20141217100400 Karen Cropsey 520websiteThe University of Alabama System Board of Trustees at their most recent meeting approved the appointment of Dr. Karen Cropsey as the inaugural holder of the Vivian Conatser Turner Endowed Professorship in Psychiatry. Dr. Cropsey joined the faculty of UAB Psychiatry nearly ten years ago. She received her Psy.D. from Indiana State, and pursued postdoctoral training at Mississippi State and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She was recruited to UAB from a faculty position at VCU in 2007, and she has been with UAB since, primarily as a researcher but also with meaningful roles in Department of Psychiatry clinics and education activities. Karen's research focuses on addiction and substance abuse in vulnerable population, especially in the criminal justice system and those with HIV/AIDS, and in comorbid psychiatric conditions such as depression. She has studied multiple drugs of abuse, including alcohol, nicotine, and opiates. She has been exceptionally well-funded and extensively published over her career. After an extensive national search for a holder of this newly established Endowed Professorship in the Department of Psychiatry, she emerged as an ideal candidate given her extensive research credentials, passion for understanding and treating substance abuse in these most at risk populations, and her interest in the interface of addiction and depression.