PSTY 499 Students Presented @ JABSOM Annual BioMed Symposium (4/25/19)


Trinh T & Goebert D. 2019. Youth voice in suicide prevention in Hawai`i. Poster, Biomedical Sciences & Health Disparities Symposium, Honolulu, HI.

Halvorson A & Helm S. 2019. Evidence of elevated substance use in high need low resource populations. A review of the publicly available literature. Poster, Biomedical Sciences & Health Disparities Symposium, Honolulu, HI.

PSTY 499: Directed Studies in Mental Health Research

  • Directed research courses provide students with direct, hands-on experience on real research projects currently facilitated by Principal Investigators in the Department of Psychiatry. Our programs of mental health research range from treatment studies, to prevention studies, to health promotion and policy studies, and systems of care; involve a variety of research methods and approaches; and cover the continuum of translational science. Seminars and projects reflect the Department of Psychiatry-Research Division’s emphasis on culture as an important factor in mental health.
  • To become eligible to enroll, students must submit a letter of interest to Dr. Susana Helm, along with their resume, current transcript, and a writing sample. Highly qualified students will be interviewed to determine student-mentor-project fit.
    • Undergraduate students may enroll in PSTY 499 with Psychiatry Faculty Mentor approval.
    • Graduate students may enroll in with their departmental and Psychiatry Faculty Mentor approval.

IPASS Update


The Department of Psychiatry has initiated the IPASS system sign out into the clinical and training divisions. Training has begun in select areas, using the IPASS template in the Epic EHR. Our goal is to have all residents complete the IPASS video simulation by the end of January. Please see the link below for details.

IPASS Meeting Minutes 12-9-14

Public Loan Forgiveness Program


The University of Hawaii and UCERA employees may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. The PSFL is a loan repayment program that is available to full-time public service employees. Borrowers can qualify for forgiveness of their remaining balance of their Direct Federal Loans after they have made 120 qualifying payments made after October 1, 2007 while employed full-time by public service employers.

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Welcome Dr. Caitlin Engelhard!

The Department of Psychiatry welcomes Dr. Caitlin Engelhard, MD, PhD to the ‘ohana. Dr. Engelhard attended the Medical Scientist Training Program at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where she received her medical degree and doctorate in philosophy in neuroscience. She completed her Psychiatry Residency and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Engelhard’s clinical interest is in child and adolescent psychiatry. Her research interest is the impact of parental mental health on child psychopathology.

January 2019 Updates and Announcements from the Executive Management Team

  • Awards and Recognitions:
    • Congratulations to Dr. Iqbal “Ike” Ahmed as the 2019 recipient of the American Psychiatric Association Jack Weinberg award.
  • Publications:
    • Schultz, B. R., Lu, B. Y., Onoye, J. M., & Toohey, T. P. (2018). High resource utilization of psychiatric emergency services by methamphetamine users. Hawai‘i Journal of Medicine and Public Health, 77(12), 312-314.
    • Hirota, T., Guerrero, A., Sartorius, N., Fung, D., Leventhal, B., Ong, S. H., Kaneko, H., Apinuntavech, S., Bennett, A., Bhoomikumar, J., Cheon, K.-A., Davaasuren, O., Gau, S., Hall, B., Koren, E., van Nguyen, T., Oo, T., Tan, S., Tateno, M., Thikeo, M., Wiguna, T., Wong, M., Zheng, Y., & Skokauskas, N. (2018). Child and adolescent psychiatry in the Far East: A 5-year follow up on the Consortium on Academic Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Far East (CACAP-FE) study. Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 1-6. [online first]
  • Chair’s Update:

November 2018 Updates and Announcements from the Executive Management Team

  • Announcements:
    • Congratulations to Dr. William Haning III as the 2019 ASAM Annual Award recipient for his outstanding contributions to the growth and vitality ASAM, leadership, and understanding of the art and science of Addiction Medicine.
  • Publications:
    • Bell, Jr., I., Guerrero, A. P. S., & Ranga, J. S. (2019). Psychiatric training and black mental health. In E. E. H. Griffith, B. E. Jones, & A. J. Stewart (Eds.), Black mental health: Patients, providers, and systems (pp. 197-206). Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association Publishing.
  • Chair’s Update: