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.

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.