NC Community Psychiatrists’ Leadership Video Conference features Carrie Brown, MD, MPH

October 6, 2019

The Center’s  Community Psychiatrists’ Leadership Video Conference Series program will feature Carrie L. Brown, MD, MPH, chief medical officer for Behavioral Health & IDD, at  NC Department of Health and Human Services. The October 8 event, specifically designed for community psychiatrists, is the first in a series to update community psychiatrists and other physicians working in … Continued

UNC Researchers Join $945 Million NIH HEAL Initiative to Combat Opioid Epidemic

October 3, 2019

    The Center’s John Gilmore, MD, Eure Professor, vice chair, Research and Scientific Affairs, is a co-PI for a NIH  research project to improve outcomes for children exposed to opioids. Weili Lin, PhD,, director of the Biomedical Research Imaging Center, Dixie Lee Boney Soo Distinguished Professor, Neurological Medicine, is PI. Read more      

Meltzer-Brody named chair, UNC Department of Psychiatry

September 12, 2019

Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, MPH, Ray M. Hayworth and Family Distinguished Professor of Mood and Anxiety Disorders, has been appointed Assad Meymandi Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, effective October 1. Read more in UNC Health Care’s Vital Signs

Hope grows here

July 22, 2019

The Farm at Penny Lane’s innovative programs help mental health clients become more self-sufficient. Read Hope grows here in the University Gazette      

Director’s Message

July 3, 2019

It was a busy and exciting spring. Both our STEP and Community Psychiatrists’ Leadership symposiums were great successes. We were pleased to host our inaugural donors’ appreciation lunch in May. Congratulations to Thava Mahadevan, our operations director, who recently received Wake County NAMI’s inaugural Ann & Gerry Akland Person of Passion Award. You can read … Continued

Matt Ballard joins Farm at Penny Lane

July 3, 2019

Matt Ballard, MSW, MDiv, joined the Center in April as program manager at the Farm at Penny Lane, which houses the Center’s innovative mental health recovery programs such as Horticulture Therapy, Brushes with Life Arts program, UNC PAWS and wellness programs. The Farm typically serves individuals with serious mental illness. He will work closely with Center … Continued

Claudia Driver named clinical director at STEP Clinic at Carr Mill

July 3, 2019

Claudia Driver, MA, LMFT, clinical director and family therapist at Wake Encompass, was named clinical director for the UNC STEP (Schizophrenia Treatment and Evaluation Program) Clinic at Carr Mill in May. She continues to manage both clinics as she transitions to the Carr Mill Clinic. “Claudia brings a wealth of experience in direct provision of … Continued

Annual STEP Symposium focuses on social determinants of mental health and recovery

July 3, 2019

Twenty-sixth Annual STEP Symposium focuses on social determinants of mental health and recovery More than 100 patients, families and mental health professionals from around the State gathered April 6 at the UNC Friday Center to learn about community factors and other social determinants of health, including housing, transportation, food security, employment and social connectedness, which … Continued

Community psychiatrists’ leadership symposium features Carrie Brown

June 28, 2019

John Gilmore, MD, director of the  Network and the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health, Thad and Alice Eure Distinguished Professor and vice chair, Research and Scientific Affairs, in the Department of Psychiatry, welcomed community psychiatrists and other leaders from around the State. He recognized North Carolina’s AHEC’s Alan Brown and Hugh Tilson … Continued

Center News Briefs

June 27, 2019

  Thava Mahadevan receives an inaugural Ann & Gerry Akland Person of Passion Award at Wake County NAMI Thava Mahadevan, MS, LCAS, director of operations at the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health, received an inaugural Ann & Gerry Akland Person of Passion Award at NAMI Wake County’s 33rd Celebration of Courage Award … Continued