Honors & Awards - 2012 Archive


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December 2012

Dr. McClintock receives New Investigator Award from ISCTM
Shawn McClintock, PhD was recently awarded the 2013 New Investigator Award from the International Society for CNS Clinical Trials and Methodology.

November 2012

Several faculty approved for Distinguished Fellow and Fellow status through the APA
APA Distinguished Fellows include: Ayesha Chaudry, MD, Rex Moody, MD, and Sarah H. Lisanby, MD, as well as Christopher Aiken, MD who is a House Staff Alumni of Duke Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Philip Spiro, MD, a consulting associate faculty in our department, was also approved as an APA Fellow.

September 2012

Kafui Dzirasa, MD, will present at the Celebration of Science
Dr. Dzirasa will speak Saturday, September 8, 2012, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM, on the topic “Uncovering the Mystery of the Brain.” The Celebration of Science is a high-profile event featuring top officials from government, education and industry held September 7-9 in Washington, DC.

August 2012

Dr. Keefe Named Editor-in-Chief of PAIN, Distinguished Lecturer for IASP
Francis Keefe, PhD, has been named editor-in-chief of PAIN, the leading journal in the field of pain research. He was also named the John D. Loeser Distinguished Lecturer for the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) World Congress on Pain.

Dr. Bradford Named to National Veterans Affairs Role
Daniel Bradford, MD, has been named the National Director of VA Mental Health Intensive Case Management Programs. He will be leading program implementation and policy development for over 100 VA Mental Health Intensive Case Management programs nationally which provide assertive community treatment to individuals with serious mental illnesses. Dr. Bradford will join the VA Central Office and will also continue his roles at Duke and Durham VA.

July 2012

Residents Selected as 2012 Carter Scholars
The Carter Scholars Program honors two residents per year for their excellence in community psychiatry. The program was founded this year thanks to a donation from the Carter family, in honor of the late Dr. James Carter, in addition to funds contributed from the Division of Social and Community Psychiatry, led by Dr. Marvin Swartz.

Ijeoma N. Nnamani, MD, PhD, RPh, a graduating resident who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to community psychiatry, has been selected to receive a scholarship as a Carter Scholar. This past year, Dr. Nnamani served as a leader in coordinating psychiatric services at Lincoln Community Health Center. In this role, she volunteered her time to bring expert mental health care to the homeless. Dr. Nnamani has received numerous awards and recognitions, including induction into the Gold Humanism Honor Society for excellence in clinical care, and is also a cofounder of the philanthropic organization, Moving Africa Forward, Inc. (formerly Helping Hands for Africa Inc.) This summer, Dr. Nnamani joins the Northern Virginia Psychiatric Group in Fairfax, Virginia.

The second resident chosen as a Carter Scholar is Jose Ribas, MD. Dr. Ribas will receive funds from the Division of Social and Community Psychiatry to cover registration and travel costs to Clinical Update, an annual medical meeting focused on community psychiatry. Dr. Ribas has demonstrated his commitment to community mental health through his exceptional work at El Futuro, a local clinic and resource for Latino mental health and substance abuse treatment.

Congratulations to our residents on this well-deserved honor.


May 2012

PGY-4 Crystal White and Dr. Andrew Muzyk Win 2012 AAP Psychiatric Education Award
Crystal White, MD, and Andrew Muzyk, PharmD, were named recipients of the highly prized Association for Academic Psychiatry (AAP) Psychiatric Education Award for their success in creating a novel advanced psychopharmacology curriculum (“BIOPSY”). This curriculum combines interactive psychopharmacology quizzes using an audience response system, resident review of the psychiatric literature, and conversation with an expert discussant on challenges in practical clinical application.

Dr. Adrian Angold Named Vice Chair of Education
Adrian Angold, MRCPsych, has been selected as the new Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Angold, who co-founded the Developmental Epidemiology Program at Duke, has served as the interim Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship training program for the past year.

Dr. Blazer Named Winner of Edward A. Strecker Annual Award
Dan Blazer, MD, PhD, has received the 2012 Edward A. Strecker, MD Annual Award. The award, sponsored by Pennsylvania Hospital, University of Pennsylvania Health System, is given annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution in the field of clinical psychiatry. Dr. Blazer will participate in the Grand Rounds lecture series at the University of Pennsylvania in the Fall 2012.

April 2012

Dr. Harold Kudler Appointed to the North Carolina Institute of Medicine

Harold Kudler, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center and MIRECC Associate Director, Clinical Component, has been appointed by Governor Beverly Perdue as a member of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NC IOM). Dr. Kudler‘s appointment stems from his contributions in developing Honoring Their Service: A Report of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine Taskforce on Behavioral Health Services for Military Members and their Families. This, in turn, became the underpinning of landmark new legislation in North Carolina. Dr Kudler will serve a 5-year term as one of 100 active NC IOM members. The purpose of the NC IOM is to ensure that all aspects of complex health issues are examined.


March 2012

Dr. Miriam Feliu Listed Among Leading Latino Professionals
Miriam Feliu, PsyD, was selected to appear in the 2012 edition of The Latino American Who’s Who, a collection of successful and accomplished Latino professionals worldwide. Dr. Feliu is a clinical neuropsychologist who specializes in the treatment of traumatic brain injury and management of chronic pain in musculoskeletal disorders.

Dr. Marvin Swartz Appointed Director of Duke University Health System (DUHS) Behavioral Health Services
Marvin Swartz, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has been appointed to the role of Director DUHS Behavioral Health Services. In this newly-created role, Dr. Swartz will represent Duke University Health System as he interfaces with local, state, regional and national leaders in behavioral health policy and provide guidance to health system leadership. Dr. Swartz will also be integrally involved in Duke’s care redesign efforts including primary and specialty care. The creation of this new leadership position illustrates Duke’s increased commitment to mental health clinical services at the local, state and national levels.

Dr. Marvin Swartz Wins 2012 American Psychiatric Association Senior Scholar Award
Marvin Swartz, MD, has been named the recipient of the 2012 American Psychiatric Association (APA) Senior Scholar Award, which recognizes singular or sustained research accomplishments by a researcher beyond early career status which have made an important contribution to the field of mental health services research. Dr. Swartz will be recognized at recognized at the APA annual meeting, which takes place May 5-9 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Swartz leads the Division of Social and Community Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke, and also serves as Vice Chair of Clinical Services.

Dr. Steffens Named President-Elect of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry
Congratulations to David Steffens, MD, MHS, who has been elected President-Elect of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP). His term will begin this month at the AAGP Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.


February 2012

Dr. Richard Surwit Chosen for 2012 Distinguished Scientist Award from Society of Behavioral Medicine
Congratulations to Dr. Richard Surwit, who was selected as the recipient of the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) Distinguished Scientist Award for 2012. Selection for the Distinguished Scientist Award is based on total career achievement, and winners have achieved a level of scholarly distinction, i.e., made a series of distinguished empirical contributions or contributed substantially to the development of new theories or methods. Dr. Surwit’s award will be announced on Thursday, April 12, during the 33rd Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

Past recipients of the SBM Distinguished Scientist Award in Duke Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences include Dr. Jim Blumenthal (2009) and Dr. Redford Williams (1992).

Dr. T.K. Li Selected for UNC Lectureship Award on Alcohol Research
Congratulations to Dr. Ting-Kai Li, who was selected to receive this year’s Ronald Thurman Lectureship Award at UNC Bowles Center for Alcohol Research. On Monday, February 13, Dr. Li will present, “Alcohol and Aldehyde Metabolizing Systems: Relationship to Alcohol-Attributable Disorders” at UNC.

The Ronald G. Thurman Lectureship Award was established by the Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies, School of Medicine, UNC to honor the scientific excellence of Dr. Thurman’s research and teaching. A distinguished researcher contributing to the knowledge of alcohol and liver function is chosen each year for this award.

January 2012

Dr. Lauren Franz Chosen for Prestigious Fellowship in Infant Health
Congratulations to Dr. Lauren Franz, child psychiatry resident and global health fellow, who has been awarded a prestigious national award as a fellow in the ZERO TO THREE’s Leaders for the 21st Century Fellowship program.

ZERO TO THREE is a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers. Its mission is to promote the health and development of infants and toddlers. ZERO TO THREE’S Leaders for the 21st Century Fellowship Program is the early childhood field’s most prestigious fellowship for professionals looking to make a difference.

Dr. Edwards Named Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Caregiver Award Winner

Duke Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences’ Christopher Edwards, PhD, was named the recipient of the 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Caregiver Award. This annual award is given by Duke University Hospital to honor a special employee who demonstrates a commitment to supporting our community. Dr. William J. Fulkerson, Executive Vice President for Duke University Health System, announced Dr. Edwards as the winner at an event on Thursday, January 12.

New Behavioral Health Program for Patients and Families Dealing with Cancer Launched

With the exciting progress of the new Duke Cancer Center also comes an expansion of clinical services to address the behavioral health needs of patients with cancer and their families. Les Forman, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, will be leading this initiative.

Dr. Les Forman has been named the Behavioral Health Director of Psycho-oncology Services in the Duke Cancer Institute (DCI). Dr. Forman has extensive clinical experience in psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, neuropsychiatry, psycho-oncology, treating patients with brain tumors, and treating psychiatric disorders in patients with serious medical illnesses. His new role within in the DCI will help support the development of additional psycho-oncology services and programs, and will embed mental health services within the DCI to better serve cancer patients and their families. Dr. Forman previously served as the Medical Director for the Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic (POPC) in the Duke Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.