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Inside this issue:

Message From The Chair

Upcoming Events

Faculty Honors & Awards


Faculty News


Department Newsletter

Volume 5, Issue 2

July 2018

Message from the Chair

We are having a busy Summer – new trainees, new faculty and planning for the Research Extravaganza in September. Congratulations to trainees and faculty who received competitive awards both within UIC and from external professional organizations and academies. This is important recognition for the excellent work they do both in the educational and research domains. It is an honor for us to host Joseph Ledoux, PhD, as the keynote speaker for our Research Extravaganza – an event that has gained considerable recognition across campus. Our interdisciplinary programs continue to grow with new and vigorous collaborations with the hospital and other departments within UI Health.

Upcoming Events

Annual Research Extravaganza

Keynote Speaker:


Professor of Neural Science, Psychology, Psychiatry, and Child
and Adolescent Psychiatry at New York University
Director Emotional Brain Institute
Member of the National Academy of Sciences

Tuesday September 25th, 2018

Moss Auditorium 1pm-3pm
Faculty Data Blitz 1pm-2pm
Keynote Speaker 2pm–3pm

Student Center West 3pm-5pm
Poster presentation and evening reception
with light appetizers


Department’s Grand Rounds for September 2018:

Wednesday 09/12/18:

Brian Mustanski, PhD


Wednesday 09/19/18:

Subhash Pandey, PhD


Tuesday 09/25/18:

Research Extravaganza, keynote speaker: Joseph Ledeoux, PhD


Wednesday 10/03/18:

Richard Zinbarg, PhD


Wednesday 10/10/18:

Charles Nemeroff, MD, PhD


Wednesday 10/24/18:

Carolyn Rodriquez, MD, PhD



Faculty Honors and Awards




Senior Faculty Award

Dr. John Davis received the 2018 COM Pioneer in Medicine Award.

Dr. Sandro Guidotti received the 2018 University Scholar.

Dr. Pauline Maki received the 2018 Women in Science Award from the American Women’s Medical Association.

Dr. Luan Phan received the COM faculty of the Year Award.

Dr. Carl Bell (retired) was named Physician of the year by Jackson park Hospital and added to their wall of Fame. He was also inducted into the medical College President’s Circle of Scholars for exceptional contributions in Medicine.


Junior Faculty Award

Dr. Katie Burkhouse received the 2018 Donald F. Klein Early career Investigator Award– ADAA and the 2018 new Investigator Award-American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology.

Dr. Stephanie Gorka received the 2017 Macquarie Emotional Health Research Excellence Award -High Commendation.

Dr. Melissa Wagner received the 2018 Early Career Development Award—AAP.

Dr. Graziano Pinna received an extraordinary write up in the March edition of the UIC news paper.


ACNP Travel Awardees

Drs. Natania Crane, Jonathan Stange and Tori Eisenlohr Moul


Resident Awards

Dr. Andreea Seicean received the APA Research Colloquium Travel Award.

Dr. Brandi Jackson received the APA/SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Award.

Dr. Daniel Lee received the AAP Resident Psychiatric Educator Award.

Dr. Amy Abramovitz received the Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety Award.

Dr. Angela Shrestha received the APA/SamHsa Minority Fellowship Award.

Darren Miller M-1 and member of our KTGF Jay G. Hirsch CAP interest group, on receiving one of Columbia’s June Jackson Christmas Medical Student Summer Fellowships.



  Katie Burkhouse, PhD   Stephanie Gorka, PhD  
  David Gavin, MD, MS   Mohamad “Moh’ Milad, PhD  
  Elizabeth Glover, PhD   Tori Eisenlohr-Moul, PhD  
  Jonathan Stange, PhD      


  John Cummins, MD, MFA   Alison Newman, PhD, ABPP  
  Sylvia Herbozo, PhD   Jason Soble, PhD  
  Robert Medrano, PhD   Danijela Stojanac, MD  
  Ashley Mulvihill, MD   Lea Ventura, PhD  
  Melissa Wagner, MD, PhD      


Roderick Harris

Incoming PG-1 Residents 2018-2019


Alexandra Dyer, MD

Alexandra Dyer, MD
Medical College of
Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI



Kiefer Greenspan, MD

Kiefer Greenspan, MD
University of Pittsburgh
School of Medicine,
Pittsburgh, PA










Kevin Hu, MD

Kevin Hu, MD
University of Texas
Southwestern Medical
Center Southwestern
Medical School, Dallas, TX


Bess Levin, MD

Bess Levin, MD
Ohio State University
College of Medicine,
Columbus, OH











Andy Nian, MD

Andy Nian, MD
Northwestern University
The Feinberg School of
Medicine, Chicago, IL


Priya Patel, MD

Priya Patel, MD
Creighton University School
of Medicine, Omaha, NE











John Roberts, Jr., MD

John Roberts, Jr., MD
University of Michigan
Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI


Ankita Sharma, MD

Ankita Sharma, MD
University of Cincinnati
College of Medicine,
Cincinnati, OH










Eric Silverman, MD

Eric Silverman, MD
Rush Medical College of Rush University
Medical Center,
Chicago, IL


Gabriella Waserstein, MD

Gabriella Waserstein, MD
Emory University
School of Medicine,
Atlanta, GA


Faculty News

Dr. Sylvia Herbozo was invited to become a member of the 2018-2020 Editorial Board of the Eating and Weight Disorders journal.”

Drs. Kelley Volpe, Amber May, and Alex Yuen Chevalier presented their winning paper in the Jay G. Hirsch Memorial Award competition, March 12th at the ICCAP meeting. Their presentation is entitled: “Pediatric Primary Care Provider Opinions about Mental Health Information

Dr. Subhash Pandey , was covered on the CDC report in the Daily Orange newspaper:

Dr. Amy Abramowitz was one of for trainees selected to participate in the national conference– Academy for Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety: the Telluride Experience.

Dr. Judith Cook was invited to deliver a presentation on the effects of employment on health service utilization and costs at SAMHSA’s Supported Employment Grantee Meeting in March 2018.

Dr. Lisa Razzano,was invited to deliver the presentation, “Mental Health, HIV, & Employment: Intersectionality & Research-Informed Services,” at the Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities: Project E3, Southern University-Baton Rouge, New Orleans, LA in February 2018.

Dr. Lisa Razzano is a co-author on the paper "Mobile Health (mHealth) vs Clinic-Based Group Intervention for People with Serious Mental Illness: A Randomized Controlled Trial" (Ben-Zeev et al.) to appear in Psychiatric Services (APPI-PS-2018-00063.R2).

Dr. Joshua Nathan is quoted in two online news outlet articles. First is a story at, in their health section Tonic, on how long a person can or should take anti-depressant medications for: The other is on, which an article on medications that can cause depression:

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. Christopher Holden director of addiction services at the University of Illinois Hospital, was interviewed for an ABC7 news segment about Vivitrol – a new drug to treat opioid addiction that is marketed heavily throughout the United States. Holden says in the interview that to offer Vivitrol at the exclusion of other options is less than ideal. View the entire segment here:

There was an NBC news coverage on the JAMA Psychiatry editorial - Dr Stotland and our own Dr. Angela Shrestha are cited by name in this article: n878706

Dr. Tory Eisenlohr-Moul, assistant professor of psychiatry in the UIC College of Medicine, is mentioned in an article on suicide in the Chicago Sun-Times. She has a grant from the NIH to study whether hormone stabilization may help reduce to risk of suicide in women with depression. Read the article here:

An Opinion piece by our own Dr. Steve Weine:

The Psychiatry Clinic’s Culture of Safety scores were among the “Top Performers” in UIH’s recent Culture of Safety Survey.

Dr. Pauline Maki in the news:
Dr. Pauline Maki with more coverage from CNN, NBC, Daily Telegraph, and Daily Mail. See below for great feature from NPR and CNN:

Dr. Pauline Maki, professor of psychiatry and psychology in the UIC College of Medicine, was interviewed on the program, All Things Considered on NPR radio about research she presented this week at the Alzheimer’s Association meeting held in Chicago. Maki’s research has shown that because women do better on verbal memory tests used to detect Alzheimer’s disease, they may go undiagnosed longer than men. Listen to the segment here:


New Leadership Team in place for Clinical Services

Associate Head for Clinical Services: Drs. Luan Phan and Maria Caserta will co-lead the clinical services until Dr. Caserta’s retirement, at which point Dr. Phan will take over the Associate Head role.

Adult inpatient unit: Dr. Melissa Wagner will serve as the Associate Head of the 8E adult inpatient program.

Director of Ambulatory Programs: Dr. Luan Phan will direct the Ambulatory Programs for the next several months as we recruit for this position.

Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Dr. Olusola Ajilore will assume the role of Director of this program.

Psychosis: Dr. Rajiv Sharma will direct all aspects of the Psychosis program.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Dr. Ed Cook will continue in his role as Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

CATU: Dr. Mike Naylor will continue as director of (CATU) Comprehensive Training Assessment Unit.


Klumpp, H., Kinney, K.L., Kennedy, A.E., Shankman, S.A., Langenecker, S.A., Kumar, A., Phan, K.L. Trait attentional control modulates neurofunctional response to threat distractors in anxiety and depression (in press). Journal of Psychiatric Research

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 Behavioral 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