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

Entries are currently being accepted. Click HERE for the criteria and submission instructions.

Submission deadline is December 31, 2021.


Congratulations to this year's recipients for work published in 2020!

Medical Student Category
Resident-Fellow Category

Philip Wang
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

Prevalence of psychiatric morbidity following discharge after COVID-19 hospitalization


Bryan Yoon, MD
MetroHealth Medical Center
In vivo gamma-aminobutyric acid-A/benzodiazepine receptor availability and genetic liability in asymptomatic individuals with high genetic loading of schizophrenia: A[11C]flumazenil positron emission tomography study” by the collection, analysis, and interpretation of positron emission tomography data


Joshua Streicher
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

A Preliminary Study of the Effects of Treatment with Lithium Versus Quetiapine on Attention of Adolescents with Bipolar Disorder


Matthew Sanchez, MD
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center 

Medication Adherence in Pediatric Patients with Bipolar Disorder: A Systematic Review



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 Awards program. The award recognizes outstanding activities, presentations or publications during 2021 which enhance the public's access to treatment and/or enhances the public's understanding of mental disorders or 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.

Nominations are currently being accepted. Click HERE for the criteria and nomination form. Nominations can also be made ONLINE.

Congratulations to this year's Enlightenment Award recipient

Ohio CareLine

For its outstanding contributions in 2020 that enhanced the public’s understanding of and decreased the stigma associated with mental illness.

The Ohio CareLine is a toll-free emotional support call service created by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and administered in community settings. Mental health and substance use disorder health professionals’ staff the CareLine 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They offer confidential support in times of personal or family crisis when individuals may be struggling to cope with challenges in their lives. When callers need additional services, they will receive assistance and connection to local providers.

To learn more about Ohio CareLine visit

Click HERE to review the Press Release



Virtual 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 virtual poster presentation during the upcoming Annual Psychiatric Update to be held on April 2, 2022. If the abstract is accepted, the presenting author will be expected to register and attend the virtual meeting to showcase and discuss the poster with the judges.


  • 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 Feb. 1, 2022 for consideration for inclusion in the 2022 posters
  • All submission materials must be completed online. Click HERE to access the submission form.

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 virtually this year. 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 and second place winners (click on image to enlarge):


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Elevated C Reactive Protein in Adolescents With Bipolar Disorder: A Potential Biomarker?

Submitted and presented by Meredith Sorenson Whitney, MD, PhD, PGY-3, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Meredith Sorenson Whitney, MD, PhD
Stephen Scott, DO
Abe-Perez, PhD
Stephanie Barnes, MD
Molly McVoy, MD



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Using a Graphic Novel as an Intervention for Those Struggling with Anorexia, Bulimia, and Body Dsymorphic Disorders: A Workshop Outline

Submitted and presented by Nealie Tan Ngo, MS3, University of Toledo College of Medicine

Nealie Tan Ngo
Michelle Boose, MD



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The following submissions received honorable mention:

Run the Interview Gauntlet! A Virtual Seminar to Empower Senior Medical Students
in the Match During COVID -19

Authors: Mitchell McDaniel, MS4 and Victoria Kelly, MD, Thomas Roach, DO, PGY-3, Joseph Kamel, DO, PGY-1, Mang-tak Kwok, MD, Jamie Dowling PhD, MPH, Kristi Skeel Williams, MD, University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences

Acute Infarct of the Left Caudate Presenting as Alcohol Withdrawal: A Case Study
Authors:Tom Valentine, DO, PGY-2, Riverside Methodist Hospital, Jaydip Mehta, OMS-IV, Heather Theibert, DO

Training in Psychiatry Residency: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder and Its Treatment
Author: Rajesh K. Mehta, MD, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, MetroHealth Medical Center

University of Cincinnati and Adams County Health Department: An Innovative Partnership and National Model for Residency Telepsychiatry Education
Authors: Shafi Lodhi, MD, PGY-4, John Henning, MD, PGY-4, and Chris Marett, MD, University of Cincinnati

Psychotic Denial of Pregnancy
Authors: Elizabeth Wyler, MS4 and Nita Bhatt, MD, Wright State University

Diagnosing Werewolves, Vampires and Ghosts: Teaching Delusional Misidentification Syndromes through Medical Student Peer-to-Peer Education
Authors: Katarina Hughes, MS3 and Victoria Kelly, MD, University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences

A Comprehensive Diagnostic Intervention for Medically and Psychiatrically Complex Patients: Describing the Prototype Through a Case Report
Author: Trygve Dolber, MD, Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine

The Truth in a Delusion: a case report on delusions of military service in a United States Army veteran with schizoaffective disorder
Authors: Maria Rechtin, MS3, Nita Bhatt, MD, Wright State University; Peter Iversen, MD, Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare

Meaningful Connections to Minimize Corrections: Initiation of a Multi-Site Forensic Outreach Clinic in Rural Ohio
Authors: John Henning, MD, PGY-4, Shafi Lodhi, MD, PGY-4, and Chris Marett, MD, University of Cincinnati

Boot Camp for Residents: A Quality Improvement Pilot Project to Prepare Psychiatry Residents for Consultations
Authors: Victoria Kelly, MD, Kelechi Acholonu, DO, PGY-1, Joseph Kamel, DO, PGY-1, Tyler Snyder MD, PGY-1, Hall Wang MD, PGY-1, Hirsh Shah, MS3, University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences