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Stephen Brady Named Assistant Dean of Graduate Medical Sciences

Stephen Brady, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Graduate Medical Sciences, recently began serving as an Assistant Dean for GMS at the Boston University School of Medicine. During Dr. Brady’s 25 years of service to Boston University, he has held a number of senior clinical and administrative leadership roles on the Medical and Charles River Campuses. He is also very active beyond the classroom, where his scholarly and clinical efforts are directed towards HIV and mental disorders.

Dr. Brady will continue to lead the Master’s Program in Mental Health and Behavioral Medicine while he serves as Assistant Dean.
New Grants and Awards in the Department of Psychiatry
The Challenger Award
Recipient: John D. Otis, PhD
Description: This award was newly established to recognize a faculty member that continuously inspires and challenges students to do better, both academically and in the community. 

The Bonnie R. Strickland and Jessica Henderson Daniel Award for Distinguished Mentoring
Recipient: Olivia Moorehead-Slaughter, PhD
Description: This national award, provided by the American Psychological Association’s Society for the Psychology of Women, is given in recognition of outstanding feminist mentoring in the field of psychology.
The Jack Mendelson Honorary Lecture Award
Recipient: The Oscar-Berman Laboratory of Neuropsychology
Description: This award highlights significant contributions to clinical research in the alcohol field. The Oscar-Berman Lab has been using neurobehavioral tests and neuroimaging measures of brain structure and function to assess how emotional dysregulation may underlie addiction problems like AUD, especially in older adults. The studies also explore how AUD-related abnormalities in the brain circuits that control emotional perception and regulation may differ for men and women. These differences can directly affect how people make economic, social, and health-related decisions, such as whether to continue to drink.

Affective and Conative Changes in Alcoholism
Funder: NIH National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Recipient: The Oscar-Berman Laboratory of Neuropsychology
Description: This year marks the 27th year of funding for this research, which investigates the consequences of long-term chronic alcoholism on the human brain’s structure and functioning. The grant will run into 2020, and has a total budget of about $2.6 million dollars.  

Are you interested in applying for grants? Check out the link below for the Department of Psychiatry's regularly updated list of psychiatry- and health-related grant opportunities and submission deadlines!
Grant Opportunities | BMC Psychiatry
New Hires: October 2016

Susan Wilkinson, NP
Jessica Lewczyk, NP
Haley Stasinos, LCSW
 Amanda Ali, LCSW
Promotions & Appointments

Dr. Michelle Durham
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry 
Dr. Orlando Lightfoot
Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry
Kenneth Adelman
Instructor of Psychiatry
Barbara Kamholz
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Tara Galovski
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Katherine Iverson
Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Paul Kaufman
Emeritus Associate Processor
BUMC Leads Landmark Conference on African Global Mental Health
On November 17th and 18th, Drs. David Henderson, Michelle Durham, and Christina Borba will travel to Cape Town, South Africa to speak at the second African Diaspora Global Mental Health Conference. Hosting keynote speeches from Former Surgeon General David Satcher and South African Consul General Teddy B. Taylor, this historic conference will bring together psychiatrists of African descent from around the world to discuss solutions to the unique mental health problems faced by those in the African diaspora.

Dr. Michelle Durham, one of the key organizers of the conference, describes her role in this project as "a unique opportunity to collaborate globally with innovators and thought leaders in mental health." Says Dr. Durham, "The goal of bringing researchers, educators, policy makers and administrators together to build capacity in Africa around mental health has insurmountable potential and I am excited to be a part of it."

For more information on the conference, please visit our website at
Trauma Expert Joins Psychiatry Faculty
Tara Galovski, Ph.D., Director of the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the VA National Center for PTSD, recently joined our faculty as Associate Professor of Psychiatry. Dr. Galovski has been instrumental in furthering the development of interventions for treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related psychiatric comorbidities and in better understanding the effects of exposure to traumatic events, including combat, sexual trauma, domestic violence, community violence, and motor vehicle accidents. She has additionally examined the roles of sleep impairment and gender in recovery from trauma exposure and its consequences.

Dr. Galovski earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University at Albany – State University of New York and completed her internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. In her role as Director of the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD, she will lead the center in its pivotal mission of improving the mental health and well-being of women military veterans.  
Psychology Programs Begin New Training Year 
VA Boston Psychology hosts premier training programs addressing multiple stages of professional training and varying career pathways, including predoctoral practicum training (9 trainees; Director: Kevin Brailey, Ph.D.), a predoctoral internship (18 trainees; Director: Risa Weisberg, Ph.D.), an accredited postdoctoral clinical fellowship (12 trainees; Director, Amy Silberbogen, Ph.D.), an accredited postdoctoral neuropsychology fellowship (2 trainees; Director: Laura Grande, Ph.D.), an NIMH T-32 research fellowship (2 trainees; Directors: Terry Keane, Ph.D and Denise Sloan, Ph.D.), three VA Advanced Fellowships, and supplementary clinical training provided to post-doctoral research personnel (Director: Suzanne Pineles, Ph.D.).

Our programs, currently led by BUSM Psychiatry faculty, recruit trainees nation-wide and are among the largest in the country. This year’s trainees began in late August and have interests in a wide variety of topics, including substance use disorders, PTSD, women’s health, neuropsychology, behavioral medicine/health psychology, geropsychology, mood and anxiety disorders, severe mental illness, postdeployment readjustment, LGBT healthcare, and integrated primary care.
National Center for Victims of Crime Partners with BMC Faculty

Kermit Crawford, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology and the Massachusetts Resiliency Center, was appointed to the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation National Center for Victims of Crime Roundtable. The Roundtable seeks to inform victims, survivors, and crime victim advocates of MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge and, more broadly, look at the victim’s role in front-end criminal justice reform.
BMC Faculty Appointed to APA Task Force on Race and Ethnicity

Sandra Mattar, PsyD., Faculty/Supervisor at the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology, was recently appointed to the American Psychological Association Task Force on Race and Ethnicity Guidelines. This Task Force is charged with writing guidelines on race and ethnicity for the field of psychology. Dr. Mattar has served as a Council Representative for Division 56 (Trauma Psychology) of the American Psychological Association (APA), and is currently the chair of the Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs of APA(CEMA). 
Department of Psychiatry Social Work
The social worker training is dedicated to the core values of service, social and racial justice, gender equality, dignity and worth of the individual, importance of human relationships, integrity and competence.

The social work therapists of the Department of Psychiatry are uniquely trained and positioned to address the many and sensitive needs of our patient population. We are passionate about our work and believe wholeheartedly in the right to self-determination and the inherent goodness in everyone. We are trained to understand the individual in the context of his/her environment and work with our clients to recognize their strengths and empower them to own their treatment. We are devoted to our patients and the provision of quality, culturally sensitive and responsible care.

Our therapists have a wealth of experience, interests and specialties. We utilize evidence based therapies to address the therapeutic needs of our population.  These therapies include but are not limited to the following: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.

We offer individual, group, couples and family therapy. We are integrated in the following practices: Family Medicine, General Internal Medicine, Nutrition and Bariatric, Geriatrics, Infectious Disease, Transplant and Pediatrics. We are currently in the process of hiring for a new position within OBGYN.

Additionally, our incredible Resource Social Workers, Isabel Kilfoyle and Karen Pepe, are experts in the wealth of concrete and not so concrete services available to our patients. They provide direction and advocate for our patients to get their basic needs met.

I am honored to work among such talented, dedicated and compassionate social workers!
- Cindy M. Gordon, LICSW

Diversity makes for a rich tapestry. We must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value, no matter their color; equal in importance no matter their texture. – Maya Angelou
The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to them their own. Benjamin Disraeli                  
At this very moment, there are people only you can reach…and differences only you can make.Mike Dooley
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Psychiatry Department  Holiday Party

5:30pm - 9pm
Cinquecento Roman Trattoria
500 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA

Celebrate the Season! We're planning a Holiday Party. Please say you'll be here. Let's celebrate the Christmas Season with good friends and good cheer!

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.

"Joining Forces" Conference

The 5th Annual Joining Forces conference was held this week as a national initiative that provides service members and their families with the healthcare opportunities and support they have earned. As part of this initiative, BUSM and VA Boston Healthcare System were committed to mobilizing their integrated missions in clinical care, education, and research, to meet the health care needs of the military and their families.

Thirty research posters on TBI and PTSD were presented at the end of the event.

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Grand Rounds
Examining Literacy in the Lives and Recovery of People with Serious Mental Illness

12pm - 1pm
Room L110, Dowling Amphitheater, BU Medical School
Alisa K. Lincoln, MPH, PhD 

The Department of Psychiatry's bi-weekly Grand Rounds have started up again for the new academic year! Please see the link below for a full schedule of upcoming Grand Rounds, as well as other related events within the Department of Psychiatry.

Events Calendar
A qualitative analysis of factors impacting resilience among youth in post‑conflict Liberia
Child Adolesc Psychiatry Ment Health  |  2016

In October's Grand Rounds, Dr. Elizabeth Levey discussed her work with post-conflict resilience in Liberian youth. Follow the link above to see the resulting publication from this research.
Associations between cerebellar subregional morphometry and alcoholism history in men and women.
June 2016

Authors: Sawyer, K.S., Oscar-Berman, M., Ruiz, S.M., Gálvez, D.A., Makris, N., Harris, G.J., & Valera, E.M.

Journal: Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research
Common neurogenetic diagnosis and meso-limbic manipulation of hypodopaminergic function in Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS): Changing the recovery landscape.
May, 2016

Authors: Blum, K., Febo, M., Badagaiyan, R.D., Demetrovicks, Z., Simpatico, T., Fahlke, C., Oscar-Berman, M., Li, M., Dushaj, K., & Gold, M.S. 

Journal: Current Neuropharmacology
Hypothesizing music intervention enhances brain functional connectivity involving dopaminergic recruitment: Common neuro-correlates to abusable drugs.
May, 2016

Authors: Blum, K., Simpatico, T., Febo, F., Rodriquez, C., Dushaj, K., Li, M., Braverman, E.R., Demetrovics, Z., Oscar-Berman, M., & Badagaiyan, R.D.

Journal: Molecular Neurobiology
Alcoholism and sexual dimorphism in the middle longitudinal fascicle: A pilot study.
July, 2016

Authors: Blum, K., Simpatico, T., Febo, F., Rodriquez, C., Dushaj, K., Li, M., Braverman, E.R., Demetrovics, Z., Oscar-Berman, M., & Badagaiyan, R.D.

Journal: Molecular Neurobiology
Drs. David Henderson, Christina Borba & Michelle Durham visited Somaliland in late September to meet with collaborators from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, and the University of Hargeisa, and to speak at a conference for the country's first School of Public Health.

They group is pictured here with Edna Adan Ismail (right), the former Foreign Minister and First Lady of Somaliland and the director and founder of the Edna Adan Maternity Hospital in Hargeisa.
Ashley Parker, M.A., pre-doctoral intern at the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology (CMTP), presented original research at the 2016 annual conference of the Massachusetts Psychological Association (MPA).

Her poster, entitled, "Exploring the Relationship Between Ethnocultural Empathy and Whites' Recognition of Racial Microaggressions," received a commendation as one of the Three Best poster presentations for which she was recognized and given a free one year membership to MPA. Click here to view this poster.


International forum on Mood and Anxiety Disorders
Rome, Italy
Dec. 8-10, 2016
Abstracts Due: 11/7/2016

Women's Health 2017, The 25th Anniversary Congress
Washington, DC
Apr. 28-30, 2017
Abstracts Due: 11/15/2016

World Psychological Association 97th Annual Convention
Sacramento, CA
Apr. 27-30, 2017
Abstracts Due: 11/15/2016

Asian Conference on Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences 2017
Kobe, Japan
Mar. 22-25, 2017
Abstracts Due: 11/15/2016

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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