Shelton-RichardRichard Shelton, M.D., to the Charles Byron Ireland Chair of Psychiatric Research during its meeting February 3, 2012. Dr. Shelton joined the Department of Psychiatry as a Professor and Vice Chair for Research on February 1, 2012. He comes to UAB from Vanderbilt University where he served as Vice Chair for Research and Chief of the Mood Disorders Program. Dr. Shelton is internationally respected for his many contributions to advance the understanding of depression and is at the forefront of developing novel and innovative treatment approaches for mood disorders, especially depression.

The Department of Psychiatry would like to announce the recruitment of Merida Grant, Ph.D., as an Assistant Professor effective January 1, 2012.

Feldman-JacquelineJacqueline Feldman, M.D., the Patrick H. Linton Professor in the UAB Department of Psychiatry, has been appointed as the Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs. Dr. Feldman has served for a number of years as the Director of the UAB Division of Public Psychiatry which serves as the umbrella for both the UAB Mental Health Center and Beacon Parkway Substance Abuse programs. Dr. Feldman has distinguished herself as a tireless and passionate advocate for all of the patients the Department serves, especially the most vulnerable with severe mental illness. She is particularly well connected and respected in the community, which will serve the Department well as it takes the next steps in partnership with UAB Medicine and state and local government and other partners to move even closer to a true system of care for patients cared for throughout the state and community.

Rubin-SamuelThe American Psychoanalytic Association recently presented the Edith Sabshin Award for Excellence in Teaching to Dr. Sam Rubin. This mark of distinction is given in recognition of excellence in teaching psychoanalytic concepts to students other than psychoanalytic candidates. Congratulations to Dr. Rubin for receiving this distinguished honor.

McCullumsmith-CherylDr. Cheryl McCullumsmith was recently elected to serve as President of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Alabama Chapter, following Dr. Dan Dahl who previously held this office. The AFSP is the leading national non-profit organization solely dedicated to advancing the understanding and prevention of suicide through education, scientific research, and advocacy.