Stony Brook Medicine's vision of transforming medicine by translating research into practice serves as a guide star for our initiatives in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health. Building on an established research program, we launched an imaging program that will provide clinicians with new diagnostic and prognostic tools. The appointment of Dr. Eduardo Constantino as Director of Clinical Services signals a new beginning for our clinical activities, which will include expansion and improvement of our Consultation and Liaison service. The department's training program has been supplemented by the addition of opportunities for students to participate in biologically based imaging research. These initiatives are supported by a new administrative infrastructure which includes a dedicated advancement officer and a new Administrative Director and management structure.
The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health is a leader among clinical departments in research. Our portfolio ranges from basic neuroscience, epidemiology and behavioral science to clinical and translational research.
When Dr. Parsey came to Stony Brook from Columbia University, he brought with him the core of his brain imaging lab. The group, under the direction of Dr. Christine DeLorenzo, uses advanced imaging modalities to investigate psychiatric disorders and their treatment. Two major studies are aimed at discovering biomarkers that predict treatment response in major depression and bipolar disorder, as well as advancing our understanding the biology of these diseases.
Thanks to the generosity of Lisa and Robert Lourie and the James Simons Foundation, we now have one of the country's first combined PET/MRI scanners, enabling us to conduct unique studies that combine the two modalities.
Our epidemiology group, under the direction of Distinguished Professor Evelyn Bromet and Dr. Roman Kotov, has recently received an grant to add fMRI imaging to their longitudinal study of recovery in psychosis. In collaboration with the Department of Psychology, the group launched a study of personality development and vulnerability to first-episode depression in young women, which also received funding to include neuroimaging. Even more recently, the epidemiology group received a grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to study the effects of Hurricane Sandy on the health of World Trade Center responders.
Dr. Eduardo Constantino has taken over direction of the department's clinical services, which include the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP), adult and child inpatient and outpatient services and the consultation and liaison service. We recruited Dr. Brian Bronson to head the Consultation and Liaison service. He will be assisted by Drs. Ilana Yel and Paul Mitrani. The C&L team is working to improve the timeliness and quality of consultations and to establish liaison positions in primary care and specialty services across the organization. We are working with state and county officials to improve access and quality of care in CPEP as the number of annual visits reaches 7,000 for the first time in our history. Dr. Al Alam, who has a joint appointment in Internal Medicine as well as Psychiatry, has joined our faculty as the permanent director of CPEP.
Training of medical students, residents and fellows remains a departmental priority. From the foundational course in molecular and cellular biology co-directed by Dr. Nissan Schechter through advanced fellowships in geriatric and child and adolescent psychiatry, the department's faculty are actively involved in the Medical School's educational mission. Dr. Andrew Francis was the first recipient of the Dean's award for excellence in teaching residents and Dr. Adeeb Yacoub was selected to receive an Award for Outstanding Teaching for the second straight year. Our Residency Training Director, Dr. Michael Schwartz was selected by the American Psychiatric Association to receive the annual Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Residents.
This year we graduated 11 residents and fellows. One of our post-doctoral fellows, Doreen Olvet, received an award from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to participate in the World Congress on Suicide.
Our faculty continues to garner honors from professional organizations. Dr. Evelyn Bromet was presented with the Hamilton Award by the American Psychopathological Association. Dr. Gabrielle Carlson received the Association's Zubin Award for her role in psychopathology research. She also received the American Psychiatric Association's Agnes Purcell McGavin Award for Prevention.
To increase support for psychiatry, we worked with the Advancement Office to hire Elsa Scheie in the newly created position of Development Associate for Psychiatry and Imaging. We were fortunate to recruit a highly skilled administrator, Dr. Kristie Golden, to serve as Administrative Director. Dr. Golden and I are working with our partners in the hospital administration to create a balanced scorecard approach to the operation of the department.
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