Chair's Update August 2010

Monday, August 02, 2010

Awards and Honors

Academy of Medical Educators.  We have three more members of our Department voted into the Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators:  Rob Daroff, Jr., MD, David Elkin, MD, and John Q. Young, MD, MPP.  This is a significant honor and results from a rigorous selection process, including the review of each applicant's packet by a team of external reviewers who are nationally and internationally known in medical education and faculty development.


Faculty Teaching Awards.  Congratulations to both the winners and nominees of the 2010 Faculty Teaching Awards given out by the residents to didactic and clinical faculty members whom they felt contributed the most to their education.  A special acknowledgement of Adam Goldyne’s three wins:  The award from the PGY1s was for two courses:  one providing an overview of psychotherapies and the other on psychological approaches to treating hospitalized patients; the awards from the PGY3s and PGY4s were both in response to his course on how to do psychodynamic psychotherapy; he created all three of these courses and wrote the texts for them as well. 

2010 Winners

PGY1:  Adam Goldyne, Demian Rose

PGY2:  Fred Hiatt, John Straznickas

PGY3:  Adam Goldyne, Beverly Lehr

PGY4:  Adam Goldyne, Marc Jacobs

2010 Nominees

PGY1:  Ben Barreras, Louai Bilal, Adam Goldyne, Cindy Le, Demian Rose, John Rouse, Gil Villela

PGY2:  Peter Banys, Andrew Booty, Kristin Brooks, Rob Daroff, John Devine, Anne Fleming, Fred Hiatt, Erick Hung, David Kan, Lee Rawitscher, Demian Rose, John Straznickas, William Wolfe, Owen Wolkowitz

PGY3:  Tracy Foose, Adam Goldyne, Beverly Lehr, Jonathan Lichtmacher, Demian Rose, John Q. Young

PGY4:  Louann Brizendine, Adam Goldyne, Marc Jacobs, Descartes Li, George Silberschatz, Lowell Tong, Len Zegans


Robert Hendren, DO moderated a public forum with Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter at the Commonwealth Club of California on August 13, 2010.  The discussion was entitled, “Rosalynn Carter:  Ending the Mental Health Crisis,” and ranged from the Former First Lady’s decades-long advocacy for mental health to her assessment of a roadmap for its future.  As moderator, Bob facilitated the question and answer session with the Former First Lady addressing problems facing the current mental health system and what she sees as solutions.

Elinore McCance-Katz, MD, PhD presented a UCSF Graduate Medical Education (GME) Grand Rounds on “Doctors and addiction:  Helping good people with a bad disease” on August 17, 2010.  In addition, Ellie was interviewed for the following article:  Kuehn, B. M. (2010).  Buprenorphine may boost HIV treatment.  Journal of the American Medical Association, 304(3), 261-263.

Bryna Siegel, PhD was awarded the Shriver Prize for her work helping children with developmental disabilities, and gave the Shriver Lecture on March 11, 2010 at the Conference on Developmental Disabilities held at UCSF. 

Faculty Appointments

The following 12 LPPI faculty have accepted searched positions within our Department:

  • Amin Azzam, MD, MA:  Clinician Educator
  • Andrew Booty, MD:  Attending Physician, Adult Inpatient Psychiatry Program
  • Kristen Brooks, MD:  Assistant Director, Adult Consultation-Liaison Services
  • John Chamberlain, MD:  Assistant Director, Psychiatry and the Law Program
  • Tracy Foose, MD:  Assistant Director, Adult Psychiatry Clinics
  • Eva Ihle, MD, PhD:  Medical Director, Autism Clinic
  • Descartes Li, MD:  Director, Bipolar Disorder Program; Co-Director, Electroconvulsive Therapy Service
  • Kim Norman, MD:  Director, Young Adult and Family Center
  • Demian Rose, MD, PhD:  Medical Director, Prodrome Assessment Research and Treatment Program; Director, Early Psychosis Program; Parnassus Site Director, Medical Student Education
  • Jewel Shim, MD:  Director, Adult Consultation-Liaison Services
  • Alla Spivak, MD:  Medical Director, Partial Hospitalization Program
  • Nicholas Weiss, MD:  Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Tom Neylan, MD has assumed a new departmental leadership role as Director of PTSD Research, effective July 1, 2010.  He will foster PTSD research collaborations across all departmental sites, start clinical trials at TRC, and mentor clinical research faculty.  The goal is for him to submit—together with basic and clinical investigators at SFVAMC, SFGH, and LPPI—an NIH P50 Research Center Grant proposal by September 2011.  The Center Grant will be neuroscience oriented and include six synergistic projects examining the impact of exposure to traumatic stress on neurodegeneration.  In addition, Tom has been named Deputy Associate Chief of Staff for Research in Mental Health at the VA. 

Patricia Van Horn, PhD, JD has accepted the position of Director of the Division of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry (ICAP) at SFGH, effective September 1, 2010.  Patricia will replace Miriam Martinez, PhD, who served with distinction as the first ICAP director for the past nine years.  Miriam will assume a new leadership role as Associate Director for School-Based Youth Programs at the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health.  ICAP includes two core clinical programs and an affiliated research program:  Child and Adolescent Services (which will continue to be directed by Miriam), the Infant Parent Program, and the Child Trauma Research Program (Patricia will continue as its Associate Director).


Deborah Barnes, PhD will serve as PI of a collaborative project between the Department of Psychiatry and the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine funded through a private donor.  The project will include Kristine Yaffe as well as Margaret Chesney (Co-PI), Wolf Mehling and Rick Heckt of the Osher Center.  The goal of the project is to develop a novel exercise intervention that incorporates elements of integrative medicine to help individuals with moderate dementia maintain independence.  This is an exciting new collaboration. 

Elinore McCance-Katz, MD, PhD is the medical director of a project called the “Physicians Clinical Support Systems for Buprenorphine” (PCSS-B), funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).   The program is designed to continue to provide federally-mandated training needed for physicians to become eligible to practice office-based treatment of opioid dependence, as well as to provide ongoing mentorship to trainees as they engage in this practice.  It is a new collaboration of AAAP, APA, and AOAAM that will help reach large numbers of physicians and clinicians, both in urban centers and rural parts of the country, and was featured in the following article:  Arehard-Treichel, J. (2010).  Coalition vows to broaden access to buprenorphine training.  Psychiatric News, 45(15), 4. 

Ricardo Muñoz, PhD (P.I.), Laura Dunn, Yan Leykin, and Alinne Barrera have received an NIMH R34 grant (with a priority score of 14 and a percentile score of 1.0) for a project entitled “Internet intervention to prevent major depressive episodes.”  This is the newest stage of a depression prevention research program that Ricardo began at SFGH in the 1980s, with Jim Dilley and Steve Batki, and in collaboration with Jim Sorensen, Bill Hargreaves, Eliseo Pérez-Stable, and others.  Ricardo's Latino Mental Health Research Program is developing a national and international reputation on Internet interventions.  They have conducted randomized controlled trials testing Spanish- and English-language Internet interventions to stop smoking and, with Alinne, Laura, and Yan, to prevent or manage depression.  Well over 880,000 visitors from over 200 countries have come to their sites, and over 60,000 of them have signed informed consent and become official participants in their studies.  They plan to continue developing such interventions for many health problems and in several of the most commonly used languages to reduce health disparities worldwide.

John Rubenstein, MD, PhD is the PI of a new grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) on “MGE enhancers to select for interneuron precursors produced from human ES cells.”  The basic science mechanisms that will be discovered will provide novel insights into how to generate specific types of neurons that can be used to study and treat brain diseases.

Janice Tsoh, PhD (P.I.), Ricardo Muñoz, and Candice Wong (School of Nursing) have received a Pilot CARA (Community Academic Research Award) from the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP) for a two-year project entitled “The Chinese community Internet stop smoking project.”  They will be in close partnership with Angela Sun, a CARTA faculty and Executive Director of the Chinese Community Health Resource Center of San Francisco, and two additional community-based agencies, to establish an Internet stop smoking intervention targeting Chinese immigrants.  This developmental work will be based on the Spanish- and English-language Internet interventions to stop smoking ( developed by Ricardo and colleagues.

Janice Tsoh, PhD (P.I.), together with co-investigators from the Division of General Internal Medicine (Tung Nguyen and Steve McPhee) and the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center (Nancy Burke), have received an Exploratory/Developmental Research Award from TRDRP for a project entitled “A family intervention to reduce smoking in Vietnamese men.”  This two-year study will develop a culturally and linguistically appropriate family intervention with lay health worker outreach targeting Vietnamese smokers and their families in promoting smoking cessation.

Joshua Woolley, MD, PhD has received a UCSF Resource Allocation Program (RAP) grant with Rachel Loewy, Nick Weiss and Sophia Vinogradov to study the effects of intranasal oxytocin on social cognition in teenagers with recent onset schizophrenia.


Areán, P. A., Mackin, R. S., Vargas-Dwyer, E., Raue, P. J., Sirey, J., Kanellopoulos, D., & Alexopoulos, G. S. (2010).  Treating depression in disabled, low-income elderly:  A conceptual model and recommendations for care.  International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 25(8), 765-69. 

Ayalon, L., Fialova, D., Areán, P. A., & Onder, G. (2010).  Challenges associated with the recognition and treatment of depression in older recipients of home care services.  International Psychogeriatrics, 22(4), 514-522. 

Bedogni, F., Hodge, R. D., Elsen, G. E., Nelson, B. R., Daza, R. A., Beyer, R. P., Bammler, T. K., Rubenstein, J. L., & Hevner, R.F. (2010).  Tbr1 regulates regional and laminar identity of postmitotic neurons in developing neocortex. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107(29), 13129-34.

Bistricky, S. L., Mackin, R. S., Chu, J. P., & Areán, P.A. (2010).  Recruitment of African Americans and Asian Americans with late-life depression and mild cognitive impairment.  American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 18(8), 734-742. 

Endoh-Yamagami, S., Karkar, K. M., May, S. R., Cobos, I., Thwin, M.T., Long, J.E., Ashique, A.M., Zarbalis, K., Rubenstein, J. L., & Peterson, A. S. (2010).  A mutation in the pericentrin gene causes abnormal interneuron migration to the olfactory bulb in mice.  Developmental Biology 340(1), 41-53.

Faedo, A., Borello, U., & Rubenstein, J.L. (2010).  Repression of fgf signaling by sprouty1-2 regulates cortical patterning in two distinct regions and times.  Journal of Neuroscience, 30(11), 4015-23.

Feldman, M. D., Areán, P. A., Marshall, S. J., Lovett, M., & O'Sullivan, P. (2010).  Does mentoring matter:  Results from a survey of faculty mentees at a large health sciences university.  Medical Education Online, 15, 5063 - DOI: 10.3402/meo.v15i0.5063.

Fisher, L., Mullan, J. T., Areán, P. A., Glasgow, R. E., Hessler, D., & Masharani, U. (2010).  Diabetes distress but not clinical depression or depressive symptoms is associated with glycemic control in both cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses.  Diabetes Care, 33(1), 23-28.

Flandin, P., Kimura, S., & Rubenstein, J. L. R. (2010).  The progenitor zone of the ventral MGE requires Nkx2-1 to generate most of the globus pallidus but few neocortical interneurons.  Journal of Neuroscience, 30(8), 2812-23.

Gum, A. M., Ayalon, L., Greenberg, J. M., Palko, B., Ruffo, E., & Areán, P.A. (2010).  Preferences for professional assistance for distress in a diverse sample of older adults.  Clinical Gerontologist, 33(2), 136 -51.

Israel, J. A. (2010).  The impact of residual symptoms in major depression.  Pharmaceuticals, 3, 2426-2440.

Jacobs, U., & Lustig, S. L. (2010).  Psychological and psychiatric opinions in asylum applications:  Ten frequently asked questions by fact finders.  Bender’s Immigration Bulletin, 15, 1066-1069.

Kaneko, N., Marín, O., Koike, M., Hirota, Y., Uchiyama, Y., Wu, J. Y., Lu, Q., Tessier-Lavigne, M., Alvarez-Buylla, A., Okano, H., Rubenstein, J. L., & Sawamoto, K. (2010).  New neurons clear the path of astrocytic processes for their rapid migration in the adult brain.  Neuron 67(2), 213-223.

Mackin, R. S., Ayalon, L., Feliciano, L., & Areán, P. A. (2010).  The sensitivity and specificity of cognitive screening instruments to detect cognitive impairment in older adults with severe psychiatric illness.  Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology, 23(2), 94-99.

Martín-Ibáñez, R., Crespo, E., Urbán, N., Sergent-Tanguy, S., Herranz, C., Jaumot, M., Valiente, M., Long, J. E., Pineda, J. R., Andreu, C., Rubenstein, J. L., Marín, O., Georgopoulos, K., Mengod, G., Fariñas, I., Bachs, O., Alberch, J., & Canals, J. M. (2010).  Ikaros-1 couples cell cycle arrest of late striatal precursors with neurogenesis of enkephalinergic neurons.  Journal of Comparative Neurology,518(3), 329-51.

Moldrich, R. X., Pannek, K., Hoch, R., Rubenstein, J. L., Kurniawan, N.D , &Richards, L. J. (2010).  Comparative mouse brain tractography of diffusion magnetic resonance imaging.  NeuroImage, 51(3), 1027-36.

Nelson, J. C. (2010).  S-adenosyl methionine (SAMe) augmentation in major depressive disorder.  American Journal of Psychiatry, 167(8), 889-891.

Rosenlicht, N. Z. (2010).  Listening to profits.  Inside Story (online at

Spielvogel, A. M., & Lee, E. K. (2010).  Indication for psychiatric inpatient hospitalization for pregnant psychotic women.  Current Women's Health Reviews, 6(1), 44-50.

Vannoy, S. D., Areán, P., & Unutzer, J. (2010).  Advantages of using estimated depression-free days for evaluating treatment efficacy.  Psychiatric Services, 61(2), 160-163.

Wang, Y., Dye, C., Sohal, V., Long, J., Estrada, R., Roztocil, T., Lufkin, T., Deisseroth, K., Baraban, S., & Rubenstein, J. L. R. (2010).  Dlx5 and Dlx6 regulate the development of parvalbumin-expressing cortical interneurons.  Journal of Neuroscience, 30(15), 5334-45. 

News from Clinical Faculty

Gartrell, N., & Bos, H. (2010).  US national longitudinal lesbian family study:  Psychological adjustment of 17-year-old adolescents.  Pediatrics, 126, 28-36.

Kertzner, R. M., Meyer, I. H., Frost, D. M., & Stirratt, M. J. (2009).  Social and psychological well-being in lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals:  The effects of race, gender, age, and sexual identity.  American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 79(4), 500-10.

Gary Nye, MD was honored by the California Medical Association House of Delegates which established the “Gary S. Nye, MD Award for Physician Health and Well-Being” in 2009 to be given annually to a CMA member physician noted for significant contributions toward improving physician health and wellness.  Gary has been a leader in bringing attention to and developing solutions for physician impairment and rehabilitation.  Throughout his career, he has demonstrated commitment to his fellow physicians through service with organized medicine and well-being committees, and was instrumental in the development of the Medical Board Physician Diversion Program.

Stephen White, PhD co-presented (with Detective Rande Christiansen of the Seattle Police Department) "A case study of false victimization syndrome” at the annual conference of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals in August 2010.  In addition, he (with Dr. Reid Meloy) will conduct a two-day workshop for the Justice Institute of British Columbia in September 2010 on "The WAVR-21:  A scientifically-based structured professional guide for the workplace assessment of violence risk."  The WAVR-21 was developed by Drs. White and Meloy and first published by them in 2007.


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