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Mayada Akil, MDMayada Akil, MD

Mayada Akil, MD, is the Vice Chair for Education and Director of the Residency Training Program. She also serves as the medical director of the Outpatient Program, a busy service with over 17,000 outpatient visits a year and over 35 providers. Dr. Akil trained in psychiatry at the University of Michigan. She was on faculty in the departments of Psychiatry and Neurology at the University of Pittsburgh from 1989 to 1996 where she was involved in clinical work teaching and research. Dr. Akil joined the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) where she conducted research on the pathophysiology of psychotic disorders then served as a Senior Advisor to the NIMH Director from 2003-2012. She joined the Department of Psychiatry at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in March of 2007. Dr. Akil is nationally known for her work in neuroscience education in psychiatry. She is actively involved in teaching medical students and psychiatry residents.

Richard L. Amdur, Ph.D.Richard L. Amdur, Ph.D.

Dr. Amdur is currently Lead Biostatistician at Medical Faculty Associates and Clinical Professor in the Department of Surgery at George Washington University School of Medicine, where he is involved in a wide variety of research studies. He was formerly Chief of Biostatistics at the DC VA Medical Center, and served on the VA Central IRB.  Earlier, he served as Associate Chief of the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder clinic at the Ann Arbor VA Medical Center, and was an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at University of Michigan. He received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Michigan State University.

Areas of Research: Impact of mindfulness-related interventions on PTSD and health, Genetics of psychiatric conditions, Use of large healthcare databases to explore predictors of poor health outcomes.

Karen E. Anderson, MDKaren E. Anderson, MD

Karen Anderson, MD, is a psychiatrist specializing in neuropsychiatry, and the director of the Huntington's Disease Care, Education and Research Center at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Anderson sees adult patients and families dealing with behavioral symptoms caused by neurological conditions such as Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and brain injuries. She is also an associate professor of psychiatry and neurology at Georgetown University Medical Center.

Areas of Research: Huntington’s Disease Care

Bruno J. Anthony, Ph.D.Bruno J. Anthony, Ph.D.

Dr. Anthony, is a child clinical psychologist and Deputy Director of the Georgetown Center for Child and Human Development, which, for over 40 years, has focused on enhancing knowledge to improve systems, practice, and outcomes for children, youth and adults through efforts to enhance service delivery systems at the national, state and community levels. Dr. Anthony received degrees in Developmental Psychology at Columbia University and Clinical Psychology at the University of Wisconsin and post-doctoral internship at the Yale Child Study Center.  He carried out work on neurodevelopmental disorders at the intramural division of NIMH prior to joining the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland where he was Director of the Maryland Center for Attention and Developmental Disorders.

Dr. Anthony received an NIMH Career Development Award (K23) in mental health services and since that time has focused his work in areas of effective interventions for children with behavioral health and developmental challenges within community settings (schools, mental health clinics, primary care), including early childhood mental health. As Research Core Director of the NIMH Center for Mental Health Services in Primary Care and a member of the DC Collaborative for Behavioral Health in Primary Care, he has been engaged in adapting the chronic care model for addressing behavioral/developmental problems of children and young adults in primary care, including increasing the capacity of primary care staff to identify concerns, implement brief effective treatments and foster integrative care.   His work also focuses on ways to empower youth and families in decision-making, including programs to help providers and families build effective partnerships to enhance outcomes.  In addition, his research is aimed at understanding the factors underlying differences in access to and quality of health services for underrepresented minority populations anchored in community based participatory research principles. He currently directs the Research, Education and Training Core of the Georgetown/Howard University NIMHD Center of Excellence in Health Disparities in the Nation’s Capital, leading programs to accelerate minority health and health disparities research education and enhance its accessibility to students, junior faculty members, and clinical trainees.

Dr. Anthony has been the lead investigator on a variety of large federal and state grants and has served as a member of NIH Study Sections and PCORI Review panels (Health Disparities). He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and lectures widely both nationally and locally.

Areas of Research: Children’s Mental Health Services Research, Mental Health in Primary Care, Developmental Psychopathology, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Family Involvement, Family to Family Support, Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

Emily Aron, MD

Emily Aron, MD is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital. She directs a multidisciplinary autism clinic, providing comprehensive evaluation and treatment for children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disorders. She also provides consultation to KIPP DC charter schools and has a strong commitment to improving access to care through school-based mental health. Furthermore, Dr. Aron is devoted to treating youth that have been exposed to trauma from infancy to young adulthood. In addition to clinical work, supervising psychiatry trainees and participating in medical education is a part of her daily work at Georgetown.

Dr. Aron earned a B.S. studying Human Development and Family Studies at Cornell University. She earned her MD from Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed general psychiatry  residency training at  Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai in New York, NY. She completed her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at NYU.

Louis Beckman, MDLouis Beckman, MD

Louis Beckman, MD is a board certified psychiatrist and Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the Georgetown University School of Medicine.   He received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in the Biological Basis of Behavior, obtained his medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and completed psychiatry residency training at the Harvard Longwood Program where he served as Program Chief Resident in his final year. 

Dr. Beckman treats adult patients and supervises resident trainees in the MGUH outpatient psychiatry clinic.  He is also a collaborative care psychiatrist and works with the Montgomery County Primary Care Coalition to provide behavioral health treatment for uninsured individuals in Montgomery County Maryland using a collaborative care model.  Dr. Beckman teaches medical students at Georgetown University.     

Matthew Biel, MD

Matthew Biel, MD, MSc

Matthew Biel, MD, MSc is Chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Georgetown University Hospital and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Georgetown University School of Medicine.  He co-directs the Early Childhood Innovation Network, a citywide effort to improve developmental outcomes for children and families living in underserved communities in Washington, DC.  Dr. Biel’s work addresses the impact of adversity and stress upon children and families.  His clinical efforts focus on children and adolescents with anxiety and stress disorders, trauma-related conditions, autism spectrum disorders, and complex medical illnesses.  His research has centered on reducing health disparities, improving access to mental health care for underserved children and families through projects based in primary care and school settings, and clinical interventions focusing on trauma and resilience, anxiety, and autism.  He has published numerous articles and book chapters and is involved nationally in psychiatric education and advocacy for children’s mental health. Dr. Biel received his medical degree and a master’s degree in Community Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.  He trained in general psychiatry and in child and adolescent psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine. 

Areas of Research: Health disparities, Mental health interventions in pediatric primary care, Coexisting medical and psychiatric conditions in children, Autism spectrum disorders, Trauma, Anxiety and mood disorders in children and families

Alfiee M. Breland-Noble, PhD Alfiee M. Breland-Noble, PhD MHSc

 Dr. Breland-Noble’s research focuses on reducing mental health disparities in racially diverse adolescents, youth, and families.  Dr. Breland-Noble is currently funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and the National Institutes of Health.  Her clinical expertise includes culturally relevant treatment for depression and anxiety in teens and adults.  Dr. Breland-Noble is a recognized expert in adolescent depression disparities as evidenced by her appointments to the American Psychological Association Board to Develop Depression Treatment Guidelines and the PCORI National Advisory Panel on Addressing Disparities.  She currently leads multiple research teams with a focus on patient-centered outcomes research, community-based participatory research, behavioral clinical trials, and faith-based mental health promotion.

Areas of Research: Reducing mental health disparities for African American and diverse adolescents; treatment engagement for depression in diverse adolescents; mental health stigma reduction in diverse populations, health equity in suicide prevention, Community Based Participatory Research with a specific focuses on Faith Based Health Promotion and Mindfulness in diverse parenting contexts.

William Cohen, MDWilliam Cohen, MD

Dr. Cohen joined the Department of Psychiatry at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in 2016. He provides clinical care for adults on the inpatient psychiatric unit at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital and for children, adolescents, and adults in the outpatient clinic. He teaches and provides clinical supervision for Georgetown medical students, psychiatry residents, and child psychiatry fellows. Dr. Cohen completed a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Georgetown University. He completed a psychiatry internship and residency in The Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia, and he earned his M.D. from Jefferson Medical College. Prior to medical school he earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Wesleyan University and then worked in Utah as a wilderness therapy field instructor for adolescents. Particular areas of clinical and research interest include mood and anxiety disorders, emergency and disaster psychiatry, and adolescent and transitional aged populations.

Dionne Smith Coker-Appiah, PhDDionne Smith Coker-Appiah, PhD

Dionne Smith Coker-Appiah, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center. Dr. Coker-Appiah has engaged in a focused program of research and training experiences over the past decade. Each research phase has consistently and strategically informed subsequent phases in an effort to build a comprehensive ADV research program. Dr. Coker-Appiah’s research program focuses on using community-based participatory research (CBPR) approaches to study adolescent health, more specifically, adolescent dating violence, adolescent mental health, and adolescent sexual health among rural African Americans. She has collaborated on several federally and non-federally funded research projects. It has been well documented that there are ADV disparities among rural African Americans, therefore, a thorough understanding regarding how to design, conduct, and evaluate culturally and geographically appropriate interventions for this population is critical. Further, with an understanding of the intersecting public health disparities that often co-exist with ADV, Dr. Coker-Appiah has chosen to also focus on appropriate and effective ways to integrate health implications into ADV prevention interventions. Overall, her research program is designed to (a) prevent adolescent dating violence and the associated health implications among rural African Americans, (b) build effective and sustainable community partnerships that build rural communities’ capacity to address these issues, (c) reduce health disparities and promote health equity among rural youth of Color. In addition, Dr. Coker-Appiah has received NIH training in adolescent neuropsychology in the Section on Affective and Cognitive Neuroscience at NIMH (Mentor: Dr. James Blair). She is specifically interested in exploring the neuropsychology of both adolescent perpetrators and victims of dating violence.

Areas of Research: Adolescent dating violence, Adolescent mental health, Adolescent sexual health, Child/Adolescent exposure to interpersonal violence, Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR), Low income and minority populations, Adolescent Neuropsychology

Thomas Cummings, Jr., MDThomas Cummings, Jr., MD

Dr. Cummings provides clinical care for our inpatient and consult services and our outpatient adult programs, with a focus on neuropsychiatry and psycho-oncology. He also has a major role in teaching and supervision of Georgetown medical students and residents.

Dr. Cummings obtained his medical degree in 2003 from UMDNJ — New Jersey Medical School. He then completed his psychiatry residency at New York University School of Medicine in 2007. Dr. Cummings also completed a psychosomatic medicine fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in 2008.

aimee-danielson-MGUH-140x140Aimee Danielson, PhD

Aimee Danielson, PhD, is the director of the Women’s Mental Health Program at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. She is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in women’s reproductive health issues. Arriving at Georgetown in 2008, Dr. Danielson’s unique approach to the provision of specialized evaluation, and treatment for women with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, resulted in the creation of the Women’s Mental Health Program. In addition to her clinical practice, she is an assistant professor within the medical school and teaches medical students and residents on the motherhood transition and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

Dr. Danielson received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia and earned her doctorate in clinical health psychology from the University of Miami in 2002. She completed her clinical internship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, followed by a one-year fellowship program in women’s mental health. During these training years, she began specializing in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders in pregnant and postpartum women, and became particularly interested in working with women with postpartum depression. Since then, she has remained committed to helping women experiencing difficulties with the transition to motherhood by providing consultation, ongoing individual therapy, couples counseling, and group therapy for pregnant and postpartum women and couples. Dr. Danielson has expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, as well as insight-oriented approaches to treatment.

Priscilla Dass-Brailsford, EdDPriscilla Dass-Brailsford, EdD

Priscilla Dass-Brailsford, Ph.D., studies the effects of trauma and violence and other stressful events, especially whether individuals from historically oppressed or stigmatized groups experience unique stressors or exhibit culturally specific coping processes.  Dr. Dass-Brailsford has several ongoing research projects on HIV/AIDS:  understanding maternal disclosure of HIV, developing an intervention for women living with HIV/AIDS who have histories of trauma and addictions and investigating the life histories of women living with HIV/AIDS. In the past she has worked with at-risk families in urban communities exposed to violence in the home and community.  She has submitted grant proposals that sought to develop interventions to support parents in the aftermath of disasters and community violence. Besides numerous peer-reviewed publications, she is the author of two books:  A Practical Approach to Trauma:  Empowering Interventions (2007) and Disaster and Crisis Response:  Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina (2009).   Dr. Dass-Brailsford is an APA Fellow and has a trauma focused clinical practice.

Areas of Research: Psychological effects of trauma and violence on ethnic minority women and children, Understanding and developing interventions for Maternal HIV disclosure, Co-morbidity of HIV, PTSD and Substance Abuse among Women living with HIV, Mental health consequences of natural disasters

Kimberly Davis, PhDKimberly Davis, PhD

I came to Georgetown University in 2004 as a Research Assistant Professor and a member of the Cancer Control Program (CCP) of the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center (LCCC) and as a member of the Department of Psychiatry.  My research focuses primarily on the routine assessment of symptoms and health-related quality of life (HRQL) and the treatment decision-making processes of cancer patients, survivors and their families.

Since 2006, I have been providing individual therapy to cancer patients and their families coping with the myriad issues involved in cancer, from initial diagnosis and treatment side effects to concerns at the end-of-life and survivorship.  I established a multidisciplinary psychosocial oncology team which meets weekly with the goal of positively impacting overall patient quality of life and therefore their overall oncology care.  Specifically, I work very closely with physicians, the palliative care team, nursing staff and other clinical and administrative staff at LCCC and throughout the hospital to address the psychological needs of patients and their family members through distress screening, psychological consultations, and on-going psychotherapy.  On average, I provide therapy to 15-17 cancer outpatients per week.         

Since 2013, I have been instrumental in the development and implementation of an assessment tool to screen for psychological distress in cancer patients at LCCC.  In  November  2014, we began to assess LCCC patients for psychological distress using a self-administered electronic tool adapted from the NCCN Distress Thermometer, the results of which can be integrated into patient’s electronic medical record and which allowed us to be in compliance with the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer mandate that all Comprehensive Cancer Centers screen all patients for distress starting January 2015. Most of 2015 was spent working through logistic issues and challenges to implementing the screening as a routine part of the outpatient clinical care process. By October 2015, we had a working system by which all new LCCC patients completed a distress screen at their initial visit prior to seeing their physician. The team developed specific follow-up protocols based on patient distress scores.  Through our monitoring of the follow-up protocol we have had to make modifications to the follow-up protocol due to lack of sufficient resources to address patient needs.  My understanding of the field of Psychosocial Oncology and my recognition of the current and future mission of MedStar Health to advance the health of diverse communities through greater access to high-quality, patient-centered, coordinated cancer care for the whole person, has resulted in my recent efforts to establish the MedStar Georgetown Cancer Network Psychosocial Oncology Program.  Dr. Lou Weiner, head of LCCC, has requested a business plan for the program, which is in progress.  

 Celene E. Domitrovich, Ph.D.Celene E. Domitrovich, PhD

Domitrovich is a member of the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Georgetown University located in the Center for Child and Human Development and a Senior Scientist at the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). She maintains professional affiliations with the Prevention Research Center at Penn State University and the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Dr. Domitrovich is a prevention scientist who is interested in the development and evaluation of interventions that promote children’s adjustment and reduce the negative effects of exposure to risk. Her area of specialty is social and emotional learning. Dr. Domitrovich is interested in creating systemic intervention approaches that include the necessary supports to ensure the high quality implementation of evidence-based interventions at scale.

Areas of Research:

Enhancing Outcomes of an Evidence-Based Social-Emotional, Enhancing Outcomes of a School Support Model to promote social and Emotional Learning

Mary Ann Dutton PhDMary Ann Dutton, PhD

Mary Ann Dutton, Ph.D. is Professor and Vice-Chair for Research in the Department of Psychiatry, Georgetown University Medical Center and Co-Director of the Community Engagement and Research core of the Georgetown Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science. Dr. Dutton’s research focuses on trauma and mental health. She has received numerous federal grants for longitudinal studies, randomized behavioral clinical trials involving mindfulness and telehealth interventions. Dr. Dutton has also focused o immigrant women’s use civil protection orders and trauma-informed legal advocacy. Dr. Dutton teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. Dr. Dutton is the author of numerous scientific journal articles and books.

Areas of Research: Trauma exposure, Post-traumatic stress, Mindfulness interventions, Telehealth

Kurt W. Ela, PsyD

Dr. Ela is a licensed clinical psychologist and assistant professor within the Outpatient Program at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He provides individual psychotherapy to adults and adolescents. Specific areas of focus include mood and anxiety disorders, relationship challenges, and issues related to grief and loss. He also specializes in group therapy, which he teaches at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Ela received his Bachelor of Arts from Amherst College and his doctorate in psychology from The George Washington University. He completed his internship at Pennsylvania Hospital within the University of Pennsylvania Health System, where he worked with adult, adolescent, and pediatric patients.

Steven A. Epstein, MDSteven A. Epstein, MD

Dr. Steve Epstein is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry of the Georgetown University School of Medicine and Chief of Service of the Department of Psychiatry of MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. In January 2016, he was appointed Physician Executive Director for Behavioral Health across the MedStar health system.

 

He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale College and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. After completing a residency in psychiatry at Tufts-New England Medical Center, he was a fellow in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at Georgetown/Fairfax Hospital. From 1990 to 2000 he directed Georgetown’s Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry service and he became department chair in 2001. He currently directs Georgetown’s Psychosomatic Medicine fellowship, Physician-Patient Communication Program, and Physician Health Committee.

 

Dr. Epstein has conducted NIH-funded research and published extensively in the area of psychosomatic medicine. In 2001, he was awarded an RO1 grant from NIMH to study primary care physicians’ decision-making in the evaluation and treatment of depression. He has also been principal investigator on two other NIMH grants in this area. He has been the recipient of four teaching awards from Georgetown psychiatry residents. In 2011 he was elected by his peers to the MAGIS Society of Masters Teachers of the Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is also co-chair of the Committee on Medical Education for the medical school.

 

Dr. Epstein serves as President of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, the 1200 member national organization for Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. He is also a member of the Psychosomatic Medicine Committee of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. In July 2015, he was appointed to a six-year term as a member of the Psychiatry Review Committee for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

 

Ozge Gurel, PhDOzge Gurel, PhD

Ozge Gurel, PhD, is a clinical psychologist specializing in cognitive behavioral treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, in particular OCD and related disorders. Dr. Gurel is an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry training residents in cognitive behavior tharapy. She has a doctorate in clinical psychology from American University and a master's degree in experimental psychology from Villanova University. She received training at Virginia Tech and the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington.

Elizabeth-Hoge-MD-140x140Elizabeth Hoge, MD

Dr. Hoge’s research focuses on treatments and markers of treatment for anxiety disorders and depression.  She has NIH funding to examine meditation and other contemplative traditions as treatments for anxiety and stress, and to determine biomarkers of treatment which may indicate mechanistic pathways that could be targeted for treatment optimization or novel therapies.

Areas of Research: Anxiety Disorders diagnoses and treatment, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Mind-Body interventions for anxiety and insomnia, Oxytocin and anxiety

Sonal Jagasia, MDSonal Jagasia, MD

Sonal Jagasia, MD MPH, is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine and serves as the Associate Medical Director of the Outpatient Program, where she works to develop, improve, and optimize the outpatient practice. Dr. Jagasia received a B.A. from Cornell University in Biology and Society. She then received a Doctorate of Medicine and Masters in Public Health at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in the combined degree program. She completed a psychiatry internship and residency at Georgetown University Hospital, where she served as chief resident of the Georgetown Psychiatry Residency Program.

Dr. Jagasia has an interest in treating individuals who suffer from anxiety disorders and utilizes mindfulness/cognitive behavioral approaches to treating anxiety disorders. She is involved in the Psychopharmacology clinic and Women’s clinic, where she treats women with peripartum associated mental health disorders. She also works with the Primary Care Coalition, where she consults for primary care doctors in Montgomery County using a collaborative care model to treat low-income/uninsured individuals.

Paul Jones, MD, MAT

Paul Jones, MD, MAT, is clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, where his primary clinical interests include: pediatric psychosomatic medicine, family-centered psychiatry, and mindfulness based interventions in both general medicine and psychiatry. Dr. Jones specializes in treating children, adolescents and adults living with major medical illness, as well as patients with significant medically unexplained physical symptoms. In addition to teaching in Georgetown’s child and adolescent, psychosomatic and general psychiatry programs, Dr. Jones directs and teaches in Georgetown’s mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) course. A graduate of Brown University and the University of Vermont College of Medicine, he completed training in general psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, child and adolescent psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine, and psychosomatic medicine at Georgetown. Dr. Jones is a graduate of the two-year Meditation Teacher Training Institute (MTTI), sponsored by the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW), and was trained in teaching MBSR at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA.

Stacey Kaltman, PhDStacey Kaltman, PhD

Stacey Kaltman is a licensed clinical psychologist and an Associate Director of the Georgetown Center for Trauma and the Community.  Dr. Kaltman’s research focuses on the development and evaluation of sustainable mental health interventions for underserved populations in primary care settings.  In particular, she develops intervention for patients with uncontrolled diabetes and depression. Her education-related research focuses on how best to train medical students to achieve competence in medical interviewing and advanced communication skills.   She is also the ombudsperson for the medical school.

Areas of Research: Trauma and loss, Latino mental health, integration of mental health services into the primary care setting, mental health disparities

Kathy S. Katz, PhDKathy S. Katz, PhD

Dr. Katz is a pediatric psychologist who provides evaluation and treatment of children with problems with emotional regulation, anxiety, sleeping, and feeding. Previously the director of psychology training in Georgetown’s Center for Child Development, she has long experience in the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. Her more recent work has included helping children deal with parent separation and divorce. Dr Katz’s research focuses on improving developmental outcomes for children with various medical and social risk factors. Dr Katz is an associate professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at Georgetown. She teaches and supervises child and adolescent psychiatry fellows, pediatric residents and medical students. Dr Katz received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and her doctorate in clinical psychology from Rutgers University. She completed a clinical child psychology internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard-affiliated Judge Baker Children’s Center and Boston Children’s Hospital.

Megan McCormick King, MDMegan McCormick King, MD

Dr. McCormick King is a child clinical psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry and Department of Pediatrics at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. McCormick King provides mental health consultation to children and families in receiving medical care at the MedStar Pediatric Outpatient Subspecialty Clinics. She also is involved in community-based programming to increase access to mental healthcare in primary care and school settings. Dr. McCormick King’s clinical and research interests focus on the relationship between psychological factors and medical outcomes in chronically ill children and adolescents, as well as improving access to mental healthcare for at-risk populations through integrated models of service delivery. She also participates in ongoing training and supervision of graduate students and trainees. Dr. McCormick King earned her B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy at Mercer University, then earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Georgia. She completed her pre- and post-doctoral training at Children’s National Medical Center.

Janice Krupnick, PhDJanice Krupnick, PhD

Dr. Janice Krupnick is a licensed clinical psychologist and the founder and director of the Trauma and Loss Program at Georgetown University.  Dr. Krupnick’s research focuses on the development and testing of psychological treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder and major depressive disorder.  Recently, the populations that have been the focus of her research include low-income women and Veterans with PTSD.

Areas of Research: Posttraumatic stress disorder, psychosocial treatment development, low-income women and adolescent girls

Judith Kupersmith, MDJudith Kupersmith, MD

Dr. Kupersmith has served on the faculty of the medical schools of New York University, the University of Louisville, Michigan State University, and Texas Tech University. A former ballet dancer with the New York City Ballet Company, Dr. Kupersmith has established innovative and successful performing arts programs at these medical centers. She has made numerous presentations across the country in the area of mental health of performing artists.

In addition to her clinical roles, Dr. Kupersmith has extensive experience as a general psychiatry and psychotherapy supervisor. In recognition of her expertise, she has received resident teaching awards at Michigan State, Texas Tech and Georgetown University.

Ted S. Liao, MDTed S. Liao, MD

Dr. Ted Liao is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine and is the associate director of residency training for the Department of Psychiatry at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his medical degree from the College of Physicians & Surgeons at Columbia University before completing his residency in psychiatry at Georgetown University Hospital, where he also served as chief resident. Dr. Liao was honored with several awards for teaching medical students and was named Resident Psychiatrist of the Year by the Washington Psychiatric Society. Prior to joining the faculty, he completed a psychosomatic medicine fellowship in the department of psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine. In addition to seeing patients in the outpatient program for psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Liao’s clinical work at Georgetown also includes evaluations of organ transplant candidates, care of patients undergoing treatment for cancer, and consultations on medically hospitalized patients.

Mihriye Mete, Ph.D.Mihriye Mete, PhD

Dr. Mete earned a bachelor's degree in Management Engineering, with a specialization in Economics and Mathematics, from Istanbul Technical University and received a PhD in Political Science, with emphasis on statistical methods, from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University and University of Georgia. She taught public policy, statistics and research methods at Georgetown University as a visiting professor and at Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) as an adjunct faculty. Currently, she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry’s Research Division and manages the Biostatistics Department at MedStar Health Research Institute.

Dr. Mete has extensive collaboration experience and routinely assists MedStar and GU investigators in the development and management of quantitative interdisciplinary research. Specifically, she develops proposals, analyzes data, and assists with manuscript preparation and submission.She has a broad research portfolio that includes studies in mental health, diabetes, nutrition and cardiovascular disease.

Areas of Research: Anxiety, stress and depression, Nutrition, obesity and diabetes and their relationship to mental health, Stress and cardiovascular disease, Research design and statistical modeling

Sean Pustilnik, MDSean Pustilnik, MD

Dr. Pustilnik is the director of the Inpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry service and provides consultative service to medically ill pediatric inpatients, outpatient consultation through the Integrated Care Clinic at Georgetown Pediatrics of Tenleytown, and telephonic consultation through the DC MAP program, as well as psychiatric care of children with mood and anxiety disorders, disruptive behavior disorders and ADHD. His clinical and teaching interests include pediatric psychosomatic medicine and the integration of mental health into pediatric primary care. Dr. Pustilnik completed his B.A. in Behavioral Biology at Johns Hopkins University, M.S. in Physiology and Biophysics at Georgetown University, and graduated from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. He completed his General Psychiatry Residency at the VCU School of Medicine hospital, and fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical Institution.

Aaron Rakow, PhDAaron Rakow, PhD

Aaron Rakow, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Rakow’s professional background focuses on improving access to empirically supported mental health interventions via training and dissemination efforts within school systems and primary care offices. His teaching and clinical emphasis focuses on cognitive behavioral therapy for child and adolescent anxiety disorders. He also provides supervision in the child and adolescent fellowship program.

Matthew J. Reinhard, Ph.D.Matthew J. Reinhard, PhD

The WRIISC-DC is a national VA Post-Deployment Health Resource and provides post-deployment health expertise to Veterans and their health care providers through clinical programs, research, education, and risk communication.  Dr. Reinhard obtained his B.A. degree from Long Island University, his M.A. and Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University, and interned at the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center (APA). He completed a two-year National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) post-doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA), Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.

Areas of Research: Cognitive and Neuropsychological factors of PTSD, Complimentary and Integrative treatment for PTSD, Deployment health, Neurocognitive effects of environmental toxin exposure

Pamela A. Saunders, Ph.D.Pamela A. Saunders, PhD

Pamela A. Saunders, PhD, is an associate professor in the departments of neurology and psychiatry. With a doctorate in sociolinguistics from Georgetown University, her research focuses on language, aging, doctor/patient communication, narrative and reflective writing, and medical education. Her research portfolio includes funding from the Alzheimer’s Association, the National Institute on Aging, the Hartford Foundation, the Association for Standardized Patient Educators, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. She serves in several leadership roles related to medical education, including as chief course director of the doctoring curriculum and co-clerkship director of the geriatrics clerkship. She is a long-standing member of Georgetown University Medical Center’s Committee on Medical Education and also serves on the Committee on Appointments and Promotions. She co-founded the geriatrics curriculum in 2000 for the medical students at Georgetown’s School of Medicine with funding from the Hartford Foundation. In addition, she teaches qualitative research methods, reflective writing, and Mind Body Medicine skills to medical and graduate students.

Areas of Research: Language, Communication, Doctor-Patient Interaction, Communication Training of Clinicians, Students, and Caregivers, Dementia, Medical Education, Narrative Medicine

Barbara Schwartz, Ph.D.Barbara Schwartz, Ph.D.

Dr. Schwartz’s research program is focused on understanding cognitive and emotional impairments in schizophrenia. Her research extends from basic studies of human memory to clinical trials designed to reduce cognitive impairment, symptoms, and functional disability.  Her research group has used experimental cognitive and behavioral tasks, eye tracking, brain imaging, and pharmacological challenges to study cognitive functioning in clinical disorders.

 

Nima Sheth, MDNima Sheth, MD

Nima Sheth MD, MPH is the Medical Director of the Georgetown Psychiatric Partial Hospitalization Program.  Dr. Sheth has a strong interest in global mental health and refugee/asylum-seeker mental health. She has traveled extensively to the Middle East, Kenya, and India, where she engaged in global mental health work. Dr. Sheth also specializes in trauma focused psychotherapies and pharmacotherapy. She has a women’s trauma clinic at Georgetown and a refugee clinic at the Community of Hope. She also supervises residents seeing asylum seekers for therapy and psychopharmacology at the Torture Abolition Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC International). Dr. Sheth also teaches medical students and residents. Her teaching focuses on trauma-informed care as well as medicine and social justice. She is a member of Physicians for Human Rights and provides pro-bono psychological evaluations for asylum seekers. She is also a member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Sheth currently does research on the mental health needs of asylum seekers and refugees. She most recently presented her work at the 2016 North American Refugee Health Conference.

Dr. Sheth received her undergraduate and medical degrees at Saint Louis University. She completed residency training at the University of Illinois Chicago and Georgetown University. She completed her Masters in Public Health during residency training at the University of Illinois Chicago.

Colin Stewart, MDColin Stewart, MD

Dr. Stewart is the training director for the Child and Adolescent Residency Training program. He also provides clinical care, including directing a clinic dedicated to diagnosis and treatment of ADHD and disruptive behavior disorders. Dr. Stewart completed his internship and residency at UCSF and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine. He serves on the AAMC’s Group for Diversity and Inclusion.

Babette A. Wise, LICSWBabette A. Wise, LICSW

Babette A. Wise, LICSW, is the director of the Substance Abuse Program in the Department of Psychiatry. She has been a full-time member of the department since July 1982. At that time she and Dr. William E. Flynn established the addiction program. She treats individuals, couples and families who are struggling with the disease of substance abuse.

Ms. Wise completed her Master of Arts in special education from The George Washington University in 1975 and her Master of Social Work from The Catholic University of America in 1981. She teaches medical students and psychiatric residents about substance abuse. She also supervises residents in psychotherapy. She has been interviewed extensively over the years in a variety of media outlets about substance abuse and is a resource for colleagues and members of the community about the disease of addiction and treatment.

Rachel Yoder, MDRachel Yoder, MD

Dr. Yoder provides clinical care for our outpatient child/adolescent program and provides psychiatric services for the Department of Pediatrics on the Kids Mobile Medical Van and at Mary’s Center. She teaches Georgetown medical students, psychiatry residents, and child psychiatry fellows and oversees their care of patients. Dr. Yoder obtained her medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed a combined Pediatrics/Psychiatry/Child Psychiatry residency and fellowship at Indiana University.

 Varsha Vaidya, M.D.Varsha Vaidya, MD

Dr. Vaidya is a board certified psychiatrist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine, specializing in the treatment of obesity.She obtained her M.B.B.S from Seth G. S. Medical college, KEM Hospital in 1985; and received her psychiatric training in London, England, before coming to the US in 1993. She completed her training in the U.S. at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Vaidya joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1996 and served as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and general Internal Medicine; Director of Consultation Liason Psychiatry 1997-2006. She has worked in several areas of psychiatry and has focused on psychiatric issues in obese patients since 2000. In addition to several journal articles on bariatric psychiatry, Varsha published a book titled, "Health and Treatment Strategies in Obesity."

She treats patients with depression, anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Adult ADHD, Dementia Eating Disorders and psychiatric disorders in pregnancy and lactation. She specializes in treating medically ill patients with psychiatric illness Dr. Vaidya’s area of expertise is Obesity Psychiatry.

Karimah Ware, Psy. DKarimah Ware, Psy. D

Karimah Ware, Psy.D. is a Clinical Psychologist with joint appointments in the Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics. She is licensed in both DC and MD and has an expertise in child and adolescent psychology. Dr. Ware has a particular interest in working with youth, whom research has indicated, as being at an increased risk for development of mental disorders. Her areas of specialty are school mental health; conducting various psychological assessments; facilitating individual, group, and family therapy; providing supervision and training; crisis management; and teacher, psychiatric, and parent consultation. Dr. Ware has worked with patients diagnosed with disorders such as anxiety, depression, bereavement, trauma, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.

Dr. Ware, who holds a Psy.D. from the American School of Professional Psychology, has worked in settings ranging from schools to community mental health centers to psychiatric hospitals. In addition, Dr. Ware has facilitated various workshops, to include effective classroom management, depression in youth, and parenting trainings, to name a few. She has a passion to train and supervise others entering the mental health field, and has formed great working relationships with other local universities, as she has had the opportunity to supervise and train clinical psychology externs, interns, associates, and other licensed psychologists. Dr. Ware successfully completed post-licensure, advanced training at the Washington School of Psychiatry in its two-year child and adolescent psychodynamic psychotherapy training program.

Wendy Zack, PhD, LICSWWendy Zack, PhD, LICSW

Dr. Zack received her Ph.D. from the Clinical Social Work Institute and her Masters from McGill University. She is an experienced clinician and supervisor and provides individual and couples therapy with a focus on psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and supportive psychotherapy. She supervises and teaches in the residents training program. Her areas of interest include women’s mental health, mood and anxiety disorders, and stage-of-life transitions.

Affiliate faculty

Chung_JoyceY_LR-140Joyce Y. Chung, MD

Joyce Y. Chung, MD, received her Bachelor of Science and medical degree from Northwestern University. She completed her psychiatric residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and then a research fellowship in medical anthropology at Harvard Medical School. Her research interests include the study of sociocultural barriers to mental health care, treatment interventions for mental health problems in minority populations, ethnographic and qualitative research methods, and patient-provider discourse and communication. She is the recipient of several research grants.

Dr. Chung has also been active in the area of HIV psychiatry through her clinical practice, educational lectures and published articles about psychiatric complications associated with HIV and AIDS. She helped formulate and was the chief writer for the American Psychiatric Association's Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Patients with HIV/AIDS. During her eleven-year affiliation with Georgetown, Dr. Chung has served as chief of the Consultation-Liaison service at the Washington VA and as medical director of the Mental Health Care Unit at Georgetown University Hospital. She is a member of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, American Anthropological Association and Alpha Omega Alpha.

Karen-Johnson-140Karen M. Johnson, MD

Dr. Johnson served most recently an associate professor of psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. She also served as: medical director and director for academic affairs at Augustus F. Hawkins Comprehensive Community Mental Health Center in Los Angeles; interim vice-chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science; and past president of the Association of Black Women Physicians.

Dr. Karen Johnson is a graduate of the University of Panama School of Medicine, who trained in psychiatry at King-Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles. She completed a fellowship in consultation liaison psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine, where she held the appointment of director of the Consultation Liaison Service and the Women's HIV Mental Health Program at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, before transferring to Harbor UCLA Medical Center where she served as director of the Consultation Liaison Service, director of the inpatient programs and medical student clerkship site director.

Over the years she has been awarded various teaching awards from these institutions, and brings a wealth of clinical, academic and administrative experience.

Maryland-Pao-140Maryland Pao, MD

Dr. Pao is clinical director of the Intramural Research Program at the National Institute of Mental Health. She is chief of the Psychiatry Consultation Liaison Service (Adult and Child) in the Clinical Center. She is currently chair of the Medical Executive Committee of the NIH Clinical Center and has served as the NIMH Institutional Review board chair in the past.

A native of Bethesda, MD, Dr. Pao attended Wellesley College before completing a Bachelor of Arts/medical degree program at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed pediatric and psychiatric residency training as well as a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Pao was the director of the Pediatric Consultation Liaison Service in the Children's Center of Johns Hopkins Hospital as well as the director of pediatric consultation liaison and emergency psychiatric services at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. She is board-certified in pediatrics, general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Pao is a past recipient of the NIMH Outstanding Resident Award (1991) and has received teaching awards both during her time at Johns Hopkins and at Children's National Medical Center. She also received the NIMH Hannah Cashman Memorial Award for Excellence in Psychiatric Consultation Liaison Service (2003).

Dr. Pao's clinical and research interests are in the complex interactions between somatic and psychiatric symptoms in chronic diseases of childhood such as HIV, other primary immune disorders, pediatric oncology and in pediatric pain management. Dr. Pao is co-chair of the Physically Ill Child Committee in the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and co-chair of the Pediatric Significant Interest Group of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine where she is also currently serving as a councilor. She was elected to the American College of Psychiatrists in 2010. She has written more than 60 papers and chapters and served as a senior editor for the Quick Reference for Pediatric Oncology Clinicians: The Psychiatric and Psychological Dimensions of Pediatric Cancer Symptom Management (2009). Dr. Pao is recognized for her leadership and training in pediatric psychosomatic medicine.

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