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Volume 6, Issue 3

September 2019

Message from our Chair

On Thursday, September 19th, we are hosting a Memorial Service for Carl Bell who served the Department, University and Chicagoland community for several decades. Carl was very committed to the under-served and was an effective spokesperson for their mental health needs that were often unrecognized and inadequately treated. Presentations honoring Carl will be held in Moss Auditorium in the COMRB followed by a reception in the Moss vestibule. On Tuesday, the 17th of September, our Research Extravaganza will occur with NIAAA Director George Koob as the key-note speaker. That will be a busy week!

Cathy Ellyin, our new Director of Administrative Operations, officially started on July 22nd, and has a sound knowledge of our admin needs and requirements. She is actively meeting with our faculty and admin staff in the COM. She is a great addition to our Team.

Eight new clinician educators joined our department in the new academic year as did our new trainees – residents and psych interns. This will be a busy, but very interesting Fall.

Upcoming Events

Psychiatry Grand Rounds for September 2019


Refining the Translational Medicine Pipeline in Neurodevelopmental Disorders.
Craig Erickson, MD



Objective Methods for Assessing Invalid (Neuro) Psychiatric Symptom Reporting and Neurocognitive Test Performance.
Jason Soble, PhD, ABPP



The Department of Psychiatry's 10th Annual Research Extravaganza!

Tuesday September 17th, 2019


10th Annual Research Extravaganza


Key Note Speaker: George F. Koob, PhD

Dr. Koob is an internationally-recognized expert on alcohol and stress, and the neurobiology of alcohol and drug addiction. He is the Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

COMWT Room 106: 1pm to 3pm
Reception and Poster Presentation Student Center West: 3pm to 5pm


Remembering Dr. Carl Bell


Carl Bell


Thursday, September 19th, 2019

9:00am – 12:00 pm

Reception 10:30am to noon

College of Medicine Research Building (COMRB)
Moss Auditorium


Save the Date!

Department of Psychiatry's Annual Holiday Party 2019


Happy Holidays


Holiday Inn Mart Plaza

Wolf Point Ball Room (15th Floor)

Friday, December 20th

6:oopm : Cocktail hour

7:00pm to 10:30pm: Dinner, dancing and free raffles!

Plan now to come celebrate the holidays with your co-workers!

See you on the dance floor!

All guests MUST RSVP!

Please look for your emailed invite soon!

Faculty and Staff News


Dr. Carolyn Rodriguez, vice-chair of the Council on Research, is one of the recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE): see! The PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the US government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology.

Dr. Sally Weinstein received media coverage of Dr. Weinstein’s Child Asthma and Family Chaos study published online in The American Academy of Pediatrics on the Public News Service ( the national newswire service.
The Public News Service story was published July 11, and has been picked up by various media outlets nationally over the past two weeks. Click link for more information:

Dr. Sean M. Blitzstein - Promotion to Clinical Professor of Psychiatry.

Dr Martin Harrow has been selected by the faculty in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The segment below featuring Dr. Graciano Pinna’s research on PTSD biomarkers was released for the National PTSD Awareness Day 2019:

Dr. Mark Rasenick, Distinguished Professor of Physiology & Biophysics and Psychiatry at UIC, is quoted in a New York Times article about mysterious group of mysterious vertigo-like illnesses that overcame U.S diplomats in Cuba in 2016. A study published in JAMA on brain imaging from 40 of the diplomats concludes that some kind of brain damage has occurred, but the cause remains a mystery.
The article reads, in part:
“It’s good work, but there’s just not enough here to come to any conclusion,” said Dr. Mark Rasenick, a neuroscientist at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Medicine. Dr. Rasenick is a member of the Cuban Academy of Science and has close ties to scientists there who have been skeptical that invisible weapons were involved. “I think the only reason it’s going in JAMA is that it’s such a politically charged topic.”
Read the full article here:

Dr. Lisa Razzano and her colleagues presented the poster, “Results of a Longitudinal Study of Health Literacy among People with Serious Mental Illness” at the American Psychological Association (APA) convention in Chicago, IL. This poster received the Research Award from APA Division 18 (Psychologists in Public Service). Dr. Razzano also chaired the APA symposium, “Physical Health Interventions for People with Serious Mental Illness in Community-Based Services.”

Dr. Tory Eisenlohr –Moul received an R01 grant from NIMH.

Dr. Emma Childs was invited to speak on “Human Laboratory Procedures to Study Drug Conditioning” at the Annual Retreat for the Northwestern University Information Storage Training Program (NISTP, T32MH067564) in Lake Geneva (29-30 July).

Dr. Amy Lasek received a new R01 grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) entitled “Compulsive alcohol drinking and cortical extracellular matrix”.

Dr. Amy Lasek has been approved to be a standing member of the Neuroscience Review Subcommittee of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Initial Review Group (AA-4).

Dr. Tory Eisenlohr-Moul, assistant professor of psychiatry at UIC, is quoted in a Chicago Tribune story about her study on hormone stabilization and risk for suicide among women. Eisenlohr-Moul has a $3.1 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to study how stabilizing certain hormones that fluctuate over the menstrual cycle in women at risk for suicide can keep suicidal thoughts at bay. Read the story here:

Dr. Carl Bell’s NPR segment:

Dr. Ed Cook was selected as an International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) Fellow in May 2019. his award is the highest honor given by the International Society for Autism Research. It recognizes the sustained international research contribution to autism science that a person has made in their career, and the effect that it has had internationally on autism science.

Dr. Stevan M. Weine, has been awarded the 2020 Abraham L. Halpern Humanitarian Award by the American Association for Social Psychiatry. Dr. Weine, the Director of Global Medicine and Director of the Center for Global Health in our COM, works on displacement, violence, mental health and resilience. He will receive the award and deliver a lecture at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in Philadelphia in May 2020. The Abraham L. Halpern Humanitarian Award is bestowed by the American Association for Social Psychiatry for extraordinary achievement in advancing human rights. The Award is named after the forensic psychiatrist and human rights activist Abraham L. Halpern, M.D. (1925-2013). Prior awardees include Robert Lifton, Carl Bell, former Surgeon General of the United States Vivek Murthy, and Nada Stotland.

Dr. Olu Ajilore is interviewed about Digital Mental Health.

  Achieving mental health equity through technology  



Two Residents, Drs. Martin Hinrichs and Surya Sabhapathy, as well as one child fellow, Dr. Amber May were nominated for Resident/Fellow of the year!

Resident of the year nomination photos!

  Dr. Amber May   Dr. Martin Hinrichs  
  Dr. Surya Sabhapathy  
  Dr. Kathleen Kelly (to the left) and Dr. Amber May  


Varghese, Sajoy P., Pooja Kumari, Heshan Wijegunaratne, Tim Yovankin, Vamsi Garlapati, and Maju Mathew Koola. “Loperamide Addiction: Atypical Opioid Use Disorder Treated With Buprenorphine/Naloxone.” The Primary Care Companion for CNS Disorders 21, no. 4 (July 3, 2019): 0–0.

Pinna G. Animal models of PTSD: The socially isolated mouse and the biomarker role of allopregnanolone. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. DOI: 10.3389/fnbeh.2019.00114

Raber J, Arzy S, Boulanger J, Depue B, LeDoux J, Lowry CA, Pinna G, et al.,: Current understanding of fear learning and memory in humans and animal models and the value of a linguistic approach for analyzing fear learning and memory in humans. In “The Affectome Project”. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews. 2019. pii: S0149-7634(18)30642-0. DOI: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2019.03.015

Locci A and Pinna G: Stimulation of PPAR-α by N-palmitoylethanolamine engages allopregnanolone biosynthesis to modulate emotional behavior. Biological Psychiatry. 85: 1036-1045. 2019. j.biopsych.2019.02.006

Aspesi D and Pinna G: Animal models of PTSD and novel treatment options. Behavioral Pharmacology 30:130- 150. 2019.

Kaplan, K.J. and Harrow, M. (2018 ). Social Status and Suicidal Activity of Psychiatric Patients: Moderating Effects of Gender, Race and Psychiatric Diagnosis. Archives of Suicide Research, 22 (doi: 10.1080/13811118.2018.1506845)

Kaplan, K. J., Schwartz, M. B. and Markus-Kaplan, M. . (2019, in press) A Biblical View of Eating and Nutrition: Restraint, Respect, Purpose and Order. Israel Affairs.

Schwartz, M. B. and Kaplan, K. J. (2019) War, Peace and the Military in Biblical and Ancient Greek Societies. pp. In U. Kumar (Ed.) The Routledge International Handbook of Military Psychology and Mental Health. lNew Delhi, India: Springer Nature.

Kaplan, K. J. and Schwartz, M.B. (2019). Parables and Riddles in Ancient and Modern Teaching: Achilles, a Hare and Two Tortoises, Newcastle upon Tyne, ENG.: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Kaplan, K. J. (2019) Oedipus Redeemed: Seeing through Listening. Eugene, OR: WIPF and STOCK Publishers Kaplan, K.J. (2019) Oedipus the Teacher: A Return to Thebes. Eugene, OR.: WIPF and STOCK Publishers.

Burkhouse, K. L., Owens, M., James, K., & Gibb, B. E. (in press). Age differences in electrocortical reactivity to fearful faces following aversive conditioning. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.

Woody, M. L., Tsypes, A., Burkhouse, K. L., Feurer, C., Champagne, K., & Gibb, B. E. (in press). Development and maintenance of overgeneral autobiographical memory in children of depressed mothers. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.

Kujawa, A., Burkhouse, K. L., Karich, S., Fitzgerald, K., Monk, C. S., & Phan, K. L. (in press). Reduced reward responsiveness predicts change in depressive symptoms in anxious children and adolescents following treatment. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology.

Chen, H. and Lasek, A.W. Perineuronal nets in the insula regulate aversion-resistant alcohol drinking. Addiction Biology, 2019, in press.

Stange, J. P., Jenkins, L. M., Pocius, S., Kreutzer, K., Bessette, K., DelDonno, S. R., Kling, L. R., Bhaumik, R., Welsh, R. C., Keilp, J. G., Phan, K. L., & Langenecker, S. A. (in press). Using resting-state intrinsic network connectivity to identify suicide risk in mood disorders. Psychological Medicine.

Stange, J. P., Kleiman, E. M., Mermelstein, R. J., & Trull, T. J. (in press). Using ambulatory assessment to measure dynamic risk processes in affective disorders. Journal of Affective Disorders.

DelDonno, S. R., Mickey, B. J., Pruitt, P. J., Stange, J. P., Hsu, D. T., Weldon, A. L., Zubieta, J-K., & Langenecker, S. A. (in press). Influence of childhood adversity, approach motivation traits, and depression on individual differences in brain activation during reward anticipation. Biological Psychology.