July 2020


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Managing return-to-work anxiety

Returning to work during the COVID-19 crisis is an additional stressor for many people during these uncertain times. UF Health psychiatrists Drs. Jody Brown and Carol Mathews discuss some ways to manage return-to-work anxiety.


Tebow visits CAN

Tim Tebow Foundation tours CAN

Tim Tebow and members of his foundation toured the new UF Health Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment (CAN) to see what great things we are doing and meet one of our families.


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UF Division of Addiction Medicine awarded $2.7M for Addiction Medicine Training by HRSA

The UF College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry’s Division of Addiction Medicine has been awarded $2.76 million by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration, or HRSA, for expansion of their addiction medicine fellowship. The HRSA Addiction Medicine Program increases the number of fellows that can be trained at accredited Addiction Medicine Fellowship and …



Protecting UF Together: Enroll Now in UF Two-Factor

The University of Florida has established a mandatory date for all staff to enroll in multi-factor authentication: August 12, 2020.

As a reminder, multi-factor authentication is an additional layer of security on UF systems and data, like your financial, academic, and medical records. The enrollment process only takes a few minutes and is very easy to do. Visit today and enroll:


All staff are highly encouraged to self-enroll now. Enrolling now ensures access to UF systems like myUFL and ONE.UF. For more information on why and how to enroll, watch the university's multi-factor video:


When it comes to protecting the UF network and the information that flows through it, we are all Protecting UF Together. Play your part by enrolling today. 


COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Resources



UF Coronavirus Updates

University officials are closely monitoring updates regarding the novel coronavirus and will continue to provide information as the situation evolves. All students, faculty and staff are urged to stay informed. UF communications and other details regarding the situation are posted at http://www.ufl.edu/health-updates/


Busting COVID-19 myths


Have you had it with all of the hearsay? The World Health Organization is sorting fact from fiction with their Coronavirus Myth Busters resource. Stay empowered by staying informed.

Learn More »


Reminder that we have a new centralized contact for any UFCOM/UF Health employees in need of mental health services during the COVID-19 pandemic, including:

• Psychiatric medication consultation and management

• Free individual short-term counseling

• Individual psychotherapy

• Resilience-based group therapy

If anyone reaches out to you for assistance, please encourage them call the UF Health Staff Telepsych Services center between 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. (7 days per week) at 352-265-5459 or email c19peersupport@shands.ufl.edu [please provide name, contact number, and best time(s) to receive a call back].



The Gator community sticks together in all kinds of weather, and that's never more evident than in times of transition and hardship. Aid-a-Gator has processed more than 1,000 requests for a total of $955,695 from students to help cover a variety of needs, including rent due to lost wages, unanticipated travel, additional technology requirements, replacements of medications, emergency childcare due to extended school closures, and other needs. To file an application or to donate for students, visit https://www.sfa.ufl.edu/aidagator/ and for employees, visit   https://benefits.hr.ufl.edu/gatorperks/aid-a-gator/.


Get a Plan / Get a Kit / Be Informed

We continue our preparedness on Get a Plan / Get a Kit / Be Informed by focusing on personal disaster supplies. A basic kit includes needed items for 3 days. While a kit should be customized to your specific situation, below are general guidelines to follow. A printer-friendly version is also available for handy reference.



Plan for hurricane season

With a more active than usual Atlantic hurricane season started June 1st, University of Florida disaster preparation experts say it’s time to plan, not panic.

“We likely will need to take an extra step in how we do the things we know how to do to prepare and mitigate and recover,” said Angie Lindsey, assistant professor in the Department of Family, Youth & Community Sciences. “We’re Floridians. We’ve gotten through a lot before, but what we have typically done in the past during hurricane season may not work this year due to COVID-19.”



Congratulations to Drs. Lewis and Nelson on their Faculty Enhancement Opportunity Awards! The FEO Central Review Committee encourages applications for creative and flexible faculty development activities in support of a new direction for one’s scholarly work.

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Chief Appreciation & Resident Award Ceremony

The Psychiatry Residency Education program held their Annual Chief Appreciation & Resident AWard Ceremony via Zoom this year. Please check out this slideshow to see those residents and faculty that were recognized for their hard work this year.


DCAP Awards

Child Psychiatry Fellowship Awards

The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship program held their end of year celebration on June 23, 2020. We would like to share some highlights from the reception.



Resident of the Month


Quality and Safety Star

Joshua Proemsey, MD and Richard Holbert, MD

For our June Quality and Safety Star Award, we are honoring Drs. Joshua Proemsey and Richard Holbert. They worked in partnership to de-escalate a situation and to ensure the longer term safety of patients and staff. Thank you for being  Quality and Safety Stars! We also want to acknowledge the many team members who worked with them. None of these great things happen without a great team! Thank you for being a Quality and Safety Star!

Check out our latest Quality and Safety Star Awardees on the Quality whiteboard in the adult workroom at the MOB.

If you have a nominee for future Quality and Safety Star Awards, please email Dr. Jackie Hobbs


Staff Spotlight


Monica Brook

Our Staff Spotlight for this month is Monica Brook, Monica is an Administrative Support Assistant II in the Division of Psychology at the Springhill 2 Clinic. Monica has been extremely helpful during all the transitions in response to COVID. Monica has been handling all of her normal duties as well as being a great assistant for the assets for the Springhill area offices. She has been a pleasure to work with during these difficult times. We greatly appreciate all of her hard work during this time! We are grateful for your dedication and commitment to supporting the missions our department and your co-workers.

Thank you Monica for all you do for our department!


Tip of the Cap

Tip of the cap to Doctors R. Averbuch, N. Martinez, A. Zhang, B. Michael, and UF undergrad volunteers including Krysten Floyd, for their helping hands at clinic.  The UF undergrad volunteers are helping facilitate the telepsych with our psychiatrists.

The patients appreciate the care given by all the UF volunteers. 

Helping Hands Clinic


We need your help!

We'd like you to keep an eye out for those staff members that continually go above and beyond for the department.

Then we would like you to nominate them by submitting their name and a brief explanation of the awesome thing(s) they do!

The Executive Leadership Committee will vote on the candidates and we will announce the winner in the newsletter. 

Please submit your entries to Priscilla Spence


Clinical Research Seed Funding Opportunity Announcement

The Department of Psychiatry has released a new clinical research seed funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for which applications are now being accepted.

The purpose of the Psychiatry Clinical Research Seed Money Award is to provide financial support for faculty members in the UF Department of Psychiatry to initiate and develop a program of clinical research.  For purposes of this FOA, a “faculty member” is defined as faculty who have a minimum of 0.5 FTE appointment, not an Adjunct Faculty, Courtesy Faculty or OPS professional. Consideration will be given to junior faculty, post-graduate fellows in research training programs and senior faculty planning a change in career direction that requires empirical research.  Funding decisions will be based on the proposal’s scientific merit, its relevance to the clinical and academic emphases of the Department of Psychiatry and the potential for the proposed project to facilitate future extramural research support.

Opportunity Title: Psychiatry Clinical Research Seed Money Award 
Award Amount: $10,000 to $20,000 for one year
Award Period: 1 year 
Annual Application Due Dates: August 1st & March 1st

Please contact Nicole Bristow at nhenning@ufl.edu with any questions or for the FOA.


UF CARD Update

UF CARD is still here to help! Please see our webpage for details. 

UF & Autism Conference has been postponed. We hope to reschedule it for the fall, stay tuned for details.


New Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

An expansion of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) that provides UF employees with improved access to mental health counselors as well as enhanced work life, financial and legal resources and services. To learn more about the expanded UF EAP, please visit http://eap.ufl.edu. If you have questions, please contact UFHR Communications and Worklife at (352) 392-2477 or eap-help@ufl.edu.


Lalit Chaube, MD

Dr. Chaube received his Doctor of Medicine at the King George’s Medical College, University of Lucknow, Lucknow, U.P. India. He completed his general psychiatry residency at Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio and his child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Chaube holds board certifications by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Dr. Chaube joins the team in our UF Health Center for Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine at our Vero Beach location under the supervision of Dr. Wayne Creelman. The UF Health Center for Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine serves the Vero Beach community, Indian River County and the Treasure Coast, with a diverse array of clinical services and the most up to date and effective treatment programs.

Please welcome Dr. Chaube to the Department of Psychiatry!


Amanda Janner, PsyD

Dr. Janner received her Doctor of Psychology and her Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida. She received her Master of Science in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Florida. She completed her pre-doctoral residency at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her residency in private practice in Fort Pierce, Florida.

Dr. Janner will work with Dr. Benjamin Phalin, at the Florida Recovery Center, Addiction Division. Dr. Janner will perform neuropsychological testing and evaluations. She will actively participate in the training of fellows, including assisting with the development of research projects and publications.

Please welcome Dr. Janner to the Department of Psychiatry!


Brian Cooke, MD

Dr. Cooke has been with the department for 10 years. While at UF Dr. Cooke served as the Chief of the Forensic Division and was a course director and instructor for the college of medicine's Introduction to Clinic Medicine Course, where he also advised third year medical students. He is leaving us to join the Department of Psychiatry at Emory where he will be part of their Forensic Division. Thank you Dr. Cooke for all your contributions to the department and best of luck in your new endeavors.


Maria Di Pompo

Maria has been with the department for almost a year. She is leaving us as she is moving to southwest Florida.


Webinar for all UF Health clinicians and staff

The Trauma-Informed Care, or TIC, Steering Committee is offering a webinar for all UF Health clinicians and staff, focusing on resilience and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. These webinars will feature clinical experts from the UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital, the UF Department of Psychiatry and the UF Division of Psychology.  

• When: July 17 & 31

• Time: Noon-1 p.m.

• ZOOM Location:  https://ufhshands.zoom.us/j/95910758185



Autism Caregiver Training

UF CARD’s Autism Caregiver Training Initiative is a training for parents, grandparents, and family members of children (2-18 years old) with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or a related disorder.

• When: 7/7/20 Evidence-based Practices; 7/14/20 Scholarships and Waiver Programs; 7/21/20 Safety

• Time: 8:30am - 10:00am

• Zoom: https://ufl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJArf-yvrj0tE9Pui7Z7lzBdZEaEdhlCHwN0


July 9th | The Harn will Reopen

Visitors will be able to see two new exhibitions: Peace, Power and Prestige: Metal Arts in Africa and Dreaming Alice: Maggie Taylor Through the Looking-Glass.

Safety measures will be in place including a one-way path to promote social distancing, with face coverings required. For a complete list of what to expect, click the "Plan Your Visit" button below. Please note our new hours.

Summer Hours:

Thursday - Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm

Sunday, 1 - 5 pm

Closed Monday through Wednesday.

Plan Your Visit


July 14th | Toilet Training for Individuals with Autism and Related Disabilities

Presenter: Dr. Greg Valcante, UF CARD Director

When: July 14, 2020 6:30pm

Please email Carole Polefko for registration details.


Resources to Promote Well-Being During the COVID-19 Outbreak

While we are maintaining social distance and/or quarantined, many people lose access to resources that support their self-care. Here is a list of resources to help you navigate this challenging time while maintaining your own well-being.


Guided Meditations

Lead by Dr. Carol Lewis and Dr. Lori Waxenberg, these guided meditations, ranging from 1 1/2 to 15 minutes, will help you learn to notice thoughts, sensations, and emotions without being swept away by them. They have been shown to benefit both physical and emotional health.

Meditation Playlist »


Streamed Fitness Class

Join a GatorCare staff member on Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon for 15 minutes of an office (or home office)-friendly workout. No need to leave the office or change out of office clothes! Can’t join the live stream? Check out the recorded streams here.

Meeting URL: https://ufl.zoom.us/j/230607362



Mindful Relaxation Minutes 


Please be sure to join us Thursdays at 12:15pm via Zoom.

Join Zoom Meeting using: https://uflphi.zoom.us/j/159914780



2 Minute Resilience Reset 

Try these 2 minute sessions hosted by Dr. Carol Lewis that focus on breathing to stimulate the soothing part of the nervous system, and learn a practical tip from resilience science to help you maintain your stability in these difficult times.



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