Honors & Awards - 2011 Archive


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October 2011

Psychiatrist Recognized Among Duke Medical Alumni Association 2011 Honorees
Dr. Jim Shore (T'62, MD'65), Professor of Psychiatry and Chancellor Emeritus at University of Colorado and Health Sciences Center, was a recipient of the 2011 Distinguish Alumnus Award for the Duke Medical Alumni Association. Read about Dr. Shore in the Fall 2011 issue of DukeMed Alumni News.

Duke Investigator to be Recognized at NIMH Award Ceremony
Congratulations to R. Alison Adcock, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, who will appear at an upcoming award ceremony for recipients of the BRAINS – “Biobehavioral Research Awards for Innovative New Scientists” – R01 grants that were awarded this summer. The ceremony will take place on November 12, 2011 in Washington, DC, and will be led by Dr. Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Dr. Adcock’s project is titled Motivated Memory as Therapeutic Target.

Duke Medicine/Psychiatry Training Director and Resident Recognized at 2012 Association of Medicine and Psychiatry Meeting
Several members of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences were recognized at the annual meeting of the Association of Medicine and Psychiatry:

  • Dr. Jacob Harris, a Medicine/Psychiatry Resident, won the resident vignette competition at the 2012 meeting of the Association of Medicine and Psychiatry.
  • Dr. Sarah Rivelli, Medicine/Psychiatry Training Director, was recognized with an Association of Medicine and Psychiatry Service Award. In addition, Dr. Rivelli has been named President-Elect for the Association of Medicine and Psychiatry. Her presidency will be a two-year term starting in the fall of 2013.

The Medicine/Psychiatry Training Program at Duke is a unique five-year combined internal medicine and psychiatry training program, which provides comprehensive training in the care of medically and psychiatrically ill patients.

September 2011

Dr. Looney Elected to Leadership of Southern Psychiatric Association
Congratulations to John Looney, MD, MBA, on his election to the Board of Regents of the Southern Psychiatric Association. The Southern Psychiatric Association provided a forum for the exchange of original, practical and medical information, and works to further the study of all subjects pertaining to the cause, treatment, and prevention of psychiatric disorders.

Three Duke Psychiatrists Named Top Doctors 2011 Award Winners
Congratulations to Dan Blazer, MD, PhD; Les Forman, MD; and Richard Weiner, MD, PhD, who were chosen as Top Doctors by U.S. News & World Report.


August 2011

Dr. Capehart Selected to Lead NNDC Task Group
Congratulations to Dr. Bruce Capehart, who was selected as co-chair of the Service Members, Veterans, and Military Families Task Group within the National Network of Depression Centers (NNDC). Dr. Capehart, a psychiatrist at Duke University Medical Center and at Durham VA Medical Center, is a leader in the fields of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. Along with leaders from Stanford and the University of Michigan, Dr. Capehart will be instrumental in contributing to the clinical and scientific direction for military-veteran mental health care.

Social and Community Psychiatry Faculty Selected for Award from American Public Health Association
Jeffrey Swanson, PhD, and Marvin Swartz, MD, have been selected as joint recipients of the 2011 Carl Taube Award, an honor given by the Mental Health Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA). The prestigious award is presented to scholars who have made significant career contributions in the field of mental health research and treatment. On Tuesday, November 1, 2011, Dr. Swanson and Dr. Swartz will receive the award at the annual APHA meeting in Washington, DC, and will present their research to attendees.

Dr. Swanson is a medical sociologist and Professor in the Division of Social and Community Psychiatry. He is an expert in psychiatric epidemiology, mental health services effectiveness research, and mental health law and policy studies. Dr. Swartz is Professor and Executive Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Head of the Division of Social and Community Psychiatry, Director of the Duke Area Health Education Center Program and Director of the National Resource Center on Psychiatric Advance Directives.

Drs. Swanson and Swartz have collaborated for two decades on research studies of mental health services for persons with severe mental illness and have written extensively on violence, involuntary outpatient commitment, mandated community treatment, psychiatric advance directives, and effectiveness of antipsychotic medications.

July 2011

Dr. Egger Completes Selective Duke Medicine Leadership Program
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Helen Egger, Head of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, who celebrated her graduation from CCHAMP on Monday, July 25, 2011.

CCHAMP (The Chancellor's Clinical Leadership in Academic Medicine Program) is a 6.5 day program delivered over six months to provide education and training for leaders in Duke Medicine. The program strengthens the pipeline for Duke Medicine's next round of senior leadership and supports the institution and its culture through engagement and innovation.

Participants selected for CCHAMP collaborate to address a health system issue faced by Duke Medicine, and finish with a presentation proposing a course of action. Dr. Egger participated in a presentation titled, “Driving Increased Access to Health Care at the Children’s Health Center.”

Alzheimer’s Research Wins Award in Human Neuroimaging
A study titled, “Use of Florbetapir-PET for Imaging β-amyloid Pathology,” was selected to receive the 2011 de Leon Prize in Neuroimaging by the Alzheimer’s Association for the best paper in human neuroimaging. Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the paper was a collaborative effort between several organizations, including Duke, and was coauthored by P. Murali Doraiswamy, MBBS, Head of the Division of Biological Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. The research explored the role of chemical tracers and imaging in the early detection of Alzheimer’s.

The 2011 de Leon Prize in Neuroimaging was given at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference on July 16, 2011, along with a presentation of the data.

New Leadership for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training Program
Adrian Angold, MRCPsych, has been named the interim director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training Program. The mission of the program is to train leaders in clinical and academic psychiatry with an emphasis on integrating an evidenced-based approach to care for children and adolescents. Under Dr. Angold’s leadership, which began on July 1, 2011, the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training Program will continue to recruit and educate medical trainees as they focus their studies on pediatric mental health.

Dr. Angold joined the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center in 1988 when he co-founded the Developmental Epidemiology Program. His research focuses on depression, anxiety, and disruptive behavior disorders and their effects on service use in children and adolescents.

June 2011

Dr. Adrian Angold Elected to Lead International Society for Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
Adrian Angold, MRCPsych, was named the president-elect of the International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (ISRCAP), an organization dedicated to furthering the research and treatment of childhood mental disorders. Dr. Angold is an Associate Professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and will bring a wealth of expertise to lead ISRCAP.

Dr. Keefe Chairs Psychosocial Risk and Disease Prevention Study Section
Francis Keefe, PhD, was selected to serve as chairperson of the Psychosocial Risk and Disease Prevention Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, for the term beginning immediately and ending June 30, 2011. This is a testament to Dr. Keefe’s commitment to furthering research in mental health. Serving on a study section gives Dr. Keefe and others a unique opportunity to contribute to national efforts in biomedical research.

Dr. Scott Swartzwelder Recognized for Outstanding Teaching Evaluations
Congratulations to Professor H. Scott Swartzwelder, PhD, whose course evaluations were among the top 5% of all undergraduate instructors at Duke for the spring 2011 semester. Dr. Swartzwelder is a psychologist whose research focuses on the neuropsychology, neuropharmacology, and neurophysiology of substance abuse. Dr. Swartzwelder’s highly-reated spring 2011 course, “Psychology 110: Alcohol: Brain, Individual, and Society,” demonstrates his excellence in teaching.

Dr. Helen Egger Appointed Head of Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences has named Dr. Helen Egger the Head of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Director of Integrated Pediatric Mental Health. In this role, she will foster interdepartmental collaboration in child mental health throughout Duke University Health System.

Dr. Egger is a child psychiatrist and epidemiologist who graduated from Yale School of Medicine and completed her adult and child psychiatric training and post-doctoral research fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Egger’s research program within the Duke Center for Developmental Epidemiology focuses on the developmental epidemiology and developmental neuroscience of psychiatric disorders, particularly anxiety disorders, in preschool children. With a series of longitudinal, developmentally-informed, community studies of young children starting at the age of two, Dr. Egger and her collaborator Dr. Angold have brought the methods and approaches of developmental epidemiology and developmental neuroscience to the infant/preschool mental health field. A key contribution has been their development of measures and methods for the assessment of early childhood psychopathology that have enabled researchers at Duke and beyond to advance our understanding of the characteristics, course, environmental and biological correlates, and outcomes of psychiatric symptoms and syndromes in the preschool period.

Dr. Egger is lead author of the Preschool Age Psychiatric Assessment (PAPA), the first comprehensive parent-report psychiatric interview about children ages two through five years old. Dr. Egger has also served in multiple leadership positions within the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is currently on the Board of Directors of Zero to Three, a national, non-profit organization focused on improving the health and development of infants, toddlers and their families, and a member of the FDA Psychopharmacologic D.