February 16, 2022
In 2021, UT Southwestern Medical School established a school-wide diversity program to help faculty and staff transform our recruitments, our teachers and learners, our leadership positions, and our patient care to greater diversity. This UTSW program is led by Quinn Capers, M.D., Associate Dean for Faculty Diversity, complemented by a Diversity Lead in each of the Departments. To take advantage of this opportunity, we called for and received nominations and appointed a committee to review and recommend a candidate for the Psychiatry Diversity Lead. It did not take the committee long to recommend Olufunke Awosogba, Ph.D., for this position. We are now lucky to have Dr. Awosogba settled into the Psychiatry position, already at work. Please meet Dr. Awosogba soon.
--Carol A. Tamminga, M.D.
Department Chair
In This Issue
Spotlight on Olufunke Awosogba -- Anti-Racism Planning Committee -- OBI Clinical Neuroscience Scholars Award -- Faculty Openings -- Welcome New Faculty and Staff -- Addiction Fellowship Filled -- Bass to Empire Transition -- Doximity -- Awards and Accomplishments -- Call for Faculty Facilitators for Medical Student Clerkship Antiracism Workshop -- Upcoming Events
Spotlight on... Olufunke Awosogba, Ph.D.
Olufunke Awosogba, Ph.D., serves as Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the Department of Psychiatry and as the Director of the Behavioral Health program at Parkland’s Hematology and Oncology Outpatient Clinic. In her role as Vice Chair of DEI, Dr. Awosogba works with the chair and the executive leadership team to develop policies and practices consistent with department- and medical center-wide goals to ensure inclusivity and equal opportunity for all faculty, trainees, and staff and to expand diversity within the department, including through recruitment, ensuring that diversity and inclusion is an intrinsic component of all the department’s clinical, research, and educational programs.
What motivated you to get into medicine?

"The bi-cultural nature of my upbringing and identity influenced my interest in how cultural worldview impacts behavior, adaptation or coping, and health outcomes. In my primary and extended social networks, everyone knows my tendency to explore and influence cultural worldviews. The mere fact that I chose to pursue a career in psychology provoked exploration of our cultural norms. I felt called to shift cultural perspectives within my family unit and ethnic and racial communities about mental health. I believe that education and continuous exposure provide the greatest opportunity to evolve."

What to do you love about your job?

"I have the privilege of destigmatizing mental health for people of color, in part, by my presence in an integrated care setting. I have the wonderful opportunity to be part of the first experience with mental health services for many patients who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. I also boast to others about being in a supportive environment with creative and ambitious colleagues who genuinely want to collaborate and grow with me."
Anti-Racism Planning Committee
The Department of Psychiatry’s Anti-Racism Planning Committee creates initiatives that foster a community of collective responsibility and action, as well as respect and empowerment of all members of the department.

Its vision is a department of psychiatry that is anti-racist in all of its policies and practices. It comprises psychologists, psychiatrists, graduate students, psychiatry residents, and classified staff with diverse professional roles and racial/cultural identities.
Anti-Racism Planning Committee Co-Chairs
The Department of Psychiatry Anti-Racism Subcommittees are open to all staff, faculty, and trainees who would like to join and help the department more forward with this mission.

If you are interested in becoming involved, reach out directly to one of the sub-committee chairs.
Recruitment and Retention of Underrepresented Faculty, Staff, and Trainees 

Focus: To examine the current process and level of recruitment, retention and advancement of underrepresented minority faculty, staff, and trainees in the Department of Psychiatry and identify improvements that can be made by attending to areas such as mentorship, training, and partnership with department hiring managers, supervisors, leadership, University Human Resources, Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Greek organizations, and the community at large.
Yolanda Barner-Thomas
Warren Lee
Adam Brenner
Clinical Services and Research 

Focus: To examine inequities and disparities in the clinical services within the UTSW and Parkland system and utilize research data as a tool to measure, guide, and improve clinical practice, with meaningful dialogue about the degree to which race impacts how we provide clinical services to patients and train students, integrating smaller focus groups, administrative staff, students, and faculty and developing departmental protocols for managing race-related issues that occur within the context of clinical care.

Subcommittee chairs needed! Dr. Brenner is serving as chair in the interim.
Faculty, Staff, and Trainee Education 
Focus: To increase knowledge of students, residents, faculty, and staff on issues of race and culture, particularly understanding/knowledge of underrepresented minorities in medicine, including a focus on staff/clinicians/students to learn best practices for working with minority populations in health care.
Jessica Moore
Charlotte Haley
Dennis Burchette
Faculty, Staff, and Trainee Support
Focus: To establish ongoing channels of support and connection for faculty, staff, and trainees regarding anti-racism and social justice within the Department of Psychiatry, exploring multiple options, such as advocacy for underrepresented minority faculty, staff, and trainees; listening sessions; and support sessions.
Ellen Greenwald
Michael Selders
OBI Clinical Neuroscience Scholars Award
The O’Donnell Brain Institute is accepting applications for the Clinical Neuroscience Scholars Award, which provides $1M in funding over 5 years to be used for teaching, patient-centered research, development of a specialized clinical program, or related activities. Applications can be submitted anytime between now and February 28, 2022. The candidate statement (recommended length 1-2 pages) should convey the candidate’s past/current interests and how these inform future goals/activities and be clear about the proposed training/research that the funding would support.
Faculty Openings
We have many opportunities!
for current openings.
Welcome New Faculty
  • Deborah Gonzalez, Psy.D., UTSW Outpatient Neuropsychology  
Welcome New Staff
  • Alicia Brown, Senior Research Associate, Tamminga Lab 
  • Lfe Edwards, Administrative Associate – Mood Disorders
Seeking a Marketing Specialist
This position will be responsible for developing and implementing the annual marketing plan for the Department of Psychiatry, working in close collaboration with the O’Donnell Brain Institute Marketing and Department of Psychiatry leadership teams.

Addiction Fellowship Filled
We have had another successful recruitment for our Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship under the direction of Sidarth Wakhlu, M.D.!

We are in an era of overwhelming need for addiction treatment nationally, yet many addiction fellowships still struggle in recruitment, which makes our accomplishments of both growing and filling our fellowship phenomenal!

Incoming 2022-23 Addiction Psychiatry Fellows

  • Rukhsar Ahmed, M.D., PGY-4, Psychiatry, NYC Health & Hospital System, Harlem, NY
  • Sukhmeet Bedi, M.D., PGY-4, Psychiatry, Griffin Memorial Hospital, Norman, OK
  • Jason Seymour, M.D., PGY-4, Psychiatry, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH
  • Juan Sosa, M.D., PGY-5, Forensic Psychiatry, Fellow, University of Colorado, Denver, CO (and 2021 graduate of UTSW General Psychiatry Residency)
  • Maria Velasco, M.D., PGY-4, Psychiatry, Texas Tech University School of Medicine, El Paso, TX

We look forward to profiling the new fellows in a future issue of this newsletter.

We are grateful to all the Faculty, Fellows, and Staff who took time from their busy schedules to interview the applicants and be available by responding to calls/emails after the interviews. Ty Sanders did an amazing job in scheduling all the interviews, especially since Addiction Fellowships went through ERAS for the first time this year.

Congratulations to Dr. Wakhlu, Ty, and all our addiction faculty and staff!
Psychiatry and Pop Culture
Psychiatry resident doctors Hunter Neely and Kwame Nuako co-led an elective for medical students called Psychiatry and Pop Culture during two different blocks and, due to the pandemic surge, the course was converted to a virtual format in January.  
Bass to Empire


Empire Central and Brook River will share 1 shuttle.
Scheduled Service during Peak Times (stops will be for the DART/TRE)

  • 5:30 a.m.- 8:30 a.m.
  • 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.

Note: Last shuttle leaves Empire Central at 6:00 p.m.

Shuttle goes to 4 stops on Main Campus

  1. South Campus
  2. NB
  3. Clements University Hospital
  4. Zale 

Access to Pegasus Park and Trinity Towers will require a transfer to Main Campus.

On-Demand Shuttle (app required: download)

  • 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

When you request a shuttle, expect to wait about 15-20 minutes.

Patients and Research Participants will have a separate On-Demand Shuttle, scheduled by Guest Services.
Doximity Update
Patients are increasingly paying attention to online information, especially hospital rankings, to help them decide where to seek care. One of the most popular rankings is the U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Hospital list, which ranks UT Southwestern highly in several specialties currently.

Every year Doximity also surveys its members to create a ranking of residencies by reputation. Our psychiatry residency program is ranked #16 in the nation, and #1 in the South, for 2021-2022.

The best way you can help us maintain this well-deserved recognition and grow our reputation is to ensure your Doximity profile is claimed and up-to-date and vote in the U.S. News survey. These results, combined with other measures like risk-adjusted survival, determine the Best Hospital rankings.

It’s important to note three changes to the Doximity survey process for 2022:
  1. U.S. News will no longer send out surveys through the mail, so it’s imperative that you claim your online profile – physicians who do not use Doximity will no longer have a vote.
  2. There is no longer a fall deadline to register for the survey. Physicians simply need to sign up and be Doximity users by the end of the survey, which is likely to occur during February and March. Doximity users can expect an email alert when the survey period approaches.
  3. A new scoring system will be used to calculate what percentage of each hospital's nominations come from affiliated vs. unaffiliated physicians. This will include information about a doctor’s current hospital affiliation along with where they worked in the past. Hospitals highly regarded by unaffiliated physicians will score better than hospitals with support primarily from their own physicians.

Exactly how these changes will impact UT Southwestern’s reputation is difficult to determine, but it’s clear that participating in the survey is the most vital step to ensuring people in North Texas and beyond hear about the great care you provide. We encourage you to join us in this effort to get UT Southwestern the recognition we know your work deserves.

Thank you for your commitment to clinical excellence and the compassionate care you provide our patients every day.
Awards and Accomplishments
Cherise Chin Fatt, Ph.D., has received a Translational Pilot Grant (TPG) for the research project "Elucidating Immune Mechanisms of Active Suicidal Ideation in Adults with Major Depressive Disorder."

Dr. Chin Fatt’s proposal was selected from among applications from many prestigious researchers at institutions across the state.

The TPG award is designed to achieve the following:
  • Enable preliminary work and generation of pilot data on translational research projects
  • Support preliminary work needed to assist in the design of a study
  • Develop tools required for the study
  • Test hypotheses aimed at advancing the science of translation at all levels
  • Provide support for investigators to obtain preliminary data for ongoing research that can lead to future grants
Alex Rollo, M.D., a fourth-year resident in the Neurology-Psychiatry Combined Training Program, has been accepted into the Honor Scholars Program of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP). Scholar benefits include a 1-year membership to the AAGP, registration to the 2022 and 2023 AAGP Annual Meetings, special Scholars Program activities, and assignment of a mentor in geriatric psychiatry. Residents complete a scholarly project related to geriatric psychiatry under mentorship.
APA Focus Journal Fellow
As part of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Diversity Leadership Fellowship, Dr. Paresh Jaini was selected to serve as 1 of 2 fellows on an editorial board for APA Publishing's Focus journal. They will meet virtually each week to discuss journal projects, and Dr. Jaini will help co-chair part of Focus Live during the APA annual meeting May 21-25 in New Orleans.
Psychiatry resident Audrey Eichenberger, M.D., was accepted into the Honor Scholars Program of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry and selected for the VA's Building Educational Scholarship in Psychiatry program.
Ellen Andrews
Psychology graduate students Ellen Andrews and Rebecca Wildman, mentored by Betsy Kennard, Psy.D., have received funding for their research from the Jerry M. Lewis III, MD Mental Health Research Foundation.
Rebecca Wildman
Although lethal means restriction is considered standard practice in treating suicidal patients, there is little experimental literature related to its efficacy. The funded project will be a randomized controlled trial of a novel cellphone-based intervention aimed to remind parents of adolescents in a suicide prevention program about lethal means restriction practices. The project will investigate the efficacy of this intervention at preventing suicidal behavior, as well as family communication following adolescents’ suicidal events.
 Special Grant Incentive Awards
UT Southwestern’s Special Grant Incentive (SGI) program provides funding to faculty members who obtain federal awards (e.g., NIH, NSF, DoD, NASA, DARPA). Faculty do not need to submit awards for consideration. Each quarter, the Provost Office automatically reviews faculty awards to determine which are eligible for SGI.

We congratulate the following psychiatry faculty members, who each received a $10,000 SGI Award.
International Neuropsychological Society Presentations
Posters and presentations from Psychology graduate students and faculty for the 2022 International Neuropsychological Society meeting, held the first week of February:
  • Predictors of time to nursing home placement among patients with dementia in the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center database (Fatima, H., Schaffert, J., Hynan, L.S., LoBue, C., Parker, A., Helphrey, J., Goette, W., Lacritz, L., Hart, J., & Cullum, C.M.) 
  • Neuropsychological Profiles and Time to Conversion from Mild Cognitive Impairment to Alzheimer’s Disease (Parker, A.N., McClintock, S.M., Nguyen, T., Hynan, L., Rossetti, H., & Cullum, C.M.) 
  • Predicting time to loss of independence in Alzheimer’s Disease (Helphrey, J., Fatima, J., Parker, A., Longoria, A., Conley, M., Schaffert, J., Hart, H., Chiang, H.-S., Cullum, C.M., & LoBue, C.) 
  • No association between later-in-life neuropsychological functioning, age started playing tackle football, and total years played among older retired professional football players (Schaffert, J., Didehbani, N., LoBue, C., Hart J., Motes, M., Rossetti, H., Lacritz, L., & Cullum, C.M.) 
  • Predictors of recovery in adolescents with preexisting mental health problems following sports-related concussion (Presley, C., Goette, W., Wilmoth, K., Caze, T., Miller, S., Bell, K., Stokes, M., Didehbani, N., & Cullum, C.M.)
A Masterclass in Brain Development
Heidi Rossetti, Ph.D., returned to host another episode of the National Academy of Neuropsychology's Brain Beat podcast, interviewing a pediatric neuropsychologist on brain development in children and asking the questions all parents are curious about!

Call for Faculty Facilitators for
Medical Student Clerkship Antiracism Workshop
October 2021 retreat attendees had the opportunity to participate in the antiracism workshop Racism: A Black Mental Health Crisis, which was an abridged version of the mandatory workshop that runs in the Psychiatry Clerkship. Faculty, fellows, residents, and students help facilitate the workshop, and we invite more faculty to sign on as facilitators.

The workshop runs about every 6 weeks, on cycle with the clerkship rotation, Tuesdays, 2-4:30pm in the D Auditoriums on South Campus (the February session will run virtually given the pandemic's surge). Interested faculty would receive the scheduled dates in order to select sessions that work with their schedules.

Facilitator Responsibilities:
• Before the workshop, read and prepare content using the Facilitator Manual (all content, prep work, and support resources are provided)
• Before the workshop, complete pre-workshop material about a week before assigned session (outlined in the facilitator manual)
• During the workshop, guide participants in small groups (about 7-10 participants) during the two breakout sessions of the workshop. There will usually be two facilitators per small group (all content and guiding questions are provided)
• *Optional: you can choose to lead the entire workshop

If you are interested in signing on as a facilitator, please email Drs. Rachel Russo, Sarah Baker, and Dani Morelli. A facilitator orientation/refresher will be arranged, and faculty are welcome to attend any of the remaining workshops as a participant to see how it runs before they would facilitate.
Upcoming Events
Join facilitated conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion to foster anti-racism, mutual growth, empowerment, respect, and empathy within the Department of Psychiatry.

Registration is requested for planning purposes. 

Next Session: 
Thursday, February 17, at 2:00 PM 

Future Sessions 
March 18, 12PM -- April 21, 1PM -- May 19, 2PM
Weekly on Mondays at Noon
Join Department of Psychiatry mindfulness experts, Monty Evans, Ph.D., and Martin Deschner, Ph.D., via Zoom as they help participants develop a successful mindfulness practice by offering an understanding of the role of how attention, awareness, and memory interact to achieve stable attention (mindfulness) in the daily practice of meditation training. It addresses problems of focal attention, effortful control, concentration difficulties, and distraction. If offers helpful explanations based on classical mindfulness training and cognitive neuroscience.
February 23 Psychiatry Grand Rounds: "From Bench to Clinical Trials to Program Development: Journey and Collaborations in Neonatal Ischemic Encephalopathy" by Lina Chalak, M.D., M.S.C.S.
March 8 Ethics Grand Rounds: "Ethics Large and Small: Moral Considerations in Response to Childhood Obesity" by D. Micah Hester, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Medical Humanities and Bioethics at the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Clinical Ethicist at Arkansas Children's Hospital.

While there is no registration fee, participants must register to attend the webinar. The Zoom event ID and link to join the webinar will be emailed upon registration.

Additional information may be found on the University's events calendar.
Promotion and Tenure Workshop for Research Track Workshop February 17 
The Promotion and Tenure Committee is hosting a workshop to ensure that faculty members understand the academic advancement timeline and criteria for the Research Track on Thursday, February 17, at noon. Register to attend.
Annual COI Statement of Financial Interests due by March 1
Faculty members, researchers, medical students, and certain other individuals must complete and submit a Conflict of Interest (COI) Statement of Financial Interests by March 1.
Starting University Clinical Careers Effectively, Scholarly, and Successfully 
The SUCCESS program helps clinician faculty thrive at UT Southwestern by providing training in the domains of excellence required for academic promotion: clinical excellence, educational effectiveness, scholarly productivity, and institutional citizenship.  
Part 1: Tuesday, March 1, at 8 a.m. Register to attend.  
Part 2: Tuesday, March 8, at 12:30 p.m. Register to attend.  
Save the Date
UTSW Psychiatry Team Confabulous
NAMI North Texas Walk
Saturday, May 21, Rough Riders Stadium, Frisco, 9-11:30am
Tentatively scheduled for in person but subject to change based on public health conditions. More details on how to join the department's team coming in March!
UT Southwestern has successfully completed a 5-year, $1 billion Campaign for the Brain to fuel its commitment to advance brain research and clinical care through the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute. The campaign yielded in excess of $500 million in community philanthropic support for research, technology enhancements, and faculty recruitment and support, combined with $500 million in investments in facilities and programs from UT Southwestern, making this one of the largest brain-focused investments at a U.S. academic medical center in the country.
The investments will further translational and basic research, training, and leading-edge care, advancing the work of the UTSW Departments of Psychiatry, Neurology, Neurological Surgery, Neuroscience, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and others. These resources will enable the O’Donnell Brain Institute to:
  • Advance research on the underlying mechanisms of brain disease in order to develop more effective therapies.
  • Accelerate clinical trials to quickly move research discoveries to patients.
  • Expand UT Southwestern’s research and clinical expertise by recruiting rising stars across the spectrum of relevant disciplines.
  • Provide state-of-the-art facilities to carry out the Institute's mission including a nine-story research tower – the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Biomedical Research Building – that will open later this year to significantly expand research space for the O’Donnell Brain Institute’s 2,100-plus faculty members and additional recruits as well as the Third Tower of William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital opened last year as the in-patient home of the Institute to provide the very best environment of care for patients suffering from brain disease.
  • Broaden the computational and analytical support needed to effectively analyze large numbers of proteins, genes, neurons, and other potential therapeutic targets.
  • Acquire enhanced imaging and other advanced technology such as the most sensitive magnetoencephalography or MEG in the country, which maps brain activity to assess everything from concussions to dementia.
  • Provide breakthrough treatments such as high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) for patients with essential tremors and tremor-predominant Parkinson’s disease.
UT Southwestern and the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute are deeply appreciative of the confidence and partnership represented by every contributor to solve the challenges of brain function and alleviate the suffering of so many patients and their families impacted by brain disease and injuries. We hope that one day no patient diagnosed with brain disease will ever hear the words “there is no cure.”