September 2017


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This Fall Semester the UF Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) has teamed up with the Disability Resource Center and the Counseling and Wellness Center to form SOCIAL Gators (Student Opportunities for Career, Independent, and Academic Life). SOCIAL Gators is a program for students who want to enhance their skills for a more enriching college experience. The focus is …


Four Kids

New OCD Rotation for Child Fellows

The announcement of the new Center for OCD, Anxiety, and Related Disorders (COARD) brings with it the addition of a rotation for the Department of Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellows. Director of the new Center, Carol Mathews, MD is the faculty member leading the rotation. Beginning this year, first and second year child fellows will spend 10% of their …


Ana Turner, MD

Update from Jacksonville

Catch up with Dr. Turner and read about what she’s up to in Jacksonville. 



Helping Hands - Tip of the Cap

Tip of the cap to MS4 Gabrielle Forestier, MS3 Christian Archer, and UF undergraduates for their helping hands.

The patients are appreciative for the care given by the Helping Hands volunteers.

The next Monday clinic is September 11th a 5pm

All faculty, fellows, and residents are welcome.

Helping Hands Website

Tian Sui, MD

Congratulations to our Resident of the Month!

Resident of the month for August is Tian Sui, MD.


Jill Sutton, PhD receives Educational Development Series Certificate

Dr. Sutton earns EDS Certificate

Jill Sutton, PhD earned the Educational Development Series Certificate. The Educational Development Certificate Series is for faculty who are interested in improving their understanding of teaching and learning and in acquiring advanced skills for active and interactive teaching and learning.



Thank you for your participation in the

Raising Hope at Work campaign!


We raised $12,117 for the department funds!  


Beyond the Call of Duty


Richard Holbert, MD

The Child Fellowship program would like to recognize Dr. Holbert for going above and beyond in his assistance with the transition to the new Child Baker Law. The Child Fellowship faculty and fellows are extremely appreciative of his help during time.


Where are they now?

Where are they now?

Marc Ettensohn, MD

2016 Graduate in General Psychiatry 

Click here to find out what Dr. Ettensohn is up to now! 

Catch up with Dr. Ettenshohn September 29th when he delivers Grand Rounds at the MBI from 12-1pm


Michael Nias Farewell Lunch

Best of Luck Michael Nias, JD, MSW

See more photos in the gallery.


Connie Retirement

Congratulations Connie Pruitt!

Happy Retirement! Thank you for your years of dedication, service, and significant contributions to the UF Department of Psychiatry! January 6, 1998 - August 31, 2017                  



Scholarly Communications

The University of Florida Open Access Publishing (UFOAP) Fund supports the goal of making UF research findings immediately, freely and globally available. When funds are not available from other sources, the Fund will assist UF authors by paying reasonable Article Processing Charges (APCs) assessed by publishers of open access journals, including hybrid open access journals.

CME Online

NEW Online CME Offering for UF & Non-UF physicians

FREE for UF persons, $35 for Non-UF persons per lecture. We have 18 lectures online for you to choose from!




Interested in being a part of the planning committee?

Have pictures or stories to share?

Email Jessica Dennis to get involved or to send your pictures.


GRACE Marketplace is a “Bags for Change” local partner this quarter at Lucky’s Market.

For every reusable bag you fill up at checkout you receive a wooden dime to donate!


Matthew Daley, PhD

Start date 9/1/17 – Adult Medical Psychology,  Assistant Professor

Dr. Daley is a recent graduate of the Medical Psychology Program here at UF where he trained under Drs. Gary Geffken and Joseph McNamara. During this time, he conducted individual, family, and group therapy sessions. He also provided comprehensive psychological evaluations and provided individualized treatment to patients in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. During his postdoctoral fellowship, he also provided supervision and mentoring to MS and PhD students.

Dr. Daley will join the Division of Medical Psychology as an Assistant Professor.


Jason Hunt, MD

Start date 9/1/17 – Addiction Medicine, Assistant Professor

Dr. Hunt will join the faculty as an Assistant Professor. He has recently completed the ABAM Addiction Medicine Fellowship here at UF, he has experience as an alcohol and drug counselor, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Alabama Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association. Dr. Hunt will join the faculty at the Florida Recovery Center providing evaluations and treatment to our patients.


Marcia Morris, MD

Start date 9/5/17 – Student Mental Health, Associate Professor and Assistant Program Director

Dr. Morris will join the Department of Psychiatry as an Associate Professor and serve as the Associate Director of Student Mental Health where she has been treating patients for the last twenty years. Her areas of specialty include depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. Dr. Morris has presented at several collegiate health conferences over the years and has published research papers and articles on OCD and other various topics.


Sang-wahn Koo, MD

Start date 9/15/17 - Vero Beach – Assistant Professor and Chief of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Dr. Koo graduated from Yonsei University School of Medicine in Seoul, South Korea. He then came to the US where he completed his general psychiatry residency at Griffin Memorial Hospital in Norman, Oklahoma and child and adolescent psychiatric fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Koo’s clinical interests are in ADHD, Autism, mood disorders, and psychotic disorders. He will join our faculty at the Center for Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine in Vero Beach as an Assistant Professor and Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.


Kristin Moffett, PhD

Start date 9/25/17 – Addiction Medicine, Assistant Professor

Dr. Moffett recently completed her Neuropsychology Fellowship with the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Emory University. Prior to her fellowship, she earned both her MS and PhD here at UF in Clinical Psychology. During her training, she provided neuropsychological assessments to patients, supervised graduate level trainees and provided cogitative rehabilitation therapy.

Dr. Moffett will join the faculty as an Assistant Professor at the Florida Recovery Center where she will provide neuropsychological evaluations and treatment.


September is National Recovery Month

September is National Recovery Month

September 4th

Labor Day - UF Holiday

CLOSED: Chair's Office, Fiscal Office & Outpatient Clinics

September 9th

Gators Home vs. Northern Colorado @ 7:30pm

September 10th 

World Suicide Prevention Day - UF Health Psychiatry is sponsoring:

"I'm Listening: In Tune with Mental Health"

This event is to promote the health, recovery, and well-being of those affected by mental illnesses and substance use disorders through prevention, coordinated treatment, and supportive services.

On Sunday evening, September 10th, World Suicide Prevention Day, Entercom ( WKTK and WSKY in Gainesville) will host a 2-hour LIVE panel discussion broadcast to ALL Entercom platforms nationwide. Together with musicians and celebrities connected to the cause, we will host a discussion focused on personal stories and offer resources to our national audience.

September 13th

Addiction Medicine Lecture with Sara Jo Nixon, PhD

Neurobehavioral Dysfunction in Early Abstinence and Recovery Process

Webcast LIVE 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

September 16th 

Gators Home vs. Tennessee @3:30pm

September 22nd

2nd Annual International Bioethics Seminar 1pm-5pm

UF Research and Academic Center - Lake Nona

September 23rd & 24th

8th Annual Indian Global Psychiatric Initiative Conference

at UF Research and Academic Center - Lake Nona

Click here for more information and to register

September 23rd

FRC Alumni Weekend at Wyndham Garden Gainesville, 5pm 

September 25th 

UF Mindfulness Day 2017 Reitz Union

Carol Lewis, PhD, MPH, CPN 3-3:5-pm Socially-engaged mindfulness room 3315

Click here for complete list of events and talks

September 29th

Grand Rounds with Marc Ettensohn, MD

McKnight Brain Institute, DeWeese Auditorium, 12pm  


October 6th

UF Homecoming, UF Holiday - CLOSED: Chair's Office, Fiscal Office & Outpatient Clinics

October 6th - 8th

Florida Psychiatric Society (FPS) Fall CME Meeting, Hyatt Regency Sarasota 

October 13th 

Mindfulness Meditation Contemplation & Networking Lunch 10:45 – 11:30am Reitz Union Rm. 3325

Unplug – find silence in the storm of a busy campus – destress – re-energize.

Come and practice mindfulness together then walk down to have lunch together in the Reitz Union (food court area; sit outside).


October 14th 

NAMI Walk - Depot Park 8:30am

October 27th

Grand Rounds with William Hollifield, MD 

McKnight Brain Institute, DeWeese Auditorium, 12pm-1pm



Stretching releases pent up tension, both mentally and physically, and increases blood flow throughout the body. This encourages waste removal from your tissues, boosts the levels of oxygen in your brain, and leaves you feeling renewed. 

Get re-energized by completing this quick stretching routine.


Mindfulness turns two!


Carol Lewis, PhD, MPH, CPN will be our Mindfulness Facilitator for September

Carol Lewis, PhD, MPH,CPN is a clinical psychologist who has training in 3 mindfulness-based programs – Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).  Dr. Lewis uses mindfulness strategies extensively in her clinical work.  As a public health practitioner, Dr. Lewis is working on developing low-intensity, easily accessible mindfulness-based treatment strategies.  She is also a regular meditator and yoga practitioner, who meditates with a Thich Nhat Hanh –based meditation group, and retreats yearly.

For more information on how to participate, visit the Mindfulness page on the intranet. Login with your Gatorlink user name and password.


              Articles: Melinda Fawcett      Design: Daniel Fuentes        Editors: Priscilla Spence &

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