New Chief Residents for 2011-2012

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The Department of Psychiatry would like to announce that the following residents have been appointed Chief Residents for the 2011-2012 academic year.  They are Dr. Rachel Pope, Dr. Nathan Hansen and Dr. Roger Ridgeway.

Dr. Pope is from Marietta, Georgia.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Samford University and she received her medical degree from Mercer University School of Medicine.  Her Psychiatry interests are in Geriatrics and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Dr. Ridgeway is from Pass Christian, Mississippi.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Troy Univeristy and he received his medical degree from St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine.  His Psychiatry interests are in Consultation Psychiatry and Addiction.

Dr. Hansen is from Auburn, Alabama.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Duke University and completed a Masters of Science at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  Dr. Hansen received his medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  His Psychiatry interests are in Adult Psychiatry and in the genetics of mental illness.

Please join us in congratulating these individuals as they take on their new responsibilities with their academic training.

Patricia Cornett, Ph.D. Joins UAB Psychiatry

Patricia-CornettPatricia Cornett, Ph.D has joined the UAB Department of Psychiatry as an instructor fellow.  Dr. Cornett is certified as a Psychologist and Psychological Associate.  She will work in the Adult Division with a focus on Alzheimer’s research.  Dr. Cornett also has research interests in depression, financial capacity and decision-making capacity in older patients with and without cognitive impairment.  Other interests are in the ethical treatment of elderly persons, especially those with compromised cognitive abilities.  Dr. Cornett has a B.S. in psychology with a minor in criminal justice from Tarleton State University.  She has a master’s degree in psychology from the University of North Texas.  Dr. Cornett finished her training with a Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine from the University of North Texas.  The UAB Department of Psychiatry would like to welcome Dr. Cornett to the faculty.  Her service in the Adult Division will be invaluable to the patients she assists.

Dr. Lee Ascherman receives UAB President’s Diversity Award

On January 25th, 2011 Lee Ascherman, M.D. received the 2011 UAB President’s Diversity Award for a Faculty Member from President Garrison at the annual Diversity Banquet. Dr. Ascherman received this honor for his tireless efforts to promote diversity in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and throughout the entire department, and his exemplary track record of recruiting, training, and retaining one of the most ethnically and racially diverse groups in the entire university.


Dr. Cheryl McCullumsmith receives HSF funding

McCullumsmith-CherylCongratulations to Dr. Cheryl McCullumsmith on the recent funding by the Health Services Foundation (HSF) General Endowment Fund of $200,000 for her multidisciplinary and cross-department project entitled “Screening and Brief Treatment for Substance Use Disorders in the Emergency Department.” This project starts March 2011.

Dr. Dahl and Dr. Steele attend the MASA Inaugural Reception

Dr-Dahl-with-Governor-Bentley Dr. Dan Dahl and Dr. Terri Steele recently visited with Governor Robert Bentley at the Medical Association of the State of Alabama (MASA) inaugural reception.  Dr. Dahl took this opportunity to thank Governor Bentley for his visit to the spring Alabama Psychiatry Society (APS) meeting in Tuscaloosa, and Governor Bentley pledged his continued support to the APS.  Drs. Dahl and Steele also met with U.S. Surgeon General, Regina Benjamin, M.D.  Dr. Benjamin expressed her support for psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry, in particular.  Drs-Dahl-and-Steele-with-Dr-Regina-Benjamin