Picture121The UAB Department of Psychiatry is delighted to announce that Dr. Laurence McMillan has accepted the invitation to join the faculty of the UAB Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology, effective July 15, 2015. He will be appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. His clinical and teaching responsibilities will be largely at Children's of Alabama. Dr. McMillan is a graduate of Meharry School of Medicine, and completed his General Psychiatry Residency at UAB before transferring to the UAB Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is presently completing his final year of the fellowship, where he has distinguished himself as a wonderful clinician, and currently serves as one of our Chief Residents for the fellowship. Dr. McMillan volunteers in the community teaching children meditation skills.  Please join us in congratulating Dr. McMillan on this faculty appointment and welcoming him to the Department.
james meador woodruff webNature Publishing Group and the Schizophrenia International Research Society have partnered to publish a new scientific journal that focuses on schizophrenia, npj Schizophrenia.  Last fall, Dr. Meador-Woodruff was selected as the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of this new journal. npj Schizophrenia is an international, peer-reviewed journal that will publish high-quality original papers and review articles relevant to all aspects of schizophrenia and psychosis, from molecular and basic research through environmental or social research, to translational and treatment-related topics. npj Schizophrenia publishes papers on the broad psychosis spectrum including affective psychosis, bipolar disorder, the at-risk mental state, psychotic symptoms, and overlap between psychotic and other disorders.

This new journal was officially launched by Nature on March 4, 2015, and can be accessed at
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The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees appointed Jacqueline M. Feldman, M.D., Professor Emerita of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology in the UAB School of Medicine at its meeting last week. Dr. Feldman earned her medical degree in 1983 from the University of Texas Medical School of Houston. From 1991 – 2013, she served as director of the Division of Public Psychiatry, which houses the Mental Health Center for this area of the city. Dr. Feldman made this program a showpiece for the delivery of care to one of the most vulnerable populations of mentally ill patients that we serve, and opened the clinic as a critical component of both our education research portfolios. She held multiple positions in the Department of Psychiatry, and ended her career as Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs, a role she filled with great distinction. She continues to be engaged with the Department of Psychiatry at UAB, including clinical coverage and ongoing teaching activities. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Feldman on this distinguished appointment.
The UAB Department of Psychiatry is delighted to announce that Rachel E. Fargason, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, has been appointed to the role of Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs effective January 1, 2015.  In addition to her outstanding service as a clinician, educator, and clinical investigator, over the course of the last two years she has distinguished herself in several key administrative roles.  Initially assuming the role of Medical Director for Outpatient Psychiatry, she more recently became the faculty leader of the Medical Student Clinic held on Tuesday evenings.   She then began a transition into higher level clinical leadership and excelled in the role of Director of Psychiatric Clinical Services for the Department of Psychiatry.  We are pleased to recognize Dr. Fargason for her outstanding contributions to our myriad clinical missions and congratulate her on her most recent appointment as one of the departmental Vice Chairs.

Aarons headshot 2The UAB Department of Psychiatry is delighted to  announce the recruitment of Aaron D. Fobian, PhD, as an assistant professor in the Division of Behavioral Neurobiology, Department of Psychiatry effective September 1, 2014.  Dr. Fobian was recruited from the UAB Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine where she is currently serving as a psychology postdoctoral fellow.   She received her BA in Psychology from Samford University in  2008, an MA in Clinical Psychology from UAB in 2010, and after completing her Clinical Internship at Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, she received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from UAB in 2013.  She is a well-trained, research-oriented psychologist who will divide her time between providing clinical care and teaching, and developing a research program.  Her major research interests include sleep, metabolism, and obesity in adolescents.