June 2017


APA Annual Meeting 2017

Another successful APA Annual Meeting on the books. This year the UF Department of Psychiatry sent 17 faculty members, 18 residents, and two staff members to the meeting held in San Diego, CA. Read more about the presentations from our faculty and residents and see photos from the meeting here.


Teen Depression & Bullying Panel

Teen Depression/Bullying Resource Forum

On Tuesday May 16th at the Alachua County Library Headquarters, concerned parent, Virginia Lynn coordinated a panel of community mental health experts and resources to discuss teen depression, suicide, and bullying. Drs. Michael Shapiro, Joseph McNamara, and Carol Lewis participated as resources to the community.


UF Psychiatry PCIT Team holds reception to honor Dr. Eyberg

UF Psychiatry PCIT Team holds reception to honor Dr. Eyberg

The UF Psychiatry Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) Team had a reception to honor Sheila Eyberg, PhD, ABPN and UF Distinguished Professor Emeritus, who is the creator and developer of PCIT. PCIT uses direct coaching of the parent to positively influence the parent’s interactions with his or her child, and, as a result, positively influence the child’s behaviors.



CHS partners with UF Health to provide telemedicine psychiatry services

Children’s Home Society of Florida (CHS) is unveiling a statewide partnership with University of Florida Health (UF Health) that uses telehealth technology to pair CHS’ counselors with licensed psychiatrists to improve access to care.


New Faculty


Nikhil Rao, MD, MSc

Child & Adolescent Division and Consult Liaison Service




Laura Rodriguez-Ramon, MD

Adult Inpatient Psychiatry and Adult Outpatient Clinic

New Staff

Amanda Dyer

Grant Support


Safal Desai

Revenue Cycle Analyst

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Faculty 10 Year Anniversaries

• Wayne Creelman, MD

• Eric Gooch, DO

• Sara Jo Nixon, PhD

• Louis Solomon, MD

Dr. Bruijnzeel EDS Certificate

Dr. Bruijnzeel earns EDS Certificate

Dr. Adriaan Bruijnzeel earned the Educational Development Series Certificate. The Educational Development Certificate Series is for faculty who are interested in improving their understanding of teaching and learning and in acquiring advanced skills for active and interactive teaching and learning.



George Sarkis, PhD

Sarkis has completed his doctoral degree. He was a Graduate Research Assistant in Dr. Kevin Wang's lab.


Lauren Hoffman, PhD

Hoffman has completed her doctoral degree in the Behavioral Cognitive Neuroscience program. She has been a Graduate Research Assistant in Dr. Sara Jo Nixon's Neurocognitive Laboratory since 2011.


Brad Wilkes

Recipient of five awards:

• CTSI Pilot Project Grant

• Dissertation Research Award from the American Psychological Association

• Jacqueline Goldman Scholarship in Developmental Psychology

• The Robert A. and Phyllis Levitt Award

• Gerber Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience Psychology Research Award



Starts this month!

Keep an eye out for details on our annual Talent Night event!

Thanks to your amazing donations and participation from last year we have the option to donate to one of our own Department of Psychiatry Funds this year!

• Richard C. Christensen, M.D. Visiting Lecture Fund #F020281

• Psychiatry Residency Education and Scholar Fund #F016499

• Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fund #F003357

• UF Community Psychiatry Program #F008425

If you are interested in donating to one of these funds please contact your Raising Hope at Work Champion for details. ***Do not donate online if you wish to donated to one of these funds.

Faculty: Lisa Merlo-Greene or Staff: Priscilla Spence

Memorial Service

Joseph Matassini, DO

Wilmot Gardens

2023 Mowry Road

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

12:00pm - 2:00pm

June Events

12pm - 1pm - Grand Rounds, The Sex Talk - DeWeese Auditorium

1pm - 2pm - Chief Residents Appreciation, MBI L4-101


6pm House Staff Graduation

Touchdown Terrace, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium

RSVP to Terry Lemesh

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