Department Announcements

Coverdale honored as teacher by AAMC

Dr. John Coverdale, professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, received the Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award at the Association of American Medical Colleges 2017 annual meeting in Boston in November for his contributions to medical education. Coverdale has received more than 25 educational awards at Baylor and authored more than 200 peer-reviewed articles, many of which were co-authored with students and residents.

New Faculty Member

Dr. Raymond Y. Cho joins the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science as an associate professor. Cho will lead the development of noninvasive neurostimulation and psychosis research and clinical programs in the department and at the DeBakey VA Medical Center. Cho completed his medical degree and Master of Science in Neuroscience and research fellowship training at the University of Toronto. He conducted his psychiatry residency at the University of Pittsburgh and completed further graduate training in psychology at Princeton University. Prior to joining Baylor, he had faculty appointments at the University of Pittsburgh and University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, where he also served as chief of psychiatry at Harris Health’s LBJ Hospital. His research employs neuroimaging (EEG/MEG/fMRI) and computational modeling approaches to understand basic mechanisms of cognitive and brain function in the service of novel therapeutic development for schizophrenia and other serious mental illness. Cho has extensive clinical experience in the treatment of psychotic disorders across the illness course, including early detection and interventions. He also has developed and directed neurostimulation treatment programs for treatment-refractory depression and has active research in novel neurostimulation techniques such as transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) targeting cognitive impairments in schizophrenia.

Idicula to participate in Obama Foundation Summit

Dr. Sindhu Idicula, assistant professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has been invited to join the inaugural Obama Foundation Summit Oct 31 - Nov. 1 in Chicago, where hundreds of leaders from around the world will come together to exchange ideas, explore creative solutions to common problems and experience civic art, technology and music from around the world.

Dr. Bella Schanzer named Brown Foundation Endowed Chair in Psychiatry

Dr. Bella Schanzer, who joined the department in May 2016, has been appointed the Brown Foundation endowed chair in psychiatry. 

New Residency Program Director named

Dr. Daryl Shorter takes on duties as residency program director of the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Strutt presents course in Guatemala

Dr. Adriana Macias Strutt, associate professor of neurology and of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, was an invited professor at a three-day course on neurological and psychiatric conditions in adolescence and young adulthood at the Universidad Del Valle in Guatemala City, Guatemala, this month. The course is part of the first Master's level program in neuropsychology in Central America. In addition to teaching in the program, Strutt also has mentored three students.

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.

Brain Matters at Baylor College of Medicine

Brain Matters is a biannual publication focusing on news from the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavior Science.

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