Wayne Katon to receive the APA’s Distinguished Service Award Posthumously

Department news | May 31, 2015

In December, 2014, Wayne was notified by Paul Summergrad, MD, President of the American Psychiatric Association, that he was to be honored with the APA’s Distinguished Service Award for contributing exceptional meritorious service to the field of psychiatry. Jürgen Unützer will be accepting the award on his behalf at the Convocation of Distinguished Fellows during the APA Annual Meeting in Toronto on Monday, May 18 at 5:30 PM.

DAWN Study paper wins Roy M. Pitkin Award

Department news | April 30, 2015

The Depression Attention for Women Now (DAWN) Study led by Wayne Katon, MD and Susan Reed, MD, MPH, received the 2014 Roy M. Pitkin Award presented by the editors of the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. The award honors departments of obstetrics and gynecology that promote and demonstrate excellence in research. The winning article, “Improving Care for Depression in Obstetrics and Gynecology: A Randomized Controlled Trial” compared the results of collaborative depression care adapted to obstetrics and gynecology with usual care. The authors found that Collaborative Care in obstetrics and gynecology was feasible and significantly more effective than regular care in improving mental health. The award certificate and a $6,000 prize will be presented at this year's American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting in San Francisco, CA in May.

Vivek Datta, MD, MPH wins National Psychiatry Resident Awards

Department news | April 30, 2015

Dr. Vivek Datta, one of our third-year psychiatry residents, received two national awards at the March annual meeting of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training (AADPRT) in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Datta won an International Medical Graduate award, which honors and provides national mentorship for outstanding psychiatry residents who have graduated from foreign medical schools. In addition, he was selected as one of the five 2015 BRAIN scholars. BRAIN scholars are chosen nationally from psychiatry residents and fellows nominated for outstanding research and/or teaching achievements and potential. They help facilitate small-group sessions during the AADPRT- and NIMH-sponsored pre-meeting, which focuses on how to teach neuroscience in psychiatry residencies.

Addictions program wins national award, top ranking

Department news | April 30, 2015

Richard Ries, MD, will receive the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Annual Award at their yearly conference in April. Ries serves as the Editor-in-Chief of The ASAM Principles of Addiction Medicine, the primary reference and clinical text in the addictions field, and is being honored for his thoughtful leadership and deep understanding of the art and science of Addiction Medicine. The award comes at the heels of the UW School of Medicine’s drug and alcohol track achieving a top 10 ranking by US News and World Reports for the third year in a row.

Ries, Director of the Addictions Division, attributes the consistently high ranking to the large number of faculty members who engage in innovative addictions research, patient care, and education and says the Department’s commitment starts early on.

“Our Department is the only psychiatry department in the country that offers an Addictions Track as an entry option for its residents,” said Ries. “That fosters a pipeline of top notch fellows and drives all of us to stay at the top of our game.”

Multiple people, Institutes and Centers contribute to the collaborative nature of the Addictions program including Dennis Donovan’s group at the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute (ADAI), Mary Larimer’s team at the Center for the Study of Health and Risk Behaviors (CSHRB), Therese Grant’s work at the Fetal Alcohol and Drug Unit (FADU), Andy Saxon’s research on opioid addiction treatment at the Center of Excellence in Substance Abuse Treatment and Education (CESATE), Ray Hsiao’s efforts at The Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development (CCHBD), and Mark Sullivan’s work to study and intervene in the prescription opioid epidemic.

Ries believes that one of the next big challenges in the field is to integrate addictions care into primary care. He and others are working to weave addictions care into the fabric of the Mental Health Integration Program (MHIP) using the Collaborative Care model developed at UW. Another key area for the Division has been contributing to state and national issues related to opioid addiction and overdoses.

Roger Vilardaga, PhD on Innovation Research Award Team

Department news | March 31, 2015

Roger Vilardaga, Acting Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, was part of a team of six researchers who received the 2015 UW Innovation Award. The team is building tools for use on a mobile device that let patients easily enter data about their habits and behaviors related to a particular health problem.

Jeremy W. Luk, MS, Wins Joseph Becker Research Award

Department news | January 31, 2015

Jeremy Luk, a Child Track resident in the Psychology Internship Program, has been selected as this year's recipient of the internship's Joseph Becker Research Award. The purpose of this award is to stimulate quality research by rewarding a psychology resident for independence, creativity and intellectual depth in a research effort. The award will help to fund his research project to test emotion regulation as a moderator of the associations among stress, negative mood, and drinking in college students using daily-level data.

Anna Ratzliff, MD, PhD wins Outstanding Junior Clinician Teacher Faculty Award

Department News | November 30, 2014

Each year, our department gives an award to an outstanding clinician teacher faculty member at the Instructor or Assistant Professor level, based on excellence in teaching and supervision, scholarship, educational leadership, local and national recognition as an educator, and excellence as a clinical role model. Anna Ratzliff, MD, PhD is the 2014 recipient of this award which will be presented at Graduation in June, 2015.

Jesse Fann, MD, MPH receives the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine Research

Department News | November 30, 2014

The APM Research Award honors an individual currently studying psychopathology in the medically ill and is intended to recognize exceptional research and clinical work in the field. Jesse Fann, MD, MPH, an expert in treating psychological and behavioral problems following traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury, accepted the award at the Academy’s fall scientific meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in November. His Research Award Lecture described the evolution of research into the epidemiology, assessment, patient preferences, treatment, and health service delivery of persons with depression following TBI Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)and Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) and made the case for future research directions and greater involvement of Psychosomatic Medicine in TBI and SCI.

Paul Phillips, PhD honored with the Waletzky Award

Department News | November 30, 2014

The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) presented Paul Phillips, PhD with the prestigious Jacob P. Waletzky Award. Established in 2003 and supported by the Waletzky family, the $25,000 award is given to a scientist who has conducted research or plans to conduct research in the area of substance abuse and the brain and nervous system. The prize was presented at Neuroscience 2014, SfN’s annual meeting and the world’s largest source of emerging news about brain science and health.

Joan Romano, PhD receives 2014 Award for Excellence in Psychology Training

Department News | November 20, 2014

Joan Romano, PhD, has received the 2014 Award for Excellence in Psychology Training from the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers, the national organization for postdoctoral and internship training, for her service as the Training Director of the Psychology Internship Program in the department.