February 2018


Marcia Morris, MD

Ending hazing as a rite of manhood on college campuses

Marcia Morris, MD addresses hazing on college campuses and offers some tips for working with young adult men.


Dr. C Tree Memorial

Dr. Richard C. Christensen Memorial Tree Planting

By Caroline Nickerson Organized by a team with members from both the Sulzbacher Center and the Dr. Richard C. Christensen Memorial Editorial Board, the Dr. Richard C. Christensen (Dr. C) Memorial Tree Planting on Friday, January 5 was a moving way to remember a man who touched so many …



UF: Breaking the cycle of meth addiction

University of Florida neuroscientists have identified a novel way to preventively decrease the reward effects of methamphetamine on the brain by using on-the-market medicines, a finding with the potential to break the cycle of addiction for methamphetamine users.


Colleen Bell, MD and Jackie Brown

Point-in-Time Count of Jacksonville homeless

Across the Nation on Jan 24th, volunteers take a census of people experiencing homelessness, starting at 4am. Our very own UF Courtesy Faculty, Dr. Colleen Bell, volunteered with the HOPE …


2018 NAMI Behavioral Health Day

2018 NAMI Behavioral Health Day

Wednesday, January 24th several members of the UF Psychiatry faculty and residents gathered at the Florida State Capital in Tallahassee to meet with law makers and urge them to pass legislation that benefits behavioral health for NAMI’s 2018 Behavioral Health Day. The mission …


Nallapula Legislative Update

FPS Legislative Update

As part of our continuing advocacy efforts, FPS was well represented this week by members Dr. Louise Buhrmann from Winter Park and Dr. Kishan Nallapula from Gainesville who were invited by Senator Linda Stewart and Representative Clovis Watson, respectively, to serve as Doctors of the Day on January 23rd. Each week day during the nine-week legislative session, doctors from all …



Scott Teitelbaum, MD

Teitelbaum awarded ASAM Annual Award

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) has awarded Scott Teitelbaum, MD, DFASAM, with the Annual Award to recognize and honor his outstanding contributions to the growth and vitality of our society ...


Angela Camacho

Dr. Camacho boarded in Psychosomatic Medicine

Congratulations to Angela Camacho, MD! Dr. Camacho is now boarded in Psychosomatic Medicine. Psychosomatic medicine (PM) is a subspecialty in the field of psychiatry; it is also known as consultation-liaison (C-L) psychiatry. C-L psychiatry provides knowledge, practice, and instruction in the relation between mental and physical illness. This field is associated with services like diagnosis, therapeutics and research of illnesses …


Superior Accomplishment 2018 Nelson-Lincoln

2018 Psychiatry Superior Accomplishment Award Winners

The Health Science Center Superior Accomplishment Awards Committee has selected Robyn Nelson and Layla Lincoln to receive Super Accomplishment Awards for 2018. The University of Florida Superior Accomplishment Awards program recognizes faculty and staff who …


Avis Litchfield CSK feature

Avis Litchfield is CEO Service Award Winner

 Avis Litchfield was awarded the CEO Service Award for her outstanding display of customer service. Avis is a financial counselor at the UF Health Adult Psychiatry clinic. The UF Health Shands Customer Service is the Key (CSK) program …


APA 100% Club

UF Department of Psychiatry attains APA Gold Level 100% Club

The University of Florida College of Medicine- Gainesville has attained 100% resident membership enrollment in the American Psychiatric Association. The APA 100% Club was established to encourage residents throughout the United States and Canada to join the APA with fellow trainees in their programs. This level of involvement places the UF residency program in the Gold Level of 100% Club. This …



Patients from the child and adolescent unit wrote thank you notes to the Alachua County Quilters that donated the handmade quilts. 


Congratulations to our Resident of the Month!

Resident of the month for February is Meghan Mayberry, DO 



Where are they now?


Andrew Pierce, MD

2017 Graduate in General Psychiatry

Click here to find out with Dr. Pierce is up to now!


Congratulations to Robbie Eaton, MD! 

Dr. Eaton is a recent graduate of our Forensic Fellowship program and is now an ABPN Certified Forensic Psychiatrist.   


Staff Recognition 


Bobby Nipper, Pharmacist at UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital

In my years of training in different geographic regions and specialties, I have come across many individuals from varying backgrounds. And my time here at UF has been no exception.

I wanted to express my gratitude, admiration and respect for one of the pharmacists at Shands Vista, Mr. Bobby Nipper.

In my years of training here, Bobby consistently and conscientiously makes time to teach the residents, provides useful information and resources regarding pharmacodynamics/pharmacokinetics of medications, helps patients with obtaining medications their insurances' may not cover with the use of manufacturers' coupons or utilizing test scripts to determine which pharmacy may be more cost effective for the patient, is available to provide help or answer questions, and assists with prior authorizations to get patients the medications they may need to treat their underlying medical or mental health diagnoses.

It has been an honor and a pleasure to work with Bobby; I just wanted for everyone to know as he exemplifies the University of Florida's Department of Psychiatry for all of his efforts.


Maanasi Chandarana, D.O.

PGY-3, Department of Psychiatry


Staff Recognition

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 February 15th. 


Gold Star Staff Award


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!



 Have pictures or stories to share?

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


Andres Pumariega, MD

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist 

Dr. Pumariega is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist. He comes to us from Cooper School of Medicine at Rowan University in Camden, New Jersey. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Miami. Dr. Pumariega did his psychiatry residency at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. His child and adolescent fellowship was a combined program of Duke University Medical Center and Children’s Psychiatric Institute at John Umstead Hospital in Butner, North Carolina. He will join our Child and Adolescent Division.


Christy Henneman


Christy is replacing Shaye Lankford in the business office, She has been with the College of Medicine for 3 years and comes to us from the Dean’s Office – Finance and Administration.  Christy will be handling PI Funding Summaries, UF Foundation Reporting and our Asset Management. 

chenneman34@ufl.edu | 352.594.4228



We would like to wish Shaye Lankford the best in his new endeavors. 


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

McKnight Brain Institute, DeWeese Auditorium 

12pm - 1pm


February 14th

"Chronic Pain and Addiction"

Anthony O. Russell, MD

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychiatry, Division of Addiction Medicine

Watch LIVE online

12pm - 1pm 


February 17th


February 23rd

"Adult ADHD: Advances and Controversies"

Stephen V. Faraone, PhD

Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and of Neuroscience & Physiology

SUNY Upstate Medical University

McKnight Brain Institute, DeWeese Auditorium 

12pm - 1pm


March 23rd

12th Annual Laressa Gribbons Memorial Lecture

"Systems Based Suicide Prevention"

Edwin D. Boudreaux, PhD

Professor of Emergency Medicine

Psychiatry and Quantitative Health Sciences

Vice Chair of Research, Department of Emergency Medicine

University of Massachusetts Medical School

McKnight Brain Institute, DeWeese Auditorium 

12pm - 1pm


Mindfulness Relaxation Minutes 

February Mindfulness Leader:

Barbara Yezierski, BS, LPN

Barbara is a Licensed Practical Nurse with a background in cardiology and pain management. She has a BS in psychology and graduated summa cum laude from Park University in Missouri. Barbara also partially completed requirements for a master's program in psychology. Barbara has 15 years in the pharmaresearch industry and retired in 2013 as an Associate Director of Medical Science with Endo Pharmaceuticals. In 2012 Barbara received certification as a meditation instructor from the Chopra Center, an accredited program from the University of Southern California. She is also certified in Transformation Meditation from an online program.

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#


Mindfulness Resources

Here are some useful mindfulness resources courtesy of Dr. Carol Lewis:

Mindful Awareness Practice (led by Carol Lewis, Ph.D MPH):

•  http://psychiatry.ufl.edu/breathing-space/

Self-compassion meditations by Christopher Germer, Ph.D:

• http://www.mindfulselfcompassion.org/meditations_downloads.php

Self-compassion exercises and mindfulness practices by Kristin Neff, Ph.D:

• http://self-compassion.org

Many mindfulness exercises from the UK's Free Mindfulness Project:

• http://freemindfulness.org/download

ichill is a website and phone app

• http://ichillapp.com

Calm.com is a website and phone app

• www.calm.com

Stop, Breathe & Think is a website and phone app

• http://app.stopbreathethink.org/


                Articles: Melinda Fawcett                    Editors: Priscilla Spence  &  Caroline Nickerson                      


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