December 2021


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UF receives APA Foundation MOORE Equity in Mental Health Community Grant

Ludmilla De Faria, MD and Gary Kanter, MD have received the APA Foundation's MOORE Equity in Mental Health Community Grant. The MOORE Equity in Mental Health Community Grants Program was established in 2021 by American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Division of Diversity and Health Equity and APA Foundation (APAF) to support community organizations that have undertaken innovative awareness programs and/or have …


Joe Munson

UF Health Psychiatric Hospital Therapeutic Horticulture Program

Joe Munson, Ph.D., LMHC, the Clinical Service Director of UF Health Psychiatric Hospital was awarded a Special Projects grant by the UF Medical Guild to provide Therapeutic Horticulture to the patients the UF Health Psychiatric Hospital.  In partnership with Wilmot Gardens, the staff will be able to utilize this project to assist patients suffering of mental illnesses and improve lives …


Marcia Morris, MD

When It’s Not Just Homesickness

Marica Morris, MD helps parents identify when there's something more than homesickness happening and steps to take to help your college student through a mental health crisis in her College Wellness column for Psychology Today.


Years of Service Video Cover

2021 Psychiatry Staff Service Recognition

The Department of Psychiatry held their Staff Service Recognition reception on November 30 where the milestones of several employees were recognized. 


COM Gratitude Day

College of Medicine Gratitude Day

The College of Medicine celebrated its first Gratitude Day on October 28. Members of the college community had the opportunity to show gratitude for a colleague. Members of the department were able to pick up a chocolate gator and gift it to a colleague as a token of appreciation.



The 2021 Addiction Health Summit was held October 15-17. Drs. Greene (President, FSAM) and Teitelbaum (Past President, FSAM) spoke at the conference on the topics of alcohol and drug testing.


Tip of the Cap

Tip of the cap to Melanie Parrott MS4, Pharmacy students Maya Zoran, and Lindsey McCoy, and all of the UF undergrad volunteers for their helping hands at clinic.

All of the patients appreciate the care given to them.  All residents, fellows and faculty are invited.

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. ( 


Do you have some news or an announcement you would like to share?

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

Want us to save the date for an upcoming event?

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Mahalik-Wenger Fellowship Award

Dr. Mihalik-Wenger selected for the ACLP Webb Fellowship Award

A class of six has been selected for the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry’s (ACLP) 2021-2022 William Webb Fellowship Program, among them, UF Psychiatry PGY-4 Amanda Mihalik-Wenger, MD. The Webb Fellowship program is designed to support a select number of outstanding advanced residents and fellows in consultation-liaison psychiatry at an early stage in their career. The Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry …




The Mission of ElderCare of Alachua County is to be an advocate for the elderly and provide services that will build capacity, maximize independence, and enrich the quality of life for the seniors in Alachua County and north central Florida.

Prior to COVID, ElderCare was delivering approx. 45,000 meals to seniors in our community. Last fiscal year, ElderCare delivered over 91,000 meals!!!!!! Despite doubling the amount of meals delivered, there are currently over 1,100 seniors in our community on the wait list for services. More than ever, our seniors need our support!

There is a bin in the Adult Work Room for donations and will be picked up next week after the 8th.


December 8 | FRC Wednesdays at Noon

Martha Brown, MD
Associate Professor
Director, Psychiatry Clerkship
Associate Medical Director, Professionals Resource Network
Department of Psychiatry Division of Addiction Medicine


December 10 | COM Town Hall

7:00 -8:00 a.m.

Dean Colleen Koch, MD, MS, MBA, will unveil the details of the college’s 2021-2026 strategic plan via the livestream townhall.


December 10 | How Our Mind Becomes Racialized Age and Cultural Boundary: Implications in the Therapeutic Encounter

Beverly Stoute, MD, FABP, FAPA
Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst

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


December 13-17 | MBI Trainee Reindeer Games

The McKnight Brain Institute is hosting its first Trainee Reindeer Games to honor the work of the graduate students, postdocs and clinical fellows. Activities will take place daily from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the 5th Floor MBI Office Suite.

Each day, trainees will compete for gift cards and assorted prizes and will receive free lunch. Two lucky trainees will win a $1,000 prize that can be used for travel or technology to help with their studies.


December 20 | Anti-Racism & Health Equity meeting

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 940 8732 0057
Passcode: 478196

*We will meet the third Thursday of every month.


February 15 | College of Medicine Research Day

4:00 - 8:30pm
Stephen C. O'Connell Center

Call for Abstracts will be sent at a later date.

For more information contact the office of research affairs (352) 273-5995.



UF CARD Update

Project PHoENIX:
Participatory, Human-centered, Equitable, Neurodiverse, Inclusive XR
December 8, 2021; 4:00pm
Dr. Matthew Schmidt, an Associate Professor in the Educational Technology program and Director of the Advanced Learning Technologies (ALT) Studio at the University of Florida, will present his Project PHoENIX which creates advanced virtual reality (VR) technology systems and tools to enable inclusive research and development in collaboration with autistic research participants.
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

Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule II (ADOS-2) Clinical Training
January 12-14, 2022
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 CARD hosted a Thanksgiving table which allowed visitors to practice choice-making and social skills. 


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




Individual-Based Walking Challenge

Start 2022 off on the right foot! Meet your personal step goals while journeying through a brand new year. This four-week, individual walking challenge will have you learning about unique celebrations and traditions around the globe. Take a step toward your wellness today!

Join the challenge on Walker Tracker. Create an account (or sign in) and join the challenge by finding “Step into the New Year” under the “challenges” tab. 

Learn more here: Step into the New Year » GatorCare


New Guidance Connect service provides quicker, more direct access to therapists

UF's Employee Assistance Program, or EAP, provides UF faculty and staff as well as their household members access to free live counseling support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, through its partnership with ComPsych. Now, in addition to calling its toll-free number, (833) 306-0103, faculty and staff have the option to search for a network therapist and determine their availability via ComPsych's portal.

To access the EAP's new Guidance Connect feature, visit and click on the Register tab to establish your profile, using the Organization Web ID: UFEAP. After registering, click on "Connect to Care" to answer a few questions and to get matched with a pool of therapists who meet your clinical needs and preferences. In-person, telephone, video or chat counseling options are available.

If you have questions or would like more information, please email


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. 


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!


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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