Dr. Martinez 1The UAB Department of Psychiatry is delighted to announce that Dr. Jesse "Tobias" Martinez has accepted the invitation to join the faculty of the UAB Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurobiology effective July,2016. He will be appointed as Assistant Professor and will hold the title Director of Psychiatric Consultation/Liaison and Emergency Services. His primary responsibilities will be largely at Children’s of Alabama, where he will split his time between outpatient and Consultation/ED patient care.  Dr. Martinez received his BS in Biochemistry from St.Mary’s University and his MD from the University of Texas campus in San Antonio. In 2011, Dr. Martinez was matched into the general residency training program here at UAB and was then matched to stay at UAB in the Child and Adolescent training program in 2014. Dr. Martinez is presently completing his Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship, where he has distinguished himself as a wonderful clinician, and currently serves as one of the Chief Residents of this fellowship program. In addition to his service as Chief Resident of the Child program, Dr. Martinez has been active in service areas, including leadership roles in our departmental Resident Association and serving on several committees within the department and at Children’s of Alabama.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Martinez for his many accomplishments during training and welcoming him to the faculty. 

DoctorsTeaserImages d0829f22UAB Psychiatry is proud to announce that six faculty members were named in the 2015-2016 ‘Best Doctors’ list. The Best Doctors in America list includes the nation’s most respected specialists and primary care physicians. These are the doctors that other doctors recognize as the best in their fields. Choosing from thousands of the nation’s top physicians, six psychiatrists within the Department were included in this latest edition of the Best Doctors in America. Among these were Drs. Lee Ascherman, Jacqueline Feldman, Peter PenherskiSamuel Rubin, F. Cleveland Kinney, and Richard Shelton.

CropseysheltonPeter Lane HeadshotKaren Cropsey,Psy.D., Richard Shelton,M.D., Peter Lane,D.O., and Foster Cook, M.A., (not pictured) launched a crowdfunding platform earlier this spring which raised $11,500 to prevent opioid overdose deaths in the Birmingham area. The project will train 200 individuals at high risk for opioid overdose as well as 200 friends or family member to recognize signs of overdose and provides a naloxone kit that can reverse an overdose. Participants will be followed over the next six months to examine outcomes of training and distribution of the kits to determine if the kit was used, did the kit save a life, and did the person seek medical treatment and enter substance abuse treatment after the reversal. The project is open for enrollment. Please see the write-up of this project in The Mix: http://www.uab.edu/mix/stories/on-the-front-lines-of-the-heroin-epidemic-offering-a-lifesaving-treatment?+er201507321
Steph"Our aim is to create the appropriate culture to provide nonjudgmental mental health care through awareness, training and education"        
-Stephanie Perry,
Administrative Manager of Psychiatric Clinics

A mental health and wellness clinic specifically for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning individuals will open Monday, July 20 at UAB Department of Psychiatry.

The mission of the UAB LGBTQ Mental Health and Wellness Clinic is to provide culturally competent outpatient psychopharmacology and therapy that is safe, supportive, and affirming for the LGBTQ community in Birmingham and surrounding areas. Additionally, the goal is to raise awareness of the unique mental health needs of this community and provide culturally sensitive training opportunities for health care professionals. Until now, there have been no formal comprehensive standards to help medical schools and health care organizations train providers in the health care needs of these patients. UAB, along with other medical schools in the country, has created curricula for all medical students in the care of LGBTQ patients. Larry McMillan, M.D., who will see adult and adolescent patients at the clinic, says "many LGBT people avoid seeking professional help out of fear of being marginalized or stigmatized." McMillan hopes the new clinic will be a welcoming environment where those who identify as LGBTQ will feel comfortable enough to seek assistance for their mental health needs.

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Yogesh Dwivedi 2013 insetYogesh Dwivedi, Ph.D., Elesabeth Ridgely Shook Endowed Professor and Director of Translational Research, UAB Mood Disorders Program, in the Department of Psychiatry has been awarded a five-year, $3.5 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Dwivedi is searching for a biomarker that will indicate the likelihood of a person’s attempting suicide. This grant will be used to follow up promising preliminary findings — that specific microRNAs (miRNAs) may be associated with suicide ideation. Congratulations to Dr. Dwivedi on being recognized for receiving this grant and for being acknowledged for his very exciting and valued research.

This story can be accessed at the following links:

http://www.uab.edu/medicine/news/latest/item/721-3-5-million-uab-grant-to-find-biomarkers-that-tell-likelihood-of-suicide and http://www.bizjournals.com/birmingham/news/2015/06/18/uab-receives-3-5m-grant-to-study-the-suicidality.html