November 2021


Sheryl Fleisch, MD

Dr. Fleisch on the AMA Ethics Talk Podcast

Dr. Sheryl Fleisch discusses strategies for delivering health services to people experiencing homelessness, including street psychiatry.



UF Med Talks featuring Drs. Rahmani and Shapiro

Michael Shapiro, MD and Mariam Rahmani, MD will be discussing the effects of the pandemic on mental health in children and adolescents on UF Med Talks on  …


De Faria

Changing Perceptions on Mental Health

As more public figures come forward with their experiences with mental health conditions, it makes it easier for the rest of us to talk about our own. Dr. De Faria talks to WebMD about these changes.



Joseph Munson, PhD in Wellness Talk Podcast

Dr. Munson joins the Wellness Talk Podcast to discuss suicide prevention, warning signs and the resources available for those who may need help.

Listen here: Suicide Prevention – Wellness ( 


AACAP 2021

Several of the Child and Adolescent Faculty and Fellows participated in the 2021 Virtual American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's (AACAP) Annual Meeting. Click below for a list of the participant's presentations and posters. 



20th Annual Guest Chef benefiting Peaceful Paths


1329 Wins CHFM Halloween Decorating Contest

Our Fiscal Office at 1329 participated in a Halloween Decorating Contest sponsored by Community Health and Family Medicine and (no surprise) they were named Best Overall!

Congratulations to the 1329 Fiscal Office!


The McKnight Brain Institute featured Greta Walker, custodian for the MBI, in their Behind the Scenes Series. If you work at or frequent the MBI, chances are you know Greta, learn more about her here: Behind the Scenes with Greta Walker » McKnight Brain Institute » University of Florida ( 


Tip of the Cap

Tip of the cap goes to Dr. Mike Lin and all the UF undergrads for their helping hands at clinic.

All of the patients appreciate the care given to them.  All residents, fellows and faculty are invited.

Helping Hands Clinic


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. 



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:

• 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. ( 


Do you have some news or an announcement you would like to share?

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

Want us to save the date for an upcoming event?

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November 2 | Reception for Regina Bussing, MD

5:30 - 7:00 pm
One Love Café

4989 NW 40th PL

Gainesville, FL 32606


November 12 | Grand Rounds

Flash Talks Part 2

Friday, November 12, 2021
12:00 -1:00 pm


November 17 | UF Med Talks


TBA - November 22 | Anti-Racism & Health Equity meeting

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 940 8732 0057
Passcode: 478196


November 25 | Thanksgiving


November 30 | Staff Recognition & Milestone Reception


December 8 | FRC Wednesdays at Noon

Martha Brown, MD
Associate Professor
Director, Psychiatry Clerkship
Associate Medical Director, Professionals Resource Network
Department of Psychiatry Division of Addiction Medicine


December 10 | COM Town Hall Save the Date


Meagan Sullivan

Meagan will be the Clinical Research Manager for Dr. Sara Jo Nixon. Meagan will join the department on October 29th.

Please welcome Meagan to UF Psychiatry!  


Shelly Miranowicz

Shelly will be working in Resident Education as the Resident/Fellowship Program Assistant. Shelly will join the department on November 12th.

Please welcome Shelly to UF Psychiatry!  


April Gerry

April will be working as the Fellowship Coordinator for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program. April will join the department on November 19th. 

Please welcome April to UF Psychiatry!  


Martha Pennock-Schaub 

Martha has served as the Promotion and Tenure and Grand Rounds Administrative Specialist for the department for the past three years. She has accepted a position with the College of Engineering. We wish Martha all the best in her position at UF.



UF CARD Update

Online Social Learning Sessions for Children 8-12

First Thursday of Each Month, Nov & Dec; 4:15–5:15pm
Details and Registration

Online Social Learning Sessions for Teens 13-17
Third Thursday of Each Month, Nov – Dec; 4:15–5:15pm
Details and Registration

UF CARD Literacy Institute
 March 14, 2022
Details and Registration

ADOS-2 Clinical Training

January 12-14, 2022
Details and Registration

29th Statewide Annual CARD Conference
January 14-16, 2022
Conference Website

UF CARD Groups
Parent Support Group, MyFriends Adult Group, Adult Support Group, Housing Forum

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:
• 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 or Ann-Marie Orlando Study ID: IRB202100150 Date approved: 06/07/2021



We had great participation in the Fall Walking Challenge this year! Congratulations to all our participants.


• Chair's Office

• Fiscal Office

• Florida Recovery Center

See you in the Spring!


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 and UF Health 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:

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.



Working Through COVID-19

Find the information you need to work through COVID-19 at a glance on the UF HR website!


Get a Plan / Get a Kit / Be Informed

We are well into the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane season. If you haven't made a should.

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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