The Department of Psychiatry welcomes Jacinda C. Hammel, Ph.D. as Assistant Professor and program co-director for the AIMHS Center for Excellence. Her research focuses on mental health services and her clinical foci include outpatient therapy with adults. She is a member of the UAB Psychology and Internship Training Consortium and will be providing psychotherapy supervision for psychiatry residents.
Dr. Hammel received her first undergraduate degree in Business and Accounting in 1994. In 2001 she received her second Bachelor of Science degree (cum Laude) in psychology from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Her graduate work was completed at Auburn University in 2004 (MS) and 2006 (PhD), where she worked with Dr. F. Dudley McGlynn studying anxiety disorders. Her specific interests were that of “autonomic activity in generalized anxiety disorder: Sympathetic and parasympathetic activity during worry exposure and decatastrophizing.” Thereafter, she completed her dissertation entitled “Meta-worry and Generalized Anxiety Disorder.” As a clinical psychology intern at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center in North Carolina, Dr. Hammel provided therapeutic, assessment and consultation services in a medical setting. Some of those services included mental health, infectious disease, inpatient psychiatry, rehabilitation and medical consultation. She also has extensive teaching and training experience in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, suicide and self-injury prevention, social psychology, behavior therapy, abnormal psychology and lifespan development.
Dr. Hammel’s clinical experience includes private practice and working with the Youth Services Institute of the University of Alabama and the State of Alabama Department of Youth Services. Her duties included working with incarcerated adolescent females, program/policy development, design and oversight of research, and supervision of clinical staff. Dr. Hammel is currently a co-investigator with the program. She is a member of professional organizations
including the American Psychological Association and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Hammel to the Department.