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 is typically in the spring. 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.

Please check back for submission criteria and deadline for work published in 2024. 

Congratulations to the recipients for work published in 2023 who were recognized during the OPPA Annual Psychiatric Update on April 13, 2024!


Medical Student Category
Resident-Fellow Category
General Member Category


Mohamed Nawrasa
University of Toledo College of Medicine

Phosphodiesterase inhibitor and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor combination therapy versus monotherapy for the treatment of major depressive disorder: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Anna Campana, MD
Cleveland Clinic Foundation

"Trust Your Gut”: Promising Precision Approaches in Childhood Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Jeffrey Strawn, MD, FAPA
University of Cincinnati, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience

The impact of age on antidepressant response: A mega-analysis of individuals with major depressive disorder


Duncan Honeycutt
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Pharmacogenetic factors influence escitalopram pharmacokinetics and adverse events in youth with a family history of bipolar disorder: a preliminary study



Serhiy Chumachenko, MD
Case Western Reserve University MetroHealth

A narrative review and discussion of concepts and ongoing data regarding quantitative EEG as a childhood mood disorder biomarker



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.

The submission deadline for next year ends on January 31, 2025.

Oppf Enlightenment Award Winners

Nominated by Dale Svendson, MD, congratulations go out to Anthony Grant, Basketball Coash, University of Dayton and Chris Holtmann, Former Basketball Coach, The Ohio State University, for being awarded the OPPF Enlightenment Award for initiating and organizing a charity exhibition game in November 2023, to raise awareness about mental illness and treatment, with all proceeds benefiting the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation and the National Alliance on Mental Illness Ohio.

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.

To learn more about this exhibition game, visit and 




Poster Presentation

The Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association (OPPA) and Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Foundation (OPPF) were excited to present the OPPF Poster Contest this year at the 2024 OPPA Annual Psychiatric Update, held in Columbus on April 13-14. We thank the authors of the 23-poster abstracts submitted this year. Due to space restrictions and the desire of the poster committee for the judges to fully engage with the authors of the top abstracts, we limited the number of in-person posters to 12. 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

Body Temperature Regulation as a Novel Antidepressant Therapeutic Strategy

Submitted and presented by Kevin Gaitonde, PhD, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Kevin Gaitonde, PhD
Henry Nasrallah, MD, DLFAPA



Kevin Gaitonde Oppa Poster 2024

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Free Png Badge 2nd Place By Ninahagn D8r7yvs

AI in Academia: A Review of the Evolving Guidelines on AI Use and Disclosure in Top Scholarly Journals

Presented by Daniel Fisher, MD, Wright State University

Daniel Fisher, MD
Samuel Fisher
William Clark, MD



Fisher Daniel Print.04.11.Oppa.Ai.Guidelines

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3rd Place

Reinforcing resilience in children from low- and middle-income countries: deducing cross-cultural efficacy of a short-term program model

Presented by Dalton Hartwick, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Dalton Hartwick

Hartwick Oppa Poster

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Honorable Mention

Psychotherapy’s Role in Evaluating the Invisible Wounds of Moral Injury

Presented by: Andrew Correll, Matthew Correll, and Terry Correll, DO, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

Andrew Correll
Ben Onnink, MD
Matthew Correll
Terry Correll, DO

Correll Oppa Moral Injury Poster Psychiatry.Pptx 2

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Cognitive Predictors of Substance Use Disorder Treatment Retention: A Systematic Review

Presented by: Adam Quinn, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

Adam Kenton Quinn
Jeffery Lewis, MD
Jessica Stanfield, MD
Brian Merrill, MD
Jason Patterson, MD
Danielle Gainer, MD
Kristi Cowsar, MD

Quinn Cognitive Predictors Of Substance Use Disorder Treatment Retention A Systematic Review 002

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A Rare Case of Disulfiram-Induced Psychosis in the Setting of Alcohol Abstinence

Presented by: Claire Lewis, MD, OhioHealth

Claire Lewis, MD
Heather Theibert, DO


A Case Study of Violent Psychosis Secondary to Previously Undiagnosed Chemoradiation-Induced  Hypothyroidism    

Presented by: Alexander Weiss, The Ohio State University

Alexander Weiss
Adam Levin, MD
Kiana Dash
Eleonora Sikic-Klisovic, MD


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Hope from the Future: Enhancing Medical Student Resilience with Alumni Support

Presented by: Delaney Schrenk and Ebunoluwa Falade, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Delaney Schrenk
Ebunoluwa Falade
Henry Nasrallah, MD, DLFAPA

Schrenk Oppa San 002

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Psychopharmacological Management of Patients with HIV: A Quality Improvement Project Regarding the Knowledge and Attitudes of Trainees

Presented by: Victoria Kelly, MD, University of Toledo

Adam Koenig, MD
Anna Butcher
Mirlinda Elmazi
Emily Warner
Victoria Kelly, MD


Association of ABO Blood Types with Psychiatric Disorders: Potential Biomarkers of Genetic Susceptibility?

Presented by: Ishani Paul, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Ishani Paul
Henry Nasrallah, MD, DLFAPA

Ishani Paul Abo Poster 002

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Analysis of Antidepressant Discontinuation During Pregnancy: Changes in Patient's Prenatal Well-being and Healthcare Utilization

Presented by: Soham Shah, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Soham Shah
Erika Kelley, PhD

Shah Soham Oppa Poster Final 2

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A Myriad of Tragedies: Spousal Death Precipitating co-occurring Takotsubo cardiomyopathy and CNS Hemorrhage and Hematoma Resulting in Paraplegia: A Case Report

Presented by: Erica Matthews, MD, The Ohio State University

Erica Matthews, MD
Anita Chang, DO
Kevin Johns, MD

Mathews Takotsubo Case Poster 1 1 002

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Posters for Online Publication

Use of Antipsychotics and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: A Review of Current Evidence

Submitted by: Noah King, University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences

Noah King
Alicia Nahhas
Jack Mariani
Chandani Lewis, MD

King Pcos.Antipsy.Oppa.Nk

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Defining Treatment Resistance in DBS for Depression: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Submitted by: Noah King, University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences

Noah King
Daniel Gao
Devon Patel
Chandani Lewis, MD

King Trd.Dbs.Oppa.Nk 3

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All Aboard! Sail the Seas of Resident Onboarding

Submitted by: Amanda Springer, MD, University of Toledo Medical Center

Amanda Springer, MD
Victoria Kelly, MD                          
Kayla Spradley, DO                        
Tyler Snyder, MD                           
Eric Gao, DO                                    
Joseph Kamel, DO                         
Garrett Spradley, DO
Jamie Myrice

Pdf Submission Kelly All Aboard Sail The Seas Of Resident Onboarding

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Catatonia due to a General Medical Condition - Treatment Approach

Submitted by: Matias Malkamaki, Ohio University, College of Osteopathic Medicine                         

Matias Malkamaki
Brendan Carroll, MD
Emmanuel Akpan Jr., DO

The 5 Cs For Oppa 2024

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Should psychosis be treated with tPA like a stroke? Evidence for pathological coagulopathy in psychosis

Submitted by: Kara Miecznikowski, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Kara Miecznikowski
Henry Nasrallah, MD, DLFAPA

Miecznikowski Scz Poster

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Blood Based Biomarkers in Psychiatric Disorders: Assessing their potential for clinical use

Submitted by: Bria Williams, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

Bria Williams
Tarun Goswami, PhD


Williams Bria Research Symposium.Pdf.Updated

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Mental Health Dynamics of School Shooters

Submitted by: Elizabeth Besly, University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences

Elizabeth Besly
Shivani Ambardekar
Srila Chadalavada
Sonam Singh


Besly Mental Health Dynamics Of School Shooters 002

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Does Psychotherapy Reduce Inflammation in Patients with Major Depressive Disorder?

Submitted by: Alvin Mantey, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Alvin Mantey
Henry Nasrallah, MD, DLFAPA

Mantey Does Psychotherapy Reduce Inflammation In Patients With Major Depressive Disorder Final 002

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Neuroanatomy of Religiosity and Spirituality

Submitted by: Spencer Gardner, MD, University of Cincinnati Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

Spencer Gardner, MD
Patrick Ho, MD
Henry Nasrallah, MD, DLFAPA

Gardner Oppa Virtual Poster 2024

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