Department of Psychiatry

MSC 09 5030
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: 505-272-2223

Congratulations to Department Graduates

July 17, 2014

This year’s graduation ceremony was held in mid-June at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albuquerque. Friends, family, faculty and staff celebrated the Department’s residents, fellows and clinical psychology interns during a program that included the distribution of certificates and announcements of several awards.

Below is a complete list of graduates. By each individual’s name are his or her plans for the immediate future. 

Graduation image

Congratulation resident graduates! (Not pictured, Akanksha Thakur, MD, who was on rotation in Alaska during the graduation) photo credit: Antanette Sedillo

Psychiatry Resident Graduates
Kimothi Cain, MD, MPH                    UNM Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship
Heather Cumbo, MD                          Life Management Center, Panama City, FL
Shanna Diaz, DO                                UNM Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship
Caitlin A. Dufault, MD                        Cannon AFB (Clovis, NM) – Active Duty
Poone Haghani Tehrani, MD             Adult Psychiatry, Mesilla Valley Hospital, Las Cruces, NM
Eva Celeste Kaul, MD                        UNM Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship
Nathaniel W. Rediske, M.D.                UNM Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship
Akanksha Thakur, M.D.                      Tulane University Child/Adolescent Fellowship
Travis Townsend, M.D.                       Indian Health Service
Emiliano Valles, M.D.                         UNM Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship
John Vukelich, M.D                            New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute, Las Vegas, NM
Michael Washinsky, D.O.                    VA Community Clinic, Durango, CO

Addiction Psychiatry Fellows
Bellelizabeth Foster, M.D.                  Assistant Professor, UNM Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Paul Romo, MD                                  Assistant Professor, UNM Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellows
Brian Haigh, M.D.                        Los Alamos, NM 
Kara Martinez, M.D.                     Presbyterian Medical System
Jory Mazzola, M.D.                       Infant Mental Health, Dept. of Pediatrics, Center for Development and Disability 
Nathaniel Sharon, M.D.                Assistant Professor, UNM Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Kristina Sowar, M.D.                    Assistant Professor, UNM Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences 

Clinical Psychology Predoctoral Interns
All of these graduates will continue their studies in postdoctoral programs

 Rebecca Ezechukwu, M.A.            UNM Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Danielle Forbes, M.A.                   UMass and Jewish Children and Family Services, Boston
Marcia Kearns, M.E.D, M.A.        UNM Center for Development and Disability
Beatriz MacDonald Wer, M.A.      UNM Pediatric Neuropsychology/Neurodevelopmental Fellowship
Ari Rabkin, M.A                            Clinical Pediatric Neuropsychology, Akron Children's Hospital
Matthew Stevenson, M.A               NICHD T-32 postdoctoral fellowship, University of Michigan 

Congratulations to all of these trainees for their accomplishments. May their futures be bright!