October 2019


Dr. Turner and the HOPE Outreach Team

Taking Psychiatry to the Streets

Learn more about Dr. Ana Turner's work with street psychiatry and the Sulzbacher HOPE team.


Suicide Prevention Week Mural

‘Stop Suicide’ mural raises awareness during National Suicide Prevention Week

Staff from UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital painted a section of the wall on 34th street to bring awareness to suicide on World Suicide Prevention Day. See the WCJB TV20 story here.



A Special Episode for Kids: The Fear Facer

Ella spent a week at the UF Fear Facers Summer Camp, a day camp that helps children learn to deal with obsessive-compulsive and anxiety disorders. Hear her story on The Daily podcast.



FRC Run 4 Recovery

Thank you to all who supported the UF Health Florida Recovery Center's Inaugural Run 4 Recovery 5K!



Quiet Time at the Zoo

We had a great time at Quiet Time at the Zoo at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo.

Thanks to the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities and the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment for hosting!


Florida Psychiatric Society Fall CME Meeting


Quality and Safety Star Award

Michael Bilak, MD

For our September Quality and Safety Star Award, we are honoring Dr. Michael Bilak. We were recently given feedback from nursing leadership that Dr. Bilak demonstrates excellent communication with patients and staff. His patient care was noted to be prompt and efficient which leads to increased patient and staff satisfaction and improved ER throughout all important quality metrics. Thank you, Dr. Bilak, for your outstanding service and 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


Tip of the Cap

Tip of the cap to Dr. Laurie Solomon and the UF undergraduate volunteers for their helping hands at clinic last evening.

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

The next Monday clinic is September 9th. Everyone is welcome to join the Helping Hands Clinic.

 Helping Hands Clinic




David Roberts

We would like to recognize David Roberts for the October Spotlight. David has been an excellent team player since he joined the department of Psychiatry. He has worked on a number of new projects and programs and has done a great job. 

This summer David served as coverage for our Webmaster, Melinda Fawcett. Along with his regular duties, David maintained the department website, helped with social media, ran Mindful Minutes and became our Zoom expert and during the potential Hurricane Dorian was the MBI point person.  We just want to thank you for going the extra mile, your flexibility and support to the department.


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. 


TAA Young Investigator Award

The Tourette Association of America aims to encourage early career researchers to invest their efforts and expertise in increasing the biological understanding of Tourette Syndrome, pursuing clinical research aimed at improving patient care, and developing and testing new therapies. To this end, the TAA is offering Young Investigator Awards in hopes of fulfilling this goal.

Pre-Proposal Deadline: December 5, 2019

Full Proposal Deadline: March 5, 2020 

Visit the COARD website for more information and to apply: 



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!



Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment (CAN)

You may have heard the buzz about a new Center referred to as CAN, the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment Disorders. CAN provides centralized and state of the art transdisciplinary diagnostic and clinical treatment services for children and adults with neurodevelopmental disorders.

Check out the new website here and keep an eye out for the formal opening in early 2020!



Gators Give Campaign for Charities

We are participating in the Gators Give Campaign this year by auctioning off themed baskets again. 


Megan Barthle-Herrera, PhD

Dr. Barthle-Herrera is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Psychology Division in Gainesville.


Maria Mandina-DiMarco, PsyD

Dr. Mandina-DiMarco is an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in Community Psychiatry in Vero Beach.


Maria DiPompo

Maria is an Administrative Specialist II responsible for personnel and payroll, faculty recruitment & onboarding, faculty leave, adjuncts, courtesy, grad assistants, and research post-doc appointments, Department Security Administrator (DSA)

Phone: 352.594.4325

Email: maria.dipompo@ufl.edu


Gloria Gordon

Congratulations and Happy Retirement! Thank you Gloria for your years of dedication to the department, you will be missed!



October 1st - 30th | Flu Shots


During October, OHS staff will provide flu vaccinations to off-site locations (see calendar of events on Flu Central, https://bridge.ufhealth.org/flu/).

• October 3rd - UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital

• October 10th - Springhill MOB I and II

• October 22nd - 1329 Building

• UF Health Shands Atrium has several dates please see the calendar on the bridge for a complete list of ALL locations and times: https://bridge.ufhealth.org/flu/events/


October 4th | UF Homecoming & Gator Growl


October 9th | Grand Rounds

Laurie Solomon, MD
UF Health Florida Recovery Center


October 11th | Grand Rounds

Bioethics and the Holocaust: Reflecting on the Past to Protect the Future

Stacy Gallin, DMH
McKnight Brain Institute
DeWeese Auditorium, LG-101A
1149 S Newell Drive
Gainesville, FL 32611

For more information and to register for World Bioethics Day please visit: https://bioethics.psychiatry.ufl.edu/bioethics-day/ 


October 12th | 3rd Annual Celebrating Autism in the Arts!

Saturday, October 12, 2019 

3 p.m. – 7 p.m. 

Holy Faith Catholic Church

747 NW 43rd St, Gainesville, FL 32607 

Join us to celebrate the unique artistic and performance talents of individuals on the autism spectrum. Participants will see unique artwork, meet the artists, watch live performances, and enjoy a reception with refreshments at this FREE event. Enjoy an evening with painters, photographers, crafters, singers, actors, musicians, comedians, and much more. Don’t miss a special performance by local sensation The Barbergators! We hope to see you there!


Questions? Contact Danielle Liso at 352/273-0583 or liso@ufl.edu.




November 2 | NAMI Walk 

Westwood Middle School 

3215 NW 15 Ave, Gainesville, FL



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.




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.




HIIT with Britt at Springhill

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


Piloting Lunchtime Fitness Class, Health Science Center

The UF Wellness team is piloting a lunchtime fitness class in the Communicore (next to the main hospital and HPNP) starting September 3rd. The class will run every Tuesday from 12:15-12:45 and will be a high intensity interval training (HIIT) style class.


Outdoor Fitness Adventure

Join Morgan for an outdoor fitness adventure! This class will combine strength training and cardio to give you a full body workout utilizing your own body weight, resistance bands, dumbbells and the stadium itself! Exercises will be modified for all levels. 

When: Wednesday's 5:30-6:30 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium-Gate 18


Ongoing FREE Fitness Classes

For the most up-to-date information on the ongoing fitness classes, please visit the GatorCare Calendar.


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 

Join Zoom Meeting using: https://uflphi.zoom.us/j/706577405

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


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