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Trainee Accomplishments

Current UC San Diego Psychiatry Research Residents Honors and Publications

Jacqui Kulbe, M.D., Ph.D. (PGY-II)

Recent Abstracts/Papers:
Kulbe JR et al.  Association of day-of-injury serum glial fibrillary acidic protein concentration and six-month posttraumatic stress disorder in patients with mild traumatic brain injury. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2022 Jun 18. doi: 10.1038/s41386-022-01359-5.

Monica Castillo, M.D., M.S. (PGY-III)

Recent Honors:
2022 NIMH Outstanding Resident Award Program
2020 ACNP Travel Award

Recent Abstracts/Papers:
Castllo MF, Fatourou E, Halaris A. Interleukin-8 in Major Depressive Disorder and effects of treatment. Neuropsychopharmacology 45: 183-4, 2020.

Castillo MF, Troyer EA, Kohn JN et al. Prevalence Correlates, and Potential Pro-Inflammatory Biomarker Predictors CRP, SAA, sICAM-1, sVCAM-1 for Post-Traumatic Stress in Older Adults With Hypertension During the Early Phase of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Proc ACNP, San Juan, PR, Dec 2021.

Cantos A, Castillo MF, Halaris A. Comparison of Interleukin-8 Levels in Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Depression After Treatment With Escitalopram. Proc ACNP, San Juan, PR, Dec 2021.

David Adamowicz, M.D., Ph.D. (PGY-IV)

Recent Honors:
Harvard / Mass General Hospital Geropsychiatry Fellowship (2023-25)
2021 NIMH Outstanding Research Award Program
2021 American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) Scholar

Recent Abstracts/Papers:
Adamowicz DH et al. Associations between Inflammatory Marker Profiles and Neurocognitive Functioning in People with Schizophrenia and Non-Psychiatric Comparison Subjects. Journal of Psychiatric Research 149:106-113, 2022.
Adamowicz DH, Lee EE. Predicting and improving hospital outcomes for older adults. Int Psychogeriat 33: 205-207, 2021
Adamowicz DH, Lee EE, et al. Associations between inflammatory biomarker profiles and cognitive functioning in adults with schizophrenia and non-psychiatric comparison subjects. Biological Psychiatry 89:S376-S377, 2021

Tom Dixon, M.D., Ph.D. (PGY-IV)

Recent Honors:
California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) Fellowship (2022-2024)

Recent Abstracts/Papers:
Dixon TA, Muotri AR. Advancing Preclinical Models of Psychiatric Disorders with Human Brain Organoid Cultures. Molecular Psychiatry (In Press) 2022.

Awards and Honors during Research Track Residency

Res # Awards / Honors
1 NIDA-AACAP Resident Training Award ($20K); R01 Diversity Supplement ($166K); NEI Master Psychopharmacology Program; ACNP* Travel Award; NIMH ORAP*; NIMH Brain Camp; Judd Research Award; Career Development Inst. for Psychiatry
2 John Majda Memorial Research Grant ($5K); ASCP New Invest Award ($5K); APA Res Colloquium; VA Ctr Excellence Stress/Mental Health pilot award ($5K)
3 BBRF/NARSAD Young Invest Award ($70K); Laughlin Fellow; ASCP New Invest Award ($5K); VA PALA pilot award ($10K); J Purton Schiz Res Travel Award; SOBP* Early Career Travel Award; UCSD Gold Humanism Award; JI Cohen Award Schiz Res ($3K); ACNP Travel Award; NIMH ORAP; ICOSR* Travel Award; APA Res Colloquium; AAGP/Geriatric Mental Health Fnd Scholar; NNCI* Fellowship; Most Outstanding Clinician, UCSD Residency (PGY1&2); Outstanding Educator (PGY1&2); Medical Student Teaching Award; Beacon Health Fellow; HRSA Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Travel Award
4 APA Res Colloquium; NNCI Fellow; Judd Research Award; ADAA* Career Development Leadership Program; Am Assoc Geriatric Psychiatry Scholar's Program
5 BBRF/NARSAD Young Invest Award ($70K); APA/SAMHSA Minority Fellowship ($25K); R01 Diversity Supplement ($68K); NIH Loan Repayment Program (3 years); APA Res Colloquium; ACNP Travel Award; SIRS* Travel Award; APA Council on Research Fellow; JI Cohen Award Schiz Res ($3K)
6 AFSP* Young Invest Award ($90K); John Majda Memorial Research Grant ($5K); Judd Research Award; ACNP Travel Award; NIMH ORAP; APA Res Colloquium; SOBP Early Career Travel Award
7 APA Res Colloquium
8 NIMH ORAP, ADAA* Career Development Leadership Program
9 NIMH ORAP; American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry Scholar; APA Res Colloquium; JI Cohen Award Schiz Research ($3K)
10 CIRM Fellowship
11 ACNP Travel Award, NIMH ORAP

* ACNP: American College of Neuropsychopharmacology; ADAA: Anxiety & Depression Association of America; AFSP: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; CIRM: California Institute for Regenerative Medicine; ICOSR: International Congress on Schizophrenia Research; NNCI: National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative; ORAP: Outstanding Resident Award Program; SOBP: Society of Biological Psychiatry;  SIRS: Schizophrenia International Research Society

Past Psychiatry Summer Research Fellows and their Current Positions

Our program sponsors two students from under-represented groups to attend UCSD for 10–12 weeks of intensive Psychiatry research and career mentorship during the Summer between the MS-I and MS-II years.

Of the 9 students who have thusfar completed our program and graduated from medical school, 6 have gone on to "match" in Psychiatry Residency Training programs, including 2 who matched with Psychiatry Research Residency Tracks!

  • Uzoma Ahiarakwe is an MS-III at Eastern Virginia School of Medicine.
  • Lauren Pedersen is an MS-III at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.
  • Julian Lane, MD is a Psychiatry Resident at the Morehouse University School of Medicine.
  • Brandi Quintanilla DO, MS is a Psychiatry Research Track Resident in the UT Department of Psychiatry.
  • Cecilia Rangel-Garcia MD, MPH is a Psychiatry Resident in the UC Davis Department of Psychiatry.
  • Jade Avery, MD is a Psychiatry Resident at Columbia University.
  • Joshua Dyer, DO completed Psychiatry Resident at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. Current APA Congressional Fellow.
  • Sara Timtim, MD completed the UCSD Psychatry Research Residency Track and is a Post-doctoral Fellow in PTSD/Trauma Research at the UCSF-affiliated San Francisco VA MIRECC.
  • Tiffany Morton is an MS-V in The Ohio State University School of Medicine and Public Health MD/MPH program
  • Jessica Ray is an MS-II at Howard University College of Medicine.