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New Vice Chair for Clinical Services

Dr. Kala Bailey

July 1, 2022 -- Kala Bailey, M.D., is the new Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs for the Department of Psychiatry. We are delighted to have Dr. Bailey embark upon this position, given her level of experience and her aptitude in this area, as well as her demonstrated success in clinical administration in the recent past.

Dr. Brenner Serving on ACGME Psychiatry Review Committee

Dr. Brenner

July 1, 2022 -- The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has appointed Adam Brenner, M.D., to the Psychiatry Review Committee. The ACGME accredits residency and fellowship programs and addresses important areas in graduate medical education, including clinical learning environments characterized by excellence in care, safety, and professionalism.

2022 ADMSEP Awards to Drs. Thomas and dela Cruz

Drs. Lia Thomas and Adriane dela Cruz with ADMSEP awards

June 18, 2022 -- At the Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry (ADMSEP) annual meeting, Adriane dela Cruz, M.D., Ph.D., received the Devneil Vaidya Junior Faculty Teaching Award in recognition of her enthusiastic approach to medical student education and leadership in curricular innovation. Dr. dela Cruz also received (with former psychiatry faculty member Dr. Lindsey Pershern) the ADMSEP Innovation in Medical Education Award for the project BRAINival Toxidrome-apalooza. Lia Thomas, M.D., received the ADMSEP Scholarly Publication Award for the article "What Should Faculty Advisors Know Before Advising Students Applying to Psychiatry Residency."

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2022 GSO Leadership Award to Jeethu Joseph

Jeethu Joseph

June 15, 2022 -- Jeethu Joseph has been selected by the Graduate Student Organization as one of the recipients of the 2022 GSO Leadership Award. The GSO leadership award recognizes meaningful service that has improved the graduate student experience at UT Southwestern. Jeethu Joseph has made significant contributions in student organizations and has led activities that have benefitted the student population.

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William Goette Receives 2022 American Psychological Foundation Lorrain D. Eyde Fund Grant

William Goette

June 13, 2022 -- Congratulations to Psychology Graduate Student William Goette on being selected to receive the 2022 American Psychological Foundation (APF) Lorrain D. Eyde Fund Grant in support of his research examining bias in neuropsychological tests using advanced statistical methods. His work will provide a foundation for new methods of test development and will aid in our understanding of the influence of sociodemographic factors on cognitive test scores.

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Dr. Baig-Ward Appointed as TMA-RFS Alternate Representative on Council on Legislation

May 20, 2022 -- The Texas Medical Association (TMA) has appointed K. Maravet Baig-Ward, M.D., Ph.D., a second-year psychiatry resident on the Research Track, as the TMA Resident and Fellow Section (RFS) Alternate Representative on the Council on Legislation (term June 1, 2022, to May 31, 2023).

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Dr. Abdullah Named 2022 BEST Fellow

May 20, 2022 -- Nora Abdullah, M.D., a second-year psychiatry resident, has been named a 2022 BEST Fellow. The Building Educational Scholarship in psychiatry Training (BEST) program encourages psychiatry residents to enter postresidency research training fellowships in the South Central VA Health Care Network (VISN 16) and VA Heart of Texas Health Care Network (VISN 17). Dr. Abdullah is engaged in the Global and Cultural Psychiatry area of concentration in the psychiatry residency program.

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Dr. Manish Jha Selected as 2022 O’Donnell Brain Institute Clinical Neuroscience Scholar

Dr. Manish Jha

May 4, 2022 -- Psychiatry Department Assistant Professor Manish Jha, M.D., has been selected as the 2022 O’Donnell Brain Institute Clinical Neuroscience Scholar. The O’Donnell Clinical Neuroscience Scholars Program provides outstanding junior faculty with mentoring in brain disease-related disciplines so that they can become nationally recognized experts in their areas of interest.

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Social Impact Award to Dr. Danielle Morelli

Danielle Morelli

April 29, 2022 -- At UT Southwestern's Seventh Annual Seldin Research Symposium, Danielle Morelli, M.D., a third-year resident in the Psychiatry and Internal Medicine Combined Training Program, received the Social Impact Award for her work titled "Racism: A Mental Health Crisis -- An Approach to Teaching Antiracism and Cultural Intersectionality as it Pertains to Race in the UTSW Psychiatry Clerkship," with faculty mentor Dr. Kathlene Trello-Rishel.

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Adriana Cabrales Appointed to TPA Texas Student Senate

Adriana Cabrales

April 18, 2022 -- Clinical Psychology Graduate Student Adriana Cabrales is 1 of 12 student senators recently appointed for the Texas Psychological Association (TPA) Texas Student Senate. During her 2-year term in this role, she will be in charge of representing the voice of all the psychology students from UT Southwestern and serve as leadership for all psychology graduate students in the state of Texas.

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American Psychiatric Association Fellowship Awards

April 12, 2022 -- Three psychiatry residents have been selected for 2022 fellowships by the American Psychiatric Association / American Psychiatric Association Foundation.

Maravet Baig-Ward, M.D., Ph.D., Leadership Fellowship Program
Bobbie Banner, M.D., Public Psychiatry Fellowship Program
Donald Egan, M.D., Diversity Leadership Fellowship Program

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Afsoon Gazor Receives Routh Dissertation Grant

Afsoon Gazor

April 4, 2022 -- Clinical Psychology graduate student Afsoon Gazor has received the 2022 Donald Routh Dissertation Grant from the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology and Division 53 of the American Psychological Association. The grant supports graduate student dissertation research that shows promise to add significantly to the research literature in clinical child and adolescent psychology and is deemed exceptional in regard to approach, significance, and innovation. Afsoon’s mentors are David Brown, Ph.D., and Sunita Stewart, Ph.D. The study is a sleep intervention in the Suicide Prevention and Resilience Program (SPARC) at Children's.

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Gabrielle Agnew Awarded Sallie Mae Fund Bridging the Dream Scholarship for Graduate Students

Gabrielle Agnew

March 23, 2022 -- Gabrielle Agnew, one of our outstanding graduate students in Clinical Psychology, has been selected as one of 10 winners of this year’s Sallie Mae Fund Bridging the Dream Scholarship for Graduate Students, a highly competitive, nationwide scholarship awarded to outstanding graduate students in a variety of disciplines, with an emphasis on students from minority and other historically underserved communities.

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Gold Humanism Honor Society Inductees

Dr. May and Dr. Camp

March 17, 2022 -- Congratulations to Dr. Emily May and Dr. Molly Camp on their induction into the Gold Humanism Honor Society! The Arnold P. Gold Foundation is dedicated to "Keeping Healthcare Human." The Gold Humanism Honor Society has more than 175 chapters in medical schools and residency programs and more than 40,000 inducted medical students, physicians, and other leaders who role model human connection in health care.

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Havana Syndrome Conference

Illustration by Adria Fruitos
Illustration by Adrià Fruitós

March 16, 2022 -- The virtual symposium on Havana Syndrome: Medical, Scientific, and Policy Perspectives held on February 10, 2022, examined the role of clinical and basic science research in understanding Havana Syndrome and highlight the importance of partnerships between U.S. government entities and academic medical centers in addressing complex, 21st-century biomedical challenges. The speaker videos are linked on the conference webpage.

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American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training Annual Meeting

March 14, 2022 -- The Psychiatry Department was well represented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training (AADPRT):

  • Sarah Baker, M.D., Associate Clerkship Director, presented in the workshop “Racism: A Mental Health Crisis – An Approach to Teaching Antiracism and Cultural Intersectionality as it Pertains to Race in the UTSW Psychiatry Clerkship”
  • Adam Brenner, M.D., Program Director, presented in the plenary session President’s Symposium
  • Molly Camp, M.D., Associate Program Director, presented in the workshop “Geriatric Psychiatry Education: Best Practices and Resources”
  • Adriane dela Cruz, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Program Director, presented in two workshops “Putting Feelings into Facts: A Mission Driven Approach for Quantifying Holistic Review” and “Brain-ival! Using Interactive Games to Teach Neuroscience"
  • Danielle Morelli, M.D., Medicine/Psychiatry Resident (Year 3), presented in the workshop “Racism: A Mental Health Crisis – An Approach to Teaching Antiracism and Cultural Intersectionality as it Pertains to Race in the UTSW Psychiatry Clerkship”
  • Lia Thomas, M.D., Associate Program Director, presented in four workshops:
    • “Psychiatry Recruitment Trends: Covid-19 2.0, ‘Fit’ and DEI Efforts”
    • “Early Career Workshop – To Promote Passion and Calling: Developing an Identity as a Residency Training Director in Challenging Times”
    • “Putting Feelings into Facts: A Mission Driven Approach for Quantifying Holistic Review”
    • “Racism: A Mental Health Crisis – An Approach to Teaching Antiracism and Cultural Intersectionality as it Pertains to Race in the UTSW Psychiatry Clerkship” 
  • Bernice Yau, M.D., Psychiatry Resident (Year 3), presented the poster “Establishment of a Global Mental Health Virtual Rotation Between a US and Chinese Medical Center: A Resident-Led Initiative” and presented in two workshops:
    • "Traversing Time and Space: Using Asynchronous Online Dialogue to Engage and Inspire Trainees in Neuroscience”
    • “Brain-ival! Using Interactive Games to Teach Neuroscience” 

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Dr. Tahnae Tarkenton Allen Receives Outstanding Dissertation Award

Dr. Tahnae Tarkenton Allen

March 7, 2022 -- Congratulations to Dr. Tahnae Tarkenton Allen, a 2021 graduate of our Clinical Psychology program, who has received the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Sports Neuropsychology Society for her work on concussion outcomes using data from the ConTex study. Dr. Allen’s mentor while at UT Southwestern was Dr. Munro Cullum.

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Leadership Award to Dr. Alice Ann Holland

Dr. Alice Ann Holland

March 1, 2022 -- The American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology has honored Alice Ann Holland, Ph.D., as a recipient of its inaugural Jerry Sweet Leadership Award. Her selection centered around her advocacy leadership for the adaptation of competency standards for neuropsychology in Texas, which is serving as a model for similar advocacy elsewhere.

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Honors for Audrey Eichenberger, M.D.

February 17, 2022 -- Third-year psychiatry resident Audrey Eichenberger, M.D., was accepted into the Honor Scholars Program of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry. Scholar benefits include a 1-year membership in the society, registration to its 2022 and 2023 meetings, special Scholars Program activities, and assignment of a mentor in geriatric psychiatry. Residents complete a scholarly project related to geriatric psychiatry under mentorship.

Dr. Eichenberger also was selected for the VA's Building Educational Scholarship in Psychiatry program.

Dr. Rollo Is American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry Honor Scholar

Dr. Alex Rollo

January 31, 2022 -- Alex Rollo, M.D., a fourth-year resident in the Neurology-Psychiatry Combined Training Program, has been accepted into the Honor Scholars Program of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP). Scholar benefits include a 1-year membership to the AAGP, registration to the 2022 and 2023 AAGP Annual Meetings, special Scholars Program activities, and assignment of a mentor in geriatric psychiatry. Residents complete a scholarly project related to geriatric psychiatry under mentorship.

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Dr. Howe-Martin Elected Vice Chair for APA Continuing Education Committee

Dr. Howe-Martin

January 4, 2022 ‐ Laura Howe-Martin, Ph.D., was elected as Vice Chair / Chair-Elect for the American Psychological Association (APA) Continuing Education Committee. This committee develops policy and program recommendations for the APA's continuing professional education program and works collaboratively with the APA Office of Continuing Education Sponsor Approval to implement recommendations. The APA Continuing Education Committee also is seeking psychologist nominations for four open terms that will begin in 2023 and last 3 years (more information).

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Dr. Guillory Elected Vice President of NAMI North Texas Board of Directors

Dr. Guillory

December 19, 2021 ‐ Joseph Guillory, M.D., a recent graduate of the UT Southwestern adult psychiatry residency program and a current fellow in the child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship program, has been elected to serve as the Vice President of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) North Texas Board of Directors. NAMI advocates for Americans affected by mental illness.

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NAN Tony Wong Diversity Award to Dr. Bordes Edgar

Dr. Bordes Edgar

December 17, 2021 – Veronica Bordes Edgar, Ph.D., received the Tony Wong Diversity Award for Outstanding Work Related to Diversity as a Mentor from the National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN). This award recognizes efforts to promote public education, advocacy, and research in brain health in culturally diverse and minority communities and is given annually to one NAN member who has made a significant contribution to the field of multicultural neuropsychology.

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LEAD 2021 Capstone Dean's Award to Dr. Moore

Dr. Jessica Moore

December 7, 2021 – Leadership Emerging in Academic Departments (LEAD) is a 12-month program at UT Southwestern for junior faculty to develop leadership skills. Jessica Moore, M.D., received the LEAD 2021 Capstone Dean's Award for her poster "Bridging the Gap and Building the Future: Development of a Transitional Age Youth Mental Health Program."

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COVID ICU Communications Team Receives 2021 Leaders in Clinical Excellence Award

Dr. Bailey and Team Receiving Award

December 1, 2021 – The COVID ICU Communications Team received a 2021 Program Development Award, celebrating the innovation and collaboration that are foundational to the success of UT Southwestern Medical Center. This award recognizes a group of clinical faculty and staff who have worked together as a team to create, develop, and sustain an innovative program that significantly advances our ability to improve the care received by our patients. The COVID ICU Communications Team is led by Kala Bailey, M.D., Department of Psychiatry, with Psychiatry Team Members Jennifer Yoon, M.D., Mohona Sadhu, M.D., and Alex Cole, M.D. Psychiatry residents also helped the team at the height of the COVID surge last winter. Palliative Care Team Members include Alexis Barina, M.D., Stephanie Terauchi, M.D., and Shamekia Wells, NP.

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Academic Psychiatry Selects Dr. Yau as Editorial Fellow

Dr. Bernice Yau

December 1, 2021 – Third-year psychiatry resident Bernice Yau, M.D., has been selected as an Editorial Fellow by the journal Academic Psychiatry. During the next year, Dr. Yau will be mentored by a member of the journal's editorial board regarding the peer review process and then will be paired with a deputy editor to work through manuscript publication decisions and the writing of an editorial for the journal.

Academic Psychiatry also named Dr. Molly Camp and Dr. Lia Thomas as Distinguished Reviewers for 2021, and Tom Phan, M.D., a fourth-year internal medicine and psychiatry combined program resident, serves the journal as an Assistant Editor for Poetry.

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Dr. Lamminen Elected to APA Ethics Committee

Dr. Laura Lamminen

November 18, 2021 – Laura Lamminen, Ph.D., ABPP, has been elected to the American Psychological Association Ethics Committee, an important committee for which we are pleased to have representation from UT Southwestern.

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UTSW Psychologists Receive Texas Psychological Association Presidential Awards

November 17, 2021 – Kipp Pietrantonio, Ph.D., received the Texas Psychological Association (TPA) Presidential Award for his work with the Academic and Higher Education Committee. Over the last year the Committee has worked on launching the Texas Psychological Student Senate, an initiative that will bring together students from across the state to work on legislative, training, and social justice issues. (The nomination portal is now open for student participation in the senate.)

In addition, Alice Ann Holland, Ph.D., received the TPA President's Award for her work as Chair of the Elections Committee.

Christian LoBue, Ph.D.received the TPA President's Award for his work as Chair of the Science Committee. 

Kimberly Roaten, Ph.D.received the TPA President's Award for her work as Chair of the Governance Committee.

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Dr. Holland Elected as APA Fellow

Dr. Alice Ann Holland

November 17, 2021 – Alice Ann Holland, Ph.D., has been elected to Fellow status in the American Psychological Association, which is an honor for members evidencing unusual and outstanding contributions in the field of psychology through work with a national impact on the field.

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Highly Cited Researchers

November 16, 2021 – Carol A. Tamminga, M.D., and Madhukar Trivedi, M.D., have been named among Clarivate's most influential researchers. The Clarivate company analyzes scientific and academic research. In 2021, fewer than 6,700, or about 0.1%, of the world's researchers, in 21 research fields and across multiple fields, earned this distinction.

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Jessica Woodford Presentation at Texas Psychological Convention

November 13, 2021 – Third year psychology graduate student Jessica Woodford spoke in front of over 100 attendees at the Texas Psychological Association convention in a special Presidential Invited Address on Responses to Systemic Racism in Education and Higher Education. She represented UT Southwestern alongside faculty and students from Texas A&M, University of Houston, Sam Houston State University, and Texas Woman’s University.

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2021 Clinical Psychology Fall Social Awards

November 5, 2021 – Although we were unable to celebrate this year’s Clinical Psychology Fall Social in person, we appreciate that we were able to take part in an online ceremony, which took place November 4. We congratulate this year’s award recipients and thank all faculty and students for all their efforts and accomplishments throughout this unprecedented year!

The Rush C. Williams Award for Diversity and Inclusion: Dennis Burchette

The Sandra L. Warshak Outstanding Dissertation Award in Clinical Psychology: Laura Frazee, Ph.D.

FOCUS Awards:
Outstanding Teacher – Ellie Hakim, PhD, Couple & Family Dynamics: A Systemic Perspective
Outstanding Research Mentor – Veronica Bordes Edgar, PhD, ABPP, Children’s Health Neuropsychology
Outstanding Clinical Supervisor – Kristine McCaslin PsyD, Parkland Psychology
Outstanding Teaching Assistant – Dennis Burchette, Clinical Methods I Lab

FOCUS Student Research Awards:
Alyssa Kaser, “Exploring the Effects of EEG Neurofeedback Training on Verbal Episodic Memory in a TBI Sample”
Molly Michaels, “Content Analysis of Suicide Prevention IOS Applications used by Adolescents”
Adrianna Martin, “Examining the Effectiveness of Telehealth TF-CBT with Children in Foster Care”
Blake Martin, “Suicide Risk and Psychiatric Symptoms Among Post-9/11 Justice-Involved Veterans”

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Dr. Betsy Kennard Receives Texas Psychological Association Outstanding Contribution to Education Award

Dr. Betsy Kennard

November 3, 2021 – Betsy Kennard, Psy.D., Director of our Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, has received the 2021 Texas Psychological Association Outstanding Contribution to Education Award. The award recognizes a truly distinguished contribution by a psychologist in the area of education, including design of curriculum, psychological research specific to education, and leadership in educational and training development. We are grateful to Dr. Kennard for all that she has done for our training programs, trainees, and educators, and we are proud to have her great work and years of tireless dedication recognized in this prestigious fashion!

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Margaret Wang Selected as Laughlin Fellow

Margaret Wang, M.D.

November 2, 2021 – Fourth year psychiatry resident Margaret Wang, M.D. (Research Track), has been selected as a Laughlin Fellow. The American College of Psychiatrists annually selects fellows who will make a significant contribution to psychiatry based on leadership, clinical excellence, dedication to teaching, community service, and scholarly/research accomplishment. Juan Sosa, M.D., who graduated from our psychiatry residency program in June 2021 and is currently a forensic psychiatry fellow in Colorado, was also selected as a Laughlin Fellow by the College.

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Adrianna Martin Chosen for Service by APA Committee for Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Diversity

Adrianna Martin, M.S.

October 27, 2021 – Adrianna Martin, M.S., Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology, has been selected to serve as a member of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) Committee for the Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Diversity (CARED). CARED represents and advocates for the perspectives and concerns of ethnic minority graduate students in psychology. Committee members oversee cultural diversity initiatives and activities and assist in developing resources to promote the interests of ethnic minority students and training in competencies related to research and practice with ethnic minority individuals.

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Dr. Vinay Kotamarti Receives American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry Award

Dr. Vinay Kotamarti

October 27, 2021 – Psychiatry Resident Vinay Kotamarti, M.D., has received the John Renner Award from the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry to attend their annual meeting. This award is given to trainees with the potential to add to the field of Addiction Psychiatry.

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The Oxford Handbook of Psychotherapy Ethics

Cover Image for The Oxford Handbook of Psychotherapy Ethics

October 4, 2021 – With 68 chapters from an international panel of contributors, The Oxford Handbook of Psychotherapy Ethics is a valuable resource. It includes clinical case examples for researchers, clinical ethicists, clinical psychiatrist, and psychotherapists. UT Southwestern faculty and trainee contributors include Josh Becker, Adam Brenner, Audrey Cecil, Michael Gottlieb, Susana Lampley, Michael Laney, and John Z. Sadler:

Chapter 1, Why ethics matter in psychotherapy (Manuel Trachsel, Jens Gaab, Nikola Biller-Andorno, Serife Tekin, and John Z. Sadler)

Chapter 10, Legitimate and illegitimate imposition of therapists' values on patients (Susana Lampley and John Z. Sadler)

Chapter 11, Virtue ethics in psychotherapy (Michael Laney and Adam Brenner)

Chapter 19, Evidence, science, and ethics in talk-based healing practices (James Phillips and John Z. Sadler)

Chapter 24, Ethics considerations in selecting psychotherapy modalities and formats (John Z. Sadler)

Chapter 45, Ethical considerations of court-ordered outpatient therapy (Josh E. Becker, Audrey Cecil, and Michael C. Gottlieb)

The publisher is hosting a book launch event on January 27, 2022; learn more.

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Association for Academic Psychiatry Awards

AAP 2021 Meeting Logo

September 9, 2021 – UTSW Psychiatry was very well represented at the annual meeting of the Association for Academic Psychiatry (AAP), which was held online September 8-10, 2021. Adriane dela Cruz, M.D., Ph.D., received the 2021 Early Career Development Award. The selection process places a great value on outstanding leaders, educators, researchers, and clinicians in the field of psychiatry, and Dr. dela Cruz was selected from a very strong set of applicants. Two winners of the AAP Resident Psychiatric Educator Award are in our department: Alexis Kropf, M.D., is a fourth-year resident, and Paresh Jaini, D.O., is a first-year child and adolescent psychiatry fellow, who completed residency at John Peter Smith Hospital. Dr. Danielle Morelli's poster "Two Approaches to Teaching Antiracism as It Pertains to Race in the Psychiatry Clerkship" won both as the top poster in the Diversity and Inclusion category and the top overall poster for the AAP conference. Dr. Morelli is a third-year resident in the internal medicine-psychiatry combined residency program.

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