March 2022


March is Women's History Month

The Department of Psychiatry is taking part in International Women’s Day (Tues., March 8 and we need your help! This year’s theme is #BreakTheBias and we’d like to take part in the online campaign.

What we’re doing:

Showing solidarity with the movement by amplifying the campaign on social media. Our goal is to post various photos of our faculty, staff and students striking the IWD 2022 pose (see picture below) and posting these to our Twitter account (@ufpsych).

How you can help: 

To participate, all you need to do is a take a photo of yourself or with your friends in the department crossing your arms in a “X”. Everyone of all genders is encouraged to submit a photo; however, we ask that no patients are photographed. Here’s a link to see examples and read about the campaign. Please note: if you plan to take a group photo indoors, we ask that you please wear a mask to abide by UF Health’s masking guidelines.

Please send your photos to Priscilla Spence or Melinda Fawcett Also, please send your Twitter handle if you have one, so we can tag you!

We hope you’ll join us in #BreakingTheBias, so please submit your photo as soon as possible!  


Bruijnzeel SRNT

Dr. Bruijnzeel awarded Fellow status in SRNT

Adriaan Bruijnzeel, PhD was awarded Fellow status in the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. The status of Fellow is a distinction conferred by the Society on members in recognition  …


Dr. Mojdeh Faraji

Dr. Faraji receives award to attend IBNS Annual Meeting

Dr. Mojdeh Faraji, post-doctoral fellow in Dr. Barry Setlow’s lab, received a travel award to attend the annual meeting of the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society (IBNS) in Glasgow, Scotland. She will be speaking  …


SAA Winner Bobbi Reynolds

2021-2022 Superior Accomplishment Award Winners Announced

February 1, UF Health President, David Nelson, MD, announced the 2021-2022 Superior Accomplishment Award Winners. Among those recognized was department of psychiatry  …



Psychiatry Staff Professional Development Program

Faculty from across UF Psychiatry have created a Staff Professional Development Fund designed to provide direct support from faculty to our support staff in their efforts to advance professionally. The awards will be relatively small, no more than $300, for expenses like books or tuition.

Purpose: To provide funds for educational expenses or other professional development opportunities such as tuition, fees, supplies and/or any other pertinent expense.

Requirements: Employees of University of Florida or UF Health Shands affiliated with the UF Department of Psychiatry. Faculty, graduate and undergraduate trainees are ineligible.

Staff can submit applications here: Psychiatry Staff Professional Development Program Application

Faculty can donate to this fund online at: or contact Callie Wilkes directly in the development office at or 352-627-7764.


Tip of the Cap

Tip of the cap to Dr. Kelvin Tran, 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


Our Values as a Department

Thanks to everyone for completing the values survey—much appreciated!  We received 112 responses (nearly half of the entire department), with a good representation from all types of stakeholders, with roughly equal numbers of faculty, trainees and staff, and all of the divisions participating.

As a Department, we value communication, integrity, competency, reliability, knowledge, and respect most highly. 

However, there are lots of other values that are also important to us as a group and as individuals. Please see the attached word cloud for full results—this represents all values that were chosen by more than one person.

Next, on to our mission! Keep an eye out for emails with more information.


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?

Email us



We are pleased to announce that our new 2022-2023 Outpatient Co-Chief Residents are Drs. Gabriel Jerkins and Chloe Schneider.

Please join us in congratulating them and in welcoming them into their new positions which will officially start May 1, 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. Justin Wenger and Pauline Chen for all their hard work this year. We know they will also help to make the transition a smooth one.


We celebrated our Residents and Fellows on February 25th for Thank a Resident Day with goody bags and pizza! We appreciate you all year long but it was a nice opportunity to focus on you! Thank you for all you do year round!


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:


March 3 | Faculty Candidate Seminar

"Application of Human Neuroimaging to Guide Addiction Treatment and Prevention"

Amanda Elton, PhD

Research Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Meeting ID: 957 7860 9258
Passcode: 392130


March 5 - 12 | UF Spring Break

No classes


March 9 | FRC Wednesdays at Noon: Addiction Medicine 

William Greene, PhD
Associate Professor, Psychiatry
University of Florida


March 9 | Psychiatry Research Lecture Series


March 18 - 20 | Florida Psychiatric Society Spring Meeting

FPS Spring Meeting

Join the Florida Psychiatric Society for 11.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM of live CME on March 18th - 20th, 2022 in Orlando, FL

View Meeting Program HERE

Meet the Speakers HERE

More information and registration here.

JW Marriott Bonnet Creek

14900 Chelonia Parkway,Orlando,USA,Florida 32821

Tel: +1 407-919-6300


March 19 | Stomp the Swamp for Autism


Ben Hill Griffin Stadium 

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.


March 25 | Grand Rounds


Francis Lu, MD

Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Director of Cultural Psychiatry
Luke and Grace Kim Endowed Professor in Cultural Psychiatry
Director of Cultural Psychiatry
Associate chair for Medical Student Education

UC Davis Health System

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Live Stream: Psychiatry Grand Rounds » Department of Psychiatry » College of Medicine » University of Florida (


April 4 - 9 | Diversity Week

Diversity Week

Diversity and inclusion are core values at the University of Florida College of Medicine. The Celebration of Diversity Week was designed to honor those values and explore opportunities to work within our community to promote cross-cultural understanding and address health care disparities. 2022 events will take place April 4-9. More details to come here: 


April 4 | Autism in the Arts


April 6 | College of Medicine Research Day

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

For more information visit:


April 18 | 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.



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:

Call for Artists & Performers: Celebrating Autism in the Arts
April 4, 2022

Literacy Institute
March 14, 2022

Behavior Strategies that Work
Details and Registration

Relationship Support Group for Adults with ASD
Details and Registration

Social Learning Sessions for Children 8-12
Details and Registration

Social Learning Sessions for Teens 13-17
Details and Registration

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



Yoga @ UF

Beginning March 1!
Free, in-person yoga classes are returning to UF Campus this week! Open to all faculty and staff, the classes are appropriate for all levels of experience; no registration is necessary. 

Tuesday classes start March 1 in the Ustler Hall Atrium (second floor), and Wednesday classes start March 9 in Smathers Library Room 100. Both are held from 12:15 to 1 p.m. 

For more information, or if you would like to be added to the UFHR Yoga listserv, please email  


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: Recordings of previous workshops are also available on the UF CWC YouTube Channel:

You can also subscribe to the UF CWC Newsletter here:


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 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


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.



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.

Apple Store

Google Play Store


Building Fire and Evacuation

Here at the University of Florida, your safety is of the utmost importance. Do you know what to do in the event of a fire? Here is an acronym to remember: R.A.C.E.

     Rescue - Persons from immediate danger, if possible. This
     includes yourself!
     Alarm - Pull the fire alarm and call 9-1-1.
     Contain - Fire and smoke by closing doors while leaving the
     building (especially stairwells).
     Evacuate – 
          •    Take ONLY important items (cell phone, ID, keys,
          medications, wallet, purse, etc.).
          •    If the corridor is filled with smoke, stay low and
          crawl out.
          •    Do not use the elevator.
          •    Exit to a safe location.
          •    Move away from the building at least 100 feet.
          •    Attempt to determine if all occupants in your area
          have evacuated.
          •    Do not re-enter the building.

Learn more fire safety tips here: 



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