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Resident Achievements 2019–2020

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Professional Development

Evelyn Ashiofu was selected as a Fellow for the 2020 American Psychiatric Association (APA)/APA Foundation Diversity Leadership Fellowship Program.

Gustavo Costa-Medeiros received the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry Travel Award and was selected for the Association of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry mentorship program.

Kaylee Davis-Bordovsky received the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Travel Award for General Psychiatry Residents in 2019 and also served as the UT Southwestern representative for the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians Resident Fellow Member Section.

Theresa De Freitas Nicholson was selected as a Laughlin Fellow for the American College of Psychiatrists in recognition of her potential to make a significant contribution to the field of psychiatry.

Karen Duong was elected as the American Psychiatric Association Public Psychiatry Fellowship Program Vice-Chair for 2020-2021.

Cecilia Fitz-Gerald began her second-year as a PRITE Fellow for the American College of Psychiatrists. She was also selected as the Resident Representative for the Grand Rounds Committee.

Darlene King was selected to serve on the American Psychiatric Association App Advisor Expert Panel. She was also selected to serve on the APA Committee on Mental Health Information Technology.

Charlotte McLean was selected to join the Medical Education Track in the Internal Medicine Residency program.

Marquis Peacock was selected as a SAMHSA Minority Mental Health Fellowship recipient by the American Psychiatric Association.

Marquis Peacock and Bilge Turkozer were selected as NNCI Scholars by the National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative.

Tom Phan was appointed Assistant Editor for Poetry at the journal Academic Psychiatry.

Juan Sosa was selected for the 2020 American Psychiatric Association / APA Foundation Correctional Public Psychiatry Fellowship Program. He also served as one of the UT Southwestern residency program representatives for the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians Resident Fellow Section.

Natalie Spiller received the 2020 National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Young Investigator Travel Award from the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Tulsie Patel was selected for an internship in Mental Health News at ABC News in New York City that included two live on-air interviews.

Matt Yung was selected as Associate Editor of the American Journal of Psychiatry Resident's Journal, starting July 2020.

Margaret Wang was selected to attend the 2019 American Psychiatric Association’s Research Colloquium for Junior Investigators and also received the APA Leadership Fellowship for 2020-22. She served as an external reviewer for the American Journal of Psychiatry Resident's Journal and began a global health collaboration with Sun Yat-sen University in China.

Rachel Zettl continued her work with the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP) serving as Adolescent Committee Fellow Member on the “Teen Mother’s Project,” preparing a book that discusses the stigma faced by teen mothers and its impact on mental health and overall wellbeing. She also served as a GAP Publications Board Member and junior editor for publications from all GAP committees prior to their being submitted for publication in outside journals or manuscripts or as books. She has also been Vice Chair for the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians Resident and Fellow Committee.


Evelyn Ashiofu presented two posters at the 2020 AADPRT National Conference, titled "The Role of Social Media in Psychiatry Residency Recruitment: A Survey of Program Directors” and “A Possible Way of Addressing the Issue of Diversity and Inclusion in Residency Training.”

Evelyn Ashiofu, Tara Banik, Karen Duong, and Margaret Wang presented a workshop at AADPRT titled "Lights...Camera, Action! A Lesson on Educating Trainees to Address Social Determinants of Mental Health Through Interactive Theater." The presentation was also accepted for the APA (the meeting was canceled due to the pandemic).

Tara Banik presented "A Case Report: The Successful Use of Clonidine in the Treatment of Panic Attacks" at the Academy of Consult-Liaison Psychiatry Conference Fall 2019.  

Gustavo Costa-Medeiros was first author on “Depressive Disorders in HIV/AIDS: A Clinically Focused Narrative Review,” published in the Harvard Review of Psychiatry, and first author on “Positive and negative valence systems in major depression have distinct clinical features, response to antidepressants, and relationships with immunomarkers,” published in Depression and Anxiety.

Kaylee Davis-Bordovsky is first author on a paper in Journal of Contemporary School Psychology titled “Project Mental Health Awareness: A Multimedia, Peer-to-Peer Pilot School Curriculum." She also gave an oral presentation on "Project Mental Health Awareness" at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists and a poster presentation at the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians.

Theresa De Freitas Nicholson presented a poster titled "Global Mental Health Initiative in Residency Education" at the 2019 Association for Academic Psychiatry Annual Meeting in Boston, MA.

Theresa De Freitas Nicholson and Meagan Whitney presented a workshop titled “Firearms and Suicide Prevention: Why We Should Ask About Guns and How to Train Residents to Have These Conversations” at the 2019 Association for Academic Psychiatry Annual Meeting in Boston, MA, at the 2020 Innovations in Health Science Education Annual Meeting in Austin, TX, and at the 2020 American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training Annual Meeting in Dallas, TX. They were also accepted to present at the 2020 American Psychiatric Association annual meeting in Philadelphia, PA, which was canceled due to the pandemic.

Karen Duong and Rachel Zettl presented their poster "Development of a Rural Psychiatry Track" at AADPRT.

Audrey Eichenberger authored a critical appraisal of an article within the book Essential Reviews in Geriatric Psychiatry, to be published with Springer Science. She also presented on "Suicide Risk Assessments and the Nuances of Such in Personality Disorders" at the May 2020 Parkland Outpatient Clinic M&M Conference.

Cecilia Fitz-Gerald was first author on the chapter "The Psychiatric Emergency Care of Immigrants and Refugees" in Emergency Psychiatry: Principles and Practice, published by Wolters Kluwer in November 2019. She also co-authored a textbook chapter titled "Special Populations in Psychiatric Emergency Services: The Geriatric Patient" as part of Models of Emergency Psychiatric Care That Work, to be published by Springer.

Joe Guillory presented “Mentorship: How to set sail and avoid sinking” at the Grand Rounds in Psychiatry at Terrell State Hospital in January 2020. He also served as a co-reviewer for the journal Academic Psychiatry and reviewed a book proposal for the Oxford University Press.  

Eleanore Knox and Tara Banik presented on "Strategies for Effectively Delivering the Diagnosis of Functional Neurological Disorder to Patients and Families" at the annual American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Charlotte McLean was first author on a publication in the Journal of Neuroscience titled “Second Guessing in Perceptual Decision-Making.”

Tulsie Patel published the following articles on the ABC News website: “Babies at higher risk of heart defects if dad drinks alcohol before conception”, “Breastfeeding Benefits Mom, Baby, and the Environment: Formula’s Environmental Impact”, “The Connection Between Violent Video Games, Racial Bias and School Shootings”, “New Pill Combines Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Medicines”, “Are American Adults Getting Smarter About What They Eat?”, “The Zantac Problem: What’s NDMA?”, “Blood Pressure Medication Recall: What you need to know”, and “Flu Shot is Critical, But Only Half of American Adults Plan to Get It.”

Lindsay Page co-presented a workshop titled “Breaking Down Barriers in Education: LGBT Inclusion in Medical Curriculum” at the 2019 Academic Psychiatry annual meeting and at the 2020 Innovations in Health Science Education annual conference. She also contributed to the presentation "Gay and Gray X: Red Ribbon Redux: The Challenges of Long-term Survival with HIV," which was accepted for the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry 2020 annual meeting.

Mohona Sadhu co-authored a poster, “Solving Senioritis: Courses to Consolidate Knowledge and Skills in the MS4 year,” which was accepted to the 2020 Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry annual meeting.

Mohona Sadhu, Lindsay Page, Meagan Whitney, and Theresa De Freitas-Nicholson co-created a presentation titled “Clinician Educator Track: Teaching Doctors How to Teach,” which was accepted for UT Southwestern Psychiatry Grand Rounds in 2020.

Mohona Sadhu, Andrew Fritz, Theresa de Freitas Nicholson, Rogelio Garcia, and Susana Lampley co-authored an article titled "Trust in Physicians and Regional Brain Volumes: A Population- Based Study," which was published in the journal Primary Care Companion for CNS Disorders.

Chris Sterwald authored the article “Frosted Intellectuals: How Dr. Leo Kanner Constructed the Autistic Family” in the Autumn 2019 issue of Perspectives in Biology and Medicine.

Bilge Turkozer was selected as a speaker for the National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative's “This Stuff is Really Cool” Event and presented at the Yale University Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds. She was first author on the abstract “Neuroanatomical sex differences in the visual cortex of patients with psychosis: Findings from the Bipolar-Schizophrenia Network on Intermediate Phenotypes,” which was selected as a poster presentation at the Society of Biological Psychiatry 2020 Meeting. She presented at the UT Southwestern Psychiatry Department Works in Progress Series on “How to Measure Perception in Psychosis?” and at the UT Southwestern O’Donnell Brain Institute Translational Seminar Series on “Sleep and Schizophrenia: Connecting Genetics, Gene Expression, and Dopamine Signaling.” She is first author on “Seeing Through Psychosis,” an invited Brief Clinical Commentary for the journal Biological Psychiatry. She is also first author on the paper “A Projection for Psychiatry in the Post-COVID-19 Era: Potential Trends, Challenges, and Directions” and a coauthor on the paper “Association of Visual Hallucinations with Clinical Phenotypes, Cognition and Childhood Trauma Across the Psychotic Spectrum,” in peer review.

Margaret Wang is co-first author of the viewpoint piece “COVID-19 and Asian American Pacific Islanders,” accepted for publication at Journal of General Internal Medicine, and first author of the manuscript “Wuhan University Medical Education Reform Project: Stress, depression, and impairment among Chinese medical students,” submitted to IJME. She also organized and facilitated an AJPRJ podcast with Drs. Lia Thomas and Francis Lu titled “Diversity and Inclusion in (Psychiatry) Residency Training.” Her poster submission to the Society of Biological Psychiatry, titled “Sex differences in Dysfunctional Th2 Immune Response with Suicidality,” was accepted.

Rob Weir was first author of “Ciprofloxacin-Induced Psychosis with Pseudobulbar Affect in A Patient with End-Stage Renal Disease," published in Acta Scientific Neurology, and coauthor on “NMDA receptor antibody seropositivity in psychosis: A pilot study from the Bipolar-Schizophrenia Network for Intermediate Phenotypes (B-SNIP)," published in Schizophrenia Research.

Matt Yung was coauthor on the paper “Functional network connectivity in early-stage schizophrenia," published in Schizophrenia Research.

Rachel Zettl was first author on the chapter “Psychiatric Ethics” in the book Landmark Papers of Psychiatry, published by Cambridge University Press.

Rachel Zettl and Karen Duong presented “Responding to Rural Mental Health Needs through Training and Education” at UT Southwestern Psychiatry Grand Rounds.

Rachel Zettl, Lindsay Page, Saira Bhatti, Karen Duong, Tulsie Patel, John Dykema, and Meagan Whitney co-authored “An empirical study of satisfaction with justice and desire for revenge in survivors of the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York City’s World Trade Center,” published in Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression.


Kaylee Davis-Bordovsky and Joe Guillory were guest lecturers for “Inspiring Careers in Mental Health”: a two-week internship to inspire high school student from less advantaged backgrounds into mental health career paths, June 2020.

Karen Duong, Juan Sosa, and Rachel Zettl served as Psychiatry Facilitators in the UT Southwestern Colleges Program.

Joe Guillory developed a “Systems Based Practice” lecture series and an “Assertive Community Treatment Team” lecture series for the Psychiatry Residency Didactics and created the “Administrative Psychiatry” elective. He also co-facilitated the Psychiatry Team Based Learning course for 4th year medical students entitled “Residency Essentials”, February 2020.

Patrick O’Malley facilitated simulated psychiatric educational sessions in the UT Southwestern Simulation Center for UT Southwestern medical students during their Psychiatry clinical rotations. He also facilitated, reviewed the syllabus, created evaluation items, presented to faculty, and wrote a formalized LCME-style course review of the Brain and Behavior: Neurodevelopment session and Team-Based Learning session (TBL) for medical students and also helped facilitate the Toxidromes and Mood Disorders TBL sessions for medical students. He also developed a series of crash-course active learning sessions for UT Southwestern medical students beginning their clinical psychiatry rotations at the Dallas VA, in addition to an educational quiz game titled: “Quizzed in the Face! Toxidromes and Substances”.

Lindsay Page facilitated team-based learning sessions “Mood Disorders” and “Toxidromes” with the pre-clinical UT Southwestern medical students as part of their Brain and Behavior course. She also taught part of the music portion of the virtual Pop Culture and Psychiatry course for UT Southwestern medical students who were unable to attend in person clinical rotations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mohona Sadhu organized, designed, and co-facilitated two Psychiatry Team Based Learning Courses on Suicide Risk Assessment and Agitation Management for 4th year medical students during the "Residency Essentials" course at UT Southwestern in order to prepare them for their intern year during residency. She also co-facilitated stimulated standardized patient experience involving Altered Mental Status and Capacity Assessment in the UT Southwestern Simulation Center for during the “Residency Essentials” course. Mohona also co-presented a lecture titled “Psychogenic Non-epileptic Seizures (PNES)” to the UT Southwestern Psychology students as part of the Association of Neuropsychology Students in Training (ANST) lecture series. She also co-facilitated the Mood Disorders Team Based Learning Activity along with the pilot “Toxidrome-Apalooza” Session during the Pre-clerkship Brain and Behavior Course. In addition, Mohona served as a Psychiatry College Facilitator for Sprague College at UT Southwestern Medical School for first and second year UTSW medical students.

Mohona Sadhu, Meagan Whitney, Theresa De Freitas-Nicholson, and Lindsay Page facilitated simulated psychiatric educational sessions in the UT Southwestern Simulation Center for UT Southwestern medical students during their Psychiatry clinical rotations.

Advocacy and Community Service

Arqam Abdali, Evelyn Ashiofu, Joseph Guillory, and Patrick O'Malley conducted a quality improvement study to better facilitate the transition of Children’s psychiatry patients who are aging out of pediatric care into a transitional age psychiatric clinic.

Evelyn Ashiofu was the chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the residency program and spearheaded recruitment efforts by developing and executing the program’s first “Diversity Day” recruitment program aimed at increasing the presence of underrepresented minorities in the general psychiatry residency program for the 2019 interview season. She was also the co-chair of the Global Mental Health task force in the residency program and was a member of UTSW’s graduate medical education’s diversity and inclusion committee.

Tara Banik was invited to speak on an Advocacy Panel for the Physicians and Society Course for the MS4s.

Kaylee Davis-Bordovsky wrote advice for high school students on how to stay mentally healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic, which was featured on the UT Southwestern blog and provided to over 150 DFW school districts.

Audrey Eichenberger recruited individuals to participate in and purchased gifts for the "Santa for Seniors" project subsequent to the receipt of donations.

Cecilia Fitz-Gerald in her role as the Resident Advisor to the medical student psychiatry interest group, created a mentorship program pairing third- and fourth-year medical students interested in pursuing a career in psychiatry with current psychiatry residents to encourage medical student interest in psychiatry, provide support, and foster the relationship between residents and medical students in an informal setting.

Joe Guillory served on the National Alliance on Mentally Illness (NAMI) North Texas Board of Directors. He was a guest= speaker at NAMI North Texas’ “Monday Night Live”, a conversation on Instagram covering topics of mental health advocacy, education, awareness, and support, and an expert panelist for the North Texas movie premiere of “Bedlam: Examining our mental health crisis”. Joe was co-creator and leader of the “Recovery 101 project”: a community psychoeducation project that utilizes peer support specialist who present to the community about mental health recovery in order to increase participation, awareness, knowledge and interest. This project has been specially recognized by Dallas County and currently under review for state funding to expand into the five surrounding counties. He presented “Recovery 101: A community psychoeducation program” at Dallas County Behavior Health Leadership Team and a workshop presentation “Recovery 101: How to become a ROCC Star” at the NAMI Texas State Convention.

Eleanore Knox collaborated with a number of forensic nursing professors to try to improve care of patients with mental illness following a sexual assault. She and her collaborators were featured in a webinar for, a national resource for those caring for victims of sexual assault. She and her collaborators also presented at the conference of the International Association for Forensic Nursing.

Lindsay Page and Megan Verlage were co-chairs of the LGBTQ Inclusion Committee in the residency.

Mohona Sadhu, Rachel Zettl, and Theresa De Freitas Nicholson facilitated Internal Medicine weekly process groups during the COVID pandemic to assist with residents processing and reflecting how the COVID pandemic has impacted them and their loved ones.

Mohona Sadhu and Lindsay Page participated and discussed the importance of mental health and provided education about various mental health resources to college students during the “Suicide Prevention Week” at Paul Quinn College.

Juan Sosa served on the UT Southwestern First-Gen Committee and provided mentorship to first generation medical students at UT Southwestern.

Natalie Spiller organized, collected, and donated gently used and new clothes to the veterans working on sobriety and recovery on the Gold Unit of Dallas VA. She also petitioned, organized and facilitated donation of beauty products, clothing, and beverages from national companies to local health care workers at four different hospitals within the Dallas community.

Megan Tusken and Joe Guillory were co-chairs of the Mentorship Task Force in the Psychiatry Residency.

Rob Weir served on the Board of Directors for the Hashimoto's Encephalopathy/SREAT Alliance. He was also an Invited Speaker for World Encephalitis Day 2020, a program for patients and caregivers, and he became a Speaker for the Alzheimer's Association Speaker Bureau. He was also elected as a State Delegate of the Democratic Party.