Recent Trainee Accomplishments

Current UCSD Psychiatry Research Residents:

Accomplishments during PGY-II, -III and IV years, to date:

Current PGY-II’s:

 Juan Molina, M.D.
New presentations, 2017: 

Molina JL, Swerdlow NR, Joshi YB, Thomas ML, Sprock J, The COGS Investigators, Braff DL, Light GA. History of cannabis use is associated with greater impairment in neurophysiological, clinical and functional measures in schizophrenia patients. Proc American College Neuropsychopharmacology, Palm Springs, CA, 2017.

New published work:

Molina JL et al. Parkinsonian motor impairment predicts personality domains related to genetic risk and treatment outcomes in schizophrenia. NPJ Schizophr. 2017 Jan 11;3:16036. doi: 10.1038/npjschz.2016.36

 Juan Molina, M.D.

 Matt Klein, M.D., Ph.D.

New Presentations, 2017:

Klein ME, Buxbaum A, Younts T, Aow J, Cobo C, Malinow R, Castillo P, Jordan B. Local Translation of Synaptic Proteins Supports Plasticity Specifically at Distal Hippocampal Synapses. Biological Psychiatry 81: S320, 2017

Klein ME, Malinow R. Exploring the Synaptic Basis of Chronotherapy for Major Depressive Disorder.  Proc American College Neuropsychopharmacology, Palm Springs, CA, 2017.

New Published Work:

Harony-Nicolas H, Kay M, Hoffmann JD, Klein ME et al. Oxytocin improves behavioral and electrophysiological deficits in a novel Shank3-deficient rat. Elife 6. pii: e18904, 2017

Matt Klein, M.D., Ph.D.

Current PGY-III’s: 

 Samantha Friend, M.D., Ph.D.

New Presentations, 2017:

Friend S, Glenn D, Nievergelt C, Maihofer A, Baker DG, Risbrough VB. Association between inflammation and increased alcohol dependence in PTSD. Proc American College Neuropsychopharmacology, Palm Springs, CA, 2017.

Friend S, Deslauriers J, Risbrough VB. Relationship between Sub-chronic C-Reactive Protein Exposure and Risk for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Biological Psychiatry 81: S119-S120, 2017.

New Published Work:

Joshi YB, Friend SF, et al. Dissociative intoxication and prolonged withdrawal associated with phenibut: a case report. Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology 37:478-480, 2017.

Samantha Friend, M.D., Ph.D.

 Yash Joshi, M.D., Ph.D.
New Honors:

2016  UCSD Dept Psychiatry Outstanding Clinician, Intern Class
2016 UCSD Dept Psychiatry Medical Student Teaching & Clinical Excellence
2016  HRSA Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program Travel Award
2016  Young Investigator Award, Int Congress Schizophrenia Research
2017  Beacon Light Fellow, Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP)
2017  VA PALA Award ($10,000)
2017 UCSD Gold Humanism Award
2017 ASCP Young Investigator Award ($5000)
2017 NIMH Outstanding Resident Award
2017 Justine Cohen Award for Schizophrenia Research ($3000)
2017 ACNP Memorial Travel Award
2017 National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative Fellowship

Yash Joshi, M.D., Ph.D.
New Presentations, 2017:

Joshi YB, Thomas ML, Bismarck AW, Treichler EB, Tarasenko M, Cardoso L, Molina JL, Teirnan K, Swerdlow NR, Light GA. Auditory-Based Targeted Cognitive Training Improves Verbal Learning and Reduces Auditory Hallucinations in Chronic Schizophrenia Patients in Locked Residential Care. Proc American College Neuropsychopharmacology, Palm Springs, CA, 2017.

Joshi YB et al. Effects of NMDA receptor antagonism in patients with schizophrenia: improvement in markers of cortical oscillatory dynamics. Proc Int Cong Schiz Res 2017 

Swerdlow NR, Bhakta SG, Thomas ML, Joshi YB, Talledo JA, Light GA. Experimental medicine approaches to leveraging auditory information processing neuroplasticity towards therapeutic development in schizophrenia. Proc Int Cong Schiz Res 2017

Joshi YB, Beizai K. Surrogate decision-making in a homeless patient with post-stroke dysphagia and combative behavior: highlighting legal and ethical considerations. Proceedings of the American Psychiatric Association, 2017. 

Joshi YB, Beizai K. A request for a penile prosthesis in a man with a history of pedophilia: ethical analysis of duty to treat and duty to prevent harm. Proceedings of the American Psychiatric Association, 2017. 

New Published Works:

Langley-DeGroot M, Joshi Y, Lehman D, Rao S. Atypical neuroleptic malignant syndrome associated with paliperidone long-acting injection: a case report. J Clin Psychopharmacology 2016; 36 (3):277-9

Light GA, Zhang W, Joshi YB, Bhakta S, Talledo J, Swerdlow NR. Single-Dose Memantine Improves Cortical Oscillatory Response Dynamics in Patients with Schizophrenia. Neuropsychopharmacology (in press) 2017.

Joshi YB, Friend SF, et al. Dissociative intoxication and prolonged withdrawal associated with phenibut: a case report. Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology 37:478-480, 2017.

Joshi YB, Beizai K. Ethical and legal issues in the geriatric homeless. Homeless older persons: a practical guide for the interdisciplinary care team. Diane Chau & Arnold Gass, Eds. Springer Publishing (in press) 2017.

Sewell DD, Joshi YB. Preventing recurrent mood episodes while building trust and enhancing pre-existing personality traits: effective use of positive psychiatry concepts in the psychotherapy of an older patient living with bipolar disorder. Positive Psychiatry: A Casebook. Eds Dilip Jeste and Richard Summers. American Psychiatric Association Publishing, Arlington VA (in press) 2017. 

Joshi YB, Breitenstein B, Tarasenko M, Thomas ML, Chang WL, Sprock J, Sharp RF, Light GA. Mismatch negativity impairment is associated with deficits in identifying real-world environmental sounds in schizophrenia. Schizophr Res. (in press) 2017.

Light GA, Zhang W, Joshi YB, Bhakta S, Talledo JA, Swerdlow NR. Single-Dose Memantine Improves Cortical Oscillatory Response Dynamics in Patients with Schizophrenia. Neuropsychopharmacology (in press) 2017. 

Gaznick N, Joshi YB.  Reframing the Encounter: The Homeless Crisis, In-House: The Agora for Medical Residents and Fellows. 12/28/2016; http://in-housestaff.org/reframing-the-encounter-psychiatric-evaluation-of-the-homeless-362
 
 Natassia Gaznick, M.D.,Ph.D.
New Presentations, 2017:

Gaznick NV, McKenna BS, Anthenelli RM. Sex Differences in Serotonin-Mediated Stress Reactivity in Individuals With and Without Histories of Alcohol Dependence. Proc American College Neuropsychopharmacology, Palm Springs, CA, 2017.

Gaznick NV. Depression and Suicide in Medical Students and Resident Physicians. Proceedings of the American Psychiatric Association, 2017. 

Gaznick NV. The New Motivational Interviewing of 2017: Learn the Essentials, Practice Your Skills and Help Your Patients Change. Proceedings of the American Psychiatric Association, 2017.

Natassia Gaznick, M.D.,Ph.D.
New Published Work:

Gaznick NV, Anthenelli RM. E-cigarettes and vapes: Do they work for smoking cessation and should we be recommending their use?  Current Psychiatry 16: 30-34, 2017

Gaznick N, Joshi YB.  Reframing the Encounter: The Homeless Crisis, In-House: The Agora for Medical Residents and Fellows. 12/28/2016; http://in-housestaff.org/reframing-the-encounter-psychiatric-evaluation-of-the-homeless-362 

Current PGY-IV’s:

 Alejandro Meruelo, M.D., Ph.D.
New Honors:

2014 ACNP Travel Award
2015 ACNP Travel Funding
2015 NEI Master Psychopharmacology Program Certificate
2016 NIMH Outstanding Resident Award
2016 NIDA-AACAP Resident Training Award in Substance Abuse and Addiction ($20,000)
2016 NIAAA Diversity Supplement ($59,534)


Alejandro Meruelo, M.D., Ph.D.
New Presentations, 2017:

Meruelo AD, Castro N, Tapert SF. Neuroimaging features predictive of high and low performing adolescent drinkers v. nondrinkers. Proc American College Neuropsychopharmacology, Palm Springs, CA, 2017.

New Published Work:

Jacobus J, Squeglia LM, Infante MA, Castro N, Brumback T, Meruelo AD, Tapert SF. Neuropsychological performance in adolescent marijuana users with co-occurring alcohol use: A three-year longitudinal study. Neuropsychology. 2015 Nov;29(6):829-43

Jacobus J, Squeglia LM, Meruelo AD, et al. Cortical Thickness in Adolescent Marijuana and Alcohol Users: A Three-Year Prospective Study from Adolescence to Young Adulthood. Dev Cogn Neurosci. 2015 Dec;16:101-9.

Meruelo AD, Castro N, Cota CI, Tapert SF. Cannabis and alcohol use, and the developing brain. Behav Brain Res. 325(Pt A):44-50, 2017. 

Mercedes Szpunar, M.D., Ph.D.
New Honor:

2017: John A. Majda, M.D. Memorial Fund Award for research in depression and suicide ($5000)

New Published Work:

Szpunar MJ, Parry B. A systematic review of cortisol, thyroid stimulating hormone, and prolactin in peripartum women with major depression. Archives of Women's Mental Health (in press) 2017.

Mercedes Szpunar, M.D., Ph.D.

 Nate Miller, M.D., Ph.D.
New Presentations, 2017:

Miller N et al. Search for Risk Variants in TrkB and BDNF that Predispose to Lithium Responsiveness in Bipolar Disorder. Biological Psychiatry 81: S96, 2017.

Miller ND, Ament SA, Shekhtman T, Roach JC, The Bipolar Genome Study, Kelsoe JR. In bipolar patients that respond to lithium, targeted sequencing of candidate genes reveals associated variants in the promoter of TrkB. Proc American College Neuropsychopharmacology, Palm Springs, CA, 2017

Miller ND, Ament SA, Shekhtman T, Roach JC, The Bipolar Genome Study, Kelsoe JR. Variants in the promoter of TrkB are associated with a good response to lithium in bipolar disorder. World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics, Orlando, Florida, 2017.

New Published Work:

Miller N, Kelsoe J. Unraveling the biology of bipolar disorder using iPS derived neurons. Bipolar Disorders (in press) 2017
Nate Miller, M.D., Ph.D.