lohman grad

Congratulations to Matthew Lohman, MHS, PhD on his graduation from the VCU PhD in Epidemiology Program! Dr. Lohman has accepted a postdoctoral fellowship with the Weill Cornell Medical College, Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry.

Julia Foutz, Lauren Kelley, and Kristen Rice graduated with their Masters of Public Health from VCU's Department of Family Medicine and Population Health, Division of Epidemiology. Julia and Lauren have accepted positions within the Division of Epidemiology. Kristen has accepted a position as Research Consultant with The Lewin Group's Center on Aging and Disability. Congratulations graduates!

Elderly suicide prevention: Focus on housing transition

By Bruce Jancin, Clinical Psychiatry News Digital Network

ORLANDO- Transition to an assisted-living facility or nursing home is a period of high risk for suicide among the elderly- as well as an opportunity for preventive intervention. That was the key message of a study, which earned its presenter, Briana Mezuk, Ph.D., the Best Early Investigator Award for the top research study presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.

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The Clayton awards honor the memory of the founder of advanced degree education at Virginia Commonwealth University by recognizing and tangibly rewarding student achievement. Awards are made to students in Master's and Ph.D. Programs. Congratulations Monique and Kristen!

The American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry congratulated their 2014 award winners with a release published online April 3rd, 2014. Dr. Mezuk was featured for winning the Barry Lebowitz Early Career Scientist Award at the AAGP Annual Meeting in March. Click here to read the article.

Congratulations, Dr. Mezuk!



Dr. Mezuk, along with Dr. Kiarri Kershaw of Northwestern University, were featured in Men's Health Magazine. The article, written by Laura Beil, discusses the association between "negative relationships" and belly fat accumulation. Click here to read the full article.

Dr. Jeannie Cocha has been selected to attend the American Psychological Association's Advanced Training Institute on Research Methods with Diverse Racial and Ethnic Groups. The Advanced Training Institute will take place from June 1st through June 6th in at Michigan State University in East Lansing. To read more about the Advanced Training Institute, click here. Congratulations, Dr. Concha!



Dr. Mezuk and Dr. Lebowitz

Dr. Mezuk, who won the 2014 Barry Lebowitz Early Career Scientist Award from the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, with Dr. Lebowitz himself! Dr. Lebowitz and Dr. Mezuk were participating in the Advanced Research Institute in Geriatric Mental Health in Phoenix, Arizona in early April.

Dr. Mezuk receiving her award

Dr. Mezuk was presented with the Barry Lebowitz Early Career Scientist Award during the opening plenary at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry. The award honors the best original research paper submitted by an early career scientist. Dr. Mezuk's award-winning paper, "Comorbidity between major depression and type 2 diabetes in mid-life: Exploring causal effects using a twin design" was also featured in the Research Awards Paper Session.

Dr. Mezuk and Matthew Lohman won the "Best Early Investigator Poster" for their poster titled, "Suicide in long-term care and assisted-living facilities from 2003-2011."