Hartford Center of Excellence

The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Hartford Center of Excellence (CoE) in Geriatric Psychiatry Research was established in 2005. This CoE was created to further the development of academic leadership in the field of geriatric psychiatry by offering research training to physicians in geriatric psychiatry so that they gain the knowledge and skills necessary for such leadership. This goal is being accomplished by providing funding support for research fellows and junior faculty in geriatric psychiatry.

Some support is also offered to qualified senior (PGY-3 or 4) residents in psychiatry, and to faculty at different levels (including mid-career faculty) with a developing interest in aging research. The Center is built on the existing strengths of the UCSD, including but not restricted to the Division of Geriatric Psychiatrythe Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging (SIRA), the Academic Geriatric Resource Center, the Center for Teaching Development, and the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center. The Division of Geriatric Psychiatry is home to several highly successful local and national research training programs in geriatric psychiatry that have received widespread recognition.

Dilip V. Jeste, MD, Ester and Edgar Levi Chair in Aging, Director of the SIRA, Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, and Chief of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry serves as director of the CoE. He is supported by three Assistant Directors and a program manager. A Steering Committee comprised of several UCSD faculty members makes decisions about selection of Hartford Scholars, determination of the academic work to be performed by them, allocation of Hartford funds, and evaluation of the progress of the CoE. A national-level External Advisory Committee oversees and offers advice on the overall operation of the CoE.

ABOUT THE HARTFORD FOUNDATION

Founded in 1929, the John A. Hartford Foundation is a committed champion of training, research and service system innovations that promote the health and independence of America's older adults.  Through its grantmaking, the Foundation seeks to strengthen the nation's capacity to provide effective, affordable care to this rapidly increasing older population by educating "aging-prepared" health professionals (physicians, nurses, social workers), and developing innovations that improve and better integrate health and supportive services.  The Foundation was established by John A. Hartford.  Mr. Hartford and his brother, George L. Hartford, both former chief executives of the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, left the bulk of their estates to the Foundation upon their deaths in the 1950s.  Additional information about the Foundation and it programs is available at http://www.jhartfound.org/.

SPECIFIC AIMS OF THE CENTER of EXCELLENCE
The goal of our Hartford Center of Excellence is to increase both the number and quality of academic geriatric psychiatrists.

We propose to accomplish this goal by:

  1. Increasing the number of qualified applicants to the Hartford CoE program;

  2. Enhancing our current fellowship training by enriching existing instruction in research, teaching, and clinical skills; and

  3. Establishing three types of academic geriatric psychiatrist tracks,including a Physician-Investigator track (research-intensive), a Physician-Educator track (focusing on clinical and teaching components), and a new Services/Administrative track (focusing on health services research and administration). We will plan to:

    • Increase the length of training (for up to 3 years beyond the clinical fellowship),

    • Provide a formal research curriculum for the CoE Scholars in all three
      tracks,

    • Provide formal mentorship by accomplished investigators, and

    • Provide a formal research experience (with support to complete a pilot project).

FACULTY MENTORS IN THE CoE
Dilip V. Jeste, MD
David Folsom, MD 
Shahrokh Golshan, PhD 
Barry Lebowitz, PhD 
Daniel Sewell, MD 
Andres Sciolla, MD 
Sidney Zisook, MD

 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR IN THE CoE
Maureen Curran, MS

    HARTFORD SCHOLARS
Al Camacho, MD (faculty)
Lana Diamond, MD (psychiatry resident) 
Alana Iglewicz, MD (psychiatry resident)
Scott Irwin, MD, PhD (faculty)
Hua Jin, MD (faculty)
Jason Keri, MD (former fellow)
Daniel Kim, MD (fellow now faculty)
Steven Koh, MD (psychiatry resident)
Nicole Lanouette, MD (current fellow)
Stephanie Lessig, MD (faculty)
Jeanne Maglione, MD, PhD (psychiatry resident) 
Thomas Meeks, MD (fellow now faculty)
Christine Moutier, MD (faculty)
Dinesh Mittal, MD (outside faculty)
Bernardo Ng, MD (faculty)
Ipsit Vahia, MD (fellow)

HARTFORD MEDICAL STUDENTS
James Henry
Alana Sasaki