Academic Projects conducted by GMHF Scholars

Published Monday, June 25, 2012

2010 Honors Scholars

Julie Burke, MD

Journal Article: Burke, J.; McQuoid, D.; Payne, M.; Steffens, D.; Krishnan, R.; Taylor, W. (2011). Amygdala Volume in Late-Life Depression: Relationship with Age of Onset. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 19 (9), 771-776. 

Daniel Bateman

2011 Annual Meeting Poster Presentation: Bateman, D. R., Rabin, L. A., Villari, A. E., Shea, K. M., Pixley, H. S., & Santulli, R. B. (2011). The Dartmouth Cognitive Test (DCT) and Dartmouth Informant Index (DII): Development and initial evaluation of two new instruments for dementia assessments. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 19 (3, Supplement 1), S83-S84.

Yun Freudenberg-Hua

2011 Annual Meeting Poster Presentation: Freudenberg-Hua, Y., Koppel, J., Freudenberg, J., DeKosky, S., Lopez, O., Kamboh, I., & Davies, P. (2011). Testing the association of the functional CNR2 polymorphism R63Q with late onset Alzheimer’s Disease. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 19 (3, Supplement 1), S98-S99.

Sarah Tighe

Poster Presentation at 2011 Society of Biological Psychiatry Annual Meeting: Thursday, May 12, 5:00–6:30 p.m. Presentation 268 - Regionally-Specific Diffusion Tensor Imaging Correlates of Neuropsychiatric Symptoms in Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s Disease.  Authors:  Sarah Tighe1, Kenichi Oishi2, Susumu Mori2,3, Gwenn Smith1, Marilyn Albert4, Constantine Lyketsos1, Michelle Mielke1

1Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD,2Department of Radiology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD,3F. M. Kirby Research Center, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore, MD,4Department of Neurology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

Genevieve Yuen

2011 Annual Meeting Poster Presentation: Yuen, G., Gunning-Dixon, F., Klimstra, S., Majdak, P., Hoptman, M., & Alexopoulos, G. (2011).  Geriatric depression, apathy, and antidepressant response. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 19 (3, Supplement 1), S75.

Sophia Wang

Wang S, Jacobs D, Andrew H, Tsai WY, Luo X, & Sano M (2010). Cardiovascular risk and memory in non-demented elderly women. Neurobiology of Aging, 31 (7), 1250-1253.

Slocum DW, Wang S, White CB, & Whitley PE (2010). Metalation of o-methylanisole (o-MA); an optional-site selectivity reassessment. Tetrahedron, 66 (27-28), 4939-4942.

Wang S & Neugroschl J. Alzheimer’s Disease: Diagnosis and Treatment across the Spectrum of Disease Severity. Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine. (In press.)

Wang S and Riggio S (2011). Electroencephalography in delirium and dementia. In N Boutros, S Galderisi, O Pogarell, & S Riggio (Eds.), Electroencephalography in Clinical Psychiatry: A Practical Handbook (147-162). Oxford: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


2011 Honors Scholars

David C. Hsu, MD

2012 Annual Meeting Poster Presentation: Hsu, D., Tancredi, D., Hirsch, C. (2012). C-Reactive Protein Fails to Predict Geriatric Depression: The Cardiovascular Health Study.  The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 20 (3, Supplement 1), S109.

Carolinia Jimenez Madiedo, MD

2012 Annual Meeting Session: Vahia, I., Depp, C., Jimenez Madiedo, C., Blazer, D. (2012). Session 103: Successful Aging: What Exactly Is It. . . and Why Does it Matter for Geropsychiatry?. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 20 (3, Supplement 1), S9.

2012 Annual Meeting Poster Presentations: Jimenez Madiedo, C., Garcia-Aracena, E., Ryu, H., Cohen, C. (2012). Community Integration in Older Adults with Schizophrenia on 4-Year Follow-up.  The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 20 (3, Supplement 1), S91.

Erin K. Kastenschmidt, MD

Published a review article on late life depression and anxiety: Kastenschmidt, E. K. and Kennedy, G. J. (2011), Depression and Anxiety in Late Life: Diagnostic Insights and Therapeutic Options. Mt Sinai J Med, 78: 527–545. doi: 10.1002/msj.20266

Lauren Mercer, MD

April 2012 – Presentation to Brown University Residency on Depression in Alzheimer’s Disease.

Priyanka, MBBS

Working with Dr. Conwell on a project to determine whether peer companionship for older adults reduces feelings of loneliness.

Manjola Ujkaj, MD, PhD

Retrospective Chart review on safety and efficacy of ECT for agitation and aggression in dementia.  Published in AJGP: Ujkaj, M., Davidoff, D., Seiner, S., Ellison, J., Harper, D., Forester, B. (2012). Safety and efficacy of electroconvulsive therapy for the treatment of agitation and aggression in patients with dementia. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 20 (1), 61-72.

Taya Varteresian, DO

2012 Annual Meeting Poster Presentation: Varteresian, T., et al. (2012). Evaluating Depression in Older Native Americans Living in an Urban Setting with the GDS (Geriatric Depression Scale) and HAM-D (Hamilton Depression Rating Scale). The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 20 (3, Supplement 1), S104-105.

Matthew W. Warren, MD, PhD

2011 Annual Meeting Poster Presentation (and subsequent publication by American Family Physician): Warren, M., & Weiner, M. (2011). Cutting a Little Can Save a Lot: cost Effective Investigation of Cognitive Impairment. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 19 (3, Supplement 1), S83

Cross-sectional database project published in Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease: Warren, M., Hynan, , L., Weiner, M., & the Texas Alzheimer’s Research and Care Consortium (Handling Associate Editor: Othman Ghribi). Lipids and Adipokines as Risk Factors for Alzheimer’s Disease (2012). Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 29 (1), 151-157.

Michael Jiong Yao, MD, MPH

Working on a paper building on a presentation on involuntary treatment laws for people with dementia in the state of Oregon.


2011 General Scholars (Residents)

Molly E. Camp, MD

2012 Annual Meeting Poster Presentation: Camp, M., McClintock, S., Sadler, J. (2012). “I Do Not Think I Will Ever Forget”: Medical Students’ Early Clinical Experiences with Older Adults. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 20 (3, Supplement 1), S113.

Jennifer R. Gatchel, MD, PhD

Developing a research project that involves examining resilience in aging and dementia in the post-conflict nation of Liberia.

Pilar Laborde Lahoz, MD

Wrote a book chapter on dementia, focusing on Dementia with Lewy Bodies, Frontotemporal Dementia, and Prion Disease, edited by Dr Tampi.

Started a collaboration with a research group at Yale studying subsyndromal depression. With Dr Pietzark, I am first author on a publication under review.

Co-authored a paper on Boundary Management, which is likewise being reviewed.

Xiaofan Li, MD, PhD

Currently a co-PI on a research project titled as "5-HTTLPR and VNTR Polymorphisms as Predictors of Early Response to SSRI Treatment Among Depressed Persons Aged 55 and Older”.

Tamela D. McClam, MD

Started conducting research with electroconvulsive therapy. 

Connie E. Poetter, MD

Given several lectures and presentations (VA Geriatric Grand Rounds, VA Dementia Boards, USF medical student lectures to 1st and 3rd years), and have had 3 case reports published.

Simha E. Ravven, MD

2012 Annual Meeting Poster Presentation: Ravven, S., Bader, C., Azar, A., Rudolph, J. (2012). Depression after CABG Surgery: A Meta-analysis. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 20 (3, Supplement 1), S84.

Gave an oral presentation of research on cancer treatment for adults with mental illness at the Annual Meeting of the APA in Honolulu and also shared this work at Harvard Psychiatry Research Day.

Recently started as an Assistant Editor at the Harvard Review of Psychiatry.  


2011 General Scholars (Medical Students)

Yash Joshi

Published a paper on aging-associated anxiety, and several other manuscripts (on Alzheimer's disease) are in the works.

Katherin Rockefeller

2012 Annual Meeting Poster Presentation: Rockefeller, K., Sirey, J., Kavanagh, J., Stano, C., Chang, C., Kales, H. (2012). Prioritization of Prescribed Medications and Adherence Among Older Adults with Depression. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 20 (3, Supplement 1), S84.

Ricky Savjani

Working on two projects:

Social Influences of Aggression in Criminal Minds using fMRI

Elucidating the Cognitive Role of Human Basal Ganglia in Parkinson’s Disease and Essential Tremor Patients undergoing Deep Brain Stimulation

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