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Speaker Topics: Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Speaker Topics: Psychiatry


  • Access to Wellness:  Augmenting Primary Care for Persons with Serious Mental Illness
  • Psychiatric Rehabilitative Programs for Persons with Serious Mental Illness

Anita Everett, M.D., DFAPA

Section Director, Community and General Psychiatry
Johns Hopkins Bayview


  • Eating Disorders: A Motivated Behavioral Perspective
  • Diagnosing and Treating Eating Disorders: A Practical Approach
  • Eating Disorders: A Family Affair -- Gene or Environment?
  • Treating Eating Disorders -- The Ambivalent Patient

Angela S. Guarda, M.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Angela Guarda is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and has been the Director of the Johns Hopkins Eating Disorders Program since 1996.  Dr. Guarda completed her undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins University, medical training at the University of Maryland, and her psychiatry residency at Johns Hopkins.  Under her leadership, the Johns Hopkins Eating Disorders Program has achieved national recognition as one of the foremost academic programs for the treatment of eating disorders in the U.S. and is recognized for its focus on behavioral treatment and rehabilitation including social eating skills and Maudsley-informed parent training.  Dr. Guarda is actively involved in clinical care, teaching, and research.  She has treated over 1,500 patients with eating disorders and has lectured widely on treatment interventions.  Her research has focused on the pathophysiology of eating disorders in three major areas: brain imaging of opioid and cannabinoid receptors in bulimia nervosa, physiological alterations in gut peptides that may sustain disordered eating behavior, and perceived coercion in treatment interventions.  She has been the recipient of NIH research funding, ICTR funding and of a research grant from the Klarman Family Foundation.  Her publication record includes multiple peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on eating disorders.


  • Patient Safety in Psychiatry
  • The Physician Advisor's Role in Psychiatric Care
  • Quality of Care in Psychiatry
  • Reducing the Risk of Inpatient Suicide
  • Failure Mode Effects Analysis in Psychiatry
  • Medication Error Reduction in Psychiatry

Geetha Jayaram, M.B.B.S.

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Health Policy and Management

Dr. Geetha Jayaram is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the School of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins University.  She completed her medical school training at St. Johns Medical College in Bangalore, India and her residency training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.  She has a Masters of Business Administration degree from Hopkins as well.

Dr. Jayaram is a community psychiatrist who cares for the severely mentally ill on an inpatient service and treats adult psychiatry patients in her private practice.  At Hopkins she serves as an administrator and researcher, clinician and teacher.  Her interests are in the delivery of health care rendered to the severely mentally ill.  Additionally, she has held the position of Physician Advisor for the Department for 18 years. 

Dr. Jayaram has numerous papers, lectures, and abstracts to her credit.  She has contributed to the work of the Maryland Psychiatric Society, the American Psychiatric Society and the American Medical Association in a leadership capacity.  She has served as the Chair of the International Medical Graduate Council for the AMA, an elected position, and as the Scientific Program Committee Chair for the American Psychiatric Association for two consecutive terms.


  • Geriatric Psychiatry and Mood Disorders

Susan W. Lehmann, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


  • Novel Brain Stimulation Treatments for Psychiatric Illness
  • What's New in ECT and TMS?
  • TMS: A Novel Brain Stimulating Treatment
  • New Developments in ECT, How Does it Work?

Irving M. Reti, M.B.B.S.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Irving Reti is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Neuroscience at The Johns Hopkins University.  He received his medical degree from the University of Sydney in Australia and completed residency training in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins.  After a two-year neuroscience fellowship he joined the faculty in 2001.

He is currently Director of the Johns Hopkins Brain Stimulation Program with clinical expertise in electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).  Brain stimulation techniques are largely used to treat patients who suffer from mood disorders but other psychiatric conditions can benefit from these treatment modalities as well.

Dr. Reti's clinical research interests include studying the therapeutic effects of TMS in the treatment of adolescent and adult mood disorders.  In the laboratory, Dr. Reti studies brain mechanisms underlying mood, motivation, and behavior.  He uses animal models and state-of-the-art techniques to discover more about how ECT and TMS work and how delivery parameters can be optimized to improve efficacy and minimize side-effects. 



  • Addictions
  • Drug Abuse and Dependence
  • Alcohol Abuse and Dependence

Eric C. Strain, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and Research

Eric Strain is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and is also the Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and Research.  He maintains an active research program in substance abuse related issues, provides clinical care to patients, teaches medical students and residents, and provides administrative supervision in the maintenance of substance abuse programs and the development of new substance abuse initiatives. 

In addition to these responsibilities at Hopkins, Dr. Strain has chaired a NIDA study section, is the Editor-in-Chief for the journal, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, and is on the editorial board for several other journals.  He edited, with Maxine Stitzer, the books, Methadone Treatment for Opioid Dependence and The Treatment of Opioid Dependence, and with Pedro Ruiz, edited the fifth edition of Lowinson and Ruiz's Substance Abuse:  A Comprehensive Textbook.  He was chair of the Food and Drugs Administration's Drug Abuse Advisory Committee, and the American Psychiatric Association's Council on Addiction Psychiatry. 

He has served on various committees for the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the federal Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, and is a frequent reviewer for scientific journals in the area of substance abuse.  Dr. Strain is the recipient of several competitive grant awards from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and has published extensively on substance abuse-related matters. 

His research areas have included topics such as the optimal mechanisms for treating patients with substance abuse disorders, including opioid and cocaine dependence, the relationship between substance abuse and other psychiatric disorders, the abuse liability of novel opioid, and the development of new medications for substance abuse treatment.  His studies have included medications such as buprenorphine, methadone and LAAM, and non-pharmacologic treatments for substance abuse disorders.


  • Borderline Personality Disorder Redux:  Something You Are, Something You Have, Something You Do, and Something You Encounter
  • Chronic Pain and Behavior
  • Chronic Pain and Addictions
  • Depression in Primary Care
  • The Limits of Evidence Based Medicine (controversial)
  • Mastering the Behavioral Method, A Toolkit for Managing Difficult Patients
  • A Medical Primer on Addictions
  • Neuropsychiatric Issues in An Aging HIV Population
  • The Psychiatry of AIDS
  • The Real Conflicts of Interest in Medicine (controversial)
  • Somatization in the Medical Clinic
  • The Unintended Consequences of DNR Orders and Advanced Directives (controversial)
  • What Every Doctor Must Know About the Behavioral Approach to Patient Care

Glenn Treisman, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Professor of Medicine
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Medicine

Glenn Jordan Treisman is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, as well as Professor of Internal Medicine, at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  He holds a medical degree and a doctorate in Pharmacology.  He is the Director of the AIDS Psychiatry Program and the co-director of the chronic pain treatment program.  Dr. Treisman is internationally known for his engaging presentations, his scholarly defense of psychiatry, and his vigorous commitment to the betterment of patient care for underserved populations.  He is best known for his groundbreaking work in the field of HIV, where he has been described as "the father of AIDS psychiatry".  He is involved in the care of psychiatrically ill HIV infected patients and has been since early in the epidemic, and has described and raised awareness of the role of mental illness as a driving force in the HIV epidemic as well as a barrier to effective care.  He is the author of The Psychiatry of AIDS,  the first comprehensive textbook on the subject, as well as numerous articles on the issues of mental health in the HIV clinic.  He was recognized for this work by the American College of Physicians with the presentation of the William C. Menninger Memorial Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Science of Mental Health in 2006.  Starting with his Ph.D. in Pharmacology and his background in geriatric psychiatry, Dr. Treisman has worked at the interface between medicine and psychiatry, and has become a noted clinical expert on depression, addiction, personality disorders, chronic pain, and the interaction between psychiatric disorders and medical illness.

As part of a lifelong commitment to education, Dr. Treisman directed the residency program in Psychiatry for nine years, and delivers lectures at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in courses on Neuroscience, Psychiatry, Pharmacology Clinical Skills, and the Physician in Society course, as well as lectures in the School of Public Health.  He is considered to be an outstanding teacher and has received the Chairman's Award for Teaching from the Department of Medicine.  His lectures on psychiatry and medical ethics have earned him international invitations and eponymous lectures including the prestigious Mapother lecture in London and Findling Lecture at the Mayo Clinic.  His defense of psychiatry as a discipline of medicine and his defense of medicine against the therapeutic nihilism of the current medical reimbursement system have been favorite grand rounds presentations at numerous medical centers, including the plenary ethics lecture at the Massachusetts Medical Society Annual meeting in 2006.  He is invited to give grand rounds presentations throughout the United States, and is a favorite at HIV meetings and courses throughout the world.

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