Research Awards


OPPF encourages scholarly work in Ohio by presenting annual research awards/recognition in three separate categories:

  • General OPPA Members
  • Resident-Fellow OPPA Members
  • Medical Students

The winners and runners-up are invited to attend the OPPA Annual Psychiatric Update which will be held in Columbus on April 13-14, 2024 where each winner will be announced. Each winner will receive $250 and a plaque. Each runner-up will receive an award certificate. The registration fee to attend the Annual Meeting will be waived for the winners and the runners up in each category.

Submissions are currently being accepted for work published in 2023. Click HERE for the criteria. Deadline is Dec. 31, 2023.

Congratulations to the recipients for work published in 2022 who were recognized during the OPPA Annual Psychiatric Update on April 22, 2023!


Medical Student Category
Resident-Fellow Category
General Member Category



Adrian Zhou
University of Toledo College of Medicine

A Latent Profile Analysis of Early Self-reported Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms after Trauma Exposure, and Associations with 3-month PTSD Diagnosis


Meredith Sorenson Whitney, MD, PhD
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Elevation of C-reactive protein in adolescent bipolar disorder vs. anxiety disorders


L. Eugene Arnold, MD, DLFAPA
OSU Harding Neuroscience Facility

Micronutrients for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Youths: A Placebo-Controlled Randomized Clinical Trial



Ashley Cantu-Weinstein
Case Western Reserve University

Perceptions from School Personnel on the Impact of Disordered Parental Substance Use Among Adolescents



Lawrence R. Belcher III, MD
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Occupational Hazards versus Professional Duty in Reviewing Potentially Traumatizing Evidence



Our congratulations to all the winners and runner-ups, and our compliments to all those who submitted an entry to the OPPF Research Awards Competition.

Enlightenment Award


The Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Foundation (OPPF) is pleased to announce the Enlightenment Award. The award recognizes outstanding activities, presentations or publications during the past year, which

  1. enhances the public's access to treatment;
  2. enhances the public's understanding of mental disorders (including substance use disorders); or
  3. decreases the stigma often associated with mental illness. 

Nominees can include an individual, organization, government entity, media (newspaper, radio or TV station or internet based communication) or a form of art.

Click HERE for the criteria and nomination form. Nominations can also be made ONLINE.

Submission deadline ended on January 31, 2024.

Congratulations to last year's Enlightenment Award Recipient

Stacey Smith
Director of Operations, NAMI Ohio


Congratulations to Stacey Smith, Director of Operations, NAMI Ohio, for being awarded the OPPF Enlightenment Award. Mrs. Smith has been described as the “backbone” and “glue” of NAMI Ohio through her dedication and commitment in going above and
beyond in supporting all efforts of NAMI Ohio:

• To EDUCATE individuals where they live;
• To ADVOCATE with the local community mental health system to provide needed and quality care to their loved ones; and
• To SUPPORT those living with mental illness and their families as they navigate the often-complicated mental health system.

The Enlightenment Award recognizes outstanding activity or presentations during 2022 which enhance: the public’s access to treatment; enhances the public’s understanding of mental and substance use disorders; and/or decreases the stigma often associated with these disorders.

The OPPF board was unanimous in their decision to recognize Mrs. Smith with this year’s award!

To learn more about NAMI, visit

Click HERE to review the Press Release


Poster Presentation

For the Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association's (OPPA) Annual Psychiatric Update, the OPPA and OPPF invite all OPPA members, Resident/Fellow members and medical students to participate in the poster presentation portion of the meeting. A poster presentation is an excellent way for members and medical students to communicate your research and your understanding of a topic in a short and concise format, which includes a poster presentation and a brief (2-3 minutes) explanation.


The OPPA is now accepting abstracts for consideration to display a poster presentation during the 2024 Annual Psychiatric Update on April 13-14, 2024. If the abstract is accepted, the presenting author(s) are required to register and attend the meeting. 


  • Members and residents/fellows must be an OPPA member. Medical students must be members of the American Psychiatric Association.
  • Submission areas may include research reports, research in-progress, case reports, and posters that have already been presented elsewhere within the past year.
  • All abstracts must be received by 11:59 pm on Mar. 4, 2024 for consideration for inclusion in the 2024 posters
  • All submission materials must be completed online. Click HERE to access the submission form.
  • Final .pdf of poster must be received by OPPF by March 20.

Click HERE to view poster presentation criteria.

The Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association (OPPA) and Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Foundation (OPPF) were excited to present the OPPF Poster Contest this year at the 2023 OPPA Annual Psychiatric Update, held in Columbus on April 22-23. Scroll below to view each poster presentation.

The OPPF wishes to thank all the authors, presenters and excellent posters that were submitted this year.  It is our pleasure to announce the first, second and third place winners (click on image to enlarge):


Blue Ribbon First Place Png

Blood-Brain Barrier (BBB) Dysfunction in Schizophrenia

Submitted and presented by Delaney Schrenk, MS, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Delaney Schrenk
Henry Nasrallah, MD, DLFAPA



Poster 22 Schrenk Blood Brain Barrier Dysfunction In Schizophrenia

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Free Png Badge 2nd Place By Ninahagn D8r7yvs

Relationship between Obesity and IDD in an Ohio Telepsychiatry Clinic: A Retrospective Review

Presented by Sana Shameem and Michael Harrington, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

Sana Shameem
Michael Harrington
Danielle Gainer, MD
Ramzi Nahhas, PhD
Megan Luft
Julie McCormack, MD
Michael Hatesohl, MD
Julie Gentile, MD



Poster 14 Shameem Harrington Obesity Idd

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3rd Place

Bridging the gaps in women's primary care for those treated at a residential drug treatment facility in southwest Ohio

Presented by Khadijah C. Collins, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

Khadijah C. Collins
Anna Squibb, MD
Bradley Subler, DO
Vijay K. Rings
Tongfan Wu

Poster 5 Collins The Importance Of Primary Care For Women W Sud Final