UAB Psychiatry Supports AFSP in Out of the Darkness WalkThe UAB Department of Psychiatry participated in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Out of the Darkness Walk at Heardmont Park on November 3rd, 2013. The Alabama Chapter of AFSP hosted several walks throughout the state this year with over $160,000 raised and nearly 2,500 people participating. UAB Psychiatry had a great team with over 40 registered participants including faculty, staff, residents, and family members. The Department was ranked 6th out of 101 teams in fundraising efforts and registered participants.
Richard Powers, M.D., Named Medical Director for Outpatient ServicesI am delighted to announce that Dr. Richard Powers has been named as the new medical director for outpatient services, with oversight of all outpatient operations in both the EFH and CPM clinics. He returned to UAB as an outpatient psychiatrist with the Department after having retired from UAB several years ago, followed by service at the Tuscaloosa VA. He has also served as the Medical Director for the Alabama Department of Mental Health, a role in which he was of considerable influence and support as the Department sought funds to expand residency programs. He is truly multifaceted and talented, trained as both a neuropathologist and a geriatric psychiatrist.
Kazu Nakazawa, M.D., Ph.D., Joins UAB PsychiatryThe Department is delighted to announce the recruitment of Kazu Nakazawa, M.D., Ph.D., to the UAB Department of Psychiatry. He currently serves as Chief of the Unit of the Genetics of Cognition and Behavior Department at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH/NIH), where he has worked for the past ten years. Dr. Kazu received his medical degree and Ph.D. from Keio University in Tokyo, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the prestigious RIKEN institute in Japan.
Yogesh Dwivedi, PhD, Joins UAB PsychiatryThe Department is delighted to announce the recruitment of Dr. Yogesh Dwivedi to the Department of Psychiatry effective August 16, 2013. He will join the Departmental Mood Disorders Program as Director of Translational Neuroscience. He will be Professor of Psychiatry, and pending approval of the UA Board of Trustees will be the inaugural holder of the department’s Elesabeth Ridgely Shook Endowed Chair. Dr. Dwivedi earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Allahabad and his Ph.D. From the Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, India in biochemistry. He then served as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Illinois State Psychiatric Institute and the University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC), after which he entered the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at UIC in 1994. Dr. Dwivedi rose through the ranks and became a Professor with tenure in the Departments of Psychiatry and Pharmacology at UIC in 2011. Dr. Dwivedi is internationally recognized as an expert in the molecular biology of mood disorders and suicide. His current research examines the roles of neurotransmitter receptors, cytokines, neurotrophins, cellular signaling, and neural plasticity in depression and suicide risk using gene expression, RNA sequencing, microRNAs, and epigenetic approaches.
Brendan Clark, Ph.D, Joins UAB Psychiatry
The Department is pleased to announce that Brendan Clark, Ph.D. will be joining the UAB Department of Psychiatry as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Behavioral Neurobiology in August 2013. Dr. Clark came to UAB in September of 2010 following the completion of his training at the University of Southern Mississippi. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and completed his clinical internship at the VA Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System in Biloxi, Mississippi. Dr. Clark is currently in the process of completing a research fellowship with a focus on addiction. His primary focus will be the development of a new, extramurally-funded line of patient-based research in the Department with research interests in behavioral economics and cooperative behavior.