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Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation Teams Up with BMC and Community Health Centers to Address Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Continuing on the path of building models for addressing the needs of some of our most vulnerable children the BMC Department of Psychiatry received a $2.2 M grant from the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation. This grant is led by the Section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and co-directed by Dr. Lisa Fortuna (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) and Dr. Emily Feinberg (Pediatrics and School of Public Health).  It will be used to develop a model of integrated and collaborative child behavioral health care in collaboration with three community health centers: Codman Square Community Health Center, Dimock Community Health Center, and Lowell Community Health Center. The project, known as TEAM UP (Transforming and Expanding Access to Mental Health in Urban Pediatrics) for Children, is part of a 4-year, $10 million initiative to support increased access to mental health care for children.  The project focuses on expanding the ability of community health centers to prevent, identify and treat mild to moderate mental illnesses and behavioral disorders including anxiety, depression and ADHD.
The four-year project aims to create fully collaborative multidisciplinary teams prepared to address the mental health needs of primarily low-income children and families through the delivery of early and evidence-based interventions right within primary care pediatrics. Prevention and early intervention can make great strides in addressing the mental and physical healthcare needs, and may even reduce school achievement disparities among low-income and minority children. In addition, the project includes a two-year long learning collaborative for primary care providers, behavioral health clinicians, and community health workers. Participants will focus on how to establish integrated care within pediatrics.

The lead BMC faculty include Dr Lisa Fortuna, Dr. Michelle Durham, and Dr. Lovern Mosely, and they are collaborating with clinical faculty Dr. Donna Pincus, Dr. Martha Tompson, Dr. Bill Beardsley and Betsy Groves McAlister. 

Recent Faculty Appointments and Promotions

Pedro Fernandez, MD - Assistant Professor
Tae Woo Park, MD - Assistant Professor
Sarah Valentine, Ph.D - Assistant Professor
Katherine Goodwin, MD - Instructor
Pavel Jalynytchev, MD - Instructor
Dr Gary Kaplan wins
Outstanding Psychiatrist Award

Congratulations to Dr. Gary B. Kaplan!  He has been awarded the Outstanding Psychiatrist Award for the Public Sector from the Massachusetts Psychiatry Society (MPS).
Residents with Positions in Child, Addiction, and Psychosomatic Fellowships for July 2017

Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship
Larkin Elderon, MD - Brigham and Women’s
Cristina Montalvo, MD - BU/BMC

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship
Diana Mujalli, MD - UMass Worcester

Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship
Brad Stankiewicz, MD - VA/BMC
Dustin Patil, MD - VA/BMC
Natasha Perez, MD - VA/BMC
Dr. Kermit A. Crawford Appointed to the CDC Board

Kermit A. Crawford, Ph.D. has been selected to serve on the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Crawford is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Boston University School of Medicine, Psychiatry Department. 

Dr. Crawford's special interests include multicultural mental health, research, disaster behavioral health response, and workforce development. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and is board certified in forensic mental health. 

New Director of Psychotherapy Education

Gregory K. Binus, M.D. has been appointed Director of Psychotherapy Education in the Psychiatry Residency Training Program. Dr. Binus received his psychiatric training at Boston University School of Medicine Division of Psychiatry and has more than 30 years of resident and medical student teaching experience at Boston University.
Third Book Release for Dr. Frances R. Frankenburg

Frances R. Frankenburg, M.D. has authored and edited her third book: Human Medical Experimentation: From Smallpox Vaccines to Secret Government Programs. The book explores the history of human medical experimentation and discusses the experiments, people and companies who carried them out, and the accompanying medical and sociopolitical implications. 
Still Recruiting:
New Study on Schizophrenia Begins Recruitment in BMC Psychiatry

We are actively seeking participants to take part in a new clinical trial for patients with schizophrenia called “BARS-LAI.” This 4- to 6-month research study compares the effects of an FDA-approved long-acting injectable antipsychotic medication, Abilify Maintena, to standard oral antipsychotic medications on treating the symptoms of schizophrenia in those who are non-adherent to their regular oral antipsychotic medication. Participants will be randomized to receive either the once monthly Abilify Maintena injection for three months or to continue on their standard of care oral antipsychotic medication as prescribed by their regular treating physician.  The study includes between 7 and 9 research visits and each visit will take between 2 and 4 hours to complete. 
We need your help to identify non-adherent patients with schizophrenia who may be interested in and benefit from this research study. To make a referral, or for questions and more information please contact our primary research assistant, Nellie Shippen, at or call her at (617) 414-1987.
New funding for HEAAL Project: A community-based mental health collaboration with an African faith community in Lowell, Massachusetts

The Department of Psychiatry has recently received a second round of funding to continue a community-based mental health initiative entitled “Health and Mental Health Education and Awareness for Africans in Lowell” or the HEAAL project. The first phase of this project included a mixed-methods needs assessment research initiative conducted in collaboration with Christ Jubilee International Ministries, a nondenominational Christian church in Lowell, Massachusetts that serves a largely African immigrant and refugee congregation. Through this needs assessment, we explored the community’s conceptualizations of three mental health terminologies used by the community - “emotional health,” “mental health,” and “crazy” – as well as each terminology’s influence on treatment-seeking behaviors. We also explored the range of cultural and structural factors that influenced participants’ willingness and ability to access mental health care. We found that while structural factors (like insurance and cost) influenced participants’ ability to access care, the cultural factors (like stigma and trust) had a stronger influence on participants’ willingness to access mental health care. Furthermore, even if participants had the structural ability and resources to access clinical care, the majority were not willing to do so until their mental health status had become dire, if at all. Therefore, while interventions should work to address structural barriers, they must also ensure that these efforts are built upon a foundation that appreciates and addresses cultural components of mental health and care. With renewed funding, the BUMC Dept. of Psychiatry in collaboration with Christ Jubilee International Ministries is excited to use these data from the needs assessment to inform the development of culturally-informed, community-based mental health interventions for Africans in Lowell.

January 23, 2017 

Dr. Kim Mueser from Boston University School of Medicine presented on the illness management and recovery and adaptations for LMIC at the Global Dinner. 

Next Global Psychiatry Dinner at BUSM

Presenter: Dr. Piwowarczyk
March 20, 2017
6:00pm -7:30pm
Location: BUSM, 72 East Concord Street,
Room : E112A

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): What do we know and how do we treat it?

A presentation hosted by the Veterans Resources Committee of the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society

Thursday, March 16th, 7-9 pm (light dinner provided)
Held at the Massachusetts Medical Society in Waltham, MA

Dr. Gary Kaplan, the Director of the Mental Health Service at VA Boston Healthcare System and Professor of Psychiatry at BUSM, will talk about the definitions, epidemiology, neuroimaging, neurobiology, and animal models of TBI. Dr. Kaloyen Tanev, Director of Clinical Neuropsychiatry Research at Massachusetts General Hospital and faculty psychiatrist at the Home Base Program at MGH will discuss the variety of clinical presentations and treatment modalities related to TBI. 

If you are interested in attending this dinner program, please RSVP to Debbie Brennan at or at 781-237-8100 x2.

Faculty Development & Diversity Seminar Series

Sept. 2016 - June 2017
12-1pm and 5-6pm
Wilkins Board Room

Faculty Development & Diversity Seminars are open to faculty across BUMC & BMC directors, administrative directors, and senior directors, and focus on leadership, education, research, quality improvement, wellness, and academic promotion.

Click here for a complete list of this year's seminars.

Junior Faculty Meeting: Promotion & Advancement and CV Review

Thursday, March 16, 2017
12 noon - 1:30pm
Instructional Building, L112

Join the Faculty Appointments and Promotions Committee for a panel discussion on promotion and advancement, followed by small group CV review with Committee members. Please bring your CV to the meeting. 

Events Calendar
BU School of Public Health |  January 2017

'It's Safer for Her to Stay at Home'

Authors: Senait Ghebrehiwet and Tithi Baul 


17th International Congress of ESCAP 2017 Geneva
Geneva, Swizerland
Jul. 9-11, 2017
Abstracts Due: 12/30/2016

6th World Congress on ADHD
Vancouver, Canada
Apr. 20-23, 2017
Abstracts Due: 1/6/2017

Updated list of Psychiatry Conferences
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