Resident Achievements 2020–2021

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Professional Development

Samir Abu-Hamad was selected as a 2020 American Psychiatric Association (APA)/APA Foundation Leadership Fellowship Program.

Adrienne Adler-Neal was selected as the Symonds Fellow of the American Association of Women Psychiatrists. She also created a new elective in Integrative Medicine.

Evelyn Ashiofu served as the co-recruitment chair for the UTSW Minority Housestaff Association and continued her role as APA/APA Foundation Diversity Leadership Fellow. She was invited to be a member of the newly formed Committee on Racial and Social Justice under the International Society of Sports Psychiatry.

Kaylee Davis-Bordovsky was selected for the APA’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship award, elected Chair of the Resident and Fellow Member Committee at the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians, and elected APA Assembly Area 5 Resident Fellow Member Deputy Representative.

Audrey Eichenberger was selected into the 2021 American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry Scholars Program and for the Veteran Administration’s Building Educational Scholarship in Psychiatry Training (BEST) Fellowship.

Cecilia Fitz-Gerald was awarded a Certificate of Additional Training in Sports Psychiatry by the International Society for Sports Psychiatry. 

Joe Guillory was selected as a Laughlin Fellow for the American College of Psychiatrists in recognition of potential to make a significant contribution to the field of psychiatry. 

Neema Khonsari served as Vice Chair for the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians Resident Fellow Member Section.

Charlotte McLean was elected by residents in combined internal medicine-psychiatry and family medicine-psychiatry programs nationwide to serve a two-year term as Resident Fellow Member of the Association of Medicine and Psychiatry.

Hunter Neely was selected as a Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry Fellow and appointed to its Psychiatry and Religion Committee.

Kwame Nuako served as a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Dual Diagnosis

Tom Phan served as Assistant Editor for Poetry at the journal Academic Psychiatry.

Juan Sosa was elected as the 2021 Chair of the APA/APA Foundation Public Psychiatry Fellowship Program, through which he will be part of the APA Board of Trustees as a non-voting attendee. He also won the 2021 Parkland Hospital Resident of the Year Award.

Natalie Spiller was named an Ad Hoc Editor for the American Journal of Psychiatry Residents Journal.

Bilge Turkozer served as Co-chair of the APA/APA Foundation Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship and served on the APA Council on Research as a Fellow Member.

Josh Walther was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Society after nomination by medical students at UTSW. 

Margaret Wang was selected as an American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry Scholar and served as a manuscript reviewer for Journal of General Internal Medicine on integrative care topics.

Bernice Yau was selected as a National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative Scholar.

Matt Yung was selected as Deputy Editor of American Journal of Psychiatry Resident's Journal.

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Matt Yung was first author on the chapter “Publishing” in Resident and Training Director Handbook: A Survival Guide for Psychiatric Residency, 1st Edition. American Psychiatric Association Publishing, and first author on the commentary "Approaching trauma in the inpatient psychiatric setting and building a foundation for recovery" in American Journal of Psychiatry Residents’ Journal. 

Bernice Yau was first author on "An Internal Perspective: The Psychological Impact of Mistreatment," published in the journal Academic Psychiatry.

Bernice Yau and Matt Yung authored the poster “When Ativan isn’t up to the challenge: A Case Report of Concurrent Catatonia and Delirium” for the 2021 APA Annual Meeting.  

Rob Weir presented Grand Rounds at Terrell State Hospital on “Autoimmune Encephalitis.”

Margaret Wang presented on “A PCP-FIRST Approach to Depression: VitalSign6” as part of the APA Research Colloquium and is first author on the manuscript “A Primary Care First (PCP-First) model to Screen and Treat Depression: A VitalSign6 Report from a Second cohort of 32,106 patients,” submitted to Annals of Family Medicine. She is second author on the manuscript “Climate Change and Mental Health: Research Methods, Gaps and Priorities” under review in The Lancet Plenary Health, as a project serving on the APA Research Council Health Disparities Workgroup. She and a colleague published a Letter to the Editor, “Asian American Trainees During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” in Academic Medicine

Bilge Turkozer was first author on “A Projection for Psychiatry in the Post-COVID-19 Era: Potential Trends, Challenges, and Directions,” published in Molecular Psychiatry; “Biomarker Profiles in Psychosis Risk Groups Within Unaffected Relatives based on Familiality and Age,” published in Schizophrenia Bulletin; and “Seeing Through Psychosis,” published in Biological Psychiatry. She was a speaker at a scientific session titled “Window to the Mind: Clinical Implications of Visual System Impairment in Psychosis” in the APA 2021 Annual Online Meeting and also presented at Terrell State Psychiatric Hospital Grand Rounds on this topic.

Chris Sterwald presented at the University of Texas Academy of Health Science Educators’ Shine Conference on using literature in medical education.

Rija Siddiqui co-authored the paper “Barriers to Voting in 2020 Among Resident Physicians,” published in Journal of General Internal Medicine, and presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies on “A Statewide Campaign to Maximize Pediatric Resident Voting Practices in the 2020 Election.”

Scott Newton was co-author on "Reproducibility of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale during the Postpartum Period,” published in American Journal of Perinatology.

Megan Lowther, Jarrod Tunnell, Darlene King, Damilola Salako, Dimitri Macris, and Jay Italiya co-authored the article "Relationship between inflammatory biomarker galectin-3 and hippocampal volume in a community study" in Journal of Neuroimmunology.

Darlene King, Damilola  Salako, Samia Kate Arthur-Bentil, Arielle Rubin, Jay Italiya, Jenny Tan, Dimitri Macris, Hunter Neely, Kaylee Davis-Bordovsky, and Matthew Faubion co-authored the article “Relationship between novel inflammatory biomarker galectin-3 and depression symptom severity in a large community-based sample” in Journal of Affective Disorders.

Neema Khonsari was first author on “When My Patient Doesn't Want My Help,” published in the October 2020 issue of Current Psychiatry.

Vincent Li was first author on a paper in the Journal of Affective Disorders titled "Cognitive impairment in individuals with bipolar disorder with and without comorbid alcohol and/or cocaine use disorders."

Joe Guillory, Cecilia Fitz-Gerald, Tara Banik, Chris Sterwald, Evelyn Ashiofu, Eleanore Knox, Maryann Muyco, Megan Verlage, Arqam Abdali, and Amelia Rezai coauthored “Comparison of Hospital Course and Outcome in Hospital-acquired vs. Pre-existing Delirium” in Annals of Clinical Psychiatry.

Cecilia Fitz-Gerald presented as part of a workshop on "Integrating Research into the Clinical Care Environment" at the 2020 annual meeting of the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry.

Evelyn Ashiofu co-presented the poster “Responding to Tragedy: A Program’s Quick and Robust Approach to Handling Recent Instances of Systemic Racism” at the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training annual meeting, co-presented a virtual presentation at APA titled “Cultural Considerations During COVID-19 in College Mental Health, and was first author on a paper accepted by the journal Academic Psychiatry titled “The Role of Social Media in Psychiatry Recruitment: A Survey of Program Directors.” She was invited to speak as a panelist at an event hosted by the APA’s College Mental Health Caucus and the American Association of College Psychiatry titled, “Addressing Systemic Racism on College Campuses” and as a panelist at the 2020 Engage and Excel Conference hosted by the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute on the session “Healing Racial Trauma,” and as a panelist at the 2020 Fall Forum for the Dallas Area Gerontological Society on “Healthcare Disparities: Access to Care.”

Adrienne Adler-Neal was first author on "The role of heart rate variability in mindfulness-based pain relief," published in Journal of Pain, a co-author on "Attention to breath sensations does not engage endogenous opioids to reduce pain," published in Pain, and a co-author on "The role of expectations and endogenous opioids in mindfulness-based relief of experimentally-induced acute pain," published in Psychosomatic Medicine.

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Evelyn Ashiofu created and co-facilitated a didactics session for PGY1-PGY4 titled “Microaggressions in Psychotherapy Training” and created and facilitated a special session titled “Introduction to Discrimination as a Social Determinant of Mental Health” presented to the UTSW incoming psychiatry intern class. She also co-presented on “Minority Mental Health” to UTSW’s SNMA and LMSA groups.

Tara Banik and Evelyn Ashiofu co-created and led a new teaching elective titled “Adolescent Teaching of Mental Health” where they created lesson plans for high school students at Conrad and North Dallas High Schools aimed at increasing mental health literacy, decreasing mental health stigma, and increasing help-seeking behaviors.

Kaylee Davis-Bordovsky presented “Project Mental Health Awareness: A multi-media, peer-to-peer school curriculum” at UT Southwestern Psychology Program Didactics.

Jay Italia, Kwame Nuako, and Matt Faubion were co-developers and co-leaders of the Special Seminar on Wellness and Effectiveness for the General Psychiatry Residency.

Dani Morelli, Evelyn Ashiofu, Katherine Karlay, Amelia Rezai, Audrey Eichenberger, Jenny Tan, Nora Abdullah, Alexis Kropf, and Cassie Jones created, developed, and led an innovative new Diversity and Inclusion/Anti-Racism Workshop for medical students.

Alexis Kropf presented on medical interpreting in psychiatry for the psychiatry interest group, participated in developing a safe space guide for a medical student workshop on racism, participated in the Cross Cultural Seminar work group and served as group facilitator for the seminar and team-based learning sessions, and completed a cultural psychiatry assessment of the residency’s didactics.

Darlene King, Alexis Kropf, Vincent Li, Dimitri Macris, Maryann Muyco, Juan Sosa, Jarrod Tunnell, and Joshua Walther facilitated simulated psychiatric educational sessions in the UTSW Simulation Center for UTSW medical students during their psychiatry clinical rotations.

Maryann Muyco facilitated breakout groups during the Bystander Training session for UTSW medical students.

Juan Sosa co-presented on “Minority Mental Health” to the UTSW Medical School Psychiatry Interest Group. 

Chris Sterwald and Hunter Neely co-directed the UTSW medical student elective course "Pop Culture and Psychiatry."

Chris Sterwald and Juan Sosa worked with the forensic psychiatry fellowship to develop a virtual mock trial for both the fellowship and general psychiatry residency.

Jarrod Tunnell developed a series of active learning sessions for UTSW medical students during their clinical psychiatry rotations at the Dallas VA, with topics ranging from ADHD, antidepressant side-effects, OCD, general medical causes of depression, bipolar disorder treatment, and autism spectrum disorder. In the "Deep Dives in Psychiatry" course for MS3s, he co-facilitated lectures on depression, PTSD, and delirium.

Laura Yuan, Alexis Kropf, Maryann Muyco and Juan Sosa were psychiatry facilitators for the UT Southwestern Medical School Colleges program.

Margaret Wang and Bernice Yau created and launched the China Global Mental Health Elective, a virtual rotation of bi-directional learning with residents at Sun-Yat-Sen University in China.

Margaret Wang and Samir Abu-Hamad served as co-chairs of the Global Mental Health Task Force and created the new Global and Cultural Psychiatry concentration and implemented a pilot this year. As part of the concentration, they launched the “Foundations of global health: a PGY 1-2 course,” with residents from other departments and “Advanced GCP seminar: a PGY3-4 experience” for psychiatry residents.

Margaret Wang presented “Global Health” to The Hockaday School as part of the Global Issues of the 21st Century course.

Rob Weir was Course Director for an elective course on “Financial Literacy” for UT Southwestern medical students.

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Advocacy and Community Service

Laura Yuan volunteered with the Parkland COVID ICU (via Palliative Medicine), updating families on their loved one's status.

Bernice Yau, Megan Tusken, and Rija Siddiqui co-organized the General Psychiatry Residency’s first Speed Mentoring event.

Rob Weir served on the Board of Directors of the Hashimoto’s Encephalopathy / SREAT Alliance (HESA) and as an Advisory Board Member for an NIH R01 Grant in the Stanford Psychiatry Department.

Megan Verlage was chair of the General Psychiatry Residency’s LGBT Mental Health Committee.

Megan Tusken chaired the General Psychiatry Residency’s Mentorship Committee.

Jarrod Tunnell was invited to speak to chaplain residents on addressing stigma in mental health.

Ashlin Szalanski served as chief resident for the combined Internal Medicine/Psychiatry program, Bilge Turkozer as chief resident for the Research Track, Rob Weir as chief resident for the combined Neurology/Psychiatry program, and Tara Banik, Chris Sterwald, and Cecilia Fitz-Gerald as chief residents for the General Psychiatry program.

Juan Sosa served as one of the residency program representatives for the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians (TSPP) resident-fellow member committee and for the North Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians (NTSPP) executive committee. In this role, he co-presented Advocacy 101 to the TSPP executive committee. In his role as part of the NTSPP executive committee, he co-led efforts to create a resident membership award. He also served on the UTSW First-Gen Executive Committee and provided mentorship to first-generation medical students and volunteered at the Dallas Catholic Charities providing services to the local immigrant community.

Kwame Nuako collaborated with UTSW internal medicine residents to develop the agenda for a virtual event at Dallas Barbershop to address COVID-19 hesitancy in the African Community in Dallas, worked with NAMI and TSPP to advocate for psychiatry-specific bills for 2021's 87th Texas legislative session, and was co-creator and co-manager of the UTSW psychiatry residency Instagram page.

Kwame Nuako and Josh Walther were co-leaders of the Advocacy Task Force of the TSPP Resident Fellow Member Section.

Vincent Li partnered with Southwestern Christian Fellowship's virtual community health outreach (Project Love Dallas, March 2021) to create videos about Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Alexis Kropf and Dami Salako were co-chairs of the Longitudinal Outpatient Task Force in the General Psychiatry Residency.

Katherine Karlay served as a speaker at several community events, including “Ask the Experts: Precision Medicine, Health Disparities and Covid-19 Vaccine Facts” and “Health Disparities: Trusting Our Healthcare Systems Post the Tuskegee Experiment,” both hosted virtually by Southern University and A&M College System, and she helped facilitate the General Psychiatry Residency’s Diversity Day. She also volunteered with the Black Fire Fighters Association in efforts for voter registration.

Jay Italiya chaired the Wellness Committee for the General Psychiatry Residency.

Audrey Eichenberger volunteered to help the Parkland psychology consult service by providing weekly support phone calls to individuals with a family member in the COVID-19 ICU and volunteered to help the Parkland palliative care service by providing daily phone calls to update individuals with a family member in the COVID-19 ICU. She also organized a group of residents to send postcards to nursing home residents quarantined during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Joe Guillory, Josh Walther, Neema Khonsari, Juan Sosa, Audrey Eichenberger, Kwame Nuako, Dani Morelli, and Adeeb Masood were Team Confabulous, raising funds for the National Alliance on Mental Illness North Texas Annual Walk.

Isabel Clark and Matt Yung organized a virtual PRO social hour to welcome incoming interns.

Maravet Baig-Ward, Sarah Hergert, Bernice Yau, Neema Khonsari, Megan Lowther, and SK Arthur-Bentil served as Class Representatives in the General Psychiatry Residency.

Evelyn Ashiofu, Juan Sosa, Kwame Nuako, Natalie Spiller, Isabel Clark, and Katherine Karlay created a Social Media Committee, which successfully launched an Instagram page of the Psychiatry Residency.

Evelyn Ashiofu was a co-organizer for the White Coats for Black Lives Protest in Dallas, Texas, and was the creator and coordinator for UTSW’s first annual Diversity in Residency Recruitment Fair, aimed at increasing the numbers of underrepresented minorities matching into UTSW residency programs. She was a panelist on the session “Community Conversations: Supporting Mental Wellness and Family Life During COVID-19,hosted by the Okay To Say Project (the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute) and The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dallas, and she was the keynote speaker at the 7th annual Mind Your Health Symposium, hosted by the Black Health Professions Organization at the University of Texas at Austin. Evelyn was the chair of the Resident Diversity and Inclusion Committee with oversight of the subcommittees (education, resident experience, patient experience, and advocacy). She also served as the chair of the recruitment subcommittee under the Diversity and Inclusion committee, where she spearheaded several initiatives, including the Diversity Days during interview season, creation of a UTSW yearbook, revamping the program website to include a diversity and inclusion section, and more. She presented on these efforts at the UTSW Psychiatry Residency Alumni Update Program in March 2021.

Arqam Abdali has been a mental health advocate in the Muslim community through an organization called Islamic Circle of North America and has presented several times at programs for transitional age populations.

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