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Honors & Awards

‘Best Doctors in America ’ list includes twelve from U-M Psychiatry

Several members of the U-M Depression Center and Department of Psychiatry were among 493 U-M physicians named to the 2014 Best Doctors in America® list, placing them among the top 5 percent of doctors in their specialties. They include: Elissa P. Benedek, M.D. Ronald M. Benson, M.D. Harvey H. Falit, M.D. Thomas Fluent, M.D. John […]

Beard and Seyfried earn top honors from Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine

November 15, 2013 At the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine’s annual meeting this week, Kristine Beard, L.M.S.W., A.C.S.W., and Lisa Seyfried, M.D., took home first prize for their poster, Are Patients with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness Responsible for the Perpetration of Violence Towards Care Providers on Medical-Surgical Floors? A Retrospective Chart Review. Seyfried is the director […]

Akil receives national award for outstanding research

November 2, 2013 ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A neuroscientist who probes the intersection between brain biology and mental health, and a physician who has led national health care change for decades, today received top national awards for their achievements. Both are leaders at the University of Michigan Health System, and faculty at the U-M Medical […]

‘Top Docs’ list for 2013 includes eight from Psychiatry

Several physicians from the Department of Psychiatry were among those honored by Hour Detroit Magazine in its annual “Top Docs” special issue for 2013. Among the 31 doctors selected from the U-M Health System were eight individuals from Psychiatry: Kirk Brower, M.D., and Patrick Gibbons, D.O. (Addiction) Helen Kales, M.D., and Sue Maixner, M.D. (Alzheimer’s […]

Barrett-Becker receives 2013 Ouida Award

Congratulations to Ellen Barrett-Becker, Ph.D., a postdoctoral psychology resident in the Department of Psychiatry, who is the 2013 recipient of the Todd Ouida Clinical Scholar Award. The Ouida awards are designed to further the work of outstanding young researchers working in childhood anxiety and depression. Barrett-Becker’s research focuses primarily on the role of trauma and […]

Greden honored for work advancing the lives of those with disabilities

The University of Michigan’s Council for Disability Concerns has announced that Dr. John F. Greden will receive the 2013 James T. Neubacher Award. Greden, founding executive director of the U-M Comprehensive Depression Center, is the Rachel Upjohn Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, founding chair of the National Network of Depression Centers, and research professor […]

Murphy wins 2013 MacArthur ‘genius grant’

Susan Murphy, Ph.D., a University of Michigan statistician who is poised to make a significant impact on the field of personalized medicine through work focused on improving treatment decisions for chronic illnesses such as depression and substance abuse, has been named a 2013 MacArthur Fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The MacArthur […]

Glick and Silk receive 2013 Dean’s Awards

Rachel Lypson Glick, M.D., and Kenneth R. Silk, M.D., were among the 19 U-M Medical School faculty and staff honored for exceptional accomplishments in the areas of teaching, research, clinical care, community service and administration. Silk was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award in Clinical Care, and Glick received the Kaiser-Permanente Award for Excellence in Pre-clinical […]

Giordani appointed faculty ombuds

Bruno J. Giordani, professor of psychiatry, neurology and psychology, chief psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry, and a member of the U-M Depression Center, has been appointed faculty ombuds effective Sept. 1. Giordani was selected to succeed Michael Welsh. He will carry a 50 percent appointment. “The point of the ombuds process is to move […]

Nitzberg honored with NAMI Community Member Award

Laura Nitzberg, LMSW, will receive the 2013 NAMI Washtenaw County Community Member Award following a unanimous vote of the NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Washtenaw County Board of Directors. NAMI Washtenaw County is dedicated to education, support, and advocacy to improve the lives of people affected by mental illness. The Community Member Award is […]

Howard Shevrin, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus was recently awarded fellow status in the Association for Psychological Science in recognition of his sustained outstanding contributions to the advancement of psychological science.

Linas Bieliauskas, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology, wins the 2010 Russell J. Bent Award for Distinguished Service and Contributions to the American Board of Professional Psychology.

Robert A. Zucker, Ph.D., Director of the Addiction Research Center (UMARC) and the Substance Abuse Section to receive highest award for research on alcohol use, abuse

Mary Heitzeg, Ph.D., a research scientist in the Substance Abuse Section Addiction Research Center was recently awarded the 2010 National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Early Career Investigator Award for her work exploring impulse control, reward, and risk as neuroimaging markers of vulnerability to substance abuse.

Maria Muzik, M.D., M.S., Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, receives MICHR Funding Award

Jim Abelson wins Teaching Award from the Association for Academic Psychiatry.

Divy Ravindranath, M.D., Psychosomatic Fellow, is a recipient of the 2010 Laughlin Fellowship Award.

James Swain, M.D., Ph.D. and collaborators receive Federal Grand Opportunity Grant

Jon-Kar Zubieta, M.D., Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and radiology at the U-M Medical School and a member of the Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute, was awarded $1.2 million for a project that examines neurobiological mechanisms involved in the development of placebo effects in patients with depression and nicotine dependence. These studies are expected to clarify the predictability of placebo effects and define the neural systems mediating them.

James Swain, M.D., Ph.D. a member of our Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Section, was awarded a for an Outstanding Mentor Award from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in October, 2008, and associate membership of the prestigious American College of Neuropsychopharmacology in 2009.

Dr. Lisa Seyfried has been awarded the Dlin/Fischer Clinical Research Award given by the Scientific Program Committee of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine (APM). This award is given to the author of the paper judged to be the most outstanding submission to the annual APM meeting. Lisa's paper, "Predictors of Suicide in Older Patients with Dementia" is research that she has been working on with her mentor Helen Kales as well as with Marcia Valenstein and Yeates Conwell (University of Rochester). It also represents one of the first "fruits" of the new Program for Positive Aging which among its goals to collaborate on work across sections (Hospital Services, Geriatric Psychiatry and Mental Health Services Outcomes and Translation) and to foster research opportunities for clinical faculty in mental health and aging.

Victor Hong won special recognition for his exemplary work as intake evaluator for the psychodynamic psychotherapy clinic. His evaluations were complete, sensitive, and successful in helping patients find appropriate psychotherapy for their difficulties in living and emotional problems.

Tony Wolf was recognized for his courage in discussing and working witih patients and for his enthusiasm in understanding the psychodynamic issues in working with all of his patients.

M. Justin Coffey, M.D., of the University of Michigan, have been named a recipient of the 2009 Golden Beeper award. Members of the Galens Medical Society annually recognize the resident physicians viewed as the best teachers, leaders and patient care providers by presenting them with Bronze Beeper awards. Bronze Beeper awardees are selected by a vote of M3 and M4 Galens members. Dr. Coffey was also a recipient of a Bronze Beeper in 2008.

Emily R. Stern, Ph.D., of the University of Michigan, have been named a recipient of the Society of Biological Psychiatry’s Travel Scholarships for 2009. The training of a new generation of psychiatric academicians is a major objective of the Society of Biological Psychiatry. Participation in professional meetings, where new information is exchanged and contacts are made, can have a critical impact on the career of a developing clinician-scientist. In recognition of the importance of academic exchange, the Society of Biological Psychiatry, through an educational grant from Eli Lilly and Company, Forest Laboratories and Elsevier Science, is pleased to announce the continuation of annual Travel Fellowships. Each Fellowship will provide $1,500 to help defray the cost of attending the Society’s Annual Meeting. In addition to the stipend and the opportunity to attend sessions of interest to them, Fellows also receive certificates of excellence and participate in a special ceremony held during the meeting in their honor.

Sarah Garfinkel, Ph.D., of the University of Michigan, has been named a recipient of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America’s Travel Award for 2009. The Anxiety Disorders Association of America Career Development Travel Awards aim to help early career professionals with a career interest in fields related to anxiety disorders, such as basic and clinical neurobiology and psychopharmacology, clinical psychology, genetics, neuroimaging, epidemiology, and public health. ADAA is dedicated to promoting the prevention and ultimate cure of anxiety disorders and to improving the lives of all people who suffer from them through education and research. Sarah will present her research at the Poster Session at the ADAA 29th Annual Conference, March 12-15, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya, Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico.

Kate Fitzgerald, M.D., a member of our Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Section, was awarded a prestigious Dana Foundation grant for Neuroimaging. This will provide $200,000 in grant support over 2 years for Kate's innovative studies of brain activity in error response detection in children with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Gregory Hanna, Ph.D. recently received a 2008 Obsessive Compulsive Foundation (OCF) Research Award in the amount of $63,000 to fund his proposal “Error-Related Negativity in Unaffected Siblings of Youth with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.”

Justin Coffey, M.D. was awarded the APA/GlaxoSmithKline Fellowship 2008-2009.

Jonathan Morrow, M.D. (PGY III resident as of July) selected as a NIMH Outstanding Resident Award winner for 2008. The NIMH Outstanding Resident Award Program was introduced to the medical community in 1988. Each year residency training program directors and/or department chairs are invited to nominate one Resident from their program to receive the NIMH Outstanding Resident Award in Psychiatric Research.

Justin Paltrowitz, M.D. and Justin Coffey, M.D. selected by Medical Students to receive "2008 Bronze Beeper Awards".

Huda Akil, Ph.D., who is the Gardner C. Quarton Collegiate Professor of Neurosciences in Psychiatry, the Distinguished University Professor of Neurosciences and co-director of the Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute, was awarded the Goldman-Rakic Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Cognitive Neuroscience by the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression. The alliance presents five awards annually to recognize top scientists for outstanding advances in brain science and improved patient psychiatric treatment. Akil has made significant contributions to the understanding of the neurobiology of emotions, including pain, anxiety, depression and substance abuse.

Robert A. Zucker, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Psychology and director of the Addiction Research Center, was presented with an honorary diploma marking his election to honorary membership in the Polish Psychiatrists Association at the first annual meeting of the Polish Society on Addiction Research. The Polish Psychiatrists Association also unanimously elected Zucker to the Polish Society of Psychiatrists Hall of Fame.

Rashad Albeiruti, an undergraduate at University of Michigan doing research with Helen C. Kales MD, was recently selected to participate in the NIMH-funded 2008 Summer Training on Aging Research Topics - Mental Health (START-MH) Program. START-MH is a unique national program that offers competitive scholarships to predoctoral and medical students interested in aging and mental health research. There was a great deal of competition for these training slots with only 30% of applicants accepted into the program. The program gives students an opportunity to gain research experience and work closely with an established mentor/investigator. During the 10-week summer program, students work on specific projects in conjunction with their mentor. A 2-day START-MH conference will be held at UCSD in early August where the trainees will present posters on the research done. Additionally, the conference will include discussions of all trainees’ research experience and plans for future research careers.