Vol 30, No. 2   Fall 2018

A Message from the President

By Jennifer Collins

Dear NAAPA Colleagues,

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to lead a group of knowledgeable, engaged, and warm professionals. While 2018 has brought challenges to many of us, I am happy to say it has also brought me many moments of joy with family, friends and colleagues.
When I joined the organization in 2011, I could never have imagined myself in this role. Shortly after joining, Lindsey Dozanti welcomed me and posed a seemingly harmless question, “Do you know anything about websites?” With barely a nod to the affirmative, Lindsey ushered me onto the technology committee, which was the beginning of my involvement on the Board.  I’m so thankful to Lindsey, and many who have followed her, for having faith in me and mentoring me over the last few years. Being on the board has helped me develop my leadership skills as I built relationships with administrators across the country.

Dr. Faulkner used the following quote at our spring conference in Cleveland:

“I found that the men and women who got to the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had of energy, enthusiasm, and hard work”
Harry S Truman

I want to recognize the members of the board, who have done the job they had in hand with everything they had of energy, enthusiasm, and hard work.

Irma Sanchez – President Elect, Chair of the Education Committee
Marika Brigham – Immediate Past President
Carly Collins – Treasurer (& Ann Arbor host)
Cindy Smith – Secretary
Brian Donnellan – Membership Director
Lindsey Dozanti – Benchmarking Member at Large
Liz Stevenson – Education Member at Large
Josh Ryder-Miller – Information Technology Member at Large
Rebecca Schmidt – Membership Member at Large

In addition, I would like to recognize someone who may not be a member of the board, but is a valuable asset to the organization. Kim Katusha is the organization’s administrative assistant, and I very much appreciate the assistance and organization she brings to us.
If you’ve attended a NAAPA conference, you’ve benefited from the planning and effort put forth by the education committee, led by President-elect Irma Sanchez and Member at Large Liz Stevenson, our conference hosts, and the committee members, who plan the work and work the plan months ahead to ensure we have the best experience possible. I look forward to our biannual conferences as a time to acquire as much knowledge as I can into our brief two days together. I’m always amazed at the tips and shared obstacles I bring back with me to Wichita. And who doesn’t like a couple days away from the office to explore a new city?

2018 also marks the retirement of a long time member, Steve Blanchard. Steve was the unofficial NAAPA photographer, and along with his wife, attended almost every conference over the last few years. The front row at conferences will look different without Steve and his camera, and I’ll miss seeing him. Best wishes, Steve!

Looking ahead to 2019, James Rosser will host us at UCLA in April.  While the Education Committee works to finalize agenda, visit to register today and take advantage of the early bird conference registration discount.

Cheers to 2019, and may you have the energy, enthusiasm, and hard work to make it a great year.


Inside this Issue:

A Message from the President

Spring 2019 Educational Conference

Membership Updates

Highlights from the Fall 2018 Educational Conference

Upcoming Educational Conferences

2018-2019 Board Members

Academic Healthcare News



Newsletter Contributions

NAAPA News Editor
Cindy Smith, NAAPA Secetary


Spring 2019 Educational Conference
Host:  University of California – Los Angeles
Host:  James Rosser
April 10-12, 2019
Los Angeles, CA

Welcome NAAPA members to Los Angeles!

We’re excited and honored to be hosting the NAAPA 2019 Spring Educational Conference.  Enjoy your stay at the UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center located on the UCLA campus.  The Center is surrounded by iconic UCLA landmarks and just steps from the Ronald Reagan Medical Center, the Luskin Conference Center pulses with the energy of a vibrant campus community by day. By night, its accommodations offer a comfortable place to recharge, defining it as one of the premiere hotels in Westwood, plus of UCLA.
Please join us in sunny Southern California.  We are still determining the exact topics based on suggestions from our members, but hope to structure our work around the following issues of mutual interest:
  1. Population Health, structured around Behavioral Health
  2. TMS Delivery System in psychiatric population
  3. Use of Ketamine in depressed populations
  4. Military research/clinical programs
  5. Community Programs
  6. Sub-specialty clinical programs
  7. Wildly popular Take Two Sessions!  Ask Us Anything!
See you at UCLA!
Early bird discount of $25 is available to members that register for the conference through January 15, 2019.
More conference details are available on the NAAPA website:


Membership Updates

by Brian Donnellan

NAAPA Membership Update – 2018 Comings and Goings

NAAPA Membership is pleased to welcome 30 new members to the organization in 2018!  NAAPA’s sustained growth is a tribute to the value all of our members create through interactive learning with one another via conferences and Google Groups.  Our Membership Committee continues its efforts to reach out to AAMC institutions, including via Chairs of academic Psychiatry departments.  A huge thank you to John Herzke and René Morrow for their outstanding efforts to enhance our membership over the past few years.  Rebecca Schmitt and I are doing our best to continue their excellent work.  Thank you especially to members who refer colleagues to NAAPA – those efforts are greatly appreciated and are the primary reason new members join!

New Members

  • Brad McKinney, Banner University Medicine/University of Arizona
  • Janelle Robinson, University of Utah Health
  • Alicia Gacharna, UT Austin/Dell Medical School
  • Aaron Hodges, Banner University Medicine/University of Arizona
  • Cathy Stacy, UT Austin/Dell Medical School
  • Winny Mwaura, University of Maryland
  • Greg King, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Charles Myers, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center/Dartmouth College Geisel School of Medicine
  • Charlotte Flood, Oklahoma State University
  • Eva-Marie Turner, University of California, San Francisco
  • Jennifer Green, University of Southern California
  • Kristine Barazsu, University of Michigan
  • Jennifer Sullivan, University of Michigan
  • Jared Hoeft, University of Michigan
  • Ozeir Nassery, Stanford University
  • Albert Lam, Stanford University
  • Rita Cardim, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Gary Koenig, Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Natalia Quintanilla, UT Austin/Dell Medical School
  • Joshua Corbin, University of New Mexico   
  • Uche Nwaro, Rutgers
  • Jay Kaneria, Emory University
  • Brandy Hart, Loyola University
  • Michael Hagins, Loyola University
  • Michael Sedlacek, Loyola University
  • Karlina Matthews, University of North Carolina    
  • Brenda Marshall, University of Michigan
  • Steve Cohen, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Carole Farley-Toombs, University of Rochester
  • Christine Hodges, University of Colorado


  • James Landry, Tulane University
  • David Officer, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
  • John Chow, Stanford University
  • Lie Hong Tan, Stanford University
  • Andrea DeRochi, University of California, San Francisco
  • Paul Cassidy, University of California, San Francisco
  • Tina Moskow, University of Arkansas
  • Holly Wong, University of California, San Francisco
  • Leanne Martinez, University of New Mexico
  • Suzanne Morris, University of Virginia
  • Deb Tatchin, University of Michigan
  • Annemarie Lucas, University of Michigan
  • Debra Kuhn, University of Rochester

Happy Retirement!
Steve Blanchard, NAAPA member since 2001 and Administrator at the University of Iowa.  Steve is a past President of NAAPA, worked on varous committees, has been a regular attendee at NAAPA conferences, has been our conference photographer for many years.  His dedication to NAAPA , his knowledge and professional collaborative nature will be dearly missed by all.  
We wish you all the best in your retirement Steve!  

2018 Fall Educational Conference Presentations
Hosted by University of Michigan

The Fall 2018 Conference Presentations have been posted and can be downloaded in the Members Only section of the NAAPA website. Contact  for assistance.

Presentation Topics:
Newell Lecture: The Need for Behavioral Health: Collaborative Care
Gregory Dalack, MD, Professor of Psychiatry
Chair of Psychiatry
Michigan Medicine

Michigan Child Collaborative Care Program (MC3) – Meeting Needs Across the State
Anne Kramer, LMSW Program Manager
Michigan Child Collaborative Care Program
U of Michigan Dept of Psychiatry and Depression Center

Collaborative Care Business Models
Carly Collins (NAAPA Treasurer)
Chief Department Administrator
University of Michigan

Faculty Management/Managing Behavior
Dr. Bruno Giordani, PhD
Professor in Departments of Psychiatry
Neurology and Psychology
University of Michigan

Professional Behavior Competencies
Vicki Dennis (NAAPA Member)
Department Administrator
University of Texas
Southwestern Medical Center

Helping Faculty Speak About Their Passion
Kara Gavin
Research & Policy Media Relations Manager
Michigan Medicine, Department of Communications

Building a Grants Management Team
Loree O’Jack (NAAPA Member) Administrator
Psychiatry Research Administration
University of Michigan

Building a Program, Zero 2 Thrive
Dr. Mara Muzik, M.D.
Associate Professor Dr. Kate Rosenblum, PhD,
Clinical Professor Co-Directors,
Women and Infants Mental Health Program & Zero 2 Thriv

Education Conference Fall 2018

Hosted by University of Michigan

Upper Left:
– Conference NAAPA Speaker and Newell Lecturer Gregory Dalack, MD, Chair of Psychiatry, Michigan Medicine

Lower Left:
– NAAPA Conference attendees tour of The Big House 
Upper Right:
– Conference NAAPA Speaker and Host, Carly Collins, Chief Department Administrator, Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan
Lower Right:

– NAAPA Conference attendees 

Top Row: NAAPA Conference First time attendees

2nd Row L:  Conference Speaker Kara Gavin, Research & Policy Media Relations Manager, Michigan Medicine, Department of Communications
2nd Row R: NAAPA Speaker and Member, Vicki Dennis

3rd Row L:  NAAPA President Elect Irma Sanchez
3rd Row R:  NAAPA Conference Speaker
Maria Muzik, M.D. Associate Professor,
Women and Infants Mental Health Program & Zero 2 Thrive

NAAPA Conference attendees

Education Committee Updates

Greetings from the Education Committee!

We had a wonderful conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan this fall hosted by NAAPA member Carly Collins and her team at the University of Michigan!  The conference experienced a record year of attendees (42) composed of both new and current members.   If you missed it, please consider attending our next conference hosted by our colleagues at UCLA in sunny            Los Angeles, California.  And for those that did attend in this fall, we hope that we provided you with a great experience and that you want to come back!

The Education Committee strives to provide the best conference experience for all NAAPA members, so the conference surveys are important to plan future conferences.  We had 30 members return surveys this year– and nearly everyone said that they would attend another one of our conferences.  About the conference itself, this is what our members told us in the survey answers:

  • 12 attendees are interested in HOSTING a future conference
  • 8 attendees are interested in PRESENTING at a future conference

General comments:

  • Everyone has been very welcoming, good networking opportunities, learning opportunities, great location, hotel, and meeting rooms
  • Loved learning, everyone is extremely helpful, inspired to do better and be better when I return
  • Outstanding educational topics and networking opportunities
  • Surprised and extremely impressed by volume of great information, friendly and engaging collaborative spirit
  • Experience is exactly what I had hoped for when I joined NAAPA
  • Great group, great to hear from so many different departments across the country
  • Well organized and relevant, will return and recommend
  • Enjoyed group and topics discussed
  • Liked that this conference hit all three aims

Suggestions for Improvement

  • Not sure how the “buddy” system works, missed important information about agenda/schedule to help with travel
  • Promote more family fun, more likely to go if spouse wants to go
  • Early communication of content/theme/keynote speaker
  • Allow institutional registration fee rather than just on an individual basis
  • Provide live access to the lectures to people who cannot physically attend and charge a fee for each lecture reviewed
  • More email correspondence

We are listening to your comments and will try to incorporate as many of these suggestions as we can in upcoming conferences.  See you in Los Angeles!

Upcoming Educational Conferences

Just as our location changes, so do our topics! They are relevant, timely, and reflect input from our membership. Our agenda will address issues in research, the clinical enterprise, and teaching/training in addition to national healthcare trends. Come to network with your colleagues from other academic institutions in one of the world’s best cities for entertainment, good music, and great food.

View conference details –

2017-2018 Board of Directors

Board Contact Information

President: Jennifer Collins • (316) 293-3568

President-Elect: Irma Sanchez • (410) 328-6771

Immediate Past President: Marika Brigham • (352) 265-7981

Treasurer: Carly Collins* • (734) 936-8269

Secretary: Cindy Smith • (314) 362-7004

Membership Director: Brian Donnellan • (650) 723-5466

Members at Large:

Benchmarking: Lindsey Dozanti* • (216) 844-5861

Education: Liz Stevenson • (503) 494-6144

Information Technology/Webmaster: Josh Ryder-Miller* • (937) 223-8850 

Membership: Rebecca Schmitt • (617) 636-1752

Membership Development Committee
Chair, Brian Donnellan
Member, Rebecca Schmitt

Education / Professional Development Committee

Chair, Irma Sanchez
Member at Large, Liz Stevenson
Member, Carly Collins
Member, Vicki Dennis*
Member, Kim Katusha
Member, Winny Mwaura*
Member, Pratick D. Prajapati*

Strategic Planning / Benchmarking Committee
Chair, Lindsey Dozanti

Member, Geoff Erickson
Member, Betty Slavicek*
Member, Deb Tatchin
Member, Pam Wesley*

Technology Development Committee
Chair, Joshua Ryder-Miller
Member, Jennifer Collins

Finance Committee
Chair, Kelsey Montross*
Member, Suzanne Fowble
Member, Lie Hong
Member, Sammie LeClair

Newsletter Committee
Chair, Cindy Smith
Member, Steve Blanchard

*New committee members

THANK YOU to NAAPA members for participating on the Board and committees.  Your dedication and support make our organization a vibrant and fun professional organization!

Academic Healthcare News

As Psychiatry Confronts AI, Human Connection Still Prime

Published Online:13 Nov 2018

Artificial intelligence offers both promises and challenges as it becomes increasingly prevalent.

The accelerating embrace of diagnostic algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI) in psychiatry offers both promise and peril, highlighting the need for psychiatrists to stay patient focused and not let technology displace the human element.

Graphic: Tech Time

An algorithm is a set of rules or instructions given to an AI program or other machine to help it learn on its own. While all algorithms are not AI, all AI requires the use of algorithms, the primary distinction being that AI points to the ability of a system to learn in response to data. AI is what enables “machine learning”—that is, the ability of a machine to learn from experience—in contrast to simply responding to a specific, static program (Psychiatric News ).

The possibility that AI systems may someday supersede the ability of psychiatrists in diagnosis and treatment recommendations poses a real challenge to the field, remarked John Luo, M.D. Luo is a clinical professor of psychiatry and director of the psychiatry residency training program at the University of California, Riverside, and an expert in medical informatics.

“We as a field must remain advocates for our patients and maintain the human connection,” he said. “We need to embrace technology but also treat it with a critical assessment in terms of risks and benefits for our patients, just as we do with medications or psychotherapy.”

Read More:

Academic Healthcare News

Factors to Consider Before Prescribing Buprenorphine

Published Online:6 Dec 2018

Recent changes in rules regarding waivers for buprenorphine prescribing and the FDA approval of several buprenorphine formulations were among topics discussed at IPS: The Mental Health Services Conference.

Buprenorphine is one of three medications approved for the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD). A panel of experts shared important updates on this medication at IPS: The Mental Health Services Conference in October.

Photo: Petros Levounis,

Petros Levounis, M.D., noted that with the recent approvals of both one-month-long buprenorphine injections as well as six-month intramuscular buprenorphine rods, physicians now have a range of options when considering the best dosing strategy for OUD patients.

John Renner, M.D., a professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine and vice chair of APA’s Council on Addiction Psychiatry, began the session by updating the audience about the most recent changes in rules regarding waivers for buprenorphine prescribing in office-based settings.

In late 2016, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) expanded the number of patients that trained physicians may treat using buprenorphine from 30 to 100. To prescribe buprenorphine, physicians must complete eight hours of training and register with the Drug Enforcement Agency. In addition, physicians who have prescribed at their 100-patient limit for one year can apply to SAMHSA to increase their limit to 275 patients.

The passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act in 2016 expanded the types of health care professionals who are eligible to prescribe buprenorphine. Following 24 hours of training, physician assistants and nurse practitioners can also receive waivers to prescribe buprenorphine. They are capped at treating 30 patients.

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Mentorship Called Key to Bringing Diversity to Psychiatric Workforce


Published Online:29 Oct 2018
Patients who are seen by physicians who look like them may be more likely to feel understood and cared for in a manner consistent with their cultural values.

My message to black boys and girls who want to be a doctor is this: never give up, if I can do it, you can too.”

Photo: Frank Clark

Frank Clark, M.D., emphasized the importance of mentoring programs like APA’s Black Men in Psychiatry Pipeline Program, which partners with historically black colleges and universities.

Mark Moran

Frank Clark, M.D., medical director of the adult inpatient services at Greenville Health System/Marshall Pickens Hospital, in Greenville, S.C., and clinical assistant professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine-Greenville, has made it a mission to attract young people of color to medicine and psychiatry.

He is the author of the chapter “A Seat at the Psychiatric Table: Increasing the Workforce Presence of Blacks” in Black Mental Health: Patients, Providers, and Systems, newly published by APA Publishing. The book is co-edited by APA President Altha Stewart, M.D., Billy E. Jones, M.D., M.S., and Ezra Griffith, M.D.

At last month’s IPS: The Mental Health Services Conference, Clark joined Stewart, Jones, and Carl Bell, M.D., to talk about the book and about attracting minority members to medicine and psychiatry. Black Mental Health: Patients, Providers, and Systems includes 27 chapters with 48 contributors. Chapter subjects include, among others, leadership in organized medicine (by Stewart), research in the African-American community (by Bell), addiction and drug policy, mental health and African-American churches, and African Americans and the criminal justice system.

Clark, who is also the immediate past chair of the AMA Minority Affairs Section Council, emphasizes that the health disparities experienced by communities of color can hardly be addressed when black patients are so unlikely to see a physician who looks like them. “Sitting across from a provider of similar racial/ethnic background can speak volumes to the patient who is longing to be understood and cared for in a manner consistent with his or her cultural values,” he wrote.

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NAAPA Technology

by Joshua Ryder-Miller

Did you know that you can see 7+ years worth of previous conversations submitted to the NAAPA Listserv?
You can! Check out the Listserv FAQ.
Once logged in you can scroll through, search using keywords, submit a new post and even reply to existing posts in a forum style setup.  You will also see this forum achieve view embedded directly into the NAAPA homepage!  All members are still able to submit their questions and notifications to the NAAPA membership body by sending an email to to

Check out the Membership Directory on the Members Only page!  Complete with contact information and pictures, the directory is a great resource to get in direct contact with other members.

For organization information at your fingertips, go to  Find out who’s on the board, pay your membership dues, view job opportunities at member organizations, and more. Access the members only section (contact for the password) for conference handouts, conference pictures, and benchmarking information. Please note that is a new web address recently acquired for brand consistency.  You can access the site with either or

Network with other members on our private group on LinkedIn.

Do you share our passion for finding new ways for members to connect electronically? Contact Josh Ryder-Miller to participate on the Technology Development Committee.

Send questions, suggestions and ideas to

Newsletter Contributions

by Cynthia Smith

NAAPA News is published twice annually in the Spring and Fall. The goal is to provide  members with organization updates, conference information, and industry-specific articles and information. NAAPA members are encouraged to submit articles for consideration for publication in an upcoming issue.

Here are examples of potential areas of interest for articles:

  • Practical advice and thought-provoking information targeted specifically for Psychiatry Administrators;
  • Opinion pieces about issues affecting the healthcare industry;
  • Case studies that outline how you and/or your department implemented a new process or best practice;
  • Web-based resources that NAAPA members can use to gain information about a related topic;
  • Updated information on industry hot topics; 
  • Professional and leadership development information and resources.
Please submit article write-ups to

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