October 2018


60th Anniversary Alumni Dinner

60th Anniversary Alumni Dinner

On Friday, September 21, 2018 the Department of Psychiatry hosted the 60th Anniversary Alumni Reception and Dinner at the Harrell Medical Education Building. Please enjoy the gallery below.    


Four Chairs of the Department of Psychiatry

60th Anniversary CME Event

As part of the Department of Psychiatry 60th Anniversary Celebration we held a Continuing Medical Education (CME) Event. The three previous chairsl …


Research Flash Talks

60th Anniversary Research Flash Talks

The Department of Psychiatry incorporated Research Flash Talks into the program for 60th Anniversary CME event. Twelve of the Department's researchers gave 5 minute flash talks highlighting their current research. The program was well received by attendees. Thank you to all  the researchers that participated. ​      


60th Anniversary Meet & Greet

60th Anniversary Meet & Greet

We began the Department of Psychiatry 60th Anniversary events with a Meet and Greet at the new UF Health Springhill 2 medical office building. It gave the alumni the opportunity to tour the new facility and welcome each other into town.    


60th Anniversary Alumni Football Social

60th Anniversary Alumni Football Social

The 60th Anniversary events concluded on Saturday, September 22nd with an Alumni Football Social. Alumni and members of the Department's faculty and staff gathered to watch football and say their goodbyes until next time.  


Andres Pumariega

Dr. Andres Pumariega discusses a lifesaving suicide prevention tool

Andres Pumariega, M.D., chief of the division of child and adolescent psychiatry and MBI member, describes the tool, which he helped adapt for public use.


Thornton FPS Award

Dr. Thornton receives FPS Public Service Award

  Joseph Thornton, MD was awarded the Florida Psychiatric Society's (FPS) Public Service Award on Saturday, September 8th at the FPS Fall CME Meeting. This award is for an FPS member who has educated the public about psychiatry either directly or indirectly and has provided exemplary activity in the wider area of public service. Dr. Thornton received the award for …



Quality and Safety Star Award | September

For our September Quality and Safety Star Award, we are honoring Dr. Casey Lowrey, PGY-2. Casey acted very quickly to ensure the safety of one of her patients who was in a precarious situation. She called for help immediately and likely saved the patient’s life. Awesome job! Thanks 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 contact Dr. Hobbs.


Tip of the Cap

Tip of the cap to Dr. Laurie Solomon (Sarkis Group), and Shelby Goicochea MS4 for their helping hands at last night's clinic.

All of the patients are appreciative of the care given to them.

All faculty, fellows and residents are welcome.

Help Hands Clinic


Congratulations to our Resident of the Month!

Resident of the month for September is Nathan Chan, MD.   



Research Awards

Ben Lewis, PhD (PI) – K01, “Enhancing Recovery Outcomes in Alcohol Use Disorder: Cognitive Training as an Adjunct to Treatment


Staff Recognition

We would like to recognize the 60th Anniversary Committee for all their hard work over the past year to make this event a successful reality. We could not have done it with you!


Gold Star Staff Award

Denise Lambert


Congratulations Dorothy McCallister!

Dorothy has been an integral part of the Department of Psychiatry for 20 years, working in medical and residency education. Congratulations Dorothy and thank you for all your hard work and dedication to the department over the years!


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 October 15th. 




Letter of intent due 11/19/2018    - - - -    Application due 01/21/2019

Instructions and an application can be found on the NACC website.


Register for World Bioethics Day!


October 19th at the McKnight Brain Institute. 

This year's program will include presentations by:

• Dr. Russel D'Souza, Chair of the UN Bioethics Day in Haifa, Israel

• Dr. Joseph Thornton, Chair of the UF-VA Bioethics Unit

Community talks, mindfulness, and a poster session will round out the day.

If you are interested in attending and/or submitting a poster, please fill out the registration form on the site here: https://bioethics.psychiatry.ufl.edu/bioethics-day/  


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!


flu shots

Flu Shots

The Annual Flu Vaccination for 2018 is now available. For staff and volunteers working in or supporting human-patient care programs, you’re required to get vaccinated and wear this year’s badge sticker.

UF College of Medicine employees can get their shots done at any Student Health Care Center (SHCC) outreach event across campus. Those receiving vaccination through SHCC must present both an ID badge and insurance card. If you are receiving your vaccination through SHCC, please click here to preregister. *Preregistration secures your appointment for a vaccination through SHCC for the event. If not registered, you are still eligible for a flu shot but may experience longer wait times and must check in the day of event with a UF ID and insurance card*.

Please email Tovah Lawrence to let her know the date that you’ve received your vaccination.

Shot dates and locations: 

UF Health Shands Atrium – several dates https://bridge.ufhealth.org/flu/events/

CMS - Monday, September 24, 1 pm – 3 pm

1329 Building - Friday, October 5: 1329 Building (Room 1250), 8 am – 11 am

Springhill MOB 

• Tuesday, September 18: UF Health Springhill 1 (Room 1006), 12:45 pm – 4:45 p

• Wednesday, September 26: UF Health Springhill 2 (Room 1115B), 8 am – 11:30 am


• Wednesday, September 19: UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital – Vista/Rehab, 8  am – 12:00 pm

• Thursday, September 27: UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital – Vista/Rehab, 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

FRC - Wednesday, September 19: UF Health Florida Recovery Center, 9:15 am – 10:15 am



Martha Pennock Schaub 

Administrative Professional II

Faculty promotion and tenure, faculty development and mentoring, CME administration and Grand Rounds.

Phone: 352.294.4918

Email: marpen@ufl.edu



October 7th | The Campus Cure with Dr. Marcia Morris

Not alone

October 8th | MIAW Movie Night 

4th Annual MIAW Movie Night at the Hippodrome

Screening the documentary Not Alone 

Driven by a desire to understand why her best friend killed herself at 16, Jacqueline Monetta, 18, finds teens willing to talk about their struggles with mental illness and thoughts of suicide.

Through her intimate one-to-one interviews, Jacqueline explores the difficulties teens face in this interconnected technology driven world. | Watch Trailer 

Partnering with PALS THRIVE

Art exhibit by AnArtists Community AnARTists Community Group is an organization that believes everyone is creative and art is healing. Through workshops, outreach, and exhibitions we provide a supportive space for people to gather and use the arts for expression, enjoyment, health, and wellness. Our motto is: Art for everyone!

Hippodrome | 25 SE 2nd Pl, Gainesville, FL 32601

Doors at 5:30pm


October 13th | NAMI Walk

The department needs volunteers for the NAMI Walk on October 13th. There will be a table set-up from 8-12. 

Email Britany Griffin if you are interested!


October 13th  | Celebrating Autism in the Arts

Celebrating Autism in the Arts

Saturday, October 13, 2018
3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Celebration United Methodist Church
9501 SW Archer Road, Gainesville, FL 32608


October 19th | World Bioethics Day

McKnight Brain Institute 9am - 4pm

For more information: https://bioethics.psychiatry.ufl.edu/bioethics-day/  


November 2nd | UF Homecoming

UF Holiday: 1329 Fiscal Office and Chair's Office Closed. 


November 12th | Veterans Day 

1329 Fiscal Office, Chairs Office, and Clinics Closed. 


November 22nd & 23rd | Thanksgiving

UF Employees off November 22nd & 23rd.

UF Health Employees, please check with your clinic managers for closure dates.


Mindful Relaxation Minutes 

October Mindfulness Leader:

Beatriz Elena de Bruna

Beatriz Elena de Bruna 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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Editor: Priscilla Spence                   


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