Wood earns Gold humanism award

Alyssa Wood, DO, MBA, a second-year psychiatry resident, recently earned the Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. This award demonstrates the power of Wood’s i...

Daniolos spotlights interactive art in child psychiatry conference room

Peter Daniolos, MD, training director for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency, recently took time to highlight a new interactive art installation called “Incredible Minds”, created by 60 you...

Flaum named President of American Association of Community Psychiatrists

Hail to the Chief! We are pleased and proud to have a new President in the University of Iowa Department of Psychiatry. 

Residents honored at 2016 graduation ceremony

Study suggests bipolar disorder has genetic links to autism

By Jennifer Brown, IowaNow

Gene associated with major psychiatric disorders linked to brain cell death in mice

By Jennifer Brown, IowaNow

Kuperman appointed as APA Life Distinguished Fellow

Samuel Kuperman, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, was recently appointed as a Life Distinguished Fellow by the American Psychiatric Association. Distinguished fellowships are awarded to outstanding psychi...

Wemmie named president of Psychiatric Research Society

John Wemmie, MD, PhD, has been named president of the prestigious Psychiatric Research Society. Wemmie, a  Professor in our department, is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist, and serves as Director of ...

Pieper elected to American Society for Clinical Investigation

Andrew Pieper, MD, PhD, professor of psychiatry and member of the Pappajohn Biomedical Institute, has been selected for membership in the American Society for Clinical Investigation, one of the nation...

Whole-genome study explores biological basis of autism and language impairment

Photo: Jacob Michaelson, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, left, and Bruce Tomblin, PhD, Professor Emeritus from the UI Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, at Michaelson’s labora...

Delirium prediction and screening study to employ novel tools

Associate Professor of Psychiatry Gen Shinozaki, MD, in partnership with John Cromwell, MD, of the University of Iowa Surgery Department, recently secured funding from the University’s Research Founda...

First-year Psychiatry residents are lead authors

 Photo: Drs. Yang Roby, left, and James Jackson often refer to scholarly journals to enhance their clinical approaches.

Longstanding Psychiatry Department clinicians retire

2015 saw the retirement of two of the Department of Psychiatry’s most valued team members, Betsy Hradek, ARNP, and Liz Schacht, PhD, ARNP. Hradek served as Team Leader for UI Hospitals and Clinics’ IM...

The great state of UI Psychiatry

At the July 21 State of the Department meeting, James B. Potash, MD, MPH, Chair and Department Executive Officer of Psychiatry, discussed achievements within the department in the past year, and was f...

Graduating residents celebrated 


New studies contradict earlier findings on Rett syndrome

By Jennifer Brown, IowaNowAbout a year ago, University of Iowa neuroscientist Andrew Pieper unexpectedly found himself in the position of contradicting seemingly promising results that have prompted a...

Robinson earns pair of prestigious awards

Robert G. Robinson, MD, Chairman of the UI Department of Psychiatry from 1990 to 2011, received the 2015 Gary J. Tucker Award for Lifetime Achievement in Neuropsychiatry at the annual meeting of the A...

Forging distinction through integrated care

Photo: Residents Alexander Gamble, Benjamin Stacy, Richard Pardilla, Aubrey Chan, and Cyndi McCormick work together at the Internal Medicine-Psychiatry Inpatient Unit.

NAMI events highlight awareness, influential strides in research

Rain and wind didn’t deter area supporters from participating in the 2015 Johnson County NAMI Walk held at the Terry Trueblood Recreation Area on April 25. With umbrellas in hand, steadfast individual...

Book blends child therapy traditions


Study advances understanding of eating disorders

Photo: Michael Lutter, MD, PhD, works at the Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building.

Moser to serve as Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs and Development

David Moser, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Psychology Division, is set to become the first Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs and Development in the Carver College of Medicine start...

Nopoulos lab research featured in The Economist

Peg Nopoulos, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Neurology-Pediatrics, is featured in the March 7, 2015 issue of The Economist for the Huntington’s disease research conducted through her lab...

New crisis stabilization services launched Feb. 1

To access these services in the Johnson County area: call 1-855-800-1239 As a part of the mental health redesign legislation of 2012, crisis services were included as “core” or required services acros...

New picture, new insight

Photo: Pictured here, from left to right, are University of Iowa researchers Gary Christensen, Jess Fiedorowicz, Casey Johnson, Vince Magnotta, and John Wemmie (brain images in background).

Himadi earns teaching award

Elaine Himadi, MD, who serves as Director of Emergency Psychiatry Services, received the Teaching Award Certificate of Appreciation at the Medical Education Celebration Day faculty awards breakfast he...

Community psychiatry makes positive IMPACT

Photo: Clinical Outreach Counselor John Grace prepares to hit the road on his way to visit a person at their home.By ANDY GOODELL Associate Writer, Department of Psychiatry When treating severe mental...

New lab space encourages culture of collaboration

Photo: Psychiatry Department Researchers Michael Lutter, MD, PhD, Andrew Pieper, MD, PhD, and John Wemmie, MD, PhD, stand outside the Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building, a new interdisciplinary r...

Multidisciplinary Myotonic Dystrophy Clinic opening at UIHC

Psychiatry Department faculty Peg Nopoulos, MD, (pictured right) and Sarah Tighe, MD, (pictured center) will serve as staff psychiatrists in the newly formed Myotonic Dystrophy Clinic at University of...

Compound protects brain cells after traumatic brain injury

New compound prevents neurodegeneration caused by blast injury and protects brain function

Achievements abound at State of Department meeting

James B. Potash, MD, MPH, Chair and Department Executive Officer of Psychiatry, had many areas of excellence to highlight at the annual State of the Department Meeting, held July 29 on the University ...

Andreasen’s ‘Secrets of the Creative Brain’ featured in The Atlantic

Nancy C. Andreasen, MD, PhD, a Professor who holds the Andrew H. Woods Chair in Psychiatry, wrote a captivating article on the “Secrets of the Creative Brain,” which is featured in the July/August 201...

Graduating Psychiatry Department residents recognized

On June 13, the Psychiatry Department at the University of Iowa held a ceremony for their 2014 graduating residents. The event was held at the Feller Club Room at Carver Hawkeye Arena and included the...

New form of brain signaling affects addiction-related behavior

Photo: Pictured here are, from left, graduate student Collin Kreple, postdoctoral scholar Yuan Lu, PhD, and John Wemmie, MD, PhD.

Pathological gambling runs in families

Photo: Pictured here, from left, are researchers Brett McCormick and Rebecca Hansel, Donald Black, MD, William Coryell, MD, and researcher Martha Shaw.

Protecting new neurons reduces depression caused by stress

New class of neuroprotective molecules may lead to improved treatments for depression

Four from U of I Psychiatry Faculty and Staff Complete Master of Health Care Delivery Science Program at Dartmouth


Fellowship members help highlight cultural psychiatry  


Individualized, multidisciplinary care at the heart of eating disorder treatment


Study Finds Gene Network Associated with Alcoholism

There is good evidence from studies of families and twins that genetics plays an important role in the development of alcoholism. However, hundreds of genes likely are involved in this complex disorde...

Child Psychiatry Clinic Director Jennifer McWilliams Wins Award for "Excellence in Our Workplace"

Daily huddles and other innovative practices initiated by Jennifer McWilliams, MD, in the Child Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic have led to a wonderful spirit of engagement in the success of the clinic a...

Two Genes Linked to Increased Risk for Eating Disorders

Eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia often run in families, but identifying specific genes that increase a person's risk for these complex disorders has proved difficult.

Largest Longitudinal Brain Imaging Study to Date Carries Critical Implications for Treatment of Schizophrenia

by Jude Gustafson, Department of Psychiatry, UI Health Care

TRACK-HD Researchers Publish Fourth Multinational Huntington's Disease Collaboration Study Findings

by Jude Gustafson, Department of Psychiatry, UI Health Care

States Show Large Racial Disparities in Drug Treatment Success Rates

by Jennifer Brown, IowaNow, June 19, 2013

Brain Circuit Links Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior and Obesity

by Jennifer Brown, IowaNow, June 10, 2013

Record Year for Johnson County NAMIWalk Participation

by Jude Gustafson, Department of Psychiatry, UI Health Care

Children of Deployed Military Parents More at Risk for Alcohol, Drug Use

In 2010, almost 2 million American children had at least one parent in active military duty. A new University of Iowa study suggests that deployment of a parent puts these children at an increased ris...

Veterans with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Have Brain Abnormalities

Mild traumatic brain injury, including concussion, is one of the most common types of neurological disorder, affecting approximately 1.3 million Americans annually. It has received more attention rece...

Human Brain Is Divided on Fear and Panic

When doctors at the University of Iowa prepared a patient to inhale a panic-inducing dose of carbon dioxide, she was fearless. But within seconds of breathing in the mixture, she cried for help, overw...

Paulsen Named Roy J. Carver Chair in Neuroscience

Jane Paulsen, PhD, professor of psychiatry, neurology, psychology and neurosciences, has been named the Roy J. Carver Chair in Neuroscience.

Best Friends Influence When Teenagers Have First Drink

Chances are the only thing you remember about your first swig of alcohol is how bad the stuff tasted. What you didn’t know is the person who gave you that first drink and when you had it says a lot ab...

Pennsylvania Girl Raises Money for a Rare Juvenile Disease

Nine-year-old Virginia Buck does not ask for much for herself. In fact, the only thing she really asks is that you try and understand what she and other kids like her are going through. Virginia is li...

Treating substance use: Train providers earlier, treat patients tactfully 

There’s no doubt that substance use harms the lives of many people, regardless of their income or where they live. Unfortunately, those using drugs or alcohol in unhealthy ways can do so for many year...