July 2021


July is #BIPOCMentalHealthMonth! Join us as we highlight #StrengthInCommunities, mental health supports created by BIPOC and QTBIPOC, for BIPOC and QTBIPOC. Learn more at mhanational.org/july.


Transition in leadership: UF Department of Psychiatry

Regina Bussing, M.D., M.S.H.S, will step down as chair of the Department of Psychiatry on Sept. 1 to resume her faculty position and to focus her time on research, clinical care and mentoring. Dr. Bussing first led the department as its interim chair in July 2014 and was appointed the Donald R. Dizney endowed chair in psychiatry in 2016. Prior to her chair appointment, she served in a variety of leadership and shared governance positions as a UF faculty member since 1989. 

Carol Mathews, M.D., a Brooke Professor and vice chair for strategic development for the Department of Psychiatry has accepted the position of interim chair. Dr. Mathews received her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and her medical degree from The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She completed her psychiatry training and research fellowships at the University of California, San Francisco and is a nationally known clinician and translational researcher in the area of OCD, tic and related disorders. She is the director of the UF Center for OCD, Anxiety and Related Disorders, and the interim director of the UF Health Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment. As vice chair for strategic development, Dr. Mathews has worked closely with Dr. Bussing to set the vision for the department’s growth and faculty development. 

Please join us in thanking Regina Bussing for her leadership and commitment to the department and in welcoming Carol Mathews in her new leadership role.


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.


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 July 24th 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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Welcome 2021-2022 Psychiatry Residents



Welcome 2021-2022 Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellows


Welcome 2021-2022 Neuromodulation Psychiatry Fellow

2021 Graduation

Graduation 2021

The department of psychiatry held their housestaff graduation on June 25, 2021 at the Hotel Eleo at the University of Florida.



2021 Department of Psychiatry, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry graduation celebration.


Dr. Hannah Morrissey Receives the Ralph Maurer Award for Excellence in Child Psychiatry

Greg Valcante, Ph.D., and Richard D'Alli Ph.D., presented Hannah Morrissey DO with the Ralph Maurer Award for Excellence in Child Psychiatry. It is awarded each year to a graduating UF Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellow who shows exceptional compassion for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder.


July 4 | Independence Day

Holiday observed July 5.


July 10 | Moore Equity in Mental Health Virtual 5K Run, Walk or Roll 

Join us Saturday, July 10th at Depot Park at 7:30am for the American Psychiatric Association's Moore Equity in Mental Health virtual 5K! Run, walk, or roll with us to raise awareness about mental health inequities facing young people of color!

Can't make it in person? Donate to our team here:



July 19 - 23 | Fear Facers Summer Camp


July 19 - 23 | Eid al Adha

Eid al Adha is an Islamic holiday, individuals who observe this holiday may begin with prayers in the morning and have celebratory meals throughout the day. Try not to schedule a formal departmental/divisional lunch event and if you have a dinner event try to schedule it to start after sundown.


July 26 | Anti-Racism & Health Equity meeting

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 940 8732 0057
Passcode: 478196


Lynda Kirk

Lynda is our new Administrative Support Assistant II providing support to the Addiction Medicine Division and administrative support to the Addiction Medicine Fellowship.


Herbert Ward

Thank you for your years of dedication, service, and significant contributions to the UF Department of Psychiatry! Congratulations and Happy Retirement! 


Susan Nobles

Susan served 30 years at the University of Florida. She came to the department of psychiatry as administrative support the Forensic Division and spent her last few years at the Florida Recovery Center. Congratulations on your retirement and we wish you the best of luck at the VA!


Deborah Morrison

Thank you for your years of service to Florida Recovery Center and the Department! We wish you well in your future endeavors.


Jennifer Cobb

Jennifer has been with the department for about a year and a half. She has worked in the Chair's office as a receptionist and as the Fellowship Program Coordinator and DCAP Divisional Administrative Support for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is leaving us as she is moving to central Florida.



Setlow and Bizon co-edit 

Behavioural Brain Research journal

Barry Setlow, Ph.D. and Jen Bizon, Ph.D. co-edited an invitational special issue of the Behavioural Brain Research journal titled “Amygdala and value-based decision making,” based on related previous work.

Read more here: https://bit.ly/3iydEKC


Sara Bottari Awarded COARD Pilot Grant

Sara Bottari, MS, is a second year graduate student in the Clinical and Health Psychology program’s neuropsychology track and a Graduate Research Assistant in Dr. Williamson’s lab, she has been chosen as the recipient of the research pilot grant for July 2021. COARD, with support from the Brooke Professorship and the McKnight Brain Institute at UF, we are delighted to award this grant to help forward her research.

Learn more: https://coard.psychiatry.ufl.edu/about/information-for-members/coard-pilot-grants/


UF CARD Update

1. UF CARD is hosting a virtual YOUTH Mental Health First Aid USA course in collaboration with Partnership for Child Health and the Florida & Virgin Islands Deaf-Blind Collaborative on July 13th from 8am-3pm. Participants will be expected to complete pre-coursework that will take about 2 hours to complete. If you would like to attend, please email Ann-Marie Orlando at aorlando@ufl.edu by Friday, July 2nd. 

2. Summer Literacy Institute 2021
July 22 & 27, 2021; Fall 2021 (date TBD); Spring 2022 (date TBD)
8:00am – 3:00pm EST

3. Save the Date for Gainesville Elks Lodge’s Annual “SUMMER SPLASH” FAMILY FUN DAY! (Fundraiser for UF CARD) August 21, 2021 10am–4pm
Location:  Gainesville Elks Lodge #990, 2424 NW 23rd Blvd, Gainesville, Florida
Bring the whole family down for this great day at the Gainesville Elks Lodge. Supersized Waterslide|Smaller waterslides|Kiddy pools|Bounce House|Dunking Booth|FREE food, drinks and ice cream for all! UF CARD will be there along with the Elks Mobile Therapist, and FREE vision screenings for children as young as 6 months old done by The Kids Sight Foundation. Bring your swimsuits, blankets, lawn chairs, sunscreen and make a day of it! Children’s parents/guardians ARE required to stay with their children at all times for supervision. For information please contact Susan Senterfitt 352-222-3505.

4. 29th Statewide Annual CARD Conference | January 14-16, 2022
Call for Papers is Now Open! Do you think you would like to present at a statewide CARD Conference?  If so, simply fill out the Call for Papers Request at the CARD Conference website.

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 for Autism & Neurodevelopment (UF CAN) Housing Survey

Purpose: This study aims to collect information on the housing needs for individuals with developmental disabilities (DD) and their families. This information will be used by UF CAN and other organizations in measuring, defining, and sharing information about the housing needs and support services needed for adults with developmental disabilities in the State of Florida, in order to help them transition more independently into affordable and inclusive housing of their choice.

Who is eligible to participate in the survey?
Individuals 18 years or older, Living in Florida, and Diagnosed with a developmental disability OR Caregivers of adults with developmental disabilities living in Florida.

What do you need to do?
• Click the survey link: https://ufl.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bpU49BZ5ViAbLoi
• Answer the 21 questions listed on your computer, tablet, or phone. (Should take about 10 - 15 minutes to complete.)

For more information about this research study contact Carla Schmidt carla.schmidt@coe.ufl.edu or Ann-Marie Orlando aorlando@ufl.edu. Study ID: IRB202100150 Date approved: 06/07/2021


Congratulations Angel Perez!

The Department of Psychiatry and the Florida and Virgin Islands Deaf-Blind Collaborative is pleased to congratulate Dr. Angel Perez, Vision Science graduate from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, for the successful defense of her dissertation on July 1, 2021, at 11 am.  The title of her defense was “Color Vision Testing with Readily Available Materials” – Congratulations Angel!



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 pmJumpStart focuses on elevating your heart rate, energy, and mood for the week through cardiovascular and strength-based interval training. Register here.

Flow - Tuesdays from 12-12:15 pmFlow will offer gentle yoga that can be done at a desk with a focus on linking breath to movement.  Register here.

Build - Wednesdays from 12-12:15 pmImprove your total-body strength with this 15-minute virtual workout. No equipment needed! Register here.

Unwind - Thursdays from 12-12:15 pmThis class focuses on gentle stretching that can help improve muscle control, flexibility, and range of motion. Register here. 


New mental health helpline devoted exclusively to UF faculty and staff

In an effort to more efficiently connect UF faculty and staff and their families to mental health services, UFHR, in partnership with the UF departments of Psychiatry and Clinical and Health Psychology, is introducing a new Mental Health Services Access Line devoted exclusively to university employees and their dependents. Faculty, staff and their dependents may call (352) 627-0032 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, to receive assistance identifying and securing access to the mental health services best suited to their needs.

The new helpline is designed to increase access to mental health care and to supplement existing resources like the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) rather than replace them, providing a single point of entry and ensuring employees get the help they need in a timely manner. UF employees and their household members may still call the EAP at any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at (833) 306-0103, and anyone experiencing a crisis with more urgent needs should call the Alachua County Crisis Center at (352) 264-6789.



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



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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