2016 Community Partner Award for Outstanding Collaboration in Providing Quality Mental Health Services
Accepted by: Dr. Lynn Tyson, Medical Director (Left) and Elizabeth Syms, Program Manager (Right)
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The Executive Committee for the Institute of Neuroscience and the College of Graduate Studies is pleased to announce that Amanda Crider (Department of Psychiatry Mentor: Dr. Anil Pillai)has been selected to be the recipient of the 2015 Darrell W. Brann Scholarship in Neuroscience. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to the most outstanding graduate student in neuroscience at Augusta University. There were high quality applicants for the award and the job of the Executive Committee was a difficult one. Although there can be only one winner, the faculty are very proud of all the graduate students and their academic achievements.

"MCG Student Research Day 2015" 

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The Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior would like to congratulate Dr. Dharmendra Goyal and Dr. William Jacobs for winning the first place poster award at the West Coast Symposium on Addictive Disorders, 2015. Dr. Goyal won the Early Research Investigator Award.  This is another first place poster award, two in a row, for Dr. Goyal. 

The Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior would like to congratulate graduate student, Ms. Amanda Crider for winning the student travel award for the 2015 International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR).  This is the second IMFAR travel award, two in a row for Ms. Crider. She has presented her research at the meeting, May 13-16 in Salt Lake City.crider

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s (AACAP) Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. proved to be exciting for Augusta University/Medical College of Georgia.  Jocelyn Bayliss, first year CAP fellow, represented Georgia and MCG as GCCAP Advocacy Day fellow, receiving a matching Advocacy Grant from AACAP.  Additionally MCG CAP Division Director, Sandra Sexson was part of the Georgia representatives.  Other Augusta University/MCG graduates also participated, including Kim Linz, GCCAP Emory Advocacy Fellow and Heerain Shah, practicing CAP, both trained in General Psychiatry at Augusta University/MCG.

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During the Augusta University Graduate Research Day, graduate student Amanda Crider won the award for "Research in Excellence in Neuroscience".  Below is a picture of Amanda receiving the award from Dr. Mitchell Watsky, Dean of the Graduate School.
Third year medical student, Elizabeth Ahn (below in the white coat) received a study scholarship to attend the 2015 American Psychosomatic Society Annual Meeting, held in Savannah, Georgia.  Elizabeth studied under Dr. Vaughn McCall two summers ago, supported by the Dean's Office.
Congratulations, Elizabeth!
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Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association awarded First place to Dr. Dharmendra Goyal in the Joe and Hope Skobba Poster Presentation Competition at the Winter CME meeting held in Atlanta, GA. 
“Goyal D, Surya S, Elder J, Graham K, McCall WV. Presenter: Goyal D. Sleep Isolated Trichotillomania (SITIM): A Case Report. First place in the Joe and Hope Skobba Poster Presentation Competition. Presented at Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association Winter CME meeting, Atlanta, GA. Feb 21, 2015.”

Psychology receives renewal of MS Grant

The Multiple Sclerosis Psychological Services Team, led by Dr. Lara Stepleman, was awarded a Quality of Life grant from the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation for $16,000. This funding is used to offset costs  for psychology interns and postdoctoral fellows to provide integrated care consultation, brief intervention, cognitive screening, and psychoeducation as well as a support group for individuals living with and affected by MS in our community. We are grateful to the MS Foundation for their enduring generous support.