Four faculty earn promotions
Larry Carver, M.D., Teresa Long, M.D., Lisa Shenkman, M.D., and Jessica Hamilton, Ph.D., were promoted.
The University of Kansas School of Medicine announced the promotion of four faculty members in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, effective July 1.
Carver becomes just the third professor in the department to achieve emeritus status during the last 25 years. Known as an outstanding educator, he has been honored on multiple occasions by the department's residents and medical students with the Resident's Choice and Student's Voice awards. He also has actively mentored junior faculty members and other trainees since joining KU Medical Center in 2004. Carver's research interest in understanding the biological roots of schizophrenia led him to create the Kansas Brain Bank, which serves as an important resource for other investigators studying the condition. Carver, who most recently was medical director for adult inpatient psychiatry with The University of Kansas Health System, will retire at the end of the academic year.
Long has directed the department's internal medicine/psychiatry residency program since it was established in 1996. In addition to teaching in the general psychiatry program, she is a core lecturer for the curriculum for third-year psychiatry and neuropsychiatry medical students. Long leads the department's liaison services division, which includes oversight of inpatient psychiatry consults and psychiatric support of the emergency department at The University of Kansas Health System. In addition, she directs the chronic pain management clinic, acts as the physician leader for the pain consult nurse team and serves as medical director for the behavioral response team with the health system. Dr. Long is the department's Vice Service Chief and for several years served as the University of Kansas Hospital's elected Vice Chief of Staff.
In addition to serving as associate director of both the general psychiatry and internal medicine/psychiatry residency programs, Shenkman is an attending physician in the internal medicine/psychiatry resident clinic and the course director for the department's fourth-year medical students. She created a Residents as Teachers curriculum as well as developed simulations for medical students, nursing students and PGY-1 residents. She holds dual appointments in the departments of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and internal medicine. Shenkman is part of the department's liaison services division, which provides inpatient consults and services to the emergency department in The University of Kansas Health System.
Hamilton regularly oversees practicum students, clinical psychology interns and postdoctoral fellows. An active scholar, she has authored or co-authored seven oral presentations and 55 poster presentations. She also is an author of five peer-reviewed publications and has developed nine workshops for outside groups. Hamilton is a clinical psychologist embedded at the University of Kansas Cancer Center and oversees the Psychological Assessment for Medical Illness (PAMI) program, which conducts psychological assessments and evaluates the needs of individuals before they undergo transplant, bariatric, spine stimulator or other types of surgery.