Recent Recognitions

2017

  • Congratulations to Mike Bloom on his retirement after 36 years of service to UCSD and the Department of Psychiatry!Read More...
  • Congratulations to Vanessa Lauzon, M.D. for receiving the UCSD 2017 Whitehill Prize for Excellence in Clinical Education!
  • Congratulations to Brent Mausbach, PhD on receiving a UC Intercampus Consortium Seed Grant Proposal. Dr. Mausbach's award will be used to conduct a small pilot of leisure activities and blood pressure.
  • Sidney Zisook, M.D. Congratulations to Sidney Zisook, M.D. on being featured as the June 2017 Department of Psychiatry's Teacher Spotlight.Read More...
  • Congratulations to Dr. Emily Edmonds on receiving a grant from the Alzheimer’s Association entitled “Longitudinal Cognitive and Biomarker Trajectories of MCI Subtypes.”
  • MD Congratulations to Yash Joshi, MD on receiving the American Society of Clinical Pharmacology's Early Career Research Award!
  • Congratulations to Vanessa L. Lauzon, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor on being voted President-Elect of the San Diego Psychiatric Society! Dr. Lauzon is also featured as the May 2017 Department of Psychiatry Teacher's Spotlight. Read More...
  • The annual National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Walk/Run took place on April 29, 2017. Read More...
  • Congratulations to Alejandro Meruelo, M.D., Ph.D., a third-year Research Track Resident, for receiving a Diversity Supplement award to an R01 (PI: Dr. Susan Tapert) sponsored by the National Institutes of Health!
  • Congratulations to Kathleen Kim, MD on being selected as the next Chief of Staff at the VA San Diego Healthcare System!
  • Congratulations to Savita Bhakta, MD who was recently selected as the Clinical Foundations Co-director at the UCSD SOM!
  • Congratulations to Lauren Brookman-Frazee, PhD on receiving the UCSD Faculty Integrity Award! This award recognizes outstanding contributions in support of UC San Diego's commitment to integrity.
  • Congratulations to Niloo Afari, PhD on her selection as the Associate Chief of Staff for Mental Health at VA San Diego Healthcare System and Vice Chair of Veterans Affairs at the Department of Psychiatry, UCSD School of Medicine.
  • Congratulations to Raeanne Moore, PhD on receiving a Gilead Sciences Research Scholars Program award entitled, "Remote Sensing Technology to Improve Community-Based Fall Risk Assessment and Prevention Among Older Adults Living with HIV"!
  • Murray B. Stein MD, MPH, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine and Public Health, has been chosen as the new Editor-in-Chief of the journal Depression and Anxiety.
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  • Congrats to Sarah Jurick, a JDP student, for receiving the APA Division 40 Society for Clinical Neuropsychology Dissertation Award, which provides $1000 to help offset the direct costs of research and a $1000 travel supplement!
  • Congrats to two of our JDP students, Madeline “Maddi” Werhane and Anny Reyes, for receiving Student Research Awards at the 45th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society in New Orleans!

2016


  • Congratulations to Mounir Soliman, MD, MBA (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) -- Recipient of a 2016 UCSD Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action & Diversity Award!
  • Congratulations to the Spot Awardees of the Department of Psychiatry Clinical Services’ Division! Read More...
  • Congratulations to Autumn Backhaus -- Recipient of a 2016 UCSD Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action & Diversity Award!
  • Congratulations to Rachel Robitz, MD, a Combined Family Medicine & Psychiatry Resident for receiving the Trailblazer Award.
  • Congratulations to David Feifel, MD, PhD, on receiving his 10-year re-certification in “Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry” from the United Council of Neurological Subspecialties!
  • Congratulations to Suzi Hong, Ph.D. on being elected to the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research! Read More...
  • Congratulations to Maryam Soltani, a PGY3 Resident in the Combined Psychiatry / Family Medicine Residency for having her artwork published on the cover of the January, 2017 issue of Academic Medicine. For more information on the process of Dr. Soltani's piece see the following link: here...
  • Congratulations to Carla Marienfeld, MD on the publication of the book she co-edited titled, “Motivational Interviewing for Clinical Practice”!
  • Abraham Palmer of the University of California, San Diego, asks if a tendency for loneliness can be found in your genes. Palmer is a professor of psychiatry at UCSD. A transcript of this podcast can be found here...
  • Congratulations to Luz Garcini, Ph.D., a recent graduate of the JDP, on the APA/APAGS Award for Distinguished Graduate Student in Professional Psychology. Dr. Garcini has been recognized for her research on recently immigrated populations.
  • Congrats to Laura Berner, PhD for receiving a 2016 Travel Award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. Read More...
  • Congrats to Laura Sittig, PhD for receiving a 2016 Travel Award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) for being a distinguished young scientists in the field!
  • Congrats to Yash Joshi, MD, PhD, a Research Track Resident, for winning the International Congress on Schizophrenia Research Young Investigator Award!
  • Congratulations to Ling Zentner on 25 years of service at UCSD!
  • Congratulations to Neal Swerdlow, MD, PhD on receiving a NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Award! Read More...
  • Congratulations to Eric Rafla-Yuan, MD, a first year resident, for being selected the winner of the Best Trainee Poster Award. Read More...
  • Congrats to Stephanie Wells, a fourth year JDP student, on being one of two 2016 recipients of the Frank W. Putnam Trauma Research Scholars Award. Read More...
  • Congrats to Natassia Gaznick, MD, on being awarded the prestigious 2016 American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) Travel Award. Read More...
  • Congratulations to Igor Grant, MD on receiving a 2016 HIV Community Service Award from the San Diego LGBT Community Center! Read More...
  • Congratulations to Priti Ojha, MD for being chosen by The American College of Psychiatrists for a Laughlin Fellowship! Read More...
  • Congratulations to Michael Langley-DeGroot, MD on being one of two residents across the country chosen to receive a PRITE Fellowship for 2016/2017! Read More...
  • Congratulations to Robert Heaton, PhD on receiving the Paul-Satz International Neuropsychological Society (INS) Career Mentoring Award!
  • Congratulations to Laura Berner, PhD on receiving the UCSD Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Postdoctoral Scholar! Read More...
  • Congratulations to Larry Squire, PhD on being awarded continued support for his NIMH grant, Memory Systems of the Brain. Read More...
  • Congratulations to David Feifel, MD on being featured in UC San Diego Health Sciences Discoveries Magazine. The article "Reframe of Mind" focuses on Dr. Feifel's work with advanced treatments for depression. Click Here to read the article.

     

  • Congratulations to Christine Smith, PhD on receiving a VA Merit Award.
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  • Congratulations to Dan Sewell, M.D. on being featured in the Department of Psychiatry's Teacher Spotlight for July.
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  • Congratulations to Mark W. Bondi, PhD, who is the 2016 recipient of the Alzheimer Award from the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.
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  • Congratulations to Jose “Joey” Mendez and Jennifer Hickey-Hinojosa for their nominations for the 31st instance of UC San Diego’s annual Exemplary Employee of the Year award. Thank you for your service to our department!
  • Congratulations to Alana Iglewicz, M.D. on being selected to receive the 2016 Whitehill Prize from the UC San Diego Academy of Clinician Scholars!.
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  • Click Here... to view the talk on wisdom and aging given in November 2015 at the TEDMED conference, by Dilip Jeste, MD, Director of the Center for Healthy Aging and the Stein Institute for Research on Aging at UC San Diego.
  • Congratulations to Emliy Judd for receiving the Cher Conner Scholarship from the Doris A. Howell Foundation for Women's Health Research.
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  • Congratulations to Alana Iglewicz, M.D. on being featured in the Department of Psychiatry's Teacher Spotlight for June.
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  • Congratulations to Alejandro Meruelo, M.D., Ph.D. on being selected to receive the 2016 NIMH Outstanding Resident Award.
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  • Congratulations to Dan Sewell, MD on being selected by the MSIII class for the Kaiser “Excellence in Teaching” Award!
  • Congratulations to Davide Dulcis, Ph.D., on receiving an award from the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind! This is a project on the structural neuroplasticity of identified microcircuits using novel EM probe technology in collaboration with Daniela Boassa at the UCSD National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research (NCMIR).
  • Congratulations to Terry Schwartz, M.D. on being featured in the Department of Psychiatry's Teacher Spotlight for May.
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  • UC San Diego Health hosts special ceremony to inaugerate Mental Health Awareness Month.
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  • Congratulations to Dr. Michael Langley-DeGroot on being recognized by third year medical students to receive the Arnold P. Gold Foundation’s Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Resident Award in Psychiatry.
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  • Congratulations to Matthew J. Worley, Ph.D., M.P.H. on receiving a NIDA K23 titled, “Behavioral economic mechanisms of prescription opioid addiction in chronic pain”
  • Congratulations to Larry Malak, M.D. on being featured in the Department of Psychiatry's Teacher Spotlight for April.
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  • Congratulations to Dr. Laura Berner, on receiving a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Postdoctoral Fellows from the National Institute of Mental Health.
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  • Congratulations to The SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology which was recognized as an Outstanding Graduate Program. The award is based on the Graduate and Professional Student and Experience Satisfaction (GPSES) survey conducted by the UCSD Graduate Student Association.
  • Congratulations to Sanjai Rao, M.D. on being featured in the Department of Psychiatry's Teacher Spotlight for March.
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  • Congratulations to Jeremy Elman, Ph.D., on being selected to receive a Pilot Grant Award from the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.
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  • Congratulations to Emily Edmonds, PhD who is the postdoctoral recipient of the UC San Diego Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program award.
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  • Congratulations to Melissa Tarasenko, PhD, third year fellow in the VA San Diego/UCSD Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) Postdoctoral Fellowship, was selected to receive the Jared Purton Schizophrenia Research Pilot Grant Award.
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  • Congratulations to Alejandro Meruelo, M.D., Ph.D., second year Resident in the UCSD R25 Psychiatry Research Residency Track, was selected to receive the NIDA - American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Resident Training Award in Substance Abuse and Addiction.
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  • Congratulations to Igor Grant, MD, on receiving the 2016 Paul Satz–International Neuropsychological Society Career Mentoring Award. Pictured from left to right: Drs Sean Rourke, Igor Grant, Jennifer Manly, and Robert Heaton.
  • Congratulations to Jamie Joseph, Ph.D. who is the postdoctoral trainee recipient of the UC San Diego Frontiers Innovation Scholars Program award. This award is a multidisciplinary research effort to determine whether pancreatic enzyme activity and levels are associated with increased incidence of a leaky gut and trigger altered immune and metabolic profiles in schizophrenia. The study will be conducted with co-mentors Colin Depp, PhD, Geert Schmid-Schönbein, PhD (Bioengineering), and Dilip Jeste, MD.

2015


  • Congratulations to both Kristin Cadenhead, M.D. and Murray Stein, M.D. for being among Thomson Reuters’ 2015 Highly Cited Researchers, ranking among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication.
  • Congratulations to Chaitanya Pabbati, MD on receiving the AADPRT Ginsberg Award! The AADPRT/George Ginsberg Fellowship, funded by AADPRT, acknowledges the excellence and accomplishments of outstanding residents interested in education and teaching who are pursuing careers as clinician-educators and/or academic administrators. Fellowships are awarded to five outstanding applicants each year.
  • Congratulations to David Lehman, M.D., H.S. on being featured in the Department of Psychiatry's Teacher Spotlight for January.
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  • Congratulations to Allison Hadley, MD on being awarded the Department of Psychiatry's Teacher Spotlight for November.
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  • Congratulations to Dilip Jeste, M.D. on being awarded Honorary Fellowship (the highest honor which the College can bestow) from The Royal College of Psychiatrists in London.
  • Congratulations to Cinnamon Bloss, PhD who received a $2M NIH R01 grant award for research into privacy and personal health information.
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  • Congratulations to Rachel Robitz, a senior resident in our Combined Family Medicine / Psychiatry Residency Training Program, for being selected as a Laughlin Fellow.
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  • Congratulations to Maryam Soltani, a PGY-II Resident in the Combined Psychiatry / Family Medicine Residency and a remarkable artist and scientist, for having her artwork published on the cover of the October, 2015 issue of "Academic Medicine.
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  • Congratulations to Desiree Shapiro for being selected as both a Laughlin Fellow and a PRITE Fellow as well as being the recipient of the John E. Schowalter, MD Award.
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  • Congratulations to the Department of Psychiatry 2015 San Diego Magazine's “Physicians of Exceptional Excellence”, Top Doctor Awardees. 
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  • Congratulations to David Folsom, MD, PhD, on being selected as the recipient of the 2015 Robert D. Sparks, MD Leadership Achievement Award from the California Medical Association Foundation.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Robert Heaton and Dr. Scott Letendre on the funding of their grant, "Age related determinants of HAND: A 12 year follow-up of CHARTER participants"!
  • Congratulations to David Feifel, MD, PhD, on being elected to the Board of the Clinical Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Society and appointed as co-chair of the society’s Standards committee and editor of its newsletter, “The Magnet”.
  • Congratulations to Jessica McCurley, the recipient of The Trainee Champion of Diversity Award for 2015.
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  • Congratulations to Arpi Minassian PhD, the recipient of The Champion of Diversity Award for 2015.
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  • Congratulations to Jared Young, Ph.D. on his being invited to serve on the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Council!
  • Dilip V. Jeste, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Healthy Aging and Senior Care, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, and Director of the UC San Diego Center for Healthy Aging and Stein Institute for Research on Aging will give a talk at TEDMED 2015 taking place in Palm Springs, California on November 18-20, 2015.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Mark Bondi for being elected President-Elect and Dr. Amy Jak for being elected Secretary of the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology.
  • A research study led by Lisa T. Eyler, PhD and including several Psychiatry Department faculty collaborators was highlighted in the latest National Institute of Mental Health newsletter, Inside NIMH. The study, which focuses on understanding the role of inflammation and mood in predicting cognitive declines with aging in bipolar disorder, was featured in the "Director's Highlights" section as a Notable NIMH Grant.
  • Congratulations to Lisa Ross, BSN, RN-BC for being chosen as the San Diego County Psychiatric Nurse of the Year for direct care! Lisa works on the Psychiatry Department’s Senior Behavioral Health Unit as a charge nurse.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Dan Sewell for being elected as a member of the UCSD School of Medicine Academy of Clinician Scholars.
  • Congratulations to Professor Tamara Wall on her appointment as Associate Vice Chancellor - Academic Personnel
  • Congratulations to the UCSD Psychiatry Residency program for being rated #3 in the west and #1 of all UCSD Training programs by Doximity, which assists in helping medical students and physicians make informed decisions in the residency process. The exceptional ratings by former residents as well as the outstanding scholarly statistics upholds the program's commitment to providing the highest standard of living and education.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Savita Bhakta for receiving the 2015 ASCP New Investigator Award for conducting translational studies of pro-cognitive interventions and investigating the neural basis of tolcapone, a potential pro-cognitive drug, in genotyped healthy adults. She will have an opportunity to present preliminary findings from her ongoing study at the 55th Annual ASCP meeting, and attend a full-day closed clinical trials workshop, led by experts from NIH, FDA, and industry.
  • Congratulations to Raeanne Moore, PhD, one of the recipients of the 6th Annual Beck Institute Student Scholarship. The Beck Institute awards 10 full tuition scholarships to the Beck Institute Student Workshop: CBT for Depression and Suicidality. Each year the Beck Institute offers a summer workshop covering the fundamentals of cognitive behavior therapy, specifically designed to meet the needs of developing professionals.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Savita Bhakta and Dr. Neal Swerdlow for being recognized with the APF/Kemp Fund Award for Research Development in Psychobiological Psychiatry.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Gregory Aarons, who was appointed to the American Psychological Association Advisory Steering Committee for Development of Clinical Practice Guidelines. This committee plays a central role in ensuring that APA guidelines will be scientifically rigorous and will help advance effective healthcare for a diverse population.                                                                                                        
  • Congratulations to Dr. Murray Stein, the recipient of the American Psychosomatic Society's Donald Oken Fellowship for 2015.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Nancy Downs, who was selected by her UC Student Health and Counseling psychiatry peers to Chair the UC Lead Psychiatrists. This group works to improve timely access to quality mental health care for UC students on all ten campuses.

2014


  • Congratulations to Dr. Mark Geyer, the 2014 recipient of the ACNP Julius Axelrod Mentorship Award
  • Dr. Igor Grant participates in PBS "Second Opinion" series on the topic of medical marijuana.
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  • Congratulations to Dr. Dilip V. Jeste, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences, on being elevated to senior associate dean for Healthy Aging and Senior Care.
  • Congratulations to Gregory Light PhD, co-recipient of the 2014 Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Prize for Innovative and Promising Schizophrenia Research.
  • Dr. Dilip Jeste talks with the Wall Street Journal about pessimism as an anxiety coping mechanism.
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  • Congratulations to the Department of Psychiatry 2014 San Diego Magazine's “Physicians of Exceptional Excellence”, Top Doctor Awardees:
    Allison R. Hadley, MD Jeremy M. Hirst, MD
    Alana Iglewicz, MD Scott A. Irwin, MD
    Dilip V. Jeste, MDJeffrey Rowe, MD
    Daniel D. Sewell, MD Sidney Zisook, MD
  • Congratulations to Scott Irwin MD, recipient of the 2014 Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship
  • Trainee Luz Garcini, has been presented with The Champion of Diversity Award by the UCSD Department of Psychiatry
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  • Monica Ulibarri PhD, has been presented with The Champion of Diversity Award by the UCSD Department of Psychiatry
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  • David Braff MD, Distinguished Professor at UCSD's Department of Psychiatry has been named this year's Lieber Prize winner
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