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The Department of Psychiatry is very pleased to share the following News from across our Missions of Education, Research, and Patient Care.

2020 Dissertation Award

Katie Munro

July 3, 2020 -- Katie Munro, one of the Chief Residents in our Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program, has received the 2020 Dissertation Award from the Dallas Psychological Association. Her dissertation, “Elucidating the Impact of Previous Head Injury on Cognition, Brain Structure, and Pathophysiology in Cognitively Normal Individuals Across the Adult Lifespan,” represents a unique multidimensional exploration of the role of prior concussion on brain structure and function later in life. Her mentors are Dr. Denise Park (UT Dallas) and Dr. C. Munro Cullum.


2020 Early Career Psychologist Service Award

June 16, 2020 -- Alice Ann Holland, Ph.D., was selected for the 2020 Early Career Psychologist Service Award by the American Board of Professional Psychology. This nationally competitive award recognizes early career psychologists who have demonstrated exceptional service to the field of psychology.

New Director of Community and Faculty Education

Dr. Lindsey Pershern

May 26, 2020 -- Lindsey Pershern, M.D., has been appointed as the Director of Community and Faculty Education for the Department of Psychiatry. In this role, Dr. Pershern will develop new programs and potential synergies among departmental activities in faculty education, continuing education and community outreach.​



Dr. Camp receives Jake Tobolowsky Professorship in Psychiatry

Dr. Molly Camp

May 13, 2020 -- Molly Camp, M.D., has been appointed as the inaugural holder of the Jake Tobolowsky Professorship in Psychiatry, in Memory of Helen B. Tobolowsky and in Honor of Dr. David M. Tobolowsky. This endowment was established in 1995 but recently redesignated to a professorship. It recognizes the commitment of Dr. David M. Tobolowsky to the practice of adult and geriatric psychiatry and serves as a lasting tribute to the late Mr. and Mrs. Jake Tobolowsky. The funds will support Geriatric Psychiatry education, including special seminars, travel awards for residents, and enhanced training opportunities for fellows.

ABPN Announces 2020-21 Faculty Innovation in Education and Research Award Recipients

April 23, 2020 -- Through its Faculty Innovation in Education Award, the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) supports the development of innovative education and/or evaluation projects that promote effective residency/fellowship training or lifelong learning of practicing psychiatrists and neurologists. Each year, up to two psychiatry and two neurology fellows are selected. Included among the 2020-21 recipients are two Psychiatry Department faculty members: Molly Camp, M.D. (for her project "Neurocognitive Psychiatry: A Study of Current Practices and Development of a Simulation Based Curriculum"), and Adriane Dela Cruz, M.D., Ph.D. (for her project "From 'Yeah, No' to 'Yeah, Yeah!': Development and Assessment of a Podcast to Promote Critical Evaluation of the Literature and Lifelong Learning in Psychiatry").

Incoming Clinical Psychology Class for Fall 2020

April 9, 2020 -- We have another excellent group joining our psychology division this year!

Psychology Class of 2024

Meritorious Service Award to Julia Johnson

Julia Johnson

February 28, 2020 -- Julia Johnson, a Psychometrist in Neuropsychology, was chosen to receive a Meritorious Service Award on the basis of her superior demonstration of the PACT Service Standards. She was nominated due to her outstanding leadership with the OnBase storage project (now completed), PACT recognition from our patients (PACT awards honor UT Southwestern employees and faculty who demonstrate superior organizational values through quality customer service), her forward thinking in improving clinic processes and problem solving, and her overall contribution as a respected professional and valued team member.

Dr. Ana El-Behadli receives 2020 APA Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to an Outstanding Graduate Student

Dr. Ana El-Behadli

January 23, 2020 -- The newest recipient of the 2020 APA Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to an Outstanding Graduate Student, awarded by the American Psychological Association Board of Professional Affairs, is Dr. Ana El-Behadli, a 2019 graduate of our program.

Dr. El-Behadli is currently completing a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University. She has had 6 manuscripts published in peer-reviewed journals, 4 of these as first author, and 17 oral or poster presentations in the field of Adolescent Psychology—all while enrolled in our graduate program. In addition, she was the recipient of the 2015-2016 Cultural Diversity Fellowship, a competitive scholarship award which funds one incoming first-year student to conduct research with underserved populations at Children’s Medical Center.

She excelled in her academic studies, maintaining a 3.95 GPA throughout her course work, and was consistently given positive reviews by each of her supervisors and instructors. In addition to her required studies/curriculum, she volunteered her time to work on a community research project, “Adaptation of a group-based suicide intervention to an adolescent Latino population in a community mental health center,” a collaborative project with UT Southwestern and Metrocare Mental Health Services at Dallas.

Outside of these accomplishments, while a graduate student, Dr. El-Behadli was involved in a number of organizations and activities aimed at improving the welfare of graduate students and supporting the UT Southwestern graduate school. In her fourth year of the program, she served as one of the Chief Residents. She served the graduate program in numerous other ways, including being a Teacher’s Assistant for one of our clinical psychology courses, volunteering as a peer mentor, serving as the Social Chair for FOCUS, Student Officer of the Cultural Diversity Club, and being an active member of the Student Research Committee. Finally, she represented UT Southwestern at a national level by taking on leadership roles within national professional organizations. Specifically, Dr. El Behadli served as the Graduate Student Representative for the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies’ (ABCT) Hispanic Issues in Behavior Therapy Special Interest Group. She also served a two-year term on the Student Advisory Board of the Society of Pediatric Psychology (American Psychological Association Division 54). As a member of APA Division 54’s Student Advisory Board, she helped coordinate events for students and trainees at two annual national conferences in 2017 and 2018: American Psychological Association Annual Convention and Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference.