Chair's Update July 2011

Friday, July 01, 2011


Constance Weisner, DrPH, LCSWWeisner
Constance Weisner, DrPH, LCSW  has received a renewal of her R01, "Family members of alcohol patients:  Utilization and cost.”  The study uses data from the Kaiser Permanente health plan and examines the medical conditions, health care utilization and cost of family members of individuals with substance use disorders, and changes in those costs after the family member receives addiction treatment.  This grant received a 1 percentile score.

New Recruitments and Roles

Danielle Carlin, MDCarlin

Danielle Carlin, MD 

  • Education:  2011 graduate of the UCSF Psychiatry residency training program; MD, UCSF, 2007
  • Program:  San Francisco VA Mental Health Access Program
  • Start date:  7/1/11
  • Responsibilities:  Medical Director of VA Access Program, teaching and clinical responsibilities as UCSF Department of Psychiatry Clinical Instructor
  • Clinical interests:  Women's mental health, psychiatric disease in young adults, PTSD
  • Educational interests:  Women's mental health program development, longitudinal clinical training in psychiatry residency, intersection of neurology and psychiatry residency training
  • Research interests:  Women's mental health, access to mental health care, neuropathology of neurodegenerative disease (this was a prior research interest)
Melissa Nau, MDNau

Melissa Nau, MD 

  • Education:  2011 graduate of the UCSF Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship; 2009 graduate of the UCSF Psychiatry Residency; MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Program:  SFGH Acute Inpatient Psychiatric Unit
  • Start date:  8/15/11
  • Responsibilities:  Attending on the inpatient psychiatry unit, one day/month in the High Risk OB clinic
  • Clinical interests:  Women’s mental health, especially in the pregnancy and postpartum arena; forensic psychiatry
  • Educational interests:  Residency training; Diversity Committee; threat management
  • Research interests:  Pregnancy and postpartum mental illness; recent publication in the March 2011 Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law: “Psychotic denial of pregnancy:  Legal considerations for treating clinicians”
Jonathan P. Nye, MDNyeJonathan P. Nye, MD 
  • Education:  1997 graduate of the UCSF Psychiatry Residency; MD, UCSF, 1993; BA, Yale, 1986
  • Program:  SFGH Inpatient Psychiatry Service
  • Start Date:  9/1/11
  • Responsibilities:  Team Leader Attending Psychiatrist (Inpatient)
  • Clinical Interests:  Schizophrenia, LGBT issues, psychodynamic psychotherapy, long-term psychiatric care
  • Educational Interests:  Psychoanalytic understanding of psychosis and severe character pathology; the clinical interview; therapeutic use of self; group dynamics in treatment settings
  • Research Interests:  Visualization of medical data

New Roles

Stuart J. Eisendrath, MDEisendrathStuart Eisendrath, MD will step down from his position as Director of UCSF Langley Porter Clinical Services as of June 30, 2011.  I want to thank Stu for his outstanding leadership of the hospital and clinics over the past nine years.  Although Stu will be continuing to lead the UCSF Depression Center, he will be spending more time on his research focused on using mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) as a treatment for major depressive disorders.  In addition to studying the efficacy of MBCT in treatment-resistant depression, he is also investigating its brain effects, with colleague Dan Mathalon.  Stu is also initiating a new study investigating MBCT’s use as a first line treatment in acute depression.  I will initiate a national search for the key leadership position of Director of Clinical Services in the near future.  In the interim, I have decided to take on the duties of that role myself, assisted by current faculty leadership.  Please join me in thanking Stu for his service and wishing him well in his new endeavors.

Ellen Haller, MDHallerEllen Haller, MD will be stepping down from her position as Director of Residency Training at the conclusion of a national search for a new training director.  We have already commenced a national search.  Ellen is fully committed to leading the program until the new training director is in place, and ensuring a smooth transition.  The RTP faculty leadership team (associate and site directors and faculty chiefs) remains in place.  Ellen will be assisting me in a number of special department projects.  I am greatly appreciative of her four years of leadership, during which she and her team have instituted many program enhancements.  These include the new role-defined faculty leadership team, a new residency selection process, a revamped internship year with alternating blocks and a combined intern curricula, a new program evaluation process with swifter feedback to faculty, and redesign of educational technology to support the training program.  Please join me in thanking Ellen for her leadership and her continued support and direction of the program during and through the transition.



Samuel Barondes, MDBarondes
Samuel Barondes, MD
Making Sense of People: Decoding the Mysteries of Personality (New Jersey:  Pearson Education, Inc., 2011). ISBN 978-0-13-217260-8.
Making Sense of People: Decoding the Mysteries of Personality by Sam Barondes, MD
Linda J. Pfiffner, PhDPfiffnerLinda J. Pfiffner, PhD 
All About ADHD:  The Complete Practical Guide for Classroom Teachers (2nd Edition) (New York:  Scholastic Inc., 2011).
All About ADHD by Linda J. Pfiffner, PhD


Keith McBurnett, PhDMcBurnettLinda J. Pfiffner, PhDPfiffnerKaiser, N., McBurnett, K., & Pfiffner, L. J. (2011).  Child ADHD severity and positive and negative parenting as predictors of child social functioning:  Evaluation of three theoretical models.  Journal of Attention Disorders, 15, 193-203.
Kaiser, N., & Pfiffner, L.J. (2011).  Evidence-based psychosocial treatment for childhood ADHD.  Psychiatric Annals, 41, 9-15.

Pfiffner, L. J., Kaiser, N. M, Burner, C., Zalecki, C., Rooney, M., Setty, P., & McBurnett, K. (2011).  From clinic to school:  Translating a collaborative school-home behavioral intervention for ADHD.  School Mental Health.  Published online before print:  15 June 2011.

Robert Hendren, DOHendren
Lit, L., Sharp, F. R., Bertoglio, K., Stamova, B., Ander, B. P., Sossong, A. D., & Hendren, R. L. (2011)  Gene expression in blood is associated with risperidone response in children with autism spectrum disorders.  The Pharmacogenomics Journal, DOI: 10.1038/tpj.2011.23. 
Shira Maguen, PhDMaguenSeal, K. H., Cohen, G., Bertenthal, D., Cohen, B. E., Maguen, S., & Daley, A.  (2011)  Reducing barriers to mental health and social services for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans:  Outcomes of an integrated primary care clinic.  Journal of General Internal Medicine, DOI: 10.1007/s11606-011-1746-1. 

Awards and Honors

2011 Sarlo Award recipient Keith Armstrong, LCSWKeith Armstrong, LCSW is the recipient of the 2011 George Sarlo Prize for Excellence in Teaching, the Department’s highest teaching honor.  Keith has been a critical part of the backbone for residency, medical student, and psychology training at the VA for the past 17 years.  He truly embodies the spirit of this award in exemplifying excellence in direct teaching and exceptional teaching evaluations.  He comes in contact with learners, excites them, inspires them, and transforms them.  It is rare to see eValue ratings in which every single trainee has rated your performance as a 5 out of 5 in a number of arenas.  As one trainee wrote, “There is no one who provides as much guidance, support, counseling, friendliness, and overall nurturing for residents as this candidate.  His commitment to us and to our program is unprecedented and deserves repeated and continued acknowledgement.”  Keith is the first representative from the SF-VA selected for this prestigious award, not to mention the first social worker from any site.

Hoyle Leigh, MDLeigh

UCSF-Fresno:  Three research poster presentations submitted by faculty and residents have been accepted by the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine.  They were all based on their CL database, and the residents, Rachel Rose and Gretchen Lactao, did their studies as a part of the Introduction to Psychiatric Research course led by Ronna Mallios and Hoyle Leigh, MD.  They will be presented at the annual meetings in Phoenix in November.
  • Rachel Rose, H. Leigh, R. Mallios:  Change in relative popularity of atypical antipsychotics in a consultation setting
  • Gretchen Lactao, H. Leigh, R. Mallios:  Educational level and psychiatric diagnosis in a general hospital consultation service
  • Beena Nair, H. Leigh, R. Mallios:  Psychiatric consultation:  Medication recommendations and implementation

Ricardo F. Muñoz, PhDMuñoz
Ricardo Muñoz, PhD received an honorary doctorate from the Department of Psychology of Universidad Ricardo Palma in Lima on June 24.  On June 23 he also was inducted as an honorary member of the "Colegio de Psicólogos del Perú" (the national organization of psychologists in Perú).
Resident Teaching Awards.  These awards were chosen by each general adult psychiatry residency class to honor excellence in teaching in any capacity.  There were many outstanding paid and volunteer faculty who were nominated.  Here are this year's 2010-2011 winners:
Christopher Daley, MD
Adam Goldyne, MD
Erick Hung, MD
Emily Lee, MD
S. Craig Risch, MD
Jewel Shim, MD
Alla Spivak, MD
John Q. Young, MD, MPP

Constance Weisner, DrPH LCSWWeisnerConstance Weisner, DrPH, LCSW was invited to serve another five-year term as a member of the World Health Organization’s International Expert Advisory Panel on Drug Dependence and Alcohol Problems.  She also has given invited presentations at the 4th World Congress on Women's Mental Health in Madrid, Spain in March 16-19, 2011.  In addition, she was the U.S. representative at the World Health Organization meeting on International Treatment Systems for Substance Use Disorders in Valencia, Spain in December 14-15, 2010, where she presented a session on Comparative Effectiveness of Services and Interventions for Substance Use Disorders.  In February, she presented data from her studies on different alcohol outcomes for the FDA to determine the outcomes for which medications should be responsible.  Finally, she has been working with the California State Department of Alcohol and Drug Problems and Federally Qualified Health Centers to develop models of integration of public health clinics and behavioral health care under the Affordable Health Care Act.

News from Clinical Faculty

Adam Goldyne, MDGoldyneAdam Goldyne, MD  received the Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Volunteer Clinical Faculty at the School of Medicine Convocation Ceremony on May 12, 2011.  As one student wrote, “Adam Goldyne is exemplary of why I love being at UCSF.  I have witnessed his ability to reach out and connect to every single one of us…and he continually encourages us to do more, read more, and learn more.”


Leadership in research, education, psychiatric care and public service