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Cameron Olezene
Cameron Olezene, a fellow in the Conte Center for the Neuroscience of Mental Disorders (CCNMD) undergraduate research program, pictured with his poster on the effects of cannabis exposure during adolescence on GABAA-receptor mediated inhibition in the prefrontal cortex at the Twelfth Annual Department of Psychiatry Research Day at the University of Pittsburgh.
Tina Goldstein, MD
The ability to identify specific warning signs indicating that suicidal behavior may be imminent among youth with bipolar disorder could help to inform our efforts to prevent suicide in this high-risk group. In a study published in the November 2012 issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, Tina Goldstein, MD and her colleagues at the Department of Psychiatry aimed to identify these warning signs. Read more.

James Tew, Jr, MD   


In recognition of his outstanding efforts as a lecturer, James Tew, Jr, MD was awarded the Excellence in Education Award by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine class of 2016. Read more.


Anne Germain, PhD    

In the Winter 2013 issue of UPMC Synergies, Anne Germain, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, provides an overview of the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and how sleep disturbances correlate with PTSD. Read more.


To read more UPMC Synergies, visit the UPMC Physician Resources website.

Brooke Molina, PhD   

A study by Brooke Molina, PhD et al., published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, reveals a significantly higher prevalence of substance abuse and cigarette use by adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) histories than in those without ADHD. Read more.


Nasuh Malas, MD, MPH   


The American College of Psychiatrists has selected Nasuh Malas, MD, MPH, a Triple Board Resident (Pediatrics/General Psychiatry/Child Psychiatry), as a recipient of the Child PRITE (Psychiatry Resident-In-Training ExaminationŽ) Fellowship for 2013. Read more. 

Hot publication by David Volk, MD, PhD, and colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh   
An investigation by David Volk, MD, PhD et al. suggests that a deficit in a transcription factor, Lhx6, may contribute to the failure of some cortical parvalbumin and somatostatin neurons to successfully migrate or become fully functioning inhibitory neurons in schizophrenia subjects. The results of this study were published in the American Journal of Psychiatry. Read more.

David A. Lewis, MD   

The nation's premier professional society in brain, behavior, and psychopharmacology research, the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP), has elected David A. Lewis, MD, as its new president. Dr. Lewis formally assumed his new leadership role at the organization's 51st annual meeting. Read more.
Pitt psychiatry faculty develop new app for resident training

New app developed by faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh    


The new WPICED app developed by faculty members in Pitt's Department of psychiatry offers residents the ability to access didactic course content (e.g., video, audio, handouts, and links to relevant web sites) through their computers, tablets, and smart phones. Read more.



Dr. Christopher Dobbelstein  

The Complete Primary Care program at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is dedicated to providing primary care services of the highest quality to individuals with a serious mental illness. Through this program, patients are treated in a complete, holistic way that recognizes both their mental and physical illnesses. Read more. 

Roberto Ortiz-Aguayo, MD, FAAP   

Roberto Ortiz-Aguayo, MD, FAAP is the new president of the National Association for Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Program. In his three-year term, Dr. Ortiz-Aguayo will be responsible for coordinating the joint efforts of the Triple-Board and Post-Pediatric Portal Programs (PPPP) in the planning and implementation of the new Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Child Psychiatry Milestones Project. Read more.

Eric Rickin, MD   

Since 2006, Eric Rickin, MD has been actively involved with teaching medical students at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  He received the Clinical Educator of the Year award in recognition of his excellence in teaching fourth year medical students.  Read more.


Tripp Hot Pub


A study conducted by Adam Tripp, MD, PhD, Hyungjung Oh, MS, Etienne Sibille, PhD and colleagues in the Department of Psychiatry suggests that alternative molecular targets may be susceptible in the disease process of depression, opening-up new approaches for future research for the treatment and intervention of depression. The results of this study were published in the November 2012 issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry. Read more.

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The Department and its clinical partner, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) of UPMC, have been leaders in implementing evidence-based practices to improve the quality and provision of behavioral health care. At the 2012 Clinician Educator Showcase, a breakout session took place that addressed some of the barriers to implementing evidence-based practices in a clinical setting and the strategies utilized to overcome them. Read more.

Photos from the 2012 Clinician Educator Showcase
Middle: Ellie Medved, MSN, Vice President of Ambulatory and Crisis Operations at WPIC. Far right: Frank Ghinassi, PhD, Vice President of Quality and Performance Improvement at WPIC, moderates the discussion on Enhancing Patient Engagement.
Department of Psychiatry Twelfth Annual Research Day 

The Department's twelfth annual Research Day, hosted at the University Club, featured 115 posters on a broad range of topics - the largest poster session in the history of the event. Best Poster Awards were awarded in four categories: Research Staff; Science Trainees; Medical Trainees; and Postdoctoral Scholars.

Photos from the poster session of the 2012 Department of Psychiatry Research Day
Top left: Registration staff at the Department's Annual Research Day. Top right: Kubra Komek, BS, presents her poster, entitled 'Modeling the Effects of Dopamine on Cortical Circuit Gamma Band Synchrony'. Bottom right: Best Poster Awardees display their certificates at the Twelfth Annual Department of Psychiatry Research Day.
  upcoming events:                          
Friday, May 17, 2013, from 8:30am to 3:30pm  


In Search of a Safer World: How Can We Protect Our Youth from Gun Violence? This program is appropriate for all clinical and educational personnel. See details.


Thursday, June 6, 2013, from 8:30am to 3:00pm  


This event showcases the research being conducted by faculty, residents, postdoctoral fellows, students and staff. See details.



2013 Clinician-Educator Showcase

Thursday, October 17, 2013, from 12:00pm to 4:00pm  


This annual event highlights examples of successful quality innovations in clinical care, and accomplishments of faculty on the Administrator-Clinician-Educator career path. See details.



30th Annual Pittsburgh Schizophrenia Conference

Friday, November 15, 2013 


The nation's longest running scientific meeting devoted to exploring the latest research findings related to schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. See details.

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