March 16, 2022
The UT Southwestern Department of Psychiatry is pursuing team-based care across all its hospitals and treatment venues. It is increasingly imparting a broad and multidisciplinary basis to care delivered in the Department. Currently, we are emphasizing the role of Clinical Therapists, composed of Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs) and Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) in our practice.

For any of the patients we treat, in an inpatient or outpatient setting, the fit between the patient’s behavioral needs and the orientation and skills of the therapist can be optimized with team-based care. Workforce expansion across all disciplines in Psychiatry is an undisputed need across the field of behavioral health. And now the Clinical Therapists are filling critical roles for individuals with behavioral health needs and expanding the existing workforce here in our Department and in our clinical settings. We hope with this expansion to create training opportunities in addition to work opportunities, so that workforce expansion across our city and our state will become a reality.
--Carol A. Tamminga, M.D.
Department Chair
In This Issue
Spotlight on Clinical Therapists -- Faculty Openings -- Welcome New Staff -- Seeking a Marketing Specialist -- Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program Class of 2022 Postdoctoral Fellowships -- Bass Decant Update for Children's Programs -- U.S. News & World Report Voting Underway -- Feeling Crisis Fatigue? -- Join NAMIWalks Team Confabulous -- Awards and Accomplishments -- Upcoming Events -- OBI News
Spotlight on... Clinical Therapists
Social Work Team
Kellilynn Dropkin, LMSW BL7 case management with focus on geripsych 
Gabriela Reyes, LMSW
BL7 case management and endowment funding for underserved patients 
Taylor Slagle, LBSW
BL7 case management with focus on
transitional age youth
We wish Sandra King, MSSW, LCSW, Individual and Family Psychotherapist for the Early Psychosis Clinical and Research Program, very well in her retirement!

Program members pictured, from left to right: Adriana Miu, Ph.D.; Min Park, M.D.; Elena Ivleva, M.D., Ph.D.; Sandra King, MSSW, LCSW; Matt Martin, MS; Deb Bushong, MS, LPC-S
Faculty Openings
We have many opportunities!
for current openings.
Welcome New Staff!
  • Elmira Adenyayeva – Clinical Therapist, BL7 General Adult Psychiatry Clinic
  • Brennan Dawson – Clinical Data Specialist, Mood Disorders
  • Dalea Prehay, Clinic Staff Assistant I, BL7 General Adult Psychiatry Clinic
  • Taylor Slagle – Social Worker I, BL7 General Adult Psychiatry Clinic
  • Sridevi Somasekaran - Program Coordinator, 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.

Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program Class of 2022
Postdoctoral Fellowships
Eva Baker
Western State Hospital
Office of Forensic Mental Health Services
Lakewood, WA
Dennis Burchette
Dallas Emotional Health
Dallas, TX
Jeethu Joseph
Baylor Scott & White
Temple, TX
Talha Khan
Mount Sinai Morningside Hospital, New York, NY
Blake Martin
South Texas VA
San Antonio, YX
Victoria McKenzie
Private Practice with Dr. Wendy Ridge, Dallas, TX
Alexandra Moorehead
Suicide Prevention and Resilience at Children's (SPARC), Dallas, TX
Chase Presley
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA
Katherine Rial
Connections Child and Family Center, Spring, TX
Outstanding Dissertation Award
Congratulations to Dr. Tahnae Tarkenton Allen, a 2021 graduate of our Clinical Psychology program, who received the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Sports Neuropsychology Society for her work on concussion outcomes using data from the ConTex study. Dr. Allen’s mentor while at UT Southwestern was Dr. Munro Cullum.
Bass Decant Update for Children's Programs
This month we are highlighting the relocation of Children's programs from Bass to Mockingbird Tower (1341 W. Mockingbird Ln, Dallas). The tentative move date is June/July 2022.

258 unassigned surface parking spaces will be available for employees and patients at no charge.

The Children’s Specialty Center Shuttle Route will cancel its stop at Bass/Chase and replace it with a stop at Mockingbird Tower.
U.S. News & World Report Voting Underway
Board-Certified Specialists: U.S. News & World Report voting is in progress, and with your vote we have an opportunity to position UT Southwestern Medical Center as a top-ranked institution for psychiatric care.

Last year we were positioned 26th in the nation, having received 1.9% of the votes. With your support we can reach our place among the most recognized institutions in the U.S. (institutions receiving 3% of votes are labeled high performing; those with at least 5% of votes receive a ranking).

Although imperfect, rankings are important because they provide a reference for patients as they look for the highest-quality care available and for trainees and recruits who consider where to pursue their professional goals, so your vote is important to all of us.

To cast your vote, you must have an active profile in Doximity before the voting period ends. Detailed instructions on how to claim your profile can be found here.
Once your profile is active, you can access the “Best Hospitals” survey by logging on to or to the Doximity app and entering “UT Southwestern” in the appropriate field. Please note that as a board-certified specialist, your vote will be cast automatically for the category corresponding to your specialty.

The below linked factsheet highlights our department’s activities and information from the past year. Thank you for your continued support!
Feeling Crisis Fatigue?
Medical Anthropologist and Psychiatry Volunteer Faculty Carolyn Smith-Morris, Ph.D., M.S., LPC, speaks about life beyond the pandemic in UTSW's What to Know episode on "Our Pandemic Future."
Join Team Confabulous for NAMI Walk May 21
Saturday, May 21, Rough Riders Stadium, Frisco, 8:30am-12:00pm
Hybrid Event - In Person and Virtual Options!
The Psychiatry Department's Team, Team Confabulous, set a record by raising $2,990 last year!
Images from Last Year's Virtual Walk...
Join the Fun in 2022!
Volunteers Needed for Clerkship Simulation Activity
Help teach medical students in the simulation lab on select Tuesdays during clerkship didactics (2:00-4:30pm May 3 and June 14).
  • Being the voice of the manikin (robot patient)
  • Facilitating medical student interaction with the manikin and helping out when students get stuck on a step 
  • De-briefing with students after the activity  
Awards and Accomplishments
Meritorious Service Award Winners
UT Southwestern Merit Award Winners consistently demonstrate the PACT Customer Service Standards and go beyond the scope of their typical work duties to deliver or support the delivery of the highest quality of care for our patients. This year’s honors include a certificate and $500.

Congratulations to the Psychiatry Department Merit Awardees!
  • Tonia Bell
  • Elizabeth Dedrick
  • Claudia Lujan-Erceg
  • Elisabeth Martinez
  • Sandy Reyes-Perez
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society Membership
Darlene King, M.D.
Tom Phan, M.D.
Matt Yung, M.D.
Resident Inductees
The honor of Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Society Membership is granted only to residents and fellows who demonstrate excellence in scholarship, high professionalism, leadership, and gifted teaching. Throughout the year as students go through clerkships, the entire class can nominate any resident or fellow they believe exemplifies these traits and should receive this honor. Additionally, resident program chairs can nominate any trainee who they believe should receive this honor. After nominations were compiled, the AOA Class of 2022 voted on the members. Numerous nominations are received, and to be selected as an inductee is truly an honor that illustrates worthiness of the distinction.

Congratulations to Drs. King, Phan and Yung!
Molly Camp, M.D., is being inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society this month. Dr. Camp also was invited to join the Editorial Board of the journal Academic Psychiatry, for which she and Alex Cole, M.D., recently published an invited commentary on Supporting Our Parent-Trainees: Exploring Curricular and Cultural Challenges That Limit the Utilization of Parental Leave by Residents.
American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training Annual Meeting
Sarah Baker, M.D., Associate Clerkship Director, presented in the workshop “Racism: A Mental Health Crisis – An Approach to Teaching Antiracism and Cultural Intersectionality as it Pertains to Race in the UTSW Psychiatry Clerkship”
Adam Brenner, M.D., Program Director, presented in the plenary session President’s Symposium
Molly Camp M.D., Associate Program Director, presented in the workshop “Geriatric Psychiatry Education: Best Practices and Resources”
Adriane dela Cruz, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Program Director, presented in two workshops: “Putting Feelings into Facts: A Mission Driven Approach for Quantifying Holistic Review” and “Brain-ival! Using Interactive Games to Teach Neuroscience”
Danielle Morelli, M.D., Medicine/Psychiatry Resident (Year 3), presented in the workshop “Racism: A Mental Health Crisis – An Approach to Teaching Antiracism and Cultural Intersectionality as it Pertains to Race in the UTSW Psychiatry Clerkship”
Lia Thomas, M.D., Associate Program Director, presented in four workshops: “Psychiatry Recruitment Trends: Covid-19 2.0, ‘Fit’ and DEI Efforts”; “Early Career Workshop – To Promote Passion and Calling: Developing an Identity as a Residency Training Director in Challenging Times”; “Putting Feelings into Facts: A Mission Driven Approach for Quantifying Holistic Review”; “Racism: A Mental Health Crisis – An Approach to Teaching Antiracism and Cultural Intersectionality as it Pertains to Race in the UTSW Psychiatry Clerkship”
Bernice Yau, M.D., Psychiatry Resident (Year 3), presented presented the poster “Establishment of a Global Mental Health Virtual Rotation Between a US and Chinese Medical Center: A Resident-Led Initiative” and presented in two workshops: “Traversing Time and Space: Using Asynchronous Online Dialogue to Engage and Inspire Trainees in Neuroscience”; “Brain-ival! Using Interactive Games to Teach Neuroscience”
Certified by the
American Board of Professional Psychology
The American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology has honored Alice Ann Holland, Ph.D., as a recipient of its inaugural Jerry Sweet Leadership Award. Her selection centered around her advocacy leadership for the adaptation of competency standards for neuropsychology in Texas, which is serving as a model for similar advocacy elsewhere.
Upcoming Events
Mindfulness on Mondays at Noon
Join Monty Evans, Ph.D., and Martin Deschner, Ph.D., via Zoom to develop a successful mindfulness practice via understanding the role of how attention, awareness, and memory interact to achieve stable attention (mindfulness) in the daily practice of meditation training to address problems of focal attention, effortful control, and difficulty concentrating.
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: 
Friday, March 18, at 12:00 PM 

Future Sessions April 21, 1PM, and May 19, 2PM
March 18 Multicultural Deliberate Practice
An Experiential Workshop to Practice Responding to Patients’ Cultural Experiences or Microaggressions will take place on Friday, March 18, 12-1:30pm via Zoom.

Cultural conversations with patients require thoughtfulness. Because these topics may be subtle or unexpected, it is important to have repeated practice to increase one’s ability to respond in the moment of clinical encounter. Using simulated patient videos, attendees will practice responding to patients with cultural experiences or microaggressions toward others.

1. To practice inquiring and responding to patients’ cultural experiences
2. To practice responding to patient microaggressions
3. To self-reflect on physical and emotional reactions in the moment
Please join even if you can only stay from 12-1pm, as that time will involve practice and small group discussions. The last 30 minutes will be for discussion and debrief for those still in attendance.

Note: The content is new compared to the last multicultural workshop in Fall 2021.
Workshop Presenters
Psychiatry Grand Rounds March 23 at Noon
Manish Jha, M.D., presents "Irritability in Adults with MDD: Clinical Significance and Potential Neurocircuit Mechanisms"

March 23, 7:00PM, NAMI North Texas
New State Hospital Discussion
Dr. Ibrahim and Dr. Baker will discuss the progress of the new state hospital in Dallas County.

Science Café March 31, 7:00PM
Join us on Thursday, March 31, at 7 p.m. for a look ahead to the research and future of targeted autism therapies. Learn about the latest advances in autism genetics and the study of disease mechanisms with Maria Chahrour, Ph.D., and Peter Tsai, M.D., Ph.D. Hear how these researchers are leveraging the mechanistic understanding of brain circuits and molecular pathways for development of therapies for individuals with autism.

New Writing Accountability Group Starts April 5
After a successful Fall group, the PsychCRI Team is pleased to offer another Writing Accountability Group in the department! We will start a new 10-week WAG on April 5. Meeting times are either Tues 4-5pm or Thurs 12-1pm.
April 12, 12-1PM, Ethics Grand Rounds
"Medical Decision Making, Ethics, and Behavioral Economics"
Jennifer Blumenthal-Barby, Ph.D.
Cullen Professor of Medical Ethics
Associate Director of the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy
Baylor College of Medicine

While there is no registration fee, participants must register to attend. The Zoom event ID and link to join the webinar will be emailed upon registration.
April 13, 12:30-1:30PM, Psych Advice for the Primary Care Provider
"Forensic Psychiatry Issues in Children and Adolescents:
An Overview for General Practitioners"
Funding Opportunities