November 2018


Bussing Febo

Drs. Bussing & Febo named COM University Term Professors

Department of Psychiatry Professor, Regina Bussing, MD and Assistant Professor, Marcelo Febo, PhD have been named College of Medicine 2018-19 University Term Professors. 


Joseph Thornton Presenting at World Bioethics Day

UF-VA UNESCO Bioethics Unit celebrates World Bioethics Day 2018

On Friday, October 19, the UF-VA UNESCO Bioethics Unit met for presentations commemorating World Bioethics Day. UNESCO has 73 units of this particular program, and our unit was set up three years ago s …


NNDC Group Photo

UF attends first NNDC Annual Meeting

The UF College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry was welcomed into the National Network of Depression Centers (NNDC) at their Annual Conference in Baltimore. Several of our faculty and residents presented  …



American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's (AACAP) 65th Annual Meeting

The University of Florida, Department of Psychiatry went to Seattle, Washington for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's (AACAP) 65th Annual Meeting. Click to see photos and the list of sessions our faculty …


NAMI Walk 2018

2018 NAMI Walk

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Gainesville Chapter held their Annual NAMI Walk on Saturday, October 13th at Depot Park. The UF Department of Psychiatry had …


UF Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist Andres Pumariega, MD leading discussion about the movie

Fourth Annual MIAW Movie Night at the Hippodrome

The Department of Psychiatry held its fourth annual movie night during Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) at the Hippodrome in downtown Gainesville on October 8th. As part of activities scheduled for MIAW  …



Quality and Safety Star Award 

For our October Quality and Safety Star Award, we are honoring Dr. Tarik Ksaibati, PGY-3. Tarik made a great catch, picking up on a physical exam finding and getting his patient to emergent care. Great 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.


Resident of the Month


Congratulations Drs. Leal and Andrews!

Camilo Leal, MD and Sarah Andrews, MD received the AACAP Educational Outreach Program for Child and Adolescent Residents Award.


Staff Service Pins

Pictured: Dr. Regina Bussing, Deborah Morrison, Dorothy McCallister, Sammi LeClair, Alissa Yax, and Marika Brigham.

5 Years

• Samantha LeClair

• Deborah Morrison

• Alissa Yax

15 Years

• Emily Taylor-Snell

20 Years

• Dorothy McCallister

25 Years

• Arthur Wallen


Tip of the Cap

Tip of the cap to Drs. Rob Averbuch and Casey Lowrey for their helping hands at clinic.

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

All faculty, fellows and residents are welcome.

Help Hands Clinic


Research Awards

Regina Bussing, MD (PI) – US Department Of Education, “Florida and Virgin Island Deaf Blind Cooperative” (FAVI).  Dr. Bussing received another five year award for continuation of this ongoing outreach program.  

Julianne Price, Graduate Student in Dr. Sara Jo Nixon’s lab has received an award from the Trish Calvert Ring Fund for Psychology Graduate Student Research

COARD Travel Stipend  - Rebecca Henderson, 2nd year graduate student was awarded the COARD Travel Stipend to present “How Much is To Much: Moral Demarcations of Pathology in Hoarding Disorder” talk, at the American Anthropological Association conference in San Jose, CA November 14-18, 2018. 


Staff Recognition 


 Alissa Yax

Alissa serves as the office manager for UF CARD. She is a great asset to the Center.  Having been with CARD for 8 years, she is instrumental in helping manage a budget that is over a million dollars. Her work is consistent and precise.

All of the CARD staff travel quite a bit and are therefore out of the office more than in. Having Alissa here means I never have to worry about CARD Center operations running smoothly when I and other staff are not here. I am most grateful for all she does.


Gold Star Staff Award

For recognition of Vero's clinic manager, Gina Palladino and her staff, Barbara Ponting, Sheryl Mincolla, and Megan Andino for having the highest collection rate in the College of Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry for the Gators Give Campaign with a 99.8% collection rate.

They are a great team and always do their best to support the clinic and the patient care in Vero Beach!


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 November 15th. 


Congratulations to our winners!

And a big THANK YOU to those that donated towards the baskets and those that purchased tickets! Together we raised $1467.00!


The Fall walking challenge is underway and we have several teams from the department participating!

Florida Recovery Center - We've Got Sole! 

• Team Leader - Dr. Jill Sutton

• Sarah Bogatay

• Tim Christensen

• Jorelle Degen

• Mirvat Jamal

• Lori McGruder 

• Alandria Mustafa

• Joanna Ongsitco

• Michelle Robertson

• Jessica Sanders

• Joanna Stephens

• Robert Wagner

• Katie Walker

• Rachel Waters

McKnight Brain Institute - Count Stepula

• Team Leader - Tracy Dees

• Melinda Fawcett

• Dr. Carol Mathews

• Dr. Lisa Merlo

• David Roberts

• Azin Rod

• Jackie Tucker

Springhill 1 - The MOB Walkers

• Team Leader - Britany Griffin

• Dr. Ashley Bindshedler

• Mary Ellen Frey

• Dr. Matt Harnach

• Dr. Jacqueline Hobbs

• Dr. Hannah Morrissey

• Holly Pfiester

• Michael Rafticre


Halloween Spirit Around the Department


UF Psychiatry Alumni Society Life Member

Congratulations to Josepha Cheong, MD is the first Life Member of the Psychiatry Alumni Society!

For more information or to join the Psychiatry Alumni Society please visit: 


UF Psychiatry Alumni Society Founding Members

• Regina Bussing, MD

• Josepha Cheong, MD

• Carlos Cuadros, MD

• Pritha Rajeshwori Dhungana, MD

• Jacqueline Hobbs, MD, PhD

• Michelle Jacobs-Elliott, MD

• Jose J. Llinas, MD

• Sushil Puskar, MD

• Mariam Rahmani, MD

• Karen Stennie, MD

• Syeda N. Sultana, MD

• Karen Teston, MD

If you are interested in becoming a founding member please visit for more information.

Martha Pennock

Martha Pennock Schaub: or 352.294.4918


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!



MOB 1 Food Drive

MOB Springhill 1 will be collecting food donations for the month of November for the Alan and Cathy Hitchcock Field and Fork Pantry.

The Pantry is a resource on the University of Florida campus committed to eradicate food insecurity and is available to all current Students, Faculty or Staff at the University of Florida. 


Joni Brown, MSN, ACNP-C, ARNP

Joni Brown will be working at the UF Health Florida Recovery Center in Addiction Medicine. 


Ramon R. Quijano, MD

Dr. Quijano is our newest Addiction Medicine Fellow at the Florida Recovery Center.


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.


November 19th | Letter of Intent Deadline

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

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


November 30th | Grand Rounds

College Mental Health: Past, Present, Future 

Michelle Riba, MD 

Clinical Professor & Program Director of the Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship

Associate Director of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center

Director of the PsychOncology Program

University of Michigan

12:00-1:00pm | McKnight Brain Institute, DeWeese Auditorium


December 1st - 2nd | Gainesville Downtown Festival & Arts Show

Come see UF CARD in the Imagination Station Area of the Gainesville Downtown Festival & Arts Show at Booth C58

Saturday, December 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, December 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


December 6th | 20th Anniversary Celebration - MBI

Dear Colleagues, 

Please join us on Dec. 7 for our McKnight Brain Institute 20th Anniversary Celebration at the Cade Museum. The celebration will serve as this year’s holiday party and we look forward to this opportunity to thank you for your contributions to the MBI. We hope to see you there!


Todd E. Golde, M.D., Ph.D.

Director, McKnight Brain Institute 

If you are planning to attend, Please RSVP to Tracy Dees no later than November 7th  at or at 294-4900.   


Mindful Relaxation Minutes 

November 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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