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

Dear friends and colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that Ali Iqbal will be joining the department as our new Director of Administration and Finance beginning on Monday, April 4. Ali is full of ideas and energy and I am excited to begin working with him to improve the business of our department while we pursue our goals providing excellent clinical care, training the next generation of mental health professionals, and discovering the Psychiatry of the future.

I also want to give a BIG THANKS to Marie Carter-Dubois. Marie has done a superb job serving as our department’s Interim Administrator over the past year. She has been a trusted and valued partner for me as we have undertaken a number of improvements in the department’s business and administrative structure. Marie was instrumental in helping stabilize financial support for our clinical programs and initiating a new incentive program for our busiest clinicians who will see their first payments from this program this spring. I look forward to continuing to work with Marie in her ‘day job’ as Director of Business and Operations Management for the School of Medicine.

This month also marks the initiation of a new UW Medicine Initiative to Transform Care. Led by Dr. Carlos Pellegrini, UW Medicine’s new Chief Medical Office, and supported by a $30 Million grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, this program will engage over 300 clinician leaders across UW Medicine to help us improve care for individual patients while improving our capacity to care for patient populations and ultimately improving the health of the public. Seventeen faculty members from our department have volunteered to be a part of the ‘Class of 2016,’ the inaugural class of Practice Transformation Leaders and we will keep you posted on the important work to come.

Please mark your calendars for our Annual Department Meeting on Monday, June 13 from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM in Hogness Auditorium. This year, all faculty and staff are invited to attend. This is a departure from past years, so please spread the word. I will be giving an overview of the department including our major goals for the upcoming academic year. This is one of the few opportunities we have to come together as a department and I look forward to seeing you there. Associate and Full Professors will be asked to stay for our annual promotions meeting from 12 – 2 PM.

Please also save the date for our Annual Department Picnic! This year we will be gathering on September 11, 2:00-6:00 PM, at Camp Long in West Seattle. Faculty, staff, and their families are invited to join us for this informal and fun event. More information to come.


Welcome to our New Department Director!

Starting on April 4, 2016, Ali Iqbal, MBA will join us as our new Director of Administration and Finance.

Director Ali IqbalAli has a background in finance and international business with leadership experience in strategic financial management and administration. He comes to us from Oregon Health Science University, where for the past six years he served as the Associate Dean of Finance for the School of Dentistry and before that as Finance Manager in the Department of Biochemistry and Cardiovascular Medicine in the School of Medicine. Ali excelled there by creating organizational efficiencies and fostering financial sustainability. He is passionate about using his talents to improve health care and is looking forward to delving into the world of mental health with us.

Ali received his MBA in International Finance from the Helsinki School of Economics and is fluent in English, Spanish and Urdu. In his free time, he and his wife enjoy traveling, snowboarding and taking long hikes in the Cascades. Ali will be located in the Chair’s office suite and he looks forward to getting around to our major departmental sites and meeting our faculty and staff. He can be reached at or 206-616-0863. Please join Dr. Unützer and the entire administrative staff in extending a warm welcome to Ali.

New Chief of Psychiatry at VA Puget Sound!

We also welcome David Ruskin, MD as the new Chief of Psychiatry at VA Puget Sound! Dr. Ruskin is a board-certified psychiatrist with board-certifications in Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine, and Brain-Injury Medicine. He started at the Seattle VA in 2014 as director of Acute-Care Mental Health and was also appointed as Acting Associate Chief of Staff for theVA Puget Sound Mental Health Service in 2016.

Prior to joining the VA, Dr. Ruskin served two years as both the director of consultation-liaison and the director of psychiatric emergency services at the University of Southern California’s psychiatric emergency room, one of the busiest facilities of its kind in the United States. David has also held positions as Director of Consultation and Liaison Psychiatry at Los Angeles County General Hospital, Associate Program Director for the USC/WLA-VA Psychosomatic-Medicine Fellowship Program, Director of Psychiatric Emergency Services at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute & Hospital, and Director of Psychiatric Emergency Services at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

Dr. Ruskin has received many accolades from residents and medical students for his outstanding clinical supervision and education in emergency and consultation-liaison psychiatry. He received the USC psychiatric-residency’s prestigious “Teacher of the Year” two years in a row prior to relocating to Seattle.

Accepting Nominations for the
Wayne J. Katon Outstanding Mentor Award

Nominations for the Wayne J. Katon Outstanding Mentor Award are now being accepted. This prestigious award acknowledges the time, dedication, and attention that faculty members devote to foster the career development and academic success of colleagues and trainees in the areas of research, clinical practice and education. Deadline is April 30, 2016. More information

Psychology Internship Match Results
Our fabulous Psychology Internship program has once again recruited a wonderful class of new residents! Sincere thanks go to Dr. Peter Esselman, chair of Rehabilitation Medicine; to our track coordinators Drs. Gretchen Gudmundsen (Child), Michele Bedard-Gilligan (Adult) and Chuck Bombardier (Behavioral Medicine/Neuropsychology); to our Program Coordinator Sally Burgdorff and Educational Suite Staff including Athena Wong, Charisa Lantin, and Liz Tyson; and to all of the faculty, fellows and residents who helped in all aspects of the application process, Open House and meetings with applicants. Our success is a testament to the quality of our faculty and training. Meet the incoming psychology residents!

Psychiatry Residency Match Results
We had a very successful Match this year thanks to the efforts of our team of faculty, residents, and staff. Our admissions committee (Drs. Murray, Augello, Bergquist, Curry, Duncan, Markman, Pascualy, Pascoe, Pellegrino, Poeschla, Pullen, and Undurti) put in many hours of work (Jesse Markman interviewed 26!), and our residency staff did their usual amazing job of organizing everything. We had over 1,290 applications (762 from U.S. graduates), and interviewed 168 applicants. We filled all 20 slots and are thrilled to have these incredible candidates join us this summer. Meet the incoming psychiatry residents!

Annual Faculty Teaching Retreat April 6
The annual faculty teaching retreat will be held the afternoon of Wednesday, April 6 at the Center for Urban Horticulture. This year's retreat will feature a workshop by Rebekah Burns, MD from Pediatrics about developing a curriculum and publishing it on MedEd Portal, a session about achieving regional/national recognition, and a panel discussion with tips for promotion as a clinician teacher. If you would like to attend this retreat, please RSVP to Anders McConachie in the Education Office.

Soliciting Nominations for the Gary J. Tucker Career Teaching Award. Due May 8!
We invite you to nominate one of our academic or clinical faculty members for the Gary J. Tucker Career Teaching Award. Established in recognition of Gary J. Tucker, MD, Chair of our Department from 1985 through 1997, the Tucker Award recognizes exceptional career achievement in teaching and education within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and honors Dr. Tucker's significant contributions to our academic programs, his leadership and dedication as a teacher, clinician, and scholar, his love of teaching, and his ability to inspire and encourage trainees.

The award is given to a member of the academic or clinical faculty who has demonstrated, throughout his or her career, outstanding skills as a teacher and dedication to education. To date, five members of our faculty have received this award: Jack Carr, Johan Verhulst, Chris Varley, Joan Romano, Deb Cowley, and Dick Miyoshi.

If you would like to nominate someone for this award, please send his/her name and a paragraph about why you are nominating him/her to Deb Cowley by Friday, May 8.

Save the Date! Graduation Ceremony June 18
The Department's annual Graduation ceremony will be on Saturday, June 18 from 11 AM-3 PM at the Center for Urban Horticulture. This ceremony will honor the graduates of our many educational programs.

Addictions Team Makes a Splash
A record number of our Addictions faculty presented at the Washington State Addiction Medicine conference on March 10-11 in Tulalip, Washington. Our strong representation speaks to the great work we’re doing in the Addictions field.

Mark Duncan and Richard Ries presented on media portrayal of addiction, Jon Adelstien gave the Addiction Psychiatry Fellows lecture, Caleb Banta-Green participated in a panel discussion opioid drug problems and treatment responses, and Mike McDonnel discussed treatment of inflamed livers in addiction patients.

Additionally, Susan Collins presented on harm reduction treatment, Chris Dunn discussed motivational interviewing and how to learn it, Mary Larimer presented on the use of cognitive behavioral therapy in addiction treatment, and previous fellow and attending Laura Fergusson-Moss presented on treatment issues specific to women.

Drs. Larimer, Dunn, and Collins also participated in a panel on integrating counseling and therapy techniques in treatment visits.

Using Longitudinal Remote Consultation for Collaborative Care and Perinatal Depression 
Ian Bennett, a family physician with a joint appointment in Psychiatry and Family Medicine, recently received a NIMH grant to study two different methods of implementing an evidence-based care program for perinatal depression in primary care. In this new 5-year grant, he will work closely with our department’s AIMS Center, Drs. Jürgen Unützer and Amritha Bhat, and 20 Community Health Clinics in California.

Dr. Bennett's study will evaluate a training resource called longitudinal remote consultation (LRC) which utilizes video conferencing to efficiently link depression care teams at health centers with psychiatric consultants. Psychiatric consultants can then observe key care processes and provide timely feedback and training to care teams. The results of the study will provide important, generalizable knowledge on the benefits of ongoing consultation for implementation of collaborative care.

New Psychiatry Consultation and Telepsychiatry Program (PCAT)
Our Department has a longstanding history of practice and innovation in telepsychiatric care. Last year alone, we provided more than 15,000 telehealth consultations to primary care providers and other clinicians throughout Washington and the five-state WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) region. Building on our success, we've launched a new Psychiatry Consultation and Telepsychiatry Program called UW PCAT to meet the increasing mental health needs of our region.

Led by Marc Avery, MD, UW PCAT will offer Telepsychiatric Consultation Services to outpatient primary care teams as well as Inpatient “Hospital to Hospital” Psychiatric Consultation/Liaison Services to patients who are admitted to community hospitals without access to on-site psychiatric care and consultation. Cara Towle, RN MSN was recently hired as Associate Director of the program after working as Director of Telehealth Services at UW Medicine for fifteen years. Contracts are already in place with Capitol Medical Center in Olympia and Peace Island Medical Center in Friday Harbor, and a growing number of negotiations are underway.

UW Medicine Initiative to Transform Care
UW Medicine is launching a major initiative to bring clinical practice transformation to care delivery with the goals of improving healthcare for individual patients, improving the health of the public, and controlling costs. A group of more than 300 UW Medicine Practice Innovators – including 17 faculty members from our department – will lead this new effort under the direction of Dr. Carlos Pellegrini, the new Chief Medical Officer for UW Medicine. Practice transformation efforts will focus on six key areas including providing the most effective, efficient and high value care, serving populations as well as patients, fully developing the medical home, improving our use of data to direct care, providing "healthy" care as well as "sick" care, and supporting smart innovation.

Psychiatrists Strengthen Regional Heart Center

Recognizing the importance of the mind-heart connection, we have worked with providers at the Regional Heart Center (RHC) for the past ten years to provide effective mental health care for patients. Under the leadership of Mark Sullivan, the program provides on-site consultation and care for regional heart center patients who are experiencing mental health problems in addition to their heart disease. Services range from consultation to short-term care, including psychotherapy and medication management. Conditions commonly treated include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders and depression. The program also serves as a training ground for Psychiatrists in training who are interested in psychosomatic medicine and patients with heart disease.

Meetings & Events

All faculty and staff are invited to our annual Department meeting on Monday, June 13 from 10-2 PM in Hogness Auditorium. Chair Jürgen Unützer will provide an overview of our Department including our mission and vision and goals for the coming year.

Mental Health in a Claims Context
4/16-17 | Seattle.
Sponsored by the American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians (AADEP). Topics on Sunday are primarily for psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health providers. UW Psychiatry faculty get $50 off! Use coupon code UWPD16. Flyer

WSPA Spring Conference & Annual Meeting
5/7, 7:00-12:00 PM,
Swedish Medical Center, Cherry Hill Campus.
Topics include
Medical Problems in Psychiatric Patients, Mood Disorders, Thyroid Function, and Thyroid Treatment, and Evidence-Based CAM Treatments for Major Depressive Disorder. Registration opening soon!

Free CME Course following WSPA Spring meeting!
5/7, 1:00-4:00 PM,
Swedish Medical Center, Cherry Hill Campus.
Designed for psychiatrists and resident psychiatrists, Applying the Integrated Care Approach is a free introduction to providing effective mental health care for populations where you will learn the practical skills needed to be a psychiatric consultant. Taught by Department faculty. More information.

Annual Department Faculty Teaching Retreat
6/6, Center for Urban Horticulture.
Learn how to develop and publish a curriculum on MedEd Portal, how to achieve regional/national recognition, and tips on how to be promoted as a clinician teacher. RSVP to Anders McConachie.

WSCCAP's Spring meeting
4/30, 8:00-12:15 PM,
Seattle Children's Hospital.
Enjoy a half day program on “The Neurobiology of the Unconscious and the Conscious Mind.” Register

Department Graduation Ceremony
6/16, 11-3 PM,
Center for Urban Horticulture.
Please come to honor the graduates of our many educational programs!

Department Annual Picnic
9/11, 2:00-6:00 PM,
Camp Long, West Seattle.
Faculty, staff and their families are invited to this informal and fun event. More information to follow.

Honors & Awards

UW Psychiatrists Among Seattle's Top Docs!
A number of our faculty were honored in Seattle Magazine's Top Doctors yearly list recognizing the most outstanding physicians in the region. Each doctor on the list was nominated by a colleague and then evaluated for inclusion. Congratulations to Andy Saxon (Addiction Psychiatry), Ray Hsiao (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry), Mark Snowden (Geriatric Psychiatry), Jesse Fann (Psychiatry and Psychooncology), Murray Raskind (Psychiatry) and Peter Roy-Byrne (Psychiatry) for their exceptional work!

Deepa Rao Speaks at White House on HIV Research
Deepa Rao, Associate Professor of Global Health and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, had an exciting opportunity to speak at the White House during a meeting on HIV stigma this month. Dr. Rao presented her work regarding HIV stigma reduction alongside other researchers, stakeholders, and AIDS organization leaders in attendance. Learn more about Deepa's work.

Rick Ries Named Addictions "Champion"
Rick Ries, Director of our Addictions Division, has been appointed the Addictions “Champion” by Dean Ramsey to lead the ACO process of developing consistent alcohol/drug approaches starting with developing consistent alcohol use screening practices throughout the UW Medicine Accountable Care Network. He will be working with a team led by David Dugdale, UW Medicine medical director for care management.

In the News

Designing An App For People With Severe Mental Illness
An app that targets smokers with severe mental illnesses was developed by Roger Vilardaga and Seattle-based digital design firm Smashing Ideas. Fast Company.

Why We Really Are Sleepless in Seattle
Michael V. Vitiello talks about how our seasonal daylight swing can adversely affect mental health. Seattle Magazine.

New task force to tackle heroin epidemic in Seattle, King County
The UW Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute (ADAI), directed by Dennis Donovan, will play a key role in King County’s new effort to tackle heroin addiction. Caleb Banta-Green, senior researcher at ADAI, is on the 32-member task force. The Seattle Times.

A BRIGHT Technological Future for Mental Health Trials
A team led by Patricia Areán showed that research via smartphone app can work. NIMH Science News.

All Hands on Deck
Jürgen Unützer talks about a multi-tiered approach for integrating mental health care into primary care settings that involves increasing levels of involvement by behavioral health specialists based on the needs of the patient. Psychiatric News

Good to Know

New website for Memory and Brain Wellness Center
The MBWC has a new website with resources, events and programs, clinical trial listings, and news stories of interest to UW researchers and clinicians who focus on neurodegenerative diseases and dementia, the community in general, and those affected by memory loss or dementia. Contact Genevieve Wanucha with suggestions on research, new projects, or events to highlight on the new site.

Joint Faculty Member Recruitment
The Departments of Global Health and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences are seeking candidates for a joint faculty position at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor to lead the UW Program in Global Mental Health. More information.

Alaska Airlines Miles Drive
The UW Combined Fund Drive is hosting a miles drive throughout the month of March for Make-a-Wish® Washington. Donate your unused miles here.

New Tax Form Procedure
Due to the recent increase in phishing emails to the UW community, a 24 hour turnaround time has been put into place to retrieve all tax forms from ESS. Employees will receive an email from ESS stating they have requested a replacement tax form and to log in after 24 hours to retrieve it. After the tax form is uploaded, it will be available to print in ESS for 72 hours. For questions regarding the new procedure, contact


Grand Rounds
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Preparing for Interviews
Want to be better prepared for an interview? Ever wonder why journalists work the way they do? The non-profit Sense About Science has created a useful Media Guide for Scientists that provides tips on what to do before, during, and after an interview.

Please note: We would like to capture more of the publications our faculty produce every month, recognizing the below is just a sample of the great work being done. Please let us know when your papers are published by sending email to

Fairlie, A. M., Maggs, J., L., & Lanza, S. T. (2016). Profiles of college drinkers defined by Alcohol behaviors at the week level: Replication across semesters and prospective associations with hazardous drinking and dependence-related symptoms. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 77, 38-50.

Bird, E. R., Gilmore, A. K., Stappenbeck, C. A., Heiman, J. R., Davis, K. C., Norris, J., & George, W. H. (2016, January 6). Womenʼs sex-related dissociation: The effects of alcohol intoxication, attentional control instructions, and history of childhood sexual abuse. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy. Advance online publication.
Davis, K. C., Danube, C. L., Neilson, E. C., Stappenbeck, C. A., Norris, J., George, W. H., & Kajumulo, K. F. (2016). Distal & proximal influences on menʼs intentions to resist condoms: Alcohol, sexual aggression history, impulsivity, and social-cognitive factors. AIDS and Behavior, 20, 147-157.
George, W. H., Davis, K. C., Masters, N. T., Kajumulo, K. F., Stappenbeck, C. A., Norris, J., Heiman, J. R. R., & Staples, J. M. (2016). Partner pressure, victimization history, and alcohol: Womenʼs condom-decision abdication mediated by mood and anticipated negative partner reaction. AIDS and Behavior, 20, 134-146.
Stappenbeck, C. A., Gulati, N. K., & Fromme, K. (2016). Daily associations between alcohol consumption and dating violence perpetration among men and women: Effects of self-regulation. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 77, 150-159.
Browne, K. C., Wray, T., Stappenbeck, C. A., Krenek, M., & Simpson, T. (2015, December 1). Alcohol consumption, craving, and craving control efforts assessed daily in the context of readiness to change among individuals with alcohol dependence and PTSD. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. Advance online publication.
Bruns, E.J., Kerns, S.E., Pullmann, M.D., Hensley, S., Lutterman, T., & Hoagwood, K.E. (2015). Research, Data, and Evidence-Based Treatment Use in State Behavioral Health Systems, 2001-2012. Psychiatric Services. Online first: doi: 10.1176/ 
Bruns, E.J., Hyde, K.L., Sather, A., Hook, A., Hensley, S., & Lyon, A.R. (2015). Applying user input to the design and testing of an electronic behavioral health information system for wraparound care coordination. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. Online first: doi: 10.1007/s10488-015-0658-5.
Lyon, A.R., Bruns, E.J., Ludwig, K., et al. (2015). The Brief Intervention for School Clinicians (BRISC): A mixed-methods evaluation of feasibility, acceptability, and contextual appropriateness. School Mental Health. Online first: doi: 10.1007/s12310-015-9153-0.
Bruns, E.J., Duong, M., Lyon, A.R., Cheney, D., Cook, C., & McCauley, E. (in press). Fostering SMART partnerships to develop integrated behavioral health services in schools. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.
Evans, M.E., Bruns, E.J., Armstrong, M.I., Hodges, S., & Hernandez, M. (in press). New Frontiers in Building Mental, Emotional and Behavioral Health in Children and Youth. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.
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