February 2022


We challenge each of you during the month of February to practice anonymous acts of kindness, appreciation, and/or acknowledgement.  Put a flower on someone’s desk, or a chocolate in their cubby.  Write a note to them and/or their supervisor about something that you appreciate about them. Do this throughout the month—choosing different people each time.

Make an effort to do this especially for folks you don’t know well, and for those with whom you may have an uncertain or uncomfortable relationship.  If you send a note of appreciation to a supervisor or work colleague about someone else, the person that you send the note to should make sure that the intended recipient receives the message, but does not tell them who the sender is. Note that the key here is to do this anonymously—the act itself  is not the goal, the joy that the small act can bring to someone else is the goal. A great side effect of this challenge is the joy that it can bring to you as the giver.

Need some ideas? Check out this site!


Jennifer Bizon and Barry Setlow

The Curious Case of Cannabis

Professors, Drs. Jennifer Bizon and Barry Setlow's recent work on cannabis can be seen in Physiologist Magazine. Cannabis has the potential to both harm and help the human body. Here’s what physiologists are learning about this controversial substance.


Marcia Morris, MD

4 Reasons to Consider a Gap Year

UF department of psychiatry, associate professor, Marcia Morris, MD's article "4 Reasons to Consider a Gap Year" was featured in the January/February 2022 print version of Psychology Today. In her article she suggested families should talk about four factors when deciding whether their teens should take a break before college.


Richard D'Alli featured image

Raising children with ADHD - Strategies for success

Many children struggle with some hyperactivity, inattention and impulsivity, but when these characteristics are persistent and result in impaired social or academic functioning, it may be time to visit your child's health care provider. UF Health's Dr. Richard E D'Alli discusses what ADHD looks like and strategies for success for raising children with ADHD in this webinar.


Gator Specialty Series Psychiatry 1.18.2022

Dr. Rahmani participates in UF COM Gator Specialty Series - Psychiatry

Created in conjunction with the Office of Student Affairs, the Gator Specialty Series is a platform where UF College of Medicine graduates can provide insight into their chosen specialty …



Tip of the Cap

Tip of the cap to Drs. Connor Burnside and Isabella Caldwell, and all the UF undergraduate volunteers for their helping hands. 

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). 


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? 

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Eleonora (Ellie) Wahlstrom McCabe, a respected philanthropist who became a vocal advocate for the mentally ill passed away December 26, 2021.

In 2007, Ellie led the Vero Beach community in exploring the critical shortage of psychiatrists in Indian River County. In her groundbreaking style, Ellie used research coupled with authentic care and concern to persuade local philanthropists, and the Dean of the University of Florida College of Medicine, to create the UF Center for Psychiatry and Addiction in Indian River County. For her part, Ellie established the Robert F. and Eleonora W. McCabe Foundation Eminent Scholar Chair to ensure Indian River County would always have a world-renowned psychiatrist dedicated to improving the community's mental health services.

Learn more about Mrs. McCabe and her other charitable contributions to Vero Beach, Indian River County and the University of Florida. 



We are pleased to announce that our new 2022-2023 Administrative Co-Chief Residents are Drs. Brendan Butler and Kent Mathias. Please join us in congratulating them and in welcoming them into their new positions which will officially start May 1st, there will be a transition period with our current chiefs.

We look forward to working with our new chiefs. We also want to take this opportunity to thank Drs. Amanda Mihalik-Wenger and Robert Scholl for all their hard work this year. We know they will also help to make the transition a smooth one.


Natalie Snodgrass, MD

Dr. Snodgrass will be leaving us at the end of this month. We wish you all the best and thank you for years of dedication to the department! 



February 9 | FRC Wednesdays at Noon: Addiction Medicine 

Amanda Janner, PsyD
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
University of Florida



February 11 | Health Equity & Diversity Day

Registration Link for live event

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 25 | Grand Rounds

"Genomics in Autism Routine Clinical Care and Research" 

David H. Ledbetter, PhD, FACMG
Chief Clinical & Research Officer, Unified Patient Network Seven Bridges Genomics
Adjunct Professor, Psychiatry, University of Florida

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Live Stream: Psychiatry Grand Rounds » Department of Psychiatry » College of Medicine » University of Florida (ufl.edu)


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

UF CARD is a community resource that provides a multi-disciplinary staff to support individuals of any age with autism or related disabilities. 

UF CARD services are free of charge and include:
• Consultation in home, school, and community

Training and Professional Development online and in-person

• Autism Awareness/Acceptance Events

• Referrals to supports

• Lending Library

• Visual Supports Lab

• Support groups for individuals and caregivers

• WebsiteeNews, and social media (Find us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter @UFCARD)
CARD does not provide services such as therapy, ongoing behavioral interventions, diagnosis, respite care, or screenings*.

*as of 1/1/2022

UF CARD Events:
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

Relationship Support Group for Adults with ASD
Details and Registration

Behavior Strategies that Work

February 17-April 7
Details and Registration will be available on the UF CARD website soon.


Stomp the Swamp for Autism


March 19, 2022

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



FREE Mental Health Workshops

The UF Counseling and Wellness Center (CWC) offers free online mental health workshops for UF STUDENT, FACULTY, and STAFF. Workshops provide the opportunity to learn new skills to strengthen personal resilience, develop healthy self-care habits, and grow mental health awareness. No consultation or appointment is needed. Just RSVP and join at your convenience.

The full list of workshops is available here: https://counseling.ufl.edu/outreach/workshops/. Recordings of previous workshops are also available on the UF CWC YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/UFCWC

You can also subscribe to the UF CWC Newsletter here: https://lists.ufl.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=CWCINFO-L&A=1&X=O6136D532911A3CD557


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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