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, 2022.

Congratulations to the recipients for work published in 2021!

Medical Student Category
Resident-Fellow Category
General Member Category



Sandra Zoubovsky
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Neurobehavioral abnormalities following prenatal psychosocial stress are differentially modulated by maternal environment


Julia Stimpfl, MD
University of Cincinnati Medical Center
Pharmocologic predictors of benzodiazepine response trajectory in anxiety disorders: a Bayesian hierachical modeling meta-analysis

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

Double-blind placebo-controlled randomized clinical trial of neurofeedback for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder with 13-month follow-up


Elaine Lu
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Systematic literature review of psychiatric comorbidities in adults with epilepsy


Thomas Scheidemantel, MD University Hospital Cleveland Medical Center
Safety, efficacy, and tolerability of memantine for cognitive and adaptive outcome measures in adolescents and young placebo-controlled phase 2 trial adults with Down syndrome: a randomised, double-blind placebo-controlled phase 2 trial


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 2022 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.

Submission deadline is January 31, 2023.

Congratulations to the 2022 Enlightenment Award Recipient

Adapt for Life 

For its outstanding contributions in 2021 that enhanced the public’s understanding of and decreased the stigma associated with mental illness.

Helping young people lead healthy lives and become mentally fit, Adapt for Life visits schools to talk with students about mental health, teach them important life skills, and offer resources they can use to help themselves and others. A core part of the program is the ADAPT frame-work: Ask, Describe, Assess, Plan, and Talk. ADAPT helps students develop healthy behaviors and important life skills, whether it’s during everyday moments or in times of crisis.

To learn more about Adapt for Life, 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 virtual poster presentation during the upcoming Annual Psychiatric Update in the spring of 2023. If the abstract is accepted, the presenting author(s) are required to 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. 7, 2023 for consideration for inclusion in the 2023 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 April 15.

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):


Blue Ribbon First Place Png

Gut Microbiome Dysbiosis in First Episode Psychosis: A Review of Recent Literature

Submitted and presented by Annamarie Nocera, MS3, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Annamarie Nocera
Henry Nasrallah, MD, DLFAPA



Poster 1 Gut Microbiome First Episode Psychosis Nocera

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Free Png Badge 2nd Place By Ninahagn D8r7yvs

Restoring Power: Dynamic Evolution of Catatonia in the context of Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis and Hemorrhagic Infarction – a case presentation

Presented by Patrick Ho, MPH, MD and Bennis Pavisian, DO, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry

Spencer Gardner
Patrick Ho, MPH, MD
Bennis Pavisian, DO
David Kasick, MD



Poster 2 Oppa 2022 Restoring Power Gardner Ho Pavisian Kasick

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The following submissions received honorable mention:

Subjective Analysis of Why Patients with Severe Mental Illness Smoke Cigarettes
Presenters: Paige Prologo-Richardson, MS4 and David Paternite, MS4, University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences

Mindfulness in Medical School
Presenters: Swati Pandruvada, MS3 and Thomas McMaster, MS3, The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences

The effect of simulated auditory hallucinations on medical students’ empathy, attitude, and knowledge regarding patients with hallucinations
Presenter: Blair Baumle, MS3, University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences

Providing Gender-Affirming Care for Transgender Patients
Presenter: Jesse Cannella, MS3, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

Is the insula a final common neuroanatomical pathway for Schizophrenia, associated with its major clinical domains?
Presenter: Susanna Gebhardt, PhD, MS2, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

The Impact of the Psychiatry Medical Student Scholars Program on Career Outcomes
Presenter: Nico Moftakhar, MS3, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Executive Functioning and Treatment Response in Escitalopram-Treated Adolescents with Generalized Anxiety Disorder: A Placebo-Controlled Double-Blind Trial
Presenter: William Thomas Baumel, MS3, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Comparing the Mental Health of Medical School Population to a General Student Population
Presenter: Amy Adik, MS2, Northeast Ohio Medical University

Intersection of Psychiatric Patients with Additional Comorbidities
Presenter: Lauren Strange, MS3, Boonshoft School of Medicine, Wright State University

“Freudian Slips”: Gamification in Resident Medical Education Improves Teamwork and Patient Care
Presenters: Victoria C Kelly, MD, Kaitlyn Garcia, MD and Nikila Luke, MD, University of Toledo

The Prevalence of Asymptomatic Orthostatic Hypotension on Inpatient Geriatric Units: A quality improvement project aimed at Identifying high risk patients with asymptomatic orthostatic hypotension
Presenters: Tyler P. Snyder MD, Hall Wang, MD, Joseph Kamel, DO, University of Toledo

High Dose Armodafinil in Chronic, Treatment-Resistant Bipolar Depression
Presenter: Wan Kwok, MS3, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Maternal Resistance Through Betterment Birthed from Chronic Stress in African American Mothers at High Risk for Infant Mortality
Presenter: Joselyn Hines, MS3, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine – Cleveland

A Case of Citalopram-Induced Hyponatremia
Presenter: Gregory J. Everett, MD, PGY-1, University of Toledo Department of Psychiatry

Hearings with a buzz: Sparking a conversation about electromagnetic hypersensitivity and civil commitment
Presenter: Zachary Wickline, MD, PGY-2, University of Cincinnati

Assessing the Integrated Care Model on Depression Remission in Adolescents
Presenters: Gianni P. Maione, MD, PGY-5 and Monica George, MS2, Wright State University

Can the Adult Needs and Strengths Assessment Evaluate the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Assertive Community Treatment Patients?
Presenters: Jaya Chandra, MS4 and Hanna Knauss, MS4, University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences

Delirium due to Concurrent Serotonin Syndrome and Naltrexone-Induced Withdrawal: A Case Study
Presenter: Cassandra Lilli, DO, OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital

Fluoxetine-induced tic disorder in an adolescent male with generalized anxiety disorder
Presenter: Bonnie Yam, MD, Case Western Reserve University - MetroHealth Medical Center

Don’t Forget the Thyroid: The role of Thyroid Disease in a Competency to Stand Trial Evaluation
Presenter: Jason Barrett, MD, PGY-5, University of Cincinnati