The UAB Department of Psychiatry held its Fifth Annual Research Symposium on April 12, 2011.  The event was a huge success!  54 posters were presented in the categories of Clinical Divisions, Faculty, Psychiatry Residents and Research Trainees. Winners from each category have been chosen and will be announced at the Graduation Banquet which will be held in June.

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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-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.

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.

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.