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

Dear friends and colleagues,

Thank you for the great turnout at our Annual Department Meeting on June 13! It was terrific to see you all, to welcome new faculty and staff, and to celebrate the promotions and achievements of so many of you. We have varied backgrounds, passions, specialties and responsibilities, but we all share one mission: to improve the health of the public by providing the best clinical care we can today, finding better treatments for tomorrow, and training and inspiring the next generation of health care professionals. We are stronger as a Department when we collectively understand our challenges and opportunities, and I want to thank all of you for your time, your talents, your flexibility, and your commitment to our shared mission. Our broad goals for the coming year include improving our financial strength and stability, improving our organizational communication and effectiveness, and strengthening our clinical, research and training programs. The slide deck for the 2016 Annual Meeting provides an overview of the state of the department and a good look ahead. It is available for review on the Department intranet.

As I mentioned at our annual meeting, it is virtually impossible to keep up with all of the accomplishments of our faculty and staff. One of the slides we shared listed faculty whose publications are widely cited as evidenced by high h-index scores. I apologize for missing several of our highly accomplished faculty on this slide, including Charles Wilkinson and Judy Turner. We have corrected this oversight on the revised slide deck and our communications manager, Becky Sladek, and I are happy to hear from others whose accomplishments we may have missed. We thank and celebrate all of you!

Over the past year, we have made a big effort to improve mentorship of junior faculty in our department under the leadership of our Vice Chair for Education and Faculty Development, Deborah Cowley. At this year’s annual meeting, we thanked several outstanding senior faculty members nominated for a newly established mentorship award in honor of Wayne Katon. Nominees included Deborah Cowley, Mary Larimer, Kathleen Myers, Rick Ries and Michael Vitiello. I want to congratulate Raphe Bernier who was selected as the first recipient of the Wayne J. Katon Outstanding Mentor Award. A terrific nomination packet submitted on Raphe’s behalf spoke to the remarkable generosity and investment in his mentees and team members. You can read more about Raphe, the award, and the selection committee in this newsletter.

This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of helping celebrate an amazing group of graduates from our residency and fellowship programs, to thank them for the time they spent with us, to thank their teachers and their families, and to wish them well. This is a group of graduates destined for great things, and I know they will make us proud. Let’s make sure we stay in touch! Read more about graduation in the Education section.

As many of you know, Bryan King is moving on to UCSF after providing outstanding leadership for our division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for the past 11 years. I am pleased to announce we have put in place an excellent transition leadership team as we begin national searches for a new Division Chief, a medical director for the inpatient unit at SCH, and a director for the SCH Autism Center. The transition team includes Elizabeth McCauley, who will serve as acting Division Chief, Carol Rockhill, who will serve as Associate Director for clinical services at SCH, Bob Hilt, who will serve in a new role as Associate Medical Director for Community and Consultative Programs in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Raphe Bernier, who will serve as Acting Director of the Autism Center at SCH. I welcome and thank Elizabeth and her leadership team and I appreciate everyone’s support as we embark on this transition.

Our next department-wide function will be our Annual Department Picnic on Sunday, September 11. Everyone is invited: full time and clinical faculty, staff, trainees, alumni, family, friends, pets – everyone who feels connected to the Department and is part of our community. More information to come. In the meantime, I wish each of you a joyful and restful summer.


The annual NAMI Walk was held in Kirkland, WA on a beautiful day in June. The Harborview/UW Medicine crew was the largest team with over 40 people as well as the #1 fundraiser raising over $9,300. Special thanks goes to Heidi Combs, our team leader. Go UW Psychiatry!

Raphe Bernier Receives Mentorship Award
Raphe BernierThis year, for the first time, our Department is celebrating faculty mentoring through our new Wayne J. Katon Outstanding Mentor Award. This annual award recognizes a Department faculty member who demonstrates sustained commitment to the creative, scholarly, professional and personal development of mentees.

The award honors Wayne Katon, a gifted and dedicated mentor who supervised dozens of junior faculty across several departments who have become leaders in many aspects of psychiatry and principal investigators of their own grant funded research programs. Wayne directed a federally-funded T-32 Fellowship Program in Primary Care Psychiatry/Health Services Research for over 25 years that produced more than 30 successful researchers at the interface of medicine and psychiatry, including many members of our department.

The inaugural recipient of this award is Raphe Bernier, a rising star in our department who is widely considered one of the leading and most promising autism researchers in the world. A terrific nomination packet submitted on his behalf detailed Raphe's remarkable generosity and investment in all members of his lab team and his commitment to developing the next generation of researchers in autism (students, trainees, and junior faculty).

Other faculty members nominated for their outstanding mentoring were Deb Cowley, Mary Larimer, Kathleen Myers, Rick Ries, and Michael Vitiello.

Thanks to Lydia Chwastiak, chair of the selection committee, and to the committee members for all of their work. Thanks also to those department members who submitted nominations on behalf of their mentors. And finally, thank you to all of our faculty who mentor our trainees, junior faculty, and staff!

Mary Pyper Joins Chair's Office
Mary PyperWelcome to Mary Pyper, our new Department Operations Manager! Mary joined the Department in December 2013, working first for the AIMS Center and later for the Division of Population Health. In her new role, she will be the central contact for logistics of the Chair’s office and will manage the staff supporting the Chair’s office as well as core departmental functions such as facilities and space planning. Mary is looking forward to working with the Department Administrative Team and contributing to the process improvement goals set by Department leadership. In her free time, Mary enjoys growing, canning and creating beautiful, healthy food as well as spending time with her friends and family.

Alison Laing Supports Research Mission
Alison LaignIn March, 2016 Alison Laing moved from the Department’s Division of Population Health to supporting the Department as our Grants and Contracts Manager. She came to this position with many years’ experience in research administration at the University of Washington, including the School of Public Health’s Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. Alison supports the Department’s research efforts and goals to improve pre- and post-award processes and procedures and serves as back-up to Diane Powers, Associate Director for Research.

Searching for Associate Director of Finance and Administration
We’ve begun an important recruitment for an Associate Director of Finance and Administration and we encourage you to spread the word to your networks and let us know about candidates who might be a good fit. This important position will help provide overall direction to the department’s administration, financial management, budgeting and accounting activities and will report directly to Ali Iqbal, our Director of Finance and Administration. Please contact Brian Quinn, Staff Human Resources Manager, if you or someone you know has any questions about this opportunity. See the job announcement for more information.

Reminder to Junior Faculty: Fill Out Your Individual Development Plan!
Every junior faculty member should meet with his/her department mentor at least every six months to complete their Individual Development Plan (IDP). Junior faculty members should fill out the IDP in advance of the meeting, provide comments at the end of the form, and submit the IDP to Jane Corkery-Hahn. IDPs are then reviewed by Drs. Unützer, Cowley, and the faculty member's Chief of Service. This will help all of us to make sure you are on track for promotion. Thank you!

Time of Transition
As the academic year comes to a close and another begins, we want to congratulate all of the graduates of our educational programs and wish them the very best for the future! It has been a delight working with each and every one of them!

We are also very pleased to welcome all of our new and returning residents and fellows to what we hope will be a professionally enriching, educational, and enjoyable new academic year in 2016-2017.

Graduation Awards
The Department’s annual Graduation celebration was held at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture on Saturday, June 18. The ceremony recognized our graduates and both trainee and faculty recipients of special awards and distinction (see a complete list of awards on our intranet). Thank you to everyone who has taught, supervised, and supported our graduates – we and they could not have done it without you!

Lucy Wang Appointed New Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Director
Lucy WangWe are delighted to announce that Lucy Wang will become our new Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Director as of July 1, 2016, taking over for Stephen Thielke. Dr. Wang is a graduate of our Psychiatry Residency and Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship programs. She has done an outstanding job as Associate Program Director for the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship for the past year. She co-directs the University of Washington geriatric psychiatry/medicine didactic series, has been active in supervising and teaching residents, fellows, and staff regarding geriatric psychiatry at the Seattle VA, receives excellent ratings for her teaching and supervision, and is a superb clinician. Dr. Wang is also active in scholarly work in geriatric psychiatry and won the 2015 International College of Geriatric Neuro-psychopharmacology Junior Investigator Award.

Thanks to Dr. Thielke for his leadership of the fellowship for the past two years and congratulations and welcome to Dr. Wang!

VA Evaluation of an Mobile App for Unhealthy Alcohol Use

Eric Hawkins, a psychologist at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, recently received a VA HSR&D, Merit Review Pilot grant to study the feasibility, acceptability and usability of a smartphone-based mobile application for self-management of unhealthy alcohol use among Iraq/Afghanistan Veterans in the community. The mobile application under study, Step Away, is designed to address common barriers to receiving specialty treatment for unhealthy alcohol use and increase access to care by helping persons manage drinking and alcohol-related problems on their own.

Dr. Hawkins’s study will evaluate the feasibility of using several online advertising approaches to recruit Iraq/Afghanistan Veterans nationally and assess the acceptability of Step Away to determine how it could be further adapted to meet the preferences of this younger cohort of Veterans. Study results will provide information necessary for larger evaluations of clinical outcomes and cost-effectiveness of Step Away in the future.

Spotlight on HCSATS
The Harborview Center for Sexual Assault & Traumatic Stress (HCSATS), a UW Medicine Specialty Clinic, provides the highest quality, evidenced-based services to help persons impacted by sexual assault and other traumatic events. Located in the Pat Steel Building and directed by Lucy Berliner, Clinical Associate Professor at the UW School of Social Work and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, HCSATS has s a fantastic collaboration among the Depts of Psychiatry and Psychology and the School of Social Work.

The HCSATS counseling clinic provides direct clinical care for children, families and adults affected by abuse, trauma and crime, as well as statewide training in evidence-based treatments. Lucy Berliner, Doyanne Darnell, Deb Kaysen, Kristen Lindgren, Maria Monroe-DeVita, and Georganna Sedlar are among the UW Psychiatry faculty who provide clinical consultation and/or training to providers as well all as training evaluation in partnership with Psychology and HCSATS faculty. The clinic sees approximately 1,300 patients per year.

Harborview/UW Medicine and the HCSATS clinic is the primary acute medical, psychosocial and forensic provider 24/7 for King County through the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program and the Specialty Clinic. HCSATS oversees statewide medical and SANE training and peer review/Quality Assurance. Becky Wiester is the Medical Director and also oversees Seattle Children’s Protection Program. The two programs host a Child Abuse Fellowship within the Department of Pediatrics.

HCSATS also administers the Foster Care Assessment Program (FCAP) in collaboration with community and hospital partners statewide. FCAP provides comprehensive evaluations for children in foster care with complex emotional and behavioral problems that are interfering with permanent placement. Georganna Sedlar and Terry Lee, both affiliated with the Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy (PBHJP), act as consultants to FCAP.

In terms of research, HCSATS is a collaborative partner for a child welfare and mental health project led by Sue Kerns, an RCT of interventions for PTSD and substance abuse (APT Study) led by Deb Kaysen, a study on trauma and the brain led by Kate McLaughlin (Psychology), and an RCT of community-based supervision for evidence-based interventions led by Shannon Dorsey (Psychology). All studies are federally-funded.

Department Picnic September 11

Mark your calendars for the social event of the year -- our Department Annual Picnic! We're cooking up some fun activities for adults and kids that you're not going to want to miss. Meet new people, talk with friends, see new babies, and eat good food. Feel free to bring your families, friends and pets! More information to come!

Research Retreat October 25

Research Faculty are invited to a full day retreat to help shape and inform the future direction of our department's research program. An email invitation was sent May 26 -- check your Clutter folder if it's not in your inbox. Still don't see it? Email Rebecca Sladek.

Meetings & Events

2016 SMAHRT conference
6/28-29 | SCRI
The Seattle Children’s Social Media and Adolescent Health Research Team (SMAHRT) is holding a conference on SocialMedia@Work. It will cover a variety of topics related to positive youth development and technology including the applications of social media in research. Full agenda and registration.

Psychiatry Grand Rounds: A Genetics First Approach to Parsing the Heterogeneity of Autism Spectrum Disorder
7/1, 12-1 PM, HMC
Raphe Bernier will talk about how his work with biologically defined subgroups suggests a genetics first approach has utility for clinical care.

DBT Workshop, Seminar, and Clinical Training
Begins 7/10
Led by Kate Comtois, this DBT Training is open to UW Medicine and Seattle Children's R3 and R4 residents, psychology residents, faculty, fellows, and clinical staff.

Psychiatry Grand Rounds: Oscillatory Dynamics Underlying Skill Learning in the Healthy and Injured Brain
7/29, 12-1 PM, HMC
Dhakshin Ramanathan, MD, PhD. San Francisco VA Medical Center.

The Road to Recovery: Mental Health Matters
9/30-10/2 | Port Angeles
Registration for the 2016 Annual NAMI Washington State Conference is open!

New Horizons for Public Health
10/3-5 | Wenatchee
The Washington State Public Health Association's signature event! More information

News from the Office of Faculty Development
Fall 2016 Save the Dates announcement includes information on upcoming events.

Honors & Awards

Kari Stephens Honored
The American Psychological Association selected Kari Stephens as an innovative early career psychologist, and her work on Data QUEST will be highlighted in an upcoming issue of the Monitor. Congratulations!

In the News

To teach suicide care is to confront bias, fears, reality
UW Medicine psychiatrist Jeffrey Sung works to convince clinicians that they can spot warning signs, ask hard questions, and make a lifesaving difference. HSNewsbeat.

Neural pathway discovered that drives risky behavior
Researchers Jeremy Clark and Abigail Schindler recently discovered the neural mechanism for why people who start drinking as adolescents are prone to develop alcohol problems and make riskier decisions as adults. HSNewsbeat.

Addressing Mental Illness Biases Should Start Early in Training
Heidi Combs points out that psychiatric training of medical students who go into primary care and other medical specialties can be a powerful tool to addressing the stigma associated with mental illness. Psychiatric News.

Research at the UW Will Improve How Clinicians Help Those With Memory Loss
Article about Alzheimer disease research projects and clinical trials at the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC).

Past news stories can be found on the In the News page of our Department website.

Good to Know

New Look for "Login"
On June 29, the UW “weblogin” service ( is changing its user interface to align with the UW brand. The new weblogin design supports the University's 2016 strategic campaign to build awareness of the UW and enhance its reputation through integrated marketing and communications. This is a coordinated and planned change, not a phishing scam or hacked website, so don't be alarmed when you see the new look. If you have any questions, please contact the helpdesk at or your local IT support person, Brandon Doughty or Josh Webb.

Trouble Receiving Email?
If people are sending you email that you aren’t receiving, it may be due to a new default setting within Outlook called “Clutter.” Clutter attempts to divert emails it considers “clutter” to the Clutter folder, similar to a Junk Mail folder. If you would rather not have this feature, learn how to turn it off. Note: relevant to Exchange users only.

Work Remotely?
If you remotely access your work PC using the VPN, the log in process has changed. To log in to your PC, you must enter “AMC\” before your username. For example: AMC\username. If you have questions contact your local IT support person (Brandon Doughty or Josh Webb) or the MCSOS Helpdesk at 206.543.7012.


Newsletter Changes
Our monthly Department newsletter is heading into its second year and is ready for a change. In order to deliver more timely information about events and news, you'll start receiving weekly communications beginning this summer. Our monthly newsletter will still cover our three core missions -- Research, Education, and Clinical Care -- as well as news about faculty, staff, and trainees. Questions or feedback? Contact communications manager Rebecca Sladek.

There will be no Department newsletter sent in July or August. Enjoy the summer!

Contacting the Department Administrative Team
You can find contact information for all of the Department Managers on the Administrative Staff page of our Department website.

Please note: Please let us know when your papers are published by sending an email to

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Lee, C.M., Blayney, J., Rhew, I.C., Lewis, M.A. & Kaysen, D. (2016). College status, perceived drinking norms, and alcohol use among sexual minority women. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 3 (1), 104‐112.
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Schure, M., Borson, S., Nguyen, H., Trittschuh, E., Thielke, S., Pike, K., Adams, S., and Fan, V. Associations of cognition with physical functioning and health-related quality of life among COPD patients. Respiratory Medicine, in press, March 2016.
Sexton JM, Lord JA, Brenner CJ, Curry CE, Shyn SI, Cowley DS. Peer mentoring process for psychiatry curriculum revision: lessons learned from the "Mod Squad" Acad Psychiatry 2016; 40:436-440.
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