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Inside this issue:

Message from the chair

Upcoming Events

Faculty and Staff Honors

Faculty Research News



Department Newsletter

Volume 5, Issue 1

February 2018

Message from the Chair

Let’s start with the good news about the Psychology match! Strong interns with very strong academic backgrounds will join the program in the Summer and keep the tradition going. Congratulations to Tara Mehta, PhD, and her team. Joey Cooper, MD, from the University of Chicago will be joining our faculty on April 2, with dual roles in medical education and clinical neuropsychiatry. We are preparing for the Fourth Erminio Costa Lecture (see below), in April and this promises to be another very special event for us. Recruitment of clinicians, MDs, psychologists and social workers is on going and we shall keep you posted as things crystallize.

Upcoming Events

Annual Erminio Costa Lecture

Keynote Speaker:

Daniel R. Weinberger, MD

Director and CEO, Lieber Institute
For Brain Development
Professor, Departments of Psychiatry, Neurology, Neuroscience
and The McKusick Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Genomic insights about the developmental origins of schizophrenia”
Wednesday, April 25th, 2018
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Moss Auditorium
College of Medicine Research Building (COMRB)
909 S. Wolcott Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612


Department’s Grand Rounds for March 2018:

Wednesday 03/07/18:

Psychiatric GWAS After Ten Years
Chunyu Liu, Phd
Associate Professor


Wednesday 03/14/18:

Social Work Trainees-Clinical Case Conference
Natalie Sager, BA and Brittney Autry, MS


Wednesday 03/21/18:

APA: Advancing Psychiatry and Protecting Our Patients
Saul Levin, MD, MPH
CEO and Medical Director
American Psychiatric Association


Wednesday 03/28/18:

llinois DocAssist: A Statewide Model of Integrative Psychiatry in Primary Care
Diane Misch, MD
Medical Director, Illinois DocAssist
Medical Director, Young Child Clinic
Department of Psychiatry



Faculty and Staff Honors




Dr. Katie Burkhouse on receiving the prestigious 2018 Donald F. Klein Early Career Investigator Award from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

Drs. Stephanie Gorka and Luan Phan in the UIC news release:

Drs. Stephanie Gorka and Luan Phan in the Newsline release:


Congratulations to the Fall 2017 CCTS Pilot Grant Awardees:

Dr. Scott Langenecker with Co-Investigators: Drs. Alex Leow, K. Luan Phan, Katie Burkhouse, and Robin Mermelstein

Dr. Tara Mehta with Co-Investigators: Drs. Marc Atkins & Angela Walden with Mr. Andy Neilson

The Department of Psychiatry was very well represented at the recent (Dec 1) UIC College of Medicine Annual Research Forum. Congratulating the following graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who were awarded Honorable Mentions:

PhD Graduate Student, Ryan Patwell (Subhash Pandey Lab)
MD-PhD Graduate Student, Tiffani Berkel (Subhash Pandey Lab)
Postdoctoral Fellow, J. Peyton Bohnsack (Subhash Pandey Lab)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Natania Crane (K. Luan Phan Lab)

Dr. Geri Fox was named in Chicago Magazine list of Top Doctors for 2018!

Drs. Cook, Kelley and Pavuluri were listed in the 2018 Castle Connolly 2018 Top Doctors list!

Dr. Rajiv Sharma received the IPS Outstanding Achievement in Psychiatric Research Award for his passion and dedication to patients, research and the psychiatric field.
The world's largest set of brain scans are helping reveal the workings of the mind and how diseases ravage the brain | Science | AAAS

Our own Mohammad 'Moh' Milad, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry is quoted in this piece in Science

Dr. Katie Burkhouse was the recipient of a UIC Pilot Neuroimaging Grant for project entitled "Brain-Behavior Markers of Emotion in Depressed Mothers and Their Daughters” [Co-I’s: Amy Peters (Clinical Psychology Intern) and Katie Bessette (Clinical Psychology Graduate Student)].

Natania Crane, PhD, postdoctoral fellow, was awarded a 2018 Society of Biological Psychiatry Early Career Investigator Travel Fellowship Award.

Katie Burkhouse, PhD, Assistant Professor, is a recipient of the 2018 Donald F. Klein Early Career Investigator Award from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

Dr. Luan Phan’s research group in the department is now part of this PTSD consortium - ENIGMA.


Faculty Research News

The 2018 Rhea and Louis D. Boshes Lectureship in the History of Neurology!

Below: the department head, Anand Kumar,MD, MHA, with Eric R. Kandel, the University Professor at Columbia, Kavli Professor and Director, Kavli Institute and winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology. Dr. Kandel was the guest Lecturer, hosted by the Department of Neurology, and co-sponsored by the College of Medicine and Department of Psychiatry. His talk on February 8th was entitled: Reductionism in Art and Brain Science: Bridging the Two Cultures.


Anand Kumar,MD,MHA, with Eric R. Kandel



The Center for Alcohol Research on Epigenetics (CARE), a NIAAA-funded center (Department t of Psychia-try and the COM, Subhash Pandey, PI), sponsored a lunch for a dozen science students from UIC Prep on Friday, February 9th from 1 to 3 PM. The objective of this community outreach was to link major behavioral problems facing our society (addiction) to laboratory research in neuroscience in a manner that would be easily understood and appreciated by the next generation of educators and leaders. It will further serve to highlight special role that public universities play in their communities and the potential for long-term pay offs to science and public health.

Here are a few photographs that capture the enthusiasm and tone of the event. The event was hosted by Drs. Subhash Pandey and Marc Atkins from the Department of Psychiatry.

CARE Outreach event 01

CARE Outreach event 02


Drs. Stephanie Gorka and Luan Phan describe their discovery of a clinic-friendly biomarker of depression/anxiety treatment response in UIC News:

Dr. Judith Cook was quoted in Chicago Magazine article about burnout and the need for self-care among community activists

Dr. Graziano Pinna, associate professor of psychiatry in the UIC College of Medicine is quoted in an article in Women~s Health on a recent study he led that looked at levels of a neurohormone called allopregnanolone in anorexic, obese and normal weight women. Read the full article here:

Dr. Graziano Pinna became a board member in Campus Research Board – UIC.

Dr. Graziano Pinna was an invited speaker in the Department of Neuroscience - Biomarkers for mood disorders-. Johnson and Johnson Laboratories, San Diego (CA). "The neurosteroid and endocannabinoid systems in stress-induced disorders: Novel biomarkers for PTSD and depression?" and an invited speaker by Innovation Publishers: "Biomarker discovery and precision medicine in psychiatric disorders" in Aurangabad, India on December 12, 2017.

Dr. Stevan Weine, professor of psychiatry in the UIC College of Medicine and director of the UIC Center for Global Health, was interviewed on WBEZ radio program "Morning Shift" regarding his work with Immaculate Conception in the Brighton Park neighborhood. Weine and partners at the church are developing a psychosocial support program for Mexican migrants who are members of the Immaculate Conception that they hope to launch this winter. Many migrants face unique challenges and stressors, especially if they are part of a mixed status family. Migrants are also more likely to face discrimination and violence, and many have symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression or anxiety. "Getting mental health services through the church makes sense because while many migrants don't have access to mental health services, they do have strong ties to the church and the community it supports," said Weine. Listen to the segment here:

Dr. Carl Bell lectured on “Addressing Violence,” at the CPSP Community Psychiatry Forum in Collaboration with The American Association of Community Psychiatrists, Pittsburgh, PA, January 4, 2018.

Dr. Carl Bell lectured on his work on "Fetal Alcohol Exposure in the African-American Community" to the Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center (POIC) and Community Healing Initiative (CHI), Portland, Oregon, January 9, 2018.

Dr. Carl Bell was a guest on "Maine Calling," with Jennifer Rooks on Maine Public Radio, January 11, 2018.

Dr. Carl Bell was cited in "Are narcissism and racism linked?" They may be, in Donald Trump." Yahoo News, January 28, 2018.

Dr. Carl Bell was cited in “Strategy Emerges to Combat Effects of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure,” in Psychi-atric News, January 31, 2018.

Dr. Carl Bell was cited in “Study: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Is Quite Common — And Most Children Aren't Diagnosed,” in Common Health, February 9, 2018.

Dr. Carl Bell Presented “Meharry Medical College Circle of Presidential Scholars Award Lecture 50 years of Lessons Learned Thanks to Meharry Medical College” to Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tennessee, April 19, 2018,

Dr. Jonathan Stange was named a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science.

Dr. Jonathan Stange received the Emotional Health Research Excellence Prize from Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia

Dr. Amy Lasek presented a talk entitled “Alcohol-induced changes in cortical perineuronal nets and their role in alcohol drinking" at the Winter Conference on Brain Research in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada.


Bell CC. AMA’s stance on choline, prenatal vitamins could bring ‘staggering’ results. Family Practice News, August 16, 2017

Stange, J. P., Zulueta, J., Langenecker, S. A., Ryan, K. A., Piscitello, A., Duffecy, J., McInnis, M. G., Nelson, P., Ajilore, O., & Leow, A. (in press). Let your fingers do the talking: Passive typing instabil- ity   predicts future mood outcomes. Bipolar Disorders.

Jenkins, L., Stange, J. P., Barba, A., DelDonno, S., Kling, L., Briceno, E., Weisenbach, S., Phan, K. L. Shankman, S., Welsh, R. C., & Langenecker, S. A. (2017). Integrated cross-network connectivity of amygdala, insula and subgenual cingulate associated with facial emotion perception in healthy controls and remitted major depressive disorder. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 17(6), 1242- 1254.

Satta R., Hilderbrand E.R., & Lasek A.W. (2018) Ovarian Hormones Contribute to High Levels of Binge- Like Drinking by Female Mice. Alcohol. Clin. Exp. Res., 42(2):286-294. doi: 10.1111/acer.13571. PMCID: PMC5785425.

Pastor, M., Ferna ndez-Calle, R., Di Geronimo, B., Vicente-Rodríguez, M., Zapico, J.M., Gramage, E., Coderch, C., Pe rez-Garcí a, C., Lasek, A.W., Puchades-Carrasco, L., Pineda-Lucena, A., de Pascual-Teresa, B. & Herradon, G. (2018) Development of Inhibitors of Receptor Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase β/ζ (PTPRZ1) as Candidates for CNS disorders. Eur. J. Med. Chem., 144:318-329. doi: 10.1016/j.ejmech.2017.11.080.

Satta, R., Certa, B., He, D. & Lasek, A.W. (2018) Estrogen Receptor β in the Nucleus Accumbens Regulates the Rewarding Properties of Cocaine in Female Mice. Int. J. Neuropsychopharm., 2017 Dec 23. doi: 10.1093/ijnp/pyx118.

Hilderbrand E.R. & Lasek, A.W. (2018) Estradiol enhances ethanol reward in female mice
through activation of ERα and ERβ. Horm. Behav. 98:159-164. doi: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2018.01.001.

Hilderbrand, E.R. & Lasek, A.W. (2017) Studying Sex Differences in Animal Models of Addiction: An Emphasis on Alcohol-Related Behaviors. ACS Chem. Neurosci., Dec 11 doi: 10.1021/ acschemneuro.7b00449.

Lasek, A.W., Chen, H., & Chen, W.-Y. (2018) Releasing Addiction Memories Trapped in  Perineuronal
Nets. Trends Genet. 2017 Dec 27. pii: S0168-9525(17)30224-X. doi: 10.1016/j.tig.2017.12.004.

Jenkins, L.M., et al., Considering sex differences clarifies the effects of depression on facial emotion processing during fMRI. Journal of Affective Disorders. : 225 p. 129-136.

Langenecker, S.A., et al., Pathways to Neuroprediction: Opportunities and Challenges to Prediction of Treatment Response in Depression. Current Behavioral Neuroscience Reports, 6458 .

Natania, A.C., et al., Developing Dimensional, Pandiagnostic Inhibitory Control Constructs With Self - Report and Neuropsychological Data. Assessment, 6458 : p. 547 759 5558 7 987 48.

Stange, J.P., et al., Disrupted engagement of networks supporting hot and cold cognition in remitted major depressive disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders. : 227 p. 183-191.

Bell CC. AMA’s stance on choline, prenatal vitamins could bring ‘staggering’ results. Clinical Psychiatry News, August 16, 2017.

Bell CC. AMA’s stance on choline, prenatal vitamins could bring ‘staggering’ results. Family Practice News, August 16, 2017

Bell CC. AMA’s stance on choline, prenatal vitamins could bring ‘staggering’ results. Ob.Gyn. News, August 16, 2017

Bell CC. AMA’s new resolution on choline could change lives. Clinical Psychiatry News, Vol. 45, No. 9, p. 8, 2017.

Bell CC, Ajula J. Management of Major Neurocognitive Disorders in African-Americans,” Ageing Sci- ence and Mental Health Studies, Vol.1, No. 1: 1-9, 2017,

Bell CC, Chimata R. Letter to the Editor – “What About Fetal Alcohol Exposure?” in response to an article by O’Donnell KJ, Meaney MJ. “Fetal Origins of Mental Health: the developmental origins of mental health and disease hypothesis", American Journal of Psychiatry, Vol. 174, No. 4: pp. 319-328, 2017, which was published in that same Journal, Vol. 174, No. 10: pp. 999, 2017.

Bell CC. National Academy of Medicine should revisit issue of fetal alcohol exposure. Clinical Psy- chiatry News, December 8, 2017, addiction-medicine/national-academy-medicine-should-revisit?channel=174

Bell CC. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and suicidality. Clinical Psychiatry News, December 28, 2017, alcohol-spectrum-disorders-and

Bell CC. Fetal alcohol syndrome: Context matters. Clinical Psychiatry News, February 13, 2018. syndrome-context-matters

Disruption of lipid-raft localized Gαs/tubulin complexes by antidepressants: a unique feature of HDAC6 inhibitors, SSRI and tricyclic compounds. H.Sing,; N.Wray; J.Schappi; M.Rasenick.
Neuropsychopharmacology (2018)

Bessette, K. L., Burkhouse, K. L., & Langenecker, S. A. (in press). An interactive neuroscience perspec- tive on resilience to familial depression. Invited commentary, JAMA Psychiatry.

Burkhouse, K. L., Gorka, S. M., Klumpp, H., Kennedy, A. E., Francis, J., Ajilore, O., Craske, M. G., Langenecker, S., Shankman, S. A., Hajcak, G., & Phan, K. L. (in press). Neural responsiveness to re- ward as an index of depressive symptom change following cognitive-behavioral therapy and selective ser- otonin reuptake inhibitor treatment. The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.

Crane, N.A., Verges, A., Kamali, M., Bhaumik, R., Ryan, K.A., Marshall, D.F., Saunders, E.F., Kassel, M.T., Weldon, A.L., McInnis, M.G., & Langenecker, S.A. (in press). Developing Dimensional, Pandiagnostic Inhibitory Control Constructs with Self-Report and Neuropsychological Data. Assessment.

Langenecker, S.A., Crane, N.A., Jenkins, L.M., Phan, K.L., & Klumpp, H. (in press). Pathways to Neuro prediction: Opportunities and challenges to prediction of treatment response in depression. Current Be havioral Neuroscience Reports.

Crane, N.A., Gorka, S.M., Burkhouse, K.L., Afshar, K., Greenstein, J.E., Aase, D.M., Proescher,
E., Schroth, C., Kennedy, A.E., & Phan, K.L. (2018). Neural response to errors is associated with problematic alcohol use over time in combat-exposed returning veterans: An event-related potential study. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 183: 155-161.

Bell CC. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and suicidality. Family Practice News, Vol. 48, No. 2, February 1, 2018, p.5.

Crane NA, Gorka SM, Burkhouse KL, Afshar K, Greenstein JE, Aase DM, Proescher E, Schroth C, Kennedy AE, Phan KL (2018). Neural Response to Errors is Associated with Problematic Alcohol Use Over Time in Combat-Exposed Returning Veterans: An Event-Related Potential Study. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 183:155-161

Burkhouse KL, Gorka SM, Klumpp H, Kennedy AE, Karich S, Francis J, Ajilore O, Craske MG, Langenecker SA, Shankman SA, Hajcak G, Phan, KL (in press). Neural responsiveness to reward as an index of depressive symptom change following cognitive-behavioral therapy and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor treatment. The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.

Gorka SM, Burkhouse KL, Klumpp H, Kennedy AE, Afshar K, Francis J, Ajilore O, Mariow S, Craske MG, Langenecker SA, Shankman SA, Phan KL (in press). Error-related Brain Activity as a Treatment Moderator and Index of Symptom Change during Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors. Neuropsychopharmacology

Dr. Judith Cook and colleagues published the results of their psychiatric epidemiology study of U.S. women living with HIV in the journal AIDS and Behavior s10461-018-2051-3

Dichtel LE, Lawson EA, Schorr M, Meenaghan E, Paskal ML, Eddy KT, Pinna G, Nelson M, Rasmusson AM, Klibanski A, and Miller KK. Neuroactive steroids and affective symptoms in women across the weight spectrum. Neuropsychopharmacology  doi: 10.1038/npp.2017.269.

Locci A, Khan F, Khan MA, and Pinna G: Neurosteroid-based biomarkers and therapeutic approaches to facilitate resilience after trauma. Chap. 4. Facilitating resilience after trauma: A translational approach. Pinna G. & Izumi T. (Editors), Nova Biomedical Publ.  2018.

Faculty Recruitment

Dr. Joseph Cooper

Joseph Cooper, MD will be joining the Department as the Director of Medical Student Education and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry. Dr Cooper is currently the Director of Neuropsychiatry & Neuromodulation Services and the Director of Residency Training in Psychiatry at the University of Chicago. Following his undergraduate studies in Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University where he earned Phi Beta Kappa honors, he attended medical school at the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago, where he was selected into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society. As a medical student, he also earned the Daniel X. Freedman Award for outstanding performance in the field of Psychiatry, and the departmental award for outstanding performance in Neurology. He completed his residency in Psychiatry at the University of Chicago, where he served as Chief Resident and was selected (twice!) for the Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award from medical students. He continued on with fellowship training in Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry at Northwestern University under the mentorship of the renowned behavioral neurologist Marsel Mesulam. He joined the faculty in 2012 at the University of Chicago, and received the Instructor of the Year Award (four times!) from psychiatry residents, and the Chair’s Award for the most outstanding teaching by a faculty member in Psychiatry.  He is serving on national committees of the American Neuropsychiatric Association and the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training. His areas of clinical interest and active scholarship include psychiatric education, with a particular focus on neuroscience and neuropsychiatric education in psychiatry; catatonia, particularly the medical causes of catatonia; and electroconvulsive therapy.



The Psychology Match results

Adult track
Lynn Lieberman: UIC Psychology
Lauren Luther: Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis
Kevin Hsu: Northwestern University, Evanston Campus

Child track
Nyssa Snow: University of South Carolina
Jennifer Suor: University of Rochester