Karl Goodkin, MD, PhD, DFAPA
Dr. Goodkin comes to ETSU's Quillen College of Medicine from Los Angeles, where he served as the director of mental health at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Prior to his role there, Goodkin served as professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the University of California at Los Angeles and at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he also was the director of clinical research for several years.
“Dr. Goodkin was chosen because of his strong record of academic leadership. His area of scholarly interest aligns will with our school’s translational research strength in disorders of inflammation and immunity.” said Dr. Robert Means, dean of the College of Medicine. “His view of mental health care as an integrated part of the overall spectrum of care fits well with our mission of primary care and improved health for the region.” Read More about Dr. Goodkin on our patient care site.
ASSOCIATE CHAIR | George Brown , MD
Dr. Brown is a professor in the ETSU Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Chief of Psychiatry at the JH Quillen 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 CHAIR | Ramsey McGowen, PhD (Clinical Psychology)
Dr. McGowen is an associate chair, professor, medical student course director for Psychiatry, and an 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).
RESIDENCY PROGRAM DIRECTOR | Hal Elliott, MD
Dr. Elliott is an associate professor and began as Program Director at ETSU in October of 2011. A native of Clover, South Carolina, Dr. Elliott received his BS from Davidson College and his MD 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, MD 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.
Christine Adler, PhD (Clinical Psychology) | Assistant Professor (ETSU), Assistant Chief and Psychology Service
( JH Quillen VAMC )
Dr. Adler received her PhD 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.
Martha A. Bird, MD | Associate Professor
Dr. Bird is an 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.
George Brown, MD | Professor (ETSU) and Chief of Psychiatry (
JH Quillen 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.
Dr. Shambhavi Chandraiah, MD, FRCPC, FAPA Professor
Director of Outpatient Services and Associate Residency Training Director
Dr. Chandraiah comes to ETSU after 14 years at the University of Mississippi Medical Center where she served as an associate professor of psychiatry and director of the Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic. She received her bachelor of medical science (Biochemistry focus) and doctor of medicine degrees from the Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. Johns, Canada. Her professional training includes a rotating internship at St. Joseph’s Hospital, University of Toronto in Canada. She started her psychiatry residency at the Clark Institute of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Canada and completed it at the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) in Richmond, VA, where she also did a consultation/liaison psychiatry fellowship. She is board certified in Adult Psychiatry in the US and Canada.
She has also worked previously in academic and administrative positions at the Medical College of Virginia, Richmond and Ann Arbor Veterans Administration Medical Centers, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and St. Louis University, as well as in private practice. At the University of Mississippi Med Center she received the Outstanding Clinical Supervision, Best Outpatient Attending, and Clinical Teacher of the Year Awards. Her primary interests are in women’s mental health, as well as mood and anxiety disorders.
William Finger, PhD | Professor
Richard C. Haaser, MD | Assistant Professor and Director of Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry (
JH Quillen VAMC
He is also a didactic instructor. He is board certified in General Psychiatry 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, MD | Assistant Professor (ETSU) and Chief of the Psychiatric Emergency Clinic (
JH Quillen VAMC)
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, MD, DFAPA | Associate Professor (ETSU) and Chief of the Psychiatry Service (
JH Quillen VAMC
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.
Paul R. Kelley, MD | 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, MD | 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, MD | 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, MD | 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, PhD | Associate Professor and Director State of Tennessee Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody
She earned her PhD 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.
Shantha Pandian, MD | 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.
Thomas Schacht, PsyD, 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.
Patrick Sloan, PhD | Professor (ETSU) and Chief of Psychology ( JH Quillen 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.
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.
Heidi Vermette, MD | Assistant Professor (ETSU) and Attending Physician (JH Quillen VAMC)
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.
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, EdD, 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 Phyisicians Clinic Staff
Judy Archer, Receptionist for Quillen ETSU Physicians, Psychiatric Care
Tiffany Hall, Billing/Receptionist for Quillen ETSU Physicians, Psychiatric Care
Heather Moore, Receptionist for Quillen ETSU Physicians, Psychiatric Care
Mabel A Yates, Office Manager for Quillen ETSU Physicians, Psychiatric Care
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.