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.

The UAB Department of Psychiatry held its Sixth Annual Research Symposium on April 24, 2012. The event included 51 posters presented in the categories of Clinical Division, Faculty/Staff, Psychiatry Resident and Research Trainee followed by three oral presentations.

Montgomery-Barefield-Laura Laura Montgomery-Barefield, M.D., Director of the General Psychiatry Residency Program

Laura Montgomery-Barefield, M.D., Director of the General Psychiatry Residency Program, is pleased to announce that the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) approved continued accreditation status for the General Resident, Geriatric, and Child/Adolescent Training Programs. The ACGME Residency Review Committee (RRC) examined the Specialist Site Visitor Representatives’ reports in April and approved continued accreditation status for all three programs. The General Residency and the Geriatric Fellowships received 5 years, and the Child/Adolescent Fellowship received 4 years. The department would like to thank all of the residents and faculty who helped make the site visits successful.

librarysignThe UAB Department of Psychiatry would like to thank Children’s of Alabama for their generous gift to establish our Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training library.  These funds will allow us to provide the best materials and most current teaching resources for our Child and Adolescent Psychiatry residents, in turn making their training experience even more valuable.   The library, located adjacent to the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency office, will include essential books, subscriptions and teaching tapes for the education of the modern child and adolescent psychiatrist.

The UAB Department of Psychiatry participated in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Out of the Darkness Walk for the 4th year in a row at Heardmont Park on November 6th, 2011. The Alabama Chapter of AFSP hosted several walks throughout the state this year with over $144,000 raised and more than 2,000 people participating. UAB Psychiatry had a great team this year with faculty, staff, residents, and family members participating. We want to thank all of those that participated in the walk and encourage everyone in the Alabama community to join us next year.