Email: Patricia.Rivera@va.gov

Degree Specialization: Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Florida State University; Geropsychology and caregiving

Hospital Affiliations: Birmingham VAMC

VA Title: Clinical Psychologist

Internship: Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System

Post-doctoral Fellowship: UAB Spain Rehabilitation Center; Rehabilitation Psychology

Primary Role/Patient Populations: Primary Care Mental Health Clinic, Behavioral specialist for the MOVE-weight management program and consultant for the employee diabetes education program.

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