The GAP Fellowship

The GAP Fellowship is a two-year experience during which the Fellow attends four semi-annual meetings and works with a GAP committee on its current project. The Fellow has the opportunity to meet and work collaboratively with some of the leading psychiatrists in North America and to develop a relationship with other outstanding residents.  Click here to learn more.                 
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2019-2021 GAP Fellows

 

Clifford Arnold

Clifford Arnold is a PGY-2 and Chief Resident in the Psychiatry program at the University of Kansas in Wichita. He studied the Great Books as an undergraduate at the University of Notre Dame, and then spent a few years teaching middle school in inner city Los Angeles, Atlanta, and South Bend. He also spent four years living and working in a homeless shelter as a resident staff person and a year working with various charitable organizations around the world in places such as India, Guatemala, and Uganda. His wanderlust sated, he completed an MD at Indiana University, and an MA in the History and Philosophy of Science at Notre Dame. He then migrated west with his kiddos and wife to her home town of Wichita for grand-parental support and Midwestern cost of living and began residency there. He will begin a Child and Adolescent Fellowship at the University of Kansas in Kansas City this coming year. He is very much fascinated by the history, philosophy, and ethics of psychiatry, and sneaks as much of it as he can among his clinical studies. His goal in a career is to remember with The Little Prince that "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."

          

Xinlin (Linda) Chen

Xinlin Chen is a third-year psychiatry resident at New York University. She completed her undergraduate degree at MIT, where she graduated with a double major in physics and philosophy. Prior to medical school, Xinlin interned at a domestic violence shelter for Asian immigrants, which shaped much of her perspective on society and inequalities affecting mental health. She graduated from the 3-year medical school program at NYU, during which she conducted qualitative research related to stigma of mental illness affecting Chinese immigrants with schizophrenia diagnoses in New York City. Xinlin’s clinical interests include working with Chinese-speaking clients and psychoanalytic technique applied off the couch. She is currently conducting research at the Nathan Kline Institute examining institutional and structural stigma of mental illness. Her projects are at the interface of sociology, medical anthropology, and Mad studies. Her organizing work involves creating non-hierarchical and collectively-based communities towards healing, justice, and mutual support as alternatives to existing systems of mental health care. Originally from Beijing, China and raised in San Jose, California, Xinlin enjoys everything outdoors, including rock climbing, backpacking, and the ocean. She is an amateur poet and performs at various open mics in New York City.




Nkechi Conteh

Nkechi Conteh is a third-year psychiatry resident at Duke University Hospital. She completed her medical training in Nigeria and has a Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She was a recipient of the 2018 Association of Women Psychiatrists’ (AWP) International Fellowship and the Duke Department of Psychiatry 2019 Carter Community Service Award. At Duke, she is a member of the Psychiatry Curriculum Review Committee and the Perinatal Psychiatry Group at Duke Hospital, where she is working with her program to establish perinatal psychiatry outpatient services and has set up a streamlined perinatal psychiatry referral process for providers to facilitate timely referrals during the peripartum period. This referral process includes scripted dialogue that would assist clinicians in addressing healthcare disparities faced by minority women. Under supervision, she established a perinatal psychiatry clinical elective in a community health center in Durham. Her interest in women’s mental health stems from her childhood where she witnessed the extensive impact infertility and peripartum events had on women’s mental health and the limited resources available to women in need of psychiatric care. She is particularly interested in the integration of psychiatry into primary care services and increasing mental health awareness in public organizations. As part of her AWP International Fellowship, she worked with obstetric providers to introduce depression screening in prenatal clinics for persons living with HIV in a tertiary health institution in Nigeria. Prior to residency, she founded a local health organization for women which focused on providing health education in resource-limited settings. She looks forward to a career in perinatal and public psychiatry and working towards the growth of reproductive psychiatry globally



Matthew Edwards

Matthew Edwards is an adult psychiatry resident at Stanford University School of Medicine with interests in law and psychiatry, community psychiatry, and psychotherapy. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Princeton University and his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. As a resident, Matthew is an active member of the Stanford Hospital Ethics Committee and conducts research in the history of medicine. He is also involved in cultural psychiatry curriculum development and medical student education. In his free time, Matthew enjoys playing the piano, reading, writing, and traveling.



Matthew Fadus

Matthew Fadus is a 3rd year resident in psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Prior to psychiatry residency, he was a pediatrics resident at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and then transitioned to a residency in psychiatry when his interests and goals became more aligned with becoming a child and adolescent psychiatrist. Matthew went to Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska for medical school and St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for undergraduate education with studies in biology and healthcare ethics. During his psychiatric training, Matthew has been involved as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow within the American Psychiatric Association, and is also doing a research fellowship through the DART (Drug Abuse Research Training) program at MUSC in collaboration with the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study looking at disciplinary disparities in elementary educational settings among ethnic and racial minority youth, and adolescent substance use (including e-cigarettes and JUUL). His research interests include communication and implicit bias in the medical setting both in the electronic health record and interpersonally between providers and patients. At MUSC, Dr. Fadus collaborated with others and developed a course for improving communication among LGBTQ patients. He has written about communication and bias in the healthcare setting in Psychiatric News, Academic Psychiatry, and other outlets. In his free time he enjoys going to the beach, watching movies with his wife, and trying all of the great restaurants and breweries that Charleston has to offer.



Elizabeth (Za) Janopaul-Naylor

Za Janopaul-Naylor is a 1st year Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow at New York University. Before starting her fellowship, she completed her adult residency at Cambridge Health Alliance. Za graduated both undergraduate and medical school at Brown University. She is originally from Arlington, Virginia. Professionally, she is interested in working to improve community access to youth at risk for delinquency by partnering with schools and local police to improve prevention practices and increase mental health treatment. Outside of work, Za enjoys cooking and bread making. As a new transplant to New York, she is currently much enamored with all things Brooklyn.



Michael Mensah

Born to Ghanaian immigrant parents in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Michael Mensah is a second year Psychiatry Resident at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He majored in philosophy and African American Studies at Princeton University and worked at a halfway house for the psychiatrically ill before attending the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Program in Medical Education (PRIME) for medical students demonstrating interest in practicing in underserved communities. After serving as Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Co-President and co-founding UCSF’s White Coats for Black Lives chapter, he was awarded the Zuckerman Fellowship at Harvard University Center for Public Leadership. While at Harvard, he was also a Harvard Voices in Leadership Fellow. Soon after matching at UCLA for psychiatry residency, Michael published a popular JAMA Internal Medicine Viewpoint about racial bias in medicine entitled “Making All Lives Matter in Medicine From the Inside Out.” In the past year, Dr Mensah has been awarded the APA/SAMHSA Minority Fellowship, has been elected 2019-2020 Co-President of UCLA Psychiatry’s Resident Council, and 2019-2020 APA Resident-Fellow Member Trustee Elect. In his spare time, he loves basketball, cooking, eating, and writing. He plans to become a child forensic psychiatrist.



Giovanna Sobrinho

Giovanna Sobrinho is a psychiatry resident at Los Angeles County and University of Southern California. She is originally from Brazil, and graduated from York College of Pennsylvania with a degree in nursing while preparing for medical school. After briefly working as a registered nurse in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, she attended Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Southern California. There, her interest in leadership, systems-based thinking, and physician wellness was galvanized as she established “Fostering Resiliency in Third Year Medical Students,” an ongoing peer-support system that emphasizes social wellbeing and a just professional culture within medicine. Involvement with the American Medical Association (AMA) through writing medical student section policy resolutions and attending state and national advocacy days helped to broaden her understanding of healthcare, advocacy, and to personally grow a sense of professional empowerment. These interests continue in the area of quality improvement and leadership as she is a scholar in the Hospital Administration Scholars Program and a resident union elected delegate. Her interests additionally include medical student mentorship, psychotherapy, and women’s mental health. Outside of work she enjoys dancing, running, road cycling, or attempting to revive her long-lost love of painting.


Robyn Thom

Robyn Thom is currently a PGY-4 resident at the Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Program. Originally from Canada, she completed her undergraduate degree at Harvard College where she was a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I swimmer, medical school at the University of Toronto, and general psychiatry residency at the Harvard Longwood Residency Training Program where she was on the research track and served as an Assistant Editor for the Harvard Review of Psychiatry. During residency, Robyn developed an interest in consultation-liaison psychiatry and conducted research on the treatment of delirium. She has written more than 20 peer-reviewed articles published in major journals including the American Journal of Psychiatry, Psychopharmacology, and Psychosomatics. Additionally, she is the recipient of the American Psychiatric Association/APA Foundation Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, the APA Research Colloquium Award, and the American Balint Society Essay Competition Award. Her current clinical and research interests include pediatric consultation-liaison psychiatry, psychopharmacology, and autism spectrum disorder. Outside of work, Robyn enjoys cooking, reading, international travel, and staying active by swimming, spinning, and weight lifting.


Ashley VanDercar

Ashley VanDercar is a third-year psychiatry resident at University Hospitals/Case Western Reserve University. She was born and raised in Florida, receiving bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and biology from the University of South Florida and a law degree from Florida International University. After law school she worked as in-house counsel and risk manager for a large pain management facility in Tampa. In 2012, becoming increasingly disheartened by the burgeoning opioid epidemic, she decided to go to medical school and attended the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. During medical school and residency, Dr. VanDercar became interested in the myriad of legal issues within the field of psychiatry, both core forensic topics such as the insanity defense and psychiatric malpractice, and administrative topics like the regulatory concerns associated with online patient access to psychiatric notes. She has published and lectured in a variety of venues including national meetings for the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. She has also served as a committee member and department of psychiatry liaison for her hospital’s patient-facing IT committee. She will remain in Cleveland, at Case Western, for a forensic psychiatry fellowship in 2020.



Eunice Yuen

Eunice Yuen is currently a PGY-4 in the Albert J. Solnit Integrated Training Program in Adult and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Research at Yale Child Study Center. Her neuroscience PhD research focused on cellular and molecular mechanisms of emotional stress in the brain. After joining the residency program at Yale, she examined the role of prenatal stress and substance use in human fetal brain models and human-derived stem cells. In her vigorous adult and child psychiatry training, she was particularly inspired by her connection to an Asian American teenage patient and her immigrant family. Eunice’s unique background as an adolescent immigrant ignites her desire to fully understand acculturative stress in these vulnerable individuals. Since then, Eunice has found her calling in cultural psychiatry. In the past year, Eunice served as an emotional wellness consultant at the Yale Asian American Cultural Center. She holds seminars and forum discussions on wellness, depression, and suicide prevention for populations of Asian American students, international research scholars, and their families. Moreover, as a mother of two Asian American sons, Eunice is interested in cross-generational cultural issues in parental-child relationships, and how that may influence child development and emotional well-being. In her leisure time, she enjoys hiking, yoga, and spending time with her husband and two sons.



Rachel Zettl

Rachel Zettl is currently a psychiatry resident at University of Texas Southwestern. She grew up in rural Oklahoma and later attended Oklahoma City University; where she completed her Bachelor of Science in secondary science education and biology. After graduating she began working as a high school biology and physical science teacher for the Choctaw Nicoma Park Public School District. While teaching she earned her master’s degree from Oklahoma City University in applied behavioral studies. During her four years as an educator, she developed a passion for working with children and adolescents with special needs and mental health disorders. This inspired her to pursue her medical education and eventually led her to a career in psychiatry. She received her medical degree from the University of Oklahoma in 2016. After completing her general psychiatry residency, she plans on pursuing a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry with special interest in underserved areas and children with special needs. She is also the Wellness Chair for her residency program and works in many capacities to improve the training experience for residents at her institution. When she is not working, she enjoys crocheting, fishing, working on classic cars, and spending time with her husband, fur-babies, family, and friends.




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