News

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

Dr. Ana F. El-Behadli Gonzalez Receives APA/APAGS Award for Distinguished Graduate Student in Professional Psychology

Dr. Ana F. El-Behadli Gonzalez

December 31, 2020 -- The annual American Psychological Association and American Psychological Association of Graduate Students Award for Distinguished Graduate Student in Professional Psychology is given to a graduate student who has demonstrated outstanding practice and application of psychology. Ana F. El-Behadli Gonzalez, Ph.D., who completed her graduate training and predoctoral internship at UT Southwestern and is now a child psychology postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, received the award for exemplary performance in both her clinical work with underserved children and families and her research evaluating innovative methods for delivering health services to underserved populations.

Dr. Hunter Neely Receives 2021-2022 GAP Fellowship

Dr. Hunter Neely

December 29, 2020 -- The Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP) has selected third-year psychiatry resident Hunter Neely, M.D., as a fellow. Over the next two years, Dr. Neely will attend four GAP meetings, work with a GAP committee on a project, collaborate with some of the leading psychiatrists in North America, and develop relationships with other outstanding residents.

Texas Psychological Foundation 2020 Student Poster Award to Jessica Woodford

Jessica Woodford wins poster award

December 29, 2020 -- Jessica Woodford, M.A., a 2nd-year psychology doctoral student, has won Third Place in the 2020 Texas Psychological Foundation Student Poster Competition for her poster titled “Keepers of the Culture”: Challenges to Biculturalism Among African Refugee Girls. The poster reports on her study with colleagues at UT Southwestern Medical Center and the International Rescue Committee (IRC), an internationally prominent organization that resettles refugees in Dallas, to learn more about the barriers and promoters of bicultural adaptation in refugee girls. Their work was supported by grants from the Jerry M. Lewis Mental Health Research Foundation and the Program for the Development and Evaluation of Model Community Health Initiatives in Dallas.

New Psychotherapy Book Edited by Dr. Brenner and Dr. Howe-Martin

Psychotheraphy Book Cover

December 23, 2020 -- Adam Brenner, M.D., and Laura Howe-Martin, Ph.D., have edited and authored chapters in the new book Psychotherapy: A Practical Introduction, published by Wolters Kluwer. The book, described as "a one-stop resource for psychiatry residents and psychiatrists beginning practice, as well as graduate trainees in psychology and clinical social work," reflects the editors' collaborative work with their psychotherapist colleagues across the United States and within the psychiatry department at UT Southwestern, including Amy Brenner, M.S.W., LCSW; Heidi Koehler, Ph.D., ABPP; Ben Lippe, Ph.D.; Lindsey Pershern, M.D.; Mona Robbins, Ph.D.; Larry Thornton, M.D.; and Matan White, M.D.

Dr. Becker Appointed to Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists

Jamie Becker

December 21, 2020 -- Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Jamie Becker, Ph.D., to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. This selection reflects Dr. Becker's statewide reputation as an experienced and involved practitioner who holds high standards for patient care and is committed to the quality of the professional practice of psychology.

Psychology Student Elected to American Psychological Association of Graduate Students Executive Board

Jessica Woodford

December 15, 2020 -- The American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) has elected Jessica Woodford, M.A., a 2nd-year psychology doctoral student at UT Southwestern, as the Training/Education Member-at-Large for its Executive Board. Jessica will aid in decision making related to APA policies for graduate education in this role, one of the top six positions of leadership within APAGS for the USA.

Special Journal Issue Featuring UTSW Neuropsychologists

Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology Cover

December 14, 2020 -- The December issue of Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology features a special topical collection on teleneuropsychology. Guest editors for the issue included C Munro Cullum, Lana Harder, and Veronica Bordes Edgar, and several papers in the special issue were authored by faculty at UT Southwestern:

  • Accelerating Teleneuropsychology Within Diverse Populations
  • Can You Hear Me Now? Telephone-Based Teleneuropsychology Improves Utilization Rates in Underserved Populations
  • Cognitive Assessment via Telephone: A Scoping Review of Instruments
  • Home-Based Pediatric Teleneuropsychology: A validation study
  • Patient Satisfaction with Telephone Neuropsychological Assessment
  • Transforming pediatric neuropsychology through video-based teleneuropsychology: an innovative private practice model pre-COVID-19

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Dr. Tamminga and Dr. Ivleva Co-Editors of New Textbook on Psychotic Disorders

Psychotic Disorders Textbook Cover

November 23, 2020 -- Oxford University Press has published Psychotic Disorders: Comprehensive Conceptualization and Treatments, 1st Edition, edited by psychiatry department chairman, Carol A. Tamminga, M.D., and associate professor Elena Ivleva, M.D., Ph.D., and Drs. Jim van Os and Ulrich Reininghaus of Maastricht University. They collaborated with more than 70 international authors to prepare chapters regarding the phenomenological characteristics and dimensional conceptualization of psychosis, psychosis course and lifetime manifestations, neurobiology of psychosis, socio-environmental mechanistic factors in psychosis, treatment of psychotic disorders, and future directions and opportunities.

Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians Meeting

November 23, 2020 -- The UT Southwestern Department of Psychiatry was well represented at the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians Component and Committee Meeting, November 12-15, 2020, and its Webinar, November 14, 2020, “Rising to the Challenge: Psychiatry in the COVID-19 Pandemic.”

The Resident-Fellow Member Committee hosted a workshop about the different subspecialties of psychiatry from physicians around the state. Panel representatives for UT Southwestern included Laura Stone (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry), Robert Garrett (Geriatric Psychiatry), John Burruss (Community Psychiatry), Meitra Doty (Women’s Psychiatry), Alex Cole (Neuromodulation), Fred Gioia (Private Practice and Psychotherapy), Michael Rafferty (Consult-Liaison Psychiatry), and Tim Wolff (Outpatient and Academic Psychiatry).

Second-year resident Kaylee Davis-Bordovsky was elected to be the chair of the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians Resident-Fellow Member Committee.

Carol North presented "New Insights in Disaster Mental Health Emerging from the COVID-19 Pandemic," and David Atkinson presented "Cannabis and Cannabinoids, Current State of the Evidence: Counseling Patients Regarding Risks and Benefits."

Award for Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Psychologists

November 20, 2020 -- The American Psychological Association’s Board of Educational Affairs has selected the Children's Health Systems of Texas/UT Southwestern Clinical and Research Training Program as a recipient of the 2020 Distinguished Contributions to the Education and Training of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Psychologists Award. The committee selected two programs it believed exemplified the hallmarks of the award. The Children's Health Systems of Texas/UT Southwestern Clinical and Research Training Program will share the award with Oklahoma State University’s Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program. Both programs will receive a plaque that commemorates each program’s efforts and interest in enhancing the quality of education and training in child and adolescent mental health psychology, and each will receive an award of $1,250.

Clinical Psychology Fundraiser Supports Doctoral Student Research Awards and North Texas Food Bank

November 20, 2020 -- The Faculty and Student Organization of Clinical Psychology at UT Southwestern (FOCUS) hosted a virtual trivia night and fundraiser on November 12, 2020, as a way for psychology faculty, staff, and students to socialize safely and to raise funds to support doctoral student research awards and the North Texas Food Bank. The event was well attended, and participants divided into teams competing in a variety of challenging trivia rounds. The fast-paced, fierce competition raised $630, which will be divided between funding student research awards (40%) and a donation to the North Texas Food Bank (60%).

Dr. Trombello Joins Editorial Board for Frontiers in Psychology – Psychology for Clinical Settings

Dr. Trombello

November 15, 2020 -- Joseph M. Trombello, Ph.D., ABPP, has accepted an invitation to join the editorial board as a Review Editor for Frontiers in Psychology – Psychology for Clinical Settings, an exciting opportunity to impact publications for this journal.

Psychology Fall Social 2020

November 13, 2020 – The Psychology Division of the Department of Psychiatry announced the following awards at its Fall Social. The FOCUS awards are determined by members of the Faculty-Student Organization of Clinical Psychology at UT Southwestern (FOCUS), a student-led organization that promotes student and faculty collaboration and camaraderie in the Division of Psychology.

FOCUS Faculty Awards

  • Outstanding Teacher – Ellen Greenwald, Ph.D., Trauma-Informed Clinical Practice
  • Outstanding Research Mentor – Joy Neumann, Psy.D., Children’s Health Neuropsychology
  • Outstanding Research Mentor – Jennifer Hughes, Ph.D., M.P.H., Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care, UT Southwestern
  • Outstanding Clinical Supervisor – Chase Bailey, Ph.D., ABPP, Parkland Neuropsychology
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant – Ashlyn Parides, Clinical Methods I Lab

FOCUS Student Research Awards

  • Ashlyn Parides: “Neuropsychological Functioning in a Sample of 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome Patients”
  • Allison Parker: “A Novel Tool for the Differential Diagnosis of Clinical Alzheimer’s Disease, Mild Cognitive Impairment, and Normal Cognition: Development and Validation”
  • Tahnae Tarkenton: “The Contribution of Psychological Stress to Adolescent Post-Concussive Symptoms Across Recovery”
  • Courtney Tran: “Differences in Symptom Severity and Future Attempts: Single Suicide Attempters vs. Multiple Suicide Attempters Enrolled in a Suicide Prevention Intensive Outpatient Program”

The Rush C. Williams Award for Diversity and Inclusion

The recipient of this award exhibits “Understanding, commitment and passion for diversity and inclusiveness as demonstrated through clinical activities and/or research.” Nominations are submitted for 3rd and 4th year graduate students from faculty, the students themselves, or other students. Ad hoc award committee members review nominations and materials submitted and select the recipient.

  • Saba Masood

The Sandra L. Warshak Outstanding Dissertation Award in Clinical Psychology

The recipient is chosen from the 2020 graduates. All students who successfully defended their dissertation within the past academic year and are in good standing are considered by a subcommittee of the Research Committee.

  • Hayden Mbroh, Ph.D.

American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law Selects Dr. Sarah Baker as Young Physician Delegate to American Medical Association

Dr. Sarah Baker

November 6, 2020 – Dr. Sarah Baker is the Young Physician Delegate for the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL) to the American Medical Association (AMA). The position involves participating in two conferences a year and working on committee assignments in between conferences. The position combines Dr. Baker’s interests in organized medicine, forensics, and advocacy.

New Psychiatry Education Podcast: “Yeah No Journal Club”

Dr. dela Cruz

November 4, 2020 -- The first three episodes of the “Yeah No Journal Club” podcast from Dr. Adriane dela Cruz are now available! Dr. dela Cruz is supported in making this podcast by a grant from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology to promote critical evaluation of the literature and lifelong learning in psychiatry.

Welcome Dr. James Baker, Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs

Dr. James Baker

November 1, 2020 -- We are pleased to announce that James Baker, M.D., M.B.A., is now the Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Baker completed a Master’s Degree and then Medical School at the University of Oklahoma, followed by his Psychiatry Residency at UT Houston and his Child and Adolescent Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine. In his first professional jobs in Texas, Dr. Baker quickly gravitated to public sector psychiatry positions, such as at Metrocare, where he began in 2000 as Medical Director, then became Chief Executive Officer in 2003, a position he held for 10 years. Thereafter, Dr. Baker moved to Austin to join the Department of Psychiatry at Dell as Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs. His success at Dell Medical School was marked by faculty expansion as the department grew and considerable success around building community mental health resources in Austin, including a new state hospital. We are looking forward to a long and productive relationship with Dr. Baker!

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