The Department of Psychiatry would like to announce the recruitment of Merida Grant, Ph.D., as an Assistant Professor effective January 1, 2012.
Dr. Grant comes to us from the Department of Psychology at Vanderbilt University. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Temple University, followed by her M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from Duke University. She pursued postdoctoral training at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at Pittsburgh, where her work focused on the psychology and biology of recovery from depression. This helped to solidify her interests at the interface of neurobiology and cognitive psychology of mood. Thereafter, she took an academic appointment in the Psychology Department at the University of Nebraska, and then subsequently entered the faculty in the Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology at Vanderbilt University. She was the recipient on an NIH K01 career development award entitled “MRI Studies of Stress and Cognitive Control in MDD.” Dr. Grant’s work currently focuses on the effects of the anterior cingulate in the cognitive control of mood and negative cognitions. She has integrated several diverse fields in the pursuit of her research, including cognitive and emotional psychology, neuroendocrinology, and functional brain imaging. Her research interests involve information processing relative to depressive disorders. In particular, she has an active research program on fMRI imaging relative to cognitive reappraisal, focusing on anterior cingulate. Dr. Grant joins us as one of our first new patient research-oriented faculty members in our UAB Mood Disorders Program that will be under the oversight of Dr. Shelton when he joins us in early February. She also will provide a modest amount of clinical service as a Clinical Psychologist. Dr. Grant will be a strong and welcomed addition to our department.