Degree/Specialization:  PhD/Medical Psychology, UAB

Faculty Title:  Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care

Administrative Title:  Director, Dementia Care Research Program; Associate Director, Edward R. Roybal Center for Translational Research on Aging and Mobility

Internship:  Duke University School of Medicine, Medical Psychology

Post-Doctoral Residency/Fellowship:  Duke University School of Medicine, Behavioral Medicine; UAB Department of Neurology, Division of Neuropsychology

Certifications:  Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Primary Role/Patient Populations:  Clinical and epidemiological research with older adults who have risk factors for cognitive impairment and dementia

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