Department Announcements

Educational Leadership

Dr. Andrea Stolar, associate professor and residency program director in the Department of Psychiatry, was appointed as an assistant dean of student affairs.

Shah named Executive Vice Chair for Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Asim Shah, M.D., has been appointed as the executive vice chair in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. In September 2016, he was appointed as the inaugural vice chair for Community Psychiatry, which will now become the Division of Community Psychiatry.  Dr. Shah will continue to serve as chief of Psychiatry, Harris Health System and Ben Taub Hospital and as the director of Community Behavioral Health Program for Harris Heath System.  In his new role, he will advise and assist the chair in the day-to-day administrative functioning of the department. He will also work closely with the vice chairs for clinical affairs, education and research to facilitate their efforts to carry out the tripartite missions of the academic department and its affiliated institutions.  

Kunik appointed to Alzheimer's Association chapter board

Dr. Mark Kunik, professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and staff psychiatrist at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, was appointed to the board of directors of the Houston and Southeast Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Chapters support the association's mission to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Shah appointed to mental health board

Dr. Asim Shah, professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and vice chair for community psychiatry, was appointed to the board of directors of the Mental Health America of Greater Houston. Established in 1954 by philanthropist Ima Hogg, MHA Houston is the area's longest serving mental health education and advocacy organization and focuses on shaping the mental health of children, education, integrated health care, chronic illnesses, women, suicide prevention, veterans and aging.

Swann receives suicide prevention grant

Dr. Alan Swann, professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and a staff psychiatrist at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, has been awarded a grant for nearly $1 million by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for his study on the behavioral mechanisms, prediction and treatment of short-term suicide risk. Grants awarded by the foundation are meant to support studies that increase the understanding of suicide and test treatments or other interventions to help prevent suicides.

Williams appointed chief of child and adolescent psychiatry

Dr. Laurel Williams has been appointed chief of child and adolescent psychiatry at Texas Children’s Hospital. She also will serve as section head of child and adolescent psychiatry within the Department of Pediatrics.

Schanzer named vice chair for clinical affairs

Dr. Bella Schanzer was named vice chair for clinical affairs for the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine, effective Jan. 1, 2017.

Curry selected as 2017-18 ABPN Faculty Innovation in Education Award recipient

Dr. Alauna Davis Curry, assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine/Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, is a recipient of the 2017-18 ABPN Faculty Innovation in Education Award. She will develop an educational product to facilitate evaluation of attitudes about race and racism and provide evidence-based practices to help effectively address racism within clinical practice.

Shah appointed to vice chair for community psychiatry

Dr. Asim Shah, chief of psychiatry for Ben Taub Hospital/Harris Health System and the director of Community Behavioral Health Program for Harris Health System, has been appointed as the inaugural vice chair for community psychiatry in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Baylor College of Medicine.

Book Chapters

Zeb Kurth-Nelson, John P. O'Doherty, Deanna M. Barch, Sophie Deneve, Daniel Durstewitz, Michael J. Frank, Joshua A. Gordon, Sanjay J. Mathew, Yael Niv, Kerry Ressler, and Heike Tost. 2016. Computation. In: Computational Psychiatry: New Perspectives on Mental Illness, edited by A. D. Redish and J. A. Gordon.  Strüngmann Forum Reports, vol. 20, J. Lupp, series editor. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Links to the full book can be found here: MIT PressErnst Strüngmann Forum