Clinical Focus

  • Psychiatry
  • Eating disorders
  • Psychotherapy

Academic Appointments

  • Clinical Instructor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Honors & Awards

  • Austen Riggs Award for Excellence in Psychotherapy, Austen Riggs Center (2019)
  • Marnell Award for Psychotherapy, Stanford Department of Psychiatry (2020)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Stanford University School of Medicine (2020)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

  • Member, American Group Psychotherapy Association (2017 - Present)
  • Member, American Psychiatric Association (2016 - Present)

Professional Education

  • Residency: Stanford University Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (2020) CA
  • Medical Education: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine Registrar (2016) WI


All Publications

  • Group Training for Psychiatric Residents: Support Group Facilitation and Supervision with Didactics. Academic psychiatry : the journal of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training and the Association for Academic Psychiatry Denduluri, M. S., Gold, J. A., Serrano, W. C., Spelber, D., Bentzley, J., Forte, C., De Golia, S. G. 2020


    OBJECTIVE: Group psychotherapy merits dedicated training during psychiatry residency yet is challenging to implement given competing educational requirements. The authors implemented a voluntary support group training intervention for psychiatry residents consisting of a 6-h didactic series followed by at least 6 months of in vivo group facilitation and supervision. We hypothesized participation would improve residents' self-reported skill and knowledge in group facilitation.METHODS: Psychiatry residents (PGY I-IV) voluntarily participated in this novel intervention that included a didactic series followed by experiential group facilitation and supervision. To assess confidence and self-reported skill level in group facilitation, residents completed two brief self-report surveys: before the didactic series (pre-intervention) and after group facilitation for at least 6 months (post-intervention). Surveys included Likert scales and open-ended questions. Quantitative data were analyzed with descriptive statistics and open-ended qualitative data were analyzed using thematic analysis.RESULTS: Twenty-three residents attended 4 to 6 h of didactics between 2016 and 2018. Of these 23 residents, 12 facilitated groups and attended supervision for at least 6 months. Twenty residents responded to pre-intervention surveys and 14 responded to post-intervention surveys. After the intervention, respondents reported a significant increase in knowledge and skills in group facilitation of 88% (15/17) on Likert scale questions.CONCLUSIONS: This study implemented a novel educational intervention to train psychiatric residents in group dynamics and group facilitation. Participation increased residents' self-reported knowledge and skills in group facilitation. Future directions include incorporating feedback about group curriculum, evaluating resident knowledge and skills using assessment measures, recruiting more group participants, and focusing on peer-to-peer mentoring.

    View details for DOI 10.1007/s40596-020-01338-2

    View details for PubMedID 33106952

  • WISE: A Support Group for Graduate and Post-Graduate Women in STEM INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GROUP PSYCHOTHERAPY Gold, J. A., Jia, L., Bentzley, J. P., Bonnet, K. A., Franciscus, A. M., Denduluri, M. S., Zappert, L. T. 2020
  • Code Status Assessment and Documentation in Inpatient Psychiatry: A Call for Increased Training American Journal of Psychiatry Residents' Journal Wilmarie, S. C., Meenakshi, D. S., Kelli, S. M. 2020; 16 (2): 3-5
  • Predischarge Injectable Versus Oral Naltrexone to Improve Postdischarge Treatment Engagement Among Hospitalized Veterans with Alcohol Use Disorder: A Randomized Pilot Proof-of-Concept Study. Alcoholism, clinical and experimental research Busch, A. C., Denduluri, M., Glass, J., Hetzel, S., Gugnani, S. P., Gassman, M., Krahn, D., Deyo, B., Brown, R. 2017; 41 (7): 1352?60


    Injectable naltrexone for alcohol use disorders (AUDs) has been efficacious in several studies. It has not been (i) compared head-to-head with oral naltrexone or (ii) examined in the hospital setting as an intervention that might facilitate treatment attendance after hospital discharge.Fifty-four hospitalized veterans identified as having DSM-IV-TR alcohol dependence were randomized to receive (i) a 50 mg oral naltrexone plus a 30-day prescription or (ii) a 380 mg intramuscular naltrexone injection prior to discharge. Of 113 veteran inpatients deemed eligible based on screening criteria, 54 met final eligibility criteria and were enrolled and randomized. Baseline data included demographics, alcohol consumption, and comorbidity. Measures of treatment initiation and engagement and alcohol consumption were reassessed at 14- and 45-day follow-ups.Thirty-five participants (64.8%) completed the entire study protocol (received a study medication and completed 14- and 45-day follow-ups). Among those who received a study medication (n = 45), 77.8% completed all follow-up interviews. This pilot study was not designed to have sufficient statistical power for hypothesis testing, and thus, as expected, there were no significant differences between groups in medication adherence (self-report of >80% of daily doses taken in oral group; receipt of second injection in the injection group), treatment engagement (at least treatment 3 visits in the 30 days postdischarge, and 2 or more visits per month in each of the 3 months following discharge) or alcohol consumption at 14 or at 45 days (p > 0.05). The median number of drinks among the entire cohort in the 2 weeks prior to hospitalization (128 drinks) was significantly higher than at day 14 (0 drinks, p < 0.001) or day 45 (0 drinks, p < 0.001). Rates of medication adherence were 62% in the oral group and 61% in the injection group.Results indicate feasibility for larger, more definitive study. Both groups had significant reductions in alcohol consumption over time and high-treatment engagement rates. Both oral and injectable formulations are feasible to initiate prior to discharge for hospital inpatients identified as having an AUD.

    View details for PubMedID 28605827

    View details for PubMedCentralID PMC5519139

  • The Smart Choices front-of-package nutrition label. Influence on perceptions and intake of cereal. Appetite Roberto, C. A., Shivaram, M., Martinez, O., Boles, C., Harris, J. L., Brownell, K. D. 2012; 58 (2): 651?57


    Numerous front-of-package (FOP) nutrition labeling systems exist, but it is unclear if such labels influence behavior. A single-summary label called Smart Choices (SC) appeared briefly on products in the United States in 2009. The current study aimed to evaluate (1) the influence the SC symbol has on the serving and consumption of cereal; and (2) the impact of providing calorie and serving size information on a FOP label. Two hundred and sixteen adults were randomized to a high-sugar breakfast cereal that had either (1) no label; (2) the SC symbol; or (3) a modified SC symbol with serving size information. Participants rated perceptions of healthfulness, taste, and purchase intent, estimated calories per serving and poured and ate the cereal for breakfast. Participants in the SC label conditions were better able to estimate calories per serving, but there were no differences across groups on perceptions of healthfulness, taste, purchase intent, and levels of vitamins, and sugar or amount of cereal poured or consumed. These results suggest that calories per serving information on FOP labels can increase knowledge, but the SC symbol had little impact on behavior. Studies examining FOP label influence on purchasing, consumption, and product reformulation are greatly needed to determine label utility.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.appet.2012.01.003

    View details for PubMedID 22248710

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