Department of Psychiatry Celebrates 50th Anniversary with New Endowed Chair
In honor of the department’s milestone anniversary, the Grants have established the Dr. Igor and JoAnn Grant Chair in Psychiatry, with additional funds to be raised and a match from the UC San Diego Chancellor’s Chair and Faculty Fellowship Challenge. The endowed administrative chair will be held by future chairs of the Department of Psychiatry, who will succeed Dr. Grant. Endowed chairs play an important role in recruiting and retaining top physician-scientists. The administrative endowed chair will allow for the chair holder to utilize the annual funding for the greatest needs of the department. The Grants’ gift contributes to the $2 billion goal of the university’s comprehensive fundraising effort, the Campaign for UC San Diego.
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Dr. Grant celebrates with Lisa Obermeit on receiving her PhD in Clinical Psychology during at the UCSD graduation ceremony on June 16, 2018
Dr. Obermeit’s dissertation is entitled "The Impact of Methamphetamine Dependence, HIV, and Frontal Systems Dysfunctions on the Relationship Between Sexual Risk Intentions and Behaviors”.
Her work sought to understand how intentions to behave safely translated to actual safer behavior, to reduce risk of HIV infection. She observed that use of methamphetamine weakened the likelihood that intentions would be put into action. Impaired executive functions and disinhibition also contributed to this weakening. Her work points to opportunities for interventions to improve the likelihood that intentions actually result in safer practices in specific HIV risk populations. Dr. Obermeit’s Dissertation Committee included Professors Steven Woods and Erin Morgan from UCSD and Paul Gilbert and Scott Roesch from SDSU. Dr. Obermeit is continuing her postdoctoral work at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Congratulations Dr. Obermeit!
Kathryn Tringale receives the Igor Grant MD Endowed Award for Academic Excellence and Biomedical Research
On June 2, 2018 Graduating UCSD medical student Kathryn Tringale receives the Igor Grant MD Endowed Award for Academic Excellence and Biomedical Research. Kathryn is an outstanding student who will be pursuing residency training in radiation oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Pictured are Kathryn’s mother Carol Ries, Kathryn, her father Philip Tringale, her faculty mentor Professor Jona Hattangadi-Gluth, Igor Grant, MD. JoAnn Grant, RN [seated] established the endowed award to honor her husband. In left background, Carolyn Kelly MD, Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs. Congratulations Kathryn!
Dr. Grant congratulates Jessica Montoya on receiving her PhD in Clinical Psychology during at the UCSD graduation ceremony on June 17, 2017
Dr. Grant congratulates Jessica Montoya on receiving her PhD in Clinical Psychology during at the UCSD graduation ceremony on June 17, 2017. Dr. Montoya’s thesis entitled "Vascular Contributions to Neurocognitive Impairment among Older Persons with HIV” was the result of a set of three interrelated studies that examined the contributions of progressive arterial stiffening, changes in pulse pressure, and shift in the balance of hemostatic factors that have illuminated one group of mechanisms in the persistence of neurocognitive impairment in persons with HIV, particularly with advancing age. Dr. Montoya’s Dissertation Committee included Professors David Moore and Paul Mills from UCSD and Linda Gallo and Aaron Blashill from SDSU. Dr. Grant served as Chair. We are all delighted that Dr. Montoya has chosen to continue her academic career at UCSD, having been selected as a fellow in the UCSD Department of Psychiatry’s Training in Research on Addictions in Interdisciplinary NeuroAIDS Program sponsored by NIDA. We all know that Dr. Montoya is destined for a great career!