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December 2013

Congratulations to Andrew Krystal, MD on his recent election as a Member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) and to Sarah H. Lisanby, MD on her promotion to an ACNP Fellow.

November 2013

Congratulations to Jeffrey Swanson, PhD who was recently awarded a NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grant from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation for his research on "Preventing firearms violence and suicide among adults with serious mental illness: Bringing epidemiological evidence to public policy reform."

October 2013

Congratulations to Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD who was recently awarded The Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Prize for Innovative and Promising Schizophrenia Research from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.

September 2013

Congratulations to our faculty and alums who were inducted as fellows into the North Carolina Psychiatric Association this year: Ayesha Chaudry, MD, Ranota Hall, MD, Sarah Lisanby, MD, Rex Moody, MD, and Philip Spiro, MD.

August 2013

Congratulations to Kayla Hernandez, a Clinical Trials Assistant in the Healthy Childhood Brain Development Research Program, for being selected as the 2013 Clark M. Rivinoja Award Recipient!

Dr. Kafui Dzirasa selected as Outstanding Resident by the National Institute of Mental Health
Congratulations to Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD, who was selected as a 2013 NIMH Outstanding Resident Award winner.

Dr. Deborah Gold recognized as a Distinguished Mentor in the field of aging
Deborah T. Gold, PhD was selected as the 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Mentorship in Gerontology Award by the Gerontological Society of America, the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging.

Congratulations to Dr. Ting-Kai Li on his Lifetime Achievement!
Dr. Ting-Kai Li was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism.

Dr. Talley's book recently published by the American Academy of Counseling Psychology
Joseph E. Talley, Ph.D., ABPP, Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Staff Psychologist and Associate Director of Administration for Counseling and Psychological Services recently published a special edition of the Bulletin of the American Academy of Counseling Psychology, titled: "Practicing Notes and Tools for Brief and Very Brief Integrative Psychodynamic Psychotherapy."

July 2013

Duke University Medical Center Ranked #1 in the State and 12th Nationally for Its Patient Care
Each year, the US News and World Report publishes annual rankings of the nation’s Best Hospitals. The rankings, now in their 24th year, cover nearly 5,000 medical centers across the country and span 16 medical specialties, from cancer to neurology & neurosurgery. Hospitals that rank near the top of at least six specialties earn a spot on the Honor Roll. Just 18 distinguished hospitals made this year's list, including Duke University Medical Center. We are pleased to share that Duke was ranked 12th in the country and #1 in the state for its world-class patient care in 13 adult and 10 pediatric specialties. Duke was also ranked as high performing in 2 adult specialties, including psychiatry. We continually strive to meet the mental health needs of our community and to offer our patients the very best in care. Learn more about the services we offer on our Patient Care page.

2013 Ewald Busse Research Awards
Dr. Ewald W. Busse, J. P. Gibbons Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, Dean Emeritus of Medical and Allied Health Education, was founding Director of the Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development (1957-70), and was chairman of the Duke Department of Psychiatry from 1953-1974. He passed away March 7, 2004, but his legacy as a leader in the study of aging remains strong. The Busse Research Award was established to recognize the achievements of late junior or mid-career scientists and to encourage their continued contributions to aging research. These awards are presented every four years during the IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics. The 2013 award winners included Becca R. Levy, PhD, Director of the Social and Behavioral Science Division and an Associate Professor at Yale University School of Public Health, and Thomas T. Perls, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine and Director of the New England Centenarian Study, of Boston University School of Medicine. Read the full press release here.

June 2013

Combined Medicine-Psychiatry Resident Graduate recognized for excellence in patient care and education
Jason Webb, MedPsych 2012 graduate and outgoing Chief Resident in Internal Medicine, received the Duke University 2013 Dr. Joseph R. McClellan Scholar Award. The Award is presented to the Internal Medicine Chief Resident who “exemplifies excellence in patient care and teaching.“  The award is only given to one Medicine Chief Resident every year, and is named in honor of a former Medicine Duke Chief Resident and Cardiologist who passed away 3 years ago after a very prominent career.

Five Duke Psychiatry residents were presented with the AppleSeed Award for their excellence in teaching and leadership
This year’s Psychiatry winners of the AppleSeed Award included: Dr. Felicia “Lin” Walker, Dr. Wilbur Dattilo, Dr. Matthew Bader, Dr. Thomas Recore, and Dr. Silpa Kamisetti. The AppleSeed Resident Teaching Awards Committee, created in the spring of 2008 by Duke medical students as a Davison Council committee, is a program dedicated to recognizing, awarding, and thanking house staff who served as outstanding mentors to second-year medical students during their core rotations. Using a voting system, the committee collects the nominations of second-year medical students throughout their clerkship year to select and award exceptional residents dedicated to medical education. The  AppleSeed Award aims to promote an environment of excellent mentorship among house staff through the collective gratitude of the student body.

Duke Institute for Brain Sciences Incubator Award Winners
Congratulations to the nine Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences faculty members who won 2013-14 DIBS Research Incubator Awards: Greg Appelbaum, Guy Potter, Kafui Dzirasa, William Wetsel, Scott Moore, Angel Peterchev, Robert Cabeza, Sarah Lisanby, and Bruce Luber. Incubator Awards provide seed funding to support interdisciplinary and collaborative brain science research within Duke for projects of exceptional innovation and broad significance to the field.

May 2013

Dr. Hayes recognized by Duke Medical Students as an exemplary mentor with the 2013 Excellence in Professionalism Award
Caroline P. Haynes, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, was recently selected as one of the recipients of the Duke School of Medicine’s 2013 Excellence in Professionalism Award. The award, established this year, recognizes faculty members who exemplify professionalism and personify Duke’s guiding principles of respect, trustworthiness, diversity, teamwork and learning.

April 2013

Dr. Bradford recognized as NAMI Exemplary Psychiatrist
Congratulations to Dan Bradford, MD, MPH, for his receipt of the 2013 National Alliance on Mental Illness Exemplary Psychiatrist Award. This is a high honor in our field and we are delighted that NAMI has recognized his wonderful work. Dr. Bradford serves as National Director of Intensive Case Management Services in the VA Central Office’s Mental Health Services and Director of the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center at the Durham VA Medical Center.

Dr. Egger selected to participate in Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program
Dr. Helen Egger, Chief of our Child and Family Mental Health Division, was accepted into the 2013-1024 Hedwig van Amerigan Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Progam.

Dr. Thrall selected as Teacher of the Year
Congratulations to Grace Thrall, MD who has been named Teacher of the Year for the Duke Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. This award, also known as the ‘Honored Professor Award’ is given each year by the residents to that member of the faculty who, in the minds of the residents, most embodies an enduring dedication to teaching and has made lasting contributions to our learning.

March 2013

Dr. Bosworth receives highest honor for a VA health services researcher
Congratulations to Hayden B. Bosworth, PhD, professor of Medicine and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, who was recently awarded the 2013 VA Under Secretary’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health Services Research. This award represents exceptional achievement in improving our understanding of factors that affect the health and quality of care of Veterans, inspiring and training the next generation of health services researchers, and enhancing the visibility and recognition of VA research nationally.

Dr. Van Voorhees granted NCDEU New Investigator Award
Congratulations to Duke Psychiatry’s Elizabeth E. Van Voorhees, PhD, who was selected as a 2013 NCDEU New Investigator Award recipient! Dr. Van Voorhees is a Clinical Psychologist who completed her research fellowship in Child Abuse and Neglect and Adult ADHD at Duke in 2009.

Dr. Schoenfelder selected for competitive fellowship program in child mental health
Erin Schoenfelder, PhD was selected for the 2013 Child Intervention, Prevention & Services (CHIPS) fellowship.

February 2013

Dr. Lisanby elected to the Association of American Physicians
Congratulations to our Chair, Sarah H. Lisanby, MD, for her election into the prestigious Association of American Physicians (AAP). To be a member of the most prestigious Association of American Physicians is a great honor. Members have included Nobel laureates, and members of the National Academy of Science and the Institute of Medicine.

Dr. Kafui Dzirasa awarded Janssen/IMHRO Rising Star Translational Research Award
Congratulations to assistant professor and psychiatry resident, Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD, who was selected by the The International Mental Health Research Organization (IMHRO) as one of two national winners of the 2013 Rising Star Translational Research Award for his proposal, “Closed Loop Actuators to Repair Brain Circuit Dysfunction.”

January 2013

Dr. Lauren Franz awarded global health fellowship
Congratulations to Duke Psychiatry’s resident and global health fellow, Dr. Lauren Franz, MBChB, MPH, who was recently awarded a prestigious Fogarty Global Health Fellowship to continue her study of the autism spectrum of disorders in Zulu children in KwaZulu-Natal.

John Mitchell, PhD selected for the 2013 Career Development Institute for Psychiatry
Dr. Mitchell, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Duke ADHD Program was recently selected to participate in a competitive national program for early career researchers. The Career Development Institute is a two-year career enhancement opportunity that provides support around launching and maintaining a career in mental health research.

Steve Szabo, MD awarded international travel grant
Dr. Szabo, a Duke Psychiatry resident, was recently awarded a prestigious international travel grant for the Herrenhausen Conference taking place in Hanover, Germany this April.

Duke Psychiatry Faculty contribute as experts at Johns Hopkins gun policy summit
Jeff Swanson, PhD presented as one of approximately 20 global experts at a gun policy summit convened by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Gun Policy and Research and the Bloomberg School of Public Health on January 14 and 15, 2013. Marvin Swartz, MD and Allison Gilbert Robertson, PhD, MPH also contributed at the summit.