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Honors & Awards

Sarah Ketchen Lipson, Ph.D., Announced as Inaugural U-M Depression Center Eisenberg Scholar

Proposed research will develop and pilot tailored eHealth intervention to promote depression treatment among college populations ANN ARBOR – Sarah Ketchen Lipson, Ph.D., was just announced as the inaugural Frances and Kenneth Eisenberg Scholar. The award, worth $100,000, was given for her proposed research on promoting the treatment of depressions, bipolar illnesses and related disorders

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Drs. Jon Dunlop and Lisa Anacker Receive 2017 Rappeport Fellowship from AAPL

Dr. Jon Dunlop and Dr. Lisa Anacker, both third year psychiatry residents, have won the prestigious 2017 Rappeport Fellowship from the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL). The Rappeport Fellowship is a highly competitive award given to outstanding residents with interests in psychiatry and the law. Drs. Dunlop and Anacker will attend the 2017

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U-M Depression Center and Frankel Cardiovascular Center Announce Center-to-Center Collaboration Grant Award Winners

Awardees to focus on mental health outcomes in a cardiovascular disease population and bipolar microtissues The U-M Depression Center and Frankel Cardiovascular Center recently announced two funding awards for their Center-to-Center (C2C) research collaborations. The C2C awards address the underlying conditions of cardiovascular and brain mood co-occurrences, allowing physicians and other clinicians to use research

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Depression Center taking nominations for $100,000 research award

The University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center is accepting nominations for the first-ever Frances and Kenneth Eisenberg Scholar Award for early career U-M faculty members or fellows. The deadline is Jan. 23. The award will be given annually and is worth $100,000, which will be given in two installments over two years. It is part

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Donovan Maust, M.D., M.S., awarded funding from Donaghue Foundation to study unintended consequences of antipsychotic medications in nursing homes

Donovan Maust, M.D., MS, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry within the University of Michigan Medical School and Research Scientist with the Center for Clinical Management Research of the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, just received “Another Look” funding from The Donaghue Foundation to examine psychotropic use among patients with dementia in long-term care settings. Dr. Maust’s

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Mary Blazek, MD, MEH and collaborators receive the Scholarly Publications Award from ADMSEP

Mary Blazek, MD, MEHP, clinical assistant professor in psychiatry and director of the U-M Outpatient Geriatric Psychiatry Clinic, received the Scholarly Publications Award at the Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry (ADMSEP) annual meeting on June 17.  The paper titled, “Geriatric Psychiatry in the Psychiatry Clerkship: a Survey of Current Education Practices,”

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Dr. Helen Kales named to Lancet panel on dementia care

Helen C. Kales, M.D., professor of psychiatry, is one of 20 international dementia experts named to The Lancet Commission on Dementia Care. The Lancet has partnered with leading academic and charitable institutions (University College London, Alzheimer’s Society, ESRC and Alzheimer’s Research U.K.) to establish a Commission on Dementia Care. The Commission is reviewing the current

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Department of Psychiatry Faculty Inducted to the U-M 2015 League of Educational Excellence

Earlier this month four members of the Department of Psychiatry Faculty were inducted into the U-M League of Educational Excellence. The League of Educational Excellence was established in 2013. Selection into the U-M League of Educational Excellence recognizes teaching faculty for their extraordinary contributions and commitment towards preparing the next generation of Michigan physicians and

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U-M part of team awarded $2.5 million to improve interactions between parents, teachers and toddlers

ANN ARBOR – Researchers from the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, and Michigan State University will receive $2.5 million over five years in a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. They have designed a professional development program for teachers

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Dr. Thomas Fluent to be Honored as “Veteran of the Game” at the U-M Men’s Basketball Season Opener this Friday

Captain Thomas Fluent, MD has served in the United States Navy for 28 years. Following graduation from the University of Michigan Medical School, Dr. Fluent continued his medical training and began his military service at Naval Hospital Portsmouth, Virginia; Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, and Naval Medical Center Bethesda, Maryland. After 10

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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.