July 2018



UF Health first in Florida to earn National Network of Depression Centers designation

The University of Florida’s Mood Disorders Program, spearheaded by the department of psychiatry at UF’s College of Medicine, was recently named a center of excellence by the National Network of Depression Centers, or NNDC. UF Health is the first academic health center in Florida to earn this distinction.


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New research shows a genetic link between psychiatric disorders

Carol Mathews, M.D., director of the Center for OCD, Anxiety & Related Disorders, and other UF researchers — including Michael Okun, M.D., chair of neurology, and Irene Malaty, M.D., associate professor of neurology — contributed to a recently published study in the journal Science that broadly examined the genetic relationships between many different psychiatric and neurological disorders.


Andres Pumariega

Examining rising suicide rates

Chief of child and adolescent psychiatry and MBI member Andres Pumariega, M.D., wrote an op-ed in the Gainesville Sun examining the role of inadequate funding in the United States’ suicide “epidemic.”



Back from the Brink

Dr. Scott Teitelbaum’s life took many unexpected turns that led him to the University of Florida, where he’s now director of the UF Health Florida Recovery Center, vice chair of psychiatry and a member of the McKnight Brain Institute.

His personal journey, which helps him lead others to recovery, is highlighted in the May/June edition of The POST, UF Health’s news magazine.


Dr. Shapiro Pediatric Depression

Pediatric Depression: When Does Parental Refusal for Treatment Constitute Medical Neglect?   

Dr. Shapiro discusses his article from the Conversation in this short video


COARD visits K9s for Warriors Gold Family Campus

In June members of the Center for OCD, Anxiety and Related Disorders (COARD) met with Campus Director, Randy Dexter to tour the new Gold Family Campus and discuss ways the two organizations can collaborate in the future.



In Case You Missed It: OCOH, Opioid Addiction “Controversies Surrounding Treatment”

This HealthStreet event featured a panel of health care professionals, including Jason Hunt, MD who discussed different aspects of the current opioid crisis and ways medically assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction can improve health outcomes and reduce overdoses.

You can view the livestream here. Dr. Hunt's presentation is at approximately the 20:30 mark.



Congratulations to Drs. Bruijnzeel and Holbert

Please join us in congratulating Drs. Adriaan Bruijnzeel and Richard Holbert on their promotions to new ranks in their career as of July 1, 2018. We appreciate their commitment to academic development and their leadership contributions to the department.


18th Annual Chapman Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society

Psychiatry Faculty & Residents recognized at Chapman Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society banquet

Department of Psychiatry faculty member, Louis Solomon, MD; PGY-4 Yarelis Guzman-Quinones, MD and PGY-3 Maanasi Chandarana, DO were recognized at the 18th annual Chapman Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society banquet and induction ceremony in the George T. Harrell, MD, Medical Education Building.



Congratulations to Tessy Korah, MD 

Dr. Korah has earned her Geriatric Psychiatry Board.

Geriatric psychiatry emphasizes the biological and psychological aspects of normal aging, the psychiatric effect of acute and chronic physical illness, and the biological and psychosocial aspects of the pathology of primary psychiatric disturbances of older age. Geriatric psychiatrists focus on prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of mental and emotional disorders in the elderly and improvement of psychiatric care for healthy and ill elderly patients.

2018 Chief Resident Awards and Recognition Luncheon

2018 Chief Resident Awards and Recognition Luncheon

On June 8th Residency Education held their Annual Resident Awards and Recognition Luncheon following the PGY-4 Grand Rounds at the McKnight Brain Institute., …


FEAR Facers camp counselors with UF Athletes

Fear Facers Summer Camp

June 18 - 22nd UF Health Medical Psychology and the Center for OCD, Anxiety, and Related Disorders, hosted week one of the Second Annual Fear Facers Summer Camp. The campers were  …


2018 Staff Retreat

2018 Staff Retreat

On June 1st the Department of Psychiatry held their TEAMS staff retreat at Splitz. The retreat kicked off with a welcome from Department Administrator, Marika Brigham followed by a team building …



CARD Spotlight

A HUGE thank you to coaches Nick and Alex, as well as Stephanie, at LIV Athletic - Gainesville, FL for hosting such an wonderful and empowering class for our MyTeenFriends group! They did an amazing job. The kids were super excited and left feeling enthusiastic about fitness and working together! The staff are very welcoming of all abilities and they sure know how to make everyone feel included. They used written and visual schedules, broke activities down into steps, demonstrated them when necessary, and were aware of sensory needs. Thanks Liv Athletic for putting together such a fantastic class for us. We appreciate it!

Learn more about our MyTeenFriends here:http://card.ufl.edu/resources/myfriends/


Congratulations to our Resident of the Month!

Resident of the month for June was Danielle Epstein, DO



Staff Recognition

Gina Palladino

Gina has worked as the clinic manager at the UF Health Center for Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine in Vero Beach for the past 5 years. She makes working from such a distance so much easier. Gina is always so helpful and knowledgeable about her clinic, faculty, and staff.

Dr. Creelman says, "Gina is typically the first one to open the Center in Vero, and always ready to take on any role to make our patient care the best in all the Treasure Coast!"


Indian River MHA receives proclamation from County Commissioners  

Indian River Mental Heath Association receives Proclamation from Indian River Board of County Commissioners designating May as Mental Health Month in Indian River County. UF Health Center for Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine clinic manager, Gina Palladino attended the ceremony, she is a member of the Indian River Mental Health Association.

(pictured in front row, fifth from the left: Gina Palldino, UF Health Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine Vero Beach Clinic Manager)


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 July 15th. 


come to the 60th video link

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 DOP60@psychiatry.ufl.edu.


• To include your name

• Whether you are alumni and/or faculty, staff 

• To film horizontally 

Questions? Email us at DOP60@psychiatry.ufl.edu


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!



Mala Iyer, MD

Dr. Iyer is the new Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor for the VA and Adult Division.



Welcome to our new psychiatry residents!


Debra Krawczykiewicz

Thank you Debra for your years of service to the Department of Psychiatry! We will miss you and wish you all the best in your new position with Academic Technology at the University of Florida.


July 3rd | Fanfares & Fireworks

Bandshell at Flavet Field

University of Florida Campus


Click here for more information 


July 4th | Independence Day 

Chairman's office, 1329 Fiscal office, and Clinics closed.



July 9th | Farewell Celebration for Dr. Guzick


July 9th | UF CARD Employment Bootcamp

Navigating Your Way to Success

UF CARD is offering a one-week (i.e., five full-days) Employment Bootcamp for adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The schedule of activities for the Bootcamp is designed to facilitate the development of a personal futures plan to help adults with ASD navigate aspects of employment.

Monday, July 9, 2018 thru Friday, July 13, 2018
9:30AM – 3:30PM



July 17th | The Alda Method ~ Connection is a Choice


July 30th | UF Health Springhill II Ribbon Cutting

4197 NW 86th Terrace | Gainesville, FL  32606

Time: 9:30am


July 30 - August 3 


August 15th | Raising Hope at Work Talent Show

To Raise Hope at Work, our beloved faculty, Drs. Joel Fernandez, Rich Holbert, Mike Shapiro and Uma Suryadevara, have agreed to be ROASTED by YOU at our fundraiser on Wednesday Aug 15th.

Here’s what you need to do:

-Make your donation online here www.giving.ufhealth.org/raisinghope/psychiatry

-Every $5 of your donation buys you ONE roasting comment (or “mean tweet” from Jimmy Kimmel's format). You can roast one special faculty member listed for $5, or roast all 4 faculty members for $20.

-Bring your receipt (you can show your it on your phone) and turn in your comment on a piece of paper to either (a) Dr. Rahmani, Terra Smith or Monica Ross at little Springhill, (b) Susan Nobles at MOB, or (c) Priscilla Spence at the MBI.

-Be sure to mention the name of the faculty you are roasting. You can choose to identify yourself or remain anonymous.

-See your chosen faculty member read your comments out aloud at the event! For an additional $5 (total 10), you can do the roasting of a faculty member yourself!

-You will want to see the roasting war that has already begun between the four faculty members! 


It will be fun, and all donations to go a good cause!

To sign up or for more information email Debra Krawczykiecz 


September 20th | 60th Anniversary Celebration Meet and Greet

You are all invited to the Meet and Greet Celebration at the new UF Health Springhill II.

Come help us kick off the UF Psychiatry 60th Anniversary Celebration Weekend and welcome our alumni back to Gainesville. 

Dinner will be provided, please RSVP to Tracy Dees at Tracy.Dees@ufl.edu if you plan to attend.


September 21st | UFDOP 60th Anniversary CME Event

11am –  4pm; box lunch served for in person attendees at the McKnight Brain Institute, DeWeese Auditorium.

Seating is limited and you must register online prior to the event.

Click here for more details


Mindful Relaxation Minutes 

July Mindfulness Leader:

Carol Lewis, PhD, MPH, CPH

Carol Lewis, PhD, MPH, CPH 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.

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              

Editor: Priscilla Spence & Tom Zych                   


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