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The GAP Fellowship

The GAP Fellowship is a two-year experience during which the Fellow attends four semi-annual meetings and works with a GAP committee on its current project. The Fellow has the opportunity to meet and work collaboratively with some of the leading psychiatrists in North America and to develop a relationship with other outstanding residents.

2012-13 GAP Fellows

 

Nicolas Badre

Nicolas Badre

Nicolas, or "Nico" to his close friends, is UC San Diego's French resident. After leaving France to pursue a career in euroscience, he fell in love with caring for mental illness. He has performed research from bench work neurophysiology on drosophila to clinical studies on Alzheimer vaccines. Once having graduated from the University of Kentucky's, he pursued his dream of working with Dr. Jeste in the field geriatric psychiatry, at UC San Diego. Now he spends his time
between residency, playing on the beach with his wife and dog, as well as a little research and community outreach here and there.

Gap Committee: Committee on Psychopharmacology

Venkataramana (Venkat)  Bhat

Venkataramana (Venkat) Bhat

Dr. Bhat is a third year psychiatry resident at McGill University in Montreal. He is interested in interdisciplinary approaches to understanding the problems of the mind, as it entails a synthesis of different perspectives from the sciences, arts and humanities. He has worked on several interdisciplinary research projects including DSM-5, neuroscience, cultural psychiatry, and epidemiology. He is currently a fellow in the Social Aetiology of Mental  Illness (SAMI) Training Program and PRITE Fellow for the American College of Psychiatrists.

GAP Committee: Committee on Psychopathology

Theresa Clemmons

Theresa Clemmons

Originally from Seattle, WA, Theresa Clemmons has had the opportunity to study at the University of Hawaii, Pacific Lutheran University, and Des Moines University during her academic years. She is currently enjoying her second-year of residency at the University of Iowa. Her initial interests included geriatric and consult-liaison psychiatry; however, her current focus is on emergency department psychiatry (otherwise known as "crisis psychiatry.") This combines elements of CL psychiatry with acute psychiatric syndromes; additionally, in Iowa, it provides adequate exposure to the aging population with psychiatric, neurologic, and medical co-morbidities. Other interests include major league baseball, college football, road trips, gardens, regional specialty foods, and acrylic design. Current projects include a literature review of culturally distinct psychiatric disorders, improvement of resident education for inpatient and emergency psychiatry, and a rough collection of babblings discussing acute psychiatric syndromes. She is looking forward to collaborating with members of the psychiatric community as a GAP fellow.

GAP Committee: Committee on Aging

David Freeman

David Freeman

As a PGY-3 resident and junior chief at the VCUHS Psychiatry Department, David Freeman spends his days at the hospital, thankful for the education from ETSU Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City, TN. When he is not at the clinic in downtown Richmond, VA, you might find him illustrating, reading, at the movie theater, or with his lovely wife, preparing their home for a little boy, due in February 2013!

GAP Committee: Committee on Religion

Yael Holoshitz

Yael Holoshitz

Yael Holoshitz is a third year resident in psychiatry at New York Presbyterian-Columbia/New York State Psychiatric Institute. She attended the University of Michigan, where she majored in English Literature and Molecular Biology.  She then moved to New York and earned her MD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. There, she was active in humanities in medicine initiatives and served as editor of the school's literary arts journal for two years. She has also been involved in longitudinal research endeavors assessing susceptibility to PTSD in combat soldiers. Her clinical interests include psychodynamic psychotherapy and consultation-liaison psychiatry. 

GAP Committee: Committee on Mental Health Services

Sarah Lytle

Sarah Lytle

Sarah Lytle, MD, MS - Dr. Lytle completed medical school and adult psychiatry training at University Hospital Case Medical Center. She is currently a first year fellow in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the same institution. She has contributed to academic writing in the areas of immigration, ethical concerns in repetitive foreign body ingestion, treatment of bipolar disorder in lactation during adolescence, and HIV in children, adolescents and families. Areas of interest include children and adolescents, women's health and medical education.

GAP Committee: Committee on Adolescence

Alastair McKean

Alastair McKean

Dr. Alastair McKean is fourth year psychiatry resident at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota where he is presently serving as Chief Resident. He received his B.Sc. in Biochemistry from the University of Alberta, M.A. in Theology from University of Oxford and his M.D. from Loma Linda University. Upon completion of residency he will be entering into a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Mayo Clinic.

Alastair's research and clinical interests are focused on suicidology, mood disorders and substance use disorders. He is active in medical student education and has recently been involved in revising the didactics for the psychiatry clerkship experience.

GAP Committee: Committee on Addictions

Sarah Roff

Sarah Roff

Sarah Roff is a psychiatry resident at the University of Washington Medical Center-Seattle. She was an undergraduate at Yale University and holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from Johns Hopkins. She worked as an assistant professor of German literature at Princeton University before deciding to go to medical school at Oregon Health Sciences University. She is interested in community, forensic and cross-cultural psychiatry and is currently working on an ethnographic study of gender and self-harm in the Washington Department of Corrections.

GAP Committee: Committee on Psychiatry and the Law

Freda Sakman

Ferda Sakman

Ferda Sakman received her medical degree in Turkey at Hacettepe University School of Medicine and is currently a 3rd year adult psychiatry resident at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts and a fellow in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. She is especially interested in the multitude of approaches to understanding the dynamics of the mind and the unconscious, including (neuro)psychoanalysis, hypnosis, and Eastern philosophies.

GAP Committee: Committee on Psychotherapy

Sassno-Higgins

Sean Sassano-Higgins

Dr. Sassano-Higgins began his postgraduate training as a pediatric intern at the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. He quickly recognized his desire to work more closely with the psychiatric issues pertinent to his patients, leading to his entry into a psychiatry residency program at the University of Southern California following completion of internship. Dr. Sassano-Higgins' academic interests include psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, medical education, and meta-analysis. He has published manuscripts in the fields of immunology, neonatal intensive care, and learning and behavior, and taught courses in psychology, sociology, research methodology, and statistics at the undergraduate and graduate level.

GAP Committee: Committee on Work and Organizations

Anup Sharma

Anup Sharma

Anup Sharma graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999, earning a B.A. in Biochemistry and a M.S. in Chemistry as part of the Vagelos Scholars program in the Molecular Life Sciences. Here, he trained in several basic science laboratories spanning multiple disciplines. His research contributed to several exciting discoveries including the identification of over ninety microRNAs. Subsequently, he completed his M.D. and PhD in Neuroscience. His research led to the identification of a potential cell death mechanism spanning multiple neurodegenerative diseases. Currently, he is a resident in Psychiatry and a part of the Clinical Research Scholars Program at Upenn. He is interested in understanding the therapeutic potential of mind-body practices in preventing and alleviating mental illness. His outside interests includes non-profit community service in the city of Philadelphia, Hindustani Classical music and Global health.

GAP Committee: Committee on Research

Heather Speller

Heather Speller

Heather Speller, MD, MHS, is originally from Belmont, MA. She obtained a BA in Psychology from Boston College, and completed her medical studies at the Yale School of Medicine. While at Yale, she developed an interest in physician mental health, and spent a 5th year as a Doris Duke Research Fellow, conducting a qualitative research study on intern well being. She is currently a 3rd year resident in the MGH/McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency Program. Her primary interests are in medical education, and include: simulation-based education, psychiatric interviewing skills, residents-as-teachers, feedback and supervision, duty hours, curriculum design, and medical education research. Her clinical interests include inpatient and emergency psychiatry, psychotic disorders, and group psychotherapy. She lives in Boston with her husband, who is a neurosurgical resident.

GAP Committee: Committee on Medical Education

Adam Stern

Adam Stern

I was born and raised in Roslyn, New York. I went to Brown University for my undergraduate education where I earned a bachelor of science degree in psychology and worked at Butler Hospital doing research in body dysmorphic disorder. I continued on to SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY where I took a research interest in functional neuro-imaging and psychiatric disorders stemming from velo-cardio-facial syndrome. My interests outside of psychiatry include fiction writing and keeping up with news in business, politics, sports, and pop culture. During medical school I spent a great deal of time contributing to the medical humanities which explores the potential for interactions between clinicians, patients, and the arts. I had a number of fictional short stories published in this and other areas and self-published a novella in 2007 entitled The Insatiable Man which takes on the immature psyche of the college male. I am currently a resident in the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program where I have embraced scholarly interests in interventional psychiatric techniques such as ECT and TMS. In my PGY-4 year, I will serve as a chief of ambulatory psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. It has been a pleasure to work with such talented and interesting colleagues, and I continue to look forward to the rest of my time in the residency.

GAP Committee: Psychiatry and the Arts

Sara Weekly

Sara Weekly

Sara Weekly grew up in Austin, Texas, where she developed a deep love for live music and barbecue before moving to California to attend Stanford University. After earning a Bachelors of Science in Biology and graduating Phi Beta Kappa, she returned to Texas to get her MD from Baylor College of Medicine. Missing the West Coast, she returned to the Bay Area to complete three years of Adult Psychiatry residency at UCSF. She then decided to give winter a try and moved to New York to begin her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at NYU. Currently, she is a PGY-4 with specific interests in eating disorders and public relations/education. 

GAP Committee: Planning, Marketing & Communications

Justine Wittenauer

Justine Wittenauer

Dr. Justine Wittenauer is a graduate of Northeast Ohio Medical University where she received a combined B.S/M.D. through a six year accelerated program. She is currently completing her general psychiatry residency at Emory University and has been accepted to the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard affiliate. She is interested in pursuing further research involving adolescence and substance use disorders. Through work at Emory University she has participated in over 20 publications and presentations.

GAP Committee: Committee on the Family

Yvonne Yang

Yvonne Yang

Yvonne Yang was born in Fresno, California but spent most of her adult life in New Haven, Connecticut, obtaining first a B.A., then an M.D. and Ph.D. at Yale University. At Yale she studied music in addition to biology, becoming a conductor of two orchestras while an undergraduate. During her Ph.D., she studied neuroscience, using a mouse model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Now in her third year of residency at UCLA, she is slated to be one of two chief residents next year, and hopes to use her scientific training to study the default mode network in patients with schizophrenia using functional neuroimaging. She is also passionate about psychotherapy and hopes to become an analyst some day. In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing and photography.

GAP Committee: Committee on Psychiatry and the Community