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Laurel Williams receives a $4 million SAMHSA Award for The Next Day Project

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Congratulations to Dr. Laurel Williams for receiving a $4 million SAMHSA Award for The Next Day Project. This project involves Drs. Eric Storch, Kirti Saxena and Karin Price working together with our partners at Texas Children’s Hospital to help address suicidality in youth in the Houston area.

Dr. Shah receives $5 million donation from the Valour Foundation

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Dr. Asim Shah was recently gifted a $5 million donation from The Valour Foundation. This donation will go towards adding a new unit at Ben Taub and other projects that will significantly benefit the Houston area. 

Dr. Pershern appointed to the AADPRT executive council

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Dr. Lindsey Pershern was recently appointed to serve as Membership Committee Chair on the Executive Council for the American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training (AADPRT).


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Dr. Lomax appointed to Board of Trustees

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Dr. James Lomax has been appointed to the Baylor College of Medicine Board of Trustees. Dr. Lomax will serve as an ex officio member, representing the College’s Alumni Association. 

Dr. Averill named co-director of ELIPSIS

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Dr. Lynnette Astrid Averill, has recently been named as the co-director of the ELIPSIS program. The Ethical Legal Implications of Psychedelics in Society (ELIPSIS) program was founded by the Center for Medical Ethics and Health at Baylor College of Medicine, focusing on ethical and policy issues related to psychedelic research.  

Dr. Saunders receives Norton Fulbright Educational Grant

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Dr. John James Saunders received the Norton Rose Fulbright Educational Grant Fund for the grant proposal “Community Collaboration for Creation of Mental Health Curriculum to Decrease Mental Health Stigma". 


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