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   Vol 28, No. 1
Spring 2016

A Message from the President

By Janet Namini-Sabuco


Dear NAAPA Colleagues:
Over this last year I have reflected on the conversations coming through our list serv and it always strikes me as to the diversity of our worlds and the depth of appreciation we all have for each other’s advice and thoughtful insight.  We deeply depend on each other as we know gathering an outside perspective is so critical to moving our respective departments forward in the turbulent world of academic medicine.  More than ever, the importance of our subspecialty is gaining further interest and respect as psychiatric illnesses are recognized as strongly affecting the outcome of other medical conditions (~18% of the U.S. adult population suffers from some form of mental illness [National Surveys on Drug Use and Health, 2014 report]) as well as the burden and prevalence of mental illness over a person’s lifetime (see JAMA diagram #1 below


Examples of some of the trends and changes we have all encounters include:

·         A greater interest from other medical disciplines to embrace “collaborative care” models of treatment, such as embedding consult-liaison programs in medical practices or telepsychiatry services in an emergency room.

·         Increased difficulty in gaining grant awards due to changes within NIH- NIMH and constrained NIH budgets (see “Awards, Success, and Funding Rates” NIH chart #2 below).

·         Continued increased rules and oversight of our educational programs from the AC-GME such as changes to duty hour standards.

·         Increasing need for psychiatric services due to the Affordable Care Act with a constrained workforce (from 1995 over 19 years, while the population rose by 37% the number of psychiatrists rose only by 12% [US News and World Reports, 9/15 article, “Where have all of the Psychiatrist Gone”])


All of that said, we push forward.  Our group continues to grow and change as the Membership Committee has performed wonderful work to outreach to both currently represented organizations as well as other departments that haven’t had a NAAPA member for some time.  This has produced a gain of 11 new members as of April bringing the total to 117 current active members representing 86 institutions! 


I am honored that you have granted me the privilege to serve as your NAAPA President this year and am excited to work with our dedicated board members to continue to develop the organization as a helpful resource for your work. 


Together, we all make a difference in our departments and our professions, ultimately drive forward the practice of academic psychiatry. 
Warmest Regards,


JAMA diagram #1

The State of US Health, 1990-2010:  Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors

JAMA. 2013;310(6):591-606. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.13805

Number of Years Lived With Disability by Age for 20 Broad Groups of Diseases and Injuries in the United States in 2010 for Both Sexes Combined

Copyright © 2016 American Medical Association. All rights reserved.

Awards, Success and Funding Rates NIH chart #2


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Inside this Issue:

A Message from the President

Membership Updates

Fall 2016 Educational Conference

Highlights from the Spring Educational Conference

Academic Healthcare News


NAAPA Technology

Newsletter Contributions

Board Members

NAAPA News Editor: Cindy Smith, NAAPA Secretary
Membership Updates
by John Herzke

NAAPA Membership Fall Update – 2016 Comings and Goings

With half of 2016 already behind us, we have had the great pleasure of welcoming the following 13 new members to NAAPA from institutions across the country, listed below.  We also had six first-time conference attendees in St. Louis.  We would like to wish Marie Caffey (University of California, San Francisco) all the best in her retirement!  We thank her for her years of dedication and efforts on behalf of NAAPA.  We are also very grateful for Tony Bibbo’s (University of Maryland) years of service, most recently as a Board Member-at-Large on the Membership Committee.  Tony recently accepted a position outside of Psychiatry at University of Maryland, and we wish him great success.  We appreciate all those who have referred potential new members, and thanks to the Membership Committee, particularly our new Board Member-at-Large René Morrow, for your continued efforts! 

"Comings" - Welcome New Members!
  • Paul Cassidy, University of California San Francisco
  • Stephen Swider, Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals
  • Mela Fezzey, University of California Riverside
  • Max Warner, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
  • Chris Crumm, University of Minnesota
  • Diane Looney, Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital
  • Sherrie Martinez, University of California Los Angeles
  • Tina Moskow, University of Arkansas
  • Christine Fitts Spring, Dartmouth University
  • MaryEllen Bond, Baylor Scott & White Health (University of North Texas)
  • Kelsey Montross, University of Iowa
  • Jerry Elder, University of California Davis
  • Robin Roach, Duke University
  • Tony Bibbo, University of Maryland
  • Marie Caffey, University of California San Francisco
  • Rich Erin, University of Missouri
  • Narriman Shahrokh, UC Davis
  • Diana Zambrano, Duke University

Retirements - Congratulations and Best Wishes!

Narriman Shahrokh, UC Davis 

Nari has been an active member of NAAPA since 1998.  During this time, she's held many leadership positions and most recently received the President's Award for significant contributions and long term commitment to NAAPA. 

Rich Erwin, University of Missouri

Rich has been as active member of NAAPA since 1992 and is our current longest tenured NAAPA member.  Rich has been actively engaged in NAAPA during this time and notably began the website and listserv for our organization. 
Congratulations Rich and Narri on your accomplished and remarkable careers in academic psychiatry.  May you both have long and happy retirements!

With best wishes,
NAAPA members

Book Your Room Now for the 
Fall Educational Conference
Oct 19-21, 2016
San Antonio, TX

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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2016 Spring Conference Presentations

The Spring 2016 Conference Presentations have been posted and can be downloaded in the Members Only section of the NAAPA website. Contact  for assistance.

Presentation Topics:
How to Create a Child Development Center Encompassing Clinical and Research Operations and Resources
Cynthia Rogers, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Division of Child Psychiatry
Washington University in St. Louis
Establishment of a New Inpatient Psychiatric Unit at a Separate Location under the Leadership of Barnes Jewish Hospital
Melissa Harbit, M.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry 
Director of Forensic Service
Medical Director, Barnes-Jewish Hospital Psychiatric Support Center
Washington University in St. Louis
Diversity and Inclusiveness
Daniel Blash, Ph.D.
Instructor, Department of Psychiatry
Assistant Dean of Cultural Awareness and Staff Diversity
Washington University in St. Louis
Emergency Disaster Planning
Beth Ambinder, NAAPA Member
Steve Blanchard, NAAPA Member
Jim Landry, NAAPA Member

Connecting Silos with HR Analytics
Joseph Frank, Ph.D.
HR Consultant, Compensation Services, Human Resources
Washington University in St. Louis
Taylor Family Institute for Innovative Psychiatric Research - Creation & Development of Donor-Funded Research Center & Department Overview
Charles F. Zorumski, M.D.
Samuel B. Guze Professor of Psychiatry
Head of the Department
Director, Taylor Family Institute for Innovative Psychiatric Research
Washington University in St. Louis, Department of Psychiatry
The Evolution of Research Administration at Washington University in St. Louis
Denise McCartney
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Administration
Washington University in St. Louis
2016 Spring Conference Photos
Top Row:  Conference NAAPA Panel participants:  Steve Blanchard, University of Iowa, Jim Landry, Tulane University and Beth Ambinder, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

2nd Row L: Conference Speaker Cynthia Rogers, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Washington University in St. Louis.  
2nd Row R: Conference Speaker Charles Zorumski, MD, Samuel B. Guze Professor Psychiatry and Head of the Department, and Director, Taylor Family Institute for Innovative Psychiatric Research, Washington University in St. Louis, talking with Janet Namini-Sabuco, NAAPA President-elect, Northwestern University.

3rd Row L: Conference attendees in session. 
3rd Row R: Ruth Irwin, NAAPA President, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital and UCLA,
Janet Namini-Sabuco, NAAPA President-elect, Northwestern University and Beth Ambinder, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
Top Row L:  Conference Speaker Denise McCartney, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Administration, Washington University. Top Row R: Conference attendees on break.

2nd Row L: Daniel Blash, Ph.D., Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, Washington University. 2nd Row R: NAAPA members on break.

3rd Row: Naapa 2016 Board:  Back row L to R:  Peter Prevot, Tulane, Marika Brigham, University of Florida, Janet Namini-Sabuco, Northwestern University, Liz Stevenson, Oregon Health & Science University, Ruth Irwin, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital and UCLA.  Front row L to R:  LeeAnn Martinez, University of New Mexico, Jennifer Collins, KU School of Medicine, Cynthia Smith, Washington University in St. Louis, Rene Morrow, Morehouse School of Medicine.
op Row:  Conference Speaker Charles Zorumski, MD, Samuel B. Guze Professor of Psychiatry, Head of the Department and Director, Taylor Family Institute for Innovative Psychiatric Research, Washington University in St. Louis.

2nd Row L: Conference Speaker Melissa Harbit, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Director of Forensic Service and Medical Director, Barnes-Jewish Hospital Psychiatric Support Center, Washington University in St. Louis.  2nd Row R: NAAPA members, Nari Shahrokh, President's Award recipient,  UC-Davis and Ruth Irwin, Resnick Neurophychiatric Hospital and UCLA.

3rd Row L: LeeAnn Martinez, Rising Star Award recipient, University of New Mexico and Janet Namini-Sabuco, Northwestern University.  3rd Row R:  Jim Landry, Board of Directors Award recipient, Tulane University and Beth Ambinder, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Award Recipients 

The following NAAPA awards were presented at the spring conference in St. Louis:
President's Award - Awarded to a member determined to have made significant contributions and long term commitment to NAAPA

Awarded to Narriman Shahrokh, presented by Ruth Irwin

Rising Star Award - Recognition given to all new members (within the first three years of membership) who have participated in a significant way in NAAPA activities.  This could include speaking at a conference, writing an article for the newsletter, serving on a committee, or any other activity recognized by the Board as contributing to NAAPA.

Awarded to LeAnn Martinez, presented by Janet Sabuco

Awarded to Josh Ryder-Miller, presented by Janet Sabuco

Board of Directors Award - Awarded to a member who had made a significant contribution during the previous year and to the ongoing activities of the organization.

Awarded to Jim Landry, presented by Beth Ambinder

Congratulations to all Awardees!
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NAAPA Technology
by Jennifer Collins

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

Online at

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

Google Listserv
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 finding new ways for members to connect electronically? Contact Jennifer Collins to join Josh Ryder-Miller, Brian Spector and Annemarie Lucas 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
2016-2017 Board of Directors

Board Contact Information


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


President-Elect: Marika Brigham • (352) 265-7981

Immediate Past President: Ruth Irwin • (310) 794-4496

Treasurer: Peter Prevot • (504) 988-0940


Secretary: Cindy Smith • (314) 362-7004


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


Members at Large:

Benchmarking: LeeAnn Martinez • (505) 272-0529


Education: Liz Stevenson • (503) 494-6144

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


Membership: Rene Morrow • (404) 756-1449


Membership Development Committee
Chair, John Herzke
Member, Rene Morrow
Member, Melissa Sinclair

Education / Professional Development Committee
Chair, Janet Namini-Sabuco
Member at Large, Liz Stevenson
Member, Brian Spector
Member, James Landry
Technology Liaison, Joshua Ryder-Miller

Strategic Planning / Benchmarking Committee
Chair, LeeAnn Martinez
Member, Brian Donnellan

Member, Lindsey Dozanti
Member, Geoff Erickson

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

Finance Committee
Chair, Carly Collins

Member, To Be Appointed by Chair
Member, To Be Appointed by Chair

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