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Congratulations Graduating
Class of 2016!

Dr. Alena Balasanova
Dr. Hector Colon-Rivera
Dr. Brian Neal
Dr. Dong Chan Park
Dr. Ryan Peterson
Dr. Violeta Valdivia

Awards & Recognition

Gregory Binus, MD: The Swartz Award for being an outstanding teacher
Sherry Nykiel, MD: PGY 3 Teaching Award
Nadia Quijije, MD: PGY 1 & 2 Teaching Award
John Renner, MD: Humanism Award
Yohanis Anglero-Diaz, MD: Citizenship Award
Michael Colon, MD: 2016 Teaching Award
Hector Colon-Rivera, MD: Murray Research Award
Saria El Haddad, MD: Addiction Psychiatry Fellow 
Anna La Rose, MD: Addiction Psychiatry Fellow
Ryan Peterson, MD: Chairman's Award
Alison Tam, MD: Community Psychiatry Fellowship
Raymond Serrano, MD: Psychosomatic Medicine Fellow
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center

Bedford VAMC opened a Geriatric Psychiatry Unit in February, which is treating elderly Vets with psychiatric and neurological problems from around New England. It is now a site for the BU Family Medicine Residency Program, with rotations in Psychiatry and Geriatrics.

Using Telepsychiatry to augment an ECT referral from the Geriatric Psychiatry Unit to Mass General Hospital, we reiterated what is often cited as the original use of telehealth in the U.S.: a CCTV link between MGH, Bedford VAMC, and Logan Airport begun in 1963.
Achievements to Celebrate:
Social Work Outpatient Clinic

Congratulations to Abbie Hausermann on the arrival of her baby boy, and to Enin Rudel, LICSW for being accepted to PsyD program in Leadership Psychology at William James College!  
Refugee Center Gala 2016
About 165 patients, staff and volunteers gathered on Friday evening, June 24 for the Boston Center for Refugee Health & Human Rights patient gala in support of survivors of torture and world refugee day.

As friends greeted each other and shared a delicious meal provided by local restaurants, Center Director Dr. Lin welcomed the crowd and congratulated those present who had been granted asylum or whose families had joined them in the U.S. this year, reminding others that there is hope and that each day may bring them closer to their goals. As the sun set in a blaze over the Boston panorama, Wilfred Byamukama, a patient of the Center, played on the theme of the evening—light—by reminding the group that the light within each of us can give us courage, peace, and comfort amidst pain

 Ilana Hurwitz, visiting professor of law at Boston University and Boston College Law School, spoke of the “vicarious resilience” she experienced through her pro bono work on behalf of those seeking political asylum. The evening wrapped up with the crowd-favorite fashion show where people of all ages showed off their costumes in a swirl of color, followed by dancing. Each person received a rose candle on the way out as a reminder to share the light within with the community around them.
(Briefing) Honoring the Victims: The US Response to Torture
As President of the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs, Dr. Piwowarczyk participated in the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Congressional Briefing related to the U.N. Day in Support of Survivors of Torture on June 23, 2016. 

Opened by Congressman McGovern, the panel addressed the prevalence of torture around the world and the experiences of rehabilitation programs which address the impact of human rights violations. It also reviewed the legal framework and role of the U.N. Committee against Torture in enforcing compliance with the Convention Against Torture, and provided recommendations for Congress regarding funding and support for rehabilitation programs.
Center for Multicultural
Mental Health

The Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology (CMTP) is the oldest multicultural psychology training program in the nation, founded in 1972 and fully accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1986. The program’s primary mission has been and remains focused on training interns in the culturally competent practice of professional Psychology.

The training model used by CMTP is the APA Mentored Practitioner-Scientist Model. The “Practitioner-Scientist” reference addresses the approach to practice. This model utilizes evidence-based clinical intervention and assessment techniques.  These empirically-supported techniques, along with the evidentiary base, inform intern clinical practice. 

Over 300 persons have received training within the program, either as pre-doctoral interns or postdoctoral fellows.  Of these, 85% have been individuals from racial and ethnic minority groups.  Interns have been accepted from graduate programs in 42 states and 5 countries other than the U.S. 
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Psychiatry Department BBQ

10am - 4pm
Castle Island, Boston, MA

Please join us for a Saturday outing of delicious food and company! Families and plus-ones are welcome!

Cristina Montalvo, MD
"No Poster, No Publication, No Problem"

Hector Colon-Rivera, MD
"The Clinical Evaluation and Management of  Substance Use Disorders in Transgender Patient Populations” 
"The Context of Psychosis: Cultural Curiosity and Enhanced Clinical Care"

Dongchan Park, MD

Yohanis Anglero-Diaz, MD

Other Highlights:
Minimize Summer Vacation Stress
The Boston Globe  |  June 15

Some insight from our very own Lovern Moseley, Ph.D., Psychologist in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department
The Longitudinal Impact of Parent Distress & Behavior on Psychological and Functional Disability Outcomes Among Youth with Chronic Pain
Journal of Pain  |  March 15

Chow ET, Otis JD, Simons LE. J Pain. 2016 Jun;17(6):729-38. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2016.02.014. Epub 2016 Mar 15.
Dr. Solomon Teferra, an Ethiopian researcher, psychiatrist, and Associate Professor/Consultant Psychiatrist at Addis Ababa University (AAU), visited Boston last week to learn more about the Department of Psychiatry's clinical trials processes.

Dr. Teferra is the Principal Investigator on a clinical trial collaboration between AAU, BUSM, and MGH. This clinical trial -- the first of its kind in Ethipopia -- investigates the effects of folate and vitamin B12 supplementation on psychotic symptoms in patients with schizophrenia.

Dr. Teferra has been instrumental in the progress of this trial, and his visit will facilitate a significant step forward in the development of this and future projects.
Claire Oppenheim (left), the Research Program Manager for the Dept. of Psychiatry, spent the month of June working in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with colleagues in the psychiatry department at Addis Ababa University (AAU), assisting Dr. Christina Borba (Director of Research) with ongoing work for her K01 grant.

Dr. Borba recently completed a qualitative study examining cultural explanatory models of schizophrenia in the community, of which the data are currently being analyzed. These data will inform the training of key community members to identify and refer new cases of schizophrenia for a prospective one-year incidence study, to be initiated later this year.

While in Ethiopia, Ms. Oppenheim also completed a practicum for her Masters of Public Health degree. She consulted with AAU to establish the Centre for Innovative Drug Development and Therapeutic Trials for Africa (CDT-Africa), creating foundational guidelines and outlining first steps for the program. As part of CDT-Africa's capacity-building efforts, she also contributed to curriculum development for AAU's new Clinical Trials degree program.
Welcoming New Staff

Amal Abdulkadir, NP 
Nurse Practitioner, Outpatient Psychiatry
Hisla Bates, MD
Vice Chair for Training and
Education; Director of
Psychiatry Residency Training Program & Community Psychiatry Fellowship

William Van Dorn
Director of Revenue Cycle and Financial Operations

Caitlin Kolman-Mandle, LCSW
Social Worker, GIM

Ellen Kreida, LICSW
Social Worker, Young Adult and Addiction Program

Snezana Milanovic, MD, M.Sc
Director, Mother-Child Wellness Clinical and Research Center

Lauren Ng, Ph.D
Psychologist, Refugee Health and Human Rights Program

Neeral Sheth, DO
Psychiatrist, Outpatient Psychiatry

Carrie Solomon
Administrative Director

Kathryn Tompkins, MD
Associate Medical Director for Psychiatric Emergency Services

Sarah Valentine, Ph.D
Psychologist, Outpatient Psychiatry
Shari Zakim, LICSW
Social Worker, Family Medicine
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