The Department of Psychiatry is pleased to announce the appointments of our Cheif Residents for General Program for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Ellen Amrock

Dr. Ellen Armock received her Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. She received her medical degree from McGovern Medical School at UT.


Katie Thrower



Dr. Katie Thrower is from Fultondale, AL.
She received her Bachelor of Science degree in
Biology and her medical degree from the University
of Alabama at Birmingham.


Please join us in congratulating Dr. Amrock and Dr. Thrower as they take on their new responsibilities with their academic training.
We are pleased to announce the following applicants have been matched for General Residency Match 2016 and will begin their training in July. Match 2016 Roster
Dr. Martinez 1The 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 Behavioural 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 BS in Biochemistry from St.Mary’s University and his MD from the University of Texas campus in San Antonio. In 2011, Dr. Martinez was matched into the general residency training program here at UAB and was then matched to stay at UAB in the Child and Adolescent training program in 2014. 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 of this fellowship program. 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 for his many accomplishments during training and welcoming him to the faculty. 

DoctorsTeaserImages d0829f22UAB Psychiatry is proud to announce that six faculty members were named in the 2015-2016 ‘Best Doctors’ list. The Best Doctors in America list includes the nation’s most respected specialists and primary care physicians. These are the doctors that other doctors recognize as the best in their fields. Choosing from thousands of the nation’s top physicians, six psychiatrists within the Department were included in this latest edition of the Best Doctors in America. Among these were Drs. Lee Ascherman, Jacqueline Feldman, Peter PenherskiSamuel Rubin, F. Cleveland Kinney, and Richard Shelton.

CropseysheltonPeter Lane HeadshotKaren Cropsey,Psy.D., Richard Shelton,M.D., Peter Lane,D.O., and Foster Cook, M.A., (not pictured) launched a crowdfunding platform earlier this spring which raised $11,500 to prevent opioid overdose deaths in the Birmingham area. The project will train 200 individuals at high risk for opioid overdose as well as 200 friends or family member to recognize signs of overdose and provides a naloxone kit that can reverse an overdose. Participants will be followed over the next six months to examine outcomes of training and distribution of the kits to determine if the kit was used, did the kit save a life, and did the person seek medical treatment and enter substance abuse treatment after the reversal. The project is open for enrollment. Please see the write-up of this project in The Mix: http://www.uab.edu/mix/stories/on-the-front-lines-of-the-heroin-epidemic-offering-a-lifesaving-treatment?+er201507321