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William M. McDonald, MD

JB Fuqua Chair for Late-Life Psychiatry; Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory

University, Vice Chair for Education, Chief, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, Chief, TRD

William M. McDonald, MD graduated from Duke University Medical School in 1984 and was a member of the clinical faculty before moving to Emory in 1993.  Dr. McDonald is the Fuqua Chair for Late-Life Depression and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory.  Throughout his career, Dr. McDonald has concentrated research efforts on understanding the neuroanatomy and clinical features of mood disorders such as mania and depression, particularly when these disorders occur late in life. His research has been supported by funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Neurological Disease and Stroke, the Fuqua Foundation, National Association for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression and a number of private funding agencies.

Dr. McDonald is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, with added qualifications in Geriatric Psychiatry.  He is a reviewer for over fifteen national and international scientific journals and serves on a number of national committees including the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) Research Council on Research and the APA Taskforce on the Guidelines for Electroconvulsive Therapy. In 2009 he was appointed the Special Advisor to Governor Perdue on Mental Health.

Dr. McDonald has won a number of teaching awards including the APA’s Roeske Award for Medical Student Teaching and the Emory Williams Teaching Award given to one medical school faculty member by the Dean of Emory Medical School for contributions to the medical school.  The Fuqua Center has also been awarded the Metropolitan Atlanta Partnership in Aging: Business and Aging Partnership (2007) and the Mental Health America Heroes in the Fight Award (2008).  Dr. McDonald is a Distinguished Fellow in the APA and was elected to the American College of Psychiatry in 2009.

 

Raymond Young, MD, FAPM

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Director: Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship Program

Dr. Raymond Young joined the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry in August of 2003.  Dr. Young received his medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio in 1998.  He completed a combined Internal Medicine Psychiatry Residency at Rush Presbyterian St. Lukes Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. He is board certified in Psychiatry with added qualifications in Psychosomatic Medicine. Dr. Young serves as  Division Chief for Psychosomatic Medicine/Consultation Liaison Services for Emory Health Care and is the Program Director of Emory's Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship Program.  His clinical interests include geriatrics, organ transplantation and functional neurological disorders. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine

 

Adriana Hermida, MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science

Director, Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship

Dr. Adriana Hermida is an Assistant Professor at Emory University Medical School, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science. She completed her residency training at the University of Chicago and her Geriatric Psychiatric fellowship at Northwestern University. Dr. Hermida is a consulting physician in the outpatient clinic. In her role as Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship, she mentors Geriatric Fellows, psychiatry residents and medical students. Dr. Hermida's area of interest is neuropsychiatry and the behavioral aspects of neurodegenerative disorders.  She is involved in research with transcranial magnetic stimulation and neuroimaging in Alzheimer’s diseases.  She is an active partner in Emory's Movement Disorder divison and is a member of the Parkinson Disease Comprehensive Care Clinic.  She is involved in doing research on Huntington Disease (HD) with the Emory HD Center of Excellence.

 

Larry Tune, MD, MAS

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Neurology

Dr Larry Tune directed the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry from 1993-2008.  He graduated from Cornell University, cum laude, in 1971 and from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 1975. He completed residencies in Psychiatry (1976-79) and Neurology (1979-81) at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is Board Certified in Psychiatry and held added qualifications in Geriatric Psychiatry 1994-2014. He also holds a  Masters in Administrative Sciences from Johns Hopkins University.

 

Venkatesh D. Handratta, M.D., M.S.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Handratta received his medical education at the Bangalore Medical College in Bangalore, India.  He obtained a Master’s Degree in Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics from the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine before completing his Psychiatry Residency at the University of Connecticut. He also completed a Fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine at Georgetown University’s Department of Psychiatry.  Dr. Handratta is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  He served as an Assistant Professor and Associate Medical Director of the Inpatient Unit at Georgetown University Hospital prior to joining Emory’s Brain Health Center as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry.  Dr. Handratta has a deep interest in geriatric neuropsychiatry and specializes in complicated neurological cases that also present with psychiatric challenges.

 

Rachel Hershenberg, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Director of Psychotherapy, Treatment Resistant Depression Program

Dr. Hershenberg is thrilled to be returning to Emory University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Psychology in 2006. Following, she earned her PhD in clinical psychology at Stony Brook University and completed an APA-accredited clinical internship at the Charleston Consortium. Prior to joining the faculty at Emory, she completed an Advanced Fellowship in Mental Health Research at the Michael J. Cresencz Philadelphia VA Medical Center and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Hershenberg joins our team as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Director of Psychotherapy in the Treatment Resistant Depression program. In this role Dr. Hershenberg draws on her passion for integrating science and practice, helping to establish the clinic as a source of cutting-edge research so that clinicians will be better equipped to match patients to the most effective treatments. Dr. Hershenberg also brings her expertise in the research and treatment of depression to the Fuqua Center for Late-Life Depression. Her clinical research focuses on how individuals experiencing depression and anxiety create and respond to opportunities for positive emotions such as joy, accomplishment, and feelings of closeness with others. Despite intuitively "knowing" that engaging in values-consistent, social, or pleasurable behaviors might be useful, people who are depressed often struggle very seriously to motivate themselves to follow through on personal goals that might lead to those emotional experiences. As a treatment provider, she specializes in Behavioral Activation, a treatment designed to facilitate increasing contact with positive and rewarding aspects of ones environment. Treatment typically involves challenging behavioral avoidance (i.e., committing and sticking to plans to get active) while learning skills to cope with the very compelling emotions that make the follow-through so hard such as fear, anger, sadness, and apathy. Dr. Hershenberg worked successfully with an aging Veteran population for three years in the VA and is grateful to be treating patients in the Fuqua Center for Late-Life Depression who are looking to reconnect with sources of joy and reward in their day-to-day lives. 

 

Sherry Dey, MS, APRN-BC

Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist

Ms. Sherry Dey graduated from the Medical College of Georgia School of Nursing earning a Bachelors degree in Nursing in 1978. In 1990 she was awarded a Masters of Science in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Georgia State University. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psych- Mental Health Nursing. She has extensive experience working in a variety of mental health settings including outpatient, residential and acute care settings. Ms. Dey joined the Fuqua Center in 2003 to work in research and provide clinical services.  Ms. Dey also serves as adjunct faculty at the Neil Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing.

 

Jocelyn Chen, Wise, LCSW, MPH

Project Director and Clinical Social Worker

Jocelyn Chen Wise, Project Director at the Fuqua Center for Late-Life Depression, received her Master’s in Public Health and Master’s in Social Work from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2010. Both her public health and social work training were specialized in work with older adults. Her mental health training included work in a variety of settings, including outpatient psychiatry, nursing home, and hospice. As Project Director, Jocelyn provides support for community projects including the Fuqua Center’s work in affordable senior housing. She also serves as a social worker in the outpatient geriatric psychiatry clinic, providing clinical care and connecting patients and families with resources.

 

Tasha Turner, LPN

Licensed Practical Nurse

Tasha Turner has been working in the outpatient geriatric psychiatry clinic since 2006. Her role here includes greeting patients, organizing the flow of work for the clinician and and processing medication refills. Tasha graduated from Southeast Arkansas College in Pine Bluff, AR in 1999. She worked inpatient at Stanford University Hospital in CA for five years and obtained her background in geriatrics from her work with Pathway Home Health and Hospice.

 

Cynthia Maxwell, ASN, RN

Clinical Nurse

Cynthia Maxwell joined our outpatient psychiatry clinic in 2013.   She is a graduate of Atlanta Metropolitan College, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, and currently attending the University of Mary.  Her daily roles include building a rapport with patients, escalation calls, and intake process for new patients.  Prior to joining our clinic, Cynthia gained her geriatric experience through working on an Alzheimer’s unit in a nursing and rehab facility .  She is dedicated to providing optimum care to her patients and is focused on continuing education. 

 

Taelar O. Johnson

Patient Care Coordinator

Taelar Johnson joined our Treatment Resistant Depression Clinic in 2015. She received her Bachelors of Science in Healthcare Administration from the University of Central Florida in 2014. Her role within the program is initial point of contact for intake, and coordinating all medical records. Her experience is in out-patient psychiatry focusing on anxiety, eating disorders, and depression.

 

Michele L. Miles, MSW, CAP-OM

Administrative Manager

Michele Miles received her Bachelors of Science in Sociology from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC in 1981. She was awarded a Masters of Social Work Administration from San Diego State University in 1990. Her experience in mental health administration includes substance abuse, inpatient psychiatric and community-based treatment facilities. Michele earned her Certification as a Administrative Professional with a specialty in Office Management (CAP-OM) in November 2013. She joined the Fuqua Center in June 2008.

 

Cathy T. Rambach, RN, MS

Project Coordinator

Cathy T. Rambach joined the Fuqua Center in May 2009. Cathy received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Northern Illinois University in 1972 and a Masters of Science in Mental Health Administration from Georgia State University in 1989. After working for 34 years as a nurse and administrator in the public behavioral healthcare arena, she retired from the State of Georgia in 2008. Cathy serves as a Project Coordinator for the Fuqua Center, responsible for the development and implementation of projects which strengthen the Center's community partnerships.