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. Jacqueline Feldman Appointed Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry

 feldman ed 114x160  The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees appointed Jacqueline M. Feldman, M.D., Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology. Dr. Feldman earned her medical degree in 1983 from the University of Texas Medical School of Houston. From 1991 – 2013, she served as director of the Division of Public Psychiatry, which houses the Mental Health Center for this area of the city. Dr. Feldman made this program a showpiece for the delivery of care to one of the most vulnerable populations of mentally ill patients that we serve, and opened the clinic as a critical component of both our education research portfolios. She held multiple positions in the Department of Psychiatry, and ended her career as Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs, a role she filled with great distinction. She continues to be engaged with the Department of Psychiatry at UAB, including clinical coverage and ongoing teaching activities. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Feldman on this distinguished appointment.  


Dr. Rachel Fargason Appointed Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, Department of Psychiatry

2013319815400.Fargason-Rachel-web The UAB Department of Psychiatry is delighted to announce that Rachel E. Fargason, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, has been appointed to the role of Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs effective January 1, 2015.  In addition to her outstanding service as a clinician, educator, and clinical investigator, over the course of the last two years she has distinguished herself in several key administrative roles.  Initially assuming the role of Medical Director for Outpatient Psychiatry, she more recently became the faculty leader of the Medical Student Clinic held on Tuesday evenings. She then began a transition into higher level clinical leadership and excelled in the role of Director of Psychiatric Clinical Services for the Department of Psychiatry.  We are pleased to recognize Dr. Fargason for her outstanding contributions to our myriad clinical missions and congratulate her on her most recent appointment as one of the departmental Vice Chairs.