Faculty

Jason Boudreaux, MD received his medical doctorate from LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans and completed his residency with the LSU-OLOL Psychiatry Residency Program in General Psychiatry. He currenlty works as a supervisor for residents in the Emergency Mental and Behavioral Health Unit at OLOL Regional Medical Center.

Renee Bruno, MD received her medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine. She continued on to complete her Child Psychiatry residency and fellowship program through the Medical University of South Carolina, where she was named chief resident of Eating Disorders Rotation. Currently, Dr. Bruno is Medical Director of selected psychiatric services at Woman's Hospital. She is also a clinical consultant for Eating Disorders Treatment Center at River Oaks Hospital in New Orleans.

 

Julia Buckner, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor with the Louisiana State University Department of Psychology in Baton Rouge. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Florida State University, and completed her psychology internship at the Yale University School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry’s Division of Substance Abuse. Dr. Buckner is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Louisiana and director of the LSU Anxiety and Addictive Behaviors Clinic, where she provides clinical supervision to graduate students in LSU’s Clinical Psychology Program. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. She has been recognized for her research and clinical work in this area by organizations such as the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Anxiety Disorder Special Interest Group, the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, the College on Problems of Drug Dependence and the American Psychological Association. Her work has received funding from local and federal agencies including the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Cullen Burke, MD is a graduate of LSUHSC-Shreveport in Shreveport, LA. A Baton Rouge native, he completed his training at LSU-OLOL Psychiatry Residency Program in 2016 in General Psychiatry. He is currently seeking Board Certification with the ABPN. He is currently a member of the Our Lady of the Lake Physician’s group and supervises residents on their rotations in the Emergency Mental and Behavioral Health Unit of OLOL Regional Medical Center. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry with LSUHSC-New Orleans.

 

Laurinda Calongne, M.Ed, LCSW, received her Doctorate in Education from Capella University, her Mastera of Education from University of Southern California and her Masters of Social Work from Tulane University. She completed a two year fellowship in medical education from USC Keck School of Medicine. Her career in graduate medical education spans almost twenty years of teaching and leadership. In 2001, Ms. Calongne was appointed by President George W. Bush as presidential appointee to the Council on Graduate Medical Education. During her career, she has published four congressional reports, testified before U.S. House of Representatives on five occasions, served on several national boards, and has presented more than 120 lectures on local, regional and national levels. She has been involved with the development of several new residency programs and has developed a combined 15 years of curricula for GME programs. She serves as the Director of Our Lady of the Lake's Division of Academic Affairs, the DIO and Chief Academic Officer for the OLOL pediatric residency program and as faculty for the psychiatric residency program where she will serve on the curriculum.

  Kelly Cannon, MD is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry with LSU Health Sciences Center, Department of Psychiatry and faculty in the LSU-OLOL Psychiatry residency program. She received her MD from Louisiana State University Health Center - Shreveport, LA and completed her residency at Louisiana State University Health Science Center and Oschsner - New Orleans, LA. She supervises on the inpatient psychiatry rotation.

Alex S Cohen, Ph.D. received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Kent State University in Kent Ohio and completed a psychology internship at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He then completed a two-year post-doctoral training in schizophrenia research at the University of Maryland College Park. Currently, Dr. Cohen is an associate professor in the psychology department at Louisiana State University and director of the Affective Science and Psychopathology Laboratory. He is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Louisiana, and heads a team of doctoral psychology trainees that provide specialized treatment for individuals with mental illness. He has published nearly 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and has numerous conference presentations and abstracts. His research, which focuses on using objective biobehavioral technologies to understand mental illness, has been funded by state, federal and international agencies. 

 

Kathleen Crapanzano, MD is an Associate Professor with the Department of Psychiatry, LSU and also serves as the LSU-OLOL Psychiatry Residency Program Director. She received her B.S from LSU in Biochemistry and her M.D. from LSUHSC in New Orleans. She has a Masters degree in Academic Medicine from the University of Southern California. Her residency training was done at the Medical College of Georgia where she was chief resident, and she completed a Psychopharmacology fellowship during her training.  After remaining on the MCG faculty for three years, she returned to Baton Rouge and worked on the faculty of the LSU-BR Internal Medicine program at Earl K. Long. She served as the Medical Director for the Louisiana Office of Mental Health in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, helping to rebuild and expand the mental health system across the state at that time.  She supervises residents in the outpatient clinic and her research interests focus on the multifaceted effects of stigma. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

 

John DeBack, MD received his MD from the Medical College of Georgia and completed his residency in adult and child and adolescent psychiatry at Tulane School of Medicine.  Dr. deBack is board certified in adult and child and adolescent psychiatry. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor with LSUHSC and a supervisor for residents and fellows on the inpatient child rotations.

Donna B. Fargason, MD received her medical doctorate at LSU Medical School in New Orleans. She then completed her Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry residencies there as well. She subsequently served as faculty in the Department of Child Psychiatry at LSU while pursuing training in the Harris Infant Fellowship at LSU and the Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Fellowship at the New Orleans Psychoanalytic Institute. Dr. Fargason continues to hold a faculty appointment at LSU-NO as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry serving as a supervisor for child psychiatry residents in training. She recently joined the faculty at Our Lady of the Lake Residency Program in Baton Rouge and provides supervision in the outpatient clinic.  She has extensive experience in performing psychiatric evaluations and attending to medication issues with children, adolescents, and adults.

Ashleigh Fleming, MD received her medical doctorate from LSUHSC-Shreveport in Shereveport, LA. She also completed her General Psychiatry residency and her Forensic Psychiatry fellowship at LSUHSC-Shreveport. Dr. Fleming currently works at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center with residents on rotations in Forensic Psychiarty.
Matthew Gamble, MD currenlty works at Louisiana State Penitentiary, also known as Angola, with residents on rotations in Forensic Psychiarty.

 

Chris Garner, Psy.D received his Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) (APA Accredited) in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Garner also holds master's degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi (Counseling Psychology), GSPP (Clinical Psychology), and the California School of Professional Psychology (Clinical Psychopharmacology).  Dr. Garner completed his formal clinical training with the Southern Louisiana Internship Consortium (LSU Student Health Center and the Eastern LA Mental Health System), and APA-accredited doctoral-level internship program.  Dr. Garner is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Certified Group Psychotherapist.  Dr. Garner is currently in full-time private practice, providing clinical, teaching, and consulting services.  He is the Complaints Coordinator for the Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Psychologists.  He previously worked as a Clinical Psychologist and the Associate Director for the LSU Student Health Center's Mental Health Service, serving as the Director of Training for the aforementioned accredited psychology internship program and as the coordinator of psychological assessment and testing.  Primary passions/interests include psychodynamic theory, formulation, and psychotherapy, relational group psychotherapy, and in-depth, integrated, psychological assessment, especially personality assessment (MMPI-2 and Rorschach). Dr. Garner is currently the Advisor to the Board of the Louisiana Group Psychotherapy Society (LGPS).   Within the Residency program he is an Assistant Clinical Professor, leads the Psychodynamic Psychotherapy training experience, and is an outpatient and group psychotherapy supervisor. 

Joseph Grizzaffi, MD is a clinical assistant professor with the Department of Psychiatry, LSUHSC and is board-certified in adult/child psychiatry. He received his medical doctorate at LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans and completed his general psychiatry and child/adolescent training at LSU as well. While in child training he served as chief resident. Following completion of his child training, Dr. Grizzaffi spent a year as an assistant clinical professor at the LSU Medical Center while completing an extra year of psychopharmacology training. After moving to Baton Rouge in 1994, Dr. Grizzaffi worked for 5 years as a staff psychiatrist with the Baton Rouge General Hospital and then worked in private practice in Baton Rouge doing a combination of adult and child/adolescent psychiatry. During this time he also served as the psychiatric consultant for the Health Care in Schools program. Dr. Grizzaffi joined the LSU-OLOL psychiatry residency program in 2012. He teaches child/adolescent didactic courses to PGY–2 residents, supervises the child/adolescent outpatient consult clinic, supervises upper-level residents in the resident clinic and teaches psychiatry to pediatric residents. Dr. Grizzaffi’s specific area of interest and expertise is child/adolescent assessment and psychopharmacologic treatment.
Case Harvey, MD completed his residency at Tulane University in General Psychiatry. Dr. Harvey works with residents in various capacities, primarily in the Emergency Mental and Behavioral Health unit. 

Gerald Heintz, MD received his M.D. from L.S.U. School of Medicine in New Orleans and in1991 completed his psychiatric residency training at L.S.U. Medical Center in New Orleans.  Following residency he was a staff psychiatrist at Ochsner Clinic, where he served as Director of Psychiatric Research from 1996 until 1998.  In 1996 he received the inaugural Teacher of the Year in the Psychiatric Residency Training Program at Ochsner, and he received the honor again in 1998.  From 1993 until 1998 he was the Associate Medical Director of Electroconvulsive Therapy at DePaul Hospital in New Orleans.  For the last several years, he has been recognized annually by Best Doctors, Inc.  He currently leads an advanced Biological psychiatry/Psychopharmacology course for upper level residents and teaches interns on the inpatient service as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychaitry with the LSU-OLOL Psychaitry Residency Program.

Rebecca Horn, Ph.D. is the Academic Research Director for the LSU-OLOL Psychiatry Residency Program. She also teaches undergraduate psychology part-time at LSU in Baton Rouge. She earned her MS in Experimental Psychology from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in 2009 and her PhD in Cognitive Psychology from Louisiana State University in 2015. Her doctoral dissertation looked at the role of working memory capacity in the processing of complex English syntax.

Haleema Iqbal, MD completed residency in adult psychiatry. She currently works with residents in the Emergency Mental and Behavioral Health unit.

 

Glenn Jones, Ph.D., MP is a Professor with the Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine, LSU Health Sciences Center.  He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from LSU in Baton Rouge, and completed his psychology internship at the Charleston VA/Medical University of Charleston Psychology Consortium.   He completed his PostDoctoral Master of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology (MSCP) with California School of Professional Psychology, and is licensed as a Medical Psychologist.  He has over 60 articles published in peer reviewed journals on a wide variety of topics relevant to psychology in medical settings. 

 

 

Mary Lou Kelley, Ph.D. received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from West Virginia University.  Dr. Kelley is a Full Professor at Louisiana State University and is a licensed clinical psychologist.  She has published 2 books, over 100 refereed journal articles and book chapters. She has served on the editorial review board for numerous journals and is a guest reviewer for Journal of Pediatrics. Her research currently is funded by the Department of Homeland Security and previously funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.  Her research interests include the development of behavioral assessment instruments, parent involvement in promoting children’s academic success, treatment of ADHD, and children’s adjustment following disasters.  She supervises clinical and school psychology graduate students in the assessment and treatment of children with a wide range of problems.    

Eva Mathews, MD, MPH is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry with LSU Health Sciences Center, Department of Psychiatry and Associate program director with the LSU-OLOL Psychiatry Residency Program. She received her B.A.from LSU in English and MD and Masters in Public Health from Tulane University School of Medicine and School of Public Health respectively. She completed her residency at Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program in Boston, MA. Her interests include women’s perinatal mental health, psychodynamic psychotherapy and narrative medicine. 

Brandon Michel, MD is a graduate of the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans and completed his general adult psychiatry training at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center/Ochsner Clinic Foundation Psychiatry Residency program.  He also completed a fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine at the LSUHSC/Ochsner combined program.  He is a member of Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group, an Assistant Clinical Professor at LSUHSC, and an Assistant Professor at the LSUHSC-NO Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship.  He serves as the supervisor for the Consult-Liaison service and rotation.

 

John W. Pickering, Ph.D. is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the School of Medicine, LSU Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) in New Orleans.  He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from LSU, Baton Rouge in 1979, completing a clinical internship at Napa State Hospital, Napa, California.  He has previously worked in private practice, for the Louisiana prison system, and in state hospitals in three states (MS, CA and LA), in both civil and forensic settings.  He has also served as a part-time psychology instructor for Chapman College, CA, and with the Psychology Department at LSU, teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses.  For the past 15 years, he has served on the Clinical Training Committee of the Southern Louisiana Internship Consortium, teaching, supervising and mentoring psychology interns completing their doctoral degrees.  He has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals, and has presented professional seminars and workshops on a variety of topics relating to psychodiagnosis and psychotherapy.  He has been a member of the National Register of Health Care Providers in Psychology for over 25 years.

 

David Edward Post, MD received his M.D. from Tulane Med School. He completed an internship in General Surgery at Duke Med Center (Durham, NC), a General Psychiatry residency at LSU Med Center (New Orleans, LA), and was selected as a Gaughgan Fellow in Correctional & Forensic Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (Boston, MA). Since completing his medical training, Dr. Post has worked for the state of Louisiana in a variety of settings including 8 yrs at Eastern Louisiana Mental Health System (Jackson, La). He currently works with both adolescent and adult outpatients at Capital Area Human Services District (CAHSD), where he also previously served as the medical director. During Hurricane Katrina, he led the Psychiatric clinical response for the seven parish region around Baton Rouge. Dr. Post is a Clinical Asst. Professor of Psychiatry at both Tulane and LSUHSC Medical Schools. He is Board Certified in both General Psychiatry & Forensic Psychiatry.  He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and has received several awards including the APA’s Bruno Lima Award for Disaster Psychiatry, NAMI’s Exemplary Psychiatrist Award, the La Psychiatric Medical Association’s Psychiatrist of The Year Award, and LSU Med Center / Psychiatry Chairman’s Award for Teaching. Dr. Post was selected to serve on the DSM 5 Field Trial. Current research interests include quantifying the Bio-Psycho-Social Model using self-rating scales and Psychohistory.

 

Sudheera Rachamallu, MD received her medical degree from Deccan College of Medical Sciences, University of Health Sciences, Hydearbad, India.  She completed her psychiatry residency at University of Mississippi in Jackson, Mississippi before joining Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group.  Dr. Rachamallu is board certified in adult psychiatry.  She is an Assistant Clinical Professor with LSUHSC and will be a supervising faculty member for geriatric psychiatry inpatient rotations.

Mark Shoptaugh Jr., MD is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at LSUHSC, New Orleans, and he serves as a gratis faculty member at Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Shoptaugh completed his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at Louisiana State University. He earned his Medical Doctorate from LSUHSC, Shreveport, and he completed his residency training at LSUHSC, New Orleans, where he served as Chief Resident for two consecutive years. He is board certified General Adult Psychiatry. He currently serves as the Director of Medical Student Education for Psychiatry at Our Lady of the Lake. He also serves as a clinical supervisor for residents at the Center for Psychiatric Services, the outpatient clinic for residents.  

Warren Trask, MD earned his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA. He completed his internship at Jewish General Hospital and McGill University in Montreal, QC Canada and residency programs at both Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans, LA, Kingseat Hospital and Auckland Hospital Board, University of Auckland in New Zealand. Dr. Trask is Fellowship trained in child psychiatry and psychoanalytic medicine. He is Board Certified in adult and child psychiatry. Dr. Trask is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry with LSU Health Sciences Center, Department of Psychiatry and faculty in the LSU-OLOL Psychiatry residency program.

 

Lee Tynes, M.D., Ph.D.  received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from LSU in Baton Rouge, LA, and completed a psychology internship and fellowship at McLean Hospital in Boston. He then earned his M.D. degree from LSU Medical School and completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, a program he helped establish.  He later served as its Program Director for twelve years.  Currently, Dr Tynes is the Associate Program Director for Curriculum Development for the LSU/OLOL Psychiatry Residency Program at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge.  He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at LSUMC-NO and also an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine at Tulane.  He has published over 30 papers, abstracts, and book chapters dealing with an array of topics related to both internal medicine and psychiatry. He is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians, the American College of Psychiatrists, the American Psychiatric Association, and in the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine.

Aniedi Udofa, MD received her Medical School training at the College of Medical Sciences, University of Calabar, Nigeria. She completed her psychiatry residency at LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, Louisiana before joining Capital Area Human Services District. She serves as CAHSD Medical Director and also serves as a Deputy Coroner of the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s office. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  She has served as a past secretary of Baton Rouge Psychiatric Medical Association and is an active member of Louisiana Psychiatric Medical Association, Louisiana State Medical Society and American Psychiatric Association. Dr Udofa is a Clinical Assistant Professor with LSUHSC – New Orleans and a rotation supervisor for Substance Abuse Rotation at Capital Area Human Services – Capital Area Recovery Program (CARP).  She also serves as faculty member for the LSUHSC Psychiatry - New Orleans, Addiction Fellowship.

Melissa Watson, MD is a graduate of University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio, Texas.  She completed her adult and child and adolescent psychiatry training at UT- San Antonio Health Sciences Center.  Dr. Watson is board certified in adult and child and adolescent psychiatry.  She is a member of Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group, an Assistant Clinical Professor at LSUHSC, and serves as a supervisor for inpatient rotations. 

Rich Vath, MAEd is an Academic Research Manager for the OLOL Office of Research, and works with both the Psychiatry and Pediatric Residency Programs at OLOL. Mr. Vath is primarily in charge of Quality Improvement/Patient Safety initiatives. He teaches the QI/PS lecture series for our residents, and is highly involved in the design of our research projects.
Venu Vatsavayi, MD is Medical Director for Baton Rouge General's Inpatient Geriatric Psychiatric Unit and Outpatient Behavioral Wellness Center at the Mid City campus. Dr. Vatsavayi is one of the region’s leading physicians providing Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT), and oversees ECT at BRG Mid City which is the only program of its kind in Greater Baton Rouge. A member of BRG's medical staff since 2011, Dr. Vatsavayi completed his residency at Cleveland Clinic Foundation and is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Mark Zielinski, MD is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans (LSUHSC-NO).  He earned his B.A. in Psychology at Johns Hopkins University and his M.D. at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston (UTMSH).  His psychiatric residency training was at UTMSH where he also served as Chief Resident.  He was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School (in Dallas) before moving to Baton Rouge.  He served as Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Ochsner Clinic of Baton Rouge for six years before opening a private practice in general psychiatry.  He is board certified in Adult Psychiatry with additional certification in Geriatric Psychiatry.  He is active in a number of medical societies and has served as President of The Baton Rouge Psychiatric Society and the Louisiana Psychiatric Medical Association.  He currently serves as the medical director for the Center for Psychiatric Services, the resident outpatient clinic.