Paper Of The Year Award


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Resident-Fellow Members (RFMs)

Deepak Salem, D.O. (UMMS)

Role of microtubule actin crosslinking factor 1 (MACF1) in bipolar disorder pathophysiology and potential in lithium therapeutic mechanism

Andrew van der Vaart, M.D., Ph.D. (UMMS) 

Revisiting delusion subtypes in schizophrenia based on their underlying structures

Early Career Psychiatrist (ECP)

Aditya Pawar, M.D. (Kennedy Krieger)  Medical and Recreational Marijuana Laws and Adolescent Cannabis Use in the United States: An Updated Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis



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Medical Student Member (MSM)
Isabelle Pan, MS (JHU)

Long Gun Suicides in the State of Maryland Following the Firearm Safety Act of 2013 in Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, February 2023.

Resident-Fellow Member (RFM) 
Elizabeth Steuber (JH)

Psychiatric Presentations and Medication Use in Older Adults With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Journal of Clinical Psychiatry  November/December 2022

Early Career Psychiatrist (ECP)
Elizabeth Wise, M.D. (JHU)

Psychiatric Presentations and Medication Use in Older Adults With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry January 2022



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Medical Student Member (MSM) (2 way tie)

Michael Johnathan Charles Bray, MS (JHU)

Racial Differences in Statewide Suicide Mortality Trends in Maryland During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic in JAMA Psychiatry 2021 Apr 1

Nicholas O. Daneshvari, MS (JHU)

Neuroimaging Correlates of Syndromal Anxiety Following Traumatic Brain Injury: A Systematic Review of the Literature in Journal of the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry 2021 Sep 14


Resident-Fellow Member (RFM) 

Stephanie S. Kulaga, M.D. (UMMC/SP)

Viral respiratory infections and psychosis: A review of the literature and the implications of COVID-19  in Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 2021 Aug


Early Career Psychiatrist (ECP)

Lindsay R. Standeven, M.D. (JHU)

Allopregnanolone and depression and anxiety symptoms across the peripartum: an exploratory study in Archives of Women’s Mental Health 2021 Oct 29



Resident-Fellow Member (RFM)  – two winners this year:

Rachel L. Dillinger, M.D. (UMMC/Sheppard Pratt)

Addressing the Stigma Surrounding Serious Mental Illness in Adolescents: a Brief Intervention

Jason Theis, M.D., Ph.D. (JHU)

Firearm Suicide Among Veterans of the U.S. Military: A Systematic Review


Early Career Psychiatrist (ECP): Elizabeth J. Prince, D.O.

A longitudinal study of personality traits, anxiety, and depressive disorders in young adults



Resident/Fellow:  Jooyoung Lee, M.D.

Search trends preceding increases in suicide: A cross-correlation study of monthly Google search volume and suicide rate using transfer function models


Early Career Psychiatrist (ECP)  – two winners this year:

Paul Nestadt, M.D.

Prevalence of long gun use in Maryland firearm suicides

T. Avi Gerstenblith, M.D.

Trichotillomania comorbidity in a sample enriched for familial obsessive-compulsive disorder



Resident/Fellow:  Viviana Alvarez-Toro, M.D.

Revisiting the False Confession Problem

Early Career: Traci Speed, M.D., Ph.D.

An Innovative Perioperative Pain Program for Chronic Opioid Users



Resident/Fellow:  Paul Nestadt, M.D.

Urban–Rural Differences in Suicide in the State of Maryland: The Role of Firearms

Early Career: Traci Speed, M.D., Ph.D.

Survey of Pain Therapies in Marfan Syndrome



Resident/Fellow:  Traci Speed, M.D., Ph.D.

Characterization of Pain, Disability, and Psychological Burden in Marfan Syndrome.”

Early Career: Jennifer Coughlin, M.D.

In vivo markers of inflammatory response in recent-onset schizophrenia: a combined study using [11C]DPA-713 PET and analysis of CSF and plasma



Resident/Fellow:  Asheena Keith, M.D.

Behavioral Interventions for Tobacco Use in HIV-infected Smokers: a Meta-analysis.”



Resident/Fellow:  Avi Gerstenblith, M.D.

Lyme Disease: A Review of Its Epidemiology, Evaluation, and Treatment.”

Early Career: Margo Lauterbach, M.D.

Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury–Induced Dyskinesia With Tetrabenazine: A Case Report.”



Resident/Fellow: Carol Vidal, M.D., M.P.H.

“Meta-Analysis of efficacy of mirtazapine as an adjunctive treatment of negative symptoms in schizophrenia.”

Early Career: Maju Koola, M.D.

“Relief of cannabis withdrawal symptoms and cannabis quitting strategies in people with schizophrenia.”

Open category: Rebecca Birnbaum, M.D.

“Functional neuroimaging and schizophrenia: a view towards effective connectivity modeling and polygenic risk.”.