Faculty Honors

January 1, 2017

(as of March 1, 2017)

Anissa Abi-Dargham, MD, (Psychiatry) elected a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Davangere P. Devanand, MD, (Psychiatry) received the Award for Research in Geriatric Psychiatry from The American College of Psychiatrists, which honors an individual who has contributed to advancements in the field of geropsychiatry.

Melissa Arbuckle, MD, PhD, (Psychiatry), as Co-Chair of the National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative (NNCI) received the Award for Creativity in Psychiatric Education presented to the NNCI by The American College of Psychiatrists.

Roberto Lewis-Fernández, MD, (Psychiatry) was reappointed to the New York City Community Services Board by Mayor Bill de Blasio.

(as of Nov 9, 2016)

Dr. Joshua Gordon Named NIMH Director

Joshua A. Gordon, MD, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and research psychiatrist at New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI), has been appointed Director of the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Gordon came to CUMC/NYSPI as a trainee in 1997, completing his residency and a research fellowship before joining the department of psychiatry as a faculty member in 2004.  Dr. Gordon is also an associate director of the CUMC/NYSPI’s Adult Psychiatry Residency Program, where he directs the neuroscience curriculum and administers research programs for residents, including the Leon Levy Foundation Psychiatric Neuroscience Fellowship Program.  He will begin his new position in September, 2016.

In an announcement issued by the NIH today, Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, director of the NIH, praised Dr. Gordon for being “a visionary psychiatrist and neuroscientist with deep experience in mental health research and practice.”

As NIMH director, Dr. Gordon will oversee the activities of a federal agency whose mission is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research. Currently, the NIMH has an annual budget of $1.5 billion and supports more than 2,000 research grants and contracts at universities and other institutions across the country and overseas.

Dr. Gordon’s research has focused on understanding how genetic mutations influence neural activity in mouse models of schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and depression. His lab employs a variety of neuroscience techniques, including optogenetics, in which light is used to control neural activity.

Dr. Gordon has been a member of the Hope for Depression Research Foundation’s Depression Task Force since 2012, an international group working to define the neurobiology underlying depression and identify novel treatment targets.

“Director Collins and the NIH search committee have made an outstanding selection in Josh Gordon as the next director of NIMH. Josh embodies the perfect profile of the 21stcentury academic psychiatrist as a scientist, clinician, and teacher,” said Jeffrey A. Lieberman, MD, chair of the Department of Psychiatry at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia and director of NYSPI. “We couldn’t be more proud of Josh’s appointment and we look forward to his leadership in this important role.”

Anna K. Costakis, M.D. Elected President-elect of the APA NY District Branch

Congratulations to Anna K. Costakis, M.D. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center and Assistant Attending Psychiatrist, New York Presbyterian Hospital, who has been elected president-elect of the New York County Psychiatric Society – the NY district branch of the APA – for 2016-2017 and will serve as president from 2017-2018.

During her tenure as president-elect and president of the NY County Psychiatric Society, Dr. Costakis will work to increase awareness of the increasing rates of burn-out among physicians and the suicides of medical students and house staff.  She will also look to work closely with the Mayor's office on mental health initiatives to advocate for and reduce stigma in mental health treatment.  “This is an exciting time of reform in mental health care in NY,” noted Dr. Costakis, “and I'm looking forward to our district branch becoming a vital resource to our legislators and local government officials so that our patients can better access these much needed services.”

Dr. Costakis started at CUMC in November 2015 on Eye 6, has worked at 3RE at the Allen, on 9GN at Milstein, and is currently transitioning back to her original position at Eye 6 in the outpatient psychiatric clinic.  


New York Magazine 2016 Best Doctors List

Columbia Psychiatry and NYSPI Physicians listed in Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, and Geriatric Psychiatry:
Dr. Evelyn AttiaDr. Sabrina CherryDr. Eric CollinsDr. Dev Devenand

Dr. Frances Levin

Dr. Donna Moreau

Dr. Philip Muskin

Dr. Edward Nunes

Dr. Steven Roose

Dr. Moira Rynn

Dr. Jonathan Slater


Faculty Honors 2015-2016 (June 30, 2016)Shirin Ali was selected as the 2016 recipient of the American Psychiatric Association’s Nancy C.A. Roseke, M.D. Award for Excellence in Medical Student Education.

Paul Appelbaum chaired the Committee to Evaluate the Social Security Administration’s Capability Determination Process for Adult Beneficiaries for the Institute of Medicine; co-chaired the leadership group for Columbia University on Precision Medicine and Society; is Chair, DSM Steering Committee, American Psychiatric Association; and Chair, Standing Committee on Ethics, World Psychiatric Association.

Alan Brown received a NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Award.

Deborah Cabaniss was selected to receive the 2016 Assembly Resident-Fellow Member (RFM) Mentor Award for outstanding work as a mentor and advocate for RFM.

Tiziano Colibazzi received the Psychoanalytic Center’s John J Weber Prize for original research on a psychoanalytic topic.

Alex Carballo-Diéguez and team received the Microbicide Trials Network Innovation Award.

Ziva Cooper is on the Editorial Board of Drug and Alcohol Dependence; and was elected Secretary and President-Elect of ISGIDAR (International Study Group Investigating Drug as Reinforcers).

Anna K. Costakis has been elected president-elect of the New York County Psychiatric Society – our district branch of the APA – for 2016-2017 and will serve as president from 2017-2018.

Kristina Denisova was awarded the Sackler Fellowship for 2015-2016.

Dev Devanand received the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry Distinguished Investigator Award; and was appointed to the Editorial Board of the journal, Alzheimer’s Disease and Associated Disorders.

Brian Fallon received the Lauren Brooks Hope Award" from the Global Lyme Alliance.

Mindy Thompson Fullilove was awarded honorary membership in the American Institute of Architects, the highest honor AIA awards to people outside of the profession.

Loren Gianini and Shari Haxel each received a Glassman Award recognizing research accomplishments by a post-doctoral trainee.

Sidney Hankerson received the Black Psychiatrists of America, Leadership Award; the Reflection of Hope Award, from New York State Senator, Jesse Hamilton; was the Keynote Presenter at the New York City Mental Health Workshop for Clergy; and was an Invited Participant to the White House Dialogue on Men’s Health.

Carl Hart is the Chairman of the Columbia University Psychology Department.

Ken Hoge is Chair, Council on Psychiatry and Law, American Psychiatric Association.

Denise and Eric Kandel invited to give the 51st Nobel Conference Talk at the Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, Minneapolis, October 6, 2015.

Robert Klitzman was selected as Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association and named a member of the Faculty Committee, Wu Family China Center, Columbia University.

Nathan Kravis received both the  George Goldman Award for Achievement in Clinical Psychoanalysis and the Robert Liebert Award for outstanding contribution to applied psychoanalysis.

Judit Lendvay received the Creedmoor Teacher of the Year Award.

Frances R. Levin became Chief, Division on Substance Abuse; is the Chair, APA Council on Addiction; received the Founders Award, American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry; and was selected as a Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association.

Roberto Lewis-Fernández was elected President-Elect of the World Association of Cultural Psychiatry; received the NAMI-New York State Multicultural Excellence Award.

David Lindy was the 2016 recipient of the Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Residents from the American Psychiatric Association.

John Markowitz was elected to the Executive Council of the International Society for Interpersonal Psychotherapy for a 4 year term and selected for a Columbia University Public Voices Fellowship.

Sander Markx received the Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Residents (American Psychiatric Association).

Alice Medalia  received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Council of Behavioral Health.

Claude Ann Mellins and Robert H. Remien were invited participants to the Bill & Melinda Gates Adherence Consultation to identify interventions to promote and improve antiretroviral therapy adherence in developing settings.

Lisa Mellman received the Psychoanalytic Center’s John O’Connor Award for her contribution to teaching psychodynamic concepts to medical students.

Diana Moga received the Psychoanalytic Center’s Alexander Beller Award in recognition of a significant scholarly study in the general area of psychoanalytic theory.

Edward Nunes is on the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse (NIDA Council).

Maria Oquendo was appointed a member of the National Advisory Mental Health Council; is President-Elect of the American Psychiatric Association; President of the International Academy of Suicide Research;  Vice-Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; and Council Member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology.

Gaurav Patel received a 2015 Young Investigator award from the BBRF to study neural mechanisms underlying social cognitive impairment in schizophrenia.

Harold Pincus is Co-Chair of the ICD Quality and Safety Topic Advisory Group; and Member of IOM Committee on Standards for Psychosocial Interventions.

Robert H. Remien was appointed to the NY State AIDS Advisory Council Ending the HIV Epidemic Committee.

Justin Richardson was selected as a Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association.

Jane Rosenthal received the Lionel Ovesey Award given by the Psychoanalytic Center and the Association for Psychoanalytic Medicine.

Bret Rutherford received a Grey Matters Fellowship from the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry.

Maya Sabatello was appointed to the newly created Genomic IRB, CUMC; and was elected Co-Chair, International Disability Rights Interests Group, American Association of International Law.

Susan Scheftel received the Psychoanalytic Center’s newly instituted Public Communications Award.

Franklin Schneier was appointed Associate Editor of Comprehensive Psychiatry.

Blair Simpson was elected to the Board of Directors of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, selected for the Public Voices Fellowship at Columbia University, and serves as the Chair of the NIMH review committee ZMH1 ERB-B (Confirmatory Efficacy Clinical Trials of Non-Pharmacological Interventions for Mental Disorders).

Marisa Spann received the 2016-18 Whitaker Developmental Neuropsychiatry Scholar Award

Margaret Spinelli was selected as a Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association.

Joanna Steinglass was appointed Florence Irving Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry.

Connie Svob was invited for an audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion in Oxford, UK.

Susan Vaughan was the recipient of the Columbia Psychoanalytic Center’s Howard Klar Teaching Award in June 2015.

Yuanjia Wang elected fellow of the American Statistical Association.

Myrna Weissman received the Distinguished Alumni Award Yale University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry 2016; was a committee member of the Elise Kroner-Fresenius-Stiftung Foundation International Expert Jury for 2017 Prize for Research in the Biological Basis of Psychiatric Disorders ($4 million prize); member of the National Academy of Medicine Committee – Establishing a Framework for Psychosocial Treatment.

Resident Honors 2015-2016

Wei-li Chang, PGY-III and Leon Levy Fellow, currently working in the lab of Dr. Joshua Gordon, received a Perry Award, The award was given at the annual Perry Memorial Lecture at Cornell Grand Rounds, with speaker Eric Kandel.

Colby Chapman, PGY-3 (and next year child fellow here) received a SAMSHA fellowship.

Daniel Eskenazi, one of our PGY-III’s and a Leon Levy Fellow, was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Societyand received the 2016 American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology New Investigator Award at the ASCP annual Meeting in May.

Jeremy Kidd, PGY-III and a winner of an APA leadership award was awarded a travel fellowship from the American Academy of Addictions Psychiatry and was a winner of the APA’s poster contest.

Pedro Olivetti, PGY-II and Leon Levy Fellow, has been selected to receive the 2016 NIMH Outstanding Resident Award.

Ravi Shah, PGY-IV and a chief resident, was selected as the Outstanding Resident of the Year by the Indian American Psychiatric Association and was honored at the APA in Atlanta.

Louisa Steinberg, PGY-3 and Levy Fellow, was named a recipient of the Society of Biological Psychiatry’s 2016 Domestic Travel Fellowship Award to attend the 2016 annual meeting in Atlanta, GA; and was selected by the APA as one of the participants in the 2016 Research Colloquium at the APA in Atlanta.

4 PGY-2s were awarded resident fellowships by the APA to enable them to attend the APA meeting in Atlanta.

  • Qortni Lang was awarded an APA child and adolescent fellowship
  • Matthew Goldman was awarded an APA leadership fellowship
  • Claudine Jones-Bourne was awarded an APA diversity leadership fellowship
  • Rachel Talley was awarded an APA public psychiatry fellowship

Anthony Zoghbi, Gaby Goldstein and Neil Gray, the Columbia residency Mind Games team, won the highly competitive APA Mind Games competition at this year’s annual meeting.


Dr. Maria A. Oquendo Inducted First Latina President of the American Psychiatric Association
NEW YORK (May 18, 2016) – Dr. Maria A. Oquendo was inducted in as American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) newest president at the organization’s annual meeting in Atlanta. It is the first time a Latina has ever been elected president of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Oquendo’s term begins today.



“I am thrilled to be appointed APA president, and I look forward to working with the psychiatric community to promote outstanding care,” said Dr. Oquendo, professor of psychiatry and vice chair for education at Columbia University Medical Center, director of residency training at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and an attending psychiatrist at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. “Dr. Renée Binder has been phenomenal in her term as president, and I am honored to follow in her footsteps. The time has never been better for women in leadership. There have now been three female APA presidents in a row – an unprecedented occurrence. As we see diversity in the leadership at APA, there is a strong message of inclusiveness.”

The largest and oldest psychiatric organization in the world, APA now encompasses members practicing in more than 100 countries. In her role as president, Dr. Oquendo will place a newfound emphasis on global mental health initiatives that connect psychiatrists, experts and researchers with one another from around the world.

“This is an incredible opportunity to elevate the global conversation around psychiatric care, said Dr. Oquendo. “We must increase our international networks, maximize partnerships and create more opportunities for collaborative research.”

At this year’s meeting, Dr. Oquendo led numerous sessions and presentations that set the tone for her leadership. These initiatives focused on prevention in psychiatry, integrative health care, and the importance of global mental health. She chaired a new initiative called “Neuroscience-based Nomenclature” on May 17 that focused on shifting the way the psychiatric medical community labels its medications. She also piloted a brand new research colloquium on May 15 which partnered with the Society for Biological Psychiatry in France, Spain, Brazil and Colombia.

Dr. Oquendo is a recognized expert in the diagnosis, pharmacologic treatment and neurobiology of bipolar disorder and major depression, with a special focus on suicidal behavior as well as global mental health. Dr. Oquendo graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University in 1980 and received her MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1984.

Eminent Behavioral Health Services Researcher Appointed Editor of Psychiatric Services


New York, NY – April 13, 2016. The trustees of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) today announced the appointment of Lisa Dixon, MD, MPH, as editor of Psychiatric Services, starting January 1, 2017. Psychiatric Services, the highly-ranked, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal of the APA, reports monthly on research related to the delivery of mental health services, especially for people with serious mental illnesses in community-based treatment programs. As editor, she will oversee and ensure the quality of research submitted and published by Psychiatric Services through strategic outreach to top researchers in the field.

Dr. Dixon is an internationally recognized health services researcher with over 25 years of continuous funding from the National Institute of Mental Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs. As director of the Center for Practice Innovations at New York State Psychiatric Institute, she oversees activities for the New York State Office of Mental Health in implementing evidenced based practices for persons diagnosed with serious mental illness. She leads the innovative program, OnTrackNY, a statewide initiative designed to improve outcomes and reduce disability for the population of individuals experiencing their first episode of psychosis.

“I am honored to assume this role,” said Dr. Dixon. “My goal is for Psychiatric Services to be the “go to” journal for all matters related to policy and implementation of behavioral health care services and serve the needs of the full range of stakeholders—providers, consumers, family members, administrators, and policy makers. The three R’s—rigor, relevance, and reality—will guide me.”

Throughout her career, Dr. Dixon has focused on improving the quality of care for individuals with serious mental disorders with a particular emphasis on services that include families, reducing the negative impact of co-occurring addictions and medical problems, and improving treatment engagement and adherence. Dr. Dixon’s work has joined individuals engaged in self-help, outpatient psychiatric care, as well as clinicians and policy makers in collaborative research endeavors. In addition, Dr. Dixon is the current editor of a column in Psychiatric Services dedicated to Public-Academic partnerships. She has published more than 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals and received the 2009 American Psychiatric Association Health Services Senior Scholar Award, as well as the Wayne Fenton Award for Exceptional Clinical Care. In 2014, she received the National Alliance on Mental Illness annual Scientific Research Award.

“Dr. Dixon is eminently qualified to take on this role which is so important to improve the quality of public mental health care,” noted Jeffrey Lieberman, MD, professor and chair of the department of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and director of the New York State Psychiatric Institute. “Her selection further attests to the expertise and expanding influence of the outstanding faculty in our department and affiliated institutions.”

Dr. Dixon is professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and the director of the Division of Behavioral Health Services and Policy Research in the Department of Psychiatry. She also directs the Center for Practice Innovations at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.


HIV Center Investigators Receive the Microbicide Trials Network Innovation Award

Dr. Alex Carballo-Diéguez and Team Win Award from Microbicide Trials Network

On March 16, 2016, the closing day of the annual meeting of the Microbicide Trials Network (MTN), a team of HIV Center investigators received the MTN Innovation Award based on their work on the MTN 017 study.

MTN 017 was a Phase II study that evaluated whether a reduced glycerin formulation of tenofovir gel is safe and acceptable as a rectal microbicide. The study enrolled 195 men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women at trial sites in Peru, South Africa, Thailand and the United States, including Puerto Rico.

Alex Carballo-Diéguez, PhD headed the MTN-017 behavioral team in implementing a comprehensive adherence support and measurement program, which included an adherence counseling training component led by Ivan Balán, PhD of the HIV Center.

The award was presented before an audience of several hundred national and international members of the MTN. Dr. Sharon Hillier, a principal investigator of the MTN, highlighted the multilingual capacity of the HIV Center’s team and the challenging work that it undertook interviewing participants remotely in Thai, Xhosa, Spanish and English. She also cited the team’s innovative use of SMS text messaging to monitor adherence in real-time.

Dr. Carballo- Diéguez, a Co-Director of the HIV Center, is a member of the leadership group of the MTN, an HIV/AIDS clinical trials network established in 2006. The MTN brings together international investigators and community and industry partners whose work is focused on the development and rigorous evaluation of promising microbicides – products applied inside the vagina or rectum that are intended to prevent the sexual transmission of HIV.

Pictured above are team leader Dr. Alex Carballo-Diéguez (at right) with team members (from left) Ms. Rebecca Giguere and Dr. William Brown III. At center, presenting the award, is Dr. Carl Dieffenbach, Director of the Division of AIDS at NIAID, the institute that provides the funding for their work. Pictured at the podium is Dr. Sharon Hillier, a principal investigator of the MTN.



Dr. Sidney Hankerson (Epidemiology) joined Broderick Johnson, White House Cabinet Secretary and Chair of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force, and U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy for a Dialogue on Mens Health at The White House on January 8, 2016.

Throughout this event, administration officials from the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as select stakeholders,highlighted the current state of men’s health and discussed strategies for actively engaging men in their health.



Dianna Dragatsi, MD received NYP’s 2015 Physician of the Year Award on September 9. Dr. Dragatsi’s commitment to making the care better for psychiatric patients in the emergency department has been an inspiration to her colleagues in nursing. She consistently acknowledges valuable, first-hand perspectives from all members of the staff, and integrates their suggestions into practices. She truly understands the needs of the diverse and complex population of patients treated on the unit. The Physician of the Year Award is the Nursing Department's annual celebration of collegiality, collaboration and the physicians' contributions to nursing practice across the various campuses. The Award recognizes physicians, fellows, house staff and medical students who show competence and caring in the clinical setting and work together with the nurses to attain the highest standards of quality patient care.


July 13, 2015 - Diana M. Martinez, MD has been chosen to serve as a member of the Neuroscience and Ophthalmic Imaging Technologies Study Section, Center for Scientific Review at the National Institutes of Health for the term beginning immediately and ending June 30, 2019. Members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors.

Daniel S. Schechter, MD (and co-authors) received the Hayman Prize from the International Psychoanalytical Association and the Norbert and Charlotte Rieger Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Award from the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry for his work “On Traumatically Skewed Intersubjectivity” which is in press with the Journal of Psychoanalytic Inquiry. A second article, “Negative and Distorted Attributions Towards Child, Self, and Primary Attachment Figure Among Post-traumatically Stressed Mothers: What Changes with Clinician Assisted Video-feedback Exposure Sessions (CAVES),” published in Child Psychiatry and Human Development, received the Significant Contribution to Research Prize from the International Psychoanalytic Association.

Oliver M

. Stroeh, MD was nominated by Andrés Martin and approved by the AACAP Council as the incoming Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP) John F. McDermott Assistant Editor-in-Residence.  He will occupy this position with the Orange Journal from 2016 through 2017.  Oliver will also join the editorship of JAACAP Connect, an online companion to JAACAP that serves to promote mentored authorship experiences and encourage novice authors to engage in the process of peer-reviewed authorship.  He will serve as the Associate Editor of JAACAP Connect for 2016 and then will assume the role of Editor-in-Chief from 2017 through 2018.

Myrna M. Weissman, PhD received the 2016 Yale Psychiatry Distinguished Alumni Award, to be presented in May 2016.




Anne Marie Albano, PhD, ABPP received the 2015 Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) award for Outstanding Contributions by an Individual for Clinical Activities.



Stephanie Collins Reid, PHD, CIP passed the certification for IRB Professionals (CIP) in April. The CIP exam covers information determined to demonstrate a standard level of knowledge about human subjects research review under the rules and regulations of the United States. The exam is based on federal requirements and interpretations of guidelines, not the policies and procedures developed by individual institutions.

Roberto Lewis-Fernandez, MD, became president of the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture in May 2015. He will serve for three years.



Myrna Weissman, PhD, presented at “A Tribute to Marshall Nirenberg,” held in honor of her late husband at the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The event, which marked the 50th anniversary of Dr. Nirenberg’s Nobel Prize-winning work on uncovering the universal genetic code was notable for the colleagues who shared their memories of him as well as for the presentation of his Nobel medal and certificate, on permanent display at the NLM Visitor Center.

Anissa Abi-Dargham, MD has been named president-elect of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP). Her term will begin on December 9, 2015. The ACNP is the nation's premier professional society in brain, behavior and psychopharmacology research.


Paul Appelbaum, MD has been appointed chair of the Standing Committee on Ethics of the World Psychiatric Association.




Davangere Devanand, MD will be receiving the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) Distinguished Scientist Award at the AAGP annual meeting in New Orleans from March 26-30, 2015.  This award is given for lifetime research achievements in geriatric psychiatry.



Jon Levenson, MD (HIV Liaison Psychiatry Service, NewYork-Presbyterian-Columbia) was selected as the 2015 recipient of the Irma Bland award from the APA for excellence in teaching residents.




Harold Pincus, MD (Mental Health Services and Policy Research) was awarded the 2015 Research Mentorship Award by the American Association of Chairs of Psychiatry and American Psychiatric Association for contributions to the career development of young investigators.


Alice Medalia, PhD (Lieber Recovery and Rehabilitation Clinic) has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Council of Behavioral Health as part of their Inspiring Hope Award series. The award ceremony will take place in Orlando, Florida in April.



Franklin Schneier, MD (Clinical Therapeutics) has been appointed to the mental health advisory board of the Andrew Kukes Foundation for Social Anxiety. He has conducted research on social anxiety disorder since 1987. His work has focused on the diagnosis and treatment of social anxiety disorder, and on improving understanding of its causes.


Four faculty members of the department of psychiatry presented at a special symposium during the 59th UN Commission on the Status of Women on March 13. Drs. Elizabeth Fitelson, Shabnam Shakibaie Smith, Margaret Spinelli and Kristin Leight Westley were the speakers who addressed Women, Health and Human Rights: Mental Health during Pregnancy and Postpartum.


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