News and updates from the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
February 16, 2023
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MUSC Psychiatry Chair Update
Thomas W. Uhde, M.D.
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Institute of Psychiatry
Black History Month

As our nation celebrates Black History Month, MUSC joins in this celebration of culture, tradition, contributions and much more. An array of programs has been planned, and events will be held virtually, in person and in the regions where you are located. Please visit the MUSC Black History Month website for details.

Call for Nominations: 2023 Faculty Awards

We are thrilled to announce the opening of the 2023 Faculty Awards nomination and review process.


This is an opportunity for us to celebrate and recognize the exceptional contributions made by our talented faculty. These awards are a testament to their hard work, dedication, and commitment to providing an outstanding educational experience for all our students.


We invite you to nominate faculty who have positively impacted our mission to provide an interprofessional environment for learning, discovery, and healing through the education of healthcare professionals and biomedical scientists, research in the health sciences, and the provision of comprehensive healthcare. Individuals who have gone above and beyond to support the growth and success of MUSC.


Nominations will be accepted for the following categories:

  • Developing Scholar
  • Distinguished Faculty Service
  • Outstanding Clinician
  • Peggy Schachte Research Mentor
  • Population Health
  • Teaching Excellence, in the categories of:
    • Developing Teacher
    • Educator Lecturer
    • Educator Mentor, Academic/Scholarship
    • Educator Mentor, Clinical/Professional


For further information on the eligibility, the nomination process, a list of past recipients, and how to nominate faculty, please visit the Faculty Awards page:


This is your chance to show appreciation and gratitude for the faculty who make a difference every day. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity and nominate those who significantly impact the lives they touch. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, March 1, 2023.


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch with Mack Altman at


We look forward to receiving your nominations and celebrating the achievements of our exceptional faculty at the 2023 James W. Colbert Lectureship & Faculty Awards & Recognition Ceremony on Tuesday, August 15, 2023.
Hollings Cancer Center
Request for Applications (RFA) for Development
of American Cancer Society Research Grant
The Medical University of South Carolina/Hollings Cancer Center (HCC) is a recipient of the American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant (ACS IRG). The ACS IRG is an institutional award that enables the HCC to provide small pilot research funding to beginning investigators who have not yet achieved independent funding at the national level. Since 2003, over 100 awards have been made, and the goal for applications received is to likely fund 3 awards for 2023. Awards will be up to $50,000 each and upon competitive review can be renewed for a second year.

The Principal Investigator of the ACS IRG award is Denis C. Guttridge, Ph.D. The review of applications and allocation of awards will be managed through the HCC using a peer-review process. The award is exempt from indirect costs, so all funds are used for cancer research as direct costs. IRB and/or IACUC approvals must be sent to HCC Administration before any funding will be released. If approvals are not applicable, an exemption letter will be required.

The HCC collaborates with the local ACS to promote ACS research opportunities and to disseminate information about research findings and benefits to public and professional groups. To learn more about the ACS IRG and other ACS research opportunities, visit the ACS website at

  • Must be within four years of their first independent research or faculty appointment.(Although applicants may apply for multiple awards, a grantee may not be the principal investigator on more than one ACS Grant at any time.)
  • Must not currently hold any national, non-developmental career, peer-reviewed project grant funding [e.g., R01, R03, R21, national ACS award, national DOD award]. Exceptions will be made for faculty members who hold national peer-reviewed grants in a non-cancer related area. Individuals with career development awards (NIH K, R00 awards and other career development awards from national foundations) are eligible.
  • 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. 
  • 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 ACS IRG Award, eligibility, or the application process, please contact Mary Shipp-Tabor (
Hollings Cancer Center

EDAR Program Call for Mentors


The NIAAA-sponsored Enhancing Diversity in Alcohol Research (EDAR) program is seeking new faculty members to join our Mentoring Team. EDAR is a fully virtual, two-year program for advanced psychology trainees with underrepresented minority identities. The objective of the program is to facilitate new or enhanced alcohol research involvement during the transitions through APA-required internship and postdoctoral fellowship/faculty applications. 


Faculty at the advanced Assistant Professor (or equivalent) level or higher, as well as early and mid-career K awardees, and senior alcohol researchers are encouraged to consider joining! Faculty from various disciplines and psychology specialty areas are welcome. The new training year will begin in August 2023, and a stipend is provided to compensate faculty mentors for their time and effort. Please visit our EDAR program website for additional details.


Joining the Mentoring Team does not guarantee or obligate faculty to a mentee assignment. Applicants are invited to identify several preferred mentors, and our team then matches selected trainees with mentors following confirmation of faculty availability.


Please do not hesitate to reach out backchannel ( for additional information. We are enormously grateful to our current mentors, and look forward to working with new colleagues in upcoming years of the program!




The EDAR Leadership Team at MUSC: Drs. Julianne Flanagan, Sudie Back, and Liz Santa Ana

MUSC High School Teen Science Ambassador Program

Dr. Lindsay Squeglia, Ren Rountree, and Alicia Parson proudly announce we are open to recruitment for the MUSC High School Teen Science Ambassador Fall 2023 program. We are recruiting Charleston county rising Juniors who self-identify as a person from an underrepresented population in STEM (please check out the flyer and website for full eligibility). The application window will close on March 31, 2023


For more information, please contact Ren Rountree at

MUSC 5th Annual Septima P. Clark Poetry Contest
SPC Poetry Contest

Calling all SC poets!! MUSC is hosting the 5th Annual Septima P. Clark Poetry Contest, open to all SC K-12 students.


The suggested theme for this year’s poems is "Unity in the Community: A World United."


This year’s theme invites student poets to think of themselves not only as individuals, but also as members of larger communities that share common experiences, values, goals, and responsibilities.  Contest organizers hope to highlight the strength of unified communities where individuals are stronger together than they would be alone. They look forward to reading the students' poems about all of the ways, large and small, that youth in the state are connected with others in our various communities.


Students might consider questions like: 

  • What makes you proud about your community, and how do you make your community proud? 
  • Have you lived and learned in the same community your entire life, or has your community grown with your location and other life experiences? 
  • What brings your community together as a whole, and how can communities work together despite their differences? 
  • What can you do or say to unify your community at the local or global level?
Meg Wallace
The MUSC Catalyst recently published an article about the annual American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Charleston Area Out of the Darkness Walk. Meg Wallace, Associate Director for Clinical Operations for the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC), serves as team captain for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences team. Meg was interviewed by The Catalyst regarding AFSP's work and MUSC's participation in support of this event. The article is linked below.
Recent Publication

Lesher, A., McDuffie, L., Smith, T., Foster, A., Ruggiero, K., Barroso, J., & Gavrilova, Y. (in press). Optimizing an outpatient mHealth intervention for children with burns: A convergent mixed methods study. Journal of Burn Care and Research. 

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.
Departmental Events
In-person and virtual events of interest to employees in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Living Your Best Work Life

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.


Learn More | Register via OurDay

Grand Rounds, Feb 17, 2023
SC Society for Clinical Social Work 2023 Annual Conference
Please Join Us Thursday,
February 23rd!
Data Driven Care In Adolescent
Residential Treatment
Dr. Christopher Cutter, Turnbridge Chief of Adolescent Psychology, and Assistant Professor at the Yale Child Study Center discusses the current challenges to young adult mental health and how behavioral metrics are informing research to improve outcomes and contribute to the mental healthcare evidence base. This presentation discusses the purposes and benefits of utilizing psychometric analytics in behavioral healthcare practice to treat clients experiencing substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. 
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identifying primary obstacles facing residential care tor dual diagnosis adolescent patients
  2. Learning evidence-based and best-practices to inform adolescent residential treatment
  3. Reviewing the recent treatment literature of evidence-based and complimentary and integrative approaches to dual diagnosis care
Thursday, February 23rd from 12­:00 PM–3:00 PM 
12­:00–1:00 PM: Lunch 
1­:00–2:00 PM: Presentation 
2­:00–3:00 PM: Q&A
The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)
67 President Street
First Floor Auditorium
Charleston, SC 29425
Dr. Christopher J. Cutter
Christopher J. Cutter, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Yale School of Medicine & Chief of Adolescent Psychology, Turnbridge Adolescent Treatment Programs
Please email Grier McLaurin at to confirm your attendance.
Turnbridge is the nation’s preeminent mental health and substance use disorder treatment provider for young adults and adolescents. Distinguished by a fully integrated care model that addresses every aspect of client life, phased programming, gradual exposure to real-world triggers, extensive parent support and education, and the collection and use of behavioral metrics to verify self-reported progress, Turnbridge is designed to help young people Build a Life Worth Protecting.
Turnbridge is in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield, Optum, and out-of-network with all other commercial insurance.
Fifth Virtual National Town Hall
Sponsored by the National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center

"Hate-motivated Mass Violence Crimes:
Addressing Victim, Survivor & Community Impact"
Join us for this free National Town Hall webinar on
Thursday, February 23, 2023
3:00 pm to 4:30 P.M. EST
Join the National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center (NMVVRC) for a timely discussion on "Hate-motivated mass violence crimes: Addressing victim, survivor & community impact."

At the conclusion of the National Town Hall, participants will be able to:
  • Identify the scope and prevalence of mass violence crimes motivated by hate.
  • Describe the individual and collective impact of hate-motivated mass violence crimes.
  • Identify effective strategies and skills to address community impact and build resilience.
  • Identify effective strategies and skills for victim/survivor assistance and services.
Town Hall Presenters: Eugenia Pedley, Dr. Alyssa Rheingold, Maggie Feinstein, Dr. Puni Kalra, Dr. D. Frederica Brooks-Davis, Navdeep "Navi" Gill, and Anne Seymour. Please see the attached document for more information. 
Information about the NMVVRC National Town Hall Series

The quarterly National Town Halls sponsored by the NMVVRC, with support from the Office for Victims of Crime, provide the best, evidence-based mass violence readiness, response and resiliency/recovery resources and practices for:
  • Mass violence victims and survivors
  • Victim/ survivor assistance professionals
  • Mental and behavioral health professionals
  • Law enforcement and criminal justice officials
  • Allied professionals
Our goal is to establish an ongoing exchange of ideas about best practices, “lessons learned,” and experiences that can improve a community's coordinated response to mass violence incidents. To view the information shared in our prior Town Halls, please click here for Town Hall #1, click here for Town Hall #2, click here for Town Hall #3, and click here for Town Hall #4.
NIH Repays your Student Loans
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.
COPE Study
CBD Research Study
Mouse Behavioral Phenotyping Core
Please contact Dr. Rachel Penrod-Martin with any questions
Youth Collaborative
BEST Trial

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.

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

Zoom Link:


Meeting ID: 297 554 9831

Passcode: 380351

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+19292056099,,2975549831#,,,,*380351# US (New York)

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Additional Topics:

  • Sustainability
  • Hybrid designs: Geoff Curran, Sara Landes
  • Other special topics: Sarah Helseth, Shannon Self-Brown
  • Open dates: Journal club, sharing grant ideas
Do you have
and use CANNABIS?
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
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IRB Number: Pro00112593
Date Approved 07/08/2022
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Smoking cessation flyer
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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Fentanyl Overdose Infographic




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
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.


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. 


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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