2021, Issue 8, December 15
UT Southwestern's Program Development Award recognizes clinical faculty and staff who have worked together as a team to develop and sustain an innovative program that significantly advances our ability to improve patient care.

We are very proud that our COVID ICU Communications Team received a 2021 Program Development Award, celebrating the innovation and collaboration that are foundational to the success of UT Southwestern Medical Center in treating COVID.

The COVID ICU Communications team is led by Kala Bailey, M.D., and includes Jennifer Yoon, M.D., Mohona Sadhu, M.D., and Alex Cole, M.D.

Psychiatry residents helped the team at the height of the COVID surge last winter, and additional team members contributed from the palliative care department.

We also congratulate Lina Chalak, M.D., who received a 2021 UT Southwestern Mentoring Award. Dr. Chalak has dual appointments in Pediatrics and Psychiatry.

--Carol A. Tamminga, M.D.
Department Chair
Dr. Bailey (center) with team members
Dr. Chalak with spouse and mentees
Also in This Issue
Farewell to Paul Mohl and Marilyn Allen -- Update to Patient Confidentiality Safeguards -- Clinical Psychology Program Happenings -- Texas Alzheimer’s Research and Care Consortium Request for Applications -- Publication Highlights, including ACNP and NAN Posters -- Honors and Achievements -- Upcoming Events -- High School Internship -- What to Do If Invited to a Podcast -- OBI News -- Holiday Treats
Paul Mohl, M.D., former training director and education vice chair, retired November 30. Dr. Mohl dedicated his career to residency education and psychotherapy. The Paul C. Mohl Award for Excellence and Dedication in Psychotherapy Supervision will be given annually to an outstanding faculty member who provides consistently excellent psychotherapy supervision to residents.
Marilyn Allen's last day serving as head of our department's finance team will be December 31. Marilyn has been an integral part of psychiatry since 2004. Her hard work, commitment, and dedication are invaluable to the department and worthy of admiration. She will be greatly missed. A farewell reception was held December 14.
Faculty Openings
We have many opportunities!
for current openings.
Additional Patient Confidentiality Safeguards
Additional safeguards are being put into place December 16 to protect the privacy of patients cared for by substance use disorder providers in the Addiction and Substance Use Disorder Clinic. Per federal regulations, providers cannot disclose any information that would identify a person as having or having had a substance abuse disorder without the person's written consent. SUD records in Epic, including treatment notes, will generally be restricted for providers outside of the SUD Clinic. As a result, if multiple UTSW clinicians care for the same patient, they will be unable to access records generated within the SUD clinic without the patient’s written consent, even if they referred the patient to the addiction team.
Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program Happenings
The Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology received 335 applications this year, which is the highest number on our yearly records and represents a more than 25% increase from last year. Fifty percent of applicants are located outside Texas, attesting to the national reputation of the program.

The program also has a new collaboration with the office of development to establish a scholarship fund to honor the late Drs. Maurice and Claire Korman. Dr. Maurice Korman was the founder of the program and division chief for nearly five decades. Dr. Claire Korman served on the UTSW faculty for 25 years and was known for her warmth and concern for students in the rehabilitation psychology program.

The Psychology Internship Program is partnering with the Psychiatry Residency Rural Mental Health Track to submit a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) application to establish a training track in underserved, rural community settings and substance abuse treatment.
Request for Applications
The Texas Alzheimer’s Research and Care Consortium (TARCC) is a collaboration among nine of the state’s leading medical research institutions to improve early diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and related brain disorders. TARCC is interested in novel, innovative, and cutting-edge approaches to the study of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, including clinical and basic science proposals. The deadline for the FY2021 Request for Applications is Monday, January 10, 2022, by 5 p.m.
Publication Highlights
The Southwestern Assessment of Processing Speed (SWAPS) is a new, brief (1 minute!) pencil-paper measure of processing speed that can be used in a wide variety of clinical and research settings. It is free to download and use, and comes with available norms for ages 50+. C. Munro Cullum, Ph.D., and his lab are pleased to have SWAPS published and look forward to learning more about its utility in various populations and applications.

Guidelines for Psychological Practice for People with Low-Income and Economic Marginalization: Executive Summary, coauthored by Kipp Pietrantonio, Ph.D., and colleagues, is available online and will be in the next print edition of the American Psychologist. It summarizes much longer guidelines that the American Psychological Association adopted in 2019 and reflects work from a very large multi-year project.
Neuropsychology of Depression
Shawn McClintock, Ph.D., has edited a unique and cutting-edge book on the neuropsychology of depression.
Poster Presentations
Department members have been very busy this month presenting their work at conferences! Below is a sampling of poster presentations from faculty and trainees at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) Annual Meeting December 5-8 and the National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN) Annual Conference December 9-10.

  • Accelerated Brain Aging is Associated With Increased Likelihood of All-Cause Mortality: Findings From the Second Wave of Dallas Heart Study (DHS-2) (Abu Minhajuddin, Manish Jha, Cherise Chin Fatt, Taryn Mayes, Jarett Berry, Madhukar Trivedi)
  • Antidepressant Response of Electroconvulsive Therapy and Magnetic Seizure Therapy: Response Trajectories by Symptom Clusters (Zhi-De Deng, Shawn McClintock, Mustafa Husain, Sarah Lisanby)
  • Baseline Memory Function Affects Memory Outcome in Older Adults With Major Depressive Disorder Treated With Acute Course Electroconvulsive Therapy and Venlafaxine (Shawn McClintock, Allison Gregg, Charles Kellner, C. Munro Cullum, Jayme Palka, Rebecca Knapp, Mary Dooley, Martina Mueller, Abeba Teklehaimanot, Richard Weiner, Elisabeth Bernhardt, Georgios Petrides, Mustafa Husain, et al.)
  • Elucidating the Relationship Between White Matter and Cognition in Schizophrenia (Johanna Seitz-Holland, Joanne D. Wojcik, Suheyla Cetin-Karayumak, Amanda E. Lyall, Ofer Pasternak, Yogesh Rathi, Godfrey Pearlson, Carol Tamminga, et al.)
  • Experience-Dependent Observational Fear in Hippocampal-Amygdala Memory Engram Networks (Joseph Terranova, Jun Yokose, Hisayuki Osanai, William Marks, Jun Yamamoto, Sachie Ogawa, Takashi Kitamura)
  • Identifying Aberrant Reward Neurocircuit Mechanisms That Link Immune Dysregulation to Anhedonia: Findings From the EMBARC Study (Manish Jha, Cherise Chin-Fatt, Abu Minhajuddin, Madhukar Trivedi)
  • Impact of Active and Sham Bifrontal rTMS on Cholinergic System in Treatment-Resistant Depression and Connection to Treatment Response: A Preliminary Study (Elisa Kallioniemi, Sara Määttä, Virpi Laukkanen, Minna Valkonen-Korhonen)
  • Linking Gut Microbiome Dysbiosis to Accelerated Brain Aging: Findings From the Texas Resilience Against Depression (T-RAD) Study (Cherise Chin Fatt, Manish Jha, Abu Minhajuddin, Jane Foster, Sarah Asbury, Madhukar Trivedi)
  • Multi-Omic Characterizations of Suicide Attempts in Adults With Major Depressive Disorder Reveals Associations of Circadian Genes and Plasma Metabolites (Caroline Grant, Angelina Wilton, Rima Kaddurah-Daouk, Michelle Skime, Joanna Biernacka, Taryn Mayes, Thomas Carmody, Liewei Wang, William Bobo, Richard Weinshilboum, Madhukar Trivedi, et al.)
  • Preliminary Results for ECT Amplitude-Determined Seizure Titration to Maximize Clinical and Cognitive Outcomes (Christopher Abbott, Zhi-De Deng, Miklos Argyelan, Sephira Ryman, Abhishek Datta, Shawn McClintock)
  • Proliferation of Putative GABA/glutamate Co-Releasing Terminals in the Primate Habenula (Lupita Rios, Chunfeng Tan, Alaa Hajeissa, Vishal Narla, Kelly Gleason, Carol Tamminga, Steven Shabel)
  • Structural MRI-Based Brain Age as a Reliable Biomarker of Response to Antidepressant Treatment: Findings From the EMBARC Study (Cherise Chin Fatt, Manish Jha, Abu Minhajuddin, Taryn Mayes, Madhukar Trivedi)
  • Using a BSNIP Biomarker Fingerprint to Stratify Participants for Clinical Trials: Testing the Kynurenic Acid Hypothesis of Cognitive Impairment (Carol Tamminga, Matthew Hudgens-Haney, et al.)


  • Effects of sex on concussion-related symptom reporting in a diverse adult clinical sample using the Texas Postconcussion Symptom Inventory (Tawny Meredith-Duliba, Anthony Longoria, Ben Mokhtari, Mary Hershberger, Tasha Champagne, John Hart, C. Munro Cullum, Christian LoBue)
  • History of traumatic brain injury and the course of neuropsychiatric symptoms among those with autopsy-confirmed Alzheimer’s disease (Jeff Schaffert, Will Goette, Christian LoBue, Nyaz Didehbani, John Hart, Munro Cullum)
  • Neuropsychiatric symptoms over time in autopsy-confirmed Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body disease, and mixed pathology (Jeffery Schaffert, Will Goette, Anne Carlew, Allison Parker, Saranya Patel, Laura Lacritz, Heidi Rossetti, Munro Cullum)
  • Reliability of the Oral Trail Making Test in a teleneuropsychology testing environment (Jessica Helphrey, Julia Livingstone, Anthony Longoria, Michael Conley, Jennifer Sawyer, Anne Carlew, Christian LoBue, Munro Cullum)
  • The Texas Postconcussion Symptom Inventory (TPSI): An exploratory factor analysis and reliability analysis (Anthony Longoria, Ben Mokhtari, Tawny Meredith-Duliba, Mary Hershberger, Patricia Champagne, John Hart, Munro Cullum, Christian LoBue) 
  • Trail Making Test normative data from the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center: A comparison of regression and non-regression methods (Saranya Patel, Jeffrey Schaffert, Anne Carlew, Michael Conley, Heidi Rossetti, David Denney, Munro Cullum, Laura Lacritz)
Winter Blues: Prioritizing Mental Health As We Approach a New Year
At UTSW's December 2 Science Café, Ahmad Raza, M.D., Ph.D., and Jennifer Hughes, Ph.D., M.P.H., discussed how holiday blues affect well-being and functioning, when to seek professional help, and different strategies to maximize the joy and minimize the distress during this time.

Honors and Achievements
Betsy Kennard, Psy.D.
Betsy Kennard, Psy.D., and Kathlene Trello-Rishell, M.D., were elected to the University of Texas Kenneth I. Shine M.D. Academy of Health Science Education. Academy members support its mission to serve the UT System by promoting excellence in all aspects of health science education and leadership.
Kathlene Trello-Rishell, M.D.
Bernice Yau, M.D., 2022 Editorial Fellow
The journal Academic Psychiatry has named Dr. Yau as an Editorial Fellow for 2022 and Drs. Camp and Thomas as Distinguished Reviewers in 2021.
Molly Camp, M.D.
Lia Thomas, M.D.
2021 Distinguished Reviewers
LEAD '21 Capstone Dean's Award
Leadership Emerging in Academic Departments (LEAD) is a 12-month program at UT Southwestern for junior faculty to develop leadership skills. Jessica Moore, M.D., received the LEAD 2021 Capstone Dean's Award for her poster Bridging the Gap and Building the Future: Development of a Transitional Age Youth Mental Health Program.
Carol A. Tamminga, M.D.
Named Among Clarivate's Most Influential Researchers
In 2021, fewer than 6,700 of the world's researchers earned the distinction of Highly Cited Researchers. Congratulations to Dr. Tamminga and Dr. Trivedi for achieving this honor!
Madhukar Trivedi, M.D.
Alice Ann Holland, Ph.D., was elected to Fellow status in the American Psychological Association, which is an honor for APA members evidencing unusual and outstanding contributions or performance in the field of psychology through work with a national impact on the field of psychology.
Kipp Pietrantonio, Ph.D., received the Texas Psychological Association
Presidential Award for his work with the Academic and Higher Education Committee, which has launched the Texas Psychological Student Senate, an initiative to bring together students from across the state to work on legislative,
training, and social justice issues. The nomination portal is now open for student participation in the senate.
Laura Lamminen, Ph.D., ABPP, was elected to the American Psychological Association Ethics Committee.
Third year psychology graduate student Jessica Woodford spoke in front of over 100 attendees at the Texas Psychological Association convention in a special Presidential Invited Address on Responses to Systemic Racism in Education and Higher Education. She represented UTSW alongside faculty and students from Texas A&M, University of Houston, Sam Houston State University, and Texas Woman’s University.
Upcoming Events
Brave Space is a discussion forum facilitated by a different leader each month to build a community of support and connection and to foster anti-racism, mutual growth, empowerment, respect, and empathy through dialogue about diversity, equity, and inclusion within our department and the communities we serve. Registration is requested for planning purposes.

Next session:
Thursday, December 16, at 12pm.

2022 Spring Session Dates and Times 
January 20, 1PM
February 17, 2PM
March 18, 12PM
April 21, 1PM
May 19, 2PM
January 11
Ethics Grand Rounds Lecture
Ethical Use of Surrogate Measures in Accelerated Approval:
Aducanumab and Beyond

The speaker will be Aaron S. Kesselheim, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Program on Regulation, Therapeutics, and Law (PORTAL), Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics, Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

No registration fee -- Simply register to attend

The Zoom event ID and link to join the webinar will be emailed upon registration.

Online Book Launch Event
January 27
Speakers will include Nikola Biller-Andorno, Irina Franke, Jens Gaab, Marc Graf, Paul Hoff, Anke Maatz, John Z. Sadler, Manuel Trachsel

February 2 Town Hall

In 2022 our department town hall meetings will be held quarterly rather than monthly.

Our next Psychiatry Department
Town Hall will be held via Zoom at
12pm Wednesday, February 2. Reach out with your ideas for topics to cover or questions to be addressed! Email Robbin by January 31 or click on the link below to submit your items.

Inspiring Careers in Mental Health
Applications for the 2022 High School Student Internship have opened!

Have you been asked to be part of a podcast?

UTSW typically discourages any kind of public-facing interaction with aspiring journalists/podcasters (e.g., high school or college students), but you’d be free to accommodate this request without use of your UTSW credentials.

Email any questions about invitations to participate in media-related items that would be posted online, aired on the radio, or included in a publication to James Beltran, UTSW Manager of Communications.
The OBI is excited to announce the winners of the 2022 OBI Research Interest Groups! Funded groups include two or more UTSW departments, in both laboratory and clinical arenas. Email the listed administrator for more information regarding group membership, meetings, and events.

OBI Research Interest Groups

As the research portfolio at UTSW continues to grow, the OBI developed this program to propel teamwork across the breadth of laboratory and clinical brain science. The OBI encourages a spirit of collaboration, including an open culture in which people are free to attend more than one group.

Each funding period is for 1 year, with $2,000 available to support regular meetings. Applications for 2023 OBI Research Interest Groups will open in Fall 2022.

Sleep and Circadian Rhythms Training Program Translational Seminar Series "Anesthesia: More Stressful than Restful"
Speaker: Mantre Dehnad, Ph.D.
Friday, December 17, 4pm, via Zoom
(Meeting ID 989 7092 1344)
Holiday Treats
Although we were not able to get together as a department to celebrate the holidays, we were happy to share individual treats. We wish everyone safe and happy holidays!