Nina Kraguljac, M.D., Joins UAB Psychiatry

Kragaljac-NinaThe Department of Psychiatry would like to announce the recruitment of Nina Kraguljac, M.D., as an Assistant Professor when she completes her residency training with us in June 2013. A native from Austria, Dr. Kraguljac received her medical degree from Paracelsus Private Medical University in Salzburg, and worked as a research assistant with the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Kraguljac has distinguished herself as an excellent clinician, teacher, translational clinician-investigator, and currently serves as one of our departmental Chief Residents. She has focused her research efforts on In vino imaging in psychosis, and will continue to spend her time on the advancement of psychosis imaging research. Dr. Kraguljac will be an outstanding addition to our faculty, as well as the UAB-wide Neuroimaging group.

Dr. Jacqueline Feldman Named Medical Director for the Center for Psychiatric Medicine

Feldman-JacquelineJackie Feldman, M.D.,Patrick H. Linton Professor and Division Director of Public Psychiatry at UAB, will assume the role of Medical Director for the Center for Psychiatric Medicine.  Dr. Feldman has served for many years as the Division Director for our Public Psychiatry sector, and recently as our Vice-Chair for Clinical Affairs.  She is a talented clinician and a passionate advocate for patients with a severe mental illness. Dr. Feldman will be assuming the role of Medical Director from Dr. Rayford Thweatt.

Dr. Jacqueline Feldman: Co-editor of the Recently Published Book, titled Handbook of Community Psychiatry

Feldman-JacquelineJacqueline Feldman, M.D., Patrick H. Linton Professor and Division Director of Public Psychiatry at UAB, co-edited a comprehensive reference text with Drs. Hunter McQuistion, Wes Sowers, and Jules Ranz. The book is titled Handbook of Community Psychiatry and was just published by Springer Publishers. It presents the organizational structure for community psychiatry and reflects the rapid changes in this field, providing basic and specialized information in areas such as epidemiology, recovery, person-centered planning and care, innovations in practice, and treatment of special populations. Dr. Feldman also authored several chapters of the book. Available formats are Hardcover, ISBN 978-1-4614-3148-0 and eBook, ISBN 978-1-4614-3149-7.

Robert Savage, M.D. , Professor and Clinical Director of the Division of Public Psychiatry andPatricia Cornett, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Department of Psychiatry, co-authored one of the book chapters entitled Program Evaluation and Quality Management, and William Ryan, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor Department of Psychiatry, co-authored a chapter entitled Veterans and War.

One Man’s Road to Success: Overcoming Depression When Antidepressants Fail

Redwine-BatesIn a recent WBHM article, Shilpa Reddy skillfully reports on Bryan Olson’s 20 year battle with depression and struggle to overcome it. Olson attributes his success to a cutting edge treatment for depression, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). The treatment is a non-invasive therapy for depression using highly concentrated, pulsating, magnetic fields to stimulate function in targeted areas of the brain. For further details, please refer to Using Magnets to Treat Depression

Dr. Bates Redwine is the Director of the TMS program at UAB. To determine if TMS Therapy, may be right for you, contact our office to schedule an appointment with a physician on our ACCESS line:(205) 934-7008 or 1-800-782-1133.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s First Episode Schizophrenia Clinic Opens

Lahti-Adrienne Adrienne Lahti, M.D., Professor & Division Director of Behavioral Neurobiology

The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s First Episode Schizophrenia Clinic was recently established to provide a comprehensive response to treat teen patients after first diagnosis. Early diagnosis and intervention facilitates prompt treatment, accelerated recovery, preservation of psychosocial skills, and decreased risk of relapse.

The services offered are interdisciplinary, recovery driven, and individually tailored to support the needs of the patient. Services may include assessment, monitoring symptoms and recovery progress, medication management, and individualized treatment and educational plans focused on promoting family involvement and emotional support, as well as guidance to aid in the recovery process.