Current Laughlin Fellows

Each year, The College selects 12 third, fourth and fifth-year Residents from the United States and Canada and pays for them to attend our Annual Meeting.  The Laughlin Fellows are chosen from an elite pool of applicants deemed likely to make a significant contribution to the field of psychiatry.  They participate in all educational and social functions held during the Annual Meeting, making valuable contacts with their peers and College Members.  

 The College is pleased to announce the 2023 Laughlin Fellows:    

Alexandra Hope Antonioli, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Alexandra H. Antonioli is a fourth-year psychiatry resident and Co-Chief Research Track Resident at UT Southwestern in Dallas, TX. Originally from Montana, she attended Yale University and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. She earned her M.D. and Ph.D. in Molecular Biology at the University of Colorado. Her doctoral work focused on understanding important regulators of the complement system and their potential roles in human illness.   

Matthew L. Baum, M.D., Ph.D., D.Phil

Dr. Matthew Baum holds a B.S. and M.S. in Molecular, Cellular, and Biology from Yale University; an  M.Sc.. in Neuroscience from Trinity College, Dublin (as a George Mitchell Scholar); a D.Phil. in Neuroethics from Oxford University (as a Rhodes Scholar); and an M.D. and Ph.D. (in Neuroscience) from Harvard Medical School. He is the author of the book, “The Neuroethics of Biomarkers: What the Development of Bioprediction Means for Moral Responsibility, Justice, and the Nature of Mental Disorder” (Oxford University Press), which was awarded the Carol Davis Ethics prize by the American Psychiatric Association for an “outstanding contribution to literature on the ethics of psychiatry”; His neuroscientific work at Harvard focused on the complement cascade in a synaptic pruning hypothesis of schizophrenia.

During residency, he hopes to integrate scientific, neuroethical, and clinical pursuit of immune-molecule dysfunction in psychiatry. He is currently engaged in immunological biomarker discovery in bipolar disorder.

Simone Bernstein, M.D.

Dr. Simone Bernstein is a fourth-year psychiatry resident at Washington University in St. Louis. She completed her undergraduate degree at St. Bonaventure University and a medical degree at George Washington University. She is the Co-Founder of Inside the Match, a platform that provides free, equitable opportunities, and transparency about the residency match process. Simone is a Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur, was featured as one of Glamour Magazine’s Top 10 College Women, is an inductee in the Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame, and is also a Fulbright Scholar.


She was selected as an American Psychiatric Association (APA) Leadership Fellowship Chair and serves as a guest attendee on the APA Board of Trustees. She is currently getting her Master’s in Health Professions Education. Her interests include medical education, the residency match, wellness, and physician burnout. 

Philip Bowers, M.D.

Dr. Philip Bowers is a fourth-year psychiatry resident and Chief Resident at Emory University.  He is also an Air Force Captain, returning to Active Duty upon graduation.  Growing up on military bases between the U.S. and Asia shaped professional interest in better understanding trauma and its impact on family dynamics.  As such, his current research looks at building a model of mediators between childhood trauma and prenatal substance exposure. 

Further clinical interests are psychotherapy and curriculum development.  He has completed the core curriculum at the Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute and is coaching doctorate-level psychology students in exposure therapy for OCD.  Beyond this, he is helping build a perinatal psychiatry Project ECHO and active in advocacy related to mental health public policy.

Personal hobbies include triathlon, baking, and gardening alongside his geriatric Collie.

Christopher Clayton, M.D., Ed.M.

Dr. Christopher Clayton is a PGY4 and Chief Resident at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Originally from Northampton, MA, he graduated from Duke University with degrees in Biology and Spanish and Latin American studies. After graduation, he was awarded a Fulbright research grant to study traditional medicine and healthcare decision-making in Ecuador and Bolivia. He attended medical school at Columbia Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons where he developed a strong interest in medical education, working to expand the curriculum on social and structural contributors to health disparities. This led him to complete a Master’s in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education through the Zuckerman Fellowship for leadership in public service.

In residency, he has continued his mission to bring systems-based education to trainees at all levels though his role as Education Chief. After residency he plans to work in inpatient psychiatry as a teaching attending.

Camila Cosmo, M.D., MSc., Ph.D.

Dr. Camila Cosmo is a physician-scientist from Brazil, where she completed medical school and trained in Neurology. She earned her M.Sc. and Ph.D. from a cooperative program between Harvard University and Universidade Federal da Bahia and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard Medical School. Currently, she is a Chief Resident in the Psychiatry Residency NIMH R25-funded Research Training Program at Brown University. For her Ph.D., Dr. Cosmo designed the first trial applying tDCS in ADHD, assessing inhibitory control and brain functional cortical networks using an EEG-based mathematical-computational model. She has published 18 peer-reviewed papers, and most recently was awarded a grant to investigate target engagement to modulate neural networks underlying inhibitory control. Dr. Cosmo is also passionate about teaching, volunteerism, clinical work, and leadership.


Her long-term goal is to advance interventional psychiatry through mechanistically-informed studies, ultimately developing novel therapeutic methods for neuropsychiatric disorders characterized by poor inhibitory control.

Jihoon Kim, M.D, M.Sc.

Dr. Jihoon Kim is a fourth-year and Chief Resident of Digital Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine. Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, he received his M.D. from Seoul National University College of Medicine and M.Sc.. in bioinformatics from Korea National Open University.


Dr. Kim’s work mainly focuses on youth suicide prevention, intervention, and research. He has worked with several organizations prior to and during residency, educating suicide prevention strategies to teenagers and providing crisis support for minority youths. His research focuses on using multimodal neuroimaging, digital technologies, and novel psychobehavioral treatments to develop early detection, prevention, and intervention strategies for suicidality and mood disorders in youth. Dr. Kim was selected as an APA Leadership Fellow and has received Thomas P. Detre Award in Translational Neuroscience Research in Psychiatry and Yale Resident Teaching Award during his residency.

Following graduation, he will be starting a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry.

Richard O. Bido Medina, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Richard O. Bido Medina is a PGY4 and current Administrative Chief Resident and Public/Community Psychiatry Chief Resident at the Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Psychiatry Program. He is also part of the Physician-Scientist Training Program. He is originally from Villa Tapia, a small town in the Dominican Republic, and attended Med School at Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo. Later, he obtained a Fulbright scholarship to complete a PhD in Neuroscience at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he studied the brain structure and functional organization of adults with Zika virus.


Dr. Bido Medina's interests are vast. He worked as the Youth Delegate of the Dominican Republic to the United Nations General Assembly in New York. During residency, he has served as member of the APA Council on Research, has developed multiple curricular projects, fostered the creation of the Resident’s Hispanic Clinic, received a National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative fellowship, and developed multiple global projects.

Jenny Nguyen, M.D.

Dr. Jenny Nguyen is a second-year Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow and current Chief Inpatient Fellow at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She attended UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and completed her adult psychiatry residency as well as DBT training at the University of Washington. 

Dr. Nguyen’s clinical interests include acute psychiatric care settings, including inpatient hospitalization and psychiatric emergency services, with a focus on mood disorders and suicide prevention. Her research interests include suicide prevention, addressing disparities in mental health care (especially for Asian Americans), and ensuring evidence-based interventions get translated into the clinical setting.

Recent scholarly work includes a QI project that reduced the disproportionate use of restraints and seclusion among BIPOC patients in a psychiatric ICU; an educational module on cultural models of suicide risk factors; and assisting with the PCORI Youth Partners in Care for Suicide Prevention study. 

Elizabeth Shaffer, M.D.

Dr. Elizabeth Shaffer is a first-year Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in North Carolina. She has been chairing the GME-wide Resident Wellness Committee for the last two years. She was recently honored with two awards: Resident of the Quarter and Resident of the Year in 2021. This award is for “exemplifying excellence while demonstrating the highest regard for the medical profession.”


Her career began with extensive work with families and children in poverty. She founded a donor-advised fund called ‘Bringing Joy’ through the Triangle Community Foundation to help aid children and families in need. She has experience working in mental health for active-duty military populations at Womack Military Hospital, Fort Bragg. She is originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and enjoys spending time with her significant other, who is active-duty military, and their three rescue dogs in Fayetteville, NC.

Elizabeth I. Sokolowski, M.D.

Dr. Elizabeth Sokolowski is a hospice & palliative medicine fellow at Duke University. She completed her psychiatry residency at Oregon Health & Science University, where she was chief resident at the psychiatric hospital Unity Center for Behavioral Health. She previously worked as an engineer, leading quality improvement and cultural change initiatives which influenced her passion for healthcare system improvement and patient advocacy.


In residency, Dr. Sokolowski led the establishment of a novel group psychotherapy clinic serving long COVID patients and providing training for psychiatry residents. She participated on an expert panel convened by SAMHSA and HHS in accordance with President Biden’s memorandum “Addressing the Long-Term Impacts of COVID-19”. She facilitated development of infrastructure to improve mental health treatment for pregnant and lactating patients, and co-developed processes to assess cultural identification and race-based trauma. Dr. Sokolowski’s interests also include caring for patients with serious medical illness and those with a history of trauma.

Ye Kyung Song, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Ye Kyung Song is a third-year psychiatry resident at Duke University. She completed her B.Sci in Biochemical and Biophysical Sciences at the University of Houston, and her M.D. and Ph.D. in Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch. As a graduate student, she taught first- and second-year medical students selected topics in humanities, ethics, and professionalism. Her doctoral dissertation was an ethnographic study conducted on Reddit, which examined the ways medical students expressed the feeling of burnout and the structures present within medical education that created a burnout-genic environment. 

In addition to continuing her academic work utilizing qualitative methods, she currently teaches reflective writing to medical students, serves on the Editorial Board for The Pharos, and is a clinical advisor for Emotivo, a startup that aims to use machine learning to improve the ease of provider documentation.