COARD Fear Facers Camp Group Photo

Kids face fears at camp

UF Health hosted Fear Facers Day Camp to allow kids aged 6 to 14 to challenge their anxieties in a fun, safe environment.


TMS Chair

Dr. Holbert featured in Our Town Magazine

Dr. Holbert talks to Our Town magazine about TMS and how it benefits patients suffering from depression.




Staying sober during summer celebrations

Our very own Jamie Smolen, MD is a special contributor to the Gainesville Sun. Read his tips on staying sober during all those summer celebrations.



Helping Hands - Tip of the Cap

Tip of the cap to Dr. Laurie Solomon (MBH, UF Psychiatry Resident Alumni and Addiction Medicine Fellow Alumni), and Philip Schoenrock, (visiting MS4 from Chicago) for their helping hands.

The patients are appreciative for the care given by the Helping Hands volunteers.

The next Monday clinic is August 14th a 5pm

All faculty, fellows, and residents are welcome.

Helping Hands Website


Resident of the Month

Congratulations to the Resident of the Month, Tammy Nguyen, MD!

Veterans Mental Health BrThornton DC Veterans Mental Healthiefing flier

Dr. Thornton, speaker at Veterans Mental Health Briefing in DC

Joseph Thornton, MD spoke on Thursday, July 13th on a panel of mental health professionals in Washington, DC hosted by US Representatives Al Lawson & John Rutherford. Dr. Thornton will join Dr. Wendy Tenhula, acting Deputy Chief Consultant for Specialty Mental Health for the Veterans Health Administration and Thomas Wisnieski, Director of North Florida / South Georgia Health Care …


Mariam Rahmani, MD

Dr. Rahmani on Task Force on Involuntary Examination of Minors

University of Florida Department of Psychiatry Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Mariam Rahmani, MD is part of a Task Force on Involuntary Examination of Minors. Dr. Rahmani is the only Child Psychiatrist on the task force. The purpose of the Task Force is to comply with statutory requirements of Chapter 2017-151 Laws of Florida, which mandates the creation of a task …


Madhi Razafsha, MD

Dr. Razafsha, Thank you & Best Wishes!

We wish you all the best at McLean. You will be missed!



Where are they now?


Melinda Hansen, MD

2016 Graduate in General Psychiatry and Community Psychiatry Fellowship Program

Click here to find out what Dr. Hansen is up to now!

New Faculty

Matthew Daley, PhD

Start date 9/1/17 – Adult Medical Psychology,  Assistant Professor

Dr. Daley is a recent graduate of the Medical Psychology Program here at UF where he trained under Drs. Gary Geffken and Joseph McNamara. During this time, he conducted individual, family, and group therapy sessions. He also provided comprehensive psychological evaluations and provided individualized treatment to patients in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. During his postdoctoral fellowship, he also provided supervision and mentoring to M.S. and Ph.D. students.

Dr. Daley will join the Division of Medical Psychology as an Assistant Professor.


Jason Hunt, MD

Start date 9/1 – Addiction Medicine, Assistant Professor

Dr. Hunt will join the faculty as an Assistant Professor. He has recently completed the ABAM Addiction Medicine Fellowship here at UF, he has experience as an alcohol and drug counselor, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Alabama Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association. Dr. Hunt will join the faculty at the Florida Recovery Center providing evaluations and treatment to our patients.


Marcia Morris, MD

Start date 9/5/17 – Student Mental Health, Associate Professor and Assistant Program Director

Dr. Morris will join the Department of Psychiatry as an Associate Professor and serve as the Associate Director of Student Mental Health where she has been treating patients for the last twenty years. Her areas of specialty include depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. Dr. Morris has presented at several collegiate health conferences over the years and has published research papers and articles on OCD and other various topics.


Sang-wahn Koo, MD

Start date 9/15/17 - Vero Beach – Assistant Professor and Chief of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Dr. Koo graduated from Yonsei University School of Medicine in Seoul, South Korea. He then came to the US where he completed his general psychiatry residency at Griffin Memorial Hospital in Norman, Oklahoma and child and adolescent psychiatric fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Koo’s clinical interests are in ADHD, Autism, mood disorders, and psychotic disorders. He will join our faculty at the Center for Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine in Vero Beach as an Assistant Professor and Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.


Kristin Moffett, PhD

Start date 9/25/17 – Addiction Medicine, Assistant Professor

Dr. Moffett recently completed her Neuropsychology Fellowship with the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Emory University. Prior to her fellowship, she earned both her M.S. and Ph.D. here at UF in Clinical Psychology. During her training, she provided neuropsychological assessments to patients, supervised graduate level trainees and provided cogitative rehabilitation therapy.

Dr. Moffett will join the faculty as an Assistant Professor at the Florida Recovery Center where she will provide neuropsychological evaluations and treatment.


Michaela Hogan, ARNP

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry ARNP

Hogan completed all of her training here at the University of Florida, from her undergraduate coursework to her Doctorate of Nursing Practice, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She began her nursing career as an oncology nurse at UF Health Shands Hospital before transitioning to UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital. Hogan is now providing care to our patients at the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric outpatient clinic.


Well @ Work

Boost: 30 Ways in 30 Days, begins August 7th; sign up to receive daily emails to help you boost your energy at work


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!



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 Mariam Rahamni

Staff: Priscilla Spence

Raising Hope at Work Selfies

We asked members of the Department of Psychiatry to tell us why they give to Raising Hope at Work. Check out the gallery to see all the reasons why! Then tell us why you give.

Send your selfie with the "I Give Because" card to and we will add it to the gallery.


Raising Hope at Work Fun Fact

See how your donations were put to work over the years!

Next year is the 60th Anniversary of the Department of Psychiatry!

Interested in being a part of the planning committee?

Have pictures or stories to share?

Email Jessica Dennis to get involved or to send your pictures

August Events

UF Undergraduate Commencement

Helping Hands

5pm - 509 NE 1st St, Gainesville, FL 32601

Faculty Meeting

Child Psychiatry Clinic at Little Springhill - 8491 NW 39th Ave, Gainesville, FL


UF Classes Begin

Save the Date

September 4th

Labor Day - UF Holiday

CLOSED: Chair's Office, Fiscal Office & Outpatient Clinics

September 13th

Addiction Medicine Lecture with Sara Jo Nixon, PhD

Webcast LIVE 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

September 22nd

UNESCO Bioethics Meeting

at the UF Research and Academic Center - Lake Nona

September 23rd

FRC Alumni Weekend


September 23-24th

Indian Global Psychiatric Initiative

The Global Federation of Indo Psychiatry Associations at

UF Research and Academic Center - Lake Nona

Mindfulness Relaxation Minutes

The Department of Psychiatry is pleased to invite you to join our “Mindful Relaxation Minutes”, a weekly thirty-minute opportunity to rejuvenate.

For more information on how to participate visit the Mindfulness page on the intranet. Login with your Gatorlink user name and password.


View last week's session HERE


Beatriz Elena de Bruna will be our MRM facilitator for August. She has taught meditation for over sixteen years in both English and Spanish. After studying with meditation teachers from many practices her focus has been Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).

Newsletter Staff

              Articles: Melinda Fawcett      Design: Daniel Fuentes        Editor: Priscilla Spence


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