January 2018



2017 Quilts

Quilters of Alachua County Day Guild donates quilts for psychiatry inpatient units

For the fourth year in a row the Quilters of Alachua County Day Guild has donated quilts and pillow cases for the UF Health Psychiatric Hospital …



Jamie Smolen: Be aware of mental health over holidays

Special to the Gainesville Sun - With the holiday season upon us, we may be gathering with friends or family members. And during those gatherings, we may notice new or alarming behaviors related to their mental and physical health.

While this time of year is often a time for celebrating, reflecting and enjoying life’s bounty, it can also a time for all of us to be aware and concerned if any of our loved ones are in trouble...



Uma Suryadevera, MD

Dr. Suryadevara accepted to 2018 COM Leadership Development Program

Congratulations to Uma Suryadevara, MD, who has been accepted into the 2018 College of Medicine Leadership Development Program (LDP). The LDP is designed …



National Association of Academic Psychiatry Administrators (NAAPA)

NAAPA News - A Message from the President 

As the 2017 year winds down and we look to 2018, I wanted to reflect on the happenings this year and how grateful I am for this organization. Our membership continues to grow stronger each year and the Board Members are working ...



Congratulations to our new APA Fellows


Congratulations to our newest ABPN Board Certified Psychiatrists

Please join us in congratulating our current fellows and recent graduates for successfully passing their American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) Board examinations!


Helping Hands - Tip of the Cap

Tip of the cap to Doctor George Teaford, MS3/PhD Christian Archer, and MS2 Sophia Array for their helping hands at the clinic.

The patients are all appreciative of the care given by the UF volunteers.


Due to the Holiday Break, our next Monday clinic is January 8, 2018.

All faculty, fellows, and residents are welcome.

Helping Hands Website


Congratulations to our Resident of the Month!

Resident of the month for December is KC Knudson, DO.



MOB 2 Progress

Slated to open Spring 2018, below are some progress photos of the new medical office building which will house our Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Medical Psychology Clinics. 


Staff Recognition

Starting January 1st we would like to start recognizing our wonderful staff in the newsletter.

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 by January 15th. 


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!



 Have pictures or stories to share?

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


Happy Holidays!


Ugly Sweater Champion

The Department of Psychiatry staff held their first annual Ugly Sweater Contest on December 14th.

While many competed only one could win, congratulations to Robyn Nelson, PGENeS Lab Research Coordinator.


MaryEllen Frey 

We would like to welcome MaryEllen Frey to the department as the new manager of the Adult Psychiatry Clinic. 

Emmanuel Myrtil

We would like to welcome Emmanuel Myrtil to the department as the new manager of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Medical Psychology clinics. 


January 1st

New Years Day - Closed - Clinics, Chair's Office, Fiscal Office.


January 5th


January 10th

"Opioids and Pain Management: A brief history"

Gary Reisfield, MD

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Divisions of Addiction Medicine and Forensic Psychiatry

McKnight Brain Institute, DeWeese Auditorium

12pm - 1pm 


January 12th

“Impact of depression on cognitive and functional outcomes: Clarifying the role of structural brain abnormalities”

Scott Mackin, PhD

Clinical Neuropsychologist, Professor of Psychiatry

University of California, San Francisco

McKnight Brain Institute, DeWeese Auditorium

12pm - 1pm 


January 16-19, 2018

PCIT Banner

Register NOW - Limited space to train for Parent-Child Interaction Therapist

For more information or to register, please visit our PCIT page. Please direct questions to Monica Brook at monicaross@ufl.edu  




February 9th

“The Hidden Curriculum: Behavioral Learning”

Robert L. Hatch, MD, MPH

Professor and the Director of the H. James Free Center for Primary Care Education and Innovation

Clerkship Director of the Family Medicine and Ambulatory Care Clerkship, University of Florida


Mindfulness Relaxation Minutes 

Lisa Merlo-Greene, PhD will be our Mindfulness Facilitator for January

Dr. Merlo-Greene is a licensed clinical psychologist with experience in a variety of psychotherapy treatment modalities. She routinely incorporates relaxation and mindfulness strategies in her clinical work with patients, and has a personal interest in the benefits of meditation practice for all individuals.

Please be sure to join us Thursdays at 12:15pm via videoconference at MBI, MOB, Little Springhill or call into the conference line 1-888-670-3525 and enter participant code 9372794023#



                Articles: Melinda Fawcett                    Editors: Priscilla Spence  &  Tom Zych                        


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