News and Updates

Here are some highlights of the awards and news made by Duke Psychiatry Doctors in 2012 - 2014:

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April Seay with her First-Place poster, Reducing Violence in the Duke Emergency Department using the Broset Violence Checklist, at the 2014 NCPA Resident Poster Competition


Congratulations to Dr. April Seay and colleagues Krista Alexander, Nora Dennis and Kim Johnson for taking first prize at the 2014 North Carolina Psychiatric Association Resident Poster Competition! 

Congratulations to Dr. Betsy Sumner for her Honorable Mention in the NIMH Outstanding Resident Award Program!

The American Association of Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry (AACDP) selected Dr. Chelsea Neumann to serve a two-year term (2013-2015) as a resident representative to the American Association of Medical College’s (AAMC) Organization of Resident Representatives.

Congratulations to the residents selected by Duke Medical Students for the APPLESEED Award.  Awarded to fewer than 10% of Duke Residents over the course of the year, the Appleseed Awards are student-initiated, student-maintained awards designed to recognize residents who make outstanding contributions to medical student education. 

The AppleSeed Resident Teaching Awards Committee, created in the spring of 2008 by Duke medical students as a Davison Council committee, is a program dedicated to recognizing, awarding, and thanking house staff who served as outstanding mentors to second-year medical students during their core rotations. 
Using a voting system, the committee collects the nominations of second-year medical students throughout their clerkship year to select and award exceptional residents dedicated to medical education. The  AppleSeed Award aims to promote an environment of excellent mentorship among house staff through the collective 
gratitude of the student body.

The following Psychiatry Residents have been acknowledged with the 2014-2015 Appleseed Award:

Thai Nguyen


Alex Eksir



Jason Cho


Wilbur Dattilo (four-time honoree!)



Thank you to the Appleseed Award Winners and to everyone who contributes to an educational team environment on the psychiatry clinical services!



TV and Video


The Next Generation of Neuropsychiatric Diagnostics & Therapeutics: Dr. Kafui Dzirasa

   What if the faulty brain network connections which result in psychiatric symptoms could be understood well enough to be reconnected with the aid of an implanted electronic device? Kafui Dzirasa, M.D., Ph.D. presents his proposal to research and develop a new type of “pacemaker for the brain” as a future therapy for mental illnesses.




 Duke Medicine-Psychiatry Video: by Dr. Jason Webb

"The Impact of the Duke University Medicine Residency Global Health Program (GHP) on the Practice of Medicine: Meaning Making and Outcomes for Residency Education", by former Duke Med-Psych Resident, Dr. Jason Webb. (Video file format.) To read more about Dr. Webb, see his profile at this Duke web page.


Duke Psychiatry Resident Produces a Documentary:
“Therapeutic Spaces: A Photographic Survey,” by Dr. Jose Ribas (Psychiatry) 

Eleven Duke physician residents representing nine different departments enrolled in the Documenting Medicine program this year.  They presented their final projects, which encompassed a wide range of patient and provider stories, in a ceremony on Wednesday, June 6, 2012.  Former Duke Psychiatry Resident Jose Ribas created a photographic survey of therapeutic spaces.  The Documenting Medicine projects use documentary as a mode of inquiry to highlight the human dimension in healthcare today.  For more information about this program, visit:


 Duke Child and General Psychiatry Trainee Creates a Documentary

Dr. Jennifer Segura, former Child and General Psychiatry trainee, became a documentarian!  In an effort to document the patient experience, she picked up a camera and got to work.  Check out her website!:

Duke Psychiatry Resident is Featured on 60 Minutes

Dr. Dzirasa received his undergraduate degree from University of Maryland Baltimore County, which has built a recognized program in the sciences, and continued his education and career as a physician researcher at Duke while undertaking his Psychiatry residency. Watch Dr. Dzirasa’s interview at;storyMediaBox.



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