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.

Jesse "Tobias" Martinez, M.D., Joins UAB Psychiatry

 Dr. Martinez 1 The UAB Department of Psychiatry is delighted to announce that Dr. Jesse "Tobias" Martinez has accepted the invitation to join the faculty of the UAB Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology effective July, 2016. He will be appointed as Assistant Professor and will hold the title Director of Psychiatric Consultation/Liaison and Emergency Services. His primary responsibilities will be largely at Children’s of Alabama, where he will split his time between outpatient and Consultation/ED patient care. Dr. Martinez received his MD from the University of Texas campus in San Antonio and then came to UAB where he completed his General Psychiatry Residency before transferring to the UAB Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Martinez is presently completing his Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship, where he has distinguished himself as a wonderful clinician, and currently serves as one of the Chief Residents. In addition to his service as Chief Resident of the Child program, Dr. Martinez has been active in service areas, including leadership roles in our departmental Resident Association and serving on several committees within the department and at Children’s of Alabama.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Martinez on his faculty appointment and welcoming him to the Department.

UAB Department of Psychiatry opens mental health and wellness clinic for LGBTQ community

StephStephanie Perry, Administrative Manager of Psychiatric Clinics A mental health and wellness clinic specifically for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning individuals will open Monday, July 20 at UAB. The mission of the UAB LGBTQ Mental Health and Wellness Clinic is to provide culturally competent outpatient psychopharmacology and therapy that is safe, supportive, and affirming for the LGBTQ community in Birmingham and surrounding areas. Additionally, the goal is to raise awareness of the unique mental health needs of this community and provide culturally sensitive training opportunities for health care professionals. "We want to increase the knowledge and trust between LGBTQ patients and their medical providers", said Stephanie Perry, Administrative Manager of Psychiatric Clinics. Larry McMillan, M.D., who will see patients at the clinic, hopes the new clinic will be a welcoming environment where those who identify as LGBTQ will feel comfortable enough to seek assistance for their mental health needs.

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http://www.uab.edu/news/service/item/6290-uab-to-open-mental-health-and-wellness-clinic-for-lgbtq-community