National Association of Academic Psychiatric Administrators
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Vol 27, No. 3
Spring 2015

A Message from the President

By Ruth Irwin

Glory Novak

Dear NAAPA Colleagues:
Happy anniversary!  This year marks the 30th anniversary of our organization.  During our spring conference, we had the opportunity to reflect back on some of the challenges within academic psychiatry that our organization has been faced with over the past thirty years.  How exciting it was to see how together, we embraced these challenges and made a difference!  We also reminisced about how our organization has grown!  Formally known as AAP, Administrators in Academic Psychiatry, we are now known as NAAPA, the National Association for Academic Psychiatry Administrators.  NAAPA reflects the presence we now represent across the country.  Under our Membership Chair, John Herzke, and his committee, we have grown to 106 members representing 83 institutions throughout the nation. 
We are faced with growth and a velocity of change within healthcare like never before.  Yet, as we continue to face new challenges and opportunities, we band together, sharing best practices and new program developments in order to support and further develop academic psychiatry across the county.  I have had the opportunity to review newsletters from the past 30 years, and I am in awe of our colleagues and the breadth and depth of knowledge shared over the years.  Our members have been recognized nationally, have published books and articles, and have been invited to present at educational conferences.  Over the years, our organization has addressed governmental and regulatory changes, as well as other changes that have impacted academic psychiatry departments.  We have been educated and inspired to embrace the opportunities ahead within our schools and departments.  We have weathered implementation of electronic health records, new compliance regulations, and for many of us, changes in our roles throughout the years.  We have long recognized and worked towards removing barriers and allowing for integrated behavioral health care.
I am honored to serve as President of NAAPA this year and am excited to carry on the vision inspired by so many others throughout the years.  We honor the lessons shared and learned throughout the history of our collaborative efforts while we remain forward thinking, and focused on, our organization’s growth and goals for the future.  I am proud to have the opportunity to work with our talented board members and truly challenge everyone to get involved.  There are opportunities to serve on committees, to contribute to future newsletters, and to attend our bi-annual educational conferences.  Together, we make a difference in supporting the mission and vision of our departments and ultimately meeting the needs of our patients and families by improving the patient experience!
I look forward to seeing everyone in New Orleans this fall!
Best Regards,



Inside this Issue

A Message from the President

Membership Updates

Save the Date for the Fall 2015 Educational Conference

Highlights from the Spring 2015 Educational Conference

NAAPA Technology

Board Members
2015 Membership Spring Updates:
Comings and Goings
by John Herzke

2015 is off to a strong start for NAAPA in its special anniversary year with eleven new members joining representing nine institutions.  We hope you are enjoying the benefits of NAAPA membership and taking advantage of the numerous resources available to you.  Thank you to all who have worked to share their positive experiences with NAAPA to all potential new members, particularly those serving with me on the Membership Committee, Tony Bibbo and Melissa Sinclair – your efforts are so greatly appreciated!  Also, as a gentle reminder to everyone, please be sure to pay your 2015 dues invoice if you have not already done so – thank you!.

Welcome New Members!

  • Mark Denys, Temple University
  • Trevor Forde, George Washington University
  • Samantha LeClair, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Monique Lopez, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio
  • Annette Lovato, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Josh Ryder-Miller, Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine
  • Adrien Saks, George Washington University
  • Irma Sanchez, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio
  • Connie Smith, Rush University Medical Center
  • Jeanice Tao, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Marie Webber, University of California San Diego Health System
Member “Goings”
  • Joy Royston, University of Nevada
  • Debbie Pearlman (Retiring), Yale School of Medicine

Congratulations to Deb Pearlman on her retirement from Yale! NAAPA member, Brian Spector, currently the Psychiatry Administrator at Duke, will assume the position at Yale effective July 27.

Book Your Room Now for the
Fall Educational Conference
October 12 & 13, 2015
New Orleans, LA

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.

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Spring 2015 Educational Conference Highlights
Portland, Oregon

By Beth Ambinder

Since the handouts for the spring conference are available online, I will provide only brief summaries of a representative sample of the talks, all of which were highly informative.

The first morning focused on adolescent psychiatry with talks by the division director and researcher regarding the challenges of providing these services with limited providers and the interest generated by the field in the research area.

“Innovations in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry coverage – how to spread three doctors over 4.5 million people in a state as large as Germany”
Ajit Jetmalani, MD
Division Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
National Consortium on Alcohol and Neurodevelopment in Psychiatry 
Bonnie Nagel, PhD
Associate Professor, Division of Psychiatry
The Adolescent Brain – What is adolescence?
Adolescence is defined as the period between childhood and adulthood when the brain is actively developing.  The period may actually extend beyond the teen years.  During this period there is an increased vulnerability to mental health issues.

The development of the brain during this period is of interest for study as it offers a unique developmental model during a critical developmental period.
There are a number of changes that occur during adolescence primarily related to cognition. Developmental areas that increase with age include:
  • Ability to problem solve
  • Ability to multi-task necessary for activities such as driving a car
  • Ability to initiate an activity an activity and exercise judgment
  • Increased cognition and capacity to control emotions
  • Accuracy and speed of responding
  • Planning and ability to understand long term consequences of decisions
  • Social awareness and ability to appreciate perspectives
 Read the full story 
NAAPA Conference Attendees with 30th Anniversary Cake

30 Years!

Top Row:  Conference Speaker Bonnie Nagel, PhD, Associate Professor, Division of Psychology at Oregon Health and Science University

2nd Row L: Conference Speakers John Betlinski, MD, Associate Professor of Public Psychiatry and Mark Lovgren, Telehealth Services Director at Oregon Health and Science University talking to NAAPA member, LeeAnn Martinez, Department Administrator at University of New Mexico. 2nd Row R: Conference Speaker R. Kevin Grigsby, MSW, DSW, AAMC Senior Director of Member Organizational Development

3rd Row: NAAPA members and guests socializing at the Networking Dinner
Top Row L: NAAPA member, Janet Namini, Administrator at Northwestern, speaking with conference presenter Kevin Grigsby. Top Row R NAAPA members, Jeff Charlson, Administrator at University of Wisconsin and Jim Myers, Administrator at Children's Hospital Colorado
2nd Row: Conference Speaker, Charlie Resare, Policy and Financial Compliance Manager, Research Grants & Contracts at OHSU

3rd Row L:  Mark Kinzie, MD, PhD, Training Director, Department of Psychiatry at OHSU. 3rd Row R: George Keepers, MD, Carruthers Chair in Psychiatry at OHSU

Top Row L: NAAPA member and conference speaker, Liz Stevenson, Administrator at OHSU. Top Row R NAAPA member, Brian Spector, Vice Chair for Administration at Duke.
2nd Row L: Lindsey Dozanti, recipient of the President's Award and Jim Myers, recipient of the Board of Directors Award; Not pictured: Jennifer Collins, recipient of the Rising Star Award.  2nd Row R: NAAPA member, Pam Wesley, Administrator at Vanderbilt.

3rd Row :  NAAPA Past Presidents, Steve Blanchard, Lindsey Dozanti, Beth Ambinder, and Steve Landry.
NAAPA Technology
by Jennifer Collins

Stay up to date with the latest happenings of NAAPA on one of our many media platforms. 

Online at
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

Google Listserv
Looking Looking for best practices?  Connect with NAAPA members instantaneously by posting a message on the NAAPA Listserv by sending an email to
If you wish to peruse past discussions or change any of your settings, follow these instructions to set up a google account under your work email.

Account Setup
1) Go to, and sign in (upper right) using your WORK email address. You may have to log out of your personal google/gmail account first.  You may need to create an account, or reset your password.
2) Once you have successfully logged in with your WORK email address, go to to administer your account. 

Network with other members on our private group on LinkedIn.

Do you share our passion for all things technological? Contact Jennifer Collins to join Brian Spector (Duke University) and Annemarie Lucas (University of Michigan) on the Technology Development Committee.

Send questions, suggestions and ideas to

2015-2016 Board of Directors

Board Contact Information

President: Ruth Irwin • (310) 794-4496


President-Elect: Janet Namini • (312) 695-2195


Immediate Past President: Elizabeth Ambinder • (410) 955-5129


Treasurer: Peter Prevot • (504) 988-0940


Secretary: René Morrow • (404) 756-1449


Membership Director: John Herzke • (443) 287-6863


Members at Large:

Benchmarking: Jeff Charlson • (608) 262-0935


Education: Pam Wesley (615) 936-5693


Information Technology/Webmaster: Jennifer Collins • (316) 293-3568


Membership: Tony Bibbo • (410) 328-6771


Standing Committees:

Membership Development Committee
Chair, John Herzke
Member, Tony Bibbo
Member, Melissa Sinclair


Education / Professional Development Committee
Chair, Ruth Irwin
Member at Large, Pam Wesley
Member, Brian Spector
Chicago Liaison, Janet Namini
Chicago Liaison, Paul Sewing
Technology Liaison, Joshua Ryder-Miller


Strategic Planning / Benchmarking Committee
Chair, Jeff Charlson
Member, Lindsey Dozanti
Member, To Be Appointed by Chair


Technology Development Committee
Chair, Jennifer Collins
Member, Brian Spector
Member, Annemarie Lucas
Member, Joshua Ryder-Miller

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