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School of Medicine: Message From the Dean

Appointment of Roxann Roberson-Nay, PhD, as assistant dean for Graduate Recruitment and Admissions

Dear Colleagues-Friends,

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Roxann Roberson-Nay, PhD as assistant dean for Graduate Recruitment and Admissions. In this capacity, Dr. Roberson-Ney will coordinate recruitment efforts for prospective Biomedical Sciences Doctoral Portal students, serve as the chair of the Biomedical Sciences Doctoral Portal Admissions Committee, oversee the first-year curriculum and help identify research mentors for Biomedical Sciences Doctoral Portal students during their first year of study.

While Dr. Roberson-Nay is new this position, she has been on faculty in the Department of Psychiatry since 2005. As a tenured associate professor, her active, federally funded program of research focuses on genetic and epigenetic mechanisms associated with major depression and anxiety related disorders, as well as biological and physiological systems related to anxiety and mood conditions. She served as the Director of Admissions for the Psychiatric, Behavioral and Statistical Genetics (PSBG) PhD Program, coordinator of a National Institute of Mental Health training grant, and has mentored and served on thesis and dissertation committees for numerous graduate students in the PSBG and Human and Molecular Genetics programs.

Dr. Roberson-Nay earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Maine and did post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Maryland and the National Institute of Mental Health prior to joining the faculty at VCU.

We thank Dr. Steve Grossman for chairing the search committee and Dr. Michael Grotewiel for his administrative leadership in the search process.

Please help us welcome Dr. Roberson-Nay to this new position.

With all good wishes,

Peter F. Buckley, M.D.
Dean, VCU School of Medicine
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, VCU Health System

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