MUSC Psychiatry Chair Update | March 31, 2022
March 31, 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.
Hollings researcher helps to develop national smoking cessation study in cancer care settings
One in every three cancer deaths in the U.S. is linked to smoking. Tobacco use is also associated with 12 different types of cancer. The statistics are staggering and unmistakable. It’s why Graham Warren, M.D., Ph.D., is so excited about a national smoking cessation study he helped to develop for cancer care centers across the country.

Warren is a radiation oncologist at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center, the Mary Gilbreth Endowed Chair of Oncology and the vice chairman for research in the MUSC Department of Radiation Oncology. He’s also a world-renowned doctor and researcher in the growing field of looking at the correlation between tobacco use and cancer treatment outcomes.

“Smoking by cancer patients and survivors increases the risk for cancer recurrence and death,” Warren said. “Quitting smoking, even after a cancer diagnosis, can make a difference and is associated with improved survival.”

Warren worked with the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer (CoC) to develop a new program that can increase smoking cessation efforts and research in 1,500 national cancer centers. The project, titled “Just ASK,” requires cancer center staff to ask new cancer patients if they smoke and encourages them to help their patients to quit smoking.
Warren is hopeful that Just ASK can be the beginning of a similar expansion of smoking cessation services across U.S. cancer centers. “The Commission on Cancer is an ideal group to expand these efforts across most cancer centers in the United States, including community cancer centers. It is humbling to think of how many patients could be impacted by this effort.”

Warren said the tobacco treatment efforts and program at Hollings, led by Benjamin Toll, Ph.D., and Mike Cummings, Ph.D., are excellent examples for other CoC sites, emphasizing why smoking cessation efforts for cancer patients are so important.
Award Title: 1/8: INIA Stress and Chronic Alcohol Interactions: Role of Dynorphin/KOR and Oxytocin Systems in Stress-Enhanced Alcohol Drinking, Relapse, and Impaired Behavioral Flexibility
Award Amount: $452,499
Direct Costs: $300,000
Indirect Costs: $152,499
Lead PI: Becker, Howard
Sponsor: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism - NIH/NIAAA
Sponsor Award No.: 2U01AA014095-20
Award Admin Unit: Psychiatry/Addiction Sciences
Official Report Date: 2/16/2022
Award Begin Date: 2/16/2022
Award End Date: 1/31/2023
Award Title: Enhancing School-Based Violence Prevention through Multi-Level Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Intervention
Award Amount: $480,106
Direct Costs: $433,540
Indirect Costs: $46,566
Lead PI: Halliday-Boykins, Colleen
Sponsor: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities - NIH/NIMHD
Sponsor Award No.: 5R01MD013812-04
Award Admin Unit: Psychiatry/Family Services
Official Report Date: 2/1/2022
Award Begin Date: 2/1/2022
Award End Date: 1/31/2023
Dr. Wendy Balliet was quoted in The New York Times' article, Cancer Patients Are at High Risk of Depression and Suicide, Studies Find. This article highlights the need for doctors to think more about cancer patients' mental health.
Congratulations to Dr. Rochelle Hanson on receiving the South Carolina Psychological Association's Outstanding Achievement Award! Dr. Hanson was recognized for this achievement in a virtual ceremony last Friday (03/26/22).
Dr. Julianne Flanagan was awarded the 2022 SC Governor’s Young Researcher Award for Excellence in Science! This award is for an individual who has completed no more than 12 years beyond their doctoral degree and has demonstrated the potential for major contributions to their discipline. Dr. Flanagan’s research is focused on substance use disorders (SUD) and co-occurring intimate partner violence (IPV) – both chronic disorders that pose substantial burdens on our society and health care system. Her research in addiction and 
IPV has been continuously funded by the NIH, VA, and Department of Defense (DoD) for more than 10 years and she has accumulated over 100 scientific publications and even more scientific presentations. She makes all of us at MUSC and in South Carolina proud of her accomplishments and dedication to these important areas.
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.
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!

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Meeting ID: 997 686 2438

Passcode: neurosci


The Chair’s Research Development Fund (CRDF) supports several goals related to maintaining high quality research training programs. Primary goals are:

  • Increase the number of extramurally--funded junior investigators
  • Encourage integration of trainees into research projects
  • Enhance mentor-mentee collaborations within and across department divisions
  • Increase minority representation among funded junior investigators

The CRDF will support a number of awards each year to be determined by available financial resources. The maximum requested award amount will be $25,000. Most awards will be in the $10,000 – 25,000 range. 




The PI must a) have a primary faculty appointment in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the rank of Assistant Professor or below or b) be a trainee within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences with a commitment from Division/Program of faculty appointment.

Award recipients are eligible to receive only one CRDF pilot research grant; once they have received a CRDF grant, they are not eligible to apply for another.


Application Submission Dates


There are two submission dates each year as funds are available:  May 1 (with funding to begin on August 1) and November 1 (funding to begin on February 1).  Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on those dates to be eligible for review. 


Please refer to this document for more information.


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. 


Annual mandatory training for 2022 has been assigned in MyQuest. Please note that ALL MUSC employees have a requirement of 4 hours of Diversity and Inclusion training, which is self-directed. Learn more about this requirement here. The deadline for completion of all training is June 30, 2022.

As part of MUSC's ongoing commitment to leading and learning in the domains of equity and inclusion, all MUSC employees must complete 4 hours of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) training by 6/30/22. DEI credit will be given for the training sessions offered below. Registration can be completed via MyQuest.
Sexual Harassment Training
April 8, 2022
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Virtual via Microsoft Teams
In-Person Training Location TBD
This training is designed to:
  • Explain differences between sexual attraction vssexual harassment
  • Notify employers of their responsibilities and stepsthey can take to lessen their liabilities byrecognizing and preventing sexual harassment inthe workplace.
Hosted by SC Human Affairs Commission Deputy Commissioner Daniel Koon
Inaugural Summit April 7 and 8

All are invited to this first-of-its-kind event in South Carolina – the inaugural LGBTQ+ Health Equity Summit. This jam-packed virtual event is available at no charge and is an opportunity to learn from the nation’s leading experts in LGBTQ+ health care.


Subjects to be covered:

  • Health care needs of LGBTQ+ patients.
  • The intersection of race and LGBTQ+ identity.
  • Minority stress and mental health.
  • What it means to be intersex.
  • How to support the families of LGBTQ+ youth.
  • LGBTQ+ health research updates.


Attendees will leave this event with a new understanding of the unique experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals and some of the issues affecting the health of this community.

Highlights include:

  • Opening keynote address from Assistant Health Secretary Rachel Levine, M.D., U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the first transgender official confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
  • Fourteen interactive breakout sessions to choose from.
Participating experts include: Ilan Meyer, Ph.D., senior scholar for public policy at the UCLA Williams Institute; Maya Green, M.D., chief medical officer at Howard Brown Health, Chicago; Willette Burnham-Williams, Ph.D., interim chief equity officer, MUSC; Jack Turban, M.D., chief fellow in child and adolescent psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine; Tonia Poteat, Ph.D., associate professor of social medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill and core faculty member at UNC Center for Health Equity Research.
Request for Pilot Project Proposals
Focused on Sex and Gender-Related Issues in Neuroscience
In September 2018, the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Office of Research on Women’s Health renewed a 5-year award for Drs. Aimee McRae-Clark and Kathleen T. Brady, funding a research center focused on sex and gender-based multidisciplinary research at MUSC. One of the goals of the center is to catalyze women’s health-related research throughout the MUSC campus. This goal will be facilitated primarily by the support of pilot projects at MUSC.
The purpose of the Pilot Program is to provide short-term start-up funds to promising postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty (less than 5 years from post-doctoral training/terminal degree) to collect initial data for an R03, R21, or R01 submission. The project must focus on a neuroscience-related topic and explore either sex/gender differences or disorders/treatments as they uniquely relate to women. The project can be either clinical or basic science, and projects involving multidisciplinary teams and/or translational research efforts are especially encouraged.

Eligibility: Currently salaried postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty
Proposal Receipt Date: Friday, April 1, 2022, 5:00 PM
Award Notification: April 2022
Expected Funding Date: May 1, 2022
Funding Limit: $15,000 (direct costs only)
Funding Period: May 1, 2022 - April 30, 2023

To apply, please email the following documents to the SCORE Program Manager at between the dates of March 1, 2022 - April 1, 2022:

1. Submit a description (maximum of 5 pages, not including references) of your project using the following format:

     A. Statement of the Problem / Background
     B. Primary hypothesis to be tested
     C. Methods to be used
     D. Significance of the project and relationship to sex and gender research
     E. Clear description of how the pilot project will lead to extramural grant funding
2. Postdoctoral fellows must also submit a letter of support from the faculty mentor supervising the project.

3. Submit an NIH-type bio-sketch for the applicant. Postdoctoral fellows should also submit the mentor’s bio-sketch.

4. Submit a budget (using the PHS398 form) and a brief budget justification. Budgets can be no more than $15,000 andcannot provide funds for major equipment, travel, or salary support for the applicant or other faculty. Registration fee forone conference, at which the project PI will present SCOR Pilot project data, may be purchased.

5. Applicants are strongly encouraged to take advantage of assistance provided by the SCORE Biostatistical ResearchCore when preparing their application. Consults can be requested by contacting Dr. Viswanathan Ramakrishnan or 843-876-1153.

Please address inquiries to:
Amanda Wagner, MA, LPC
Program Manager

Funding for the MUSC SCORE provided by:
NIDA/ORWH: U54 DA016511 in partnership with MUSC
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Child & Adolescent Division


Open Rank/Faculty (UNIV, Full-Time): This candidate will primarily provide inpatient services to children and adolescents (6-12yo) in the Institute of Psychiatry. They will be responsible for the care of patients and the supervision of medical students, residents, and Child Fellows for one of our interdisciplinary care teams. This candidate will also have a small portion of their effort dedicated to another service that may consist of telemedicine, outpatient care, and/or residential care depending on candidates preferences and effort availability.


Open Rank/Faculty (UNIV, Full-Time): This candidate will work as a consultant and liaison for the Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital + Pearl Tourville Women’s Health Pavilion providing psychiatric consultation and care to patients in inpatient and urgent care in that facility. This candidate will also supervise and provide education to C&A Fellows and other APPs who help staff this service. This candidate will also provide supervision for general residents and fellows in the Child and Adolescent Outpatient MUSC ED Walk in Clinic, helping to establish care for families who were recently seen in the MUSC Pediatric Emergency Room.


Assistant Professor (UNIV, Full-Time): The Medical University of South Carolina's (MUSC) Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences is recruiting for clinician-educator faculty positions in downtown Charleston, SC. According to the candidate’s preferences they may be involved with clinical services across a variety of clinical settings including outpatient, day treatment, inpatient and residential programs. Direct patient encounters and tele-psychiatry services may also be included. Desire to work with medical students, residents, and child fellows preferred.


Division of Forensics


Social Worker (LISW) (MUSCP, Full-Time): The Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Division of Forensics is seeking a Social Worker to provide direct care and case management to patients in a clinic setting. Provide a wide variety of direct social worker services for a complex caseload of patients/clients including psychosocial assessment, active treatment, discharge planning, case management, and related documentation in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary forensic/and or treatment team.


National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center


Human Services Coordinator II (UNIV, Full-Time): This position will serve as an outreach clinician for our school-based programs, working with two local schools in Charleston County School District. This position will provide Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Risk Reduction through Family Therapy (RRFT) to adolescents who have experienced trauma and have related risk behaviors (e.g. risky sexual behaviors, substance use). This position will also help provide educational and resiliency programming for school staff through this project. We are looking for a master's level provider with experience in providing trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy.


Bilingual Human Services Coordinator I (UNIV, Full-Time): The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is seeking a Bilingual Human Services Coordinator I. The candidate will provide clinical case management and advocacy on a service grant for Spanish and English speaking victims of crime. The position includes comprehensive needs assessments; clinical case coordination both in person and over phone, community based clinical services, coordination of services with local agencies who serve Spanish and English speaking victims of crime, program evaluation, and administrative duties. Proficiency in Spanish (conversational and written) required.


Sleep and Anxiety Research and Treatment Program


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).


Women's Reproductive Behavioral Health Division


Assistant Professor (UNIV, Full-Time): The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at MUSC is seeking a clinical psychologist with an interest and experience in Women’s Mental Health. The candidate will work collaboratively within an integrated behavioral health program and provide evidence-based psychotherapies to pregnant and postpartum women with mental health disorders, substance use disorders, and stress-related disorders as well as therapy for women experiencing traumatic events, grief and/or perinatal loss.


Licensed Social Worker LISW-CP (MUSCP, Full-Time): The Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Women’s Reproductive Behavioral Health Division is seeking a Licensed Social Worker. The purpose of this position is to enhance an integrated behavioral health program and provide evidence-based psychotherapies to pregnant and postpartum women with mental health and substance use disorders in order to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with these conditions.


Research Staffing Needs


In order to better coordinate shared resources within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, below are postings for research personnel effort needs. Investigators: Do you have a research assistant or clerical assistant in need of partial support for a limited time? Or a project in need of assistance? Please provide a summary of need/availability, time-frame, and contact information.   


The Weight Management Center is in need of temporary, part-time research assistance on a sponsored trial for which we are increasing our enrollment. We have a very experienced study coordinator (Mary Harley), and what we are looking for is help with data entry, study product accountability, filing,  etc. We anticipate needing 10-20 hours a week of assistance for up to possibly 7 months, but are open to discussion on both the hours per week and the duration. We are looking for people who are already MUSC employees, preferably someone who has completed CITI training. If interested, please contact Mary Harley at 843-792-5428 or


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 26 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.

If you would like to submit content to include in next week's Chair Update, please submit to Dr. Jamie Fisher by 12:00 pm on Monday. Thank you.
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