UW Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Newsletter, October 2016
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Message from the Chair

Dear friends and colleagues,

A new funding solicitation from our Institute for Translational Health Sciences (ITHS) encouraging the development of academic and community partnerships inspired me to reflect on the long-standing experience that our department has in doing just that.

From the very beginning, when our newly formed department had no clinical services of its own in 1949, our faculty served as consultants for local Seattle-area outpatient services run by King County. That was the start of a relationship with the county that has grown and flourished over the years, particularly with the expansion of the School of Medicine to include Harborview Medical Center. Today, our Harborview psychiatric emergency services team evaluates 5,000 patients per year, the Harborview Mental Health and Addiction Services provides over 80,000 care visits per year, and Harborview serves as a crucial training ground for the next generation of mental health professionals. Our partnership with Harborview and the county will only grow stronger – UW Medicine is currently planning a fundraising event to benefit a new UW Medicine Behavioral Health Institute at Harborview that will provide consolidated space for a state of the art crisis and outpatient care program, a new program for adolescents and young adults with new onset psychosis, space for clinical research, centralized offices for faculty and researchers, and a beautiful space to improve the care experience for our patients. The event is set next year for Friday, November 3, 2017 at the Seattle Center. You will hear much more about this event in the coming months.

Our Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy (PBHJP) is another example of our long-standing commitment to community partnerships. Established in 1982 through a Washington State Legislative proviso and led by professor Eric Trupin, PhD, PBHJP partners with governmental behavioral provider agencies, private sector providers, legislators, courts, non-profit agencies, and educational facilities to expand the knowledge and research about the effectiveness of treatments, as well as implementation of evidence based practices. Last week, along with the King County Prosecutor’s Office and the Center for Child and Youth Justice, PBHJP hosted the 2016 Smart on Youth Justice Conference to address the sentencing of juveniles in the adult criminal justice system and identify more effective ways of treating youth serving sentences. You can read more about the event in this newsletter.

Newer relationships continue to remind us of the importance to look beyond our academic walls if we are to truly embrace our mission of improving the health of the public. Our efforts are impactful and wide-ranging, from workforce development efforts that train community psychiatrists in integrated care, to school-based mental health initiatives that engage local schools, to the Parent-Child Assistance Program that works with agencies around the state who support mothers who abuse alcohol or drugs during pregnancy. One of our biggest research projects, the PCORI-funded SPIRIT study, is partnering with rural community health clinics in three states to find out the best way for offsite mental health specialists to support primary care providers who are caring for patients with bipolar disorder and / or posttraumatic stress disorder.

These are just a few examples of our community partnerships and the list is in no way meant to be exhaustive. I know we are out there every day breaking down the walls of the proverbial “ivory tower” and engaging in on-the-ground, meaningful work with community partners in King County and around the world. I applaud our collective efforts and challenge each of us to develop and support collaborations with community providers, educators, investigators, policy-makers and advocates. That is arguably the best way for us to increase access to effective mental health care and to do what we can to help achieve our mission: to improve the health of the public.


Farewell to Jane Corkery Hahn
Jane Corkery Hahn Jane Corkery Hahn is leaving the department after 18 years. She started working with the sleep research group led by Michael V. Vitiello in 1998 as research study assistant and went on to become a research coordinator and psychometrist. From there, Jane worked with Mary Larimer and the Center for the Study of Health and Risk Behaviors as a program operations specialist. She crossed over to an HR role in 2011 where she has most recently been involved with faculty development including mentorship and courtesy and academic promotions. She has been working part-time in interior design and is making the plunge to follow her passion full-time. The department administrative team is hosting a farewell potluck on Friday, November 4, her last day, from 12:30-2:00 PM in BB1615. Everyone is welcome to come.

Effective immediately, please route all correspondence regarding faculty development to Rachel Reichert (, Assistant Director of Human Resources, until further notified.

Faculty Search: Associate Director for Research in Academic Geriatrics or Gerontology
The Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS) and the University of Washington (UW) are jointly recruiting for a full-time faculty position in academic geriatrics or gerontology to assume the position of Associate Director for Research in the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) at the VAPSHCS. The VAPSHCS GRECC is an interdisciplinary center of excellence with strong research, education, and clinical programs in neurodegenerative diseases, endocrinology, prostate cancer and other aging-related areas, but qualified individuals with other aging-related areas of research are also encouraged to apply. Major responsibilities for this directorship include: 1) development of initiatives to facilitate the research programs of current and future independent MD, PhD or MD/PhD GRECC investigators; 2) continuing and expanding one’s own funded, aging-related research program; 3) fostering the scientific development of GRECC junior faculty and trainees; 4) promoting collaborative research both locally and nationally; and 5) promoting the interests of the GRECC locally and nationally. Please help in our networking efforts: recruitment flyer

Faculty Search: BRiTE Center Faculty Scientist
The Behavioral Research in Technology and Engineering (BRiTE) Center seeks a faculty scientist. The BRiTE Center focuses on the development and implementation of technology-based interventions for behavioral health problems. We strongly emphasize interdisciplinary team science approaches and proactively partner with technologists, healthcare delivery systems, and technology industry to pursue our research goals. Research areas of interests include addiction, depression, anxiety, and/or serious mental illness, with particular interest in research that is translational and complementary to interests of current faculty. Responsibilities of the position include development of an independent, extramurally funded research program in technology and mental health and mentoring post-doctoral students and junior faculty investigators. Please help in our networking efforts: more information

Courtesy Faculty Spotlight: SeattleNTC
Seattle Neuropsychiatric Treatment Center (SeattleNTC) is a subspecialty psychiatric practice focused on brain stimulation treatments for patients with treatment-resistant depression. It serves as a training site in Brain Stimulation Psychiatry for UW Psychiatry residents, and SeattleNTC psychiatrists Josh Bess, Tuesday Burns, Luigi Cardella, Suzanne Kerns and Ken Melman are all clinical faculty members in our department.

Over 30 percent of depressed patients do not respond to psychotherapy and/or multiple, systematic medication trials. After two or more medications have failed, the likelihood of response to subsequent medications is very low. For these patients, depression treatment guidelines recommend consideration of two FDA-approved treatments: transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Both treatment options, especially TMS, are extremely well tolerated with few side effects. More importantly, up to 60 percent of patients who have not responded to medications or psychotherapy will see positive results with TMS and even a higher percentage will respond to ECT.

SeattleNTC has offices in Seattle, Redmond and Issaquah where the team conducts psychiatric consultations and TMS therapy. ECT services are currently offered at Swedish Medical Center in Ballard, and there are plans to add ECT at the Swedish Issaquah campus soon. We strongly value collaboration and coordination of care with clinicians who refer patients to our practice and we typically co-manage these patients with their established care teams while they are undergoing brain stimulation treatment. .

Attention Courtesy Clinical and Salaried Clinical Faculty
Our department recognizes and values the tremendous contributions of clinical faculty who continue to enhance and enrich our training, research, and clinical programs. Each year we provide an opportunity for promotion to those faculty who have contributed outstanding ongoing service to the University. If you would like to be considered for promotion please contact Rachel Reichert,, by November 15.

Lattemann Recognized in Special Issue of Brain Research
A special issue of Brain Research commemorated its 50th anniversary by including a sampling of the most heavily cited papers from each of the five decades of the journal's life. Dianne Lattemann’s paper, “Expression of receptors for insulin and leptin in the ventral tegmental area/substantia nigra (VTA/SN) of the rat,” was one of the papers included. It was published in 2003.

Like all of the honored authors, Dianne was asked to provide a historical perspective including what the field like when she initiated the work, what were the data and methods that motivated her research, and what has happened with the findings that were originally reported. Congratulations to Dianne for being a giant in the field!

BRiTE Center Moves Forward with Automating Quality Metrics in MI
The BRiTE Center led by David Atkins recently received a competitive renewal grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) to implement a clinical support software tool that uses speech signal processing and computational models - instead of human judgment - to evaluate motivational interviewing (MI) for alcohol and substance use problems. Performance-based feedback using human raters is an effective method for training and supervising counseling approaches for alcohol-related problems, but isn’t feasible in the real-world due to time and cost. Using this new approach, the team hopes to generate feedback on about 4,000 sessions per year for training and quality assurance by year three of the project. NIH RePORT project information

Prolonged Exposure Shown to be Effective for Soldiers with PTSD
Greg Reger, a VA-based faculty member, led a research team that published a randomized trial of prolonged exposure and virtual reality exposure in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. This study represents the first randomized trial studying the efficacy of an individual evidence-based practice for Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with active duty U.S. military personnel, and is particularly significant given it studied soldiers with PTSD stemming from deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Mark Reger, also a VA-based faculty member, was one of the co-authors of the study.

New Study Looks at Air Pollution, Aging Brain
A new NIH-funded study led by Gail Li and Leanne Sheppard (Environmental Health) provides an extraordinary opportunity to develop comprehensive new insights into the effects of air pollution on the aging brain using state-of-the-art exposure science and neuropathological biomarkers. Findings from the study will advance understanding of the role of multifactorial time-varying exposures on brain health in the aging population and will inform potential new interventions to ameliorate the adverse effects of air pollution. The proposal got a "perfect score" from the NIH study review section, meaning that every single reviewer gave it the highest score. Read more

Academic/Community Partnership Research Awards
ITHS is soliciting applications for Academic/Community Partnership Research Awards intended to encourage the development and support of collaborations between academic and community investigators.

The proposed work should focus on a problem, issue, or intervention important to the community. Projects could investigate a community-based health problem, disseminate evidence-based health innovations into practice, target health promotion/prevention, or examine ways to enhance or implement sustainable health programs in community settings. Awards are up to $20,000 in total costs for a one-year project. Applications are due December 1, 2016. More information

Smart on Youth Justice Conference hosted by PBHJP
On October 17, a diverse group of stakeholders convened at the Smart on Youth Justice Conference to share their perspectives on how to improve outcomes for youth who are sentenced to the adult criminal justice system and who are currently serving sentences in juvenile or adult facilities. Legislators, judges, prosecutors, public defenders, child and family service professionals, social justice leaders, academics, youth and family members with experiences in the system advocated for reform. They heard and participated in dialogues related to adolescent brain development, racial disproportionality, effective rehabilitation and community safety.

The conference garnered support for a greater emphasis on evidence-based and humane juvenile justice policies. Among them, an expansion of programs and opportunities for rehabilitation, education and vocational achievement for youth in state correctional facilities. The Smart on Youth Justice Initiative will continue to strive for legislative changes regarding raising the age of youth managed in the juvenile rehabilitation system to age 25, initiating a review of crime categories that automatically send juvenile offenders to adult jurisdiction, and expanding judicial discretion to how youth are sentenced.

The Smart on Youth Justice Conference was sponsored by the Washington Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice, was hosted by the Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy at the University of Washington, the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the Center for Child & Youth Justice. ey Point.

Nominations Sought for Outstanding Clinician Teacher Junior Faculty Award
Each year, the department honors an outstanding clinician teacher faculty member at the Assistant Professor level for excellence in teaching, curriculum development, educational scholarship, and/or educational administration. Past recipients of this award include Suzanne Murray, Heidi Combs, Ray Hsiao, Anna Ratzliff, Ian Kodish, and Will French.

If you would like to nominate someone for this award, please send an e-mail or letter explaining your reason for the nomination to Deb Cowley at no later than November 10.

Resident Recruitment Underway
Recruitment season is just around the corner and the education office is busy preparing for this exciting time of the year. The Psychiatry Residency recruitment starts on October 31 and ends on January 24 with interviews taking place on Mondays and Tuesdays. The Psychology Internship program is currently screening applications with deadline of November 1 and an open house set for January 4. Thank you in advance for help and cooperation during this busy time of year!

Psychiatry Mentors in Full Force at Undergraduate Research Symposium
Faculty and staff from our department served as research mentors on 22 projects presented at the 19th UW Undergraduate Research Symposium held in May. The symposium facilitates research experiences for undergraduates in all academic disciplines and is a chance for undergraduates to present what they have learned through their research experiences to a larger audience. It also provides a forum for students, faculty, and the community to discuss cutting edge research topics and to examine the connection between research and education. Thank you to the following faculty and staff for supporting this important part of our educational and research missions!

Devon Abdallah, Raphael Bernier, Cathea Carey, Monique Cherrier, Susan Collins, Irene Geisner, Jennifer Gerdts, Edward Goldenberg, Debra Kaysen, Suzanne Kerns, Jason Kilmer, Anna Kresse, Mary Larimer, Adam Lesiak, Melissa Lewis, Kristen Lindgren, Dana Litt, Sunila Nair, John Neumaier, Cecilia Olin , Paul Phillips, Jennifer Piel, Stefan Sandberg, Sara Jane Webb, Sherry Willis, Nicole Fossos-Wong

Gandhi, Murray Recognized by AAP
Jai Gandhi, UWMC Inpatient Chief Psychiatry Resident, received the Association for Academic Psychiatry (AAP) Fellowship Award at the organization’s annual meeting this September in Puerto Rico. The award honors psychiatry residents who demonstrate particular promise as educators and scholars in academic psychiatry as shown by their demonstrated ability as a teacher; commitment to an academic career; publications, presentations, and educational, or research projects in which the nominee has played a major role; and personal qualities that bear upon the nominee’s capacities in academic medicine.

Suzanne Murray, director of our psychiatry residency program, received the Distinguished Fellow Member award given to people who unselfishly guide the next generation of academic psychiatrists and who have achieved mastery in a career dedicated to educational endeavors.

Congratulations to you both!
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