January 19, 2023
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MUSC Psychiatry Chair Update
Thomas W. Uhde, M.D.
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Institute of Psychiatry



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

Hollings Cancer Center
Hollings American Cancer Society Research Grant
Announcement for upcoming LOI Deadline of Friday, February 17, 2023
We are pleased to announce the upcoming release of the Spring 2023 Request for Applications for the American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant (ACS IRG).
The purpose of this award is for the Hollings Cancer Center (HCC) to provide small pilot research funding to beginning investigators who have not yet achieved independent funding at the national level. This year, we’re excited to increase the award amount to $50,000, with the goal of funding 3 awards for 2023. We anticipate that this funding increase will assist investigators in competing for peer-reviewed extramural cancer research grants more successfully.
Please expect the official RFA release in the coming weeks!

  • Must be within four years of their first independent research or faculty appointment.
  • Must not currently hold any national, non-developmental career, peer-reviewed project grant funding, with the exception of K01/K08/R00 type grants.
  • Research must take place at MUSC.
  • Must, at the time of application, have U.S. residency status or hold a visa that will allow time for full completion of the project.
  • Must have a primary academic appointment at MUSC.
  • As part of the ACS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategy, special consideration will be given to underrepresented minority investigators.
LOI Requirements
  • Note your academic title and department.
  • Preliminary title.
  • Name of collaborator(s).
  • Project Summary/Abstract - Include a description of intended project. 200-word limit.
  • List of all current, recent, and pending grant applications.
  • New Requirement: Written consent/signature from a mentor stating their commitment to assisting with the development of the proposal and possible resubmission in the case of non-funding.
  • Letter of Intent deadline is Friday, February 17, 2023
  • Full applications will be due Friday, March 24, 2023
  • For more information or questions regarding the Award or eligibility please contact Mary Shipp-Tabor (
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Dr. Dean Kilpatrick
Dr. Dean Kilpatrick was quoted in an NBC News article on the 6-year-old accused of shooting his teacher in Virginia. The article also links to our National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center. A link to the article is listed below.
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.
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Annual Combined Meeting of SC AACAP and
SC Psychiatric Association
2023 Psychiatric Update
January 27-28, 2023

In Person Conference
Hyatt Place on King Street
Charleston, SC
2023 SCPA Conference:
Current Research for Psychiatrists Treating Disorders,
Trauma & Social Determinants
The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences has multiple faculty members presenting at this conference, including:
  • Dr. Kevin Gray
  • Dr. Jennifer Jones
  • Dr. Joshua Tutek
  • Dr. Alexis Garcia
  • Dr. Thomas Lewis
  • Dr. Alyssa Rheingold

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 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.
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ANNOUNCEMENT: This Friday's meeting, Qualitative Methods, presented by Dr. Angie Moreland, has been cancelled. The D & I Research Interest Group will next meet on 2/24/23 at 1:00 pm. The topic will be Fidelity Measurement & Overview of Implementation Research & Practice journal, presented by Dr. Sonja Schoenwald. Thank you.

Contact: Rochelle F. Hanson, Ph.D., NCVC,

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 ( if you are interested in participating. All meetings will be held via Zoom.

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NOTE: Presentations will be at 1 p.m. EST, with the exception of 9/30.

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NIDA K12 Program
NIDA K12 Program
The K12 Career Development Program 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. 
Letters of Intent Due: February 1, 2023
K12 Applications Due: March 1, 2023
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.
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 & 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 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.
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.
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
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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”

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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.
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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.


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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.


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.


National Crime Victims Research & Treatment Center


Program Coordinator II (UNIV, Full-Time): The Program Coordinator II is responsible for providing technical and professional services to the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center by managing the lab of Dr. Danielson which will include both assistance and oversight of the design and delivery of federally funded research and service projects, as well as the direct involvement in research activities. The PCII will serve as the Project Coordinator (and sole research staff) for a study involving the development and evaluation of a virtual reality tool aiming to assist teens who have experienced trauma and are engaging in high-risk behavior, young adults, and clinicians. The incumbent will be responsible for: recruitment of participants in the community for focus groups, assistance with development of clinical protocol to implement alongside a virtual reality tool session and implementation of these sessions, maintaining up-to-date IRB protocols, screening participants, scheduling appointments, interviewing participants, training clinicians in the use of the tool, study inventory/ purchasing, coordination of the data safety monitoring board, data management, and preparation of reports to NIH and manuscripts for publication. 


Neuro-X Lab


Program Assistant/Research Staff (UNIV, Full-Time): This position is a program assistant role which involves direct support of the Principal Investigator and Study Coordinators in MUSC's Neuro-X Lab. Duties include assisting with the recruitment of research participants and the data collection of behavioral, physiological, and brain imaging research data. This position involves working with researchers, clinicians, and patients in the research setting, as well as administering experimental brain stimulation techniques on research participants. The incumbent will also provide clerical support to the Principal Investigator.


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. 


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. 



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


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

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