May 2018


Scott Teitelbaum, MD ASAM award

Teitelbaum wins ASAM Annual Award

Dr. Scott Teitelbaum, vice chair of addiction medicine and Pottash Professor in the University of Florida departments of psychiatry and neuroscience, began the year off right with a national award from the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Teitelbaum …


Sara Jo Nixon

Nixon receives RSA's 2018 Henri Begleiter Award for Excellence in Research

Sara Jo Nixon, PhD, Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, has been awarded the Research Society on Alcoholism’s (RSA's) 2018 Henri Begleiter Award for Excellence in Research. This award is given to an individual demonstrating innovation, creativity and excellence in their research and/or someone whose work has a major impact on their field. The Awards Committee unanimously recommended Dr. Nixon for the award this …


2018 QI Day

8th Annual Psychiatry QI Day

Wednesday, April 18th the Department of Psychiatry held their 8th Annual Psychiatry Quality Improvement Day at UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital. Residents and Fellows participated in a poster session where each team presented to Department of Psychiatry and UF Health faculty and staff. The winners were announced at a reception immediately following the voting period. View all team posters here …


Residency Retreat 2018

First Residency Olympics held at FPS

The UF Department of Psychiatry held their first Residency Olympics during their annual Resident Retreat held at the Florida Psychiatric Society's (FPS) Spring meeting at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida. During the retreat, residents and fellows were broken up into teams and put to the test. They were required to use team building skills as well as …


Barry Setlow, PhD Professor

Dr. Setlow selected as 2018 UFRF Professorship award winner

Barry Setlow, PhD has been selected as a 2018 University of Florida Research Foundation (UFRF) Professorship award winner. The purpose of these awards is to recognize faculty who have established a distinguished record of research and scholarship that is expected to lead to continuing distinction in their field. Dr. Setlow's outstanding accomplishments and continued dedication to excellence at the University …


Tracy, Caroline, Priscilla

17th Annual Guest Chef to Benefit Peaceful Paths

The 17th Annual Guest Chef Cocktail Party to benefit Peaceful Paths was help at the Gainesville Woman's Club on April 5, 2018. There were over 30 chefs this year with a wide variety of dishes ranging from appetizers to desserts. The Department of Psychiatry was the proud presenting sponsor at this year’s event with several members of the department attending …


Drs. Hoxha, Shapiro, and Smith in front of Capital Hill

UF Child Psychiatry Faculty & Fellows advocate for children's mental health in DC

On April 9th UF child psychiatry faculty member Michael Shapiro, MD and child and adolescent fellows Avjola Hoxha, MD and Hina Smith, MD traveled to Washington D.C. to advocate for children's mental health as part of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's (AACAP's) Legislative Conference. The AACAP's Government Affairs team helps members schedule meetings with legislators on Capitol Hill …



UF Autism & UF: Going Greater Conference

The UF Autism & UF: Going Greater Conference was held April 26th and 27th at the Hilton UF Conference Center in Gainesville, Florida. The conference was designed for parents, private practitioners, healthcare providers, general and special educators,  …


Advocacy Day Breakfast

Third Annual Dr. Richard C. Christensen Memorial Advocacy Day

The Third Annual Dr. Richard C. Christensen Memorial Advocacy Day took place this past Friday on April 27. This year’s featured speaker was John Kern, MD, a clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. He presented on “Engaging with the Mortality Gap: Evidence and Experience with the Special Medical Needs of the Seriously …



Michelle Jacobs-Elliot

Jacobs awarded BSU Faculty and Staff Advisor of the Year

Michelle Jacobs, MD was awarded the Faculty and Staff Advisor of the Year Award from the University of Florida Black Student Union (BSU). Dr. Jacobs was recognized at the 5th Annual Black Community Awards (BCA) held April 23rd at the  …


Marcia Morris, MD

Dr. Morris gives Grand Rounds at Yale

Marcia Morris, MD presented Alumni Grand Rounds on April 10th at the Sterling Hall of  Medicine at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. She presented …



Congratulations Amanda Dyer!

Amanda Dyer has recently been promoted to a Research Administrator I position within our department.  She will be taking on additional responsibilities with grant proposal submissions and post award management, as well as continuing to assist our research faculty with purchase orders, travel, reimbursements and PCard verification.  Amanda is a great asset to our department and we are excited for her continued success.  

Dorothy McCallister Spotlight Award Winner

Dorothy McCallister is PC Spotlight Award winner

Dorothy McCallister was chosen to receive the Program Coordinator Spotlight Award for the 2nd quarter of 2018. She was nominated by her peers for her outstanding work and all that she does for the Department of Psychiatry's residency education program. She was presented with a certificate and will be featured in the PC Quarterly Newsletter.



Autism Awareness Month 34th Street Wall 

The UF Center for Autism and Related Disabilities' social group, My Teen Friends, helped celebrate World Autism Awareness Day by painting the wall on 34th street.

World Autism Awareness Day was celebrated around the globe on Monday, April 2nd.

Check out the video created by the Gainesville Sun.


The Spring Walking Challenge

We have several Team Psychiatry walkers from our various locations all over Gainesville participating.

Here are each team's steps as of week 5: 

McKnight Brain Institute - 2 Blessed 2 Be Stressed - 351,510

UF Health Springhill - A Bunch of Winey Women - 339,541

1329 Business office - Let's get Psyched - 324,056

Florida Recovery Center - Left, Right, Repeat - 292,406


Tip of the cap to Dr Milankumar Nathani, Geriatric Fellow, Christian Archer MS/PhD, and the UF undergrads, for their helping hands at clinic this month.

The patients appreciate the care given by the UF volunteers.

The next clinic is May 14th. All faculty, fellows, and residents are welcome.

Helping Hands Clinic


Congratulations to our Resident of the Month!

Resident of the month for April was Richard Stratton, MD.



Staff Recognition


David Jaeger 

David Jaeger, Administrative Assistant to Dr. Scott Teitelbaum, has been with the Department for a short period of time, but in that time, has become a solid member of the Florida Recovery Center team. His pleasant demeanor and professional nature make him a pleasure to work with. He has been a quick learner and an efficient team member. 

David has worked intensively with Dr. Teitelbaum in the submission of an application for an ACGME approved addiction fellowship. This is a labor intensive project, which basically outlines the entire fellowship program, from didactics, clinical rotations, and course materials, making sure it all falls within appropriate ACGME guidelines. We are lamenting the fact that he will be leaving Florida in May, and wish him and his family all the best.


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 May 15th. 


Call for Videos - 60th Anniversary of DOP

We're collecting videos for the 60th Anniversary. Film a short one-minute cell phone video and send it to


• To include your name

• Whether you are alumni and/or faculty, staff 

• To film horizontally 

Questions? Email us at


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!



State Audit of Insurance Dependents Now Underway 

This is an important reminder for all faculty and staff enrolled in one of the four State Group Insurance healthcare plans. If you are enrolled in Gatorcare, you can disregard this message.

If you are a state health plan participant with dependent coverage, you should have recently received or will soon receive a letter from Health Management Systems Inc. (HMS) requesting your dependent documentation. The required dependent documentation must be sent to HMS by the specified deadline in order to continue dependent coverage.

HMS will NOT ask you for your Social Security Number or any other sensitive personal information over the phone. Visit the state website to learn more or contact HMS directly by calling (877) 577-4549.

The audit requires you to log on to a third party website and upload documents proving eligibility.

For more information please go to

This is very important. Do not disregard this notice, as your dependents will be dropped, if you do not verify eligibility.


Jackie Tucker

Research Administrator II

Jackie joins us from the College of Pharmacy and we are delighted to have her.  She will be assisting our research faculty and staff with Pre- and Post-Award administrative responsibilities as our Research Administrator II.  Jackie will join the Research Admin Team in the Chair’s office suite on the 4th Floor of the MBI. 

She can be reached via phone or email: 294-4913 |


May is Mental Health Month


May 1st | 34th Street Wall for Mental Health Awareness

Look for the Mental Health Awareness Mural on the 34th Street Wall.


May 5-9th - APA | New York City

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center | 655 W 34th Street | New York, NY 10001

Click the link below for a schedule of all UF Psychiatry Faculty, Residents, and Fellows presentations:

2018 APA Schedule for University of Florida Department of Psychiatry


May 6-12th | National Hospital Week & Nurses Week

Link to Hospital Week Activities

May 9th | Addiction Medicine Lecture


“Neurobehavioral Dysfunction in Early Abstinence and the Recovery Process”

Sara Jo Nixon, PhD 

Principal Investigator

Professor & Co-Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry,
UF College of Medicine

Professor, Department of Psychology,
UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Chief, Division of Addiction Research

Director, Neurocognitive Laboratory, Department of Psychiatry,
UF College of Medicine


Live stream here 


May 16th | CARE Seminar

Caitlin Orsini, M.S., Ph.D.

Communicore C1-3


Coffee, water, and cookies will be served. 



May 18th | Faculty Research Seminar


May 19th 

MyTeenFriends Event

MyTeenFriends is a group that provides positive, welcoming social opportunities for teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) where they can meet and make friends during fun community outings. Learn more

Guided Nature Tour

Sweetwater Wetlands Park, 325 SW Williston Road, Gainesville, FL 32601

Saturday morning, May 19, 8:30am -10:30am

A park ranger will speak about snakes, gators, birds, and plants as we tour the park! 

A $5.00 donation is encouraged as an entrance fee/parking. 

If participants would like to bring snacks or water for after the tour, they are welcome to do so. 

RSVP to Katie Roark at by May 11, 2018.


May 28th 

Memorial Day - 1329 Business Office, McKnight Brain Institute and clinics closed.


May 30th

Free Yoga hosted by the Department of Psychiatry and RecSports to promote Fitness #4Mind4Body as part of this year's Mental Health Awareness Campaign.

Held on the lawn in front of the Harrell Building at noon.

Don't forget your yoga mat!


June 18 - 22 & July 30 - August 3 


Mindful Relaxation Minutes 

May Mindfulness Leader:

Beatriz Elena de Bruna

Beatriz has taught meditation for over twenty years in both English and Spanish. She studied with meditation teachers from many practices, and after participating in the "Teacher Development Intensive" at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, her focus has been Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). She offers mindfulness courses in English or Spanish (or bilingual) for group and individual instruction at a variety of locations including community centers, health centers, homes, and hospitals.

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# 


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Articles: Melinda Fawcett & Caroline Nickerson              

Editors: Priscilla Spence, Caroline Nickerson, & Tom Zych                      


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