News and updates from the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
April 13, 2023
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MUSC Psychiatry Chair Update
Thomas W. Uhde, M.D.
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Institute of Psychiatry

Chair's Research Development Fund


The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is pleased to announce that it will begin accepting applications for the Spring cycle of the Chair’s Research Development Fund Pilot Grant Program(CRDF) from junior faculty members (i.e., assistant professors or below in rank) within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. The CRDF provides funding for pilot research grants to collect preliminary data designed to enhance the viability and success of independent external funding in the future. The CRDF will support a number of awards each year to be determined by available financial resources. Please note current award amount is funding up to $25,000.  Applications should be submitted through MUSC's InfoReady System ( by clicking on the announcement (title) and are due by 11:59 PM on May 15, 2022. Please see the attached document for further details. Any inquiries should be directed to Dr. Alyssa Rheingold at

High Impact Research Publications Nominations


Nominations are now being accepted for publications that have appeared in high impact journals within the last nine months on which an MUSC faculty member was the senior or last author, and for which the majority of the work was conducted while at MUSC. The honorees will be announced at the Dean’s Advisory Council, highlighted in the COM Weekly Update and other communications, and be recognized with a plaque in the Dean’s office.

Nominations, including self-nominations, are welcome from anyone in the College of Medicine. (Please note: Publications on research primarily conducted while at other institutions are not eligible.) For additional information please visit the website.

Please forward the name of the nominee and the original publication (not PubMed) for which the PI is being nominated (one nomination per PI). Although not required, you may include a brief note of support detailing why you feel the paper is particularly noteworthy, and that will be considered as well.  Articles designated “ahead of, advance access, or in press” should be held and submitted with the full publication on the next appropriate cycle.

Nominations are due April 17, 2023 - please send to Mary McConnell.

Bridge Funding Applications


A primary goal of the College of Medicine is to support and strengthen research capabilities of its’ faculty.  One mechanism utilized to facilitate this goal is the College of Medicine’s Bridge Funding program.  The purpose of this program is to support investigators with established clinical or basic research programs during periods when a competitive renewal was not funded and help them reopen funding.


Bridge-funding awards are targeted to provide interim support for research programs when a full indirect cost- bearing competitive renewal or “next stage” is not funded. Tenured and non-tenured faculty members are eligible. Examples of eligible grants include competing RO1 and NSF renewals and new RO1 resubmissions that were initiated by an RO3, R21, or K award. 


Program details and the application are posted on the College of Medicine’s website under Research located at


Applications are accepted three times per year and the deadline for the current cycle is April 17, 2023.  Please email your application to Mary McConnell.

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

EDAR Training Program


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! More details about eligibility, program structure and content, and available mentors, on our website Enhancing Diversity in Alcohol Research (EDAR) | College of Medicine | MUSC. Please also contact Dr. Julianne Flanagan (Director) or Ms. Jennifer Jarvi (Coordinator) with questions at


Applications are due July 3, 2023 and include a brief online survey, a 1-2 page statement of interest, and current CV: Click here to apply to the program

Melanie Wiley Gail
Melanie Wiley Gail, an M.D./Ph.D. candidate in the Neuroscience Graduate Program, was recently featured in the Post & Courier for her outstanding work in representing the autism community.
The article is available online and a PDF copy is attached here.
Psychological Assessment of Surgical Candidates: Evidence-Based Procedures and Practices
Drs. Wendy Balliet, D. Brian Haver, Stacey Maurer, Lillian Christon are the authors of Chapter 8: "Solid Organ Transplant" in  Psychological Assessment of Surgical Candidates: Evidence-Based Procedures and Practices. The book will be released on May 2, 2023 and can preordered here
Psychiatry Employee Recognition Program
Employee Recognition Program
Do you know an employee who has gone the extra mile recently? Nominate them for the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences' MVP Award! This award will be given quarterly to an employee nominated by their peers for going above and beyond in the workplace. For more information or to nominate an employee, please visit our Employee Recognition Page on the Horseshoe.
Departmental Events
In-person and virtual events of interest to employees in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

"Extended Release Buprenorphine:

A Expanding Treatment Option for Opioid Use Disorder"


Friday, April 14, 2023 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST | Virtual Only
Alyssa Braxton, MD, 
MUSC, Ralph H Johnson VA Medical Center


Since FDA approval in 2017, extended-release buprenorphine has rapidly expanded as a treatment option for opioid use disorder (OUD) particularly in those who have failed other treatment options. We will review the utility and challenges of treating OUD with extended-release buprenorphine including data from a cohort of patients from the Charleston VA Medical Center.


At the completion of the presentation, attendees will
  1. Review clinical indications for use of extended-release buprenorphine.
  2. Discuss common issues impacting efficacy, tolerability, and safety of extended-release buprenorphine.
  3. Learn strategies for initiating extended-release buprenorphine.


--- To join the training session ---

  1. Go to
  2. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen
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.


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Registration Now Open for the 
2023 Lowcountry Mental Health Conference!
The Lowcountry Mental Health Conference ( will take place July 26 - 28, 2023 and offers both an in-person option at the Gaillard Performance Center in downtown Charleston and a live virtual viewing option! 
Continuing Education Hours
The conference will award up to 15.25 continuing education credits for a wide variety of licensed professionals within South Carolina and across the United States.
Our Schedule
We have a great line-up of speakers and incredibly unique, important, and relevant talk topics! View a detailed schedule at

The MUSC Psychiatry Team Page for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk is officially up and running! To join the walk or donate, please visit


Date of Walk: Sunday, 10/29/2023

Location: North Charleston Riverfront Park

Check-in/Registration Time: 1:00pm

Walk Begins: 2:00pm


Interested in joining the planning committee?

The Walk Planning Committee meets on the Fourth Tuesday of the Month at 5:30pm via Zoom beginning in late Spring. If you are interested in joining the planning committee, please email Meg Wallace (

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.
SCTR’s Digital Health Solutions is available to provide consultation and mentorship to innovators and investigators in any phase, from conceptualization to dissemination. TACHL provides consultation in concept development, grant preparation, wireframing, app development and testing, research methodology, and commercialization. Schedule a consult today by emailing us at or SPARCRequest Digital Health Solutions.
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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Additional Topics:

  • Sustainability
  • Hybrid designs: Geoff Curran, Sara Landes
  • Other special topics: Sarah Helseth, Shannon Self-Brown
  • Open dates: Journal club, sharing grant ideas
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If so, you may be eligible to participate in a confidential research study being conducted at MUSC. Compensation is available to those who qualify. If interested, call (843) 792-7500 or email
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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! 
Mindfulness for Teens
Mindfulness for Teens
The Mindful Teen virtual series is a 5-week course to help teens (ages 13-17) learn the principles of mindfulness, stress-management techniques, and skills to manage difficult thoughts and emotions. Group sessions begin May 3rd and the cost is $99 (insurance not accepted).
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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!
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.
CDAP Walk-In Clinic
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”

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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.
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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.


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 Brain Stimulation Lab (BSL) in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is seeking a Psychiatrist to serve as a tenure track faculty member and the Joe Loveless Brain Stimulation Endowed Chair. The candidate will treat patients and perform translational research using brain stimulation methods and treatments. The rank and salary are dependent upon credentials.


Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Division


Open Rank (UNIV, Full-Time): Seeking a BC/BE Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist to work in collaborative care effort in the MUSC hospital system. Clinical effort will be split between Pediatric Hospital consults, providing medical support to eating disorder program, and providing outpatient effort to collaborative care efforts in primary care and school settings. Clinician will also be working closely with child fellows, general psychiatry residents, and medical students. Leadership opportunities may develop within the eating disorders program and the collaborative care program in upcoming years.


Neuro-X Lab


Research Instructor (UNIV, Full-Time): The Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences is seeking a full time faculty member at the rank of Instructor on a non-tenure track in the MUSC Neuro-X Lab, with a focus on brain stimulation and brain imaging. Applicant should have experience in functional neuroimaging, neurostimulation, concurrent stimulation with neuroimaging, and have the ability to support the principal investigator on two NIH funded projects on substance use disorder and chronic pain, as well as contribute intellectually to the Neuro-X Lab research portfolio.


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. 


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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