Resident Achievements 2015–2016

Professional Development

Natalie Ramirez and Lorena Reyna were both selected for the American Psychiatric Association's Diversity Leadership Fellowship for 2016-2018.

Basar Cenik was selected as an AADPRT 2015-16 National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative (NNCI) Scholar and also served as a PRITE Fellow of the American College of Psychiatry.

Anne Johnson was selected for the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation Honors Scholar Program in 2016.

Robert Lee received the Robert & Sara Jane White Psychiatric Resident Scholarship from the American Group Psychotherapy Association.

Olubunmi Obiri, Jessica Moore, Ran Friedman, and Alex Cole all served as session moderators at the Institute for Psychiatric Services meeting in New York this year.

Jessica Moore received a renewal of the American Psychiatric Association’s SAMHSA/Minority Mental Health Fellowship for 2016-2017.

Jie Xu, Sabrina Browne and Aparna Atluru each received the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Educational Outreach Program’s   AACAP Resident Travel Award.

Rie Sharkey was elected Regional Vice Chair of the American Medical Association’s Residents and Fellows section.

Rie Sharkey, Alex Cole, and Steffi Mendoza volunteered with the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute on a project assessing incidence of new psychotic illness in Texas.

Josh Hubregsen received the Association for Academic Psychiatry Resident Fellowship Award in 2015 and the Wilkenfeld Psychiatric Resident Scholarship to attend the 2016 meeting of the American Group Psychotherapy Association.  He also completed his ECT Certification  through the International Society for ECT and Neurostimulation.

Rachel Wright received the Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health Scholarship in 2015.

Aparna Atluru will be the Arts and Culture Editor for the American Journal of Psychiatry Residents’ Journal this coming year, and she was selected as Chair of Leadership Development for the American Psychiatric Association Leadership Fellowship.

Jacqueline Curtis was selected for a medical journalism internship at the ABC Medical News unit in NYC, where she wrote medical stories that aired on Good Morning America, The View, and the "Medical Minute” and  conducted filmed interviews for a video segment called Health Lab, on ABC's website.

Rob Weir has been a member of the Public Affairs Committee of the American Neuropsychiatric Association, and a member of the Neurology/Psychiatry Combined Residency Task Force at UT Southwestern.


Gus Zhang was first author on a paper published in Annals of Clinical Psychiatry, “Psychiatric disorders after terrorist bombings among rescue workers and bombing survivors in Nairobi and rescue workers in Oklahoma City”.

Anne Johnson published a commentary in Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology, titled ““Are We Prosaic Deep Inside: Depression Memoirs, Resourceful Narratives, and the Biomedical Model of Depression” .

Aparna Atluru and Michael Laney’s chapter "Literature in Medical Education: 'The Most Beautiful Woman in Town’ "  was accepted in the forthcoming book  Engaging Hearts and Minds: The Use of Literature to Teach Professionalism.

Rabia Ayvaci published “Religious Barriers to Accessing Mental Health Care” in the American Journal of Psychiatry Residents’ Journal.

Alex Cole  published “Patient-Targeted Googling and Psychiatry: A Brief Review and Recommendations in Practice ” in the American Journal of Psychiatry Residents’ Journal.

Aparna Atluru  authored   the chapter "Getting Involved: Participating in Professional Organizations. " in a  A Resident's Guide to Psychiatric Training, 3rd edition forthcoming from APA press.  She was also first author on a commentary, “Women in Academics: Remedying the still present Gender Gap” and co-author on a paper “Trends in Authorship based on Gender and Nationality in Published Neuroscience Literature”, published in Neurology India. Aparna also authored a commentary “Race and Psychiatry” in the American Journal of Psychiatry Residents' Journal.

Aparna Atluru and Jie Xu  were co-first authors on “Failure to Thrive: Crohn’s Disease presenting as Anorexia Nervosa in a Young Child’ published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry – Connect

Jie Xu published a review of the Handbook of Autism and Anxiety in the American Journal of Psychiatry Residents’ Journal.

Josh Hubregsen presented Mental Health Grand Rounds at the VA on “Prayer in Psychiatry” and has had a workshop accepted for the upcoming Association for Academic Psychiatry meeting on “Exploring Spirituality and Prayer in Learning”.  He was also a co-presenter on a workshop “Reflection Rounds: Teaching Meaning, Purpose, and Connectedness in Medical Practice, at this past year’s AAP meeting.

Rob Weir was co-author on a paper AAV2/1 CD74 Gene Transfer Reduces β-amyloidosis and Improves “Learning and Memory in a Mouse Model of Alzheimer's Disease”, published in Molecular Therapeutics, and co-author on “Presenilin-1 familial Alzheimer's disease mutation alters hippocampal neurogenesis and memory function in CCL2 null mice”, published in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity.

Writtika Roy was first author on a paper published in the Archives of Suicide Research, “Suicide Risk Assessment and Management: Real World Experiences and Perceptions of Emergency Medicine Physicians.”

Matan White presented Grand Rounds at the Dallas VA Medical Center, “PTSD During Pregnancy”, and was on a panel “Ask a Doctor”, at the 2nd Annual Bipolar ACER Conference.

Jennifer Harris was Guest Section Editor for “Psychiatry and Ethics” in the American Journal of Psychiatry’s Resident Journal and authored “Moral Distress and the Importance of Psychiatric Ethics” in that issue. An article she published last year, “Prevention of PTSD: Predicting Response to Trauma” was selected by the Psychiatric Times as one of the top stories of July 2015 and was highlighted by the editors in “2015 in Review”, American Journal of Psychiatry.

Jessica Moore presented at a workshop at the American Psychiatric Association annual meeting, “Standing Up to Violence in Police Encounters-the Players, the Victims, the Trauma and the Solutions.”

Sarah Baker was co-author of "Pharmacological Treatment of Adult ADHD in the DSM-5 Era", published in Current Psychiatry.

Robert Lee’s paper “Current Issues Regarding E-Cigarettes” was accepted for publication in the American Journal of Psychiatry’s Resident Journal.


Jihan Woods created and chaired the residency program’s LGBT Inclusion Task Force (LIT), and initiated a new outreach to LGBT residents campus-wide through the Housestaff Emerging Academy of Leaders (HEAL) program.

Josh Hubregsen served as Recording Secretary for the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Dallas, as well as Secretary of the Area Teaching Committee for the Baha'is of the Dallas City Cluster.

Jessica Moore further developed the mental health services at Paul Quinn College, and organized a mental health panel for the public at Paul Quinn College in November.

Sarah Baker gave a talk on homelessness and mental illness tomorrow at a Lotus Meeting, a service organization for young professionals.

Melissa Wallace gave a talk on about seeking professional help for mental health concerns at the Dallas 1st ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Natalie Ramirez is serving as Chair of the Resident Wellness Task Force, a multi-specialty, campus-wide initiative to address resident health and wellness. 

Suselina Acosta created a new elective rotation to provide psychotherapy to women incarcerated at the Dallas County Jail.

Neha Chaudhary presented on “Suicide Crisis:  Recognizing Risk Factors and Paving a Path to Recovery” through the Early Response Project, an  educational outreach to local schools.

Additions to the Family (Future Residents?)

Henry Michael dela Cruz 11/07/2014 born to Adrianne and Roberto dela Cruz

Zara Alexandra Lord 3/10/2015 born to Josh and Taylor Lord

Noah Abraham White 4/4/15 born to Matan and Benjamin White 

Hunter Orrin Scott 4/20/15 born to Jihan Woods and Courtney Scott

Liam Cairo Scott 4/20/15 born to Jihan Woods and Courtney Scott 

Jacob Stanley dela Cruz 9/30/15 born to Adrianne and Roberto dela Cruz

Ari Friedman 11/30/15 born to Ran and Michelle Friedman

Alex Perez 1/1/16  born to Veronica and Alex Perez

Wesley Xu Pilkinton 4/15/16 born to Jie Xu and David Pilkinton