nakazawa001The Department is delighted to announce the recruitment of Kazu Nakazawa, M.D., Ph.D., to the UAB Department of Psychiatry.  He currently serves as Chief of the Unit of the Genetics of Cognition and Behavior Department at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH/NIH), where he has worked for the past ten years.  Dr. Kazu received his medical degree and Ph.D. from Keio University in Tokyo, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the prestigious RIKEN institute in Japan. He next moved to the Picower Center for Learning and Memory at MIT where he was a postdoctoral fellow of Susumu Tonegawa.  He moved to NIH following these postdoctoral fellowships.  His research uses a number of cutting edge research techniques, and has focused on molecular substrates of learning and memory and most recently animal models of major psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia. His laboratory office will be located on 11th floor of the Shelby building. 

The Department welcomes Dr. Kazu to UAB Psychiatry.

Dr. James Meador-Woodruff Elected to Serve as Member of the ACNP Council

james meador woodruff webThe American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) has elected James H. Meador-Woodruff, MD, Heman E. Drummond Professor and Chair of the UAB Department of Psychiatry to a three year term as a member of its Council starting in December 2014 . The ACNP was founded in 1961 and is the nation's premier professional society in brain, behavior, and psychopharmacology research.  The ACNP promotes communication among a broad range of scientific disciplines of brain and behavior in order to increase our understanding of the causes of disorders of the nervous system.  Dr. Meador-Woodruff was elected to membership in the ACNP in 1995 and was promoted to fellow in 2002.  He served as the Editor in Chief of the ACNP journal Neuropsychopharmacology from 2007-2012. 

Aaron D. Fobian, Ph.D. joins UAB Psychiatry

Aarons headshot 2The UAB Department of Psychiatry is delighted to  announce the recruitment of Aaron D.  Fobian, PhD, as an assistant professor in the Division of Behavioral Neurobiology, Department of Psychiatry effective September 1, 2014.  Dr. Fobian was recruited from the UAB Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine where she is currently serving as a psychology postdoctoral fellow.   She received her BA in Psychology from Samford University in  2008, an MA in Clinical Psychology from UAB in 2010, and after completing her Clinical Internship at Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, she received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from UAB in 2013.  She is a well-trained, research-oriented psychologist who will divide her time between providing clinical care and teaching, and developing a research program.  Her major research interests include sleep, metabolism, and obesity in adolescents.