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Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellows

Chief Fellows

Ankit Chalia

Ankit Chalia, M.D.
Hometown: Patiala, India
Undergraduate/Graduate: Dayanand Medical College, India
Residency: Texas Tech University
Academic Interests: Substance use disorders, LGBTQ mental health and telepsychiatry
Hobbies: Cooking, trying new foods and restaurants, socializing with colleagues, spending time with family
Favorite Quote: "We can’t change the direction of the wind, but we can adjust the sails." — Jimmy Dean
Comfort Foods: Indian snacks; can't go wrong with a brownie

Accolades: Dr. Chalia has participated in the National Pulse Polio Immunization Campaign in India to eliminate poliomyelitis. He has published several posters and participated in national and regional conferences including the Telemedicine, Wellness, Intervention, Triage and Referral (TWITR) Project aimed to improve mental health access in school districts. He currently serves as the Chief of Outpatient Services. 

Basant NassarBasant Nassar, M.D.
Hometown: Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
Undergraduate: Pennsylvania State University, University Park
Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine
Residency: Hahnemann University Hospital/Drexel University College of Medicine
Academic Interest: First break psychosis, consult-liaison psychiatry, emergency psychiatry, LGBTQ
Hobbies: Salsa dancing, walking, cooking
Favorite Quote: “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” — Mahatma Gandhi
Comfort Foods: Tres Leches, Basbousa 

Accolades: Dr. Nassar has previously collaborated on a few basic science research projects, the most recent being during residency working to elucidate the roles of specific interneurons in restoring cognitive function in a schizophrenic model. Most recently, she has focused her interest on more clinical based work and is one of this year’s AACAP Systems of Care Award Recipients Special Program, focused on LGBTQ work. In addition, she serves as the Chief of Inpatient Services.

Dimal ShahDimal Shah, M.D.
Hometown: Bloomfield, NJ
Undergraduate: Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ
Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA
Residency: Hahnemann University Hospital/Drexel University College of Medicine
Academic Interests: Medically ill psychiatry, integrated-care psychiatry, academic psychiatry, mental health advocacy
Hobbies: Growing indoor/outdoor plants, exploring restaurant scenes and historical sites 
Favorite Quote: "Everything happens for a reason. You may not know the reason just yet."
Comfort Foods: Indian food — particularly pav bhaji; sour gummy candy

Accolades: Dr. Shah is currently researching Mental Health Education in Pediatric Integrated Care Clinics with D.C. MAP.  He published several posters at APA national conventions and was awarded first place for a poster at a regional Addictions Symposium. He won first place for a psychodynamic psychotherapy case formulation and received a Medical Student Teaching Award during residency. He serves as the Advocacy Liaison for the local AACAP chapter - CAPSGW.  He was accepted to the GW Residency Fellowship in Health Policy Program. He currently serves as the Chief of Education and Wellness.


2nd Year Fellows 

Jillianne GraysonJillianne Grayson, M.D.
Hometown
: Miami, FL
Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University
Medical School: Florida State University
Internship: Tallahassee Memorial Hospital
Residency: Johns Hopkins University
Academic Interests: Autism spectrum disorder, infant and toddler psychiatry
Hobbies: Certified Yoga Instructor, mindfulness, painting, traveling, spending time with family and friends
Favorite Quote: "Real sign of intelligence isn't knowledge, it's imagination." — Albert Einstein
Comfort Food: Cuban food

Accolades: Dr. Grayson has been heavily involved in working closely with Dr. Register-Brown, Center for Autism Diagnosis attending and mentor, in implementing strategies to diagnosis ASD via telehealth interface. Recently, she has also co-created the first Children’s National Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellows Pocketbook guide as a quality improvement project in addition to publishing an article, Why Psychiatry, as part of the online blog series, SheMD.

Alyssa StramAlyssa Stram, M.D.
Hometown: Vestal (adjacent Binghamton), NY
Undergraduate: Cornell University 
Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine
Residency: Staten Island University Hospital/Northwell Health and Lenox Hill Hospital
Academic Interests: Psychotherapy-DBT, trauma, mental health advocacy and curriculum development 
Hobbies: Exercise, art in all forms, mostly those forms these days are doodles and photo-editing, caring and loving for pet cats
Favorite Quote: “You may have a fresh start at any moment you choose, for this thing we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down.” — Mary Pickford
Comfort Foods: Handmade pastas, Thai food, mango sorbet, vegan cheesecake, berries and baked goods of any kind 

Accolades: Dr. Stram partook in initiating and establishing suicide pre- and post-intervention programs within local high schools in New York state. From there her interest in preventative interventions and advocacy blossomed as she is currently enrolled in the George Washington University Residency Fellowship in Health Policy.

Alexis Lighten WesleyAlexis Lighten Wesley, M.D.
Hometown
: Westchester, NY 
Undergraduate: Yale University
Medical School: University of Connecticut
Residency: George Washington University
Academic Interests: Maternal-child dyad, psychotherapy, minority mental health
Hobbies: Tennis, traveling
Favorite Quote: "My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style." — Maya Angelou 
Comfort Food: Korean BBQ

Accolades: Dr. Wesley is a current APA/SAMSHA Minorities Scholar. Most recently, she has authored a chapter on maternal health and psychiatry and published the opinions article Postpartum Depression: A Mental Health Crisis for Black Women In The Midst Of COVID-19 on blavity.com. This year she is participating in the one-year Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Psychodynamic Fellowship program.


1st Year Fellows

Carrie Andrews Carrie Andrews, M.D.
Hometown: Spartanburg, SC
Undergraduate: Presbyterian College
Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine — Columbia
Residency: George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Academic Interests: Infant/toddler psychiatry, anxiety disorders, school-based mental health services
Hobbies: Piano, yoga, walking and hiking in nature, taking our dog to the neighborhood park, watching HGTV, reading
Favorite Quote: “No one can compete with you on being you. Most of life is a search for who and what needs you the most.” — Naval Ravikant
Comfort Foods: Macaroni and cheese; any chips and dip

Accolades: Dr. Andrews has a bachelor of science in early childhood education and graduated magna cum laude. While in medical school, she served as the president of both the Pediatric Interest Group and Psychiatry Interest Group. While in residency at George Washington University, she served as the chair of the On-Call Committee, and co-led a QI project seeking to improve the on call experience through detailed analysis of call logistics. Dr. Andrews gave a Grand Rounds presentation on Infant/Toddler Mental Health, with Bhavin Dave, M.D., as the discussant, who is the co-director of the Early Childhood Behavioral Health Program at Children’s National Hospital. 

Jennifer DorrJennifer Dorr, D.O., M.P.H.
Hometown: Hanover, PA
Undergraduate: Susquehanna University
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Cooper University Hospital/Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
Academic Interests: Trauma, addiction, mental health advocacy, education, ethics 
Hobbies: Spending time with my family (including pets) and friends, spirituality, live music, volunteering for an animal rescue and various church and community activities
Favorite Quote: “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” — Howard Thurman
Comfort Foods: Mashed potatoes and gravy; macaroni and cheese

Accolades: Dr. Dorr received an M.P.H. in epidemiology from the George Washington University. During her residency, she was elected to several positions, including Associate Chief Resident as well as the neuroscience curriculum course director and creator of the psychiatric residency, Vice President of the Southern Chapter of the New Jersey Psychiatric Association, and serving executive roles on several other residency, hospital and state organizations. Dr. Dorr has also been recognized for excellence in consultation-liaison services, and was awarded the Area 3 Resident Fellow Merit Award from the American Psychiatric Association. Within this past year, she also was first author on the published article Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Comorbid Disorders, as well as received second place for original research at the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society Addiction Symposium on a presentation on combining TMS, ketamine and mindfulness for opioid addiction, of which she was second author. Further, Dr. Dorr presented and implemented a new protocol to better improve hygiene opportunities and practices for psychiatric patients awaiting involuntary placement in the Emergency Department. She is also entering her final year of psychodynamic psychotherapy training.

Brandon C. NewsomeBrandon C. Newsome, M.D.
Hometown: Jackson, MS
Undergraduate: MS University for Women
Medical School: University of South Alabama
Residency: Boston University/Boston Medical Center
Academic Interests: Chronic medical conditions and their effect of development, sickle cell disease, social determinants of health, physician well-being and physician advocacy
Hobbies: Netflix, karaoke, vegan cooking, creative writing
Favorite Quote: “Failure is a feeling long before it becomes an actual result. It’s vulnerability that breeds with self-doubt and then is escalated, often deliberately, by fear.” — Michelle Obama
Comfort Foods: Southern food; cookies and cream ice cream

Accolades: Dr. Newsome is a current APA/SAMHSA Minority Fellow Awardee. In addition, prior to pursing a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship he completed two fellowships in Community Psychiatry and a Massachusetts Department of Mental Health Fellowship in Transitional Age Youth with Autism. Some of his work has included leading group discussion within the Boston Vital Healing Project and starting a body of research focusing on transitional youth of color and effects of racism and micro-aggression on mental health and achievement.

Jeremy Tyler SafranJeremy Tyler Safran, M.D.
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Undergraduate: Hamilton College
Medical School: George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Residency: George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Academic Interests: Group psychotherapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, play therapy, autism spectrum disorder
Hobbies: Painting/drawing/sculpting, hanging with my dog, playing soccer, watching movies, reading comics, playing video games, spectating rugby
Favorite Quote: “Whether you take a doughnut hole as a blank space or as an entity unto itself is a purely metaphysical question and does not affect the taste of the doughnut one bit.” — Haruki Murakami
Comfort Foods: Burritos, vegetarian hot wings, fruit snacks, hot cheese popcorn

Accolades: Dr. Safran has received multiple distinctions related to humanism and professionalism, most recently receiving the George Washington Psychiatry Resident Professionalism award. In addition, his interest in psychodynamic psychotherapy has led him to be an avid participant in the American Society of Psychoanalytic Physicians, exemplified by receiving the Henry P. Laughlin Award from the society.

Deepika TanwarDeepika Tanwar, M.D., M.B.A.
Hometown: NY/NJ area
Undergraduate: The College of New Jersey in Ewing
Medical School: St. George’s University in Grenada
Residency: Harlem Hospital, New York City
Academic Interests: Education and psychotherapy
Hobbies: Reading, traveling, eating out 
Favorite Quote: "Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans." — John Lennon
Comfort Foods: Chocolate and her mom’s homemade dal

Accolades: Dr. Tanwar hold an M.B.A. from St. George’s University. She has utilized her medical and business knowledge while working Grenada to aid medical students as a learning strategist. She served as her prior residency program’s chief resident and partook in conference and presented posters on the topic of physician suicide.

Trevor YorkTrevor York, M.D.
Hometown: Columbia, MD
Undergraduate: Allegheny College
Medical School: Jacobs School of Medicine, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo
Residency: Albany Medical Center
Academic Interests: Global assessments of functioning, qualitative studies, social determinants of health 
Hobbies: Reading, traveling, trying new foods
Favorite Quote: “You cannot be afraid to speak up and speak out for what you believe.” — John Lewis
Comfort Foods: Soul food and butter pecan ice cream

Accolades: Dr. York has done significant research on the social determinants of health for patients suffering from chronic kidney disease and assessing global functioning in patients suffering from mental illness. Future projects he is working on implementing include research on provider knowledge of the cultural formulation interview of the DSM-5 and clinical impact for application.