send silence packing2UAB Department of Psychiatry participated in the Send Silence Packing event that came through Birmingham for the first time on October 29, 2012. This was the first Send Silence Packing event to come through the South, and is sponsored by the UAB Active Minds Chapter. 1,100 backpacks were laid out across the campus green, each backpack symbolizing a college-aged student who completes suicide each year. A.T. Helix is the founder and president of the UAB Active Minds Chapter. She is an undergraduate and researcher in the laboratory of Dr. James Meador-Woodruff, Heman E. Drummond Professor & Chairman for the UAB Department of Psychiatry.

Preston-TaylorUAB Psychiatry would like to announce the recruitment of Taylor Preston, M.D., as an Assistant Professor when he completes his residency training with us in June 2013.  Dr. Preston currently serves as one of our departmental Chief Residents, and is a life-long resident of Birmingham. Dr. Preston received his medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine and his undergraduate degree in Biology from Birmingham-Southern College. 

Tenure-Promotions

The UAB Department of Psychiatry promotion and tenure decisions have been finalized for the year. Four members of our faculty received well-deserved recognition. Tolulope Aduroja, M.D., Ph.D., has been promoted to Associate Professor. Robert McCullumsmith, M.D., Ph.D., has been promoted to Associate Professor and received the award of tenure. Karen Cropsey, Psy. D., and Adrienne Lahti, M.D., both received the award of tenure.

Our Departmental Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure committee is chaired by Nathan Smith, M.D., Professor, and Vice Chairman for the Department of Psychiatry, and is staffed by Suzanne Allen, assistant to the Vice Chair for Education and Training.

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.

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.