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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Scholarly Activities 2010-2013


Peer Reviewers of Articles for Journals:

  • Aryeh Dienstag, MD
  • Subhash Chandra, MD
  • Anupriye Gogne, MD
  • Tanya Menard, MD
  • Kendra Campbell, MD
  • Daniel Roman, MD
  • Lama Bazzi, MD
  • Rishi Gautam, MD
  • Diana Kurlyandchik, MD
  • Mohamed Sherif, MD
  • Jyosthna Karlapalem, MD
  • Vincent Nwonkwo, MD
  • Varun Sharma, MD
  • Anup Mani, MD
  • Natasha Wallace, MD
  • Sarah Fajgenbaum, MD
  • Kashmira Rustomji, MD



At IPS 2012:

  • Mudassar Iqbal, MD- Symptom Remission in Elderly Patients With Schizophrenia: 4.5-Years Longitudinal Study in Multiracial Urban Setting
  • Lama Bazzi, MD-Capacity Building in Alzheimer's Disease(AD): Lessons Learned From a Pilot Study in 6 Distinct Areas in Lebanon in Summer 2011
  • Lama Bazzi, MD-International Medical Graduates in Psychiatry:Decoding Their Journey Through the Interview Trail

At Downstate annual research day, 2013:

  • Mohamed Sherif:
    Investigating effects of NMDA receptor antagonism on theta and gamma oscillations in the hippocampus using computer and animal
  • Constanza Martinez Pinanez:
    Associations between substance use alcohol use and history of trauma and HIV progression
  • Aryeh Dienstag:
    Literature Review of Prenatal Testing in Traditional Communities.
  • Tay Sachs and the Orthodox Jewish Community:
    a Model How a Traditional Culture Can Deal With a Terminal Genetic Illness.
  • Ryan Hashem:
    The Caribbean population could represent a variance: the relationship between schizophrenia and cannabis
  • Hassan Fathy:
    Behavioral Neuropeptide and Neuroplastic Correlates of Amygdala Volume : Relationship To Early Life Stress and Serotonin Transporter
  • Sasha Rai:
    Differences in the implementation of AOT (assisted outpatient treatment) in New York City
  • Tanya Menard:
    Strategies for Improved Classification of Pediatric Bipolar Biobank Participants
  • Subhash Chandra:
    Metal detector in CPEP: does it increase safety or violates civil rights?
  • Anupriya Gogne:
    Cultural aspects of primary health care in India: A case based analysis

At APA 2013:

  • Psychiatric Resident Perceptions of Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship. Diana Kurlyandchik Trend of Suicide Mortality in Central Delhi. Subhash Chandra

At Society of Biological Psychiatry annual meeting 2013:

  • Investigating effect of CPP on theta and gamma oscillations in CA1 region using animal and computer models. Mohamed Sherif, Jeremy M. Barry, Samuel A. Neymotin, William W. Lytton.

At American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry:

  • Issue of Transference as Chief Resident- Elena Fran Garcia, MD

At Nefesh International Conference:

  • What the DSM is and Is Not-Aryeh Dienstag, MD

At American Association of Psychiatry and the Law:

  • Differences in the implementation of AOT (assisted outpatient treatment) in New York City-Sasha Rai, MD

At 17th Biennial Meeting of the International Pharmaco-EEG Society & Society for Neuroscience annual meeting (2012):

  • CPP alters cross-frequency coupling between theta and gamma in CA1 in rats: simulation and experiment- Mohamed A. Sherif, Jeremy M. Barry, Samuel A. Neymotin, William W. Lytton

At Annual meeting for the Organization of Computational Neuroscience (2012):

  • CPP alters theta/gamma oscillations in rat hippocampus: simulation and experiment-Mohamed A. Sherif, Jeremy M. Barry, Samuel A. Neymotin, William W. Lytton

At AAGP Annual Meeting 2013:

  • Hallucinations in Older Adults with Schizophrenia on 4.5 Year Follow-up. Yadack A, Izediuno I, Ghosh B, Cohen C, Garrett M.


Chairs/ co-chairs, moderators at IPS 2012:

  • Elena Garcia Aracena, MD
  • Sasha Rai, MD
  • Tanya Menard, MD
  • Jyothsna Karlapalem, MD
  • Audra Yadack, MD
  • Roxanne McMorris, MD
  • Subhash Chandra, MD
  • Srinath Gopinath, MD
  • Constanza Martinez, MD
  • Ammar El Sara, MD
  • Daniel Roman, MD
  • Rafik Sidaros, MD
  • Anup Mani, MD
  • Cyrus Mathew, MD
  • Kendra Campbell, MD
  • Shivana Naidoo, MD
  • Lama Bazzi, MD
  • Max Lichtenstein, MD
  • Omar Mirza, MD
  • Raj Loungani, MD
  • Ifeanyi Izediuno, MD
  • Hassan Fathy, MD
  • Rishi Gautam, MD
  • Tzvi Furer, MD
  • Michael Reinhardt, MD
  • Diana Kurlyandchi, MD


Presentations and session moderators:

At IPS 2012

  • Older Adults With Schizophrenia: Is Outcome Good, Poor, or Mixed?
    Chair: Carl I. Cohen, M.D. Presenters: Mudassar Iqbal, MD, Elena F. Garcia Aracena, MD, Helen H. Ryu, MD
  • The Effect of Migration to United States on the Incidence of Substance Use (APA/SAMHSA Minority Fellows
    Presenter(s): Mardoche Sidor, MD, Ifeanyi Izediuno, MD
  • Clinical Approaches to Working with People who are Homeless and Have Mental Illnesses
    Chair: Stephen Goldfinger
    Presenters: Hassan Fathy, MD, Fran Garcia, MD, Daniel Roman, MD, Michael Reinhardt, MD
  • Resident Duty Hours Reform: Issues and Controversies
    Ellen Berkowitz, MD, Ramaswamy Viswanathan, MD
  • Physician Mental Health: Exploring Clinical Challenges, Disruptive Behavior and Wellness
    Michael F. Myers

At Downstate annual research day (platform presentation):

  • Lama Bazzi
    Capacity Building in Geriatric Care and Quality of Life Improvement Among Community Dwelling Lebanese Elders

At APA 2013:

  • Residents and the creativity process-Kiyoko Ogoke, MD, Mohamed Sherif, MD, Daniel Roman, MD, Kendra Campbell, MD, Michael Myers, MD
  • The Path to Lifetime Achievement: The Role of APA in Career Success Stories- Chair: Lama Bazzi, MD; Speakers: John M. Oldham, MD, MS, Steve Koh, MBA, MD, Molly McVoy, MD,Debra Pinals, MD,Carol A. Bernstein, MD,Alik Widge, MD, PhD
  • Psychiatric Services in Jails and Prisons: An Update on the APA Guidelines-APA Council on Psychiatry and Law-Speakers: Michael Champion, MD, Henry C. Weinstein, MD, Lama Bazzi, MD, Joseph V. Penn, MD
  • Sexuality. Moderators: Shaneel Shah, MD, Kashmira Rustomji, MD
  • Military Psychiatry I. Moderators: Jerald Block, MD, Kashmira Rustomji, MD
  • Cross-Cultural Psychiatry. Moderators: Derya Iren Akbiyik, MD, OUS, Kashmira Rustomji, MD


International presentations:

  • Okasha Institute of Psychiatry, Ain Shams Univeristy, Cairo, Egypt. Exploring glutamate dysfunction through computational neuroscience, Mohamed Sherif
  • World Psychiatric Association, Prague, Czech Republic: Capacity building in Alzheimer's disease (AD): lessons learned from a pilot study in 6 distinct areas in Lebanon in summer 2011, Lama Bazzi.



  • Cukor D, Fruchter Y, Ver Halen N, Naidoo S, Patel A, Saggi SJ. 'A Preliminary Investigation of Depression and Kidney Functioning in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease.' Nephron Clin Pract. 2013 Jun 1;122(3-4):139-145.
  • Kiyoko Ogoke. "Teaching Psychodynamic Psychotherapy to Competency" American Journal of Psychiatry, Residents' Journal (August 2012)
  • Mohamed A. Sherif. "Role of computational neuroscience in psychiatry", American Journal of Psychiatry, Residents' Journal (August2012)
  • Yadack A, Izediuno I, Ghosh B, Cohen C, Garrett M. Hallucinations in Older Adults with Schizophrenia on 4.5 Year Follow-up. Amer J ofGer Psychiatry. March 2013 – Volume 21 – Issue 3 – Supplement 1
  • Lama Bazzi. Prevalence of Depression and Anxiety in Adult Patients with B-Thalassemia Major and Intermedia. Int'l. J. Psychiatry In Medicine, Vol. 44(4) 291-303, 2012
  • Lama Bazzi. DSM-5. Forensic Reviewer. May 2013.


Honors & Awards:

  • Anupriya Gogne, MD
    Downstate annual research day travel award
  • Aryeh Dienstag:
    First alternate, The Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP) fellowship class of 2013
  • Subhash Chandra:
    Elected delegate of Committee for Interns and Residents at Kings County Hospital Center for year 2013 – 2014
  • Mohamed Sherif:
    Winner of Brooklyn Psychiatric society residents' paper, 2013.
    3rd position: Werner M. Herrmann grant contest
  • Michael Reinhardt:
    AAGP General Scholarship
  • Audra Yadack & Helen Ryu:
    AAGP Honors Scholarship
  • Lama Bazzi:
    APA Leadership Fellowship President
    APA Board of Trustees Position, APA Council on Psychiatry and the Law, APA Council on Judicial Action
  • Fran Garcia:
    APA Minority Leadership Fellowship-APA Council on Advocacy and Government Relations
  • Kendra Campbell:
    Member in Training (MIT) Deputy Representative – District 2, New York State
    Brooklyn Psychiatric Society Member in Training (MIT) Representative and Newsletter Editor
    Arnold Gold Humanism in Medicine Rounds Chair
  • Subhash Chandra:
    AMA – elected and represented as RFS Delegate for annual HOD meeting
    MSSNY – elected and represented as RFS delegate for annual HOD meeting at Tarrytown, NY


Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Michael Garrett MD, Deepan Singh MD, The Bayesian equation and psychosis. Brain 2012 (Accepted for Publication)
  • Chawla JM, Pal H, Lal R. Jain R, Schooler N, Singh YPS. Comparison of Tramadol and Buprenorphine for detoxification of opioid dependent patients. Journal of Opioid Management (Under Review)
  • Vaswani M, Rao R, Chawla JM, Chengappa KNR. Waist circumference and Metabolic Syndrome in Indian subjects with Schizophrenia: A cross-sectional study. Indian Journal of Medical Sciences (Under Review)
  • Chawla JM, Ramaswamy V, Memon Z, Balhara YPS. Auditory Hallucinations Associated With Paget's Disease. The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences (Accepted for publication)
  • Chawla JM, Balhara YPS, Sagar R, Shivaprakash. Undergraduate medical students' attitude towards psychiatry: A cross sectional study. Indian Journal of Psychiatry, 2012; 54: 37-40.
  • Mohamed Sherif, "A resident's view of the role of computational neuroscience in psychiatry"
  • Residents' journal - American Journal of Psychiatry (Accepted)
  • Jimenez C., Ragab, S., Parida, S., Bazzi, L. On the interview trail: Experiences and perspectives of IMGs. Academic Psychiatry (Accepted)
  • Gupta, S., Avasthi, A. Relationship between religiosity and psychopathology in patients with depression. Indian Journal of Psychiatry (Accepted)
  • Samuel A. Neymotin , Maciej T. Lazarewicz , Mohamed Sherif , Diego Contreras , Lief H. Finkel , William W. Lytton. Ketamine disrupts theta modulation of gamma in a computer model of hippocampus. Journal of Neuroscience, August 2011, 31(32):11733-11743
  • Ishak WW, Greenberg JM, Balayan K, Kapitanski N, Jeffrey J, Fathy H, Fakhry H, Rapaport MH. Quality of Life: The Ultimate Outcome Measure of Interventions in Major Depressive Disorder. Harvard Review of Psychiatry, 2011 September-October;19(5):229-239.
  • Musallam KM, Khoury B, Abi-Habib R, Bazzi L, Succar J, Halawi R, Hankir A, Koussa S, Taher AT. Health-related quality of life in adults with transfusion-independent thalassaemia intermedia compared to regularly transfused thalassaemia major: new insights. Eur J Haematol, 2011 Jul;87(1):73-9
  • Shaneel Shah, M.D., Sharath Puttichada, M.D., Prakash Chandra, M.D., Michael Reinhardt, M.D., Deval Zaveri, M.D., Jamuna Theventhiran, M.D. and Stephen M. Goldfinger, M.D. Trials and Tribulations post match: International Medical Graduates' Perspective. Academic Psychiatry (In review)
  • Sanders, R; Alexeenko, L; Young, C; Gosh, B, Kyniamu, R, Hindi, A, Palekar, N. International Medical Graduates in Psychiatry: Setting out: deciding to apply to US programs. Academic Psychiatry (In review)
  • Jackowski A., Perera T.D., Abdallah C.G., Garrido G., Tang C.Y., Martinez J., Mathew S.J., Gorman J.M., Rosenblum L.A., Smith E.L., Dwork A.J., Shungu D.C., Kaffman A., Gelernter J, Coplan J.D., Kaufman J. Early-life Stress, Corpus Callosum Development, Hippocampal Volumetrics, and Anxious Behavior in Male Nonhuman Primates. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging (In press)
  • Coplan J.D., Abdallah C.G., Kaufman J., Gelernter J., Smith E.L., Perera T.D., Dwork A.J., Kaffman A., Gorman J.M., Rosenblum L.A., Owens M.S., Nemeroff C.B. Early-life Stress, Corticotropin-Releasing Factor, and Serotonin Transporter Gene: A Pilot Study. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 36:289-293 (2011)
  • Abdallah C. G. ASCP Committee on Residency and Fellowship Bipolar Module: ADHD Co-morbidity. Glick ID, Balon R, Zisook S, et al., American Society for Clinical Psychopharmacology Model Psychopharmacology Curriculum, 7th edition (In Production)
  • Viswanathan R, Rezaishiraz H, Zaveri D. Ethical hierarchy of preclinical medical students. Medical Education (Submitted for review)
  • Fayaz Ibrahim, Ramotse Saunders. Anticipation of serotonin syndrome due to co-administration of Linezolid with SSRI and further pharmacologic management. American journal of Psychiatry's The Resident's Journal, 2011. 6(2): 11-12.

Presentations at Local/Regional Meetings

  • Swapnil Gupta, Jatinder Chawla. The role of glutamatergic systems in mood disorders. SUNY Psychiatry Grand Rounds 2012
  • Deepan Singh. The ALPIM Syndrome: Anxiety of the Mind and Body. SUNY Psychiatry Grand Rounds 2012
  • Suprit Parida. Understanding cognitive processing in abstinent alcoholics using Event Related Potentials in an auditory oddball task. SUNY Psychiatry Grand Rounds 2012
  • Sherif Ragab. Relation between family history of alcoholism and auditory event related potentials. SUNY Psychiatry Grand Rounds 2012
  • Richard Kinyamu. Clinical and Ethical Considerations in Obtaining Internet Based Collateral in Psychiatric Practice. SUNY Psychiatry Grand Rounds 2012
  • Lada Alexeenko. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Paranoia. SUNY Psychiatry Grand Rounds 2012
  • Sharath Puttichanda. Bullying: A Modern Day Public Health concern. SUNY Psychiatry Grand Rounds 2012
  • Deval Zaveri. Role of omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in psychiatry. SUNY Psychiatry Grand Rounds 2012
  • Renata Sanders. Sexual Violence and Psychiatry - Understanding the Perpetrator. SUNY Psychiatry Grand Rounds 2012
  • Jamuna Theventhiran. Sexual Violence and Psychiatry: Overcoming Rape Stigma and Facilitating the Victim's Help Seeking Experience. SUNY Psychiatry Grand Rounds 2012
  • Carolina Jimenez. From Community Integration to Successful Aging in Older Adults with Schizophrenia. SUNY Psychiatry Grand Rounds 2012
  • Shaneel Shah. Internet Addiction: Overview. SUNY Psychiatry Grand Rounds 2012
  • C. Jimenez, E.F. Garcia-Aracena, H. Ryu, C. I. Cohen. Community Integration In Older Adults With Schizophrenia On 4-Year Follow-up. SUNY Research Day 2012
  • Renata Sanders. Assessing Organizational Cultural Competency in Nursing Home Staff. SUNY Research Day 2012
  • Shivana Naidoo. Chronic Kidney Disease, Depression and Kidney Functioning. SUNY Research Day 2012
  • Mohamed Sherif. CPP alters hippocampal CA1 oscillations in rat: simulation and experiment. SUNY Research Day 2012
  • Shaneel Shah, Michael Reinhardt. Trials and Tribulations post match: International Medical Graduates'Perspective. SUNY Research day 2012
  • Deepan Singh. ALPIM Syndrome: Anxiety of the Body and Mind. SUNY Downstate Medical Center-2011
  • Parida, Suprit. Evaluation of P3 and N2 ERP components in alcoholics in an auditory oddball paradigm. SUNY research day 2012.
  • Mohamed Sherif. Computational neuroscience & multiscale modeling in Neurology & Psychiatry. 2011 SUNY Downstate annual research day
  • Parida, Suprit. Electrophysiological Differences in Auditory Target Processing in Young Alcohol Dependent Males.
  • Shaneel Shah, Jeffrey Hamblin. Internet Addiction of a 13 year old girl. SUNY Downstate annual research day, 2011

Presentations at Local/Regional Meetings

  • Biswarup Ghosh. Body Image perceptions among Medical and non medical students. SUNY Downstate- 2011
  • Dunyue Lu. Correlation of neurogenesis and systemic metabolic indices in primates. Downstate research day- 2011
  • Parida S, Viswanathan R, Engel L, Myers, M. On-Call changes Sleep deprivation: resident views. SUNY Downstate research day -2011

Resident Awards/Scholarships/Fellowships

  • Deepan Singh. Fellowship in Psychoanalysis. Psychoanalytic Institute associated with NYU. 2010-11
  • Michael Reinhardt. APA MIT Deputy ACOM rep, Area II (2010), Rep (2011). APA. 2010- 2011


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