Faculty

Jason Boudreaux, MD, a Baton Rouge native and 2016 graduate of our residency program where he served as chief resident,  received his medical doctorate from LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans. Dr. Boudreaux also attended undergradaute training at LSU. He is board certified and currenlty works as a supervisor for residents in the Emergency Mental and Behavioral Health Unit at OLOL Regional Medical Center and on the Consultation-Liaison service. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor with the LSUHSC School of Medicine and serves as a Clerkship Co-Direcetor. Dr. Boudreaux is a also a course director for the DSM and Emergency Psychiatry didactic series.

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 and also operates in private practice in Baton Rouge. She is board certified and also serves as 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. Dr. Buckner helps leads the CBT didactic series for our residents.

Cullen Burke, MD is a 2016 graduate of our residency program. He completed his medial training at LSUHSC in Shreveport, and undergradaute training at Tulane Unviersity. He is a Baton Rouge native. Currently board certified, Dr. Burke is 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 with the LSUHSC School of Medicine and a course director for the DSM and Emergency Psychiatry didactic series.

 

Laurinda Calongne, Ed.D. ,LCSW, is the Director of Our Lady of the Lake's Division of Academic Affairs and the Chief Academic Officer for Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. She received her Doctorate in Education from Capella University, her Masters 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, Dr. 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. 

  Kelly Cannon, MD is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry with LSU Health Sciences Center. She received her MD from Louisiana State University Health Center in Shreveport and completed her residency at Louisiana State University Health Science Center in New Orleans, LA. She supervises on the inpatient psychiatry rotation and also serves as a Co-Clerkship Director. Dr. Cannon is board certified in general adult psychiatry and child/adolescent psychiatry.

Alex S Cohen, Ph.D. received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Kent State University 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. Dr. Cohen is an Associate Professor in the Psychology department at LSU 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. Dr. Cohen helps lead the CBT didactic series for our residents and serves on the Curriculum Committee.

 

Kathleen Crapanzano, MD, MACM is an Associate Professor with the LSU School of Medicine 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 is board certified and supervises residents in the outpatient clinic while also being a regular presenter of didactics. 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 Unviersity.  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 is board certified in adult and child & adolscent psychiatry and holds a faculty appointment with the LSUHSC School of Medicine as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry serving as a supervisor for child psychiatry residents in training in New Orleans. 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 in Shereveport. 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 and is board certified in adult psychaitry.
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 Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology (GSPP). Dr. Garner also holds master's degrees in Counseling Psychology and 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). Dr. Garner is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Certified Group Psychotherapist.  He 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). Within he leads the Psychodynamic Psychotherapy training experience, and is an outpatient and group psychotherapy supervisor. 

Joseph Grizzaffi, MD completed his medical training and residency/fellowship training at the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans where he also served as chief resident during his fellowship. Following completion of his Child & Adolescent fellowship, Dr. Grizzaffi spent a an extra year in New Orleans for 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, and provides child/adolescent consult services in the hospital. Dr. Grizzaffi is a board certified psychiatrist.
Case Harvey, MD completed his residency at Tulane University in General Psychiatry. Dr. Harvey is board certified and works with residents in various capacities, primarily in the Emergency Mental and Behavioral Health unit. 

Gerald Heintz, MD complated medical school and residency training at the LSU School of Medicine 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. and was selected for the Outstanding Faculty Award by the intern class in both 2016 and 2017. He currently leads an advanced Biological psychiatry/Psychopharmacology course for upper level residents and teaches interns on the inpatient service at Our Lady of the Lake Reiongal Medical Center. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychaitry with the LSUHSC School of Medicine.

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 her residency in adult psychiatry. She is board certified 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 at the 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 Doctorate 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. She serves as a course leader for our PGY 2 Child & Adolescent didactic series.    

Eva Mathews, MD, MPH is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry with the LSUHSC School of Medicine.  She also serves as an Associate Program Director of LSU-OLOL Psychiatry Residency Program and Chairperson of the Curriculum Committee. 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. She is board certified in adult psychiatry, supervises residents in our outpatient clinic, directs psychotherapy supervision, oversees the women's health services in the clinic, and is the sole course director for the Psychiatric Interviewing and Narrative Medicine didactic series. She is also a leader for the Psychodynamic Psychotherapy series with Dr. Chris Garner.

Brandon Michel, MD is a graduate of the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. He 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, and a Clinical Assitant Professor with the LSUHSC School of Medicine.

 

 

David Edward Post, MD received his M.D. from Tulane University. He completed an internship in General Surgery at Duke Medical Center , a General Psychiatry residency at LSU Medical Center, and was selected as a Gaughgan Fellow in Correctional & Forensic Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School where he completed his forensic fellowship. Since completing his 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. He is board certified in both adult and forensic psychaitry and is a course leader for our PGY 2 Forensic Psychiatry series.

 

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

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 Canada and residency programs at both Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans and Kingseat Hospital 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 Clinical Assistant Professor with the LSUHSC School of Medicine. 

 

L. Lee Tynes, M.D., Ph.D.  received his Doctorate 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 , a program he helped establish.  He later served as its Program Director for twelve years.  Currently, Dr Tynes is the Associate Program Director for the LSU/OLOL Psychiatry Residency Program at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge and Interim Medical Director of Psychiatry Services.  He is a Clinical Assistant Professor with the LSUHSC School of Medicine 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. Dr. Tynes is also the course director for the PGY 3 Writing and Research series, and leads Journal Club.

Aniedi Udofa, MD completed her medical school training at the College of Medical Sciences in Nigeria. She completed her psychiatry residency at LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport before joining Capital Area Human Services District. She serves as CAHSD's Medical Director and also serves as one of the Deputy Coroners 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 the Substance Abuse and Community Psychiatry Rotations at Capital Area Human Services.  She also serves as faculty member for the LSUHSC Psychiatry - New Orleans, Addiction Fellowship.

Melissa Watson, MD is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio, Texas.  She completed her adult and child and adolescent psychiatry training in San Antonio.  Dr. Watson is board certified in adult and child and adolescent psychiatry.  She is a member of Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group, a Clinical Assistant Professor with the LSUHSC School of Medicine, and supervises interns in the inpatient psychaitry services as Our Lady of the Lake. She has played a large role in the hospital with Patienty Safety and Quality Improvement efforts.

   
Venu Vatsavayi, MD is Medical Director for Baton Rouge General Medical Center'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 BRGMC which is the only program of its kind in the Greater Baton Rouge area. 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 with the LSUHSC School of Medicine.  He earned his B.A. in Psychology at Johns Hopkins University. He completion both medical school and residency at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston (UTMSH) where he 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 many years of experience 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. He is also a course director for the Advanced Biological Psychiatry seminuar and the History of Psychiatry seminar. Dr. Zielinski also supervises our resident weekly at PACE of Baton Rouge (Program of All Include Care for the Elderly).