2023 APA Annual Meeting Recap

The 2023 APA Annual Meeting was held this May at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, several of our faculty and trainees were in attendance, here are some of the highlights from the meeting.


Ludmilla De Faria, MD was awarded the Jeanne Spurlock, MD Social Justice Award by the Association of Women Psychiatrists for working toward social justice for others who have been disrespected and mistreated.

SPC Vice Chair Dr. Josepha Cheong, APA President Dr. Rebecca Brendel, SPC Chair Dr. Eric Williams

Josepha Cheong, MD was recognized for her role as the Vice Chairperson of the APA’s Scientific Program Committee (SPC). The SPC evaluates abstract submissions for the Annual Meeting and curates the scientific program.

Jeena Kar, DO with her award

Jeena Kar, DO won first place at the Indo-American Psychiatric Association (IAPA) poster session.

APA Distinguished Fellows

APA Distinguished Fellows are nationally recognized for their demonstrated skill in administrative, educational and clinical settings. They are also noted for volunteering in mental health and medical activities of social significance and involvement in community activities. Excellence, not mere competence, is the hallmark of an APA Distinguished Fellow.

  • Jody Brown, MD
  • Brent Carr, MD
  • Mariam Rahmani, MD
  • Ana Turner, MD
  • Cara Yergen, MD

Department Presenters

Presenter Presentation Title
Manonmani Murugappan, DO Opioid Use Disorder Treatment in the Pregnant Patient
Brent Beck, MD Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis in the Late Postpartum Period
Nadia Cacodcar, MD Rapid Response to ECT in a Post-operative Induced Catatonia: A Case Report and Review of the Literature
Isabella Caldwell, MD The Monster Within: The Case of Ovarian Teratoma and Depression in a Pediatric Patient
Ludmilla De Faria, MD From roots to STEM: how supporting increased diversity in science is creating the change we want to see
Ludmilla De Faria, MD No Wrong Door: Ushering in Collaborative Solutions for College Mental Health
Ludmilla De Faria, MD Calling Agents of Change: Equipping Psychiatrists to Identify and Tackle Diversity and Inclusion
David Cox, DO Delay in Care of a Catatonic ECT Patient – Critical Evaluation of Legislative Constraint
Young Jo, MD Potential for artificial-intelligence powered chat therapy in psychiatry
Jeena Kar, DO Using Osteopathic Principles in Psychiatric Practice: Indications, Contraindications, Evidence-Base and Current Literature
Andres Pumariega, MD Persons of Color Living with Mood Disorders
Jeena Kar, DO Hindu Hyper-religiosity: A Spiritual Experience or a Manic Episode? Case Report of a Hare Krishna Priest with Bipolar Disorder
Lauren Schmidt, MD “I’d Rather Die than Eat”: An examination of ethicolegal conflict in three cases of severe anorexia nervosa
Steven Toffel, MD Dilutional Hyponatremia in the Setting of Delusions
Steven Toffel, MD Osteopenia Associated with Serotonergic Antidepressant Use: A Case and Brief Literature Review

Check out some of the highlights from the meeting in the gallery