Awards and Recognition

Kaz Nelson, MDKatharine Nelson, MD has been named the 2018 Psychiatrist of the Year by the Minnesota Psychiatric Society. This is a well-deserved honor. Congratulations, Dr. Nelson!

Kelvin Lim, MD

Kelvin Lim, MD has accepted the invitation to serve on the NIMH Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC) BSC members are scientists of exceptional ability and they play a crucial role in helping the NIMH Director ensure an internal research program of the highest caliber that complements extramural research efforts.

Rana Elmaghraby, MD

First-year psychiatry resident, Dr. Rana Elmaghraby elected to the American Psychiatric Association Board of Trustees as a Resident/Fellow member. This was the result of an extensive and competitive campaign effort.The Department of Psychiatry and Minnesota will be represented at the highest level in psychiatry. This is the first time the midwest will be represented by this position.

Congratulations, Dr. Elmaghraby!

Kaz Nelson, MD

Dr. Kaz Nelson has been appointed to the position of Associate Designated Institutional Official (DIO) in the University of Minnesota Medical School GME Office. Dr. Nelson is Vice Chair for Education and Residency Program Director in the Department of Psychiatry. In her new role, she will commit a portion of her time to providing additional institutional physician leadership for our graduate medical education programs. She has particular interests in faculty development and resident & faculty well-being, and plans to devote significant energy to those areas. Dr. Nelson's new role will formally commence on April 15, 2018.  

Jerome Kroll, MD, Adjunct Professor and Madhuri Shors, MD, Adjunct Assistant Professor, both providers at the Community-University Health Care Center (CUHCC) have been chosen as Top Doctors by MN Monthly magazine 2017-2018. 

Katie Thorsness, MD, 4th year resident, was awarded the Minnesota Psychiatric Society 2017 Eric Brown, MD, Residents' Caucus Scholarship.

Dorothy Hatsukami, PhDDorothy Hatsukami, PhD received the Dean’s Distinguished Research Lectureship Award. Dr. Hatsukami delivered a presentation detailing the story of her research at the event on October 26 in the Northrup auditorium.

Hear what the Vice Dean for Research and others have to say about the 2017 Dean's Distinguished Research Lectureship Honorees: Dr. Stephen Hecht and Dr. Dorothy Hatsukami

Matthew Chaffee, PhD (Neuroscience), Katharine Nelson, MD (Psychiatry), and Michael Howell, MD (Neurology) have been awarded the 2017-2018 Innovation Award from the Office of Medical Education for their project “Longitudinally Integrated Neuroscience Curriculum-The Brain Beyond the Horizon”. This award will fund the co-development of new course content for Spring 2018 that will increase the basic science and clinical integration of teaching across MS1 and MS2. The awardees have also been invited to present their project and preliminary outcomes in a Scientific Foundations Committee meeting next fall. 

Susan Czapiewski and Katharine NelsonSusan Czapiewski, MD was recognized for her many years of service as the former Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship.

At a recent Psychiatry Training Committee meeting held at the Minneapolis VA Health Care Center, Dr. Katharine Nelson presented her with a plaque created by the University of Minnesota Graduate Medical Education office. 

Jeffrey Wozniak, PhD received a $1.7 million grant from the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Dr. Wozniak seeks to better understand how prenatal alcohol exposure changes brain networks over time in kids with FASD.

Eating Disorders Research logoScott Crow, MD, and his study team received a grant from the Klarman Foundation titled "Goal based learning and habit in Anorexia Nervosa" for a total of $551,209 across 3 years.  The study will examine the contributions of habit and reward to persistence of anorexia nervosa symptoms.

Carol Peterson, PhD, and her study team received a one-year Klarman Family Foundation Eating Disorders Research Pilot Study in the amount of $149,991 for their project titled “Investigating the Impact of Oxytocin on the Neurobiological Underpinnings of Socioemotional Deficits in Anorexia Nervosa”. Co-investigators on this project are Suma Jacob, MD, PhD, and Kathryn Cullen, MD

S. Hossein Fatemi, MD, PhD was recently awarded an one-time, $10,000 Innovation Research Grant from the Medical School. Awards were given to high risk/high reward proposals for which little or no preliminary data currently exists. It is expected that the research will be completed in less than one year. The goal of this grant program is to fund innovative proposals that need a spark to develop into a substantive new opportunity for scholarship and federal funding.

Dr. Fatemi's proposal is titled "Use of Selected Reaction Monitoring Mass Spectrometry to Identify Biomarkers in a Mouse Model of Autism and Schizophrenia".