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The Department of Psychiatry Welcomes Kale Edmiston, PhD, Marie Anne Gebara, MD, Lisa Germeroth, PhD, and Melanie Grubisha, MD, PhD, to the Faculty

The Department of Psychiatry is delighted to announce that Kale Edmiston, PhD, Marie Anne Gebara, MD, Lisa Germeroth, PhD, and Melanie Grubisha, MD, PhD, have joined the faculty at the rank of assistant professor. 

Dr. Edmiston received his PhD in Neuroscience from Vanderbilt University and began his postdoctoral training at China Medical University in Shenyang, China. He then joined the University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychiatry as a postdoctoral scholar studying visual and reward processing in mood and anxiety disorders under the mentorship of Dr. Mary Phillips. He is the recipient of a NARSAD Young Investigator Grant as well as a National Institute of Mental Health-funded K01 award entitled “Feed Forward Visual System Function in High Trait Anxiety.” Dr. Edmiston has published numerous articles on the study of mood and anxiety disorders, as well as on topics pertaining to gender identity and transgender healthcare access. He is also a recent recipient of a Society for Biological Psychiatry Early Career Investigator Travel Award. 

Dr. Gebara earned her MD from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. Upon receiving her medical degree, she completed her psychiatry residency training at Washington University in St. Louis, Barnes Jewish Hospital and then became a clinical fellow in geriatric psychiatry at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital. Following her clinical training, Dr. Gebara completed a research fellowship at the Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Centers at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare system and a National Institute of Mental Health T32 postdoctoral research fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. She has published several papers on late-life treatment-resistant depression, as well as sleep and depression. Dr. Gebara’s clinical work focuses on long-term care and nursing home consultation as well as outpatient care. Dr. Gebara is also establishing a program to facilitate access to mental health for the geriatric population in underserved areas.

Dr. Germeroth received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University at Buffalo, having completed a clinical psychology internship at the Charleston Consortium/Medical University of South Carolina. She then joined the University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychiatry as a postdoctoral scholar on the Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine T32 training program under the mentorship of Dr. Michele Levine. Dr. Germeroth’s research interests include factors driving overweight/obesity and eating behavior and cue-elicited food craving. She is the principal investigator of a National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases-funded K23 award entitled “A Novel, Memory-Updating Technique to Attenuate Responding to High Calorie Food Cues, Food Intake, and Body Weight among Individuals with Overweight/Obesity.”

Dr. Grubisha received both her PhD in molecular pharmacology and chemical biology and her MD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She then completed her residency training in general psychiatry at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital, followed by postdoctoral training in transformative discovery in psychiatry under the mentorship of Dr. Robert Sweet. Dr. Grubisha is the recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health-funded K08 Clinical Investigator Award entitled “Enhanced NGR/p75/KAL9 Signaling and Impaired Dendritic Morphogenesis in Schizophrenia.” She has published multiple articles on topics related to her research interests. Dr. Grubisha also provides psychiatric evaluations and bridge treatment for homeless individuals living with serious mental illness through the Healthy Housing Outreach program.

Please join us in welcoming Drs. Edmiston, Gebara, Germeroth and Grubisha to the Department of Psychiatry faculty!