Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Newsletter, May 2015
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Message from the Chair

Dear friends and colleagues,

Spring is right around the corner, and our department is getting an early burst of change starting with a new Academic Human Resources Manager, Rachel Reichert. Rachel comes to us from the Department of Global Health and brings ten years of experience working at the UW. She began her new job on Monday, February 8th and is busy getting to know people and settling in. Rachel will oversee our HR team including Jane Corkery Hahn  and a staff HR manager who we hope to hire in the near future. Rachel’s office is in BB1644 and she is happy for people to stop in and say hello. Her email is

I am also happy to report that an old partnership has a new beginning. King County and the University of Washington announced an agreement two weeks ago for the UW to continue operating Harborview Medical Center (HMC) for the next ten years. We help Harborview achieve its mission as a public hospital by providing high quality behavioral health services to those who are most vulnerable. Psychiatric care is one of the leading areas of service at HMC along with trauma care, and I am proud of all of the good work that our faculty and staff do caring for patients in an array of inpatient, outpatient, and community-based programs operated by HMC. Per the new agreement, healthcare services for the poor will be expanded by extending Harborview’s care to three King County public health clinics, as well as hospitals outside of Seattle where low-income populations can afford to live. I am proud of our partnership with Harborview and I thank all of our faculty and staff for their hard work.

Another important partnership for our department is with the American Psychiatric Association (APA). In a new collaborative venture, we are offering a free CME opportunity for psychiatrists to train in Collaborative Care, the evidence-based model of providing mental health service in primary care that was pioneered by Dr. Katon and other faculty in our department. This new training focuses on core principles that will help psychiatrists leverage their skills in new ways and prepare them for practicing in an environment of population-based Accountable Care. Psychiatrists who complete the training are eligible to earn up to six CME credits, and we encourage all psychiatry faculty to take advantage of this free training opportunity. This month also marks the publication of a new book on Integrated Care, a manual of effective team-based care that was authored by several of our faculty psychiatrists and psychologists.

We will have more announcements about new faculty, new staff, and new programs such as a new state-wide Telepsychiatry Consultation program next month, and I hope you feel as energized as I do as we look toward the Spring. Thank you all for your continued efforts, enthusiasm and good work!



Welcome to our new HR Mananger, Rachel Reichert

As a second generation alumnus of the University of Washington, Rachel Reichert, MA is very excited to join our department as the new Human Resources Manager. She comes with ten years of experience at the UW.

Rachel began her career at the UW in Student Fiscal Services supporting student loan programs. After obtaining her master’s degree in policy studies from the UW, Rachel worked as a program manager supporting the Interdisciplinary Pathobiology Program, and most recently served as the Academic Human Resources Manager in the Department of Global Health. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, dancing Argentinean tango and she is trying to learn to fly fish. Rachel holds bachelor of arts degrees in business and anthropology. Rachel’s office is in BB1644 and she is happy for people to stop in and say hello. Her email is


Addictions Psychiatry Fellows for 2016-2017
The new 2016 Addictions Psychiatry Fellows, deriving from our very own UW Psychiatry Residency Program, are Matt Iles-Shih, Lauren Pomerantz Augello, and Mark Ellestad. These three will be participating in a one-year program, directed by Andrew Saxon, that enables fellows with the skills to assume leadership positions in the field.

Geriatric Psychiatry Fellows for 2016-2017
Congratulations to our Geriatric Psychiatry fellowship program, directed by Stephen Thielke, on recruiting Malaika Magwene and Tenley Rivera for 2016-2017. Malaika and Tenley are both currently PGY-4s in our Psychiatry Residency program.

Integrated Care Fellowship Recruits Trainees
Our department is starting a new Integrated Care Fellowship this summer. This state-funded, one-year fellowship, directed by Anna Ratzliff, will provide clinical and leadership experience, scholarly opportunities, and implementation education in integrated care including collaborative care models, telemedicine, and outreach across Washington State. We are delighted to announce we have recruited Sara Haack from UW and Seeta Patel from Harvard South Shore as the first two fellows. They will begin July 1, 2016.

Faculty Development
Ready to be Promoted to Professor?

If you are wondering whether you are ready to apply for promotion to Professor and/or if you would like some informal consultation about how to get to this point, please contact Deb Cowley or Jane Corkery-Hahn.

Attention All Preceptors!
If you’re a post-doc fellowship director in need of a graduation certificate for your fellow, please contact Athena Wong.

Accepting Nominations for the
Wayne J. Katon Outstanding Mentor Award

The Wayne J. Katon Outstanding Mentor Award acknowledges the time, dedication, and attention faculty members devote to fostering the career development and academic success of colleagues and trainees in the areas of research, clinical practice and education. Through this award, the Department honors and celebrates the valuable efforts of faculty members who embody Dr. Katon’s spirit of mentoring. One PBSCI faculty member is selected each year. Please contact Jane Corkery Hahn for details about the nomination and the selection process. Nominations will be accepted March 1 through April 30, 2016.

Psychiatry and the Law Offered Spring Quarter
Interested in forensic mental health? “Psychiatry and the Law” (PBSCI-525) is a dynamic class taught by Jennifer Piel and Ed Goldenberg aimed at trainees interested in learning more about the fascinating interface of law and psychiatry. Learners participate in didactic curriculum, explore the ethical issues in forensic research, and design and complete an individual research project. The course will be held Mondays on the main campus from 7-9:20pm beginning March 28th. To register, go through the main campus registration process. Questions? Contact Jennifer Piel. .


KL2 Training Program Recruits Psychiatrst
Nina de Lacy, MD, MBA, a fellow in our UW Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, is one of three investigators selected this year to participate in the Institute of Translational Health Sciences’ KL2 Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Career Development Program. The KL2 program is a rigorous, three-year, interdisciplinary research program that involves intensive mentoring experience in a specific area of study and provides its scholars with 75% protected time to focus on their individual research goals.
De Lacy is a child psychiatrist working clinically with children and adults who have genetic syndromes and brain malformations. Her research is in the area of “big data” systems neuroscience, looking at how different regions of the human brain behave when they activate together in large-scale neural networks. This involves applying advanced computational techniques, such as dynamic correlation analysis and machine learning, to functional MRI data from hundreds or thousands of individuals. Her ultimate goal is to uncover mechanisms, biomarkers, and subtypes in autism that could be useful in diagnosis and treatment.
Dr. de Lacy came to UW for her residency training in 2011 before entering the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry program. She was attracted to Seattle by the strength of our department and training programs, as well as the UW’s world-leading departments of Applied Mathematics, Genome Sciences, and Biostatistics.
“The KL2 award is a very important award in terms of my transition to independent investigator,” said de Lacy. “I’ve been particularly fortunate at the UW in gaining mentorship from so many talented psychiatry and pediatrics faculty, having supportive training directors, and receiving the sponsorship of Drs. Unützer and King.”

Department Psychiatrists Work in UWMC Transplant Services

Needing an organ transplant can be an incredibly harrowing, stressful prospect. In addition to dealing with the difficulties of living with a life-threatening chronic disease such as liver cancer, kidney failure or pulmonary fibrosis, they must endure the difficult process of being evaluated for organ transplantation. Patients with life-threatening chronic medical conditions have substantially higher rates of comorbid psychiatric conditions such as major depression and anxiety disorders than the general population. These psychiatric conditions, if present after a transplant, can compromise patients’ abilities to participate in the complex medical care and medication regimen required to prevent rejection of the transplanted organ. Therefore, psychiatrists and psychologists have often been involved in the care of organ transplant patients.

Department faculty members Dimitry Davydow and Ty Lostutter work with Transplant Services at UWMC to identify patients who are struggling with psychiatric illnesses as they go through the organ transplant process. They provide guidance to transplant colleagues, evidence-based treatments (e.g., pharmacotherapy, psychotherapy) to patients, and input into candidate selection. Dr. Davydow has collaborated closely with the liver and lung transplant programs in the development and implementation of a psychiatric and substance use screening assessment for all new transplant referrals as well as systematic depression screening for all lung transplant recipients. In addition, Drs. Davydow and Lostutter work with potential kidney and living liver donors, and work closely with the new vascularized composite allograft (e.g., face, limb) transplant program.


Ringing in the New Year with the Memory and Brain Wellness Center!

As 2016 begins, geriatric psychiatrists Shaune DeMers and Ruth Kohen are enjoying their work in the UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center (MBWC) clinic at Harborview Medical Center. Along with a multidisciplinary team of neurologists, geriatricians, neuropsychologists, and social workers, they provide compassionate mental health care for individuals with age-related memory loss, Alzheimer disease, and other dementias. In the spirit of the UW MBWC’s clinical mission, Drs. DeMers and Kohen help patients and their families adjust to cognitive challenges over time and discover new ways to enjoy personal strengths.

In addition to providing expert diagnosis and treatment of these disorders and of associated neuropsychiatric and behavioral conditions, they supervise psychiatry residents and geriatric psychiatry fellows during six-month rotations in the clinic.

The UW Memory Brain Wellness Center’s memory clinic is directed by Dr. Thomas Grabowski. For more information, please contact the Program Manager of Community Education and Impact, Marigrace Becker.

New on Our Website

We've added a section on our Integrated Care Training Program to reflect the wide array of integrated care educational opportunities our department offers for psychiatry residents, psychiatry fellows, community psychiatrists and other health care providers. Check it out!

New! Psychiatry Department Photo Library

We now have a small collection of department photos representing our clinical, educational, and research efforts, and we will continually be adding more. If you have photos to share, please send them to Rebecca Sladek.

Meetings & Events


This year's annual faculty and promotions meeting will be held Monday, June 13 from 10-2 PM. More information to follow.

Grand Rounds: Implementation Science: What is it, and Why Should I Care?
3/4, 12:00 PM | HMC
Mark Bauer, MD will describe the need for scientific tools to help move evidence-based practices into wider use to impact public health. He will review the principles and methods of implementation research, with an emphasis on intervention trials.

Dr. Bauer is Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He also is on staff at the VA Boston Healthcare System where he serves as Associate Director of the Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR), a national VA Health Services Research and Development Center of Excellence.

Faculty Development Day
3/16, 8:30-5:00 PM

Gain tools on leadership skills and working with others. View a detailed agenda; register by March 10. Sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development.

New Faculty Orientation
3/22, 8:30–12:00 PM
New to UW Medicine? This optional program will improve the quality of your experience here, including additional resources and tips for academic success. View a detailed agenda; register by March 15. Sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the School of Medicine.

WSPA Spring Conference & Annual Meeting
5/7, 7:00-6:30 PM
Swedish Medical Center, Cherry Hill Campus

Honors & Awards

ADAI Researcher Receives Distinguished Dissertation Award
Kudos to Dennis Wendt on receiving the Distinguished Dissertation Award in Qualitative Inquiry from Division 5 of the American Psychological Association. Dennis is a clinical psychologist and postdoctoral fellow in Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. His postdoctoral work is with the UW Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute and his mentor is ADAI Director Dennis Donovan.

In the News

Why Diagnosing Psychotic Disorders In Kids Is So Challenging
Jack McClellan discusses the challenges faced in accurate diagnosis and effective treatment of psychotic disorders in children and adolescents. KUOW.

Giving Patients With Serious Mental Illness Mobile Boost to Quit Smoking
Roger Vilardaga is developing an evidence-based, easy to use mobile app to help patients with serious mental illness quit smoking. Psychiatric News.

Innovative Light Therapy Helps Residents Cope with Dark Seattle Winters
David Avery, Professor Emeritus, explains how light therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can help all Seattle residents through dark winters. Kiro 7.

Helping Moms, Babies Navigate Mental Health
Deborah Cowley and Amritha Bhat are spearheading new programs that help moms receive the most effective and successful treatment for mental health conditions. HSNewsBeat.

Depression: Cancerʼs Invisible Side Effect
Jesse Fann discusses the risk of depression for cancer patients and the importance of addressing it through proper screening and treatment. Hutch News.
Do Antidepressants Double The Risk Of Aggression In Kids?
Bryan King comments on a new study that highlights serious problems in how drug companies collect and report side effects. BuzzFeedNews.

Depression Screening Recommended For All Pregnant Women, New Mothers
Evette Ludman discusses the newly released recommendations by the US Preventive Services Task Force to screen for depression during and after pregnancy. NPR.

The Gift of Cancer? Perspectives Vary Widely
Jesse Fann discusses his experience with patient perceptions of cancer diagnosis. Hutch News.

Twenty-seven UW faculty Listed among ‘World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds’ by Thomson Reuters
Department faculty members Brian Saelens and the late Wayne Katon are included among “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” for 2015. UWToday.
Psychiatrists Happy Practicing Integrated Care
A new Psychiatric Services paper reports on the challenges and benefits psychiatrists and patients experience in an integrated care model. First author Kathyrn Norfleet, an ACGME fellow in the Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship program, is quoted. Medscape.

Good to Know

Psychologist Recruitment
We're actively recruiting for an Associate Director for Evidence-based Psychosocial Interventions with experience in training in and implementation of brief, evidence-based psychosocial interventions in non-mental health settings with a variety of provider types. If you know of any good candidates, please contact Anna Ratzliff.

Logging Into the Intranet
If you're having problems logging into our intranet, try these SharePoint Login Instructions. If that doesn't work, please contact Rosemary Whitright.

Grand Rounds
If you are NOT receiving Psychiatry Grand Announcements and would like to, or are receiving the announcements to two email addresses, please let Rebecca Sladek know.

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 email to
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