News and updates from the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
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January 05, 2023
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MUSC Psychiatry Chair Update
 
Thomas W. Uhde, M.D.
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Institute of Psychiatry
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Happy New Year

SPRING CYCLE FOR PROMOTION & TENURE

 

For anyone who is requesting promotion or tenure effective January 1, 2024, all promotion and tenure requests must be received in the Chair’s office no later than February 4, 2023, 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.

 

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 three 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 at mulhollk@musc.edu.

KUDOS & WINS
Dr. Edward Thomas Lewis III was interviewed by Advance with MUSC Health regarding substance use and the holidays: Substance Misuse & the Holidays: Help is Available
 
Dr. Lewis was also interviewed by Live 5 News on this subject. The interview aired on January 2nd and is available here.
Dr. Jessica Carter

Dr. Jessica Carter was interviewed by Live 5 News to highlight our holiday gift drive. Dr. Carter noted that the stress of the holidays can increase feelings of depression and anxiety in our patient population, and that patients can greatly benefit from atypical holiday gifts, such as bookbags, toiletries, warm socks, blankets, and clothing.

 

The full article can be found here.
Psychiatry Employee Recognition Program
 
 
Employee Recognition Program
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.
 EVENTS
Grand Rounds Jan 6 2023
Dr. Rachel Tyndale

Drug Metabolism Within the Brain Alters Drug Response:

Additional Impact of Sex and Estrous Cycle

Rachel Tyndale, Ph.D.

Jan 19, 2023 | 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://musccom.zoom.us/j/9976862438?pwd=L2pPMDRZR1doVGVYRWV3Y0RDNUdDUT09

 

Meeting ID: 997 686 2438

Passcode: neurosci

Living Your Best Life: Virtual Wellness Series

Women, uniquely take on the role of a caretaker or a giver in their personal lives and professionally- always looking after others and rarely prioritizing yourself. This series is designed to give you the space and time to reconnect, rejuvenate and build individual resilience to live your best work life.

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RESEARCH
Research
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.
YOUTH COLLABORATIVE
Youth Collaborative
BEST TRIAL
BEST Trial
SYMPHONY STUDY
fisherjm@musc.edu
POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION STUDY
PPD STUDY
MAJOR DEPRESSION STUDY
NARSAD
PAIN REHABILITATION PROGRAM
fisherjm@musc.edu
D & I RESEARCH INTEREST GROUP

Contact: Rochelle F. Hanson, Ph.D., NCVC, hansonrf@musc.edu

Meeting Dates, Topics and Presenters

 

The intent of this is group is to bring together researchers interested in learning more about implementation science. The group is open to those new to the field, as well as those who may already be engaged in implementation research. Below is a list of upcoming presentations and presenters. As you’ll see, we are fortunate to have an outstanding group, several of whom are outside of MUSC. Please email Rochelle Hanson (hansonrf@musc.edu) if you are interested in participating. All meetings will be held via Zoom.

D&I meeting info
NOTE: Presentations will be at 1 p.m. EST, with the exception of 9/30.

Zoom Link:

https://musccom.zoom.us/j/2975549831?pwd=YkNtKy83aUdySGtqTHhRTTlkR2xjUT09

 

Meeting ID: 297 554 9831

Passcode: 380351

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Find your local number: https://musccom.zoom.us/u/kbnbCqphL

 

Additional Topics:

  • Sustainability
  • Hybrid designs: Geoff Curran, Sara Landes
  • Other special topics: Sarah Helseth, Shannon Self-Brown
  • Open dates: Journal club, sharing grant ideas
BIPOLAR DISORDER RESEARCH STUDY
Do you have
BIPOLAR DISORDER
and use CANNABIS?
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If so, you may be eligible to participate in a confidential research study being conducted at MUSC. Compensation is available to those who qualify. If interested, call (843) 792-7500 or email bipolardisorder@musc.edu.
 
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IRB Number: Pro00112593
Date Approved 07/08/2022
PARENT-CHILD INTERACTION THERAPY
RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES
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SMOKING CESSATION
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 PROGRAMS
NIDA K12 Program
NIDA K12 Program
The K12 Career Development Program at the Medical University of South Carolina will support the research career development of junior faculty members who have recently completed clinical training or postdoctoral fellowships, and who have mentorship and a solid plan for training in clinical research relevant to substance use and addiction. The K12 Career Development Program at MUSC is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
 
MUSC Resiliency Program
MUSC Resiliency Program
Stress management and fostering resilience are essential to our well-being and to our ability to provide ongoing care. The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences offers resources and services to MUSC/MUSC Health faculty and employees that have been emotionally affected by COVID-19.
 
NAMI Family to Family Program
NAMI Family to Family Program
NAMI understands that depression, schizophrenia, bipolar illness, and other disorders can challenge families. Free help is available!
 
NAMI Connection & Family Support
NAMI Connection & NAMI Family Support
Physical distancing due to COVID-19 does not mean that you have to go through difficult times alone. NAMI is here to help! We are offering NAMI Family Support and NAMI Connection online.
 
Project ECHO
Project EHCO Tele-Mentoring Programs
Project ECHO SC Pregnancy Wellness and Project ECHO Opioid Use Disorders - Free one hour of CME!
 
Mindfulness
Mindfulness Center
A newly established Mindfulness Center will be offering a range of mindfulness and resiliency-based classes, workshops, individual sessions, and retreats. All services are currently virtual and do not require you to be in the state to participate! 
 
Self-Care Support Sessions
Self-Care Support Sessions
Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the mental health well-being of our MUSC care team members. Self-care monthly support sessions will teach you how to care for yourself 24/7 with practical tools, discussions, guidance, and support.
 
Hollings Cancer Center T32 ITOS Fellows Program
Hollings Cancer Center
T32 ITOS Fellows Program
The ITOS Program will train seven postdoctoral trainees each year for five years, offering outstanding research exposure, academic development, and professional opportunities.
 
 CLINICAL
COMPREHENSIVE PSYCHIATRIC
CARE SPECIALISTS (CPCS)
CPCS Building
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 bernsteh@musc.edu.
 
Check out our website: Psychiatriccarespecialists.com
FENTANYL URINE TEST
CLINICAL NEUROBIOLOGY LAB
Fentanyl Overdose Infographic

FENTANYL URINE TEST NOW OFFERED BY

THE CLINICAL NEUROBIOLOGY LAB (CNL)

 

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”

MUSC WEIGHT MANAGEMENT
MUSC Weight Management
COVID-19 RESOURCES
Individuals needing to contact the MUSC COVID Vaccine Call Center can utilize the information below:
COVID-19 vaccine
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.
 
COVID-19 test

Lab & Testing Options

 

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

Temperature scanner
Mandatory Self-Monitoring
 

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.

 

Updates via The Horseshoe
 

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.

 CAREERS

Brain Stimulation Division

 

Open Rank & Endowed Chair (UNIV, Full-time): The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences is seeking an M.D. psychiatrist to serve as a tenure track faculty member and the Joseph Loveless Brain Stimulation Endowed Chair in the Brain Stimulation Lab. The candidate will help support the research of a MUSC faculty member, within the Brain Stimulation Division who is performing translational research using brain stimulation methods and treatments. The faculty rank and track will be determined upon credentials and experience upon hire. 

 

Child & Adolescent Division

 

Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) or Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) (UMA, Full-Time): This position is for a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) or Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who will be working in a team environment in the Outpatient Clinic of the Child and Adolescent Division of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Services at the Medical University of South Carolina. The candidate will operate independently but part of an overall service team comprised of MDs, residents/fellows, and other social workers.

 

Project Rex

 

Open Rank/Director of Clinical Research (UNIV, Full-Time): The Project Rex Division within the Medical University of South Carolina’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is seeking a Director of Clinical Research in Autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. This would be a doctorate level (MD, DO, PhD) faculty position (tenure track) at the rank of assistant professor or associate professor who would report to the Project Rex Division Director.

 

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 Hospitalists Division

 

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)

 

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. 

 POSTDOC FELLOW OPPORTUNITY

The Bipolar Disorder Research Program is seeking a postdoctoral fellow by agreement (i.e., start date is flexible).

 

The successful applicant will work on several large NIH-funded projects (e.g., AA025365, DA054275) focused on using experimental pharmacology and multimodal MRI (e.g., fMRI, proton MR spectroscopy) to better understand and treat individuals with bipolar disorder, with a special emphasis on those with co-occurring substance use disorders who have historically been excluded from research. 

 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assessing research participants using semi-structured clinical interviews (e.g., SCID-5). 
  • Managing participant recruitment from clinical referral sources. 
  • Overseeing MRI data collection and quality control. 
  • Analyzing data and publishing/presenting results. 

Requirements:

 

We seek a highly talented and motivated postdoctoral researcher with a degree in clinical psychology (i.e., PhD) or psychiatry (i.e., MD). Background in clinical assessment, MRI, bipolar disorder, and/or substance use disorder research is a plus, but not required.  

 

This postdoctoral fellowship position offers a competitive salary, a dynamic work environment alongside an ambitious multidisciplinary team, innovative cutting-edge research with an excellent infrastructure, intellectual freedom, scientific integrity, strong collaborations at the national and international level, and a flexible start date (e.g., current psychology interns, please feel encouraged to apply!). For clinical psychologists seeking licensure, the hours of supervised clinic work required by the SC board can be obtained within approximately one year. 

 

For further information on the position, please contact Dr. James (Jim) Prisciandaro at priscian@musc.edu.

 

Applicants should email their application (including a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, and 3 academic/professional references) in a pdf document to Dr. Prisciandaro at priscian@musc.edu.

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