Listed below are program faculty who are principally involved in mentoring Medical/Clinical Psychology Program students in their research and/or clinical training. This list is not all-inclusive; approximately 100 faculty from across UAB departments and beyond are contributing in various ways to the training of current students.

Department of Psychology

  • Mary Boggiano: Neurochemistry, endocrinology, and phenotypic assessment of binge-eating, obesity.
  • Fred Biasini: Developmental disabilities, early childhood development, autism spectrum disorders.
  • Edwin W. Cook III: Biological factors related to emotion, personality, mental disorders.
  • Olivio Clay: Health disparities, social support, caregiving.
  • Michael Crowe: Clinical geropsychology, cognitive decline and dementia risk factors.
  • Burel Goodin: Pain, behavioral medicine, neuroendocrine and immune function, sleep.
  • Ingrid Maria Hopkins: Developmental disabilities.
  • Rajesh Kana: Social and cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging, autism spectrum disorders.
  • Sylvie Mrug: Developmental psychopathology; childhood and adolescent ADHD, conduct problems, and substance use; peer relationships and peer influence; violence exposure; other risk and protective factors for adjustment problems.
  • Sarah O'Kelley: Cognitive, behavioral, and lifespan developmental characteristics of individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families; assessment methods and social skills interventions for ASD.
  • Christina Rodriguez: Parenting and child abuse risk.
  • David Schwebel: Unintentional injury prevention, especially in children.
  • Laura Stoppelbein: Developmental psychopathology.
  • Edward Taub: Rehabilitation, constraint-induced movement therapy, neuroimaging, stroke, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, translational research.
  • Zina Trost: Cognitive, emotional, behavioral and interpersonal aspects of pain and disability. Use of VR/gaming technologies to facilitate rehabilitation and positive coping
  • Diane Tucker: Palliative care, end of life issues, psycho-oncology, re-entry of returning veterans.
  • Bulent Turan: Negative social evaluation and hormone reactivity, HIV-related stigma, social support, effects of interpersonal processes on health.
  • Gitendra Uswatte: Application of behavioral principles to the rehabilitation of movement after neurological injury; study of human psychological strengths such as hope, kindness, and gratitude.
  • Jarred Younger: Treatment development for neuroinflammatory-related pain, fatigue, mood, and cognitive conditions.

School of Medicine

  • Kristin Avis, Department of Pediatrics: Sleep patterns and disruptions in children with chronic illness, developmental disabilities and psychiatric disorders; effects of sleep disturbance on maternal, fetal, child health and safety.
  • Laurence Bradley, Department of Medicine, Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology: Interactions among biological and psychosocial factors associated with abnormal pain sensitivity in persons with fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis of the knee, other chronic painful disorders.
  • Karen Cropsey, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology: Substance abuse and smoking cessation treatment in criminal justice populations.
  • Laura Dreer, Department of Opthalmology: Social cognitive and lifestyle factors in adjustment to chronic health conditions; development of health promotion and lifestyle interventions to improve health outcomes and adjustment.
  • Amy Knight, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: Rehabilitation psychology and neuropsychology; Assessment and therapy for patients with traumatic or complex medical events.
  • Avi Madan-Swain, Department of Pediatrics and Comprehensive Cancer Center, Division of Hematology-Oncology: Psychological and neuropsychological assessment of children diagnosed with cancer, brain tumors, childhood cancer survivors, sickle cell disease.
  • Daniel Marson, Department of Neurology: Capacity to consent to treatment and research in dementia; financial competency, law, and ethics in dementia; neuropsychology of Alzheimer's disease; forensic neuropsychology; autism.
  • Roy Martin, Department of Neurology: Adult neuropsychological assessment pre- and post-operative for epilepsy surgery, speech lateralization, non-epileptic seizures, outpatient psychotherapy for patients with epilepsy.
  • Thomas Novack, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: Recovery following traumatic brain injury.
  • Elizabeth Richardson, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: Chronic pain and behavioral medicine; spinal cord injury and other physical disabilities.
  • Jerzy Szaflarski, Department of Neurology: Epilepsy; neuroimaging.
  • A. Hal Thurstin, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology: Adults and geriatric patients including neuropsychological evaluations of medical/surgical candidates; treatment of depressive, personality, anxiety, and eating disorders.
  • Kristen Triebel, Department of Neurology: Adult/geriatric neuropsychology, neuropsychological evaluation, forensic neuropsychology; cognitive and functional abilities in mild cognitive impairment; Alzheimer’s disease; Parkinson’s disease; traumatic brain injury; brain cancer.
  • Virginia Wadley, Department of Medicine – Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care: Cognition, health, and everyday functioning of older adults.
  • Marion Wallace, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology: Factors that contribute to externalizing behaviors, particularly among minority populations. Self-perception variables as they relate to social consequences. Treatment and management of severe emotional and behavioral disturbances.

Department of Nutrition Sciences


Birmingham Veterans Administration Medical Center

  • Paul Blanton: Neuropsychological evaluation of patient with dementia, neurocognitive dysfunction secondary to mood and anxiety disorders, traumatic brain injury.
  • Kristine Lokken: Neuropsychology, traumatic brain injury, eating disorders.
  • Chebon Porter: Cognitive and psychological assessment; individual psychotherapy; consultation; blind rehabilitation.

Private/Community-based Practice

  • Joseph Ackerson: Pediatric traumatic brain injury, neuropsychology, epilepsy, demyelinating disorders, genetic disorders, executive dysfunction.
  • Leanne Cianfrini: Chronic pain and behavioral medicine.