Specialty: Psychiatric Social Work

Faculty Title: Assistant Professor

Administrative Title: Director of Assertive Community Treatment, Jail Diversion Project Director, REACT Team Leader

Education: M.S.W. in mental health social work, 1999 – University of Alabama School of Social Work

Internship: Alabama Department of Youth Services Psychological Associate Internship, 1998 ; UAB Community Psychiatry Program Psychiatric Social Work Internship, 1999

Certifications: Licensed Graduate Social Worker, 1999-2001 (Association of Social Work Boards, Intermediate Social Work, 1999) Licensed Certified Social Worker, 2001-present (Association of Social Work Boards, Clinical Social Work, 2001)

Diseases Treated: Psychosocial treatment of serious and persistent mental illnesses (e.g., schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder)

Pursuing innovative research, providing state-of-the-art treatment of psychiatric disorders, and training the next-generation of psychiatrists

The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is advancing the understanding of psychiatric disorders through an integrated approach of research, education, and patient care. Collaboration between laboratory research and clinical areas facilitate translational integration of research findings, with the goal of developing innovative and novel clinical interventions.


Advancing knowledge discovery in schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disorder, neurodegenerative disorders, substance abuse, and psychiatric disorders of childhood and the elderly


Developing future academic leaders, researched-focused clinical investigators and clinical psychiatrists through residency and fellowship training programs

Patient Care

 Providing state-of-the-art care through a 90-bed inpatient facilty, community-based clinics, and other patient focused programs