Our People

WainwrightIt takes a special person to dedicate his or her life to the care of individuals with mental health issues. At Iowa, you will be exposed to some of the best clinicians, researchers, and educators in the profession. Through formal mentoring and an open-door philosophy, we provide high-powered opportunities for you to learn career-long lessons.

From clinicians to researchers, receptionists to administrative support staff, you will find our department is a friendly place staffed by people committed to helping you achieve your full potential, reach your career goals, and ultimately become the best psychiatrist you can be.

Current Residents

PGY-1

Bill Chen, MD, MS

Bill Chen, MD, MS

Hometown: Cupertino, Calif.
Undergraduate school: University of California, San Diego
Medical school: Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis
Professional interests: Forensic psychiatry, consult-liaison psychiatry, and cultural psychiatry


Jonathan Heinzman, MD

Jonathan Heinzman, MD

Hometown: Waterloo, Iowa
Undergraduate school: University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa
Medical school: University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa
Professional interests: Consult-liaison psychiatry, child psychiatry, and adolescent psychiatry


Brandan Penaluna, MD, MBA

Brandan Penaluna, MD, MBA

Hometown: Iowa City, Iowa
Undergraduate school: University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
Medical school: University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa
Professional interests: Interventional psychiatry


Robert Wanzek, MD

Robert Wanzek, MD

Hometown: Ames, Iowa
Undergraduate school: Washington University, St. Louis
Medical school: University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa
Professional interests: Adult psychiatry, mood disorders, and psychotherapy


William Welsh, MD

William Welsh, MD

Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa
Undergraduate school: University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, Mo.
Medical school: University of Kansas, School of Medicine, Kansas City, Mo.
Professional interests: Consultation-liaison psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry


Sasha Wey, MD

Sasha Wey, MD

Hometown: Madison, Wis.
Undergraduate school: University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.
Medical school: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Professional interests: Child psychiatry and community psychiatry


Lori Wheeler, MD, PhD

Lori Wheeler, MD, PhD

Undergraduate school: Harding University, Searcy, Ark.
Medical school: University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa

PGY-2

Nick Bormann, MD

Nick Bormann, portrait

Hometown: St. Joseph, Iowa
Undergraduate school: Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
Medical school: University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa
Professional interests: Computational psychiatry and improving access to rural areas


Stephen Brennan, MD

Stephen Brennan, portrait

Hometown: Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Undergraduate school: University of California, Los Angeles
Medical school: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Professional interests: Mood disorders, consultation-liaison psychiatry, and integrated and collaborative care psychiatry


Beth Jarvis, MD

Beth Jarvis, portrait

Hometown: Kansas City, Mo.
Undergraduate school: University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan.
Medical school: University of Missouri-Kansas City, School of Medicine, Kansas City, Mo.
Professional interests: Community psychiatry and schizophrenia spectrum disorders


Chris Moreau, MD

Chris Moreau, portrait

Undergraduate school: Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pa.
Medical school: University of Colorado, School of Medicine, Aurora, Colo.


Kevin John Rivera, MD

Kevin Rivera, portrait

Hometown: Burbank, Calif.
Undergraduate school: Pepperdine University, Malibu, Calif.
Medical school: University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa
Professional interests: Child and adolescent psychiatry, global mental health, and cultural psychiatry


Chantal Rozmus, DO

Chantal Rozmus, portrait

Hometown: Willamsburg, Iowa
Undergraduate school: Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa
Medical school: Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Des Moines, Iowa
Professional interests: Child and adolescent psychiatry, correctional medicine, and first-break psychosis/mania


Xiaoxi Yang, MD

Xiaoxi Yang, portrait

Hometown: Iowa City, Iowa
Undergraduate school: Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa
Medical school: University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa
Professional interests: Adolescent psychiatry

PGY-3

Emira Deumic, MD

Emira Deumic, MD

Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa
Undergraduate school: University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
Medical school: University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa


Shannon Hammer, MD

Hometown: Iowa City, Iowa
Undergraduate school: Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
Medical school: University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa
Professional interests: Integrative and collaborative care psychiatry, psychosis, and neuroscience


Shea Jorgensen, MD

Shea Jorgensen, portait

Hometown: Grafton, Iowa
Undergraduate school: Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa
Medical school: University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa
Professional interests: Rural and community psychiatry, integrated and collaborative care, and psychotherapy


Warren Kane, MD

Warren Kane, MD

Hometown: Tucson, Ariz.
Undergraduate school: University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.
Medical school: University of Arizona, College of Medicine, Tucson, Ariz.
Professional interests: Addiction psychiatry/addiction medicine and neuromodulation


Kyle McGinty, MD, MPH

Kyle McGinty, MD, MPH

Hometown: Slidell, La.
Undergraduate school: Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H.
Medical school: Tulane University, School of Medicine, New Orleans
Professional interests: Eating disorders and forensics


Anthony Purgianto, MD, PhD

Anthony Purgianto, portrait

Hometown: Jakarta, Indonesia
Undergraduate school: Marquette University, Milwaukee
Medical school: Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science, Chicago Medical School, North Chicago, Ill.
Professional interests: Mood disorders and neuromodulation 


Daniel Rohlf, MD

Daniel Rohlf, MD

Hometown: Sious Falls, S.D.
Undergraduate school: Gustavus Adolphus College, St Peter, Minn.
Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis
Professional interests: Eating disorders, rural psychiatry, dialectical behavioral therapy


Corinne Webb, MD

Corinne Webb, MD

Hometown: Edina, Minn.
Undergraduate school: DePauw University, Greencastle, Ind.
Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis
Professional interests: Child and adolescent psychiatry, integrated mental health care, and systems/delivery of psychiatric care


Alyssa Wood, DO, MBA

Alyssa Wood, DO, MBA

Hometown: Hampshire, Ill.
Undergraduate school: Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill.
Medical school: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Kansas City, Mo.
Professional interests: Child and adolescent psychiatry, healthcare leadership, collaborative care models in psychiatry, and Suboxone treatment for opioid dependence

PGY-4

Joel Bricker, MD

Hometown: Greenfield, Iowa
Undergraduate school: University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind.
Medical school: University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa
Professional interests: Geriatric psychiatry and psychotic disorders


Bryan Cobb, MD

Bryan Cobb, MD

Hometown: Iowa City, Iowa
Undergraduate school: University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
Medical school: University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa
Professional interests: Eating disorders and addiction psychiatry


Jeffrey Kendrick, MD

Hometown: LaSalle Parish, La.
Undergraduate school: University of Louisiana, Monroe, La.
Medical school: Louisiana State University, School of Medicine, New Orleans
Professional interests: Medical education, psychosomatic medicine, psychoneuroimmunology, and neuromodulation


John Liggins, MD, MS

Hometown: Ontario, Canada
Undergraduate school: McGill University, Montreal
Medical school: Stanford University, School of Medicine, Stanford, Calif.
Professional interests: Mood and psychotic disorders


Jake Miller, MD, PhD

Jacob Miller, MD

Hometown: Pierre, S.D.
Undergraduate school: Black Hills State University, Spearfish, S.D.
Medical school: University of South Dakota, Sanford School of Medicine, Vermillion, S.D.
Professional interests: Genetics, neuroimaging, mood disorders, psychosis, and medical education

Past Residents

2019 graduating class for the Psychiatry Residency, Family Medicine/Psychiatry Residency and Internal Medicine/Psychiatry Residency Programs

Pictured: 2019 graduating class for the Psychiatry Residency, Family Medicine/Psychiatry Residency and Internal Medicine/Psychiatry Residency Programs


Class of 2019

  • Laura Gibbons, MD, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston
  • Yang Roby, MD, PhD, Staff, Baltimore Washington Medical Center, Glen Burnie, Md.
  • Samuel Shultz, MD, Staff, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa & Psychiatric Associates, North Liberty, Iowa
  • Michael Strong, MD, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Holly Van Den Beldt, MD, Staff, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa

Class of 2018

  • Usha Chhatlani, MB, BS, Mercy Hospital, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Francis Giuliani, MD, Staff, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Royce Gray, MD, Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital, Panama City, Fla.
  • Kara Larsen, DO, Glendive Medical Center, Glendive, Mont.
  • Rustin Licht, MD, Psychiatric Associates, North Liberty, Iowa
  • Cyndi McCormick, DO, River Hills Community Health Center, Ottumwa, Iowa
  • Emily Morse, DO, Staff, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Richard Pardilla, MD, PeaceHealth, Eugene, Ore.
  • Faisal Tai, MD, Private practice, Houston

Class of 2017

  • Michele Morais, MD, Cook County Health and Hospitals Systems, Chicago
  • Bennett Poss, MD, Abbot Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis
  • Andrew Segraves, DO, Psychiatry Associates of Kansas City, Leawood, Kan.

Class of 2016 

  • Anisha Boetel, MD, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane, Wash.
  • Jonathon Dozeman, DO, Pine Rest, Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • Amber Johnson, MD, Allina Health System, Minneapolis
  • Dylan Murray, MD, Rogers Memorial Hospital, Oconomowoc, Wis.
  • Weiqing Sophia Yuan, MB, PhD, Mood Treatment Center, Salem, N.C.
  • Adam J. Woods, MD, MDiv, Private practice
  • Joseph Shader, MD

Class of 2015

  • Theresa Clemmons, DO, Iowa Medical and Classification Center, Coralville, Iowa
  • Amanda Forystek, MD, St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Evan Ouyang, MD, Private practice, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Fatma Simsek-Duran, MD, Staff, Veterans Affairs Health Care System and University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Vesselin Tenev, MD, Staff, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa

Class of 2014

  • Abraham Assad, MD, Iowa Medical and Classification Center, Coralville, Iowa
  • Jordan Cates, MD, Private practice, West Burlington, Iowa
  • Sarah Falcon, MD, Veterans Affairs Health Care System, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Paul Thisayakorn, MD, Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland
  • Anvi Vora, MD, Advanced Schizophrenia Research Fellowship Program, Mount Sinai MIRECC, New York
  • Kija Weldon, MD, Private practice, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Class of 2013

  • Siddharth Bajpai, MD, Private practice, Columbia, Md.
  • Joan James, Private practice, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Betsy McGee, Primary Care Residency
  • Ki Won Nam, Staff, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Kasey Strosahl, Group practice, Ames, Iowa

Class of 2012

  • Jeff Jacobson, DO, Private practice, St. Paul, Minn.
  • Obiora Onwuameze, Staff, Southern Illinois University, Springfield, Ill.
  • Amanda Stumpf, DO, Private practice, Mason City, Iowa

Class of 2011

  • Kathryn Gilligan, Staff, Mercy Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Elaine Himadi, Staff, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Jennifer White, Staff, University of South Florida, Tampa, Fla.

Chair and Department Executive Officer Peggy Nopoulos

Welcome to the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa! As the Department Chair, I am excited about our educational mission. We are a highly regarded psychiatry department nationally in clinical care and research. We similarly believe we are a top department in the educational domain, as we are deeply committed to excellence in teaching, and have had great success in turning out well trained and highly sought after residents. 

The department has been training psychiatrists since the 1920s, with the first of these being Dr. George Sprague, who graduated in 1922. He went on to a distinguished career that included being on the committee that wrote the first Diagnostic and Statistical Manual or DSM, in 1952. The original program was created as part of the “psychopathic hospital” movement in which freestanding psychiatric hospitals were built in close association with a medical college. In 1991 the department was relocated to the new John Pappajohn Pavilion within the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, where the bulk of training now occurs. 

Our program has continuously evolved in response to a continuous process of self-evaluation. In the past few years, Dr. Alexander Thompson and his leadership team have revamped the overall didactic curriculum, reformatted the bi-monthly Chair Rounds (a weekly case conference led by rotating faculty), revised the psychotherapy didactics and training requirements for residents, implemented a small-scale outpatient experience for second-year residents, and developed resident “panels” for third-year residents in the university's outpatient clinic to create a more training cohesive experience.

Our faculty includes some of the world's most distinguished investigators whose presence contributes to a spirit of inquiry. For example, Dr. Nancy Andreasen, has made key contributions to our understanding of clinical features and brain structure changes in schizophrenia. And Dr. Bill Coryell has illuminated the long-term course of mood disorders. The research of these and other experts provides residents with the latest information about the causes and treatments for many mental disorders.

Faculty members receive high marks for their teaching and for providing high quality patient care. Teaching occurs through didactic courses and seminars, but also through informal interactions. I personally see patients with our residents and discuss case formulation and management with them. A casual atmosphere encourages interaction between residents and faculty. 

Many residents have published the results of research projects or literature reviews under the supervision of a faculty member, an activity that provides another valuable educational experience (about 60% do so). Recently, we have developed a formal “research track” that provides research opportunities and mentorship from the first year on for those residents deeply interested in research. Additionally, several of our residents have participated in the Carver College of Medicine’s Physician Scientist Training Program. This unique program provides opportunities for mentorship, peer support, and funding to support lab-based research. 

Our goal is to provide residents with a broad education that will prepare them for life-long self-learning and dedication to the practice of psychiatry at the forefront of evolving knowledge. We seek to provide residents with a variety of educational experiences so that they may choose among the many available career options. Our residents consistently score high on national examinations and frequently receive national awards. These have recently included election as a Member-in-Training Trustee of the American Psychiatric Association, winning a Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry Fellowship, and winning a Geriatric Mental Health Foundation Scholarship. The success of former residents in both clinical practice and academic settings attests to their quality and to the effectiveness of our training program.

While many of our residents have gone into clinical positions, others have headed towards fellowships, including psychosomatics at the Cleveland Clinic and at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, mental health services at the University of Washington, and schizophrenia research at Mt. Sinai in New York. Several of our residents have matched in prestigious child psychiatry fellowships at Yale and Boston Children’s Hospital (Harvard). We are quite proud of these trainees as their excellent placements point to the high quality of the people who train here. It reflects well on the educational experience that is provided by our training directors and by all of our teaching faculty. It also highlights the esteem in which our program is held by these other outstanding medical centers.

We welcome your interest in the department, and look forward to getting to know you and letting you know more about the terrific opportunities that exist here in Iowa City. Both the city and the department are wonderfully friendly places with a strong sense of community. Come have a look. You’ll like what you find!

Peggy Nopoulos, MD
Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Pediatrics
Chair and Department Executive Officer of Psychiatry

Program Director

Alexander Thompson portrait

Alexander Thompson, MD, MBA, MPH
Program Director
Clinical Professor and Vice Chair for Education
Department of Psychiatry
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics


Chief Residents

John Liggins and Victoria Tann


Welcome to the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa! As chief residents, we would like to introduce you to our program. We invite you to explore our website and learn more about the opportunities that make our program special.

Our department was founded in 1920 and has a longstanding tradition of excellence. Residents receive outstanding training through a combination of diverse clinical experiences, a comprehensive educational curriculum taught by expert faculty, and abundant opportunities for research. These elements are enhanced by a supportive learning environment and strong camaraderie among residents, fellows, and faculty, as well as administrators and support staff.

In addition to our four-year categorical psychiatry residency program, we have combined training programs in Internal Medicine-Psychiatry and Family Medicine-Psychiatry, along with fellowships in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry. Residents and fellows from all of these programs work together throughout their training.

Our department and program leadership are highly invested in ensuring residents receive excellent training while providing exceptional patient care. Our clinical training occurs primarily at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics – a tertiary care center which receives patient referrals from all across Iowa as well as neighboring states, along with the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Residents also spend time at the local community mental health center in their third year, which provides experience in community-based practice.

We treat a diverse patient population and a wide range of psychiatric conditions. In addition to our general inpatient units, we have a number of unique inpatient clinical services including a combined medical-psychiatric unit, a geriatric unit, an eating disorder service, a team for patients with intellectual disabilities, and a unit for child and adolescent patients. Rotations on our electroconvulsive therapy and consult-liaison services are routinely among the most highly rated educational experiences. Senior residents have opportunities to do elective rotations in emergency psychiatry, sleep medicine, neuropsychology, neuroradiology, community outreach programs including with our assertive community treatment team, among others. 

Ample social activities balance the rigorous experience of residency. Our residents routinely get together for cookouts, holiday parties, dinners, movies, trivia, bike rides, and more. Living in Iowa is easy and inexpensive. Routinely ranked highly among the best places to live, Iowa City is a vibrant university town that offers a variety of cultural activities, outdoor festivals, restaurants, theater, night life, sporting events, and outdoor recreation. It is a family-friendly area with excellent school systems and activities for all ages. Most residents live in Iowa City or nearby Coralville or North Liberty. Everything is within close proximity which makes getting around easy and efficient.

We’d love to have you come visit our city and program for yourself and hope that you’ll consider the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics for the next step in your career!

Faculty


The Department of Psychiatry has a faculty of more than 80 professionals whose clinical, teaching, and research expertise spans the entire discipline. The 2011-2012 Best Doctors® database recognized 315 University of Iowa Health Care physicians, including 13 from the Department of Psychiatry.

View a full list of faculty members in the Department of Psychiatry.

Program Coordinator

Stephanie Wainwright
Department of Psychiatry - 8950 JPP
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-356-1373
Fax: 319-356-2587
Email: stephanie-wainwright@uiowa.edu