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Psychiatry

Department hands out awards celebrating Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Last month, the Department of Psychiatry handed out the DEI Legacy awards. The award is presented to faculty, staff, or trainees who exemplify a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in service, teaching, and/or advocacy for a long-lasting legacy. This year, the awards were handed out to Alëna A. Balasanova, MD, FAPA; Dom Gliko, […]

February 7, 2023

Department honors five community partners for their work in behavioral health

The Outstanding Partnership Award is presented to an individual, team or institution which demonstrates inspiring collaboration in service of our mission and our community. It began in 2019, and each year, the Department of Psychiatry leadership picks five local people or organizations for the award. This year’s recipients are Nathalie Khoury, MD, and Marco Olivera-Martinez, […]

February 7, 2023

Five receive Citizenship Award

On Jan. 27, 2023, the Department of Psychiatry honored five employees with the William H. Roccaforte Citizenship Award. The award was named after the longtime UNMC Professor William Roccaforte, MD, who Chair Howard Liu said embodied both humility and daily service. The Citizenship Award goes to a faculty member, staff, or trainee who exemplifies a […]

February 7, 2023

Five leaders receive award named after the late Reba Benschoter

Five Department of Psychiatry employees were honored with the Reba Benschoter Inspirational Leadership Award on January 27, 2023. The award, which was first handed out in 2020, is presented to faculty, staff, or trainees who exemplify a spirit of leadership, innovation, and integrity that inspires others. Meagan Kankovsky, LICSW; Riley Machal, MD; Maggie Milner, BSN, […]

February 7, 2023

Department adds new award to showcase patient safety

This year a new award was added: The Escape Fire Patient Safety Award. The recipients are faculty, trainees, or staff members who went above and beyond to keep everyone safe in 2022. Alëna A. Balasanova, MD, FAPA; Susan Crowder, RN, MSN; Riley Machal, MD; Claudia Moore, MD; and the Department of Psychiatry clinical therapists were […]

February 7, 2023

UNMC departments collaborate on research project dealing with CBD and PTSD

The UNMC Department of Neurological Sciences (DONS) and the UNMC Department of Psychiatry are collaborating on a research project to see if an investigational form of cannabidiol (CBD) can help people with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  The clinical trial will enroll adults with PTSD to understand if cannabidiol (CBD) is safe and effective for PTSD […]

December 9, 2022

Spotlight: Emilee Kendall

Clinical Research Assistant My name is Emilee Kendall. I’m from Springfield, Missouri. I have my bachelor’s in psychology from Truman State University, and I am applying to earn my Master’s Degree in Developmental Psychology. I previously worked as a Clinical Research Technician at the pharmaceutical research company QPS Bio-Kinetic in Springfield, before moving to Omaha […]

December 9, 2022

Cook helps department in many ways

Editor’s Note: This story is the second in a series of stories highlighting the Nurse Practitioners in the Department of Psychiatry. Last month, during Nurse Practitioners Week (November 13-19), the Department of Psychiatry recognized the incredible work being done by Troyia Anderson, APRN-NP; Lindsey Cox, APRN-NP; Darrel Moreland, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC and Leigh Cook, MSN, […]

December 9, 2022

Psychiatry Department raises $2,500 to help eight families this holiday season

Every year around the holidays, the faculty, students, and staff in the Department of Psychiatry raise money to help those less fortunate, and this year was no different. The Department of Psychiatry raised $2,500 and donated it to the Nebraska Medicine Holiday Adopt-A-Family Drive. For the past 13 years, the Nebraska Medicine Social Work Department […]

December 9, 2022

Dr. Sara Zachman takes over as medical director of the Intensive Outpatient Program

Sara Zachman, MD, MPH, has replaced John Franzen, MD, as medical director of the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). The IOP helps support the needs of individuals with co-occurring substance use and other psychiatric disorders who require more support than weekly or monthly outpatient services provide but do not require withdrawal management or other inpatient treatment. […]

December 9, 2022