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Psychiatry Outpatient Clinics

About Us

Mission

The department of psychiatry at AUBMC strives to improve the lives of people and families in our communities and the region affected by psychiatric illness

 

Vision

The vision of the Department of Psychiatry at AUBMC is to become the leading center for psychiatry in the Middle East with special focus on excellent specialized clinical care, research, training and patient advocacy.

 

Values

We adhere to AUBMC 6 core values and strive to engage our patients and their families, trainees and colleagues with respect, integrity, accountability, collaborative spirit and competency.

 

Divisions

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Faculty and Staff

Full Time Faculty

Fadi Maalouf, MD

Interim Chairperson

Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Chief, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

fm38@aub.edu.lb

7888

 

Leila Dirani, PhD

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

Child and Adolescent Psychology, Clinical psychology and psychopathology

la55@aub.edu.lb

7888

 

Joseph El Khoury, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

Addiction Disorders

je47@aub.edu.lb

5650

 

Ghina Ismail, PsyD

Instructor of Psychiatry

Developmental Trauma and Eating Disorders

gi14@aub.edu.lb

5650

 

Munir Khani, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

Adult Psychiatry

mk07@aub.edu.lb

5650

 

Brigitte Khoury, PhD

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

Adult Clinical Psychology

bk03@aub.edu.lb

5650

 

Ziad Nahas, MD

Professor

Mood Disorders & Neuromodulation

zn17@aub.edu.lb

5650

 

Farid Talih, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

Sleep Disorders & Substance Abuse

ft10@aub.edu.lb

5650

 

Clinical Associates

Charles Baddoura, MD

Clinical Associate

Adult Psychiatry

charlesb@dm.net.lb

961 4 710224

 

Laila Farhood, PhD ,M.S.N, C.S

Professor H.S.O.N, Clinical Associate

Individual and Family & Couple Psychotherapy

lf00@aub.edu.lb

961 1350000 Ext.5650

 

Marwan Gharzeddine, PhD

Clinical Associate

Adult Clinical Psychology

garzedin@yahoo.com

01-735755

 

Dory Hachem, MD

Clinical Associate

Adult Psychiatry

dorypat@hotmail.com

04-710224

 

Adjunct

Hassen Al-Amin, MD

Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry

 

Tarek Rajji, MD

Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry

 

Clinical Staff – Adult Psychiatry

Katia Abi Nader

Social Worker

ka61@aub.edu.lb

7517

 

Mona Chebaro, MA

Psychologist/Substance Abuse

mc91@aub.edu.lb

5650

 

Rassil Ghazzawi, MA

Psychologist

rg34@aub.edu.lb

5650

 

Pascale Nakhle, MA

Psychologist/Substance Abuse

pn09@aub.edu.lb

5650

 

Nathalie Syriani, DEA

Psychologist

ns101@aub.edu.lb

5650

 

Clinical Staff – Child and Adolescent Division

Joumana Ammar, MA

Psychologist

ja80@aub.edu.lb

7888

 

Saydeh Hammouch, MSN

Mobile Behavioral Therapist

sh68@aub.edu.lb

7888

 

Carla Najem, MA

Psychologist

cn15@aub.edu.lb

7888

 

Hala Raad, MA

Special Education Teacher

hr25@aub.edu.lb

7888

 

Nadine Zebian, MA

Case Manager

nz35@aub.edu.lb

7888

 

Psychometric Assessment Center (Bldg. 56)

Pia Zeinoun, PhD, LCPC

Managing Director of Psychological Assessment Center

pz05@aub.edu.lb

8094

 

Cynthia Roukoz, MS, PhD Candidate

Clinical Neuropsychologist

cr21@aub.edu.lb

8094

 

Rasha Mashmoushi, PsyDEd

Educational Psychologist

rm156@aub.edu.lb

8094

 

Houssein Ismail

PAC Assistant

hi28@aub.edu.lb

8094

 

Staff

Rawan Basbous

Administrative Assistant

Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

7884

 

Lina Kabbani

Clinical Department Administrator

lk18@aub.edu.lb

5678

 

Roula Sahwi

Administrative Assistant

Department of Psychiatry

rs178@aub.edu.lb

5634

 

Nibal Safah

Residency Program Coordinator

ns54@aub.edu.lb

5664

 

Outpatient Registered Nurses

Mary Markarian

Adult Psychiatry

mm104@aub.edu.lb

5653

 

Christine Zein

Adult Psychiatry

cz09@aub.edu.lb

5653

 

Anie Belehjian

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

ab44@aub.edu.lb

7888

 

Clinic Assistants

Maya Aridi

Specialty Clinics, Adult Psychiatry

ma108@aub.edu.lb

5650

 

Amani Awada

Specialty Clinics, Adult Psychiatry

aa230@aub.edu.lb

7888

 

Sonia Khaddaj

Specialty Clinics, Adult Psychiatry

sk36@aub.edu.lb

5650

 

Lama Yousef

Specialty Clinics, Adult Psychiatry

ly12@aub.edu.lb

5650

 

Layal Al-Baltaji

Specialty Clinics, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

lb37@aub.edu.lb

7888

 

Omar Youssef

Specialty Clinics, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

oy01@aub.edu.lb

7888

 

Research Fellows

Dr. Jean Ajaltouni

ja85@aub.edu.lb

 

Dr. Farah Tabaja

ft13@aub.edu.lb

 

Research Assistants

Mark Doumit

md55@aub.edu.lb

 

Sanaa Mougharbil

sm149@aub.edu.lb

 

Maysam Alameddine

mma72@mail.aub.edu

Residents and Fellows

Raghid Charara

PGY I

rc37@aub.edu.lb

 

Samer El-Hayek

PGY I

se91@aub.edu.lb

 

Antoine Beayno

PGY II

ab95@aub.edu.lb

 

Bernadette Mdawar

PGY II

bm45@aub.edu.lb

 

Evelyne Baroud

PGY III

eb22@aub.edu.lb

 

Paul Noufi

PGY III

pn11@aub.edu.lb

 

Omar Ghosn

PGY IV

og04@aub.edu.lb

 

Zeinab Bazzi

PGY IV

zb19@aub.edu.lb

 

Yasmine Masri

Fellow-Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

ym15@aub.edu.lb

Clinical Psychology Interns

Marwa Itani

Year I

 

Batoul Safieddine

Year I

 

Fatima Farhat

Year I

 

Karim Khalil

Year I

 

Zeina Ramadan

Year I

 

Lama Hamdoun

lmh42@aub.edu.lb

Year II

 

Lea Harb

lhh24@aub.edu.lb

Year II

 

Mohamad Naamani

mnm10@aub.edu.lb

Year II

Adult Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology Services

The outpatient specialty clinics include:

  • Adult psychiatry clinics: cover the full range of psychiatric disorders
  • Adult psychotherapy clinics:   provide psychotherapy for individuals, couples and families. The models followed are: Cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy and interpersonal psychotherapy.

 

 

Specialized Services and Programs:

 

Substance Use Disorders: The Dr. Agnes Varis Healing Program

The Substance Use Disorders (SUD) Program at AUBMC was established in 2014 upon receiving a generous gift from the Dr. Agnes Varis Trust. In addition to treating substance use disorders at the Department of Psychiatry, AUBMC, the program also supports training and development. The mission of the program is to:

  • treat, prevent, and educate individuals about substance use disorders (SUD).
  • provide holistic, professional, and personalized care for SUD in a safe, confidential, and supportive environment.
  • conduct innovative clinical scientific research that will ultimately benefit our patients.

The specific services offered by the program are Psychiatric Evaluation and Assessment, Alcohol and Drug Testing, Individual Therapy Sessions, Family Sessions, Group Therapy Sessions and Psychiatric Treatment.

 

Psychosis Recovery Outreach Program (PROP)

The Psychosis Recovery Outreach Program (PROP) is comprised of a team of healthcare professionals set up specifically to work with people who have experienced their first episode of psychosis or that have been living with psychosis for some time. The services provided by PROP have a primary function to alleviate the recovery process and work with the person on having a set of coping mechanisms to deal with the illness. PROP aims to provide a full range of services ranging from a complete assessment of the patient’s condition, regular prescription and monitoring of medications, physical health checks, specialized psychological services, evidence-based social, occupational, and educational interventions, community care to family support and counselling. Within PROP there are different specialty treatment groups that a patient can participate in, for example, the Social Skills Training for Psychosis (SSTP); as well as groups for the caregivers, where they meet for support and learn coping strategies on how to deal with a loved one suffering from psychosis.

 

Eating Disorder Program

Treatment is offered to patients with symptoms of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or other specified feeding and eating disorder. We see patients from all age groups. The AUBMC Eating Disorder Program provides comprehensive information, assessment and treatment for eating disorders. The services include: assessment and intake, individual psychotherapy, group psycho-education and psychotherapy; family therapy; nutrition education and therapy; referral to physician for medical care; parent support/psycho-education; referral to the AUBMC psychiatric inpatient unit.

 

Specialty Treatment Group: Social Skills Training General (SST-G)

A group for adults who are in need of social skills training that will help them in different domains in their life i.e. professional, family, academic, etc. Adults in this group are functional (to be assessed) and are not diagnosed with a severe mental illness.

 

 

Specialized Procedures:

 

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in a medical procedure done under general anesthesia. It is indicated for severe depression and psychosis

 

Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS)

Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) involves implanting a pacemaker that will stimulate the vagus nerve and therefore the brain. It is indicated for treatment of resistant depression

 

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) 

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive tool to modulate brain functions. It is indicated for treatment of depression

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division Services

The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry offers comprehensive diagnostic evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents, whose typical age ranges from 0-18, with a variety of developmental, social, emotional, behavioral, and learning problems

 

Diagnostic Evaluation

The diagnostic evaluation of children and adolescents is either conducted by a child and adolescent psychiatrist or a clinical psychologist. Cases are then discussed within a multidisciplinary treatment team meeting that specifies the evaluation and treatment process. An evaluation includes a clinical interview/ observation with the parent and the child/adolescent, collecting information from other informants (school, previous service providers) and administration of rating scales as needed. Data is then synthesized into a case diagnosis, which includes the formulation and provision of treatment recommendations in consultation with the child/adolescent and his/her parents. This evaluation typically requires 2-3 visits. Many children/adolescents are then referred for treatment in outpatient, intensive outpatient, or inpatient services within the program.

 

Routine Psychiatric and Psychological Care

Routine psychiatric and psychological care ranges from medical treatment and individual psychotherapy to group or family therapy, all adopting evidence-based approaches

 

Safe Start/Early Childhood Mental Health Program

Safe Start provides comprehensive psychological, psychiatric, and educational assessments accompanied by high quality interventions to infants and young children of ages 0-6. The specific services offered by Safe Start include clinical assessment of the child (psychiatric, psychological, and educational), referral to medical or rehabilitation services as needed, clinical interventions with the child (psychotherapy and special education), child-parent psychotherapy, parental guidance and coaching, nursery or school visits and coordination with the educational and rehabilitation team working with the child.

 

Social Skills Training (SST)

Social Skills Training (SST) for adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and adolescents with Borderline Intellectual Functioning (BIF) or Intellectual Disability (ID) Adolescents with ASD and adolescents with ID or BIF face major difficulties in developing their social skills. Adolescents whose age ranges from 12 to 18 and who are diagnosed with ASD or ID, and are fluent in Arabic, English, and/ or French, are eligible to enroll in this program upon referral from their physician/clinician. Since parents’ involvement is essential, parents are requested to be present for three meetings during this process, once before the group starts, once halfway through the program, and once at the end of the program. The Social Skills Training is conducted in groups   of 4-8 participants. The training is composed of 12 thematic sessions targeting emotion recognition and expression, communication, making and maintaining friendships, conflict resolution, taking responsibility, managing anger, practicing self-control, and solving social problems. Participants receive one session per week each lasting for 1 hour and 30 minutes.

 

Mobile Treatment Program

Home-based or school-based interventions are specifically designed for families of young children who need a behavioral or educational plan to be implemented at home. To provide the appropriate interventions within the child’s natural environment, families are assigned a home-based therapist over a specified number of hours per week. Children and adolescents whose schools refuse to intervene in emotional or behavioral problems benefit from these services as well.

 

Special Education Services

Special education services include special education assessment and interventions to children facing educational difficulties caused by a disorder, a disability, or an illness. Special education sessions aim at improving children’s educational competencies in learning, behavioral, and self-help skills. Parents also benefit from training clinical sessions so that, in turn, they can help their children generalize the learnt skills to the home environment and the surrounding social settings. Coordination with nurseries and schools also takes place in order to implement and follow-up on educational recommendations.

 

Intensive Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatric Disorders Treatment Program (iCAN)

The iCAN encompasses partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient services for children and adolescents with mood and anxiety disorders. Such patients usually need a higher level of care that that provided by outpatient services and a less intensive level of care than that provided by inpatient services. Here children/adolescents learn skills to help control negative emotions including anger, anxiety, and sadness. Treatment is given in a group of 4-5 patients and is offered weekly after school hours.

Psychological Assessment Center (PAC)

The Psychological Assessment Center (located in building 56) provides diagnostic evaluations for infants, children, adolescents, adults, and older adults who have a condition that affects their cognition (e.g., attention) and behavior (e.g., personality). The PAC clinicians are specialized neuropsychologists, clinical psychologists, and educational psychologists. They evaluate patients by obtaining a full understanding of their life, conducting formal testing (e.g., “IQ” testing, memory, executive functioning, etc), observing the patient’s behavior, consulting with teachers and doctors, and reviewing medical & educational records. Individuals who benefit from these evaluations are those who:

  • have difficulties that first appear in childhood (e.g., learning disabilities, speech delay,etc)
  • have a medical/neurological issue that impacts how they develop (e.g., prematurity, epilepsy)
  • have acquired an injury or illness that affects them (e.g., Brain Injury, Parkinson’s)
  • have psychological/psychiatric issues that are impacting their cognition and behavior
Psychiatry In-patient Unit

The AUBMC Psychiatry In-patient Unit (PIU) (located in building 56) is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness in Lebanon and the region. The AUBMC Psychiatry In-patient Unit pursues this mission through:

Delivering state of the art clinical care for adults and adolescents in Lebanon and the region through an evidence based practice, in a humane, compassionate, and multidisciplinary approach. Contributing to the AUBMC outstanding academic environment that fosters education, training, research and innovative models of intervention in psychiatric neuroscience and psychosocial interventions.

Contributing to the departmental vision seeking to destigmatize mental illness and to provide venues for educating the public about the nature of mental illness.

Advancing a model of care that enhances the role of patients and their families as active agents in their plan of care.

Training the future generation of leaders in clinical psychology, psychiatry and psychiatric nursing and neuroscience.

Education

Residency Program

The AUB residency program in psychiatry is designed to ensure that its graduates are able to render effective professional care to psychiatric patients. It is accredited by both the Accreditation Counsel for Graduate Medical Education International (ACMGE-I) and the Arab Board. The graduates will possess sound clinical judgment, requisite skills, and a high order of knowledge about the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of all psychiatric disorders, together with other common medical and neurological disorders that relate to the practice of psychiatry. Graduates will have a keen awareness of their own strengths and limitations, and recognize the necessity for continuing their own professional development.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship

A 2 year-training program in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry launched in 2017.

 

Clinical Psychology Training

The Clinical Psychology Training Program at AUBMC covers two academic years. The first year may be included as practicum courses within the MA program, and the second year completed post-MA. Students also from post PhD programs are welcome. The program has two tracks: adult track and child/adolescent track which students choose to specialize in at the start of their 2nd year. Students who are accepted in the program will commit to two years of training, at the end of which they will obtain a certificate of training in clinical psychology from AUB-MC Department of Psychiatry. The program incorporates outpatient and inpatient training in diagnostics and psychotherapy, as well as psychological assessment and testing, and consultation liaison. This training program provides experience in the main tasks performed by psychologists in clinical settings and emphasizes the role of the psychologist as a member of the multidisciplinary treatment team.

 

Master of Science in Nursing program psychiatry

http://www.aub.edu.lb/hson/Pages/home.aspx

Research

The Arab Research Center (ARC) was established in October 2010 at the American University of Beirut, Faculty of Medicine, at the Department of Psychiatry, and is currently overlooked by Dr. Brigitte Khoury. In its mission, the center is envisioned to be a center of excellence that will conduct research, training, and capacity building for mental health researchers and professionals in the Arab region. The center ultimately aims to contribute to the reduction of the mental health treatment gap in the Arab world, particularly in the low- and middle-income countries of the region through research and training initiatives.

 

Ongoing Research at the Department of Psychiatry

Brain Stimulation – contact Mark Doumit (md55@aub.edu.lb)

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology– contact Rinad Bakhti (rb96@aub.edu.lb) or Rima Abboud (raa113@aub.edu.lb)

Eating Disorders – contact Rassil Ghazzaoui (rg34@aub.edu.lb)

Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) – contact Sariah Daouk (sd64@aub.edu.lb)

Mood Disorders – contact Mark Doumit (md55@aub.edu.lb)

Psychological Assessment – contact Hussein Ismail (hi28@aub.edu.lb)

Psychosis – contact Rassill Ghazzaoui (rg34@aub.edu.lb)

Sleep Disorders – contact Jean Ajaltouni (ja85@aub.edu.lb)

Substance Abuse – contact Jean Ajaltouni (ja85@aub.edu.lb)

Sexuality and Reproductive Health – contact Sariah Daouk (sd64@aub.edu.lb)

Selected Publications

-Al-Haddad, C., Abdul Fattah, M., Smeets, L., Tamim, H., Akoury-Dirani, L., Safadieh, L., Sinno, D., Charafeddine, L.(2016). Ophthalmologic outcomes of children born premature without ROP: Correlations with gestational age and psychomotor development. Journal of pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus (accepted, in press)

Akoury-Dirani, L., Sahakian, T., Hassan, F., Hajjar, R., & Asmar, K. (2015). Psychological first aid training for Lebanese field workers in the emergency context of the Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Psychological trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 7(6), 533-538.

-Bertelli, M. O., Salvador-Carulla, L., Scuticchio, D., Varrucciu, N., Martinez-Leal, R., Cooper, S. A., Simeonsson, R. J., Deb, S., Weber, G., Jung R., Munir, K., Adnams, C., Akoury-Dirani, L., Girimaji, S. C., Katz, G., Kwok, H., & Walsh, C. (2014). Moving beyond intelligence in the revision of ICD-10: specific cognitive functions in intellectual developmental disorders. World Psychiatry, 13(1), 93–94.

Akoury-Dirani, L., Alameddine, M., & Salamoun, M.(2013). Validation of the Lebanese childhood Autism Rating Scale- Second Edition-Standard Version. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 7(9), 1097-1103.

Akoury-Dirani L.,& Alameddine M. (2013) Psychological Assessment Tools Administered in Lebanon with Children and Adolescents. The International Journal of Educational and Psychological Assessment, 3(2)

Akoury-Dirani, L., & Salamoun, M., (2013) Correlates of early assessment of neurodevelopmental disorders in Lebanon. Early Child Development and Care, 184(1), 63-72.

-El-Khoury J, Abbas Z, Nakhle PE, Matar MT. Implementing opioid substitution in Lebanon: Inception and challenges. Int J Drug Policy. 2016 Feb 23. pii: S0955-3959(16)30024-X. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2016.02.015. [Epub ahead of print]-

-El-Khoury J, Sahakian N. The Association of Salvia divinorum and Psychotic Disorders: A Review of the Literature and Case Series. J Psychoactive Drugs. 2015 Sep-Oct;47(4):286-92. doi: 10.1080/02791072.2015.1073815. Epub 2015 Aug 28. Review.

-Ismail G, Looman J. An inter-reliability study of the Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R) (Accepted with minor revisions International J of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology)

-Ismail G, Sealy G. Islam Sufism and Psychotherapy (to be submitted to J Clin Psychology June 2016 

-Khoury, B. (2017) Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Arab Americans and Their Mental Health. Book review: Handbook of Arab American Psychology. Eds. Mona M. Amer and Germine H. Awad. PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 62 (6).

-Campbell, M., Robles, R., Vieira, D., Khoury, B., Daouk, S., and Stein, D. (2016). Sexuality-Related Conditions: A Multistakeholder Approach to Explore Feasibility of Field-Testing ICD-11 Revisions in

Developing Countries. International Perspectives in Psychology:Research, Practice, Consultation, March,1-8.

Reed, G., Rebello. T., Pike, K., Medina-Mora, E., Gureje, O., Zhao, M., Dai, Y., Roberts, M., Maruta, T., Matsumoto, S., Krasnov, V., Kulygina, M., Lovell, A., Stona, AC., Sharan, P., Rbles, R., Gaebel, W., Zielasek, J., Khoury, B., Mari, J., Ayuso, JL, Evans, S., Kogan, C., Saxena, S. (2015).

A platform with potential: WHO’s Global Clinical Practice Network for mental health. Lancet, Psychiatry, 2, 379-380.

-Amer, M., Fayad, Y., Khoury, B. (corresponding), (2015). The Arab experience in community psychology: cases of Lebanon and Egypt. Invited article in Journal of Community Psychology, Vol. 43 (1): 49-62.

-Khoury, B., & Ammar, J. (2014). Cognitive Behavioral therapy for treatment of primary care patients presenting with mental health problems. Libyan Journal of Medicine, Vol.9: 1-5.

-Khoury, B., Cogan, C., & Daouk, S. (2017) Overview of the International Classification of Diseases 11th Edition (ICD-11). In Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. Zeigler-Hill, V. & Shackelford, T.K. (Eds.) Springer publications. (in press)

-Khoury, B., Daouk, S. (2017) Community mental health and mental promotion, case of Lebanon. In International Handbook of Mental Health, Prevention and Promotion. Carod- Artal, J. & Baehrer, S. (Eds). Springer Publications.   (in press).

-Khoury, B. & Fayad, Y. (2014) Case study from Lebanon. Invited chapter in “Therapy without Borders: International and Cross-cultural Case Studies Handbook.” Moodley, R.; Sokoor, M., Gielen, U., & Wu, R. (Eds.). American Counseling Association, Washington D.C.

-Maalouf, F. T., Ghandour, L. A., Halabi, F., Zeinoun, P., Shehab, A. A. S., & Tavitian, L. (2016). Psychiatric disorders among adolescents from Lebanon: prevalence, correlates, and treat Against all odds: Contextual Challenges and Implications to Undertaking a Household Adolescent Mental Health Survey in a Developing country ment gap. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 1-12.

-Mokdad, A. H., Forouzanfar, M. H., Daoud, F., Mokdad, A. A., El Bcheraoui, C., Moradi-Lakeh, M., …, Maalouf, F., …., Murray, C. J. (2016). Global burden of diseases, injuries, and risk factors for young people’s health during 1990-2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. Lancet, 387(10036), 2383-2401.

-Shehab, A. A., Brent, D., & Maalouf, F. T. (2016). Neurocognitive Changes in Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors-Treated Adolescents with Depression. J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacol. 2016 Oct;26(8):713-720.

-Ghandour, L., Shehab, A., Zeinoun, P., Tavitian, L., Halabi, F., Maalouf, F.T. (2017) Against all odds: Contextual Challenges and Implications to Undertaking a Household Adolescent Mental Health Survey in a Developing country. East Med. Health Journal,

-Chaaya, M., Saab, D., Maaalouf, F.T., Boustany R.M.(2014). Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Nurseries in Lebanon: A Cross Sectional Study. J Autism Dev Disord. 2015 Sep 12.

-Tavitian L., Ladouceur C., Nahas Z., Khater B., Brent D., Maalouf F.T.∗(2014). Neutral face distractors differentiate performance between depressed and healthy adolescents during an emotional working memory task. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 23(8):659-67.

Tavitian L., Atwi M., Bawab S., Hariz N., Zeinoun P., Khani M., Maalouf F.T.∗(2014). The Arabic Mood and Feelings Questionnaire: Psychometrics and validity in a clinical sample. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 45(3):361-8.

Zeinoun P., Bawab S., Atwi M., Hariz N., Tavitian L., Khani M., Nahas Z., Maalouf F.T.∗(2013). Validation of an Arabic multi-informant psychiatric diagnostic interview for children and adolescents: Development and Well Being Assessment-Arabic (DAWBA-Arabic). Comprehensive Psychiatry, 54(7), 1034-1041..

-Hariz N., Bawab S., Atwi M., Tavitian L., Zeinoun P., Khani M., Birmaher B., Nahas Z., Maalouf F.T.∗(2013). Reliability and validity of the Arabic Screen for Child Anxiety Related Emotional Disorders (SCARED) in a clinical sample. Psychiatry Research, 209(2), 222-228.

-Maalouf F.T., Brent D. (2012). Depression Intervention in Children and adolescents: What works, for whom and how well? Child and adolescent psychiatric clinics of North America, 21(2), 299-312.

-Maalouf F.T., Clark L., Tavitian L., Sahakian B.J., Brent D., Phillips M.L. (2012). Bias to negative emotions: A depression-state dependent marker in adolescent major depressive disorders. Psychiatry Research, 198(1), 28-33.

-Maalouf F.T., Porta G., Vitiello B., Emslie G., Mayes T., Clarke G., Wagner K.D., Asarnow J.R., Spirito A., Keller M., Birmaher B., Ryan N., Shamseddeen W., Iyengar S., Brent D. (2012). Do sub-syndromal manic symptoms influence outcome in treatment resistant depression in adolescents? A latent class analysis from the TORDIA study. Journal of Affect Disorders, 138(1-2), 86-95.

Borckardt JJ, Nahas ZH, Teal J, Lisanby SH, McDonald WM, Avery D, Durkalski V, Pavlicova M, Long JM, Sackeim HA, George MS. The painfulness of active, but not sham, transcranial magnetic stimulation decreases rapidly over time: results from the double-blind phase of the OPT-TMS Trial. Brain Stimul. 2013 Nov;6(6):925-8.

Martin L, Borckardt JJ, Reeves ST, Frohman H, Beam W, Nahas Z, Johnson K, Younger J, Madan A, Patterson D, George M. A pilot functional MRI study of the effects of prefrontal rTMS on pain perception.Pain Med. 2013 Jul;14(7):999-1009.

Talih F, Nahas Z.How to assess the role of transcranial magnetic stimulation in nicotine addiction. Biol Psychiatry. 2013 Apr 15;73(8):702-3.

Nahas Z, Short B, Burns C, Archer M, Schmidt M, Prudic J, Nobler MS, Devanand DP, Fitzsimons L, Lisanby SH, Payne N, Perera T, George MS, Sackeim HA. A feasibility study of a new method for electrically producing seizures in man: focal electrically administered seizure therapy [FEAST]. Brain Stimul. 2013 May;6(3):403-8. doi: 10.1016/j.brs.2013.03.004. Epub 2013 Mar 16.

Schmidt M, Sofronescu A, Short B, Nahas Z, Zhu Y. Increased prolactin concentrations in a patient with bipolar disorder. Clin Chem. 2013 Mar;59(3):473-5. doi: 10.1373/clinchem.2011.176925.

Chahine G, Short B, Spicer K, Schmidt M, Burns C, Atoui M, George MS, Sackeim HA, Nahas Z. Regional cerebral blood flow changes associated with focal electrically administered seizure therapy (FEAST). Brain Stimul. 2014 May-Jun;7(3):483-5. doi: 10.1016/j.brs.2014.02.011. Epub 2014 Feb 22.

Karameh, F.N.Awada, M.Mourad, F. Zahed, K. Abou-Faycal, I.Nahas, Z. Modeling of neuronal population activation under electroconvulsive therapy. BIOSIGNALS 2014 – 7th Int. Conference on Bio-Inspired Systems and Signal Processing, Proceedings; Part of 7th Int. Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies, BIOSTEC 2014 2014, Pages 229-238

Sawaya H, Johnson K, Schmidt M, Arana A, Chahine G, Pincus D, George MS, Panksepp J, Nahas Z. Resting-state Functional Connectivity of Antero-medial Prefrontal Cortex Sub-regions in Major Depression and Relationship to Emotional Intelligence” Int J Neuropsychopharmacol. 2015 Mar 5;18(6). pii: pyu112. doi: 10.1093/ijnp/pyu112.

Yehia F, Nahas Z, Saleh S. A roadmap to parity in mental health financing: the case of Lebanon. J Ment Health Policy Econ. 2014 Sep;17(3):131-41.

Chamaa F, Sweidan W, Nahas Z, Saade N, Abou-Kheir W. Thalamic stimulation in awake rats induces neurogenesis in the hippocampal formation. Brain Stimul. 2016 Jan-Feb;9(1):101-8 [Nahas is Principle Investigator on grant awarded to fund this work]

Sawaya H, Atoui M, Hamadeh A, Zeinoun P, Nahas Z. Adaptation and initial validation of the Patient Health Questionnaire – 9 (PHQ-9) and the Generalized Anxiety Disorder – 7 Questionnaire (GAD-7) in an Arabic speaking Lebanese psychiatric outpatient sample. Psychiatry Res. 2016 Mar 17;239:245-252.

Williams N, Short B, Hopkins T, Bentzley B, Borckardt J, Schmidt M, Kort J, George MS, Takacs I, Nahas Z. Five-Year Follow-up of Bilateral Epidural Prefrontal Cortical Stimulation for Treatment-Resistant Depression. Brain Stimul. 2016 Jun 28

-Talih, F; Ajaltouni J, Kobaissy, F “Restless Leg Syndrome in Hospitalized Psychiatric Patients In Lebanon: A Pilot Study” accepted for publication in the journal “Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment”. July 2016

-Talih, F; Ajaltouni J.  Probable nootropic induced psychiatric adverse effects: a series of four cases. Innov Clin Neurosci. 2015;12(11–12):21–25

Talih F, Warakian R, Ajaltouni J, Shehab S, Tamim, H. Correlates of Depression and Burnout among Residents in a Lebanese Academic Medical Center: A Cross-sectional Study;  Acad Psychiatry, Aug 2015 doi: 10.1007/s40596-015-0400-3

– Talih, F; Ghossoub, E.  Moxonidine for Tramadol Withdrawal Symptoms during Detoxification.     BMJ Case Reports.  2015; doi:10.1136/bcr-2015-210444

-M. Raad, E. Nohra, N. Chams, M. Itani, F. Talih*, S. Mondello, F. Kobaissy*, Autoantibodies

in Traumatic Brain Injury and Central Nervous System Trauma, Neuroscience. 2014 Sep; 9: pii: S0306-4522(14)00732-5. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2014.08.045 (*co corresponding)

Community Outreach

FOCUS Fund

FOCUS Fund was launched in December 2015 to empower and effectively care for children and adolescents with emotional, behavioral, and learning concerns. It aims at improving the emotional resilience, mental health, and learning experiences of children and adolescents in Lebanon through actively engaging with parents, teachers and professionals.

FOCUS Fund has been achieving its mission by providing training for parents and teachers in the community about mental health topics, funding research and a fellowship at the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division, and providing mental health and special education services for underprivileged children at AUBMC.