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 2022 Laughlin Fellows:    

Anthony J. Becker, M.D.

Dr. Anthony Becker is a fourth-year psychiatry resident and Active Duty Naval Lieutenant at Naval Medical Center San Diego and Chief Resident of the inpatient service at his program. He previously completed an internship in Internal Medicine but changed postgraduate paths towards mental health based on his experiences during a two-year tour as a General Medical Officer with a Marine Corps artillery battalion at Camp Lejeune, NC following his internship.

 

He is active in facilitating his program’s formal education efforts, using his undergraduate background in Mathematics to assist in teaching interpretation of statistical methods in research literature. His own research interests include characterizing healthcare disparities in medical readiness among the active duty population as well as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Navy mental health care system. He lives in San Diego with his wife, one year old son, and two cats.

Andrew Fukuda, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Andrew M. Fukuda received his M.D./Ph.D. from Loma Linda University and is currently the Chief Resident of Psychiatry at Brown University. He has numerous publications including 20 peer-reviewed journal articles, won several awards including the NIMH Outstanding Resident Award Program and the NIH Extramural Research LRP Award, is involved in institutional and national committees and active in student education and mentorship. Dr. Fukuda is leading various studies examining the mechanisms of risk for depression as well as biomarkers of treatment response, and recently submitted a K23 at the beginning of his PGY4 examining the roles of non-neuronal systems in depression pathology and their involvement in the therapeutic mechanisms of action of TMS.

He will continue to pursue his research and clinical passion of treatment resistant pathologies as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Brown, working in both the Neuromodulation Research Facility and Neuromodulation Clinic, and in the Psychiatric Emergency Department.

Shixie "Max" Jiang, M.D.

Dr. Shixie “Max” Jiang is a fourth-year and chief resident in psychiatry at the University of South Florida. Originally from Quxian, China, he graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in biology and received his M.D. from the University of Central Florida. He is a recipient of the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry’s Webb Fellowship Award.

 

Dr. Jiang’s clinical interests are in consultation-liaison psychiatry and neuromodulation techniques. His research endeavors focus on the application of novel optical neuroimaging techniques towards understanding the neurobiology of various psychiatric disorders, including delirium and depression. Additionally, his work aims to further advance personalization of non-invasive brain stimulation treatments for neuropsychiatric disorders.

Kevin Kelley, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Kevin Kelley is a third-year psychiatry resident at Stanford University. He completed his undergraduate degree in physics and chemistry at Pomona College, then earned his M.D. and Ph.D. in neuroscience at UCSF. His doctoral work helped to create a cellular molecular atlas of the adult human brain and implicated specific cell populations in neuropsychiatric disease.

 

He is passionate about elucidating the molecular pathways altered in psychiatric disorders and disseminating this knowledge through educational outreach. During his residency, he has focused his post-doctoral work at the interface of psychiatric genetics, neurodevelopment, and the creation of improved cellular models of psychiatric disorders.

Dwight E. Kemp, M.D.

Dr. Dwight Kemp is a fourth-year psychiatry resident at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center. He serves as the Underrepresented in Medicine House Staff president and has presented nationally on structural barriers and interventions for underrepresented in medicine trainees. In-line with his premedical career in public health and background in anthropology, Dr. Kemp's clinical and scholarly pursuits focus on social and structural determinants of mental health, mental health equity, and population mental health. 

 

Dr. Kemp's academic interests include incorporating structural competency curricula into psychiatry training. He has also presented on the topic nationally and has structural competency research and curriculum development in the pipeline. Additionally, Dr. Kemp participates in ongoing advocacy efforts for Medicaid expansion in the state of AL. He will begin Public Psychiatry Fellowship at Columbia University in 2022. 

Manal Khan, MBBS

Dr. Manal Khan is a second-year Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow at University of California, Los Angeles. Manal received her medical education from Pakistan. After relocating to the US in 2015, Manal completed her residency training in adult psychiatry from Duke University and University of Washington, respectively.

Dr. Khan’s area of interest includes childhood adversity, trauma, structural determinants of health, cultural psychiatry, and psychotherapy. She has extensively engaged in scholarly activities around these topics and sees advocacy as an integral part of her everyday work. She has also served in various leadership roles, both locally and nationally, during her residency training and fellowship. Some of her notable projects include developing a global mental health and cultural psychiatry track during her residency, serving as the inaugural E.D.I chief during her fellowship, and creating a mentorship program for psychiatry residency applicants. Dr. Khan also feels passionately about bringing anti-war education and policies to psychiatry.

Eric Monson, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Eric Monson obtained his undergraduate degree in biological engineering at Utah State University where he met his exceptional wife, Alison. During undergrad, he worked in a genetics lab researching autism and eventually matriculated to the University of Iowa for an M.D./Ph.D. There, he pursued his Ph.D. in computational genetics under Dr. Virginia Willour, investigating the genetic underpinnings of suicidal behavior and bipolar disorder, and found my passion for psychiatry. His group collaborated with Dr. Hilary Coon at the University of Utah, which led to matching into the University of Utah psychiatry residency research track.

 

This allowed his family, now including three children, to move back to Utah. Here, he is researching the genetics of suicide death, was elected co-chief resident, and has been accepted to the Utah child and adolescent fellowship starting July 2022. Dr. Monson plans to remain in academic psychiatry, with an ongoing focus on the genetics of suicide.


Lucy Ogbu-Nwobodo, M.D., M.S., M.A.S.

Dr. Lucy Ogbu-Nwobodo is a fourth-year psychiatry resident in the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)/McLean Psychiatry Program and is dedicated to improving health care through social justice. She is passionate about diversifying the healthcare workforce, and has created two pipeline programs, one targeted towards increasing STEM exposure in K-14 aged youth, and a prehealth internship program—which have led to the matriculation of over 150 students into medical schools and other graduate healthcare programs.

 

Currently, she serves as the MGH Administrative Chief Resident, and is Chair of the Resident and Fellow Committee (RFC) under the MGH Center of Diversity and Inclusion (CDI). She is a SAMHSA Fellow, developing a psychoeducation curricula for high school students with underrepresented identities. She also serves as a Co-Editor of the Racism and Mental Health Equity column with the Psychiatric Services Journal. As a health professional, she is committed to promoting equitable access to healthcare.

Mary Rockas, M.D., M.B.A.

Dr. Mary Rockas is a PGY4 and Chief Resident at New York University Grossman School of Medicine.  Originally from Massachusetts, she graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology.  After medical school, Dr. Rockas travelled to Barbados to complete a Fulbright Grant on the intersection of quality of life and health. She then received her MD/MBA from the University of Michigan. 

 

During residency Dr. Rockas participated in addiction research examining the relationship between changes in methadone prescribing regulations and outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic. She was selected for the APA Leadership Fellowship and served as co-chair on the House Staff Leadership Committee at NYU Langone.  Her interests include systems of care, quality improvement, addiction psychiatry, and therapy. Following graduation, Dr. Rockas will begin an addiction fellowship. 

Colin Smith, M.D.

Dr. Colin Smith is a chief resident in the combined internal medicine-psychiatry residency program at Duke University Medical Center and a Global Health master’s student in the Global Health pathway for residents at the Duke Global Health Institute/Hubert Yeargan Center for Global Health. He is also a lieutenant commander in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corp. He graduated with a bachelor’s in biology-neuroscience from Sacred Heart University and earned a medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences under the aegis of the Indian Health Service.  

 

His clinical and research interests include reducing racial inequities in health outcomes for people with comorbid medical and mental illness.   

Juan J. Sosa, M.D.

Dr. Juan Sosa is a forensic psychiatry fellow at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. He completed psychiatry residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Sosa is an APA Foundation (APAF) public psychiatry fellow and was elected as the Chair of the APAF Public Psychiatry Fellowship Program. He was a guest member on the APA’s Board of Trustees in his role as the Public Psychiatry Fellowship Chair.

 

He has a strong interest in correctional psychiatry and the treatment of substance addictions in correctional settings. Following his forensic psychiatry fellowship, he will join the addiction psychiatry fellowship program (2022-2023) at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. At the completion of his fellowship training, Dr. Sosa will pursue a career in public and correctional psychiatry, where he hopes to innovate and develop community correctional dual-diagnosis programs for individuals involved in the criminal justice system. 

Margaret Z. Wang, M.D.

Dr. Margaret Wang is a fourth-year psychiatry resident at UT Southwestern, where she serves as chief of the research track. She received her medical degree from the University of Chicago after completing her undergraduate studies at UCLA. During residency she led the development of a novel global and cultural psychiatry concentration and an international partnership in medical education.

 

Dr. Wang’s clinical interests are in caring for the underserved and in geriatric psychiatry. Her current research interests include health services, global mental health, and treatment of mood and substance use disorders. Dr. Wang will be starting a fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at the University of Washington in 2022.
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