The Department of Psychiatry is pleased to announce the appointments of our Cheif Residents for General Program for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Ellen Amrock

Dr. Ellen Armock received her Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. She received her medical degree from McGovern Medical School at UT.


Katie Thrower



Dr. Katie Thrower is from Fultondale, AL.
She received her Bachelor of Science degree in
Biology and her medical degree from the University
of Alabama at Birmingham.


Please join us in congratulating Dr. Amrock and Dr. Thrower as they take on their new responsibilities with their academic training.
We are pleased to announce the following applicants have been matched for General Residency Match 2016 and will begin their training in July. Match 2016 Roster

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.

For more information on this story follow the link provided below:
http://www.uab.edu/news/service/item/6290-uab-to-open-mental-health-and-wellness-clinic-for-lgbtq-community