Faculty List

Arwen Podesta, MD, ABPN, FASAM, ABIHM

Arwen Podesta, MD is a board-certified adult psychiatrist with sub specializations in addiction medicine, forensic psychiatry, and integrative medicine. A graduate of the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, Dr. Podesta completed her psychiatry residency in at Louisiana State University before pursuing fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry at Tulane University. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Podesta became involved in actioning psychiatric care for underserved and disenfranchised populations, and was awarded the Gambit’s 40 Under 40 in 2009. Since then she has been an enthusiastic participant in the public sector as Medical Director of ACER and a consultant for the Orleans Criminal Court, Drug Court and Re-entry Services. Additionally, she maintains status as a consulting Addiction Medicine Specialist. Across all contexts and venues, Dr. Podesta’s primary focus has been and continues to be access to integrative mental health and addiction treatment, and rational prescribing practices. Dr. Podesta maintains an active role in the academic community as a clinical faculty for Tulane Psychiatry Residency, Louisiana State University Psychiatry Residency, and Tulane Addiction Medicine Fellowship. Her outstanding clinical and academic contributions to the field of medicine earned her a nomination for the role of President of the Louisiana chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine in 2017. In 2019 she was awarded the honor of Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. A renowned speaker, Dr. Podesta regularly travels to teach and speak on the topics of Addiction Medicine and Integrative Psychiatry. Since opening Podesta Psychiatry LLC in 2012, Dr. Podesta has been voted into the ranks of New Orleans Magazine’s Top Doctors on an annual basis. The Podesta Psychiatry team includes some of the best treatment providers in the Gulf Coast, and Podesta Psychiatry continues to evolve toward the multi-disciplinary collaborative model that embodies Dr. Podesta’s wellness model for whole health.

James Greenblatt, MD

Chief Medical Officer

A pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, James M. Greenblatt, MD, has treated patients since 1988. After receiving his medical degree and completing his psychiatry residency at George Washington University, Dr. Greenblatt completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School. Dr. Greenblatt currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer at Walden Behavioral Care in Waltham, MA and serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine and Dartmouth College Geisel School of Medicine. An acknowledged integrative medicine expert, educator, and author, Dr. Greenblatt has lectured internationally on the scientific evidence for nutritional interventions in psychiatry and mental illness. Through three decades of practice and research, Dr. Greenblatt has been a leading contributor to the revolution of patients and families seeking individualized care and offers evidence-based approaches toward nuanced and integrative recovery. In April of 2017, Dr. Greenblatt was inducted into the Orthomolecular Medicine Hall of Fame by the International Society of Orthomolecular Medicine, which has recognized significant contributors to science and medicine who operate from the perspective of biochemical individuality and nutrition-based therapies since 2004. Dr. Greenblatt shares this honor with recognized founders in the field of integrative medicine, beginning with the pioneers of nutritional psychiatry Abram Hoffer, Linus Pauling, and Roger Williams. His book series, Psychiatry Redefined, draws on his many years of experience and expertise in integrative medicine for psychiatry. Dr. Greenblatt’s knowledge in the areas of biology, genetics, psychology, and nutrition as they interact in the treatment of mental illness has made him a highly sought-after speaker at national and international conferences and workshops. He currently offers online courses for professionals as well as specialized fellowship programs in the functional medicine approaches to integrative psychiatry.

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Module 1

    • Module 1

    • FM Addiction_Module 1 HANDOUT

  • 2

    Module 2

    • Module 2

    • FM Addiction_Module 2 HANDOUT

  • 3

    Module 3

    • Module 3

    • FM Addiction_Module 3 HANDOUT

  • 4

    Module 4

    • Module 4

    • FIM Addiction_Module 4 HANDOUT

  • 5

    Module 5

    • Module 5

    • FM Addiction_Module 5 HANDOUT

  • 6

    Module 6

    • Module 6

    • FM Addiction_Module 6 HANDOUT

  • 7

    Module 7

    • Module 7

    • FM Addiction_Module 7 HANDOUT

  • 8

    Recommended Readings

    • Blum. 16. Neuronutrient amino acid therapy protects against Reward Deficiency Syndrome

    • El-Hadidy.15. Methylene tetra hydrofolate Reductase C677T Gene Polymorphism in Heroin Dependence

    • Ham.05. Psychiatric Implications of Nutritional Deficiencies in Alcoholism

    • Meckel.19. A potential role for the gut microbiome in substance use disorders

    • Milton.12.The persistence of maladaptive memory_Addiction, drug memories and anti-relapse treatments

    • Narasimha.19.Pellagra and Alcohol Dependence Syndrome_Findings From a Tertiary Care Addiction Treatment Centre in India

    • Pruimboom.15. The opioid effects of gluten exorphins_asymptomatic celiac disease

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    Course Bibliography

    • FIM ADDICTION_course bibliography