2021, Issue 4, August 18

Every year Doximity surveys its members to create a ranking of residencies by reputation, and every year we ask our faculty and alumni for their vote. This year you really answered the call!

Our psychiatry residency program is ranked #16 in the nation, and #1 in the South, for 2021-2022.
Of course, I am delighted with these results, since medical students applying to psychiatry look at these lists, and this position will be a boon to our recruitment efforts. Thank you very much to every one of you who voted!

But I am also reminded that these surveys are measures of reputation, not of actual quality. The quality of the program is a continual work in progress that rests on the dedication of countless faculty and administrative staff listening and responding to the experience of the residents.

Those efforts are led by our Education Manager, Tameka Ellis, Associate Program Directors Tim Wolff, Lia Thomas, Molly Camp, Adriane Dela Cruz, and Pedro Fernandez, and Chief Residents Darlene King and Alexis Kropf. We constantly remind our residents to "never worry alone." I am grateful to have this amazing leadership team “worrying” about the program with me!
--Adam Brenner, M.D.
Vice Chair of Education
Residency Program Director
Faculty Retirements
Carol North, M.D., M.P.E., the Nancy and Ray L. Hunt Chair in Crisis Psychiatry and Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Emergency Medicine and Director of the Division of Trauma and Disaster in the Department of Psychiatry, has conducted federally funded research in disaster mental health, psychiatric aspects of medical illness, and psychiatric problems of homeless populations and has developed specialized education programs for professionals, patients, and families while providing patient care and directing clinical services for patients experiencing homelessness and serious psychiatric illness. Dr. North shaped the science of disaster mental health epidemiology. A disaster mental health training program she developed (P-FLASH: Practical Front Line Assistance and Support for Healing) has trained thousands of mental health and other medical and emergency professionals on disaster preparedness and response.
Celia Jenkins, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, instigated the implementation of the Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment (CIWA) at Parkland and wrote a modified version of the protocol specifically tailored to the unique demands of the Parkland environment. The CIWA protocol has become the gold standard in determining appropriate medication dosing, shortening length of patient admissions, and maximizing positive health outcomes for patients experiencing alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Dr. Jenkins also served as a consultant on the development and piloting of a delirium protocol utilizing the CAM-ICU (Confusion Assessment Method) at Parkland. A gifted and dedicated educator, Dr. Jenkins earned numerous teaching awards throughout her career, including the prestigious, system-wide University of Texas Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, the Socrates Award for Medical Student Teaching, and the Nancy C. A. Roeske Award for Excellence in Medical Student Education.
Welcome New Fellows
Addiction Psychiatry
Arqam Abdali, M.D.
UT Southwestern
Poorvanshi Alag, M.D.
Case Western Reserve University
Vecheslav Fedorchenco, M.D.
UT Austin Dell Medical School
Stephanie Joseph, M.D.
Northwell Health – Staten Island University Hospital
Timothy Saeed, D.O.
University of Miami
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Patrick Butler, M.D.
UT San Antonio
Mohanika Gowda, M.D.
Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, NY
Paresh Jaini, D.O.
John Peter Smith Health Network
Rishi Patel, D.O.
University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine
Michael Preston, M.D. 
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Jarrod Tunnell, M.D.
UT Southwestern
Jesse Worsham, M.D.
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
Michael Jennings, M.D.
UT Southwestern
Forensic Psychiatry
Ankit Parmar, M.D.
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Geriatric Psychiatry
Lessley Chiriboga, M.D., M.P.H.
UT Rio Grande Valley
Michael Li, M.D.
Dell Medical School
Welcome New Faculty
Karen Duong, D.O., Education Division, Rural and Public Mental Health Track
Lucy Palmer, Ph.D., Tamminga Lab
Michael Rafferty, M.D., University Hospital Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
Join Our Faculty
We have many opportunities!
for openings.
Welcome New Staff
Katrine Christensen – Senior Administrative Assistant, Neuroscience
Heather Gerling – Public Education Community Outreach Coordinator
Publication Highlights
Awards and Accomplishments
Rose Gipson, Certified Medical Office Assistant in the General Psychiatry Adult Clinic, successfully achieved Ambulatory Clinical Ladder Level 3 with her project on how teamwork improves patient care outcomes. The Ambulatory Medical Office Assistants' Clinical Ladder recognizes incremental stages of clinical expertise, achievement, and professional contributions.

ABPsi Service Award
Mona Robbins, Ph.D., received the 2021 ABPsi Service Award for local and national contributions at the Association of Black Psychologists 52nd Annual International Convention.
Advocacy Award
Alice Ann Holland, Ph.D., ABPP, has received the Karl F. Heiser APA Presidential Award for Advocacy. This award from the American Psychological Association honors efforts to help define the discipline of psychology through advocacy at state and federal levels.
Young Investigator Award 
Katie Munro was awarded the Young Investigator Award from the Alzheimer's Association International Conference, the largest Alzheimer's disease organization in the world.
Dr. Munro graduated from our clinical psychology program in 2020.
Brittany Wright, a Ph.D. student in the Applied Clinical Research Program, won the Best Student Translational Neuropsychology Poster from the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology.

Clinical psychology graduate student Monica Garza Saenz presented timely work from UT Southwestern and Children’s Health as an American Psychological Association Poster titled "Self-reported COVID-19 Impact on Maternal Visitation in a Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit."
Roadmap to Psychiatric Residency
In 2019, Lia Thomas, M.D., worked with a national group of psychiatry educators in creating a Roadmap to Psychiatric Residency modeled after an emergency medicine guide as a single source document to help medical students and faculty advisors plan for successful psychiatric recruitment. The updated guide reflects the 2020-2021 changes in psychiatry and in recruitment overall.
BvB Dallas Funding for Post-Doctoral Fellowship
BvB Dallas, a non-profit organization for young professionals that raises awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s disease research and supports organizations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, was founded in 2008 to honor and remember loved ones who have suffered from Alzheimer’s and related diseases. Each year BvB Dallas hosts fundraising and educational events to help eradicate this grave disease, culminating in its flagship event: a football game between the Blue Crew and Pink Team (pictures below).

Laura Lacritz, Ph.D., has received funding from BvB Dallas since 2016 to support the UT Southwestern BvB Dallas Neuropsychology of Dementia Post-Doctoral Fellowship, which has graduated two fellows, Christian LoBue, Ph.D., and Anne Carlew, Ph.D., both now faculty in our department. Saranya Patel, Ph.D., is the current UT Southwestern BvB Fellow, receiving specialized training in neuropsychology, with an emphasis on dementia, and protected time for research.
Minority Mental Health Awareness Event Follow Up
The Panel Discussion Seizing the Opportunity: What the Pandemic Has Taught Us about Mental Health in Minority Populations and How to Continue the Conversation was held on July 27, 2021, as a starting point to mitigate the ongoing stigma, barriers, and access to mental health in minority populations. Click on the links below to watch a recording of the event and access Minority Mental Health Awareness tools.
In the News
  • Mili Khandheria, M.D. was interviewed by D Magazine regarding the Child Psychiatry Access Network ("CPAN").
  • The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute will use a recent $10 million dollar award to focus on mental health and depression. CEO Andy Keller talked with KERA’s Justin Martin about their plans and partnership with the Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care.
  • Meitra Doty, M.D. discussed the risk of anxiety and depression in hospitalized pregnant patients for a blog post featured in Today at UT Southwestern, the institution's daily news email.
Mark Your Calendar
September 1 Town Hall
Our next Psychiatry Department
Town Hall will be held via Zoom at
12pm Wednesday, September 1. Reach out with your ideas for topics to cover or questions to be addressed!

CREW Resumes in September
The Clinical Research Engagement Workgroup (CREW) is a monthly meeting of clinical, as well as some preclinical, researchers. The meetings will resume in September. They will, for the time being, use Zoom and generally take place on the first Friday of the month 12:00-1:00pm (e.g., September 3). The format and content are flexible and designed to meet the needs of the presenter. Problems and ideas are presented (e.g., a grant or manuscript submission, initial research idea that needs development) and attendees provide feedback. It is a useful forum for receiving feedback on ideas about grants, manuscripts or other issues related to scholarly activity. Presenters are only asked to bring a problem they need help with. Attendees listen and provide feedback. Clinical researchers, as well as clinicians, trainees and others are all very welcome to participate. We only ask that participants try to attend the majority of meetings. If you are interested in joining this workgroup please contact Sherwood Brown, Vice Chair for Clinical Research.

Leadership Emerging in Academic Departments
The LEAD program is designed for junior faculty who aspire to develop their leadership skills. Assistant professors (all years in rank) and associate professors (less than 4 years in rank) are eligible to apply. Applications open September 7.

New Faculty Research Forum
Recently appointed assistant professors in the tenure-accruing track present 10-minute lectures about their research. The forum introduces new faculty to the UTSW academic community and provides the opportunity to showcase research and spark interdisciplinary collaborations. The annual event takes place September 14, 1:00pm-4:15pm and September 29, 1:00pm-4:15pm.

Starting University Clinical Careers Effectively, Scholarly, and Successfully
The SUCCESS program helps clinician faculty build knowledge and skills for success in Clinical Excellence, Educational Effectiveness, Scholarly Productivity, and Professionalism and Institutional Citizenship. The two-part program is scheduled for September 21, 8am-12pm, and September 28, 12:30pm-5pm. For more information, contact the Office of Faculty Development.
October 1 Faculty Retreat Details Coming Soon!
Faculty Photos
Freshen up your profile! Various dates and times available.