CME Programs

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Forensic Symposium
Westin Canal Place
April 10-12, 2015   French Quarter Festival weekend



The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences prides itself on its continuing medical education activities. Providing this service to the medical community, our clinical and full-time faculty, and allied health professionals is an obligation we take seriously. Every spring we offer a forensic psychiatry conference and every December we sponsor our Brain and Behavior conference. This latter offering focuses on the interface between psychiatry and neurology and provides an opportunity for our alumni to return since they can also participate in the annual business meeting of the Heath Society at that time.

Meet our new Psychology Interns for 2015-2016

TulaAnna Kelley, M.A
University of Denver, Denver, CO

Kathryn Fleming, M.A., M.S.
Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL

Amie Herrman Lofton, M.S.
Carlos Albizu University, Miami, FL

Zoe Leibowitz, M.A.
Spalding University, Louisville, KY

James McAbee, M.A.
University of South. Alabama, Mobile, AL

Meet Our New Residents

The department filled all the residency slots for 2015-2016.  Please join us in welcoming our new residents.


  • BRYCE BLANTON, Ross University School of Medicine
  • JON CHRISTOPHER BUCKLEY,University of South Alabama College of Medicine    
  • MANDEEP GILL, American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
  • FOSTER HAYS, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • NITHYA RAVINDRAN, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine         


  • BO ‘LIZ’ PENG, Rush Medical College of Rush Univ Medical Center        


  • RACHEL HAMMER, Mayo Medical School
  • AMANDA SATTERTHWAITE, Meharry Medical College


  • MYRA FERNANDO, General Psychiatry residency: LSU-Our Lady of the Lake, Baton Rouge, Medical School: Touro University College of Ostheopathic Medicine
  • KATAIE SIGALOW, General Psychiatry Residency: University of Toledo, Medical School:  University of Toledo College of Medicine


  • VEROICA ALEXANDER, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • ELIZABETH PHILLIPS, Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina


Adult Psychiatry Grand Rounds - Now for CME credit.

We are pleased to announce that starting November 7th, we will be offering CME credit for Adult Psychiatry Grand Rounds!  Grand Rounds will now be approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.  As we start offering CME credit, there will be a few small changes.  We will need to take Grand Rounds attendance starting in November, so please make sure to sign in when you come. To make sure you are receiving CME credit, please see below:
Clinical Faculty and friends of the department (not employed by Tulane)-  To receive CME Credit, you will need to register with the Tulane Center for Continuing Education.  Please go to the website:  and click “Register Now.”  The cost to sign up for CME credit is $95 for the year.  Once you sign up, CME Credit will be given for any Grand Rounds (in any department) you attend and sign the attendance sheet.  *Please note- if you have signed up through other departments (such as Child Psychiatry), you do not need to sign up again.  
Faculty (employed by Tulane Psychiatry)- If you would like to receive a CME transcript at the end of the year to submit for credit, the CME transcript cost of $95 is paid from your faculty member option account. Noemi will be contacting you to find out if you would like to opt-IN to receive your transcript.  You can also contact Noemi at or 988-3772 if you have additional questions.  You do NOT need to go to the CME website to register, but please make sure you sign in when you attend Grand Rounds so that you receive credit on your transcript. *Please note- if you have already signed up through other departments (such as Child Psychiatry), you do not need to sign up again.  
Residents and Fellows- you do NOT need to register with CME since being in a residency or fellowship completes our annual CME requirements.  Please make sure you do sign in at grand rounds, though, since the CME office will need full attendance sheets for Grand Rounds.  In addition, when you graduate you will be able to get AMA direct credit for CME credits earned during residency or fellowship.

Tulane Psychiatry residents shine at the 2014 American Psychiatry Association Annual Meeting


Congratulations, Veronique!! What a great way to work your "outside" interest into your rotation to make patients feel better and also turn it into an academic project.

Yoga beneficial in inpatient setting | Psychiatry

Psychiatry | NEW YORK —In a study of 80 inpatient psychiatric patients, regular yoga classes were self-rated as beneficial to overall treatment in 82.2% of participants, the researchers highlighted at the poster session during the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting. In a population of 80 participants from the East Jefferson Inpatient Psychiatric Unit in Metairie, Louisiana.  Read more...


Congratulation Holly on your poster and for being on APA TV.

NEW YORK-A search of "#suicide" on the social media site Instagram revealed images that romanticized suicide and self-harm or showed graphic depictions of suicide acts. Researchers presented this exploratory study at the 167th Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association.

"Our findings are alarming," wrote study authors Arshya B. Vahabzadeh, MD, of Harvard Medical School in Boston and Holly, Peek MD, MPH, of Tulane University in New Orleans. "It appears the Instagram policy of identifying and removing content with suicidal/self-harm images is ineffective."  Read more...

View the APA TV interview

2014 Trainees
trainees 2014



Tulane child psychiatrist honored with lifetime achievement award 

M Scheeringa Legos

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) honored Tulane University child psychiatrist Dr. Michael Scheeringa with a lifetime achievement award for his pioneering research about the emotional and behavioral problems of very young children.

Scheeringa, who is the Remigio Gonzalez, M.D., Professor of Child Psychiatry at Tulane University School of Medicine, was given the AACAP's 2013 Irving Philips Award for Prevention, an honor for those who have made significant contributions to the prevention of mental illness in children and adolescents.

."For a long time, conventional wisdom had been that very young children couldn't get psychiatric disorders, and even if they did there were very few ways to treat them," Scheeringa said. "Our empirical work on the assessment and treatment of posttraumatic stress in very young children has helped to change that belief."

Scheeringa's career has included many firsts in his field. He conducted the first study on the diagnostic validity of post-traumatic stress disorder in preschool children, the first study on the neurobiology associated with PTSD in preschool children and the first longitudinal study of PTSD diagnosis in preschoolers. His work was the primary basis for the first developmentally specialized criteria for PTSD that cuts across all age groups in the profession's leading authority for psychiatric diagnosis, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Representing over 8,500 child and adolescent psychiatrists nationwide, the AACAP is the leading authority on children's mental health.




July, 2011

Stacy Drury M.D., Ph.D. an an assistant professor of psychiatry was interviewed about the Burcharest Early Intervention Project for the lead article, "Child's Telomeres May Tell of Early-Life Adversity", in the July 1, 2011 issue of Psychiatry News.



July, 2011



February 2010

Dr. Daniel Winstead has been named the 2010 recipient of the William C. Menninger Memorial Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Science of Mental Health by the American College of Physicians (ACP). He will receive the award at the annual ACP scientific meeting on April 22, 2010 in Toronto, Canada, and deliver a lecture the next day. Dr.Winstead, chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, is also the Robert G. Heath Professor. He has been at Tulane School of Medicine since 1976.



June 22, 2009

This award is given annually by the medical student body in honor of Gloria P. Walsh, late wife of the late John J. Walsh, MD, chancellor emeritus of Tulane University Medical Center. The recipient is selected by the Owl Club, an elected organization whose goal is the constant advancement of medical education at Tulane, for inspiring excellence in teaching and promoting high ethical standards.

The Owl Club, on behalf of the entire student body, honors Janet E. Johnson, M.D., M.P.H. with the Gloria P. Walsh Award for her dedication and contribution to medical education.

Janet Johnson, M.D., M.P.H., came to Tulane University School of Medicine in 1990 from the University of Missouri where she completed her B.A. and M.D. degrees. Here she did her residency in Psychiatry and served as Tulane’s chief resident in Psychiatry while in her final year of residency. At the time of her graduation she received the Lancaster Award for the “Most Caring Psychiatrist among Graduating Residents”.

Following a two year fellowship in schizophrenia research in New York at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, she returned in 1996 as a member of our faculty. One year later while still on our faculty, she began her course work for a Master’s in Public Health in International Health and Development. She graduated with her M.P.H. in 2000. This has lead her interest and work on complex medical disasters at international sites. Following Katrina, as Director of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry, she put the skills to good use locally leading to new sites and creative opportunities for our medical students.

Dr. Johnson has won Owl Club Awards on four occasions. In 2000 she was recognized by the American Psychiatric Association with one of their Nancy C.A. Roeske, M.D. Awards in recognition of excellence in medical student education. In 2006 she was given their companion award for excellence in teaching residents.

She is currently an Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Director of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry, Psychiatrist for the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic, Psychiatrist for Healthcare for the Homeless, and Psychiatrist for the Homeless Adolescent Drop-In Center. Thus the Gloria P. Walsh Award for Teaching Excellence has been hard earned and is well deserved.

Charles Zeanah, MD

Blanche F. Ittleson Award for Research in Child Psychiatry

June 3, 2009

Charles H. Zeanah, Jr., M.D., is a Sellars-Polchow Professor of Psychiatry, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, and Vice Chair for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurology at the Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He is also Executive Director of the Institute for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health at Tulane. Dr. Zeanah has a longstanding interest in infant mental health, especially abuse and neglect in young children, attachment and its disorders, psychopathology in early childhood and infant-parent relationships. Throughout his career, his clinical and research focus has been on early experiences and their effects. For example, since 1994, together with Julie Larrieu, he has led a community-based intervention program for abused and neglected infants and toddlers in the New Orleans area; and since 2000, with Drs. Charles Nelson and Nathan Fox, he has been Co-PI of the Bucharest Early Intervention Project. This is a longitudinal, randomized controlled trial of foster care as an alternative to institutional care among severely deprived, abandoned young children in Romania. Dr. Zeanah is a Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and a Board Member of Zero to Three.

The Blanche F. Ittleson Award for Research in Child Psychiatry was established in 1976 in memory of Blanche F. Ittleson, Honorary Fellow of the APA and noted philanthropic friend of psychiatry. This award is given to a child psychiatrist or group of investigators for published results of research pertaining to the mental health of children. This award is selected by the Ittleson Award Board - Elizabeth B. Weller, M.D., Chairperson.





May 18, 2009

Congratulations to graduating medical students (L-R) Casey Dunn, Ashley Doucette and Michael Manchak. Casey and Michael are co-recipients of the Leon A. Weisberg, MD Memorial Award in Neurology

Award Winners

and Ashley received the Bick Scholarship Award in Psychiatry at the Ivy Day Awards Ceremony held Friday in the Medical School Auditorium. 

Both Ashley and Casey will be joining the Department in July for their residency training in Psychiatry and Neurology respectively.



Incoming Psychiatry Resident Ashley Doucette: A Katrina Class Story

May 13, 2009

Ashley Doucette was two weeks into her first year of study at the Tulane University School of Medicine when Hurricane Katrina struck. A native of New Orleans, Doucette was at that time living with her parents in their New Orleans East home, which took in 10 feet of water. More>>



May 7, 2009

Brad McConville, MD

Congratulations to Brad McConville who is one of ten residents selected as a Laughlin Fellow by the American College of Psychiatrists for 2009-2010. As such, he and his peers ("who will likely be future leaders of psychiatry") will be able to attend the meetings of the College in 2009 and 2010 at the expense of the College. Brad has won several other awards while here as a med-psych resident at Tulane. He has won back-to-back Gonzalez Prizes for scientific writing by a resident in our Department, and has been named one of the Residents of the Year at MCL-NO (2007-2008) and was also recently awarded the American Psychiatric Association/Bristol Myers Squibb Fellowship Award in Public Psychiatry for 2008-2010.



May 7, 2009


Charles Chester, MD

Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Residents

Richard Dalton, MD

Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association

Robert Detrinis, MD

Nancy C.A. Roeske, MD, Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Medical Student Education, American Psychiatric Association

Stacy Drury, MD, PhD


2009 Career Development Travel Award, Anxiety Disorders Association of America Invited Participant, American Psychiatric Association 14th Annual Research Colloquium for Junior Investigators

Mary Margaret Gleason

Junior Scholar Travel Award, American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2008

Janet Johnson, MD

Gloria P. Walsh Award for Teaching Excellence, awarded by the Owl Club for inspiring excellence in teaching and promoting high ethical standards.  2009

Leslie Lawrence, MD

Helping Hands Award, American Psychiatric Association

Joseph Matta, MD

Passed certification examination in Addiction Medicine through ASAM

Geoffrey Nagle, PhD

Health Care Heroes Class of 2009, New Orleans City Business

Mordecai Potash, MD

Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Residents, American Psychiatric Association

Angela Traylor, MD

Fellowship Award to Support Attendance at Workshop on Clinical Trials in Psychopharmacology, American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology

Daniel Winstead, MD

1st Vice President, American College of Psychiatry

Charles Zeanah, MD


2009 Blanche F. Ittleson Award for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Psychiatric Association
2008 Sarah M. Haley Memorial Award for Clinical Excellence, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies



Tiffany Chang, MD

2009 Resident Scholarship to the AAN Annual Meeting, American Academy of Neurology

Sapna Purawat, MD

2009 Training Residents in Psychiatry Scholarship, Dept. Of Veterans Affairs, South Central Mental Illness Research, Education & Clinical Center 9MIRECC)



The Department of Psychiatry and Neurology is pleased to announce our new trainees for 2009, with a special thanks to all who helped recruit this excellent group of residents and interns.

In General Psychiatry:

2009 Trainees
(L-R: Michael Hwang, NYU SOM; Dustin DeMoss, Tx COM; Nicolas Vergara, Instituto de Ciencias de la Salud, CES, Colombia; Megan Thomas, Chicago COM of Midwest Univ.; Christopher Rodgman, Ross Univ.; Ashley Doucette, Tulane Univ. SOM)

In Neurology:

(L-R: Internal Medicine/Neuro, Katherine Esse, Univ. of Minnesota, ; Neurology-Jason McCormick, Indiana University; Andrea Almedia, St. George's)


In Triple Board:

(L-R: Rohini Singh, LSU HSC; Ndidi Onyejiaka, Univ of MO, Kansas City SOM)


In Psychology:

Incoming interns are:
Abbey Conner, University of Indianapolis
Michael Ripski, University of Virginia

Please join us in welcoming these outstanding new residents and interns.



Poverty Creates Toxic Stress for Young Children

With nearly one in three of Louisiana's children under the age of five living in poverty, and an 81 percent increase in abuse and neglect cases in this age group over the past six years, the question of how to improve the lives of Louisiana's youngest citizens is an increasingly pressing issue, says Geoffrey Nagle, director of the Tulane Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health.


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