MUSC Psychiatry Chair Update | June 09, 2022
June 09, 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.

This June, MUSC celebrates Pride Month with some great programming, including nationally-recognized speakers as well as members of the MUSC family, swag giveaways and of course, Wear Rainbow Day! 


Check out the full list of educational programming, celebrations, and events here. (Lunchtime educational programs will be held on Teams. Registration is required. DEI credit is available.)




June 9, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. on Teams

Power in Partnerships: How Community Connections Can Create Change for LGBTQ+ People

Meaningful and intentional partnerships between health care providers and community organizations and advocates is an important part of creating systemic change that can impact the health outcomes of LGBTQ+ individuals. Hear from LGBTQ+ community leaders, partner organizations and MUSC care team members about the needs of the community and how partnership can positively impact this important work.

Guests include:

Keona Prude, MA, PrideLink
Teresa Goodman, MS, MA, Community Initiatives
Domenico Ruggerio, MA, We Are Family
Amanda Jones, PA-C, MUSC
Dorian Ballard, MHSA, MUSC

Dr. Dean Kilpatrick has been selected as the 2022 recipient of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Career/Lifetime Achievement Award. The ABCT Awards Committee noted that they were in unanimous agreement that Dr. Kilpatrick's substantial and significant body of innovative work in traumatic stress and evidence-based CBT treatments merited this award. 
The Committee also reflected on the impressive impact of his work on victims through the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, and the dissemination of evidence-based treatments through the hundreds of interns he has trained within the Charleston Consortium. Congratulations on this well-deserved honor, Dr. Kilpatrick!

Dr. Abby Mulay (Community and Public Safety Psychiatry Division) has been elected to serve as a Representative-at-Large for the Society of Personality Assessment (SPA) and begins her term January 2023!
Dr. Regan Stewart was awarded the 2022 Innovative Changemaker Award from the National Children’s Alliance. This award recognizes an individual who has utilized groundbreaking strategies to improve mental health programs, public awareness, or child advocacy, thereby empowering others to better serve children and communities.
Dr. Stewart was also recently selected as a member of the American Telemedicine Association’s Telemental Health SIG Executive Committee. She will serve a 2-year term in this position.
Congratulations to Drs. Kevin Gray and Sudie Back on receiving the ARROWS Advancement of Women Faculty Award! The purpose of this award is to recognize MUSC faculty members who best demonstrate excellence in their commitment to the advancement and promotion of women faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina. Drs. Gray and Back received their awards during a ceremony held on Tuesday, June 7, 2022.
#WearOrange Gun Violence Prevention Event at MUSC
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

2021-2022 GRAND ROUNDS

CPT Web2.0, the NCVC-sponsored online course that teaches Cognitive Processing Therapy, an evidence-based treatment for PTSD and related disorders, has been shared with numerous mental health professionals in Ukraine and Poland (where many Ukrainian refugees have settled). Free access to the course has been shared with over 150 providers in those countries who have been participating in a brief training with Dr. Patricia Resick, the founding developer of Cognitive Processing Therapy. While it's very sad that war has increased the regional need for this training, it is gratifying to know that our Department's educational offerings may be involved in easing the suffering of individuals who have been affected. 

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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 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty (less than 5 years from post-doctoral training/terminal degree) to collect initial data for an F, K, or R series 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, June 17, 2022, 5:00 PM
Award Notification: July 2022
Expected Funding Date: August 1, 2022
Funding Limit: $30,000 (direct costs only)
Funding Period: August, 2022 – July, 2023

To apply, please email the following documents to the SCORE Program Manager at between the dates of May 16, 2022 – June 17, 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 and graduate students 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 $30,000 and cannot provide funds for major equipment, travel, or salary support for the applicant or other faculty. Registration fee for one conference, at which the project PI will present SCORE Pilot project data, may be purchased.
5. Applicants are strongly encouraged to take advantage of assistance provided by the SCORE Biostatistical Research Core when preparing their application. Consults can be requested by contacting Dr. Viswanathan Ramakrishnan at 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


Applications are currently being accepted for the next cohort of the Enhancing Diversity in Alcohol Research (EDAR) training program! This two-year, fully virtual, NIAAA-sponsored training program is open to psychology doctoral trainees from underrepresented backgrounds (per NIH NOT-OD-20-031). No prior alcohol research experience is required.

For more information about eligibility, program content, and available mentors, see our EDAR Program Brochure. Please contact Dr. Julianne Flanagan (Director) or Ms. Jocelyn Reddix (Coordinator) with any questions.


Applications are due July 11, 2022 and include a brief online survey, a 1-2 page statement of interest, and CV: Click here to apply to EDAR 


***Attention Faculty: Please contact us if you are interested in becoming an EDAR mentor!***

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. 


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


Forensic Psychiatry Program


Licensed Social Worker (LISW) (MUSCP, Full-Time): The candidate will 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.


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, Full-Time): The Medical University of South Carolina’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is actively recruiting for a General Psychiatrist to provide services in our Emergency Department (ED). We are seeking candidates with training from an accredited psychiatry program and board certification/eligibility in Psychiatry. Candidate will provide coverage in the Adult Intensive Day Treatment Program. Duties include consults, managing boarding patients and residents, and APP supervision. Call/Rounds one weekend per month.


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. 


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.


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 (CPCS will be moving to 51 Bee Street on July 11, 2022). 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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