. The team’s goal is to develop a new line of research to study ethics and policy questions involving mental health care in correctional settings, starting at the “front door” when mentally ill people are arrested. A major objective is to develop policy proposals about how to improve correctional mental health care and divert more individuals to outside treatment. The project is funded by two Penn entities, the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics and the Scattergood Program for the Applied Ethics of Behavioral Health Care.

Dr. Joy is Chief Psychiatry Resident at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Psychiatry at Penn. Other individuals affiliated with Penn’s Department of Psychiatry are also involved in the project, including Dominic A. Sisti, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Penn, Director of the Scattergood Program, and holder of a secondary faculty appointment in Penn’s Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Sisti was also featured in the article.

Click to view the May 10, 2016 article

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Leadership Appointments

Dr. Foster Appointed Interim Medical Director of HUP and PPMC Psychiatry

Dr. Foster

On May 13, 2016, Chair Dwight Evans, MD and Caryn Lerman, PhD announced the appointment of Jody Foster, MD, MBA as Interim Medical Director of HUP and PPMC Psychiatry in an e-mail to Penn Perelman School of Medicine faculty, reproduced here:

We are pleased to announce that Jody Foster MD, MBA has agreed to serve in the role of Interim Medical Director at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center (PPMC), effective immediately.  In this role, she will oversee psychiatry clinical services at these entities. She will continue in her role as Chair of Psychiatry at Pennsylvania Hospital.

After receiving her medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania in a combined and accelerated BA/MD program with Lehigh University, Jody completed both a residency and a chief residency in psychiatry and a fellowship in clinical psychopharmacology and mood disorders at The Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital.  She also attained her masters of business administration, with a concentration in finance, from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.  Jody is a board certified psychiatrist and Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a member of the American College of Psychiatrists and the American Association of Physician Leaders, and was elected to Penn Medicine’s inaugural class of the Academy of Master Clinicians.

Currently, Jody is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Pennsylvania Hospital (PAH).  Jody also serves as the Executive Medical Director of Penn Behavioral Health Corporate Services, a division of the Department of Psychiatry that includes its own employee assistance program and administrative services organization.   She also leads the Professionalism Committees at the member hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania Health System and runs the Professionalism Program at Penn Medicine, which offers similar services to external health systems.  Prior to her appointment as Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Pennsylvania Hospital, Jody functioned in numerous administrative roles at the Hospital including Interim Chair of the Department of Psychiatry; Director of Adult Treatment Services; Medical Director of the Outpatient Clinic; Director of Electroconvulsive Therapy Services; and she remains Director of Inpatient Services. Jody is also a noted educator and has been named a “Top Doc” by Philadelphia Magazine.  We are grateful to Jody for her leadership during this important transition in the Department of Psychiatry.


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Awards and Honors

Regional, National, and International Honors
Dr. Beck Listed as One of Medscape’s “Most Influential Physicians in History”

Aaron T. Beck, MD appeared on Medscape’s list of the 50 “Most Influential Physicians in History.”  According to Medscape, “Attempting to compile a ranking of the most influential physicians throughout history was an ambitious, fascinating, and perilous undertaking that fueled animated discussions between Medscape editors and advisors.” Ultimately, the Medscape team pared the list to 50 doctors, who in their view constitute “the giants of medicine who stand apart for the extent of their achievements and their impact on the development of medical practice.”

Dr. Beck was listed as the 20th most influential physician in history. His brief Medscape profile reads in part:

“The father of cognitive therapy, Dr Aaron Temkin Beck is considered one of history’s most influential psychotherapists and a pioneer in the field of mental health.

Dr. Beck’s early work on psychoanalytic theories of depression led to his development of cognitive therapy, a new theoretical and clinical orientation, ‘based on the theory that maladaptive thoughts are the causes of psychological symptoms such as anxiety and depression, which in turn cause or exacerbate physical symptoms.’ Through this empirical framework, Dr. Beck conducted extensive research on the psychopathology of depression, suicide, anxiety disorders, panic disorders, alcoholism, drug abuse, personality disorders, and schizophrenia, and developed cognitive therapy for these disorders - helping to establish theories that are widely used in the treatment of clinical depression.”

Dr. Beck is in legendary company.  Medscape’s top five most influential physicians of all time were: Sigmund Freud (#5); Sir Joseph Lister (#4); Ignaz Semmelweis (#3); Hippocrates (#2); and Sir William Osler (#1).  Dr. Osler, considered the “father of modern clinical practice,” was Chair of Clinical Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine from 1884 to 1889, before leaving Penn for Johns Hopkins.

Click to view Dr. Beck’s full Medscape citation (login required)

Dr. Lerman Gives Matilda White Riley Lecture at NIH

Dr. LermanCaryn Lerman, PhD delivered the 2016 Matilda White Riley Lecture for Excellence in Behavioral and Social Sciences on June 20, 2016 in Washington, DC. The lecture, titled “Bridging Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience Research to Advance the Treatment of Tobacco Dependence,” was the feature event at the 9th Matilda White Riley Behavioral and Social Sciences Day, sponsored by the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). According to the OBSSR’s Matilda White Riley Lecture website, “The scholar selected to deliver this lecture is an individual whose research has contributed to behavioral and social scientific knowledge and/or the application of such knowledge relevant to the mission of the National Institutes of Health.” Dr. Matilda White Riley (1911-2004) was a member of the National Academies of Science and served as the National Institute on Aging’s Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Research. Among her many achievements, she built the infrastructure for what became the NIH Director’s Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research.

Dr. Lerman is the John H. Glick Professor and Interim Chair of Penn’s Department of Psychiatry. She is also Deputy Director of Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center and Co-Director of the Penn Medicine Translational Neuroscience Center.

For more information about the Matilda White Riley Lecture, click here

Dr. Hayes To Receive Award from SSIB

Dr. HayesMatthew R. Hayes, PhD was selected to receive the Alan N. Epstein Research Award from the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB). He will be honored at the Annual SSIB meeting in Porto, Portugal this July 12-16.The Epstein Research Award is endowed by Professor Epstein’s family in his memory. Alan Epstein (1932-1992) was for many years a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, a distinguished researcher in ingestive behavior and SSIB's 4th President. In keeping with Dr. Epstein’s scientific vision, this award honors an individual for a specific research discovery that has advanced the understanding of ingestive behavior. Dr. Hayes and his lab seek to identify and characterize the neural signaling pathways controlling for food intake and body weight regulation in an effort to treat obesity and associated co-morbidities.

Dr. Hayes is Assistant Professor of Nutritional Neuroscience in Psychiatry and Associate Director of the Translational Neuroscience Program in the Department of Psychiatry at Penn.


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, former Chair of the Department, this award recognizes Dr. Stunkard’s enormous contribution to the education, training, and support of Department housestaff. Marc Lipschutz, MD, Jody Foster MD, MBA , James L. Stinnett, MD, Claudia F. Baldassano, MD, and Sarah B. Mathews, MD received this honor in 2016.
Elizabeth Ann Hembree, PhD received the 2016 PGY-3 & 4 Teaching Award and Katharine Dalke, MD received the 2016 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.
Theodore (“Ted”) D. Satterthwaite, MD, MA was awarded the 2016 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.

Annie G. Steinberg, MD received the 2016 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.

Lawrence D. Blum, MD was the recipient of the 2016 Earl Bond Award.  Initiated by the efforts of Dr. William Peltz, this annual award is given to Department members who have distinguished themselves for teaching at the medical student, resident, and/or graduate levels.

Sarah DeMichele, MD received the inaugural Dr. Joseph DiGiacomo Award for Junior Faculty Excellence. This honor, established in 2016, is awarded to a junior clinical faculty member (clinical assistant professor) who has shown teaching excellence in the past year or year(s).

Michelle Joy, MD, Cecilia Livesey, MD, and Anne Taylor, MD received the 2016 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.

Cecilia Livesey, MD received the 2016 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.

Ashley Un, MD received the 2016 Medical Student Teaching Award. This award is given to a resident who has been a consistently outstanding teacher of medical students.

Dr. Sheline Honored as Inaugural McLure Professor

Dr. ShelineYvette I. Sheline, MD was honored at a reception for her appointment this Spring as the first chair-holder of the McLure Professorship in Psychiatry and Behavioral Research. The reception was held on June 2, 2016 in the Jordan Medical Education Center. Program speakers included: 1) J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD, Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System and Dean of the Perelman School of Medicine; 2) Jonathan A. Epstein, MD, William Wikoff Smith Professor of Cardiovascular Research and Executive Vice Dean and Chief Scientific Officer for Penn Medicine; 3) Dwight L. Evans, MD, Roehrhoff Rickels Professor of Psychiatry and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Penn; and 4) Dr. Sheline herself.

Photos from the reception are found on the Penn Medicine Facebook page, as well as accompanying text, which is reproduced below.

Last week, friends, family, and colleagues gathered in the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine to celebrate the appointment of Yvette Sheline, MD, as the inaugural chair-holder of the McLure Professorship in Psychiatry and Behavioral Research. Recruited to Penn in 2013 by Penn’s Neuroscience of Behavior Initiative as Director of the Center for Neuromodulation in Depression and Stress (CNDS), Dr. Sheline is known for her pioneering work on hippocampal volume loss in major depression as well as the moderating effects of antidepressant treatment. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression Young Investigator Award, two NARSAD Independent Investigator Awards, and two National Institute of Mental Health Mid-career Investigator Awards in Clinical Research.

Dr. Sheline Award
(L-R) J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD, Dean, Perelman School of Medicine
Yvette I. Sheline, MD
Dwight L. Evans, MD, Chair, Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Sheline Award
(L-R) Anthony Rostain, MD, MA; Yvette Sheline, MD;
David Oslin, MD; Joel Streim, MD

For the full Facebook posting and more photos, click here


Bringing Cognitive Behavior Therapy Training Online

Dr. BeckJudith S. Beck, PhD has developed several new online training programs available through the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Clinicians from 51 countries enrolled in the inaugural 4-week program, Essentials of Cognitive Behavior Therapy, in May. Additional courses, lasting 4-8 weeks, will cover depression, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, and weight loss and maintenance. Courses on CBT for a range of other diagnoses, for medical patients, and for children and adolescents are planned.

Learning includes direct instruction, videos of therapy sessions, clinical roundtables with Beck Institute faculty, experiential exercises, and discussions in an online forum.
Dr. Beck is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at Penn and President of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

For additional information about the new program, visit  Information about other training programs at the Beck Institute can be found at


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