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Faculty and Staff Honors and Achievements

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James Harris, M.D., professor of child and adolescent psychiatry in Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences has been awarded the 2017 ‘Catcher in the Rye’ Humanitarian Award from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Karen Swartz, M.D. has been named the Myra S. Meyer Professor in Mood Disorders.

Russell Margolis, M.D., Professor and Clinical Director of the Schizophrenia Center, has been awarded (with former DPBS faculty Godfrey Pearlson) a Sharing Partnership for Innovative Research in Translation (SPIRIT) Consortium Award for a project entitled ‘Classifying the Biology Behind Psychotic Disorders to Better Diagnose Patients’.

Anne Leonpacher, M.D. (PGY4) has been awarded the 2017 Fellowship Award by the Association of Academic Psychiatry and will accept the award at their annual meeting in Denver in early September.

Jason Brandt, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Neurology, and Mental Health, and Director of the Division of Medical Psychology, has been named by the U.S. District Court (Eastern District of PA) an Appeals Advisory Panel Consultant to the NFL Concussion Settlement Program. In this role, he will advise the Court on neuropsychological matters as they affect claims under the $1B settlement agreement.

Constantine (Kostas) Lyketsos, M.D., M.P.H. has been awarded the 2018 Geriatric Research Award by the American College of Psychiatrists.

Karen Swartz, M.D., associate professor, has been elected to the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine’s Distinguished Teaching Society, an initiative recently launched by the medical students.

Broadway Center for Addiction nurse, Joseph McCray, R.N., has been named an Excellence in Nursing winner by Baltimore Magazine and will be featured in the May 2017 issue.

Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D., Dalio Professor in Mood Disorders, has been elected to become a Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s National Academy.

Michelle Horner, D.O., Assistant Professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, has been named a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry


Paul Nestadt, M.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, was awarded first place prize for the Donald O. Fedder Student Poster Competition at the Maryland Public Health Association Annual Meeting, for his poster, "Urban-Rural Differences in Maryland Suicide Rates Explained by Firearm Use"

J. Raymond DePaulo, Jr., M.D., University Distinguished Service Professor and former Department Director, has been named winner of the Ming Tsuang Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics.

JHU Discovery Awards
2016-17 awardees include Mikhail Pletnikov, M.D., Ph.D. and Susan Carnell, Ph.D. from our department

JHU Catalyst Awards
2016-17 awardees include Atsushi Kamiya, M.D., Ph.D.  and Tracy Vannorsdall, Ph.D.

Paige Johnston, M.A., a clinical supervisor in outpatient child and adolescent psychiatry at JH Bayview, is the recipient of a Dunkin Donuts Community Hero Award

Susan Lehmann, M.D.  , associate professor and clinical director of the Division Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry, has been awarded the 2016 Scholarly Publication Award from the Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry (ADMSEP).

Constantine (Kostas) Lyketsos, M.D., Elizabeth Plank Althouse Professor and Chair of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Bayview, has won the 2016 Athenian Prize for Outstanding Contributions to Psychiatry and Related Sciences by the Hellenic Society for the Advancement of Psychiatry and Related Sciences to be awarded at their conference in October in Athens.

Margaret S. Chisolm, M.D. is the 2016 recipient of the Gold Humanism Scholars award from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, which enables a previous Gold Humanism Scholar to return as faculty to the 2017 Harvard Macy Institute Program for Educators. 

Jennifer Haythornthwaite, Ph.D. has won the 2016 Distinguished Service Award from the American Pain Society.

Lizzie Wise, M.D. was the first psychiatry resident to receive The Frank L. Coulson, Jr.  Award for Clinical Excellence at this year’s annual Miller Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence symposium.

Kenneth Stoller, M.D., assistant professor and director of the Broadway Center for Addiction, has won the 2016 national Nyswander/Dole “Marie” Award by the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD) The “Marie” Award is the highest accolade AATOD can bestow on someone in recognition of his or her contributions to the field.

Sheldon D. Glass, M.D., part-time assistant professor, has been awarded the Herman Staples Distinguished Service Award by the American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry for his contributions and service to Adolescent Psychiatry.

Leticia (Lettie) Nanda, MS, CRNP, a nurse practitioner in psychiatry at JH Bayview has been selected as the winner of the 2nd Annual Miller-Coulson Nurse Practitioner / Physician Assistant Clinical Excellence Award by the Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence (MCACE).

Angela Guarda, M.D., Associate Professor and Director of the Eating Disorders Program is the inaugural recipient of the Stephen and Jean Robinson Professorship for Eating Disorders and was installed at a ceremony on March 9, 2016.

Matthew E. Peters, M.D. has won the 2016 Career Development Award from the American Neuropsychiatric Association (ANPA)

Vani Rao, MBBS, M.D., Associate Professor and Director of the Brain Injury Program, has been named a Fellow in the American Neuropsychiatric Association.

Anita Everett, M.D., associate professor and director of community psychiatry at JH Bayview Medical Center, has been elected President of the American Psychiatric Association.

J. Raymond DePaulo, Jr., M.D., professor and director of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has been elected chair of the National Network of Depression Centers (NNDC).

Constantine (Kostas) Lyketsos, M.D., M.P.H., professor and director of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, has been awarded 2016 Jack Weinberg Memorial Award in Geriatric Psychiatry by the American Psychiatric Association.

Susan Lehmann, M.D., associate professor and clinical director of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry, has been named the 2016 Educator of the Year by the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry

Geetha Jayaram M.D., M.B.A., associate professor is being given the 2016 Kun-Po Soo Award from the Asian American Psychiatrists Committee of the American Psychiatric Association.


Leslie Miller, M.D., assistant professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry was recognized for Excellence in Service and Professionalism by the Office of Johns Hopkins Physicians. This award is part of a new annual program, the Johns Hopkins Medicine Clinical Awards for Physicians and Care Teams. Short videos featuring each winner are available. Watch the video of Leslie Miller.

Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D. has been awarded the 2015 Sarnat Prize in Mental Health from National Academy of Medicine.

Associate professor David Neubauer, M.D. has been elected to the Board of Directors of the National Sleep Foundation.

Pam Mahon, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Mood Disorders research group is one of 37 recipients (and the only one in our department) to receive the University Provost’s Catalyst Award for work to develop biomarkers for lithium response in bipolar disorder.

James C. Harris, M.D. is this year’s recipient of the American Psychiatric Association’s Frank J. Menolascino Award for Services to Persons with Intellectual Development Disorders and Developmental DisabilitiesThis award is given for lifetime achievement and named for a pioneer in the field. Dr. Harris was being recognized especially for his work on the clinical and societal impact of recent changes to the new DSM-5 definition of Intellectual Developmental Disorder (IDD).

Geetha Jayaram, M.D., an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, is the 2014–15 recipient of the Rotary Foundation Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award. More

Susan Lehmann, M.D. was inducted into the Miller-Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence.

Gwenn Smith, Ph.D., has been named to be the new Director of the Geriatric-Neuropsychiatry Division and the Richman Family Professor for Alzheimer’s and Related Diseases.

Resident Alexis Hammond , M.D. has been named as the inaugural Breakey Scholar in Mental Health Services Practice and Research for the 2015-16 academic year. The purpose of the Breakey Scholars Award is to promote successful academic careers in mental health services practice and research.

Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D., Dalio Professor in Mood Disorders and Co-Director of the Mood Disorders Center has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. READ MORE

Meg Chisolm, Michael Clark, Geetha Jayaram, and Susan Lehman, were recently inducted into the American College of Psychiatrists.

Roland Griffiths, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences on the JH Bayview campus (BPRU) is the 2015 recipient of the Eddy Award from the College on Problems of Drug Dependence. CPDD is the premier international organization in its field. This award "acknowledges outstanding research efforts that have advanced our knowledge of drug dependence." It is the oldest award bestowed by CPDD (dating back to 1974), and it is highly prestigious in the drug abuse research community.

Jason Brandt, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Division of Medical Psychology, has received the 2015 Distinguished Career Award from the International Neuropsychological Society.

Kelly Dunn, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit, will receive the 2015 Young Psychopharmacologist Award at this year’s American Psychiatric Association Convention in May.

Fourth year resident Matt Peters, M.D. been selected to participate in the 2015 Career Development Institute (CDI) for Psychiatry,  a two-year career enhancement opportunity that provides support around launching and maintaining a career in mental health research.