Left to Right: Dr. Bates Redwine, Dr. Cheryl McCullumsmith, and Dr. Rob McCullumsmith

Recently, the Department of Psychiatry began a process of reorganization to bring its clinical mission into better alignment with the UAB Health System.  Historically, the Department has had an Adult Psychiatry Division, defined by the age of patients rather than location or type of clinical services provided and included the 47 adult inpatient beds in the Center for Psychiatric Medicine and outpatient clinics for adult patients located both in the Center for Psychiatric Medicine and our Callahan Eye Foundation Outpatient Programs.

Effective July 1, the 47 inpatient beds have been absorbed into our Division of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, which historically has covered our psychiatric services in the UAB Emergency Department as well as consultative services for patients in University Hospital and various non-psychiatric specialty programs across UAB. This consolidation of the department’s adult inpatient beds, emergency and consultative services will bring the department into far better alignment with the Health System/Hospitals, and will be designated as our new Hospital Division.  Dr. Cheryl McCullumsmith will serve as the director of this new division. The adult outpatient clinics will be consolidated into a new Adult Ambulatory Division, and will be under the leadership of Dr. Rob McCullumsmith.

This year has been another successful year for the Department of Psychiatry Residency Training Program.  Seven new residents  joined the department in June. The new residents are Hong Chai from Zhejiang Medical University, China; Stephen Brackett from the University of Alabama School of Medicine; Megan Browder from East Tennessee State University; Iga Lentowicz from Akademia Medyczna Bialystock, Poland; Jesse Martinez from The University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio; Parvathy Nair from Lady Hardinge Medical College, India and Lauren O’Connor from Northwestern University, Chicago.

The Department of Psychiatry held its annual Graduation Banquet and Awards Ceremony on the evening of Friday, June 17th at The Historic Cahaba Pumping Station Museum in Birmingham with dinner catered by The Fish Market. The event was one of the most well-attended in recent memory, with more than 100 people participating in the evening’s festivities. Dr. Laura Montgomery-Barefield, the department’s Residency Training Director, hosted the presentation of awards, the recipients of which are listed below.

McCullumsmith-CherylDr. Cheryl McCullumsmith, Director for the Division of Consult Liaison Psychiatry, has been featured frequently on local news broadcasts discussing coping strategies and normal behavior after the tragedy of the April tornadoes. On Monday, May 9th she was the featured doctor on “Ask the Doctor”-a weekly news segment of the Fox 6 mid-day news. Dr. McCullumsmith answered questions from callers on when to seek mental health care after a stressful situation like the one caused by the tornadoes in April. Through her role as Director of Psychiatric Emergency Services at UAB, Dr. McCullumsmith played a pivotal role in the UAB Emergency Room hours after the tornadoes hit our area.

Dickens-AndreaAndrea Dickens, M.D. is joining the UAB Department of Psychiatry as an assistant professor and Associate Training Director for the general psychiatry residency, upon the completion of her residency in June. Dr. Dickens completed her psychiatry residency with the UAB Department of Psychiatry where she has served as chief resident this past year.  She completed her undergraduate education in Biology from Arkansas Tech University and received her medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Dr. Dickens will be joining the Consult Liaison Division and will focus on Emergency Psychiatry in the UAB Emergency Department. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Dickens to the faculty. She will be a great asset to the patients in the Emergency Department as well as to our department.