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2009 Psychiatry Research Day Recap

If you missed the event, you can view the agenda here
and view the faculty presentations below
 Wellness and Mindfulness in Psychiatry
October 21, 2009
Keynote Speaker: Josephine Briggs, M.D.


Director, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, NIH

New Directions for Research in Complementary and Alternative Medicine

     An accomplished researcher and physician, Dr. Briggs received her A.B. in biology from Harvard-Radcliffe College and her M.D. from Harvard Medical School. She completed her residency training in internal medicine and nephrology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, followed by a fellowship at Yale, then work as a research scientist at the Physiology Institute at the University of Munich.
     In 1985, Dr. Briggs moved to the University of Michigan where she held several academic positions, including associate chair for research in the Department of Internal Medicine and professorships in the Division of Nephrology, Department of Internal Medicine, and the Department of Physiology. She joined the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 1997 as director of the Division of Kidney, Urologic, and Hematologic Diseases at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. In 2006, Dr. Briggs accepted a position as senior scientific officer at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. In January 2008, she returned to NIH as the Director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
     Dr. Briggs has published more than 130 research articles, has served on the editorial boards of several journals, and was deputy editor for the Journal of Clinical Investigation. Dr. Briggs is an elected member of the American Association of Physicians and the American Society of Clinical Investigation and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is a recipient of many awards and prizes, including the Volhard Prize of the German Nephrological Society, the Alexander von Humboldt Scientific Exchange Award, and NIH Director's Awards for her role in the development of the Trans-NIH Type I Diabetes Strategic Plan and her leadership of the Trans-NIH Zebrafish committee.

Faculty Speakers

Colleen McKay, MA, CAGSResearch Instructor of Psychiatry and Director of the Program for Clubhouse Research, Center for Mental Health Services Research“Incorporating Tobacco Cessation Activities in a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Clubhouse” McKay ppt

Rosalie Torres Stone, PhD
, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Multicultural Core, Center for Mental Health Services Research “Health Disparities among the Mentally Ill”  Torres Stone ppt

Richard Fleming, PhD
, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, E.K. Shriver Center  Fleming ppt

Sherry Pagoto, PhD
, Assistant Professor in the Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine  “Weight Loss Treatment for People with Disabilities” Pagoto ppt

Amy Wachholtz, PhD, MDiv, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry  “Pain, Mood, & Meditation: Where does spirituality fit?  Wachholtz ppt

The 2nd annual Steven Banks Award for Research Mentoring was awarded to Anthony J. Rothschild, MD, Irving S. and Betty Brudnick Endowed Chair and Professor of Psychiatry.

The Douglas Ziedonis Award for Career Development Mentoring was awarded to Linda Cavallero, PhD, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry.

Photos click on the thumbnails below to view a high resolution picture

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Faculty Conference Room,
Research Day 2009

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Dr. Briggs and Gerardo

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Lisa Fortuna and
Roberta Francis





Poster Session 

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Steve Hodge  


Research Day Speakers 
 and UMass Leadership