Chair's Update August 2011

Monday, August 01, 2011


New Recruitments and Roles

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

It is a pleasure to announce that we have recruited two new faculty members who will soon be joining our Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Nicole (Nicki) Bush, PhDBush

Nicole (Nicki) Bush, PhD trained in child clinical psychology focused on empirically-validated early intervention for developmental psychopathology and the interface between environment and individual differences in temperamental phenotype in the prediction of child health.  As a postdoc for the past four years, she has trained in child psychophysiology, genetics, epigenetics, and prenatal programming, in order to understand mechanisms for the effects of early life adversity on developmental psychopathology.  As faculty in our Department, Nicki intends to integrate her background in clinical and community intervention with her more recent expertise in biological embedding of stress during early development.  She will be spending over half of her time working on a grant with Nancy Adler.  In addition to continuing her existing research, she is excited about opportunities to collaborate with faculty on translational research that will demonstrate clinical intervention effects and illuminate the biological mechanisms of environmental influences on developing psychopathology and wellness.  Nicki will be starting as a faculty member in November.

Fumiko Hoeft, MD, PhDHoeft

Fumiko Hoeft, MD, PhD has received clinical and research training in psychiatry, neurophysiology and neuroimaging.  Since 1998 when she began her research career, she has conducted clinical and cognitive neuroscience investigations at Harvard, Caltech, UCLA and most recently at Stanford.  While her earlier (PhD) work focused on the neurophysiological mechanisms of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and applications to depression, more recent research since 2003 has focused on healthy individuals and patients with developmental and learning disabilities such as dyslexia, autism, and neurogenetic conditions who exhibit learning disabilities and cognitive dysfunction, with ages ranging from infants to adults.  She has spent a significant amount of her research career developing and validating novel imaging techniques.  These include transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and real-time functional magnetic resonance imaging (rt-fMRI) feedback training to ameliorate symptoms and improve cognitive function.  In her research projects, she has implemented functional and structural neuroimaging techniques (fMRI; rt-fMRI; TMS; electroencephalogram [EEG]; diffusion tensor imaging [DTI]; voxel-based morphometry [VBM]), and psychophysical approaches.  Fumiko will be starting January 1st.

San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH)

Joseph Dwaihy, MDDwaihyJoseph Dwaihy, MD was a philosophy major at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and graduated in 2001. He graduated from Dartmouth Medical School in 2006. He then did a general surgery internship at Oregon Health & Science University, and was the first vascular surgery resident in the country at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, prior to switching into psychiatry at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He finished his psychiatry training at Dartmouth this year (2011). Joseph's clinical interests include psychoanalytic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and foresnsic psychiatry. His educational and research interests include psychoanalytic psychotherapy, cognitive behovioral therapy, general adult psychiatry, medical ethics, and philosophy of psychiatry.

 Jessica Ross, MD received her training at Stanford University School of Medicine. Her clinical interests include mood and affective disorders and post traumatic stress disorder, and research interests and bioinformatics and genetics.



Samuel Barondes, MDBarondes
Press in the Chronicle 7/18/11 on Sam Barondes’s new book—Making Sense of People:  Decoding the Mysteries of Personality (New Jersey:  Pearson Education, Inc., 2011). Making Sense of People: Decoding the Mysteries of Personality by Sam Barondes, MD
Mardi Horowitz, MDHorowitzMardi Horowitz.  Assessment Based Treatment of PTSD.  (Sausalito: Greyhawk, 2011).Assessment Based Treatment of PTSD by Mardi Horowitz, MD
Mardi Horowitz.  Grieving As Well As Possible. (Sausalito:  Greyhawk, 2011).Grieving As Well As Possible by Mardi Horowitz, MD
 Mardi Horowitz. Stress Response Syndromes:  PTSD, Acute Stress, Adjustment, Complicated Grief, and Dissociative Stress Disorders.  (5th Edition) (New York: Aronson; London:  Rowman, 2011).Stress Response Syndromes: PTSD, Acute Stress, Adjustment, Complicated Grief, and Dissociative Stress Disorders by Mardi Horowitz, MD

Hoyle Leigh, MDLeighHoyle Leigh. Genes, Memes, Culture, and Mental Illness: Toward an Integrative Model (Basel & New York:  Springer, 2010).Genes, Memes, Culture, and Mental Illness: Toward an Integrative Model by Hoyle Leigh, MD


Deborah Barnes, PhD, MPHBarnesKristine Yaffe, MDYaffeBarnes, D. E. , & Yaffe, K.  (2011)  The projected effect of risk factor reduction on Alzheimer’s disease prevalence.  The Lancet Neurology, early online publication, July 19, 2011.  doi:10.1016/S1474-4422(11)70072-2.
  • This was presented simultaneously at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Paris July 16-21 where it was highlighted and received international press coverage including CBS News, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, SF Chronicle, and London Free Press.

Jodi Prochaska, PhD, MPHProchaska
Prochaska, J. J. (2011)  Smoking and mental illness:  Breaking the link. New England Journal of Medicine, 365:196-198.
John Q. Young, MD, MPPYoungYoung, J. Q. (2011)  A seasonal care transition failure. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. WebM&M [serial online]. July 2011.

Young, J. Q.  (2011)  Ask the expert:  Patient safety during transitions in care.  FOCUS:  The Journal of Lifelong Learning in Psychiatry, IX(2):183-185.

Young, J. Q., Pringle, Z., & Wachter, R. M.  (2011) Academic year-end outpatient transfers:  Identifying and improving follow-up of high risk psychiatry patients in resident continuity clinics.  Joint Commission Journal of Quality and Patient Safety, 37(7):300-308.

Young, J. Q., Ranji, S. R., Wachter, R. M., Lee, C. M., Niehaus, B., & Auerbach, A. D. (2011) “July Effect”: Impact of the academic year-end changeover on patient Outcomes.  A systematic review.  Annals of Internal Medicine.  (ePub July 12, 2011; print version to be published in September).
  • This is the first systematic review of the so called “July Effect”. The study co-authors include two of our trainees: PGY-1 Connie Lee and PGY-2 Brian Niehaus. The study is getting quite a bit of media attention because of its public health importance.  John Young has been interviewed by NYT, WSJ, Time, Boston Globe, ABC National Radio News, Bloomberg, etc.

Awards and Honors

Russell Lemle, PhDLemle

Russell Lemle, PhD has been awarded the American Psychological Association's "Harold M. Hildreth Award for Distinguished Public Service". The highest honor bestowed through Division 18, this prestigious award recognizes psychologists committed to excellence in the areas of leadership and service to the public. Association of VA Psychologist Leaders (AVAPL) president George Shorter confirms, "He has been a tireless advocate for VA psychology and for Veterans has made a tremendous impact on our entire system."  
Susan Meffert, MD, MPHMeffert
Susan Meffert, MD, MPH has been selected to receive the NIMH Early Career Investigator International Travel Award to attend the joint Wellcome Trust/NIMH Global Mental Health Networking Workshop and the World Mental Health Congress of the World Federation for Mental Health in Cape Town, South Africa on October 16-21, 2011.
Kristine Yaffe, MDYaffeKristine Yaffe, MD was on national NBC TV, USA Today, AP and other sources regarding an abstract on traumatic brain injury and dementia among veterans presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease in Paris July 16-21. This was one of the top presentations selected for media highlights. Deborah Barnes, PhD was first author.


Leadership in research, education, psychiatric care and public service