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Faculty Honors and Achievements

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Marco Grados, M.D. has been peer-selected as a 'Top Doc' for Baltmore Magazine and will be fetaured in the November 2014 issue.

Geetha Jayaram, M.D., M.B.A., was selected by Rotary International Foundation as the single recipient worldwide for the Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award for 2015 for her global community psychiatry service.

Mikhail Pletnikov, M.D., Ph.D., was elected President of the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society for 2015–2016. 

Geetha Jayaram, M.D., M.B.A., won the Rotary International's Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award for her zone, which qualifies her to be a recipient of the global award. 

Kellie Tamashiro, Ph.D., Associate Professor, received the 2014 Alan N. Epstein Research Award from the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, an early career award for research in ingestive behavior. She presented her award lecture in early August at the society's annual meeting. 

Glenn Treisman, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Director of the AIDS Psychiatry Service, has been named the new Eugene Meyer III Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine. He succeeds Phillip Slavney, who held the chair since 1993 and who is now the Eugene Meyer III Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Medicine. The endowed professorship was established by Eugene Meyer, who served on the department’s faculty for nearly four decades, focusing on psychiatric consultation, medicine and surgery.

Susan Lehman, M.D., Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Clinic and of the Psychiatry Clerkship, has been named a Distinguished Fellow by the American Psychiatric Association. "Distinguished Fellow" is the highest membership honor the APA bestows upon members.

J. Raymond DePaulo, M.D., was chosen as the University of Pennsylvania's 2014 Edward A. Strecker Award recipient, honoring his outstanding contributions in the field of clinical psychiatry. This fall, Dr. DePaulo will be a guest lecturer at UPenn's School of Medicine's Grand Rounds.

Akira Sawa, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Johns Hopkins Schizophrenia Center and professor, was named an Honorific Award Winner for Outstanding Basic Research by the Awards Committee and the Board of Directors of the Schizophrenia International Research Society at their conference in April. 

Robert Findling, M.D., MBA, Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, was named the inaugural recipient of the Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Professorship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at a ceremony on March 24.

Gerald Nestadt, M.D., M.P.H., Director of the Obsessive-Compulsive Mood Disorders Program, was named the inaugural recipient of the Rudolf Hoehn-Saric, M.D. and Evanne Hoehn-Saric, M.D. Professorship for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Anxiety Disorders Research in a ceremony on April 9.

Gail Daumit, M.D., and her research group for the ACHIEVE clinical trial have been awarded 2013 Trial of the Year by the Society for Clinical Trials. They will be presenting their study at the Society's annual meeting in May in Philadelphia.

Margaret Chisolm, M.D., Associate Professor and Director of Psychiatry Education at Bayview, has been awarded the 2014 School of Medicine Excellence in Teaching Award from Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association. 

Geetha Jayaram, MBBS, MBA, Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Short-Stay-Unit has been awarded the 2014 Paul R. McHugh Teaching Award by the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Anita S Everett, M.D., Section Director of Community and General Psychiatry, was elected a Trustee-At-Large for the American Psychiatric Association.

Matthew W Johnson, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit, was chosen as a recipient of the 2014 FABBS Early Career Impact Award. The Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences gave Matt this award for his early-career contributions in the domains of decision-making in addiction and the characterization of behaviorally active drugs in humans.

Rebecca J Landa, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, was awarded the Speaker's Medallion Award, given annually to two individuals from the State of Maryland who "continually do extraordinary things for the state."

Kenneth Silverman, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Learning and Health and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has won an Advocates for Action award, presented by the White House Office for National Drug Control Policy for his work with the Therapeutic Workplace—an employment-based substance-abuse recovery program.


Mark Riddle, M.D., a Professor in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, has received the 2013 Elaine Schlosser Lewis Award for Research on Attention Deficit Disorder from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The award is given annually to the best paper published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Margaret Chisolm, M.D.,., Associate Professor, has been named a Gold Humanism Scholar by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. The Foundation seeks to support medical educators working to develop and enhance educational projects specifically focused on achieving humanistic patient care that can be replicated across a variety of healthcare delivery settings. She will receive a scholarship to attend the Harvard Macy Institute Program for Educators at Harvard University. The Institute brings together health care professionals, educators, and leaders to discuss the critical challenges of the day and design innovative solutions that have a lasting impact on the way medicine is practiced and students are educated.

Timothy H. Moran, Ph.D., Paul R. McHugh Professor and Vice Chair has been awarded the 2013 Hoebel Prize for Creativity by the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB). SSIB is an international organization committed to advancing scientific research on food and fluid intake and its associated biological, psychological and social processes. This prize is intended to honor an exceptional level of creativity and research excellence that constitutes a significant advance in the understanding of mechanisms controlling ingestive behavior and has the potential of benefiting society by elucidating methods for treating or preventing disorders of ingestive behavior.

Susan W. Lehmann, M.D., Associate Professor and Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Clinic, as well as the Psychiatry Clerkship, has been awarded the 2013 Excellence in Teaching Award from Johns Hopkins Institute for Excellence in Education. Each year it is awarded to a single faculty member who has been on the faculty for 10 years or more.

The Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit (BPRU) will receive the 2014 Enduring Programmatic Contributions in Behavior Analysis Award from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis (SABA). This award recognizes their ground-breaking behavior analytic research, their world-renown in the application of behavior-analytic and operant principles to the analysis and treatment of drug addictions in humans, and their critical role in the development of contingency management as a treatment for substance use disorders.

George Bigelow, Ph.D. and Maxine Stitzer, Ph.D. , both professors in the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit, have received the 2013 Award for Scientific Translation from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis at the Association for Behavior Analysis International Conference. They were recognized for their pioneering research in the effective use of positive reinforcement in drug abuse treatment. Their early translational research with effective incentive-based contingency management  has been widely studied and  adopted as an evidence-based treatment intervention.

Crystal Watkins, M.D.,Ph.D. is the 2013 recipient of the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association Outstanding Recent Graduate Award. 

The Addiction Treatment Services (ATS) at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center is one of five recipients of The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) 2013 Science and Service Awards for the Treatment of Opioid-Related Disorders.

Jennifer Haythornthwaite, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Center for Mind-Body Research is the recipient of the 2013 Vice Dean's Award for the Advancement of Women presented by the Johns Hopkins Office of Women in Science and Medicine

Peter V. Rabins, M.D. has been awarded the APA Jack Weinberg Memorial Award for Geriatric Psychiatry, which honors a psychiatrist who has demonstrated special leadership or who has done outstanding work in clinical practice, training, or research in geriatric psychiatry.

Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D. has been named to win the Lewis Thomas Prize from Rockefeller University for Writing about Science. The award recognizes Jamison’s 1993 book Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament, which examines the relationship between artistic creativity and mood disorders.

Jason Brandt, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology, and Director of the Division of Medical Psychology, has been awarded the 2013 Lawrence M. Garten Award for Leadership Excellence by the Abilities Network, a Maryland-based organization that provides comprehensive services to persons with epilepsy and other conditions that hinder full community integration.

Vani Rao, M.D. have been accepted into the Miller-Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence at The Johns Hopkins Bayview Hospital Center. "The Academy strives to recognize the consummate academic clinician; a well-rounded physician who has achieved a level of mastery in the domain of clinical excellence."

Mood 24/7 Wins 2013 Key Innovator in Medical Information and Technology Award from Elsevier
Dr. Adam Kaplin, an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology at Johns Hopkins University, is the inventor of Mood 24/7 , a web-based program that utilizes cell phones and texting technology that sends automatic daily texts to a patient at a specified time, asking him or her to record their mood.”

Eric Strain, M.D. had been voted the next president of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD). The CPDD is the longest standing group in the United States addressing problems of drug dependence and abuse. The organization serves as an interface among governmental, industrial and academic communities maintaining liaisons with regulatory and research agencies as well as educational, treatment, and prevention facilities in the drug abuse field.


For her work on mental health projects in southern India, Geetha Jayaram, MBBS, MBA, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences has, for the second year, been awarded the Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award, which is given to Rotary Foundation alumni whose extraordinary service activities and professional achievements exemplify the Rotary ideal of Service Above Self .

Chester Schmidt, M.D. Professor and Medical Director of the Sexual Behaviors Consultation Unit has been awarded the 2012 Lifetime of Service Award by the Maryland Psychiatric Society.

Constantine Lyketsos, M.D., M.H.S.,Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Memory and Alzheimer's Treatment Center was awarded the Distinguished Scientist Award by the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.

Marc J. Fishman, M.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has been awarded the first SAMHSA Science and Service Awards for Excellence in Opioid Treatment by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. This is given to programs or providers who demonstrate improved patient outcomes as a result of adopting an innovative practice.

Susan Lehman, M.D., Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Day Hospital and the Psychiatry Clerkship Director has been awarded the first Berkheimer Faculty Education Scholar Award by School of Medicine's Institute for Excellence in Education to develop a curriculum and materials to teach future physicians about psychiatric illnesses that affect older people. The Institute works to improve medical education, support educational scholarship and recognize educators at Johns Hopkins.


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