- Shah earns Harris Health award
Dr. Asim Shah, professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, vice chair of research and chief of psychiatry for the Harris Health System and Ben Taub Hospital, was a Think Innovation 2019 Innovation Summit winner from Harris Health. The award honors Shah for his efforts in the area of pediatric tele-psychiatry that improve patient care and processes.
- Mathew elected to anxiety and depression board
Dr. Sanjay Mathew, professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and vice chair for research in the department, was elected to the Board of Directors for the Anxiety and Depression Association of America at its annual conference last week in Chicago. He also received a Member of Distinction Award.
- Dr. Joyce Davidson Among Top 25 in Healthcare
Dr. Joyce Davidson, assistant professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, was named a recipient of the Top 25 Women in Health Care Award - Houstonby the National Diversity Council and Healthcare Diversity Council. Dr. Davidson has exemplified strong leadership, commitment to the success of her organization and dedication to quality healthcare, and has served as a champion for diversity and role model for other women.
- Dr. Gia Merlo honored as one of Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women
Dr. Gia Merlo, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, was honored as one of Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women by Houston Woman Magazine. Dr. Merlo also serves as the associate dean of health professions and founding director of the Medical Professionalism Program at Rice University and serves on the board of directors of Child Advocates of Houston and the Academy for Professionalism in Health Care.
- Gottumukkala given Excellence in Educational Scholarship award
Dr. Aruna Gottumukkala, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, led a team of Baylor and DeBakey VA Medical Center researchers in creating the Pocket Guide for Clinicians for Management of Chronic Pain. It won the Excellence in Educational Scholarship Award from the South Central Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center.
- Goodman elected as fellow to ACNP
Dr. Wayne Goodman, chair of the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has been elected to be a fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. Founded in 1961, the ACNP is a professional, international organization of leading brain scientists.
- Sampson earns resident award
Dr. Topaz Sampson, a medical resident in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, received the Jeanne Spurlock, M.D., Memorial Award from the Black Psychiatrists of America at the organization's Transcultural Psychiatry Conference last month in Bermuda. The award recognizes an outstanding psychiatry resident.
- Shah appointed Barbara and Corbin Robertson Chair in Psychiatry
Dr. Asim Shah has been appointed the Barbara and Corbin J. Robertson Jr. Endowed Chair in Psychiatry in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. This endowed chair recognizes Shah's numerous accomplishments as a leader in community psychiatry and for his enduring contributions to the missions of the department and the College. He also serves as executive vice chair and chief of the Division of Community Psychiatry and chief of psychiatry for the Harris Health System and Ben Taub Hospital.
- Merlo certified as lifestyle medicine diplomate
Dr. Gia Merlo, assistant professor of psychiatry, has been certified as a diplomate of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine. Dr. Merlo, who also serves as associate dean for health professions at Rice University, is among the first physicians to be board certified in this new wellness-focused discipline.
- Kunik to receive psychiatric excellence award
Dr. Mark E. Kunik, professor of psychiatry research, was selected as a recipient of the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians Psychiatric Excellence Award. The award recognizes TSPP members who have demonstrated a sustained and unusual degree of excellence in psychiatric endeavors.
- Educational scholarship
The Academy of Distinguished Educators has awarded Norton Rose Fulbright Educational Grants to four Baylor faculty members for educational research. Recipients included Dr. Ali Abbas Asghar-Ali, associate professor of psychiatry, for "Recognizing and Responding to Elder Abuse." Dr. Asghar-Ali will submit the poster abstract to the Academy’s Showcase of Educational Scholarship in 2019.
- Starks named as fellow in health policy and aging
Dr. Steven Starks, assistant professor of psychiatry and neurology at Baylor and the DeBakey VA Medical Center and part of Baylor’s Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorder Center, was selected as a Health and Aging Policy Fellow, a national program based at Columbia University. Fellows are selected each year through a national competition based on their commitment to health and aging issues, leadership potential and interest in impacting policy.
- Sander named Caveness Award recipient
The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) named Angelle Sander, Ph.D., as the recipient of the 2018 William Fields Caveness Award.
Each year, BIAA presents the William Fields Caveness Award in recognition of an individual who, through research on both a national and international level, has made outstanding contributions to bettering the lives of persons with brain injury.
- ACRM Honors Dr. Harvey Levin
Harvey S. Levin, Ph.D., has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 ACRM Gold Key Award, established in 1932 as a certificate of merit for members of the medical and allied professions who have rendered extraordinary service to the cause of rehabilitation. It is the highest honor given by American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. The award presentation will be made during the ACRM 95th Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research (PIRR) ACRM Henry B. Betts Awards Gala, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas.
- Kauth honored for career contributions to psychology
Dr. Michael Kauth, professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and director of the LGBT Health Program at the DeBakey VA, will receive the James Besyner Award for Lifetime Achievement from the public service division of the American Psychological Association. Recipients of the award have given voice to the role of psychology in healthcare and are leaders in the field. He will receive the award at the APA annual convention Aug. 9-12 in San Francisco.
- Stolar elected to specialty board
Dr. Andrea Stolar, associate professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and assistant dean for student affairs, was elected as a director of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, part of the American Board of Medical Specialties. Her four-year term will begin January 2019.
- Storch Named to McIngvale Family Endowed Chair
Dr. Eric Storch, professor of psychiatry & behavioral science, was honored with the McIngvale Family Endowed Chair in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder at the May Board Meeting. Recognized internationally as a leader in OCD and cognitive behavioral therapy, he was recruited in January to establish a successful OCD clinical and research initiative at Baylor Psychiatry Clinic.
- Kauth to receive 2018 GLMA Achievement Award
Dr. Michael Kauth, professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, will receive the 2018 Gay and Lesbian Medical Association Achievement Award. GLMA's Achievement Awards recognize outstanding contributions to the LGBTQ community through commitment to improving the quality of health services for LGBTQ people, improving the environment for LGBTQ healthcare workers or for contributing significantly to gains made by the LGBTQ civil rights movement. He will receive the award at the GLMA annual conference in October.
- Shah receives the Children's Mental Health Champion Award
Dr. Asim Shah, professor and executive vice chair in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has been honored with the Children's Mental Health Champion Award presented by the Center for School Behavioral Health at Mental Health America of Greater Houston. He is being recognized for his outstanding contributions to children's behavioral health and well-being in the community. He received the award at the 2018 Children's Mental Health Art Showcase on Wednesday, May 9, at the Health Museum. Read news item.
- Team Care for Children with Brain Tumors Profiled in Journal
Dr. Lisa Kahalley, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and her collaboration with neuro-oncologists and other healthcare professionals to study the cognitive effects of a novel treatment for brain tumors in children, were profiled in the American Psychological Association Monitor on Psychology.
- Dr. Goodman awarded $181,000 to study OCD treatment
Dr. Wayne Goodman, chair and professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, was awarded a grant of more than $181,000 from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, part of the National Institutes of Health, for a project on the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder. Learn more about the project, Measuring Automated Behavioral Observations and Vocal Expressions (ABOVE) While Recording from the Brain, and the associated clinical trial.
- Loveland receives research award
Dr. Jamie Loveland, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, received the Gerald Stechler 2018-19 Research Award from the American Psychological Association Section VIII, Division 39 at its April 2018 meeting in New Orleans. Her research is on therapeutic action with couples who have substance addiction, from a psychoanalytic perspective.
- Goodman named APA fellow
Dr. Wayne Goodman, professor and chair of the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, was named a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatry Association in recognition of his dedication to his profession and patients. Goodman and the other inductees will be honored at the 2018 Convocation of Fellows at the APA annual meeting in May in New York City.
- Oldham honored internationally for career achievements
Dr. John Oldham, professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Barbara and Corbin Robertson, Jr. Endowed Chair for Personality Disorders, was inducted as a fellow in the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh at a ceremony in Edinburgh, Scotland, earlier this fall. Each year, about 400 physicians from across the world are elected to the Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in recognition of their achievements.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Fall/Winter 2017 Issue
- Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Hurricane Harvey
- Dr. Bella Schanzer Named Brown Foundation Endowed Chair in Psychiatry
- Dr. Daryl Shorter Appointed Residency Program Director
- New Grants
- Dr. Shah Appointed Executive Vice Chair
- Dr. Goodman Receives DBS Grant from BRAIN Initiative
- The Menninger Clinic Named Top Hospital
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.
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