MUSC Psychiatry Chair Update | August 11, 2022
August 11, 2022
MUSC Psychiatry Chair Update
Thomas W. Uhde, M.D.
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Institute of Psychiatry
Research in the Department
Ranked 11th in the nation among departments of psychiatry in total research funding from the National Institutes of Health, MUSC Psychiatry is the single largest research department in the College of Medicine.

MUSC is seeking couples who drink alcohol for a research study testing the effects of a new medication in combination with weekly couples talk therapy on reducing alcohol use and improving relationship functioning. Both members of the couple must be willing to participate in order to be eligible. Couples will be compensated for their time. Information is kept strictly confidential. 


HeART Therapy Study: Weekly couples therapy x 12 weeks


For more information, please contact:

Additional information is provided in the video found here.
Do you know an employee who has gone the extra mile recently? Nominate them for the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences' MVP Award! This award will be given quarterly to an employee nominated by their peers for going above and beyond in the workplace. For more information or to nominate an employee, please visit our Employee Recognition Page on the Horseshoe.



For anyone who is requesting promotion effective July 1, 2023, all promotion requests must be received in the Chair’s Office no later than August 12, 2022 in the form of complete packets accompanied by a letter of recommendation from your Division Director. Packets with checklists, requests for materials, and forms specific for regular and modified faculty have been developed to make the submission process more straightforward. Packets are available on the College of Medicine’s website. Follow this link:


Promotion to Associate Professor or Professor requires a minimum of four letters of recommendation, addressed to the Departmental Chair. Individuals selected to write the minimum four letters should be non-MUSC faculty in the candidate’s field at the academic rank of professor or its equivalent stature. At least two of these individuals should not be associated with the candidate by having been past mentors/teachers/students/trainees. We ask that you provide 4-6 names of individuals that we can contact to solicit letters of recommendation. 


The letter of recommendation from your Division Director must follow Appendix 2 in the COM APT guidelines. Division Director letters should include the following paragraphs: introductory, education, research if applicable, scholarly publications, clinical practice if applicable, administration, and other activities and accomplishments.


If you have any questions, please contact Kristen Mulholland

Bipolar Disorder Research Study

Cannabis & Tobacco (CAT) Study


Many people want to quit smoking but think it's too hard. The purpose of this study is to better understand tobacco quit outcomes among tobacco users using a well-known stop smoking medication called varenicline, cessation counseling and financial incentives. All participants will receive treatment (varenicline and counseling) for 12 weeks. This study will recruit adult tobacco users (ages 18-40) who are motivated to quit smoking cigarettes. If you are interested in participating, please click here:


To learn more about Project Quit and their active studies visit

Pain rehab flyer
IRB Approved at the Study Level
Sep 10, 2020
Weight Loss
Research Study
For Overweight Men and Women
Medical University of South Carolina
Weight Management Center

The MUSC Weight Management Center is conducting a clinical research study to determine the safety and effectiveness of an investigational capsule that may assist weight loss for people who are overweight and otherwise generally healthy. The study capsule must be taken twice daily via mouth throughout the study.
To qualify, you must be at least 18 years of age, overweight or obese, not have any other significant illness or disease (such as diabetes or heart disease), not be taking any medications for weight loss, and meet other criteria. Qualified participants will receive dietary and activity counseling sessions, as well as medical exams, lab work, and weight monitoring.

There is no charge for participation.
This study requires a twenty-eight week commitment.

To have more detailed information sent to you, please call 843-792-5428 or 843-792-CARE. You may also send an email to Mary Harley at or to the Weight Management Center at

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TTS training flyer page 2
Charleston Alcohol Research Center
Research Funding Opportunity:
Request for Pilot Project Proposals on Alcohol Addiction Science
The Charleston Alcohol Research Center (ARC), an NIH/NIAAA funded P50 research enterprise, invites applications for its Pilot Project Program. The ARC Pilot Project Program funds innovative basic science and clinical projects focused on issues that are consistent with the ARC’s overall mission of improving treatment of alcohol use disorder through cutting-edge research. The purpose of ARC pilot funding is to provide early-stage investigators and faculty new to the alcohol field an opportunity to collect preliminary data that will ultimately support an R01 application. Please see the Charleston ARC’s website to learn more about its mission:

Projects are funded for 1 year with an option for a second year based on a competitive renewal application. Additional information regarding eligibility, deadlines, and submission procedure is given below.

Eligibility: MUSC faculty and advanced postdoctoral fellows are eligible. Women and individuals from ethnic and racial populations that are underrepresented in medicine are strongly encouraged to apply.
Proposal Receipt Deadline: Thursday, September 1, 2022 at 5 pm
Award Notification: October 1, 2020
Funding: $15,000 (direct costs only)
Funding Period: January 1, 2023 – December 31, 2023

Submission Guidelines:
  1. All proposals should be submitted electronically as a single PDF file.
  2. Applications should include the following sections:
               a. Title page that contains the project title, investigator name(s), department,

                   and contact information (email, phone, office address)
               b. Specific Aims (1-page limit)

               c. Research Strategy (4-page limit, excluding references), including
                   significance, innovation, and approach
               d. Relevance to the mission of the Charleston ARC (1/2-page limit)
  3. NIH-formatted biosketch for each investigator
  4. Budget with brief justification for requested categories using the PHS 398 Forms - $15,000 direct cost limit
  5. Postdoctoral fellows should also submit a letter of support from a faculty research mentor
Applications or inquiries should be sent via email to Pilot Project Co-Directors at:
Drs. Patrick J. Mulholland ( and Sudie Back (
Funding for the Charleston ARC is provided by the NIAAA P50AA010761 grant in partnership with MUSC.
Women's Health Interest Group Flyer
Out of the darkness walk

It’s time for the 2022 Charleston Area AFSP Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk!


The MUSC Psychiatry Team will be walking this year in support of suicide prevention. Last year, the MUSC Psychiatry Team raised OVER $5,000 and was the Top Fundraising Team for the event! Let’s show our support again this year!

Walk Date: Sunday, 10/16/2022

Walk Time: Registration starts at 1:00pm; Ceremony Begins at 2:00pm

Walk Location: North Charleston Riverfront Park


For questions, email Meg Wallace at

Want to play a part in saving lives right here in the Lowcountry? Join hundreds of other riders November 5 for LOWVELO22. The annual event is back and better than ever this year! 100% of rider-raised money benefits lifesaving cancer research at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center.
Registration is now open. Sign up today to help save lives and make a difference in the fight against cancer!

As part of the new MUSC Health and Wellness Institute that recently opened in Mount Pleasant, SC, a newly established Mindfulness Center will be offering a range of mindfulness and resiliency-based classes, workshops, individual sessions, and retreats.  These offerings are not considered mental health counseling, therefore will not be billed through any insurance or be diagnosis driven. However, they may be a useful complementary service for patients seen within Psychiatry, for trainees themselves, as well as for faculty and staff. 


Of note, we will be starting up a 4-week closed group series on Introduction to Mindfulness beginning the first week in March (5:30pm Monday March 7th) and will repeat monthly. This closed group is great for anyone wanting to learn more about the basic principles of mindfulness in a welcoming and nonjudgmental environment. 


In addition, we will be running an 8-week closed Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) group beginning the first week in April (4:30pm Wednesday April 6th).


All services are currently virtual and do not require you to be in the state to participate!


Please see the attached brochure to learn more. 


Bio-behavioral Medicine


Social Worker (LISW) (MUSCP, Full-Time): Provide a wide variety of direct social worker services in a specialty psychiatric setting for a complex caseload of patients with comorbid medical and psychiatric illness including psychosocial assessment, active treatment and psychotherapy, discharge planning, case management, and related documentation in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary treatment team. The Licensed Social Worker (LISW) or Therapist reports to the Division Director. 


Center for Drug & Alcohol Programs (CDAP)


Licensed Social Worker (LISW) (MUSCP, Full-Time): This position is for a licensed independent social worker (LISW-CP) who will be working in a team environment in the Outpatient Clinic of the Addiction Sciences Division of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina. In this capacity, the LISW-CP will be functioning as a clinical therapist, providing individual and group therapy to individuals with addiction-related and other psychiatric illnesses and their families.


Community Clinic


Licensed Social Worker (LISW) or Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) (MUSCP, Full-Time): The LISW or LPC reports to the Division Director. The candidate will provide a wide variety of direct social worker services in an acute care psychiatric setting for a complex caseload of patients including psychosocial assessment, active treatment, discharge planning, case management, and related documentation in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary treatment team.


Psychiatry Administration


Open Rank & Research Director (UNIV, Full-Time): The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (DPBS) at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is seeking a clinician-scientist with an MD and/or PhD degree(s) to serve as Research Director for the Eating Disorders Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. The Research Director will direct eating disorders research for the Friedman Eating Disorders Center. The Friedman Eating Disorders Center provides state-of-the-art, evidence-informed treatments of eating disorders (primarily anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa) by a multi-disciplinary subspecialty team of pediatricians, internists, nutritionists, and mental health providers (psychologists and psychiatrists).


Psychiatry Hospitalist Division


Social Worker I (MSW) (MUHA, Full-Time): Under clinical practice guidance of the Social Work Manager, this position provides a wide variety of direct social worker services in an acute care psychiatric setting for a complex caseload of adult/pediatric patients including psychiatric consults, psychosocial assessment, discharge planning, case management, and related documentation in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary treatment team. This position identifies risk factors that the patient may experience after discharge and applies discharge interventions to lower the patient risk of an undesirable event post discharge. The Social Worker (MSW) bridges the discharge to outpatient provider with the patient to address issues and questions.


This position will work primarily in the Adult Psych ED (DPOD) but assist with cross coverage as needed in the Children's Hospital (SJCH ED).


Open Rank (UNIV, Part-Time): Candidate must be a psychiatrist with the ability to hold an unrestricted license to practice in South Carolina. Candidate will be a faculty member of the Psychiatry Hospitalists Division at a .5 FTE (50% effort or 20 hours per week) and provide inpatient care across all adult inpatient units for attendings on leave. Candidate may also be required to cover some night call and weekend coverage as part of their clinical effort.


Sleep and Anxiety Research and Treatment Program (SATRP)


Clinical Instructor/Assistant Professor (UNIV, Full-Time): The Sleep and Anxiety Treatment and Research Program (SATRP) is seeking a full-time Clinical Instructor or Clinical Assistant Professor (rank dependent upon education and experience) to provide evidence based outpatient treatment for a wide variety of both sleep and anxiety issues. This position requires a psychologist who will see patients, supervise trainees, coordinate patient care, and participate in program activities (e.g., journal clubs, case conferences).


Assistant Professor (UNIV, Full-Time): The Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences is seeking an Assistant Professor/Clinical Psychologist to engage in clinical and research activities in the Sleep and Anxiety Research and Treatment Program (SATRP) at MUSC. The research areas may include ERPs (Event-Related Brain Potentials), fMRI, autonomic measures, psychophysiology of anxiety, or other areas as appropriate, towards a specific population of patients. If candidate will see patients or research participants in a clinical setting, the candidate must obtain a valid SC medical license or psychologist license beforehand. 


Licensed Social Worker (LISW)/LPC (MUSC, Part-Time): This clinician will provide evidence based mental health outpatient services for adults suffering from sleep or anxiety disorders with the Sleep and Anxiety Treatment and Research Program. The position includes both assessments and counseling via office based and remote work from home providing telehealth therapy. Experience with implementing cognitive behavioral therapy and treating sleep and anxiety disorders is recommended. Flexible weekday schedules are preferred to accommodate evening clinic. 


The purpose of this research is to test out a new way of treating generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) with low intensity focused ultrasound pulsation (LIFUP). If the subject agrees to participate in the research study, the participation will last approximately 10.5 hours over seven (7) days. The visits are as follows: 1- consent and MRI, 2- and 3- focused ultrasound will be delivered outside of the MRI environment, 4- MRI plus focused ultrasound, 5- assessments 1 week post focused ultrasound, and 6- one month follow-up assessments. Research studies are voluntary and include only people who agree to take part.

The CPCS office is currently taking referrals for youth and adults for outpatient therapy and/or medication management.

The CPCS office is located at 51 Bee Street and is seeing patients either virtually or in the office. All patients are self-pay at the time of the appointment and will be provided with the necessary paperwork to submit for reimbursement from their insurance companies. All department of psychiatry faculty members are eligible to see private patients in CPCS.


To make a referral or schedule an appointment, call 843-792-9396.


For more information about making a referral or joining the practice, feel free to contact Hilary Bernstein, LISW, DHA at


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The use of the powerful opiate drug, FENTANYL is on the rise, accounting for a large share of overdose deaths in SC, and the greater US.


Previously, urine drug testing at MUSC could not detect Fentanyl use. The Clinical Neurobiology Laboratory has recently completed an extensive validation of a qualitative (positive vs negative) urine test for the presence of Fentanyl which can be used to distinguish this drug from other commonly used/abused opiates such as oxycodone, buprenorphine and morphine. This test should aid clinicians in the evaluation of patients in multiple clinical settings, especially when illicit drug use is suspected.


Simply order: “Fentanyl, Urine, Qual (IOP LAB)” or “LAB9066”

Individuals needing to contact the MUSC COVID Vaccine Call Center can utilize the information below:
The COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force will be posting updates on the COVID-19 Vaccine intranet site, including information about the vaccine safety and efficacy, so our care team members can make an informed decision.

**Updated University Directives can be found here.** 



The following resource provides MUSC Health lab and testing options pertaining to COVID-19. Included on this page is information regarding drive-thru and “pop-up” mobile COVID testing locations, antibody or serology tests, drive-in lab and nurse visits, and original/classic lab testing.


MUSC Health Lab & Testing Options



Due to the activity of COVID-19 within the hospital and community, all employees, residents, fellows and students within all MUSC entities are directed to begin daily self-monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms. This applies regardless of whether you have been working remotely on a full-time or intermittent basis. You need to continue daily self-monitoring, even if symptoms are not present.




In addition to updates provided by MUSC Enterprise, the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences will also provide updates through our employee intranet, The Horseshoe. Updates will be provided regularly as new information becomes available. For your convenience, direct links are provided below.

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