Awards and Recognition

9/7/21

NIH Nat'l Institute of Mental Health Grant: Modeling circuit-specific psychiatric deep brain stimulation and its cognitive effects in an animal model
Assistant Professor Alik Widge, PhD, LP, is co-PI on this grant receiving its final funding for a total of almost $1M.

8/24/21

NIH Nat'l Institute of Mental Health Grant: Neurofeedback and Neural Plasticity of Self-Processing and Affect Regulation Circuits in Suicide Attempting Adolescents
Associate Professor Karina Quevedo, PhD, LP, is the PI on this grant receiving continuation funding of $948,534.00.

7/30/21

NIH Nat'l Institute of Mental Health Grant: Perceptual Mechanisms of Visual Hallucinations and Illusions in Psychosis
Professor Scott Sponheim, PhD, is the PI on this five-year grant that received its final round of funding ($475,822) for a total of just over $2M.

7/23/21

NIH Nat'l Institute of Mental Health Grant: An Adaptive Algorithm-Based Approach to Treatment for Adolescent Depression
Associate Professor Meredith Gunlicks-Stoessel, PhD, LP, is the PI on this five-year grant that received its final round of funding ($608,315) for a total of almost $2M.

7/15/21

NIH/Nat'l Inst. on Alcohol Abuse Grant: Validating an Autonomous Interactive Internet-Based Delivery of an Empirically Supported Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Comorbidity
Professor Matt Kushner, PhD, is the Principal Investigator on this 5-year grant that recently received $455,000 in continued funding.

7/9/21

NIH/National Institute of Mental Health Grant: Implantable Neurostimulators for Control of Oscillatory Brain Networks
Assistant Professor Alik Widge, MD, PhD, is the co-Principal Investigator on this grant that recently received $871,272 in a second round of funding.

6/25/21

NIH/National Institute of Mental Health Grant: Bioinformatics for post-traumatic stress
Assistant Professor Jessica Nielson, PhD, is the PI on this grant, which was recently awarded more than $500,000 in continuation funds.

6/17/21

NIH/NIA (National Institute on Aging) Grant: Linking Connectomics to Biochemical Trajectories of Aging: How the Human Brain Ages Differentially in Key Regions of the Default Mode Network
Asssistant Professor Laura Hemmy, PhD, is a co-PI on this grant that was recently awarded $677,783.00.

6/15/21

NIH/NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) Grant: Center for Neural Circuits in Addiction
Assistant Professor Anna Zilverstand, PhD, is a co-PI on this grant, which received $1,944,149 in year 2 funding.

5/13/21

NIH RO1 Grant: Validating an Autonomous Interactive Internet-Based Delivery of an Empirically Supported Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Comorbidity
Awarded to Matt Kushner, PhD. The 5-year, $2.3M award will enable the researchers to explore the efficacy of a computer-based treatment for alcohol use disorder with comorbidity of anxiety disorder.

4/13/21

Medical School Distinguished Teaching Award for Resident Teachers of Medical Students
PGY1 resident, Kayleb Koslowsky, MD, received the U of M's Medical School Distinguished Teaching Award for Resident Teachers of Medical Students.

4/6/21

Spring 2021 Equity and Diversity Outstanding Unit Award
Under the leadership of Katie Lingras, PhD, LP, and Danielle Vrieze, PhD, LP, the department's Diversity and Inclusion Committee was given the Spring 2021 Equity and Diversity Outstanding Unit Award by the U's Office for Equity and Diversity

4/1/21

NIMH Grant: Dysfunctional State Representations in Psychosis: From Neurophysiology to Neuroplasticity-based Treatment
Sophia Vinogradov
, MD, is the PI on this $3M funding continuation for the ongoing project.

U of M's ongoing ABCD Study
Kelvin Lim, MD, is the PI for neurological imaging for this study that recently received $1.7M in additional funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

2/23/21

2020 National Blue Ridge Rankings
The department continued to improve for the fourth year in a row, moving from #19 to #16 in the nation relative to its National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. In addition, three of our Principal Investigators — Sophia Vinogradov, MD; Dorothy Hatsukami, PhD; and Alik Widge, MD, PhD — were ranked in the top 200 in the nation regarding their NIH funding

2/2/21

Society of Biological Psychiatry's 2021 A.E. Bennett Award for Clinical/Translational Research
Alik Widge, MD, PhD, was selected as the recipeient of this prestigious award, which recognizes superb international research in biological psychiatry by young investigators as well as the crucial contributions of those whose efforts have had a very visible and public impact on both the field and the people suffering from mental illness.

1/24/21

Gold Humanism Honor Society Foundation’s Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award
Lora Wichser, MD, was selected from more than 100 faculty members based on medical students' recognition of her exceptional contributions to their medical education and demonstration of compassionate care.

1/1/21

Parsing Early Emerging Heterogeneity Related to Autism Spectrum Disorder
Principal Investigator Suma Jacob, MD, PhD, will lead several projects under this $2.25M National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Mental Health grant.

12/30/20

Targeting Cognition and Motivation in Coordinated Specialty Care for Early Psychosis
Department Head Sophia Vinogradov, MD, PhD, is Principal Investigator for this $2.4M grant from the National Institute of Mental Health.

11/18/20

Precision Psychiatry: Bringing Brain Science and Measurement-based Care to the Clinic
Department Head Sophia Vinogradov, MD, PhD, leads this $1,173,536.00 grant from the Lynne and Andrew Redleaf Foundation.

11/17/20

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to Augment Behavior Therapy for Tics
Primary PI Christine Conelea, PhD, LP, is overseeing this $1.2M NIH/NIMH grant designed to help young patients with tic disorder.

Clinical Simulation Initiative Grant
Dr. Tolu Odebunmi
, Dr. Rachel Kay, and Dr. Christina Warner, PGY2 residents, were awarded a 2020 American Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry Clinical Simulation Initiative Development Grant. 

9/22/20

Monato Essay Prize winner
Resident Dr. Brooke Resch has been awarded the annual Hermes Monato, Jr. Prize by the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative. The $2,500 prize is given annually for the best rural health paper. Her award-winning essay, “Grandpa Needs Help,” is on page 5.

Federation of Medicine Cannabis Task Force
Lucien Gonzalez, MD,
has been nominated to serve as a state representative on the Federation of Medicine Cannabis Task Force. The task force was created in 2019 to first evaluate and then disseminate relevant scientific evidence about cannabis to health care providers and the public.

9/20/20

Control Network Neuromodulation to Enhance Cognitive Training in Complex Traumatic Brain Injury
Nicholas Davenport, PhD, is the Principal Investigator (PI), and Mo Chen, PhD; and Scott Spondheim, PhD, Co-PIs on this $1.7M Department of Defense grant.

9/15/20

Graduate Medical Education Committee
Resident
Dr. Breanna Engleson was elected by her peers to be a member of the University of Minnesota Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC). She was appointed to fill a one-year Trainee Representative GMEC member seat with an annual option to be reappointed through August 2023.

9/1/2020

Mechanisms of Ethnic/Racial Differences in Lung Cancer Due to Cigarette Smoking
Dr. Dorothy Hatsukami is the PI on this $1.9M NIH National Cancer Institute.

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