MUSC Psychiatry Chair Update | January 14, 2021
January 14, 2021
MUSC Psychiatry Chair Update
Thomas W. Uhde, M.D.
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Institute of Psychiatry
Please click the button below for updated University Directives for MUSC Faculty, Staff, and Students (effective 01/13/21).

We have received a few emails asking about the mask policy. This information is referenced in Section A of the link above.


As we have been told, even with the vaccine, we must continue to wear a mask, socially distance, and practice good hand hygiene. 


Please visit the MUSC Horseshoe for the latest on COVID-19.

Twelve Self-Help Tips for Coping in the
Aftermath of the Attack on the U.S. Capitol
The National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center (NMVVRC), based in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina, offers the following suggestions in the aftermath of an event that has caused anxiety and stress for a lot of people: the attack on the U.S. Capitol. The list below was compiled under the leadership of Dean Kilpatrick, Ph.D., and Angela Moreland-Johnson, Ph.D., by several project team members, including Alyssa Rheingold, Ph.D., Dan Smith, Ph.D., Anne Seymour, Vickey Cornelison-Grant and Ryan Holman.

The events that unfolded in the nation’s capital on Jan. 6, 2021, were deeply upsetting to many people who watched in disbelief as a mob breached the Capitol building — the “People’s House.” It was acutely troubling and stressful for viewers, and it was terrifying for many of our nation’s leaders and their staff who feared for their physical safety. Family members and friends were frantic because they did not know whether their loved ones were safe.


The events was also distressing to many of us because of the symbolic value of what happened. We also know from past experience and from information we have already received from our stakeholders that this event was a “trauma cue” for some people who have previously endured mass violence, criminal victimization or other traumatic life events. Trauma cues can increase distress and impede recovery from previous violent victimization experiences. 


We at the National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center have accumulated a great deal of information about practical things people can do to help reduce the stress produced by these types of situations and to live a more resilient life. We are pleased to provide you with this brief "tip sheet" of things you can do, as well as some self-help resources you may find helpful. 


I am please to announce that Robert DuPont has been selected as the Mental Health ICCE Administrator. He will begin February 15th. Robert comes to this role with a career in mental health services, in various hospital settings. Rob entered the healthcare field in New Hampshire working as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist with children and adolescents. He then assumed a supervisor role over the clinical programming for two acute care adult units and one long term care unit. Rob later went to Florida as a Program Manager for child and adolescent residential programs in Orlando and in Ocala.


In 2014, he began his role as the Program Director at Trident Medical Center, with the opening of their new adult inpatient behavioral health program. Since the start of that program, he led the successful creation of several additional programs for the emergency department, inpatient, and outpatient behavioral health. Currently, Robert is the Vice President of Behavioral Health at Mission Health in Asheville, North Carolina, where he has continued to develop programs to meet the behavioral health needs of the community.


Robert has a Bachelor’s of Science in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of New Hampshire and a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Management from New England College. Rob is excited to be joining the MUSC Health family, and makes this move back to the Charleston area with his wife, Kaley, and their three children. In addition to staying active outside with his family in both the mountains of Asheville and at the beaches of Charleston, he enjoys cooking and gardening.
We are excited to have Rob join our academic family. Please welcome him to MUSC! (Rob can be reached at Thank you.
Dr. Sarah Book's excellent MUSC Public Radio interview on Reducing Alcohol to Improve Health & Well Being will be broadcast statewide on SC Public Radio this week. You can catch the broadcast today at 4:44 pm during the All Things Considered show. The interview is also available 24/7 as a podcast on the SC Public Radio website.

For anyone who is requesting promotion or tenure effective January 1, 2022, all promotion and tenure requests must be received in the Chair’s office no later than February 4, 2021, in the form of complete packets accompanied by a letter of recommendation from your Division Director. Packets with checklists, requests for materials, and forms specific for regular and modified faculty have been developed to make the submission process more straightforward. Packets are available on the College of Medicine’s website. Please click the button below:

Promotion to Associate Professor or Professor requires a minimum of four letters of recommendation, addressed to the Departmental Chair. Individuals selected to write the minimum four letters should be non-MUSC faculty in the candidate’s field at the academic rank of professor or its equivalent stature. At least two of these individuals should not be associated with the candidate by having been past mentors/teachers/students/trainees. We ask that you provide 4-6 names of individuals that we can contact to solicit letters of recommendation.  


The letter of recommendation from your Division Director must follow appendix 2 in the COM APT guidelines. Division Director letters should include the following paragraphs: introductory, education, research if applicable, scholarly publications, clinical practice if applicable, administration, and other activities and accomplishments. 


If you have any questions, please contact Kristen Mulholland at
2020-2021 GRAND ROUNDS
3rd Annual Medical Cannabis Conference presented by the
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Office of Continuing Education
This activity has been approved for  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, American Psychological Association (APA) Continuing Education Credit, South Carolina Board of Examiners in Psychology Continuing Education Credit, The South Carolina Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Psycho-Educational Credits, and South Carolina Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization has approved this activity. 
If you have any questions, please contact

Please consider sending a Valentine’s Day card to our patients! Cards are distributed throughout the hospital. Only your first name will be included on the card. If you have any questions, please contact Jessica at


Also, please consider donating $1 to our Friends of Mental Health fund. For every $5 we can do things like buy a bus pass for a patient, a teddy bear for a patient, or pill organizers for the elderly. We thank you for your support!

  • MUSC is using a new timekeeping system, effective Dec. 20, 2020
  • All employees must review and approve their timecards biweekly, regardless of what their FLSA status is.

  • An employee must review their biweekly time card reports to ensure accuracy. The designated timekeepers aren’t always aware of employees’ day-to-day schedule.

  • All holidays must be reported in a timely fashion regardless if they’re taken or an employee is saving that holiday for another time.

  • If an employee or supervisor can’t approve a certain timecard then they must sign the Delegation of Duty Form and give to their designated timekeeper.
Timekeeping Tools

Addiction Sciences Division


Assistant Professor/Psychologist (UNIV, Full-Time): This position is for a clinical psychologist who will be working as a faculty member at the Medical University of South Carolina in the Outpatient Clinic of the Addiction Sciences Division of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, providing individual and group therapy to individuals with addiction-related and other psychiatric illnesses and their families. 


Open Rank/Assistant Professor (UNIV, Full-Time): The successful applicant for this position will have either an MD or a PhD degree and will be expected to have an established and independent research program that will interface with the multidisciplinary NIAAA P50 Charleston Alcohol Research Center at MUSC. 


Open Rank/Professor (UNIV, Full-Time): The successful applicant for this position will have either an MD or a PhD degree and will be expected to have an established and independent research program that will interface with the multidisciplinary NIAAA P50 Charleston Alcohol Research Center at MUSC.


Psychiatry Hospitalist Division


Open Rank - Psychiatry (UNIV, Full-Time): Candidate must be a psychiatrist with the ability to hold an unrestricted license to practice in South Carolina. The candidate must be board-eligible or board-certified if having completed residency training greater than five years ago. Candidate will be a member of the Psychiatry Hospitalist Division and provide inpatient care on a general adult psychiatry unit and provide coverage across other inpatient areas as needed. Candidate will provide care as a Consult Liaison, and have research coverage. *Note: This position is coded under an ECT identifier through Human Resources; however, it is not ECT for doctors. This position is for the Psychiatry Hospitalist Division.


Women's Reproductive and Behavioral Health Division


Social Worker LISW-CP (MUSCP, Full-Time): The Department of Psychiatry is seeking a candidate to fill their Social Worker position within their Mental Health Division. The candidate will work collaboratively within an integrated behavioral health program and provide evidence-based psychotherapies to pregnant and postpartum women with mental health and substance use disorders.


Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science's

Executive Committee for Research and Research Administration (ECRRA) Announcement:


Special Issue Call for Papers: Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health


COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on mental health across the world, both because of the direct effects of the virus on various facets of brain and immune function, as well as the effects of economic, social and life style disruption. Biological Psychiatry: Global Open Science (BP:GOS) plans a special issue devoted to understanding both the direct and indirect impacts of COVID-19 on mental health across the world, with a particular focus on prospective biological predictors and outcomes that may mediate or moderate the relationship of COVID-19’s influence on mental health, as well as studies of the mechanisms by which COVID-19 infection or associated impacts contribute to new onset mental health challenges or exacerbate pre-existing conditions. Treatment studies that link directly to COVID-19 are also welcome. The Journal is interested in empirical work or reviews focused on populations across the lifespan, as well as directly relevant animal work.


We invite submission for March 1, 2021, with a goal of publishing the special issue in August 2021. All submissions will be peer reviewed. Authors should indicate that the submission is intended for the special issue. For questions, contact the editorial office at


The long-awaited COVID-19 vaccines have started arriving at  MUSC Health. The vaccine is not mandatory, but it is highly encouraged. The COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force will be posting updates on the COVID-19 Vaccine intranet site, including information about the vaccine safety and efficacy, so our care team members can make an informed decision.



The following resource provides MUSC Health lab and testing options pertaining to COVID-19. Included on this page is information regarding drive-thru and “pop-up” mobile COVID testing locations, antibody or serology tests, drive-in lab and nurse visits, and original/classic lab testing.


MUSC Health Lab & Testing Options



Due to the activity of COVID-19 within the hospital and community, all employees, residents, fellows and students within all MUSC entities are directed to begin daily self-monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms. This applies regardless of whether you have been working remotely on a full-time or intermittent basis. You need to continue daily self-monitoring, even if symptoms are not present.



In addition to updates provided by MUSC Enterprise, the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences will also provide updates through our employee intranet, The Horseshoe. Updates will be provided regularly as new information becomes available. For your convenience, direct links are provided below.



Given the COVID-19 pandemic and until further notice, all volunteers and observers are barred from participation in departmental and MH-ICCE based activities. If there are circumstances wherein this policy causes a significant and critical issue, it should be brought to my attention for consideration of a written waiver (on an individual basis) of this policy. Thank you.


Thomas W. Uhde, M.D.

Professor and Chair

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
The Executive Committee for Research and Research Administration is interested in better understanding grant administrative support within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in order to identify any areas for improvement in our current research infrastructure. We want to identify what is working well, challenges, and recommendations for improvements/changes that could be made to support our Department’s research mission. Of note, we are interested in feedback related to overall assistance and infrastructure support, not specific personnel issues. This survey should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.  
The link to the RedCap survey is below. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact either Romeka Washington or Alyssa Rheingold. Thank you.

TriNetX is a user-friendly platform that researchers can utilize to query de-identified data from MUSC’s Electronic Health Records (EHR). The TriNetX platform is available to MUSC research teams to support enhanced research feasibility assessments, create a cohort of patients for research data sets, protocol development, and the creation of participant lists for recruitment. More information can be found on SCTR’s website at You can also download a PDF copy of MUSC TriNetX Basic Guide by clicking here and the Data Guide by clicking here.


Faculty members have access to this platform; however staff members must be sponsored by a faculty member. The i2b2 Sponsorship Form can be found on the Biomedical Informatics Center (BMIC) website at


Register for an upcoming TriNetX training:


Basic Functionality Training
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 | 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. | Register

Data Analytics Training
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 | 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. | Register 
Thursday, January 28, 2021 | 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. | Register


Individuals may contact Elizabeth Szwast or Amanda Cameron to request access to the July TriNetX recorded training session. 


Should you have any questions, please contact Romeka Washington at

A Free Virtual Event with James Hollis Ph.D.


The Charleston area non-profit, Mental Health Heroes, and The Lowcountry Mental Health Conference would like to invite you to join Dr. James Hollis for a one-hour virtual conversation. Dr. Hollis will share his thoughts on psychotherapy, discuss the challenges we all face during these challenging times, and he will talk about his new and upcoming books! You will also have an opportunity to ask Dr. Hollis questions.

The session is FREE, you may earn 1 continuing education credit  (LPC, LMFT, LCSW through SC-DMH & SC-LLR), and it will begin at 12 noon EST on January 15, 2021.  Register today at Email if you have questions. 


(Note: A recorded session will be available but not for CE credit)

Per current NIH guidelines, the HCC Fellowship Program will consider an extension to the January 15 application deadline for COVID-19 related issues. Applicants should send a short letter via email by 12 PM January 15, 2021 explaining the reason an extension is requested. The letter should include the title of the project and the name of the primary mentor.

The Hollings Cancer Center (HCC) Fellowship Program is currently accepting applications for its Postdoctoral and Clinical Fellowship and Graduate Fellowship Programs. Applications for both fellowship levels are due by midnight, Friday, January 15, 2021. Awardees will begin their fellowships July 1, 2021. This program focuses on training the next generation of exceptional cancer scientists at the Medical University of South Carolina.


HCC Postdoctoral and Clinical Fellowship awards provide up to two years of stipend support for postdoctoral fellows and one year of support for clinical fellows. 


HCC Graduate Fellowship awards will provide up to two years of stipend and tuition assistance.  


For more information or to apply:


Testing a Wearable Telemedicine-controllable

taVNS Device for NeuroCovid Recovery and Rehab


Researcher: Mark George, M.D.

PRO Number: pro00101270


The purpose of the research is to test out a new form of treatment where we stimulate a nerve in your ear. This is called transcutaneous (through the skin) auricular (ear) vagus nerve stimulation (taVNS) which means that you will receive stimulation through the ear. The taVNS device looks like an ear bud you would use with your smart phone or computer. We are investigating whether or not taVNS can treat neurologic symptoms of COVID-19 which are termed NEUROCOVID. Some symptoms you may experience are new onset anxiety, depression, vertigo, loss of smell, headaches, fatigue, irritability, etc. This study is entirely online and all assessments will be completed virtually.


Recruitment Contact

Sarah Huffman



Please see the calendar below for a list of diversity & inclusion offerings from the Office of Training and Intercultural Education.


NAMI Connection and NAMI Family Support Offered Online 


Social distancing does not mean that you have to go through difficult times alone. NAMI is here to help! We are offering NAMI Family Support and NAMI Connection online. 


NAMI Connection Support is offered every Monday at 6PM until further notice.


NAMI Family Support Group is offered the 2nd and 4th Thursdays

of the month at 6PM until further notice.


By clicking HERE you can sign up to receive the meeting login information or you can email us at or call/text 843-284-3091. 
If you would like to submit content to include in next week's Chair Update, please submit to Dr. Jamie Fisher by 12:00 pm on Monday. Thank you.
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