August 2019


Lisa Merlo Greene, PhD

Q&A with Dr. Lisa Merlo Greene

Lisa Merlo Greene, Ph.D. knows the importance and benefits of wellness programming within an academic health care network to avoid burnout. In this interview with Doctor Gator, learn what's next for wellness at UF College of Medicine.



UF Health Shands Hospital ranks among nation’s best in seven medical specialties

No other Florida hospital has more than seven adult specialties ranked in the nation’s top 50, up from six ranked specialties a year ago. And for the fifth year in a row, UF Health Shands is ranked in more adult and pediatric specialties combined than any other hospital in the state – a total of 12, factoring in the pediatric rankings released in June.




Helping Hands Coin

Helping Hands Clinic Celebrates 30th Years of Service

Drs. Jackie Hobbs, Louis Solomon and Laurie Solomon, were recognized for their service to Helping Hands Clinic. Helping Hands Clinic is a group of volunteer health professionals who have provided free healthcare to the poor and homeless in Gainesville, Florida since October, 1989. The clinic is staffed by social workers, registered nurses, advanced registered nurse practitioners, physicians, and community service volunteers. …



Inaugural Austen Riggs Award for Excellence in Psychotherapy

Dr. Jessica Khan has been selected as a recipient of the Austen Riggs Award for Excellence in Psychotherapy. She will be recognized for her achievements at the Austen Riggs centennial conference.



Summer camp helps kids face fears, aids UF researchers

Fear Facers Summer Camp, organized by UF’s Center for OCD, Anxiety & Related Disorders (COARD), is for children ranging from ages 7 to 15 with phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety. The camp is an alternative way for children to receive therapy and challenge themselves to overcome daily struggles. 



UF Psychiatry 2019 RHAW Back to Back Champs!

Thank you so much for your continued generosity and support of Raining Hope At Work. Your donations help to support the many missions of the College of Medicine as well as those of the Department. We are proud of the team efforts and tireless hours poured into providing activities and promoting scholarly and teaching to our residents, fellows and students.


Housestaff Quality and Patient Safety Committee (HQPSC)

Drs. Alison Larson, Erica Call, Amanda Mihalik, have been accepted to the UF Housestaff Committee. The Office of Housestaff Affairs is dedicated to the advocacy of all interns, residents and fellows.


Quality and Safety Star Award

Ashley Bindshedler, DO

Jessica Khan, MD

Danielle Epstein, DO

Tarik Ksaibati, DO

For our July Quality and Safety Star Award, we are honoring Drs. Ashley Bindshedler, Jessica Khan, Danielle Epstein, and Tarik Ksaibati. Ashley and Jessica (administrative co-chief residents) have done an outstanding job orienting our new interns/residents to their services throughout the month of July. Danielle and Tarik (outpatient co-chief residents have done an outstanding job orienting our PGY-2/3s to the outpatient clinic. The importance of ensuring a good start to residency, the academic year, and major transitions are critical to our quality and safety missions. 

Thank you for being quality and safety stars!


Resident of the Month


Tip of the Cap

Tip of the cap to Dr. Rob Averbuch for his helping hands at clinic last night.

All of the patients appreciate the care given by UF psychiatrists and other volunteers. 

Everyone is welcome to join the Helping Hands Clinic.

 Helping Hands Clinic


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 August 15th. 



UF at Work's Second Summer Photo Contest

UF at Work invites you to share your best summer photos now through Aug. 16. Whether you’re staying close to home or traveling near and far, we invite you to share your experiences with the UF community!

 Winners will receive one of these great UF giveaways:

• Two tickets to a performance in UF Performing Arts’ 2019–20 season

• Two tickets to a Men’s Basketball 2019–20 season game

• Two tickets to the Florida Museum of Natural History’s Butterfly Rainforest

• A complimentary three-day gear rental for two stand-up paddleboards, two single kayaks or one tandem kayak from UF RecSports’ Center for Outdoor Recreation and Education

• Books from University Press of Florida: Made in Florida: Artists, Celebrities, Activists, Educators, and Other Icons in the Sunshine State and In Season: Stories of Discovery, Loss, Home, and Places In Between

• A gift from the UF Bookstore

For details on how to enter please visit: Summer Photo Contest 


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!




Angela Camacho, MD


Brian Olsen, PhD


Victoria Hodge



Christopher Ong, MD

Dr. Chris Ong is a part-time Adjunct Assistant Professor with the Adult Outpatient Clinic at Springhill 1, he started July 1st. 


Kerri Peters, PhD

Dr. Kerri Peters is a Psychologist with a focus on ABA treatments, in the Psychology Division at Springhill 2, she started on August 1.  


Laurie Solomon, MD

Dr. Laurie Solomon is an Clinical Assistant Professor for Addiction Division at the Florida Recovery Center, she started on August 1.


Welcome our new Addiction Medicine Fellows


Welcome our new Child & Adolescent Fellows



Parent Training for Disruptive Behaviors

UF CARD is offering a free parent training program to parents of children 12 years of age and younger with autism spectrum disorder or a related disability. This parent training program consists of 6 sessions designed to reduce disruptive behaviors.



August 6th | Music for Stress Reduction and Wellness

On Tuesday, August 6, AnARTists is hosting a free workshop titled "Music for Stress Reduction and Wellness". Please note this event is for adults only. If you are interested or for more information, please see the flyer


August 9th | Dr. Herb Ward Celebration of Service

Please join us in honoring Dr. Herb Ward's decades of dedication to administrative leadership, service and education. 


August 16th | APA Abstract Submission Deadline

Travel resources are limited, make sure to submit your abstract for consideration! 

To participate in the 2020 submission process, please respond to Martha Pennock Schaub with the following information:

Meeting date: April 25-29, 2020; Location: Philadelphia, PA

Theme: “Advancing Quality: Challenges and Opportunities”

Submitter name (only one presenter per poster):

Title of Submission (maximum of 150 characters, with spaces):

Type of Submission:

( ) poster  ( ) media session  ( ) general session  ( ) courses ( ) other: _______

Co-authors (if any):

Abstract:The abstract should be a concise description of results, findings, and conclusions, maximum of 3,000 characters, with spaces. Please include a character count for the abstract.


August 16th | NNDC Annual Conference Abstract Submission Deadline

Application deadline: 5:00 pm ET on Friday, August 16, 2019

Meeting date: September 24-25, 2019; Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan

Theme: “Mood Disorders in Transformation: Novel Approaches to Biology, Psychology, and Access to Care”




January 16-19 | 27th Statewide Annual CARD Conference

Early Bird registration is open for the 27th Statewide Annual CARD Conference (Center for Autism & Related Disabilities). The conference will be held January 16 – 19, 2020 in Orlando.

There will be familiar faces amongst the presenters…Dr. D’Alli will be presenting The Pharmacotherapy of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Dr. Shapiro will be presenting The Florida Baker Act and Autism.



HIIT with Britt

Join GatorCare Wellness Coordinator & Certified Personal Trainer Brittany Evans on the first Tuesday of every month for a high-intensity interval workout!

• First Tuesday of each month, 5:15-6:00 p.m.

• Located at the Parking Garage behind UF Health Springhill, Builidng 2, 4197 NW 86th Terrace


Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy & Tools for Resilience



Get a Plan / Get a Kit / Be Informed

We continue our preparedness on Get a Plan / Get a Kit / Be Informed by focusing on personal disaster supplies. A basic kit includes needed items for 3 days. While a kit should be customized to your specific situation, below are general guidelines to follow. A printer-friendly version is also available for handy reference.



Run. Hide. Fight.

If an active assailant is reported or encountered: Decide – Run. Hide. Fight.

RUN – If the assailant ‘s location is known and the opportunity to escape is available, flee the area.

HIDE – If you are inside a building and the assailant(s) location is unknown, secure in place and deny access.

FIGHT – As a last resort and only if your life is in immediate danger, defend yourself.




Mindful Relaxation Minutes 

August 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 

Join Zoom Meeting using:​

Dial in toll-free: 1-888-585-9008, Conference Room ID#: 524541356   (Please use *2 to mute your line once you have joined.​)


Guided Meditation Call

Every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. through the end of June, the 10@10 Campaign will include a live 10-minute guided meditation led by Dr. Marika Alois, Dr. Lisa Merlo, and Dr. Carol Lewis. Visit the campaign page for more information.

• On the phone dial +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)  Meeting ID: 443 386 835

On the web via Zoom (Password: 10@10)


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Articles: David Roberts          

Editor: Priscilla Spence


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