September 2021


September is National Recovery Month

National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) is a national observance held every September to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the emergence of a strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and community members across the nation who make recovery in all its forms possible.


Transition in leadership: UF Department of Psychiatry

Carol Mathews, MD, begins her new role as interim chair of University of Florida’s department of psychiatry, succeeding Regina Bussing, MD, who has stepped down as chair after leading the department for more than seven years.

Bussing became interim chair of psychiatry in July 2014 and was named the Donald R. Dizney Chair in Psychiatry in 2016. Under her leadership, the department experienced significant growth in its clinical, teaching and research missions and saw an increase in the number of promotions, scholarly activities and honorable mentions earned by faculty. The department gained national recognition in 2018 as...


Jacqueline Hobbs, MD, PhD

Dr. Hobbs talks about the mental health challenges posed by COVID-19 with UF Health

Jacqueline Hobbs, MD, PhD, an associate professor in the University of Florida College of Medicine’s department of psychiatry, discusses the burden of coping with the stress caused by the upheaval of normal life and the need to pay closer attention to our mental well-being.



PCIT International Biennial Convention

The 2021 PCIT International Biennial Convention hosted by the University of Florida, was where innovation met collaboration for the Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) community. The 2021 Convention was focused on growing together as we move the field of PCIT into the future and was hosted virtual.

The theme “From Roots to Fruits” celebrates the model’s origins and the impact that PCIT has made over the last 50 years. The convention recognized the importance of the core PCIT model, as well as the ways in which the model has borne fruit for individuals, families, groups, communities, and countries.


depressed college girl

5 Things You Should Know About Antidepressants and College

Marcia Morris, MD, explains that antidepressant use among college students has doubled in the last decade, according to research she conducted with colleagues. Parents who have concerns about their child's response to an antidepressant should encourage their child to notify their psychiatric provider. Here are five things to keep in mind.



Drs. Williamson & Mathews receive IOCDF Innovator Award

John Williamson, PhD and Carol Mathews, MD have received the International OCD Foundation Innovator Award for their submission: "Pairing tVNS and Exposure and Response Prevention to Improve Symptoms of OCD".



Check out our latest Quality and Safety Star Awardees on the Quality whiteboard in the adult workroom at the MOB. 

If you have a nominee for future Quality and Safety Star Awards, please email Dr. Jackie Hobbs.


Tip of the Cap

Tip of the cap goes to Rken Nathu MS4, Lindsey McCoy (Pharmacy student), and all the other execptional volunteers at clinic. All of the patients appreciate the care given to them.  Everyone is welcome to help.

Helping Hands Clinic


Anti-Racism and Health Equity Group

It’s not too late to join the Anti-Racism and Health Equity Group on the UF Health Bridge!

We would love for you to join us for these new and thought provoking opportunities and welcome you to join the group and present ideas of your own. Go to the UF Health Bridge to join the group, and see more details, on resources, activities, and events. 



Join UF Psychiatry Alumni Society

Become a member of the UF Psychiatry Alumni Society! The society fosters alumni networking, socializing and sharing current trends in psychiatric and behavioral science. Show your support of the education, research and clinical mission of the department by joining.

Join today at:

• Annual Dues: $100

• Lifetime Dues: $2,500 (payable over five years, $500 per year)

Membership dues support activities of the society and training programs.

To learn more about giving back to the department and alumni opportunities, please contact Callie Wilkes. ( 


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Do you know someone who has gone above and beyond and who you would like to recognize? 

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September 10 | Grand Rounds, Basic Concepts of Telepsychiatry: Evidence Base, Clinical Engagement & Competencies

Donald Hilty, MD, MBA
Associate Chief of Staff, Mental Health
Professor and Vice-Chair, Psychiatry
UC Davis School of Medicine
Professor, USC Keck School of Medicine

Friday, September 10, 2021
12:00 -1:00 pm


September 24 | Grand Rounds, Flash Talks: Part 1

Department of Psychiatry, University of Florida

Adriaan Bruijnzeel, PhD
Marcelo Febo, PhD
Carol Mathews, MD
Joseph McNamara, PhD
Kerri Peters, PhD
Barry Setlow, PhD
Jill Sutton, PhD

Friday, September 24, 2021
12:00 -1:00 pm


September 27 | Anti-Racism & Health Equity meeting

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 940 8732 0057
Passcode: 478196


October 2 | 2nd Annual Run 4 Recovery 5K

Join UF Health Florida Recovery Center for the 2nd Annual Run 4 Recovery 5k, as we aim to increase awareness of substance use disorders and celebrate those in recovery.

When: October 2 at 9:30 a.m.
Where: Depot Park
How much: Free to register
Perks: All participants receive a T-shirt at the 5k

FRC Run4Recovery Registration is open:


October 13 | FRC Wednesdays at Noon

William Hollifield, MD
Assistant Professor
Division of Addiction Medicine
Head of Addiction Medicine Inpatient Consult Service
University of Florida


October 15-17 | Addiction Health Summit

2021 Florida Society of Addiction Medicine (FSAM) and Florida Medical Practitioners Group (FMPG) joint conference known as the Addiction Health Summit, October 15-17, 2021 at Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort.  This year’s theme is Reconnecting After Isolation, and features a great lineup of speakers.  Friday afternoon and all-day Saturday feature scientific CME/CEU lectures on various relevant addiction medicine topics, and Sunday morning will be recovery-themed programming.  This is a great opportunity for networking and fellowship.  Hope to see you there!

Registration info: Addiction Health Summit | Register for the 2021 Summit Today



Cara Yergen, MD, FAPA

Dr. Yergen completed her undergraduate degree in biochemistry at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA and earned a Master's degree in Health Science at the American University of the Caribbean, St Maarten. She received her medical degree at Saba university School of Medicine, Saba, Netherlands Antilles. She then went on to complete a residency in psychiatry at the Hartford Hospital at the Institute of Living Adult Residency Program, Hartford, CT. 

Dr. Yergen has been practicing psychiatry in Florida since 2009. In her years since training, Dr. Yergen has practiced in many different settings giving her a solid well-rounded knowledge and experience base.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Yergen as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Vero Beach.


Casey Davis

Casey has joined our department as the clerkship coordinator. Casey comes from spending many years at ShandsCair as a Flight Communications Specialist/Administrative Assistant. We are very excited to have her on board. Please welcome Casey to UF Psychiatry!


Laura Ginory, MD

Thank you for your contributions to the department and Student Mental Health.


Natalie Brown

Natalie has left to embark graduate school in Colorado. Natalie has been a valuable member of the team. We appreciate all the hard work and support Natalie has provided to staff and faculty. She will be missed. On behalf of our team, we would like to wish Natalie the best.


Tovah Lawerence

Tovah has accepted a position with the Department of Pediatrics. Tovah has been a valuable member of the team. We appreciate all the hard work and support Tovah has provided over the years to staff and faculty. She will be missed. On behalf of our team, we would like to wish Tovah the best success in her new role.


Kelli Gatti

Kelli has accepted position with the Department of Neuroscience. Kelli has been a valuable member of the team. We appreciate all the hard work and support Kelli has provided over the years to staff and faculty. She will be missed. On behalf of our team, we would like to wish Kelli the best success in her new role.


Yolanda Rutledge 

Yolanda has accepted a position with UF Cancer Center. Yolanda has been a valuable member of the team. We appreciate all the hard work and support Yolanda has provided over the years to staff and faculty. She will be missed. On behalf of our team, we would like to wish Yolanda the best success in her new role.



UF CARD Update

Behavior Strategies That Work
Thursdays, 9/9/21 – 10/28/21; 12:00 - 12:50PM
Appropriate for educators and caregivers of children with ASD.
Details and Registration

UF CARD Golf Clinic Fall 2021
Tuesdays, 9/21/21 – 11/23/21; 11:30AM - 12:30PM
10-week golf clinic open to UF CARD constituents 18 and older
Details and Registration

Tuesday Night Training (TNT): Strengths & Challenges in Neurodiverse Relationships
Tuesday, 9/21/21; 7:00 - 8:00PM
Details and Registration

Online Social Learning Sessions for Children 8-12
First Thursday of Each Month, Sept – Dec; 4:15–5:15pm
Details and Registration

Online Social Learning Sessions for Teens 13-17
Third Thursday of Each Month, Sept – Dec; 4:15–5:15pm
Details and Registration

Tuesday Night Training (TNT): Special Olympics
Tuesday, 10/12/21; 4:00 – 5:00PM
Details and Registration

29th Statewide Annual CARD Conference
January 14-16, 2022
Conference Website

If you know someone in need of UF CARD services please direct them to the UF CARD registration page or have them call 352-265-2230.


UF Health Center for Autism & Neurodevelopment (UF CAN) Housing Survey

Purpose: This study aims to collect information on the housing needs for individuals with developmental disabilities (DD) and their families. This information will be used by UF CAN and other organizations in measuring, defining, and sharing information about the housing needs and support services needed for adults with developmental disabilities in the State of Florida, in order to help them transition more independently into affordable and inclusive housing of their choice.

Who is eligible to participate in the survey?
Individuals 18 years or older, Living in Florida, and Diagnosed with a developmental disability OR Caregivers of adults with developmental disabilities living in Florida.

What do you need to do?
• Click the survey link:
• Answer the 21 questions listed on your computer, tablet, or phone. (Should take about 10 - 15 minutes to complete.)

For more information about this research study contact Carla Schmidt or Ann-Marie Orlando Study ID: IRB202100150 Date approved: 06/07/2021


Psychology Corner




Streamed Classes

Did you know that it only takes 15 minutes of exercise/stretching each day to improve your health? We are excited to share our new, 15-minute lunchtime classes, available to any UF or UF Health employee! Each are live-streamed via Zoom.

Jump Start - Mondays from 12-12:15 pmJumpStart focuses on elevating your heart rate, energy, and mood for the week through cardiovascular and strength-based interval training. Register here.

Flow - Tuesdays from 12-12:15 pmFlow will offer gentle yoga that can be done at a desk with a focus on linking breath to movement.  Register here.

Build - Wednesdays from 12-12:15 pmImprove your total-body strength with this 15-minute virtual workout. No equipment needed! Register here.

Unwind - Thursdays from 12-12:15 pmThis class focuses on gentle stretching that can help improve muscle control, flexibility, and range of motion. Register here. 


New mental health helpline devoted exclusively to UF faculty and staff

In an effort to more efficiently connect UF and UF Health faculty and staff and their families to mental health services, UFHR, in partnership with the UF departments of Psychiatry and Clinical and Health Psychology, is introducing a new Mental Health Services Access Line devoted exclusively to university employees and their dependents. Faculty, staff and their dependents may call (352) 627-0032 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, to receive assistance identifying and securing access to the mental health services best suited to their needs.

The new helpline is designed to increase access to mental health care and to supplement existing resources like the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) rather than replace them, providing a single point of entry and ensuring employees get the help they need in a timely manner. UF employees and their household members may still call the EAP at any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at (833) 306-0103, and anyone experiencing a crisis with more urgent needs should call the Alachua County Crisis Center at (352) 264-6789.



Mindful Relaxation Minutes 


Please be sure to join us Thursdays at 12:15pm via Zoom.

Join Zoom Meeting using:

Meeting ID: 159 914 780

Passcode: 601221



COVID Vaccinations

Learn about the COVID-19 vaccines available from UF Health. As federal and Florida COVID-19 vaccination plans evolve, we’ll update this site and keep you informed.



Working Through COVID-19

Find the information you need to work through COVID-19 at a glance on the UF HR website!


Get a Plan / Get a Kit / Be Informed

We are well into the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane season. If you haven't made a should.

We continue our preparedness on Get a Plan / Get a Kit / Be Informed by focusing on personal disaster supplies. A basic kit includes needed items for 3 days. While a kit should be customized to your specific situation, below are general guidelines to follow. A printer-friendly version is also available for handy reference.

You can find a copy of the Department’s Emergency Plan on SharePoint and the Internal Resources/Call Schedule pages



UF GatorSAFE Mobile App

Safety resources at your fingertips with the new UF GatorSAFE Mobile App. Smartphone users who download the free GATORSAFE app can now report tips, including those not adhering to COVID-19 guidelines, to the UF Police Department, make emergency calls and perform other functions that improve their personal safety and security.

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