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2012-2013 Board

Regions

The PsychSIGN Executive Board consists of regional chairs from each of our 7 regions as well as one national chair.

  • Region 1 includes Ontario, Nova Scotia, Quebec, and Newfoundland
  • Region 5 includes Puerto Rico
  • Region 7 includes Western Canada, Alaska and Hawaii

 

Meet the PsychSIGN Board 

 

National Chair

Frank A. Fetterolf
The Commonwealth Medical College

Frank is a fourth-year medical student at The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton PA. Since high school, he's held a strong passion for the science of mind. He attended Cornell University where he graduated cum laude with a B.S. in biological sciences and a minor in cognitive studies. As an undergraduate, most of his time was spent competing for the Big Red's track & field squad and running sleep studies in the basement of the psychology lab. During this time, he also initiated the development of an undergraduate publication which combined neuroscience research with the more subjective landscape of mental illness. Mind Matters resisted pure clinical accounts and provided more humane interpretations of what it means for someone to live with a debilitated brain. With ambivalence toward a career in medicine or research, he spent a year at Penn Medicine’s Division of Sleep and Chronobiology where he studied the effects of sleep deprivation with Dr. David Dinges.  At TCMC Frank serves as president of his school’s Student Interest Group in Psychiatry. Right now, he is particularly interested in biological psychiatry, cognitive therapy, and sleep medicine. When his nose isn't buried in a book, Frank likes to play basketball, bake, DJ, and volunteer. 

 

 

Region 1: CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT, Ontario and Quebec

David Bresler
Tufts University School of Medicine

David is a second-year medical student at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA.  A native of Los Angeles, CA, David earned a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience from UCLA before completing a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine.  Currently, David is involved in a research project through the Boston VA Healthcare System to determine if automated telephone counseling can be effective in preventing relapse in post-detox / pre-treatment patients.  In his free time, David is a fan of hiking, live music, and naps.

 

 

Region 2: NY

Charles Hall
State University of New York Downstate College of Medicine

Charles is a third year medical student at the State University of New York Downstate in Brooklyn. He graduated summa cum laude from The City University of New York Baruch College where he majored in Biology and minored in Psychology. During undergrad Charles did research at Wake Forest University School of Medicine where he routinely transformed monocytes into foamy macrophages with the hope of reversing the process through the addition of various peptide hormones. He also conducted research at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where he initiated an ongoing project aimed at developing a test for the early detection of Addison’s disease. Before starting medical school Charles worked as a biology lab instructor at Baruch while working as a residential counselor for the National Institute for People with Disabilities (YAI/NIPD). Here he helped care and advocate for adults with intellectual disability and mental illness. Charles has a strong interest in Addiction and Academic Psychiatry. Traveling, trying new foods, and going to concerts are his favorite pastimes.

 

 

Region 3: DC, DE, MD, NJ, PA

Vittoria DeLucia
University of Maryland

Tori graduated from American University with a B.A. in Music. She is a non-traditional student who spent three years between college and medical school performing as a classical singer. During this time she also taught voice, confining her studio to women over the age of 14 interested in being classically trained. Her performances focused on classical opera and aboriginese Australian chant. Tori's extracirricular psychiatric experience includes co-founding Young Minds, a Klingenstein foundation-funded community service project which generated over 100 student hours.  She served as co-president of the psychiatric interest group and the Klingenstein Fellowship on campus. Outside of medical school, Tori was involved in the adoption community. She served as a camp counsellor for international adoptees and was a founding member of Chingoo, a supportive group for Korean adoptees. She has spoken on multiple adoption panels for undergraduate sociology classes. She enjoys cooking, singing, and being truly terrible at video games, despite her best efforts.

 

 

Region 4: IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, SD, WI

Jennifer Cannon
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

Jennifer Cannon is a fourth year medical student at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.  She is passionate about removing the stigma of mental disease and advocating for patients suffering from mental illness.  Jennifer received her bachelor degree in biology from Linfield College, where she was a teaching assistant in biology and chemistry.  Her college years were also spent playing with frogs trying to uncover the mysteries of ion transport and attempting to map the genome of a few mushrooms.  After college, Jennifer spent time with rats afflicted with open angle glaucoma in the Oregon Health and Science University’s basement trying to understand the role of elevated intraocular pressure in glaucoma.  She developed a passion for neurology and wanted to learn more about medicine. Jennifer did next what anyone with a biology degree does—obtain another degree.  She went to medical school where she changed her major every week depending on who was lecturing.  Jennifer found her passion during a psychiatry rotation, where she fell in love with listening to the stories of her patients.  As a future physician, she wants to establish deeper relationships with patients to understand them more as a whole. Jennifer spends her free time pretending that she is a ballerina, Zumba master, and outdoor guru. 

 

 

Region 5: AL, AK, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV, PR and Uniformed Services

James McKenzie
Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

James is a second year DO/MBA candidate at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in the small town of Harrogate, TN.  James received two B.A. degrees from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, one in Psychology and the other in Spanish: Hispanic Studies.  Before beginning medical school, James worked as a Child & Youth Case Manager at a community mental health center in Nashville.  His time spent advocating for Hispanic youth around the city was a rewarding and encouraging experience that has increased his desire to pursue a career in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.  James serves as the president of DCOM’s Psychiatry/Neurology student interest group as well as the chair of International & Preventative medicine for the school’s student DO association.  His interest lies in psychotic disorders in youths and research into early identification/intervention.  James also aspires to incorporate osteopathic manipulative treatments into the field in hopes of improved outcomes.  When not studying, he plays basketball, cooks, and loves dancing to almost any sort of live music.

 

 

 

Region 6: CA

Alexis Rojas
University of California, San Diego

Alexis is a fourth year medical student at the University of California, San Diego. As a medical student he has been President of the Global Health Interest Group, Psychiatry Interest Group, and Holistic and Integrative Medicine Interest Group. Alexis has a broad range of interests and finds the ability to combine and draw from multiple disciplines in the context of a career in medicine to be very fulfilling. Alexis graduated from University of California Santa Cruz with a B.A. in Philosophy and a B.S. in Molecular Cellular & Developmental Biology. As an undergrad he pursued interests in neurobiology and viral genomics research as well as more philosophically driven interests in bioethics. After taking some time for travel, Alexis completed a year-long molecular neurobiology research position at The Salk Institute. He then completed a M.P.H. program at University of California Berkeley where he focused on infectious diseases, human behavior, & global health and was involved with projects based in Indonesia, Mexico, and Swaziland. Alexis continues to be interested in global health and his interests in the philosophy of mind, human behavior, medicine and global public health have made a career in psychiatry a natural fit. He has become increasingly interested in the use of digital technology for the promotion of mental health and has created a computer-based psychotherapy program that allows patients to self-administer psychotherapy for a wide range of mental illness. When not pursuing academic interests Alexis enjoys surfing and anything that brings him to the ocean, running, bike riding, playing guitar and piano, as well as spending time with his friends and family.

 

 

Region 7: AK, AZ, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, UT, WA, WY and Western Canada

Flannery Merideth
University of New Mexico

Flannery is a second year medical student at the University of New Mexico. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from UNM. Prior to entering medical school, Flannery worked in neuroimaging research at the Mind Research Network, using functional MRI, diffusion tensor imaging, and magnetic resonance spectroscopy to examine attention and cognitive functioning in patients with schizophrenia, PTSD, mild traumatic brain injury, and drug and alcohol dependence. In addition to neuroscience research, Flannery has a strong interest in ethics and is a member of the UNM Hospital Biomedical Ethics Committee and the medical school’s Committee on Ethics and Professionalism. In her spare time, Flannery enjoys cooking, running, and dancing. She has also traveled to many different countries, and like a true New Mexican, she misses red and green chile when she is away from home.

 

 

Facilitator

Jill Welte
Intern at Vanderbuilt University

Jill is a psychiatry intern at Vanderbuilt University in Nashville, TN.. She holds bachelors and masters degrees in social work from Saint Louis University and New York University, respectively. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Jill worked in St. Louis, Missouri, for ten years as a social worker prior to starting medical school. Her background includes working in crisis services and community mental health, managed care, medical social work, child protection, and private practice psychotherapy. In the summer of 2009, Jill completed a research rotation in child psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis. She looks forward to integrating her experiences with her medical education in pursuit of a career in child and adolescent psychiatry. When she has free time, Jill enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, catching up on some good novels, and baking. She will start her psychiatry residency in July 2012 at Vanderbilt