Class of 2017

JORGE ALMEIDA

Fundacao Universitaria do Abc, Brazil

Ph.D., Psychiatry, Universidade de Sao Paulo, 2005

Prior to joining us, Jorge was Assistant Professor, Clinical and Translational Affective Neuroscience Program at the University of Pittsburgh. He investigated neural circuitry dysfunction in mood disorders using a variety of neuroimaging techniques, such as connectivity analysis, pattern recognition analyses, fMRI, arterial spin labeling and DTI. He is first author on numerous peer reviewed journal articles. Hot topic presentation at ACNP (2010); SOBP travel award (2009).   

KATHRYN ERICKSON-RIDOUT

Pennsylvania State University

Ph.D., Cellular & Molecular Biology, Penn. State, 2011
B.S., Biochemistry; B.A., Chemistry, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, magna cum laude, 2003

Research: PhD thesis examined how genetic polymorphisms in drug metabolizing enzymes effect the metabolism of antipsychotic drugs towards the goal of identifying markers of inter-individual variation in efficacy and side effects. Research funded by The American Diabetes Association Training Award; Deans Award for scholarly achievement.

Selected awards: Women in Science and Engineering Award, 2010, The Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine Grant for Underserved Medicine 2012, The Graham and Elizabeth Jeffries International Health Fund Scholarship, 2012, Dept. of Psychiatry award for clinical excellence in psychiatry, Penn State College of Medicine 2013.

EMILY FLIER

Tufts University School of Medicine

B.A., Psychology, Brown University, 2004

Emily was a section leader for a first year medical school course called Medical Interviewing and the Doctor-Patient Relationship.

Selected awards: She received a Hanny Scholarship for med students contemplating a career in psychiatry who demonstrate academic excellence

AMY GROOMS

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

B.A. Psychology (with honors), Chemistry, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, 2009

Research experience: Student member of interdisciplinary neuroscience group composed of clinicians and researchers who propose, review, and vet neuro-imaging protocols used in Brain Imaging Research Center at UAMS. Research assistant in the psychophysiology lab, within the Psychology Department. Research focused on the development, maintenance and interplay of anxiety disorders and substance abuse, specifically PTSD and nicotine.

Selected awards: Barton Foundation Scholarship awarded by UAMS College of Medicine for academic excellence during M3 yr.

OMAR SULTAN HAQUE

Harvard Medical School 

Ph.D., Cognition and Culture, Brown University, 2013; M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School, 2007
B.S., Neuroscience, A.B., Religious Studies, Brown University, magna cum laude, 2002

Research experience: Instructor and Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Psychology, Harvard University, in lab of Steven Pinker studying social and cognitive psychology; Research Associate, Program in Psychiatry and the Law, Harvard Medical School. Neuroimaging Research with Ronald Cohen, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown
University
 

Other experience: Co-Director, UNESCO Chair in Bioethics, American Unit, Boston; Books: [Co-Author, “The Ethics of Pharmaceutical Influece in Medicine,” Contributing Co-Editor, “Psychiatric Ethics and the Rights of Persons with Mental Disabilities in Institutions and the Community”]

Selected awards: Cum Laude & Honors Thesis, Harvard Medical School; Full scholarship at HMS by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Richard C. Cabot Prize in the History of Medicine; Derek Bok Teaching Award at Harvard; Award for Teaching and Scholarship, Brown Department of Neuroscience.

LOREEN PIRNIE

University of Connecticut School of Medicine

B.S., Molecular, Cellular, & Develop. Biology, University of New Hampshire, summa cum laude, 2007

Loreen was student representative on the UConn School of Medicine Curriculum Committee, and manager, volunteer and Board Director at South Park Inn Homeless Shelter  

Selected awards: Gold Humanism Honor Society; Joseph Collins Scholarship.

SAMUEL RIDOUT

Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine

Ph.D., Physiology, Pennsylvania State University, 2011
B.S., Biology, University of New Mexico, 2002

Research experience: Ph.D. in Cardiovascular Function and Aging. Awarded the Center for Integrative Healthcare Delivery Research Scholarship for “Data Visualization for Decision Making in Primary Care Practices and Health System Planning” examining how health care provider information needs and decision making processes intersect with patient health needs. Board member, Hershey Medical Center Institutional Review Board

Selected awards: PA Medical Society AMES Fund Scholarship recipient, 2012. Recipient of Graham and Elizabeth Jeffries International Health Fund Scholarship. Fellow, Center for Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems, Penn State.

EMILY ROWLAND

Brown University, Warren Alpert Medical School

B.A., Psychology and Communication Studies, Hamilton College, NY, 2006

Medical school and research experience: Research Fellow, Brown University and Providence VAMC. Basic and Translational Research Program, investigating the effects of a co-located primary care clinic on cardiovascular, metabolic, and behavioral health for patients with serious mental illness and the effects on service utilization; Peer counselor, Student Health Council

Other Experience: Worked as a health technician, research coordinator and training coordinator for the Behavioral Health Lab, an integrated care model developed at the Philadelphia VAMC and the University of Pennsylvania.

Selected awards: Isaac Ray Award in Psychiatry, 2013. Doctoring Teaching Fellow, 2010-2011: selected by the medical school faculty to serve as a tutor/peer teacher for the first-year medical students in the Doctoring course.

SARAH SCHMIDHOFER

Brown University, Warren Alpert Medical School

B.A., Cognitive Science, University of California, Berkeley, 2004

Research Experience: Research fellow at Mind and Life Summer Institute in NY, focusing on the link between contemplative and developmental neurosciences in teaching contemplative practices in public schools. 

Other Experience:Certified yoga instructor with training in trauma-sensitive yoga for PTSD. Intern for MBCT course at Brown. Developed yogic protocol for use in treatment of PTSD, ISHTA Yoga, NY. Created website http://www.ItsBetterWithYoga.com to help patients in RI begin a yoga practice safely. Co-founder of BrANCH: Brown Agriculture, Nutrition and Community Health, a group using community gardens to promote nutrition education. 

Selected Awards:Gold Humanism Honor Society 2012, Summer assistantship from Brown to complete research on "Yoga for PTSD".