yogesh dwivediThe Department is delighted to announce the recruitment of Dr. Yogesh Dwivedi to the Department of Psychiatry effective August 16, 2013. He will join the Departmental Mood Disorders Program as Director of Translational Neuroscience. He will be Professor of Psychiatry, and pending approval of the UA Board of Trustees will be the inaugural holder of the department’s Elesabeth Ridgely Shook Endowed Chair. Dr. Dwivedi earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Allahabad and his Ph.D. From the Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, India in biochemistry. He then served as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Illinois State Psychiatric Institute and the University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC), after which he entered the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at UIC in 1994. Dr. Dwivedi rose through the ranks and became a Professor with tenure in the Departments of Psychiatry and Pharmacology at UIC in 2011.  Dr. Dwivedi is internationally recognized as an expert in the molecular biology of mood disorders and suicide. His current research examines the roles of neurotransmitter receptors, cytokines, neurotrophins, cellular signaling, and neural plasticity in depression and suicide risk using gene expression, RNA sequencing, microRNAs, and epigenetic approaches. 

Dr. Dwivedi has received a number of awards and honors, including the Rafaelson Fellowship Award of the Collegium Internationale Neuropsychopharmacologicum in 2000, a Young Investigator Award from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in 2001, and the Young Investigator Colloquium Award, International Society for Neurochemistry in 2003 and 2005. He served as member of the International Association of Suicide Prevention Task Force- Genetics and Neurobiology of Suicide in 2009, served as a Topic Expert, National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (NAASP) Research Task Force in 2012, and he has been on the Scientific Advisory Board, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention since 2009. He also serves on the NPAS Review Committee for the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). He has had many grants as principal or co-investigator from the NIMH, the Stanley Foundation, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. He has had 95 peer reviewed publications, 13 book chapters, and he has edited a book entitled, The Neurobiological Basis of Suicide.

He brings a strong program of translational laboratory research to the Department’s rapidly growing Mood Disorders Program which was created in early 2012 under the leadership of Dr. Richard Shelton, the Charles B. Ireland Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Psychiatry. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Dwivedi to the Department and UAB. Please join the Department in welcoming Dr. Dwivedi. 

Irena Bukelis, M.D., Joins UAB Psychiatry

 irena 3 The UAB Department of Psychiatry is delighted to announce that Dr. Irena Bukelis has accepted the invitation to join the faculty of the UAB Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology, 2015. She will be appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Bukelis’s clinical and teaching responsibilities will be largely at Children's of Alabama. Dr. Bukelis is a graduate of Kaunas University of Medicine in Kaunas, Lithuania. She subsequently spent a number of years as a Center and Research Coordinator at the Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins Medical Center. Dr. Bukelis then came to UAB where she completed her General Psychiatry Residency before transferring to the UAB Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is presently completing her final year of the fellowship, where she has distinguished herself as a wonderful clinician, and currently serves as one of our Chief Residents for the fellowship. In Baltimore Dr. Bukelis was very involved in research related to autism. Most recently she has helped steward the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s QI projects related to atypical antipsychotic use in children and adolescents.

Laurence McMillan, M.D., Joins UAB Psychiatry

 Picture121 The UAB Department of Psychiatry is delighted to announce that Dr. Laurence McMillan has accepted the invitation to join the faculty of the UAB Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology, effective July 15, 2015. He will be appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. His clinical and teaching responsibilities will be largely at Children's of Alabama. Dr. McMillan is a graduate of Meharry School of Medicine, and completed his General Psychiatry Residency at UAB before transferring to the UAB Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is presently completing his final year of the fellowship, where he has distinguished himself as a wonderful clinician, and currently serves as one of our Chief Residents for the fellowship. Dr. McMillan volunteers in the community teaching children meditation skills.