McLean Hospital has announced the recipients of 12 fellowships for the 2018-2019 academic year.
These fellowships are made possible through a combination of generous support from donors and internal funding resources. McLean Hospital is grateful to its donors, whose philanthropic investments exemplify their trust in the talented investigators listed below who are helping to advance the field of mental health research and treatment.
Cassandra Godzik, NP, MSN, has been awarded the Rossano Mind, Brain & Behavior Pre-Doctoral Summer Fellowship, established by honorary trustee Kenneth R. Rossano in 2003, to study mindfulness, anxiety symptoms, and treatment satisfaction of adolescent patients enrolled in the McLean Anxiety Mastery Program.
Michael Murphy, MD, PhD, has been awarded the Maria Lorenz Pope Fellowship, established by Dr. Alfred Pope, to support his research on thought disorder, excitation/inhibition imbalance, and aberrant directional connectivity in psychotic disorders.
Maria Ironside, DPhil, and Gabriele Chelini, PhD, both have been awarded a Phyllis and Jerome Lyle Rappaport Mental Health Research Fellowship, established by the Rappaport family in 2001. Ironside is studying the acute effects of tDCS on stress responsibility and threat vigilance in patients with major depressive disorder, and Chelini is studying the CS-6 cluster, a novel extracellular matrix structure implicated in synaptic plasticity and psychiatric disorders.
Nikolaos P. Daskalakis, MD, PhD, has been awarded the Jonathan Edward Brooking Mental Health Research Fellowship, established by the Brooking family in 1985, to support his research on the role and regulation of the SNRNP35 gene in stress-related mental disorders.
Kristin N. Javaras, DPhil, PhD, has been awarded the Eleanor and Miles Shore Harvard Medical School Fellowship, established as part of a cooperative program between Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital, to support her research on using wearable technology to measure food intake in young women with clinical-level binge eating.
Virginie-Anne Chouinard, MD, has been awarded the Pope-Hintz Fellowship, established by the Hintz family in 2014 and named in honor of Dr. Harrison “Skip” Pope Jr., to support her research on the effects of methylene blue treatment on a specific brain redox state marker and depression in patients with bipolar disorder.
Antonia V. Seligowski, PhD, has been awarded the Adam J. Corneel Young Investigator Award, established by the Corneel family in 1992, to support her research on the impact of estrogen levels on fear-potentiated startle and heart rate variability, two intermediate phenotypes of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Galen Missig, PhD, has been awarded the Andrew P. Merrill Memorial Research Fellowship, established by the Merrill family in 1991, to support his research on the role of microglia in the neurophysiological signatures of perinatal immune activation.
Lauren A. Rutter, PhD, has been awarded the Dorris Research Award, which was established by Mac and Ginny Dorris and is funded by proceeds from The Ride for Mental Health, to support her research on neurocognitive variability following trauma exposure.
R. Kathryn McHugh, PhD, received the Sarles Young Investigator Award, established by the Sarles family, to support her research on gender differences in benzodiazepine misuse.