Residents' Research Recognized by the Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at its Annual Meeting

Research by our psychiatry residents was well represented at the 64th Annual Meeting of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) in Washington, DC.

Kristen Eckstrand, MD, PhD (PGY3) was presented with the 2017 AACAP Beatrix A. Hamburg Award for Best Research Poster for her poster titled “Anterior Cingulate Connectivity During Reward Processing Mediates the Relationship Between Trauma Exposure and Depressive and Anxiety States in Young Adults.” Dr. Eckstrand is currently completing a clinical fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and is active in the Department’s Psychiatry Research Pathway program. 

Two of our psychiatry residents, Gil Hoftman, MD, PhD (PGY3) and Rebecca Miller, MD (PGY4) were invited by the Academy to participate in the highly competitive AACAP Educational Outreach Program for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residents this year. The educational outreach program provides general psychiatry residents with the opportunity participate at the annual meeting, present their work, and interact with internationally recognized experts in the field of child and adolescent psychiatrists. Dr. Hoftman began his research career in the Department as a student in the Medical Scientist Training Program of the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. He is currently completing a child and adolescent clinical fellowship while conducting research in the Department’s Translational Neuroscience Program. After earning her medical degree from the University of Chicago, Dr. Miller relocated to Pittsburgh to begin the Triple Board program that provides training in pediatrics, child and adolescent psychiatry, and adult psychiatry at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

The Department of Psychiatry is proud of the accomplishments of these residents and of the ongoing contributions of our many faculty and trainees as regular participants at the annual AACAP meeting.