June 2021


June is PTSD Awareness Month!

There are currently about 12 million people in the United States with PTSD.

If you have gone through a traumatic experience, it is normal to feel lots of emotions, such as distress, fear, helplessness, guilt, shame or anger. You may start to feel better after days or weeks, but sometimes, these feelings don’t go away. If the symptoms last for more than a month, you may have post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.

A quick, easy and confidential way to determine if you may be experiencing PTSD is to take a screening. A screening is not a diagnosis, but a way of understanding if your symptoms are having enough of an impact that you should seek help from a doctor or other professional. Visit www.mhascreening.org to take a PTSD screen.

Dr. Turner and family

Ana Turner, MD receives Hippocratic Award

Congratulations to Ana Turner, MD, for receiving the 2021 Hippocratic Award. Dr. Turner is an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry, where she serves as a Community Psychiatrist, Consult Liaison Psychiatrist, the Director of Clerkship for the Jacksonville Psychiatry Rotation, and Co-Director of the UF Health Jacksonville Community Fellowship. She also represents the department of psychiatry at the IM …


Scott Teitelbaum

Dr. Teitelbaum talks to TV20 News about increase in substance use cases

Scott Teitelbaum, MD talks to WCJB TV20 News about the increase in cases of substance use disorders due to isolation and other stressors during the pandemic.



Roundtable: Include Nurses in the Conversation to Reduce EHR Burden

Lisa Merlo, PhD discusses her recent research on EHR burnout with her colleagues in this piece for CDW Corporation's Health Tech publication.



Should school use Baker Act on 7-year-old? A look inside one case

Michael Shaprio, MD talks with The Palm Beach Post using the Baker Act as a tool for emergency situations for those in a mental health crisis that threatens a persons well being and not as form of discipline.



What to Know About Mental Health: Everyone's Doing The Best They Can

Your brain deserves to be rested and taken care of, just like other parts of your body.

Michael Shapiro, MD provides an expert’s perspective on mental health to increase awareness and decrease the stigma for those with a mental illness.



Psychiatric Medication Use by College Students

Marcia Morris, MD interviews with Lindsay DeVane, PharmD from American College of Clinical Pharmacy on on the trends in psychiatric medication use and utilization of psychiatric services over the past 10 years among college students.



Impact of Stress and Burnout on Health

Lisa Merlo, PhD went on the Well at UF Podcast, Wellness Talk to discuss the Impact of Stress and Burnout on Health.



2021 Quality Improvement Day Poster Winners

General Psychiatry – 1st place
“Medical Incapacity Hold (MIH): An Ongoing Quality Improvement Project”
Amanda Mihalik-Wenger MD, Justin Wenger MD, Brendan Butler MD, Andrew Amicarelli DO, Jeffrey Plante DO, Megan Single MD, Anu Stephen MD
Faculty Mentors: Joseph Thornton MD, Jacqueline A Hobbs MD/PhD, Sheryl Fleisch MD

General Psychiatry – 2nd place
“Antipsychotic Use and Lab Monitoring at The University of Florida Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic”
Meena Nuthi MD, Richard Stratton MD, Erica Call MD, Robert Scholl DO, Ryan Joy DO, Sara Rahal DO, Gerald Richardson MD
Faculty Mentors: Srinath Gopinath MD

General Psychiatry – 3rd place
“Assessing Racial Trauma in Psychiatric Interviews”
Kevin Putinta MD, Kelvin Tran MD , George Raineri DO, Gabriel Jenkins MD, Dylan Ong MD, Jeena Kar DO, Lily Valad MD
Faculty Mentors: Michael Shapiro MD, Kishan Nallapula MD

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry – 1st place
“Necessity of Routine EKGs in Patients admitted to the Child Psychiatry Inpatient Unit; A Retrospective Study”
Faryal Mallick MD, Samar Abdel-Jabbar MD
Faculty Mentors: Mariam Rahmani MD and Kishan Nallapula MD


NAMI Walk 2021

Thank you to everyone that supported "Walking out of Psych" at Cuscowilla Park in Micanopy for the  2021 NAMI walk. We look forward to seeing everyone next year!


Tip of the Cap

Tip of the cap goes to Dr. Meena Nuthi for her helping hands at clinic. All of the patients appreciate the care given to them by the UF psychiatrists.

Helping Hands Clinic


Check out our latest Quality and Safety Star Awardees on the Quality whiteboard in the adult workroom at the MOB. 

If you have a nominee for future Quality and Safety Star Awards, please email Dr. Jackie Hobbs.


Congratulations on your promotion Jennifer Cobb

Jennifer is the new Fellowship Program Coordinator and DCAP Divisional Administrative Support for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.


Anti-Racism and Health Equity Group

It’s not too late to join the Anti-Racism and Health Equity Group on the UF Health Bridge!

We would love for you to join us for these new and thought provoking opportunities and welcome you to join the group and present ideas of your own. Go to the UF Health Bridge to join the group, and see more details, on resources, activities, and events. 

The next meeting will be June 28th at noon.



Join UF Psychiatry Alumni Society

Become a member of the UF Psychiatry Alumni Society! The society fosters alumni networking, socializing and sharing current trends in psychiatric and behavioral science. Show your support of the education, research and clinical mission of the department by joining.

Join today at: https://psychiatry.ufl.edu/alumni/registration/

• Annual Dues: $100

• Lifetime Dues: $2,500 (payable over five years, $500 per year)

Membership dues support activities of the society and training programs.

To learn more about giving back to the department and alumni opportunities, please contact Callie Wilkes. (calliewilkes@ufl.edu). 


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Do you know someone who has gone above and beyond and who you would like to recognize? 

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June 4 | Grand Rounds; Child Fellows Seniors

“Pharmacological Treatment of ADHD in Pediatric Patients ”

12:00-1:00 pm

Samar Abdel-Jabbar, MD
Faryal Mallick, MD
Meghan Mayberry, DO
Hannah Morrissey, DO
Joshua Proemsey, MD



June 9 | FRC Wednesdays at Noon

"The Basic Concepts of Dialectical behavioral Therapy and Useful Practical Skills in the Treatment of Emotional Dysregulation in Substance Use Disorders"

12:00-1:00 pm

Jamie Smolen, MD
Associate Professor
Associate Director, Florida Recovery Center
Director, Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program
Division of Addiction Medicine
Department of Psychiatry
UF College of Medicine



June 10 | UF CARE Summer Social


Time: 6-9 PM

Location: Depot Park Event Space (Open-air room next to the Boxcar Wine and Beer Garden), Downtown Gainesville

Parking Info:http://www.depotpark.org/directions

Food available for purchase at restaurants/shops nearby. 

Drink tickets will be provided to Members and Affiliates who RSVP by June 3rd at 4pm via Outlook or emailing rprather@ufl.edu


June 11 | Grand Rounds; Resident Seniors

"Double Jeoparty"

12:00-1:00 pm

Elizabeth Ahn, MD
Nathan Chan, MD
Matthew Harnach, MD
Kevin Putinta, MD
Richard Stratton, MD



June 28 | Anti-Racism & Health Equity meeting

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 940 8732 0057
Passcode: 478196


Lauren Schmidt, MD, Assistant Professor

Dr. Lauren Schmidt, received her Medical Doctorate from Pennsylvania State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA. After graduating from Penn State College of Medicine, she completed her psychiatry residency at Yale University in New Haven, CT. She is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and the Gold Humanism Honor Society. She devoted her final year of residency to working with undergraduate, graduate, and professional students at Yale University’s Student Mental Health and Counseling Center. Dr. Schmidt was recognized by the Yale Psychiatry’s Resident Association for her commitment to LGBTQ veterans with their Resident Diversity Award.

Dr. Schmidt is primarily invested in integrating therapy and medication management.  She brings special expertise in perinatal mental health and quality care for members of the LGBTQ population. Of note, she recently worked at Emory’s Women’s Mental Health Clinic, where she was able to combine her interests in both perinatal and LGBTQ mental health by serving individuals often excluded from traditional Women’s Mental Health Clinics. Dr. Schmidt is also passionate about teaching and was awarded a Medical Student Teaching Award while at Emory University.

Dr. Schmidt will work in the Adult Division and provide patient care services at UF Health at Springhill clinic where she will serve as an important academic teacher and mentor for medical students, interns, training residents and fellows.

Please welcome Dr. Schmidt to our team!



UF CARD Update

Online Social Learning Sessions for Children 8-12
June 3-24, 2021 (Thursdays) 4-5pm
Location: Zoom
Registration required

Tuesday Night Training (TNT): Internet Safety
June 8, 2021 4-5pm
Location: Zoom
Registration required

Interoception, The 8th Sense: Impact on Self-Regulation
June 22, 2021 8:30-11:20AM
Location: Zoom
Registration required

29th Statewide Annual CARD Conference
January 14-16, 2022
Call for Papers

If you know someone in need of UF CARD services please direct them to the UF CARD registration page or have them call 352-265-2230.



UF Health Center Autism and Neurodevelopment opens ABA specialty clinic

Florida Autism Center Specialty Clinic in collaboration with UF Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment and the Behavior Analysis Research Clinic (BARC), is a site for specialty applied behavior analytic (ABA) therapeutic services and will provide short-term intensive therapy. These specialty clinics will provide high-hour therapy for a focused small number of goals such that the individual then can be integrated into, or back into, their community-based school, program, or early-intensive-behavioral intervention (EIBI) clinic, which are designed to provide comprehensive care.



Congratulations on passing your EPPP licensure exam!

The Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) is developed by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB). The EPPP is designed to assess knowledge that is believed to be critical for the competent practice of psychology.


Need some positivity in your life?

Join Everyday Empowerment to receive daily tips and strategies on how to make your day brighter! This three-week, text-based campaign will focus on cultivating joy, gratitude, and mindfulness with activities designed to de-stress and promote self-care.

To register, text @gcempower to 81010. You’ll receive a confirmation text in response. The campaign runs from from June 7 - June 27.

Complete both the pre- and post-surveys for a chance to win an essential oil diffuser with ten essential oils. The surveys will be sent to you via text on the first and last day of the program.


Streamed Classes

Did you know that it only takes 15 minutes of exercise/stretching each day to improve your health? We are excited to share our new, 15-minute lunchtime classes, available to any UF or UF Health employee! Each are live-streamed via Zoom.

Jump Start - Mondays from 12-12:15 pm. Start your Monday off with a short cardio and strength class. Register here.

Build - Tuesdays from 12-12:15 pm. This class focuses on building strength in different muscle groups each week - no equipment needed! Register here.

Relax - Wednesdays from 12-12:15 pm. Stressed? This class focuses on breathing, meditation, mindfulness, and relaxation. Register here.

Unwind - Thursdays from 12-12:15 pm. Wind down on Thursdays with a gentle stretching class. Register here. 


Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

An expansion of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) that provides UF employees with improved access to mental health counselors as well as enhanced work life, financial and legal resources and services. To learn more about the expanded UF EAP, please visit http://eap.ufl.edu. If you have questions, please contact UFHR Communications and Worklife at (352) 392-2477 or eap-help@ufl.edu.


Reminder that we have a new centralized contact for any UFCOM/UF Health employees in need of mental health services during the COVID-19 pandemic, including:

If anyone reaches out to you for assistance, please encourage them call the UF Health Staff Telepsych Services center between 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. (7 days per week) at 352-265-5459 or email c19peersupport@shands.ufl.edu [please provide name, contact number, and best time(s) to receive a call back].



Mindful Relaxation Minutes 


Please be sure to join us Thursdays at 12:15pm via Zoom.

Join Zoom Meeting using: https://ufl.zoom.us/j/159914780?pwd=aXVGcXh5dTFweWwwNkxrOXJHOEpNUT09

Meeting ID: 159 914 780

Passcode: 601221



COVID Vaccinations

Learn about the COVID-19 vaccines available from UF Health. As federal and Florida COVID-19 vaccination plans evolve, we’ll update this site and keep you informed.



Get a Plan / Get a Kit / Be Informed

We are about a month away from the forecasted start of the June 1st Atlantic Hurricane season. It is disaster preparation experts say it is time to plan, not panic. The proposed disaster preparedness sales tax holiday is May 28 through June 13, 2021. Visit www.floridadisaster.org to make a plan now.

We continue our preparedness on Get a Plan / Get a Kit / Be Informed by focusing on personal disaster supplies. A basic kit includes needed items for 3 days. While a kit should be customized to your specific situation, below are general guidelines to follow. A printer-friendly version is also available for handy reference.

You can find a copy of the Department’s Emergency Plan on SharePoint and the Internal Resources/Call Schedule pages



Florida’s 2021 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday

Stock up on qualifying disaster preparedness supplies exempt from tax. For more information and a list of qualifying items, visit floridarevenue.com/disasterprep


UF GatorSAFE Mobile App

Safety resources at your fingertips with the new UF GatorSAFE Mobile App. Smartphone users who download the free GATORSAFE app can now report tips, including those not adhering to COVID-19 guidelines, to the UF Police Department, make emergency calls and perform other functions that improve their personal safety and security.

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