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VISN 5 MIRECC - Presentations and Trainings Offered by MIRECC Investigators


About Us • Clinical • Education • Research

Scientific Meeting Presentation Series

The VISN 5 MIRECC Education Core conducts a twice monthly Science Meeting in which local and national experts present on topics related to serious mental illness. Presentations take place on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 12:00-1:00pm EST at the VISN 5 MIRECC (Baltimore VA Annex Building, 229 W Fayette, 7th Floor). You can join by phone at 800-767-1750, 71129#. The topics and presenters change each year. Below are the dates and topics for the 2017-2018 series. Dates and topics change each August, when the new schedule is posted. For more information, contact Melanie Bennett at

Scientific Meeting Presentation Series
September 26 Samantha Hack, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, Education Core, VISN 5 MIRECC
Journal Club: Review article on use of marijuana in the treatment of PTSD
October 10 Wendy Camelo Castillo, MD MSc PhD
Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
Using Best-Worst Scaling to Prioritize Meaningful Outcomes Among Caregivers of Youth with Mental Health Multi-morbidity
October 24 Julie Kreyenbuhl, PharmD, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Research, VISN 5 MIRECC
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UMSOM
Journal Club
November 14 Richard Goldberg, Ph.D.
Director, VISN 5 MIRECC
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM)
Peers on PACT: Summary of Findings
November 28 Julie Doherty, RN, MSN
Director, Human Protections Administrator and Research Subject Advocate
Human Research Protections Office, UMB
Upcoming Changes to the Federal Regulations Governing Human Subjects Research
December 12 Yuliana E. Gallegos Rodríguez, Ph.D.
Local Recovery Coordinator (LRC)
Staff Psychologist, Center of Recovery Education (CORE)
VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS)
Challenges in Addressing Culturally Diverse Populations within the Recovery Model
December 26 – No Meeting
January 9 Letitia Travaglini, Ph.D., MIRECC Fellow Journal Club
February 13 Alicia Lucksted, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UMSOM
Journal Club
February 27 Amanda Peeples, Ph.D.
Investigator, VISN 5 MIRECC
PTSD and Recovery among Vietnam Era Veterans: Preliminary Findings
March 13 Saniha Makhzoumi, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Eating Disorders Program
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Eating Disorders: Current Treatments and Outcomes
March 27 Melanie Bennett, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Education, VISN 5 MIRECC
Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UMSOM
Helping Veterans with SMI “StayQuit” from Smoking after Inpatient Hospitalization
April 24 Letitia Travaglini, Ph.D.
Chronic Pain & Bipolar Disorder: Results of a Pilot Study
May 8 Clayton Brown, Ph.D.
Investigator, VISN 5 MIRECC
Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, UMSOM
Journal Club
May 22 Clayton Brown, Ph.D.
Investigator, VISN 5 MIRECC
Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, UMSOM
Internalized Stigma of Mental Illness (ISMI) Measure – A State of the Art Examination of its Factor Structure
June 12 Arthur Ryan, Ph.D.


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