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2016-2017 NNCI Scholars

Erica Baller, MD
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Erica is a PGY2 resident in the Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania with an interest in neuroscience and medical education. After graduating from Yale with majors in Computer Science and Psychology, Erica spent 5 years as a research fellow at NIMH conducting neuroimaging studies that explored various aspects of women’s mental health. Erica’s NNCI submission paired a clinical case with a concise review of relevant functional neuroanatomy and a creative, interactive game that helps bring the content to life.

Elizabeth Burch, DO
The Institute of Living / Hartford Hospital

Liz is a PGY3 resident in the Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital Adult Psychiatry Residency Program. Liz graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a B.S. in Psychology and Neuroscience before attending the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Maine. During medical school Liz conducted research exploring the connection between cortical thinning in the temporal lobe and semantic memory impairment in frontotemporal dementia. Liz’s NNCI submission began with an overview of dopamine signaling followed by an interactive group activity illustrating the clinical relevance of these pathways.

Susan Conroy, MD, PhD
Indiana University School of Medicine

Susan is a PGY3 resident in the Department of Psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine who has had a life-long passion for neuroscience. Susan also received her undergraduate, MD, and PhD degrees from Indiana University. Her PhD dissertation was on “Breast cancer, estrogen and memory: neuroimaging and genetic variation,” while her current research interests have turned towards applying graph theory / connectome techniques to structural and functional neuroimaging of patients with early psychosis. Her NNCI scholar submission included a storyboard and script for a Khan Academy style video on the “Neurobiology of Anhedonia.”

Matthew Hirschtritt, MD, MPH
University of California, San Francisco

Matt is a PGY3 resident in the Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program at the University of California, San Francisco with a long background in child and adolescent research including work at the NIMH, the Kennedy-Krieger Institute, and the Yale Child Study Center. His primary efforts have been geared towards making psychiatric and neuroscientific concepts accessible to a broad audience. His NNCI submission is a Progressive Case Conference focused on psychiatric pharmacogenomics. In addition to developing this session, he has co-authored a clinical commentary for Biological Psychiatry on this topic.