Current Laughlin Fellows

ach 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 2019 Laughlin Fellows:    


Jessica Ables, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Jessica Ables received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, and her Ph.D. in integrative biology at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Subsequently, she completed her M.D. at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. Instead of immediately entering residency, she worked as a postdoctoral associate at the Rockefeller University, studying pathways in the habenula-interpeduncular circuit that were regulated by chronic nicotine.

Dr. Ables then returned to Mount Sinai to complete a residency in psychiatry. She is currently continuing her work on the habenula-interpeduncular circuit in relation to both nicotine reward and withdrawal and to the cognitive and affective complications of diabetes. Dr. Ables hopes to open her own lab to continue to develop more effective treatments for psychiatric disease, particularly for those with comorbid illnesses.

Shireen Cama, M.D.

Dr. Shireen Cama, originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, recently completed her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School. She graduated from Yale University with a degree in Economics before pursuing her medical degree at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Cama completed a pediatrics residency at UCSF prior to coming to the Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School for her adult psychiatry training. She has served as a Congressional Hunger Fellow, APA Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow, and AACAP Systems of Care Special Program Fellow.

Her interests within psychiatry include integrated care, social determinants of health, cultural psychiatry and infant mental health. Currently she is works at Cambridge Health Alliance as Associate Training Director for the child & adolescent psychiatry fellowship and as an integrated child/adolescent psychiatrist in pediatric primary care.

Sabrina Correa da Costa, M.D.

Dr. Sabrina Correa da Costa, is a PGY-4 and chief resident in psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She received her medical degree from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil. Since medical school, she has been actively involved in research assessing biological and psychosocial aspects implicated in psychopathology severity in bipolar disorders.

Her research interests include mood disorders, substance use disorders, and translational psychiatry. She is particularly interested in dual diagnosis and future directions in research and public health policies in the field of psychiatry and addiction.

Joao P. De Aquino, M.D.

Dr. Joao P. De Aquino is an addiction psychiatry fellow at the Yale School of Medicine, where he also completed his psychiatry residency in the Neuroscience Research Training Program (NRTP). In addition to treating individuals who suffer from substance use disorders and co-occurring psychiatric disorders, his research aims to understand the contributions of the endocannabinoid system to the neurobiology of addiction.

He hopes that psychopharmacological approaches in humans will provide insights that innovate and advance treatment, as well as assist in risk estimation of exposure to cannabinoids in populations with substance use disorders and serious mental illnesses. 

Bruce Fage, M.D.

Dr. Bruce Fage is a fifth-year psychiatry resident at the University of Toronto. Born and raised in Amherst, Nova Scotia, he is passionate about medical education, peer advocacy, and developing health systems that meet the needs of the people we serve. Clinically, he is interested in general and acute care psychiatry and is currently working at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).


Dr. Fage is the Immediate Past President of the Professional Association of Residents of Ontario (PARO), the organization that represents Ontario's 5600 doctors in training. He has led the organization in advocacy efforts around optimal training and working conditions and led the team through the collective bargaining and binding arbitration processes.


Academically, Dr. Fage’s publications have been focused in health systems, competency-based medical education, and emergency psychiatry. He works with the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry on the Mental Health Services Committee, a team which is currently writing a book about defining value within psychiatric care.


Dr. Fage is a co-founder of PsychEd, an educational psychiatry podcast by medical learners, for medical learners. The PsychEd team has presented at national and international conferences and is committed to promoting knowledge sharing within psychiatry.

Lief Ericsson Fenno, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Lief Fenno is a third-year psychiatry resident at Stanford University. He grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska, completed his undergraduate degree in neurobiology at Harvard University, then earned his M.D. and Ph.D. in neuroscience at Stanford. During his psychiatry residency, he has completed post-doctoral work at the intersection of bio-engineering, psychiatry, and neuroscience.

He has designed, built, and applied novel molecular and viral tools for basic and translational neuroscience research, which have been recognized with multiple patents. He is currently applying his work in bioengineering to understanding the role of endogenous opioids in health and disease in order to develop novel approaches to treating addiction and pain.

Nichole Goodsmith, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Nichole Goodsmith is a PGY-4 at UCLA, where she is Chief Resident of Community and Global Psychiatry and an APA Public Psychiatry Fellow. She completed her BA at Columbia University before spending three years with the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso, West Africa. She earned her M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at Cornell, with a dissertation on mycobacterium tuberculosis pathogenesis.

Her interest in public health drew her from infectious diseases to psychiatry. Following residency, she will be a fellow in the National Clinician Scholars Program, focusing on mental health services development, research, and policy impacting underserved populations in the United States and globally.


David Y. Harari, M.D., M.S.B.

Dr. David Harari, a Brooklyn native, is currently a 4th-year psychiatry resident at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, Vermont. He earned his B.A. in Philosophy from Yeshiva University (2008), M.S. in Bioethics from the Union Graduate College – Mount Sinai School of Medicine Bioethics Program (2010), and M.D. from the University of Vermont College of Medicine (2015). Prior to medical school, he conducted clinical research, completed an internship at the Veterans Health Administration’s National Center for Ethics in Health Care, and worked as a research analyst at a healthcare consulting firm.


His clinical and academic interests are in the interface of psychiatry and palliative care, medical ethics, medical education, and digital (behavioral) health. He has published several first-author papers in peer-reviewed medical journals on issues related to clinical ethics and mental health, and has co-authored an online ethics training curriculum for the American Academy of Pediatrics. He has written opinion pieces for both The New York Times and The Washington Post, and has delivered numerous presentations at national conferences on psychiatry and medical ethics.

Dave Peyok, D.O, M.H.A., M.B.A.

Dr. Dave Peyok is a PGY3 psychiatry resident. Previously he was a hospital administrator, serving as the chief executive officer of seven hospitals in five different states, where he excelled in turning around financially struggling rural hospitals. He has served in the Army, active duty or reserve component, for over 26 years. He is a member of the fourth class of the Tillman Military Scholars. He is the Platinum TOUCH awardee for the most volunteer service hours performed and received the Osteopathic Department Award for having the best osteopathic principles in his class.

As a PGY2, he was selected to the faculty of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners serving on the standards committee. Dr. Peyok was awarded an APA Public Psychiatry Fellowship and is the first person in Oklahoma to receive an APA Fellowship. He was recognized as “The Resident of the Year,” during the psychiatry department program review. Dr. Peyok has an interest in addiction medicine and plans to work with Veterans at the Veterans Administration, after completion of his psychiatry training.

Daniel Shalev, M.D.

Dr. Daniel Shalev is currently chief resident in psychiatry at Columbia University/New York Presbyterian Hospital/New York State Psychiatric Institute. He graduated magna cum laude with highest honors in field and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College with an AB in women, gender, and sexuality studies. He subsequently completed a research fellowship in human rights studies at Harvard where he studied medical exclusions in US immigration law.


Dr. Shalev earned his M.D. at Weill Cornell Medical College where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha and the Gold Humanism Honor Societies and co-founded Weill Cornell’s literary journal, Ascensus. As a resident, Dr. Shalev has published and presented widely on a number of topics including palliative care, neuropsychiatry, medical education, humanities, and ethics. He is actively involved in teaching residents and medical students at all levels. In addition, he is a Leadership Fellow with the American Psychiatric Association and a current Webb Fellow and former Trainee Travel Award recipient through the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry.


Dr. Shalev has a particular interest in the intersection of psychiatry and palliative medicine; some of his current research topics include ethical dilemmas in end-of-life care of individuals with serious mental illness, psychodynamics and development at the end of life, and models of psychiatric care delivery for patients with serious medical illnesses. He plans to pursue further training in palliative care and consultation-liaison psychiatry following residency.


Meredith Spada, M.D., M.S.Ed.

Dr. Meredith Spada is a PGY-5 Child Psychiatry Fellow at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital. This year, she is the chief resident for education and chair of her residency program’s academic administrator, clinician educator track. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and attended college at Vanderbilt University where she majored in neuroscience.

Following medical school, she taught high school biology and physical science in inner-city Philadelphia and earned her master’s degree in secondary education. She then attended medical school at the Penn State University College of Medicine. Her clinical and research interests include medical education, perinatal psychiatry, transitional aged youth, and consultation-liaison psychiatry. 

George "Bud" Vana, M.D.

Dr. George ‘Bud’ Vana is a Triple Board (Pediatrics, Adult Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry) resident at Brown University in his fifth and final year. He completed medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.   He earned his undergraduate and master’s degree from Harvard University in Near Eastern Languages. He and his family will be moving to Bellingham, Washington, upon graduation to work at the Lummi Nation Tribal Health Center.

His current work includes efforts to improve access to mental health care through integrated care in primary care settings, telepsychiatry and programs which address childhood trauma and adversity. 


Rachel Margaret "Maggie" Whelan, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Rachel Margaret (“Maggie”) Whelan is in her fifth year and is Chief Resident of the Triple Board Residency Program (pediatrics, psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry) at Tulane University in New Orleans. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and went on to earn a BA at Yale University in Latin American Studies, focusing on public health in Latin America. After college, she worked as a research assistant on a study examining factors affecting adherence to treatment for latent tuberculosis infection at Harlem Hospital in New York City, while at the same time earning an MPH in Epidemiology from Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health. She returned home to Pittsburgh after matriculating into the M.D./Ph.D. Program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She completed her Ph.D. at the Pittsburgh School of Public Health in Epidemiology, where her research focused on maternal-child health in India.


During her residency and fellowship at Tulane, Dr. Whelan has focused on early childhood/infant mental health. She has also taken a special interest in providing mental health services for refugee children and is working to formally organize a refugee mental health clinic and referral system. As chief resident, Dr. Whelan has also been focused on issues of resident wellness and advocacy.