Justin ThomasJustin Thomas, Ph.D. joined the faculty of the UAB Department of Psychiatry as an Assistant Professor in July 2017. Dr. Thomas received BS degrees in both Biology and Psychology from UAB, and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Alabama.  After his Ph.D. was awarded, he was a postdoctoral fellow at UAB in the Hypertension Research Center in the Department of Epidemiology.  His clinical and research interests focus on sleep and sleep disorders.  He will have an outpatient psychology practice in UAB Psychiatry primarily focused on sleep related issues, including using CBT for Insomnia (CBT-I) as a treatment modality. His research interests also are related to understanding sleep disorders.  He brings to UAB Psychiatry much needed expertise on sleep disorders, and is a welcome addition to the faculty of the department.
lahti nina UAB Psychiatry faculty members Adrienne Lahti,(left) M.D. and Nina Kraguljac, M.D. (right)received the 2017 Kempf Fund Award for Research Development in Psychobiological Psychiatry at the annual meeting  of the American Psychiatric Association in San Diego in May 2017. This prestigious prize honors research excellence in the physiological, psychological, and/or sociological causes and treatment for schizophrenia. This award recognizes a senior researcher who has made significant contributions to research on the causes and treatment of schizophrenia as both a researcher and a mentor, as well as an outstanding junior research psychiatrist working in a mentor-trainee relationship with the senior recipient of this award.  Dr. Lahti was singled out for her contributions and exceptional achievements in schizophrenia research and mentorship of early career psychiatrists. The award selection committee recognized Dr. Kraguljac’s excellence in schizophrenia research as an early career psychiatrist. This is an important award in schizophrenia research, and a well-deserved honor for these two outstanding members of the UAB Department of Psychiatry.
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. 

Dr. Martinez 1 2The 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.

Gamble KarenThe UAB Department of Psychiatry is delighted to announce the appointment of Karen Gamble, Ph.D. to the Tate Jordan Thomas Professorship in Psychiatric Medicine. Dr. Gamble is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, recruited to UAB from Vanderbilt in 2009. She leads an outstanding research program and has been a leader in translational neuroscience, especially as it relates to psychiatric illnesses. Dr. Gamble's research focuses on chronobiology, regulation of which is disrupted in a number of psychiatric disorders including depression, schizophrenia, and ADHD, and is artifically dysregulated in shift-workers. This is a singular honor for Dr. Gamble, and is well-deserved recognition of her outstanding researach.

Ellen Amrock 2The Department of Psychiatry is pleased to announce the appointments of our Cheif Residents for General Program for the 2016-2017 academic year.

We are pleased to announce the following applicants have been matched for General Residency Match 2016 and will begin their training in July.

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 Penherski, Samuel Rubin, F.Cleveland Kinney, and Richard Shelton.

Steph"Our aim is to create the appropriate culture to provide nonjudgmental mental health care through awareness, training and education"        
-Stephanie 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, 2016 at UAB Department of Psychiatry.

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. Until now, there have been no formal comprehensive standards to help medical schools and health care organizations train providers in the health care needs of these patients. UAB, along with other medical schools in the country, has created curricula for all medical students in the care of LGBTQ patients. Larry McMillan, M.D., who will see adult and adolescent patients at the clinic, says "many LGBT people avoid seeking professional help out of fear of being marginalized or stigmatized." McMillan 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.

For more information on this story follow the link provided below:
http://www.uab.edu/news/service/item/6290-uab-to-open-mental-health-and-wellness-clinic-for-lgbtq-community
Yogesh Dwivedi 2013 insetYogesh Dwivedi, Ph.D., Elesabeth Ridgely Shook Endowed Professor and Director of Translational Research, UAB Mood Disorders Program, in the Department of Psychiatry has been awarded a five-year, $3.5 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Dwivedi is searching for a biomarker that will indicate the likelihood of a person’s attempting suicide. This grant will be used to follow up promising preliminary findings — that specific microRNAs (miRNAs) may be associated with suicide ideation. Congratulations to Dr. Dwivedi on being recognized for receiving this grant and for being acknowledged for his very exciting and valued research.

This story can be accessed at the following links:

http://www.uab.edu/medicine/news/latest/item/721-3-5-million-uab-grant-to-find-biomarkers-that-tell-likelihood-of-suicide and http://www.bizjournals.com/birmingham/news/2015/06/18/uab-receives-3-5m-grant-to-study-the-suicidality.html