January 2022


Sara Jo Nixon

Apps show promise to help heavy drinkers age 21-25 cut back

Dr. Sara Jo Nixon was part of the research team that looked how smartphone apps affect young adults drinking.



Tip of the Cap

Tip of the cap to Doctors Kelvin Tran, Dylan Ong, and MS4 Melanie Parrott 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: https://psychiatry.ufl.edu/alumni/

• 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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Young Jo, MD NIDA AACAP Award

Dr. Jo selected for NIDA-AACAP Training Award in Substance Use Disorders

Young Jo, MD, has been selected for the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) - American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Resident Training Award in Substance Use Disorder (SUD). The training program is a  partnership between AACAP and NIDA Clinical Trials Network (CTN) to fund NIDA Mentor-Facilitated …




David Ledbetter, PhD, FACMG, DABMGG

After serving as Executive Vice President and Founding Chief Scientific Officer at Geisinger for ten years (2010-2021), Dr. Ledbetter assumed the role of Chief Clinical & Research Officer at Unified Patient Network, Inc., a start-up company building a massive Precision Medicine database across multiple healthcare systems linking patient EHR and other clinical data sets to clinical whole genome sequence data. Previously he held academic and leadership positions at Emory University, the University of Chicago, and Baylor College of Medicine. He is a graduate of Tulane University and earned his PhD at the University of Texas-Austin. He is an internationally recognized expert in Genomics and Precision Medicine, having focused his early research efforts on discovering the genetic causes of childhood neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism, and the translation of new genomics technologies into clinically useful genetic tests for early diagnosis and intervention. His current research interest includes leveraging longitudinal electronic health information with large-scale DNA sequencing to determine the clinical utility and cost-effectiveness of precision medicine approaches in real-world health system settings.

Please welcome Dr. Ledbetter to our team!


Nancy Boyd

Nancy will be working in the business office as an Administrative Specialist II. She will be responsible for the Department of Psychiatry Faculty Development (including P&T, Mid-Career, mentoring, CV’s), CME/Grand Rounds, and Committee Support (Suicide Risk Reduction Task Force, Department Faculty Development Committee, COM Faculty Leadership Development).

Please welcome Nance to UF Psychiatry!


January 17 | Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Martin Luther King Jr. day is an observed holiday by the University of Florida.


February 15 | College of Medicine Research Day

4:00 - 8:30pm
Stephen C. O'Connell Center

For more information visit: researchaffairs.med.ufl.edu/news-events/2022-com-research-day/


February 21 | Anti-Racism & Health Equity meeting

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 940 8732 0057
Passcode: 478196

*We will meet the third Monday of every month.


February 28 - March 4 | Patient Safety Quality Week

"Be a Safer Gator: Celebrate our accomplishments and replenish our spirits and minds" is the theme of the 2022 Patient Safety and Quality Week.

For more information visit the Patient Safety and Quality website: https://psqw.ufhealth.org/



UF CARD Update

Social Learning Sessions for Children 8-12
First Thursday of Each Month JANUARY-JUNE; 4:15–5:15pm
Details and Registration

Social Learning Sessions for Teens 13-17
Third Thursday of Each Month JANUARY-JUNE; 4:15–5:15pm
Details and Registration

Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule II (ADOS-2) Clinical Training
January 12-14, 2022
Details and Registration

29th Statewide Annual CARD Conference
January 14-16, 2022
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 CARD hosted a Holiday table which allowed visitors to practice choice-making and social skills while coloring ornaments.


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



Mindful Relaxation Minutes

Although mindfulness has been a wonderful resource for so many, we will no longer provide Mindfulness on Thursdays. We would like to thank all the wonderful instructors we’ve had over the years:

• Beatriz Elena de Bruna, Serenity Mindfulness Center

• Genevieve Camp, LMHC,ATR-BC, CEDS

• Carol Lewis, PhD, MPH, CPH, UF Department of Psychiatry

• Trish Magyari, MS, CGC, LCPC, NCC, RYT-200

• Lisa Merlo, PhD, MPE, UF Department of Psychiatry

• Barbara Yezierski, BS, LPN

We invite you to continue to use our Mindfulness Relaxation Playlist on YouTube as you continue your mindfulness practices.

Thank you to everyone who contributed and participated over the years!


UF Mindfulness 360

UF Mindfulness will begin their Spring 2022 UF Mindfulness 360 Practices on Monday, January 10th from 5:30pm - 6:30pm via zoom. These are offered to the UF Community at no cost. Dr. Carol Lewis is even teaching a few of these sessions!

For more information: UF Mindfulness 360° Practice Group Spring 2022 Tickets, Mon, Jan 10, 2022 at 5:30 PM | Eventbrite


Individual-Based Walking Challenge

Start 2022 off on the right foot! Meet your personal step goals while journeying through a brand new year. This four-week, individual walking challenge will have you learning about unique celebrations and traditions around the globe. Take a step toward your wellness today!

Join the challenge on Walker Tracker. Create an account (or sign in) and join the challenge by finding “Step into the New Year” under the “challenges” tab. 

Learn more here: Step into the New Year » GatorCare


New Guidance Connect service provides quicker, more direct access to therapists

UF's Employee Assistance Program, or EAP, provides UF faculty and staff as well as their household members access to free live counseling support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, through its partnership with ComPsych. Now, in addition to calling its toll-free number, (833) 306-0103, faculty and staff have the option to search for a network therapist and determine their availability via ComPsych's portal.

To access the EAP's new Guidance Connect feature, visit guidanceresources.com and click on the Register tab to establish your profile, using the Organization Web ID: UFEAP. After registering, click on "Connect to Care" to answer a few questions and to get matched with a pool of therapists who meet your clinical needs and preferences. In-person, telephone, video or chat counseling options are available.

If you have questions or would like more information, please email eap-help@ufl.edu.


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.

Relax - 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. 


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.



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!



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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