Recruitment-of-new-faculty-2013The Department of Psychiatry would like to announce the recruitment of four new faculty members: Drs. Cayce Paddock, Li Li, Ross Grimes, and Michelle Benjamin.  Drs. Paddock and Li will complete their residency training with us in June, and transition to the role of Assistant Professor. Dr. Grimes joined the Department in 2012 as a postdoctoral fellow, and now serves as the Clinical Director of the Department of Mental Health (DMH) Adolescent Inpatient Unit. Dr. Benjamin transitions to us from the Department of Neuropsychology as a postdoctoral fellowship with a focus on psychotherapy. It was also announced earlier this year that Drs. Taylor Preston and Nina Kraguljac have also agreed to join the Department upon completion of residency training in June 2013. Drs. Preston and Kraguljac have both served as Chief residents for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Meador-Woodruff-JamesDr. James Meador-Woodruff, Heman E. Drummond Professor and Chairman, has been named the recipient of the 2013 Research Mentorship Award of the American Psychiatric Association.  This award is presented annually to one academic psychiatrist who fosters the pursuit of trainee research within a university department.  Considerations for receiving this award include both direct mentorship of individual students and the promotion of novel research-oriented training activities within a department or residency training program. The American Psychiatric Association is the world’s largest psychiatric organization. It is a medical specialty society representing more than 33,000 psychiatric physicians from the United States and around the world.

Kerman-McCullumsmithDr. Robert McCullumsmith was recently elected to membership, and Dr. Illan Kerman was elected to associate membership at the annual meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) is a non-profit, professional society solely dedicated to the advancement of brain disorders including scientific understanding, prevention, and improvements in treatments. 

CPM1 270x20312-266x200UAB Psychiatry is proud to announce that seven faculty members were named to the annual ‘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, seven psychiatrists within the Department were included in this latest edition of the Best Doctors in America. Among these were Drs. Lee Ascherman, Jacqueline Feldman, James Meador-Woodruff, Samuel Rubin, Ray Thweatt, F. Cleveland Kinney, and Richard Shelton.

AFSP-2012-TeamOhotoThe UAB Department of Psychiatry participated in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Out of the Darkness Walk at Heardmont Park on November 4th, 2012. The Alabama Chapter of AFSP hosted several walks throughout the state this year with over $150,000 raised and more than 2,500 people participating.  UAB Psychiatry had a great team this year with faculty, staff, residents, and family members. We want to thank all of those that participated in the walk and encourage everyone in the Alabama community to join us next year.