MUSC Psychiatry Chair Update | March 03, 2022
March 03, 2022
MUSC Psychiatry Chair Update
Thomas W. Uhde, M.D.
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Institute of Psychiatry
Research in the Department
Ranked 11th in the nation among departments of psychiatry in total research funding from the National Institutes of Health, MUSC Psychiatry is the single largest research department in the College of Medicine.
Psychologist working on app to help parents of injured children

Between 20% and 40% of trauma patients will develop significant mental health problems, like post-traumatic stress disorder or depression, in the year after the incident that brought them to the hospital.


The Trauma Resilience and Recovery Program, based out of the College of Nursing at MUSC, helps those patients struggling with the mental aftereffects of traumatic injury. Last year, 161 of its patients were under the age of 18.

Now, Leigh Ridings, Ph.D., associate director of child and family services at the TRRP and an assistant professor in the College of Nursing, is developing an app to meet the needs of parents or other caregivers whose children under age 12 have been injured. Some 20% of caregivers also experience PTSD or depression after their children are injured, she said.


She’s received a grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to undertake this project, which builds on the existing work of the TRRP. While the TRRP has an existing text messaging service that checks in on patients after they’re discharged, that system doesn’t meet the needs of the youngest patients, Ridings said.

Ridings has been working with Bernard Jansen in MUSC Digital Health Solutions on the technological aspects of the app, which is now at the point of usability testing – determining if it’s easy to navigate and provides information where the user expects to find it. The app will be dual-pronged. It will include a check-in for the child’s emotional recovery and provide information about the recovery process, as well as a check-in for the adult’s emotional recovery.


Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research recently posted their rankings for NIH PI Funding across U.S. Psychiatry Departments for 2021


The following MUSC Psychiatry faculty members fell within the top 10%: 

  • Kathleen Brady 
  • Aimee McRae 
  • Howard Becker 
  • Michael Cummings 
  • Carla Kmett Danielson 
Recent Publication

Cortese, B. M., Uhde, T. W., Schumann, A. Y., McTeague, L. M., Sege, C. T., Calhoun, C., & Danielson, C. K. (2021). Anxiety-related shifts in smell function in children and adolescentsChemical Senses, 46, bjab051. 

Do you know an employee who has gone the extra mile recently? Nominate them for the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences' MVP Award! This award will be given quarterly to an employee nominated by their peers for going above and beyond in the workplace. For more information or to nominate an employee, please visit our Employee Recognition Page on the Horseshoe.

The Chair’s Research Development Fund (CRDF) supports several goals related to maintaining high quality research training programs. Primary goals are:

  • Increase the number of extramurally--funded junior investigators
  • Encourage integration of trainees into research projects
  • Enhance mentor-mentee collaborations within and across department divisions
  • Increase minority representation among funded junior investigators

The CRDF will support a number of awards each year to be determined by available financial resources. The maximum requested award amount will be $25,000. Most awards will be in the $10,000 – 25,000 range. 




The PI must a) have a primary faculty appointment in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the rank of Assistant Professor or below or b) be a trainee within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences with a commitment from Division/Program of faculty appointment.

Award recipients are eligible to receive only one CRDF pilot research grant; once they have received a CRDF grant, they are not eligible to apply for another.


Application Submission Dates


There are two submission dates each year as funds are available:  May 1 (with funding to begin on August 1) and November 1 (funding to begin on February 1).  Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on those dates to be eligible for review. 


Please refer to this document for more information.


As part of the new MUSC Health and Wellness Institute that recently opened in Mount Pleasant, SC, a newly established Mindfulness Center will be offering a range of mindfulness and resiliency-based classes, workshops, individual sessions, and retreats.  These offerings are not considered mental health counseling, therefore will not be billed through any insurance or be diagnosis driven. However, they may be a useful complementary service for patients seen within Psychiatry, for trainees themselves, as well as for faculty and staff. 


Of note, we will be starting up a 4-week closed group series on Introduction to Mindfulness beginning the first week in March (5:30pm Monday March 7th) and will repeat monthly. This closed group is great for anyone wanting to learn more about the basic principles of mindfulness in a welcoming and nonjudgmental environment. 


In addition, we will be running an 8-week closed Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) group beginning the first week in April (4:30pm Wednesday April 6th).


All services are currently virtual and do not require you to be in the state to participate!


Please see the attached brochure to learn more. 


Is there an app to help victims and survivors of mass violence? Listen to the latest episode of the Mass Violence Podcast “We’ve got an app for that” to learn about the National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center’s mobile app Transcend NMVC.


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Annual mandatory training for 2022 has been assigned in MyQuest. Please note that ALL MUSC employees have a requirement of 4 hours of Diversity and Inclusion training, which is self-directed. Learn more about this requirement here. The deadline for completion of all training is June 30, 2022.

As part of MUSC's ongoing commitment to leading and learning in the domains of equity and inclusion, all MUSC employees must complete 4 hours of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) training by 6/30/22. DEI credit will be given for the training sessions offered below. Registration can be completed via MyQuest.
Department of Justice (Ban the Box)
March 16, 2022
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Virtual via Microsoft Teams
This training is designed to:
  • Define recidivism and the disproportionate racialimpact of denying employment based on pastcriminal record
  • Discuss current programs aimed at reducingrecidivism
Hosted by DOJ’s Community Outreach Coordinator, Danielle Sweat Whylly, Ph.D.
Sexual Harassment Training
April 8, 2022
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Virtual via Microsoft Teams
In-Person Training Location TBD
This training is designed to:
  • Explain differences between sexual attraction vssexual harassment
  • Notify employers of their responsibilities and stepsthey can take to lessen their liabilities byrecognizing and preventing sexual harassment inthe workplace.
Hosted by SC Human Affairs Commission Deputy Commissioner Daniel Koon
Request for Pilot Project Proposals
Focused on Sex and Gender-Related Issues in Neuroscience
In September 2018, the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Office of Research on Women’s Health renewed a 5-year award for Drs. Aimee McRae-Clark and Kathleen T. Brady, funding a research center focused on sex and gender-based multidisciplinary research at MUSC. One of the goals of the center is to catalyze women’s health-related research throughout the MUSC campus. This goal will be facilitated primarily by the support of pilot projects at MUSC.
The purpose of the Pilot Program is to provide short-term start-up funds to promising postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty (less than 5 years from post-doctoral training/terminal degree) to collect initial data for an R03, R21, or R01 submission. The project must focus on a neuroscience-related topic and explore either sex/gender differences or disorders/treatments as they uniquely relate to women. The project can be either clinical or basic science, and projects involving multidisciplinary teams and/or translational research efforts are especially encouraged.

Eligibility: Currently salaried postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty
Proposal Receipt Date: Friday, April 1, 2022, 5:00 PM
Award Notification: April 2022
Expected Funding Date: May 1, 2022
Funding Limit: $15,000 (direct costs only)
Funding Period: May 1, 2022 - April 30, 2023

To apply, please email the following documents to the SCORE Program Manager at between the dates of March 1, 2022 - April 1, 2022:

1. Submit a description (maximum of 5 pages, not including references) of your project using the following format:

     A. Statement of the Problem / Background
     B. Primary hypothesis to be tested
     C. Methods to be used
     D. Significance of the project and relationship to sex and gender research
     E. Clear description of how the pilot project will lead to extramural grant funding
2. Postdoctoral fellows must also submit a letter of support from the faculty mentor supervising the project.

3. Submit an NIH-type bio-sketch for the applicant. Postdoctoral fellows should also submit the mentor’s bio-sketch.

4. Submit a budget (using the PHS398 form) and a brief budget justification. Budgets can be no more than $15,000 andcannot provide funds for major equipment, travel, or salary support for the applicant or other faculty. Registration fee forone conference, at which the project PI will present SCOR Pilot project data, may be purchased.

5. Applicants are strongly encouraged to take advantage of assistance provided by the SCORE Biostatistical ResearchCore when preparing their application. Consults can be requested by contacting Dr. Viswanathan Ramakrishnan or 843-876-1153.

Please address inquiries to:
Amanda Wagner, MA, LPC
Program Manager

Funding for the MUSC SCORE provided by:
NIDA/ORWH: U54 DA016511 in partnership with MUSC
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Child & Adolescent Division


Open Rank/Faculty (UNIV, Full-Time): This candidate will primarily provide inpatient services to children and adolescents (6-12yo) in the Institute of Psychiatry. They will be responsible for the care of patients and the supervision of medical students, residents, and Child Fellows for one of our interdisciplinary care teams. This candidate will also have a small portion of their effort dedicated to another service that may consist of telemedicine, outpatient care, and/or residential care depending on candidates preferences and effort availability.


Open Rank/Faculty (UNIV, Full-Time): This candidate will work as a consultant and liaison for the Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital + Pearl Tourville Women’s Health Pavilion providing psychiatric consultation and care to patients in inpatient and urgent care in that facility. This candidate will also supervise and provide education to C&A Fellows and other APPs who help staff this service. This candidate will also provide supervision for general residents and fellows in the Child and Adolescent Outpatient MUSC ED Walk in Clinic, helping to establish care for families who were recently seen in the MUSC Pediatric Emergency Room.


Assistant Professor (UNIV, Full-Time): The Medical University of South Carolina's (MUSC) Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences is recruiting for clinician-educator faculty positions in downtown Charleston, SC. According to the candidate’s preferences they may be involved with clinical services across a variety of clinical settings including outpatient, day treatment, inpatient and residential programs. Direct patient encounters and tele-psychiatry services may also be included. Desire to work with medical students, residents, and child fellows preferred.


Division of Forensics


Social Worker (LISW) (MUSCP, Full-Time): The Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Division of Forensics is seeking a Social Worker to provide direct care and case management to patients in a clinic setting. Provide a wide variety of direct social worker services for a complex caseload of patients/clients including psychosocial assessment, active treatment, discharge planning, case management, and related documentation in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary forensic/and or treatment team.


Women's Reproductive Behavioral Health Division


Assistant Professor (UNIV, Full-Time): The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at MUSC is seeking a clinical psychologist with an interest and experience in Women’s Mental Health. The candidate will work collaboratively within an integrated behavioral health program and provide evidence-based psychotherapies to pregnant and postpartum women with mental health disorders, substance use disorders, and stress-related disorders as well as therapy for women experiencing traumatic events, grief and/or perinatal loss.


Licensed Social Worker LISW-CP (MUSCP, Full-Time): The Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Women’s Reproductive Behavioral Health Division is seeking a Licensed Social Worker. The purpose of this position is to enhance an integrated behavioral health program and provide evidence-based psychotherapies to pregnant and postpartum women with mental health and substance use disorders in order to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with these conditions.


Research Staffing Needs


In order to better coordinate shared resources within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, below are postings for research personnel effort needs. Investigators: Do you have a research assistant or clerical assistant in need of partial support for a limited time? Or a project in need of assistance? Please provide a summary of need/availability, time-frame, and contact information.   


The Weight Management Center is in need of temporary, part-time research assistance on a sponsored trial for which we are increasing our enrollment. We have a very experienced study coordinator (Mary Harley), and what we are looking for is help with data entry, study product accountability, filing,  etc. We anticipate needing 10-20 hours a week of assistance for up to possibly 7 months, but are open to discussion on both the hours per week and the duration. We are looking for people who are already MUSC employees, preferably someone who has completed CITI training. If interested, please contact Mary Harley at 843-792-5428 or


The purpose of this research is to test out a new way of treating generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) with low intensity focused ultrasound pulsation (LIFUP). If the subject agrees to participate in the research study, the participation will last approximately 10.5 hours over seven (7) days. The visits are as follows: 1- consent and MRI, 2- and 3- focused ultrasound will be delivered outside of the MRI environment, 4- MRI plus focused ultrasound, 5- assessments 1 week post focused ultrasound, and 6- one month follow-up assessments. Research studies are voluntary and include only people who agree to take part.

The CPCS office is currently taking referrals for youth and adults for outpatient therapy and/or medication management.

The CPCS office is located at 26 Bee Street and is seeing patients either virtually or in the office. All patients are self-pay at the time of the appointment and will be provided with the necessary paperwork to submit for reimbursement from their insurance companies. All department of psychiatry faculty members are eligible to see private patients in CPCS.


To make a referral or schedule an appointment, call 843-792-9396.


For more information about making a referral or joining the practice, feel free to contact Hilary Bernstein, LISW, DHA at


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The use of the powerful opiate drug, FENTANYL is on the rise, accounting for a large share of overdose deaths in SC, and the greater US.


Previously, urine drug testing at MUSC could not detect Fentanyl use. The Clinical Neurobiology Laboratory has recently completed an extensive validation of a qualitative (positive vs negative) urine test for the presence of Fentanyl which can be used to distinguish this drug from other commonly used/abused opiates such as oxycodone, buprenorphine and morphine. This test should aid clinicians in the evaluation of patients in multiple clinical settings, especially when illicit drug use is suspected.


Simply order: “Fentanyl, Urine, Qual (IOP LAB)” or “LAB9066”

Individuals needing to contact the MUSC COVID Vaccine Call Center can utilize the information below:
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.

**Updated University Directives can be found here.** 



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.




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