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

Dear friends and colleagues,

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to participate in a conference organized by the World Bank Group (WBG), the World Health Organization (WHO), the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH), and Grand Challenges Canada (GCC) to push mental health to the forefront of the international development agenda. Attended by hundreds of physicians, aid groups, government officials, and scientists, the meeting was a testament to the increasing prominence of mental health at the global level. Evidence presented at this conference included a global economic analysis demonstrating that for every dollar invested in treatment programs for depression and anxiety, countries can realize a return of $3 to $5 in recovered economic contributions and years of healthy life.

Our Department has an emerging global mental health program that we are looking to strengthen in the coming years. Along with the Department of Global Health, we are creating a UW Program in Global Mental Health. We are actively recruiting candidates for a joint faculty position at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor to lead this effort and bring the strengths of our two departments together. With our expertise in the treatment of mental health problems in diverse health care settings and their expertise in global health, we can improve health care for millions of individuals living with mental health problems worldwide. Our aim is to train health care professionals from the US and partnering countries who can develop and implement solutions to mental health problems worldwide, including in marginalized, rural, and otherwise underserved populations in the United States. You can learn more about the position and our vision by reading the job description.

Closer to home, I would like to remind you that we will be holding our Annual Department Meeting for paid faculty and staff on Monday, June 13 from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM in Hogness Auditorium. I hope to see you all there!


Bryan King Steps Down

Bryan KingAfter serving as Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Seattle Children's Hospital and Director of the Seattle Children's Autism Center for the past 11 years, Bryan King is heading to San Francisco to direct child mental health for the UCSF Health System, including the Benioff Children’s Hospitals in Oakland and San Francisco.

Under Bryan’s leadership, our department has become an academic and clinical powerhouse in child and adolescent mental health care with one of the best Child Psychiatry Training programs in the world. Bryan has helped grow our Child Psychiatry program to over 50 faculty, staff psychologists and psychiatrists, substantially expanded clinical services, led the recruitment of exceptional trainees, and built one of the largest Autism Centers in the world. Mental Health is one of the top priorities in the upcoming Strategic Plan for Seattle Children’s Hospital, and we are well positioned for the future. It was only natural that others would notice what Bryan is capable of – and our tremendous loss is UCSF and the Bay Area’s gain.

Bryan will remain in his role through the end of June. Over the next few weeks, Dr. Mark Del Beccaro, Chief Medical Officer at Seattle Children's Hospital, and Dr. Jürgen Unützer, Chair of the UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, will work together to identify a strong interim leadership team and to launch a national search for a permanent Division Director. Bryan is leaving big shoes to fill, and we are committed to making sure that the programs and the reputation he has worked so hard to build continue to thrive. We will also work hard to get input from faculty and staff as we embark on this leadership transition.

Welcome Brian Quinn, New Staff HR Manager
Brian QuinnBrian Quinn joins us as our Staff HR Manager, a newly created position who will work under the supervision of Rachel Reichert, Academic and Staff HR Manager. Brian has worked in a variety of Human Resources roles for more than 12 years, in both the public and private sector. He has always wanted to work in Human Resources and is proud to be achieving his career goal of helping others be happy at work. Born in the midwest, Brian has a passion for the outdoors including biking and spending time on the water and in the mountains. After living in and traveling to many other states, moving to the Pacific Northwest seemed ideal. Brian is a big foodie and enjoys relaxing in his garden, reading and volunteering with international high school exchange students. Welcome onboard!

Bill Banks Strengthens Research and Development at VA Puget Sound

William BanksWilliam Banks is the new Associate Chief of Staff for the Research and Development at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. Dr. Banks is a Professor in the Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, as well as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Bill has served as the Associate Director of Research for the Puget Sound VA Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Centers (GRECC) since 2010. Before then, he worked in the Geriatrics group at the St Louis VA and Saint Louis University.

Dr. Banks’ research focuses on brain-body communication as mediated by the handling of peptides, regulatory proteins, and other informational molecules by the blood-brain barrier. He has also contributed to the fields of animal assisted therapy in nursing homes, robotics in geriatric medicine, sleep physiology, traumatic brain injury, and was first author on the paper that first described primary adrenal hyperplasia.

Dr. Banks is currently editor-in-chief of Current Pharmaceutical Design and is on 13 other editorial boards. He has been on numerous graduate student thesis and dissertation committees, including for students of international universities. In his new role, he looks forward to promoting research and mentoring at VA Puget Sound and we are thrilled to have him serve in this role.

Amy Dao Leaves UW After 30 Years of Service

Amy DaoAmy Dao, our Associate Director of Finance for the last four years, has accepted a position as Sponsored Programs and Fiscal Administrator for the newly established Altius Institute for Biomedical Sciences located in downtown Seattle. This is a great opportunity for Amy as she will be establishing the Office of Sponsored Programs and Grant and Contract Accounting at the independent, non-profit research institute. Amy has been with the University of Washington for 30 years. She has done tremendous work for our department and will be greatly missed. Under the leadership of Ali Iqbal, our new Director of Finance and Administration, we will be starting the recruitment process for a new Associate Director of Finance and hope to have him or her onboard soon.

Feedback wanted on Online Tools!
We would like feedback on three online tools (Faculty Annual Review, Academic Promotions Process, and Faculty Profiles) to make them as useful and seamless as possible. Please partner with us to make these tools even more supportive of the work you do. Send your suggestions and ideas of how they can be improved to Rosemary Whitright, IT Manager, and to Rachel Reichert, Academic and Staff HR Manager. Thank you!

Accepting Nominations for the
Wayne J. Katon Outstanding Mentor Award

We are currently accepting nominations for the Wayne J. Katon Outstanding Mentor Award. 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

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

Department Gets State Support for Forensic Mental Health Education
The UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Western State Hospital (WSH) will be collaborating on a plan to create a high quality forensic teaching unit. Funded by the Washington State legislature, this project will include an analysis of risks, barriers, and benefits to implementation of a forensic teaching program as well as an implementation timeline. The program has the potential to strengthen education in forensic mental health for our trainees as well as delivery of clinical forensic services. We are excited to partner with WSH on this important effort. If you are interested in learning more about this project, please contact Deb Cowley.

Tom Soeprono Receives Teaching Award
Congratulations to Tom Soeprono, a consultation-liaison and inpatient psychiatry attending at UWMC and Harborview, for receiving a competitive small grant award to integrate interactive, innovative learning methods into clinical care. Tom received the award from CLIME (Center for Leadership and Innovation in Medical Education), and will focus his project on medical students doing their core psychiatry clerkship. His project is titled "The Layered Teaching Model: A Novel Psychiatric Curriculum Integrating ‘Just-in-Time’ Teaching into Clinical Experience from a Practical and Adult Learning Theoretical Foundation."

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. The award 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, 2016.

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.

New Fellows Train in Geriatric Mental Health Services Research
Congratulations to Will Bryson and Brenna Renn, our new Geriatric Mental Health Services Research Fellows! The NIMH-funded T-32 research training program, co-directed by Stephen Thielke and Pat Aréan, focuses on mental health research in geriatrics and aging in diverse community and health care settings.

Will is a geriatric psychiatrist who recently completed psychiatry residency training and the clinical geriatric psychiatry fellowship with our Department. He has a Masterʼs of Public Health in epidemiology and biostatistics from Oregon Health and Sciences University and has published articles in computational astrophysics, addiction pharmacoeconomics, ECT for depression in Parkinsonʼs disease, and smoking in older adults. His current research interests include public health implications of the criminal justice system, and systems to deliver correctional and transitional healthcare services.

Brenna is a clinical geropsychologist from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. For her dissertation, she designed, delivered, and evaluated behavioral interventions to improve diabetes management among low-income older adults with comorbid depression. She is not new to Seattle or UW, having worked with Suzanne Craft as a research coordinator at VA Puget Sound where she coordinated studies investigating the glucoregulatory system in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Brenna will be developing targeted assessments and treatments for depression and social isolation using digital technology.

Kevin Hallgren Receives Early Career Investigator (K) Award
The Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) Mechanisms of Behavior Change (MOBC) Satellite presented Kevin Hallgren with an Early Career Investigator Award. The award includes money for travel and an invitation to speak at this year’s MOBC meeting in June.

New Incentive Payments Delivered!
We are happy to announce that 24 faculty members received incentive payments to recognize their clinical work during the period from July 1 to December 31, 2015. Clinically active faculty members in any faculty track (e.g. Clinician Educator, Faculty Scientist, Clinical Faculty) who spend 0.50 FTE or more providing billable patient care are eligible for the incentive. Those who meet or exceed their threshold work RVU productivity benchmark share a total of $400,000 per year proportionally based on their clinical productivity. Heather Hughes, Financial Data Analyst, or Mark Snowden, Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, can answer questions about the clinical incentive program. The second incentive payment will be based on clinical activity from January 1 to June 30, 2016 and is expected to be distributed in October, 2016.

PAL Program Expands
We are pleased to report that the Washington State Legislature has included money in its supplemental budget to trial a one year pilot of expanded Partnership Access Line (PAL) services in a rural inclusive area of the state. In this pilot, local mental health therapists will be tasked with providing integrated care supports for depression and anxiety disorders cared for by pediatric primary care providers, who in turn will be backed up by psychiatrists and psychologists at Seattle Children’s Hospital. The program will utilize the AIMS Center’s care management tracking software, and will use existing infrastructure of the PAL program which includes telemedicine capabilities. We hope this will be a great way for us to work with the Washington State Health Care Authority to further promote models of collaborative/integrated care in our state.

VA Puget Sound Tops Off Mental Health and Research Building
A 1,100 lb., 27-foot long steel beam covered in Veterans’ signatures and well wishes was raised March 11 as the last piece of structural steel for the new Mental Health and Research Building at the Seattle VA campus. The “topping off” represented a significant milestone in the $152 million construction project that includes a new mental health research facility and parking garage.

More than 250 mental health staff and more than 60 mental health researchers will be housed in the new building, which is expected to improve access and decrease wait times for Veterans seeking treatment. Recent increases in patient volumes has resulted in more than 100,000 patients coming to VA Puget Sound for treatment in 2015 representing more than 1 million individual visits. The building will house clinical research and health services, mental health services, biomedical research, substance abuse treatment and recovery center, education and a rehabilitation center.

The LEED-certified building will be energy efficient and will incorporate design features such as a grass-covered rooftop and rainwater harvesting system for irrigation and interior landscaped courtyards. The interior is designed to create peaceful and quiet areas using special acoustic materials, and the introduction of natural light. Construction of the six-story, 219,000 square-foot building is scheduled for completion in late 2017.

Website Update: Fellowships Page
We've updated our Fellowship Opportunities page in an attempt to provide a comprehensive list of all of the psychiatry and psychology fellowships offered by our Department. If you notice any fellowship missing, please contact Rebecca Sladek. Thank you!

Media Request?
If a reporter calls you, please notify the UW Medicine media relations office (206-543-3620) or Rebecca Sladek, Department Communications Manager, before you respond. The UW Medicine news team will help screen the reporter, arrange for an interview, and track the progress of the story. For advice on how to successfully interact with media in any situation, see Working with the News Media developed by UW Medicine Strategic Marketing & Communications.

Department Annual Meeting is June 13!

All paid 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, vision and goals for the coming year.

Meetings & Events

UW Autism Center Open House
4/27, 4:30-7 PM
The UW Autism Center opens its doors to the public each year during Autism Awareness Month for their annual open house. Informative talks and refreshments provided.

Autism: Genes, Brain, and the Environment
4/29, 11-2 PM, Plaza Cafe
Raphael Bernier is speaking at a Biology of Autism Collaborative Research Area Special Event sponsored by the Center on Human Development and Disability. Register

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

Yoga for Resilience: Theory & Practice
5/2, 8:40 – 12 PM, South Campus Center
Interested in learning more about yoga? Join instructor Joe Merrill (Associate Professor, Medicine) as he teaches a full yoga session. See agenda for full details. Sponsor: Faculty Wellness Program

Participatory Design for a Web Portal to Support Practice Transformation in Washington
5/3, 12-1 PM, Roosevelt 1 Building
Ian Bennett, Professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, will talk about the development of a novel electronic resource (web portal) to support practice transformation in the State of Washington. For more information contact Evelyn Chanasyk.

Psychiatry Grand Rounds: Optimizing Inpatient Training for Medical Students and Residents
5/6, 12-1 PM, HMC
Paul Borghesani will discuss techniques for inpatient teaching and review practices of our own UW School of Medicine inpatient psychiatric attendings.

Child Psychiatry Grand Rounds: Learning to run before we can walk
5/6, 8 – 9:20 AM, SCH
Christine Lee will talk about the impact of rapidly occurring legal changes related to marijuana and implications for prevention.

WSPA Spring Conference and 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, Thyroid Treatment, and Evidence-Based CAM Treatments for Major Depressive Disorder. Registration now open!

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.

Community Consultation Services and Lessons Learned from the Partnership Access Line
5/12, 12:20-1:30, School of Social Work, Rm 305A
Bob Hilt will discuss community service needs in child mental health and the ongoing movement to better integrate healthcare services. Contact Cathea Carey for more information.

A Developmental Perspective on Working with Adolescents and Adults
5/20-21, Arboretum Graham Visitors Center
Child, adolescent and adult psychoanalysts Jack and Kerry Kelly Novick will elaborate on the developmental perspective they bring to clinical work and will explore the childhood roots of OCD, sadomasochism and other psychological structures. See full agenda. Submitted by clinical faculty member Cecile Bassen.

6/4, 8 AM, Kirkland
Join the HMC/UW Medicine team and walk 2.5K or 5K to help raise money for this important organization! NAMI provides advocacy and support services for individuals and families living with mental illness including Saturday family group at HMC and yearly scholarships for Harborview Mental Health Services clients to attend the Behavioral Healthcare Conference. Sign up to donate or walk!

Department Graduation Ceremony
6/18, 11-3 PM,
Center for Urban Horticulture.
Please come to honor the graduates of our many educational programs!

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.

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!
Last month, we congratulated our faculty members who were honored in Seattle Magazine's Top Doctors yearly list recognizing the most outstanding physicians in the region. This month, we congratulate our faculty members with courtesy appointments. Each doctor on the list was nominated by a colleague and then evaluated for inclusion. Congratulations to Steven Juergens (addiction psychiatry), Kenneth Melman (psychiatry) and John Wynn (psychiatry) for their exceptional work! Accidentally omitted last month was Carol Rockhill (child and adolescent psychiatry). Congratulations to Dr. Rockhill as well!

K. Warner Schaie Receives Honorary Doctorate
Affiliate Professor Warner Schaie received an honorary doctorate from the University of Zurich for his lifetime studies of cognitive development from young adulthood to advanced old age, exemplified by the ongoing Seattle Longitudinal Study conducted since 1956. Currently, the study is focused on examining midlife cognition for early signs of cognitive decline in old age.

In the News

Seattle experts to help launch largest-ever autism research study in the U.S.
Raphael Bernier, clinical director of the Seattle Children’s Autism Center, is one of a number of autism experts at the University of Washington helping to launch the nation’s largest autism research study to date. The Seattle Times.

Heart Health and Depression
Mark Sullivan discusses the frequent interconnected relationship between mental health and heart health, and what can be done to help heart patients with depression. UW Medicine HEALTHworks.

CDC’s Opioid Rx Guidelines Follow Washington’s Lead
Judith Turner and other UW health sciences faculty discuss their pioneering research in prescription opioid addiction and overdoses and the resulting guidelines for Washington state, now mirrored by the CDC. HSNewsBeat.

Good to Know

Shared Network Files Down on Friday, April 29!
All shared network files will be unavailable on Friday, April 29 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM due to required maintenance. Common shared drives include personal home drives mapped to the letter Q and any file accessed on the department file share \\sosa\psychiatry$\Shared. Close any network share files you are working on (Word document, Excel files, etc.) before 6:00 PM to avoid file corruption. If you will not be onsite during this downtime, log off your workstation prior to leaving the office. Questions? Please contact 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. Learn how to turn this feature off! Note: relevant to Exchange users only.

Earth Day Challenge
In honor of Earth Day, the UW Combined Fund Drive invites faculty, staff, students, and friends to participate in the second annual Earth Day Challenge. Support environmental organizations by making a gift, donating your time, or pledging to help protect our environment. Learn how

Joint Faculty Member Recruitment
The Departments of Global Health and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences seek 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.

School Mental Health and Implementation Science Fellowship
The SMART Center is soliciting candidates for a research postdoctoral fellowship in school-based mental health, clinical research methodology, and implementation science. For more information, contact Aaron Lyon.

Please note: We took a break from listing recently published papers this month but will include them next month. Please let us know when your papers are published by sending an email to
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