Scholarly Activity

AWARDS:

  1. Kira Bleecher, MD (PGY-4). "Decriminalization: The Portugal Experience.” Poster presented at the CT ASAM Educational Conference, May 17, 2017. Dr. Bleecher won 1st Place, $500.00.

  2. Laurel Blackman, DO, (PGY-3). "Person Lost or Person Found: "Purity of Heart is to Will One Thing". Oral presentation at the 5th Annual ASAM Educational Competition sponsored by the American Society of Addiction Medicine/CT State Medical Society, May 18, 2016, North Haven, CT. Received travel funds to present at the ASAM Cape Cod Symposium in September 2016.

  3. Pantea Farahmand, MD, (PGY-3). “To Prescribe or Not to Prescribe: Methadone in U.S. Correctional Facilities”. Oral presentation at the 5th Annual ASAM Educational Competition sponsored by the American Society of Addiction Medicine/CT State Medical Society, May 18, 2016, North Haven, CT. Received 2nd place award of $500.

  4. Kira Bleecher, MD, (PGY-3). “Role Reversal: When the Physician Becomes the Patient”. Oral presentation at the 5th Annual ASAM Educational Competition sponsored by the American Society of Addiction Medicine/CT State Medical Society, May 18, 2016, North Haven, CT. Received Honorable Mention.

  5. Shirin Schilling , MD (PGY-4), and Jayesh Kamath, MD, PhD (Mentor), received travel funds from the Janssen Academic Research Mentorship Award (grant funding $1,100) to present an update on Dr. Sinha’s study at the Neuroscience Education Institute (NEI) Psychopharmacology Congress, Orlando, FL November 2015.

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PUBLICATIONS:

  1. Ronak Jhaveri, MD (PGY-4). Chapter. Kamath J & Jhaveri R, Bipolar Disorder in Incarcerated Offenders. SAGE Encyclopedia of Criminal Psychology. (In Press)
  2. Shakaib Khan, MD (PGY-4). Chapter, Kamath J & Khan S. Perioperative Assessment of the Maxillofacial Surgery Patient Management: Psychiatric Disorders (in press)
  3. Kamath J, Virdi S (PGY-4), Winokur A. “Sleep Disturbances in Schizophrenia”. Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2015 Dec; 38(4):777-92. PMID: 26600108

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PRESENTATIONS and LECTURES:

  1. Kira Bleecher, MD (PGY-4). "Decriminalization: The Portugal Experience.” Poster presented at the CT ASAM Educational Conference, May 17, 2017. Dr. Bleecher won 1st Place, $500.00.
  2. Hung Nguyen, MD (PGY-3). "Post-detox factors predicting alcohol-related ER Visits 12 to 24 months after discharge.” Poster presented at the 6th Annual CT American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Educational, May 17, 2017.
  3. Elizabeth Harari, MD (PGY-2). "Impact of Marijuana Use and Dependence on Life Achievements in Young Adults.” Poster presented at the CT ASAM Educational Conference, May 17, 2017.
  4. Silpa Somepalli, MD (PGY-2). "Catonia as a Conversion Reaction: A Case in Exploration.” Poster presented at the American Psychiatric Association Annual meeting, May 2017.
  5. Saira Pasha, MD (PGY-1). "Protective and Risk Factors Associated with Psychiatric Emergency Department Visits and Admissions Among the Child and Adolescent Population. Poster presented at the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Annual Meeting October 24-29, 2016.
  6. Camille Alvarado, DO (PGY-4). “Diagnosing ADHD in Adults over 50 . . . Why Bother?” Department of Psychiatry Resident Research Day, 4/20/17.
  7. Nevena Radonjic, MD, PhD (PGY-3). “Increased Levels of Kynurenic Acid Affect the Human Developing Brain.” Department of Psychiatry Resident Research Day, 4/20/17.
  8. Nevena Radonjic, MD, PhD (PGY-3). "Increased Levels of Kynurenic Acid Affect Human Developing Brain", Oral Presentation at the Society of Biological Psychiatry, San Diego, CA, May 18-20, 2017.
  9. Shakaib Khan, MD (PGY-4), Douglas Zelisko, MD (PGY-2). “Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Antipsychotics.” Department of Psychiatry Resident Research Day, 4/20/17.
  10. Drs. Alvarado, Blackman, Bleecher, Khan, Kudurogianis, and Jhaveri, (PGY-4). “The Power of Possible: QI for Person-centered Care, Value and Effect.” Department of Psychiatry Resident Research Day, 4/20/17.
  11. Laurel Blackman, DO, (PGY-3) and Pantea Farahmand, MD, (PGY-3), “The AHA Model: A Novel Person-Centered, Psychotherapeutic, Neurobiological Approach”. Oral Presentation at the 10th International Congress European Association for Mental Health in Intellectual Disability, Florence, Italy. Friday, September 11, 2015.
  12. Nevena Radonjic, MD, (PGY-2), “Sonic Hedgehog: The Role of Ventral Morphogen in the Developing Human Cortex”. Oral Presentation at the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies Regional Meeting 2015. Thessalonika, Greece. October 7-10, 2015.
  13. Sylvester Edeh, MD, (PGY-3), “Tardive Dyskinesia in the Era of Second Generation Antipsychotics”. Poster presentation at the 11th Annual Neuroscience Education Institute (NEI) Psychopharmacology Congress, Orlando, FL. November 11-16, 2015.
  14. Shirin Schilling, MD, (PGY-4), “Update on Investigation of Treatment Emergent Specific Sexual Dysfunction in Association with Serum Prolactin and Gonadal Hormones in Adult Male Patients Taking Antipsychotic Medications: A Cross Sectional Study”. Poster presented at the 11th Annual Neuroscience Education Institute (NEI) Psychopharmacology Congress, Orlando, FL. November 11-16, 2015.
  15. Justin Mortimer, MD, (PGY-4), “Huntington’s Disease Research: From the Present to Where We Are Going in the Future.” Oral Presentation at the Fourth Annual Huntington’s Disease Symposium, UConn Health, Farmington, CT, October 3rd, 2015.
  16. Pantea Farahmand, MD, (PGY-3), “Alcohol, Tobacco, and Marijuana Use in Adolescents and the Relationship of Parenting Styles in an at Risk Population”. Oral presentation at the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 62nd Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX. October 28-31, 2015.
  17. Pantea Farahmand, MD (PGY-3), Margaret Chaplin, MD, Community Mental Health Affiliates, Vania Modesto-Lowe, MD, MBA, Connecticut Valley Hospital. “To prescribe or not to prescribe: Methadone in U.S. correctional facilities” UConn Psychiatry Department Research Bonanza. April 21st, 2016.
  18. Ronak Jhaveri, MD (PGY-3), Galina Prpich, Marylin Cloitre, and Jayesh Kamath, MD, PhD. “Pharmacological treatment of women experiencing violent trauma and its relation with PTSD symptomatology and comorbidities” UConn Psychiatry Department Research Bonanza April 21st, 2016.
  19. Nevena Radonjic, MD (PGY-3), Natasa Petronijevic, MD, PhD, Institute of Clinical and Medical Biochemistry, University of Belgrade School of Medicine. “Effect of Phencyclidine on neuregulin expression, Cortical interneurons and redox dysregulation” UConn Psychiatry Department Research Bonanza. April 21st, 2016.
  20. Justin Mortimer, MD (PGY-4), UConn Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds, February 19, 2016. “Yoga and Psychiatry: The Integration of Mind and Body”.
  21. Shirin Schilling, MD (PGY-4), Ronald Lee, MD, (PGY-4), Justin Mortimer, MD (PGY-4), Sundeep Virdi, MD (PGY-4), Leighton Huey, MD, Professor, Robert Cole, PhD, Kathleen Lyons, SCSW. Oral Presentation: “The Farmington 100: A Critical Review of 100 Consecutive Psychiatric Re-admissions within 10 and 30 Days Post-Discharge-A Quality Improvement Project, Part 1.” UConn Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds, June 3, 2016.
  22. Sundeep Virdi, MD, JD (PGY-4), Lecturer, UConn Dept. of Psychiatry PGY-1 Foundations of Psychiatry Lecture Series: Legal and Ethical Issues in Psychiatry I and II: Informed Consent, Competency, Treatment Refusal, and Civil Commitment; Malpractice and Boundary Violations. August, 2015.
  23. Justin Mortimer, MD (PGY-4); Lecturer, UConn Dept. of Psychiatry PGY-3 Advanced Neuropsychopharmacology Seminar Series: “Appropriate Monitoring in the Context of Psychopharmacologic Treatment; Part I, Part II, and Part III.” September, 2015.
  24. Justin Mortimer, MD (PGY-4), weekly medical student teaching July 2015 to March 2016.
  25. Sundeep Virdi, MD, JD (PGY-4), weekly medical student teaching April to June 2016.
  26. Justin Mortimer, MD (PGY-4), Sundeep Virdi, MD (PGY-4), Kira Bleecher, DO (PGY-3), Shakaib Khan, MD (PGY-3), Ronak Jhaveri, MD (PGY-3). UConn Department of Psychiatry Resident’s Council In-service on Outpatient Billing Codes, Based on a Quality Improvement Project.

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POSTER PRESENTATIONS:

  1. Rasna Patel, MD (PGY-3), Amit Mistry, MD (PGY-2 University of Oklahoma). “Girl on Fire.” Department of Psychiatry Resident Research Day, 4/20/17.
  2. Elizabeth Harari, MD (PGY-2). “Impact of Marijuana Use and Dependence on Life Achievement in Young Adults.” Department of Psychiatry Resident Research Day, 4/20/17.
  3. Laurel Blackman, DO, MBA (PGY-4). “On a Mission to Reach and Teach: The Annual Educational and Cape Cod Competitions of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.” Department of Psychiatry Resident Research Day, 4/20/17.
  4. Laurel Blackman, DO, MBA, (PGY-4), Victoria Latifses, PhD (Austin State Hospital, Texas Department of State Health Services, Austin, TX). “A Person-Centered Care and Engagement Model Prototype for Improving and Sustaining Outcomes in Any (Psychiatric) Setting and All Populations.” Department of Psychiatry Resident Research Day, 4/20/17.
  5. Camille Alvarado, DO, Laurel Blackman, DO, MBA, Kira Bleecher, MD, Ronak Jhaveri, MD, Shakaib Khan, MD, Jason Kudurogianis, DO (PGY-4s), Leighton Huey, MD. “The Power of Possible: QI for Person-Centered Care, Value and Effect.” Department of Psychiatry Resident Research Day, 4/20/17. Huey, MD. “The Power of Possible: QI for Person-Centered Care, Value and Effect.” Department of Psychiatry Resident Research Day, 4/20/17.
  6. Dhurga Krishnamoorthy, MBBS (PGY-2), Yifrah Kaminer, MD, MBA. Quality Improvement Poster: “The Impact of Prenatal Marijuana Exposure in Newborns-An Overview”. UConn Psychiatry Department Research Bonanza, 4/23/15.
  7. Geri Pearson, PhD, APRN, Sylvester Edeh, MD (PGY-3) Quality Improvement Poster: “Prescriber Adherence to Lab, Vital Sign, & AIMS Monitoring in Children and Adolescents Receiving Neuroleptic Medication”, UConn Psychiatry Department Research Bonanza, 4/23/15.

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UNPUBLISHED RESEARCH:

  1. Shirin Schilling, MD (PGY-4), Shirshendu Sinha, MBBS, Galina Prpich, MS, Victoria Scranton, Grace Chan, PhD, and Jayesh Kamath, MD, PhD “Update on Investigation of Treatment Emergent Specific Sexual Dysfunction in Association with Serum Prolactin and Gonadal Hormones in Adult Male Patients Taking Antipsychotic Medications: A Cross Sectional Study.”

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