Faculty and Staff

CHAIR  --  Karl Goodkin, M.D., Ph.D., DFAPA

ASSOCIATE CHAIR --  Ramsey McGowen, Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology)

Associate Chair, Professor, Medical Student Course Director for Psychiatry, Associate Dean for Curriculum for ETSU Quillen College of Medicine.  Specialities include: professional ethics, effects of gender in career differences, stress management for professionals and medical education. She obtained her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Auburn University in 1981 after completing her internship at University of Tennessee Memphis Center for Health Sciences (Memphis Clinical Psychology Internship Consortium). 

ASSOCIATE CHAIR  --   George Brown, M.D.

Professor,  ETSU Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences  and Chief of Psychiatry, Mountain Home VAMC.  Dr. Brown is a University of Rochester School of Medicine graduate who subsequently did residency at Wright State University as an officer in the USAF.  He is board certified in General Psychiatry.  He joined the faculty of the University of Texas Health Science Center, coming to East Tennessee and joining this department in 1994.  He has been very active in academic psychiatry, having published over 110 papers and abstracts as well as 15 book chapters, participating in research in trans-sexualism and gender identity disorders, schizophrenia, and HIV.  His areas of expertise include: gender identity disorders and psychopharmacology.  Dr. Brown supervises resident research electives at the VA and is encourages residents to develop a better understanding of the potential contributions of research on clinical practice through evaluation of journal articles. 


Associate Professor.  Dr. Elliott began as Program Director at ETSU in October of 2011.   A native of Clover, South Carolina, Dr. Elliott received his B.S. from Davidson College and his M.D. from Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC.   He completed his psychiatry residency at University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and is Board Certified both in Psychiatry and in Psychosomatic Medicine.   Since completing his residency, he has worked in public psychiatry, in private practice and in academic psychiatry.   Dr. Elliott was on faculty at Wake Forest University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine from 1998-2010 and served there as Attending Psychiatrist at Wake Forest University Student Health, Director of Inpatient Services and as Director of Resident Education.   He was the recipient of the Loretta Y. Silvia Teaching Award in 2007 and the Irma Bland, M.D. Certificate of Excellence in Teaching Residents in 2009.   Clinical interests include anxiety disorders, treatment resistant depression, college student health, psychiatry in primary care and Adult ADHD.

Department of Psychiatry Faculty  (in alphabetical order): 

Faith Aimua, M.D. Assistant Professor;  Dr. Aimua received her MBBS from the College of Medical Sciences at the University of Benin in Nigeria and did her one year general  internship at  Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital in Nigeria. She completed her residency in New York City at the New York Medical College/Metropolitan Hospital Center in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Aimua is Board Certified: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Martha A. Bird, M.D. Associate Professor, Attending physician at Woodridge Intensive Outpatient Program. Dr. Bird earned her Bachelor of Medicine from the University of Kentucky and her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Kentucky/College of Medicine. She obtained her residency in general psychiatry and fellowship in child psychiatry at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. 

Paul R. Kelley, M.D. Associate Professor;  Attending Physician at Woodridge Hospital and instructor for psychiatry for second year medical students.   He is heavily involved in Psycho-drama as a teaching tool, which uses volunteers to act out the roles of psychiatric patients in skits designed to promote understanding of psychopathology to second year medical students.  He was awarded his MD from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in 1982 and split his residency between the University of California at Irvine and the Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, Ohio, finishing in 1986.  Prior to coming to ETSU he was medical director, geropsychiatric inpatient and intensive outpatient program Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg, Kentucky and medical director of the geropsychiatric inpatient and partial hospitalization program, Tacoma Adventist Hospital in Greeneville, Tennessee.

Rushiraj C. Laiwala, M.D.,  Assistant Professor;  Dr. Laiwala serves as the Psychiatry Clerkship Director and as an attending physician in the Child & Adolescent Unit at Woodridge Psychiatric Hospital.  He attended medical school at Government Medical College in Surat, India, and completed a Bachelor's Degree in Medicine and Surgery (MBBS).  He completed a combined Internal Medicine/Psychiatry Resident Program at the James H. Quillen College of Medicine where he served as Chief Resident.

Merry N. Miller, M.D. Professor,  Dr. Miller is board certified in both General and Adolescent Psychiatry. She specializes in mood and eating disorders in both adults and adolescents. She received her degrees from the University of Tennessee at Memphis in Medicine and Biochemistry. She trained at Duke University during her residency and was a partner in a successful Chicago area private practice group for 7 years prior to coming to academia.  Achieving tenure in 2000, she took on the role of chair in 2002 until 2012.  She continues to be involved in the clinical supervision of residents and maintains an active research program relating menstrual variations and mental health, causes for depression, eating disorders and autoimmune causes for psychiatric disease.

Norman C. Moore, M.D., Professor, General Psychiatrist, Director of Research, ETSU Department of Psychiatry, Chair of Psychiatry Grand Rounds Committee. Dr. Moore's education and training includes Methodist College in Belfast, North Ireland; Queen's University/School of Medicine in Belfast, North Ireland; internship at Lagan Valley Hospital in Lisburn, North Ireland; and psychiatric residency in the Royal Air Force in London, UK. His degrees include MB BCh BAO from Queen's University in Belfast, UK; MD from Queen's University in Belfast, UK; diploma in Psychological Medicine from London University, UK; and a diploma from the American Academy of Pain Management.

Michele Moser , Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director State of Tennessee Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody.  She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Miami University, Oxford, OH.  Dr Moser teaches residents cognitive behavioral therapy.Dr. Moser has been licensed since 2003 with the Tennessee Board of Examiners in Psychology. She earned her Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology from Miami University in Oxford, OH (APA-approved program). She received a BA in Psychology from the Augustana Colege in Rock Island, IL.

Thomas Schacht, Psy. D, ABPP, Professor, Director of Forensic Services, Director of Psychotherapy Training.  Board-certified in clinical psychology and forensic psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. Dr. Schacht teaches medical students and psychiatry residents in the areas of psychotherapy, psychopathology, psychological assessment, and forensic psychiatry. He provides forensic services to state and federal courts, prosecution and defense in criminal matters, plaintiff and defense in civil matters.  Doctoral degree from Rutgers University.  Internship and residency in medical and pediatric psychology at the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center.  Two-year post-doctoral research fellowship at Vanderbilt University funded by a National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Mental Health. 
Phillip Steffey, MSW Instructor, Phillip has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1997. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, TN. He obtained his Master of Divinity at The Southern Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. He received a Master of Social Work from East Carolina University in Greeneville, NC.


VA Psychiatry Academic Faculty (in alphabetical order):

Christine Adler, Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology), Assistant Professor, Assistant Chief, Psychology Service, JH Quillen VAMC.  Dr. Adler received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the State University of NY at Albany and completed an internship and postdoctoral fellowship in medical psychology at the Ohio State University Medical Center.  She specializes in geriatric and medical psychology, particularly care of the terminally ill.

George Brown, M.D.  (see Associate Chair, above)

William Finger, Ph.D., Professor 

Richard C. Haaser, M.D., Assistant Professor.  Director of Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry at the JH Quillen VAMC.  He is also a didactic instructor.  He is board certified in General Psychaitry and has completed a fellowship in Geriatric and Neuropsychiatry at the University of Rochester. He received his MD from Tufts and general residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Dianne Hansen, M.D., Chief of the Psychiatric Emergency Clinic, JH Quillen VAMC, Assistant Professor, ETSU.  She instructs residents in safety and competency in an ER setting.  Completed her psychiatry residency at the University of California, San Diego, and is board certified in psychiatry. Areas of expertise include emergency room psychiatry, consultation liaison psychiatry, working with the chronically mentally ill, and management of chronic pain syndromes.

John P. Hendrick, M.D., DFAPA is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Chief of the Psychiatry Service, Mountain Home Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Hendrick was graduated from and trained in psychiatry at the Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, Va. He is Board-Certified in General Adult Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  He was in private practice for 18 years prior to coming to Johnson City, initially in Sanford, North Carolina for three years where he was awarded a Distinguished Service Award by the National Health Service Corps of the United States Public Health Service. Then he was in private practice in the Chattanooga/Cleveland area of Tennessee for 15 years prior to joining the VA and the clinical faculty at ETSU. During this time he served as President of the Chattanooga Psychiatric Society and then became President of the Tennessee Psychiatric Association.  He served on the Board of Directors of Parkridge Hospital System in Chattanooga, TN and was on the Board of Directors of the Mental Health Association of Chattanooga.

Dr. Hendrick joined the VA as Chief of Inpatient Psychiatric Services at Mountain Home VA in 2004. He is an active teacher at ETSU and has twice been named Psychiatry Residency Teacher of the Year. He holds an Irma J. Bland Award for Residency Teaching from the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Hendrick serves as Neurosciences Track Director in the Psychiatry Residency. His expertise is in Clinical Psychiatric Hospital Administration, Electroconvulsive Therapy and the Psychiatric aspects of Behavioral Neurology. He also teaches the Senior Resident Seminar on Neuroanatomy. He serves on the Educational Policy Committee and the Curriculum Committee for the Department. He lectures on a wide variety of psychiatric issues in the national audience.

Dr. Jill McCarley, M.D. 

Shantha Pandian, M.D., Assistant Professor, ETSU.  Dr. Pandian completed her psychiatric residency at ETSU after having done her medical studies at Kasturba Medical College in Manipal, India. She currently is Chief of the Mental Health Clinic at the JH Quillen VAMC.  Her research interests include the impact of religious and cultural beliefs and traditions on mental health.

Patrick Sloan, Ph.D., Professor. Dr. Patrick Sloan is currently serving as Chief of Psychology at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center (VAMC).  He has served as Acting Mental Health Services Manager for the VA Mid South Healthcare Network (VISN 9).  Dr. Sloan is a nationally recognized leader in VA mental health, is a graduate of the VHA Clinical Managers' Institute, and has served in various mental health leadership capacities in VISN 9 since the inception of the Network. He chaired the Mental Health Advisory Group and other mental health task forces prior to this appointment. Dr. Sloan received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Ohio University. He served his internship with emphasis in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Florida and Gainesville VAMC. He arrived here as a Staff Psychologist at the James H. Quillen VAMC and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He is one of the original faculty members of the College of Medicine still teaching here. Dr. Sloan has served as Chief, Psychology Service since 1993 at Mountain Home, where he directs the Clinical Neuropsychology Program and is Chair of the Ethics Advisory Committee. Dr. Sloan is a member of several professional organizations, including a Fellow of the Society for Personality Assessment. He is recognized nationally for his published research in assessment of post-traumatic stress disorder and his authorship of a several funded VA program grants.  
Heidi Vermette, M.D., Assistant Professor,  Attending physician at Mountain Home VA. She was awarded her MD from the University of Massachusetts. She completed her General Psychiatry Residency as well as Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship also at University of Massachusetts. 

Departmental Full-Time Staff (in alphabetical order):

Kathy Bailey, Center of Excellence, Clinical Coordinator 
Jan Brownlee, LMFT, Center of Excellence, Mental Health Specialist

Tyler Gray, Technical Clerk 

Christine Kerney,  Research Coordinator

Chris Loveday, Ed.D., Office Manager

Janice Lyons, Coordinator,  Chair’s Secretary

Karen Mabe, Graduate Medical Education Coordinator-Psychiatry

Pam Moffett, Academic Office Secretary 

Shana Price, Residency Secretary

Susan Wallace, PARC House Secretary, Research Secretary

Dakotah Williams, Secretary
Tracy Wilson, Research Assistant

Jane Wolfe, Center of Excellence, Office Coordinator

Wanda Young, Coordinator, Medical Education

Quillen ETSU Physicians & Associates Clinic  Staff (in alphabetical order):


Judy Archer, Receptionist for ETSU Physicians and Associates, Psychiatry 
Tiffany Hall, Billing/Receptionist for ETSU Physicians and Associates, Psychiatry 
Heather Moore,  Receptionist for ETSU Physicians and Associates, Psychiatry

Mabel A Yates, Office Manager for ETSU Physicians and Associates, Psychiatry

Clinical and Adjunct Faculty:


Our Psychiatry Residency Program and Clerkship programs are greatly extended by our Clinical and Adjunct Faculty  that includes over 50 members of the medical community as well as faculty of other medical and basic science departments.

These dedicated professionals enhance our educational programs with the additional experience of numerous other health care professions  including: Institutional Practice Physicians, Private Practice Physicians, Psychologists,Social Workers and Pharmacists.