newseal-214x200This year has been another successful year for the Department of Psychiatry Residency Training Program.  After interviewing more than 60 well qualified applicants the 8 available training positions were finally filled.  The new residents are Michael Anderson from the Medical College of Georgia, School of Medicine; Irena Bukelis from Kauno Medicinos Universiteto; Zhendong Ma from Shanghai Second University, China; Bryant Mahaffey, a local from the University of Alabama School of Medicine; Stephan Meadors from the Medical University of South, Carolina College of Medicine; Laurence McMillan from Meharry Medical College; Samuel Polek from Ross University; and Michelle Reeves from the University of Alabama School of Medicine.

Also, the Child & Adolescent Residency Training program had a successful match with the addition of two new residents.  They are Richard Stephen Pannel from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and Miriam Sevilla Saez-Benito from the University of Granada Faculty of Medicine.

The addition of these strong fellows is a testament to the quality of training and education received at UAB.  It is clear the word is spreading as applications were received from across the U.S. from as far away as California and South Dakota.  UAB continues to attract a number of international medical graduates as well.  UAB Psychiatry Residency Training Director and Vice Chair for Education and Clinical Services, Dr. Daniel Dahl, states that, “We have seen an increase in the competitiveness of the applicants every year over the past 9 years.  This year was no exception.  We had over 700 applicants for 8 positions and many of these applicants have additional degrees including MD / PhD’s from prestigious research institutions.  Psychiatry is on the verge of becoming a popular specialty for graduating medical students.  The future of psychiatry in Alabama is determined by the quality of applicants we attract.  From my viewpoint, the future looks extraordinarily bright.”

Please join the Department of Psychiatry in welcoming these new additions.

Theodore-M.-Morgan-II-232x200The UAB Department of Psychiatry is pleased to announce the appointment of Theodore Morgan II, M.D. as Chief Resident for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Program for 2010-2011.  Dr. Morgan is from Montgomery, Alabama.  He received his BS in Molecular Biology from Florida A&M University and his MD from Meharry Medical College.  He completed his Residency in Psychiatry at UAB and is now completing his training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  In addition to his appointment as our Child and Adolescent Chief Resident, Dr. Morgan will be featured in our next issue of UAB Psychiatry for his work with Birmingham youth.  He, along with local physician Dr. Hernando Carter, established The Kappa League Leadership and Development Program.  This mentoring and training program is designed to inspire young men in high school to accomplish what they set out for in life through hard work and dedication.  Please join us in congratulating Dr. Morgan on his new appointment.

Jacinda-Hammel-2-177x200The Department of Psychiatry welcomes Jacinda C. Hammel, Ph.D., as an assistant professor.  Dr. Hammel’s research focuses on mental health services and her clinical foci include outpatient therapy with adults.  She is a member of the UAB Psychology and Internship Training Consortium and will be providing psychotherapy supervision for psychiatry residents.  Dr. Hammel received her first undergraduate degree in Business and Accounting in 1994.  In 2001 she received her second Bachelor of Science degree (cum Laude) in psychology from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.  Her graduate work was completed at Auburn University in 2004 (MS) and 2006 (PhD), where she worked with Dr. F. Dudley McGlynn studying anxiety disorders.  Her specific interests were that of “autonomic activity in generalized anxiety disorder: Sympathetic and parasympathetic activity during worry exposure and decatastrophizing.”  Thereafter, she completed her dissertation entitled “Meta-worry and Generalized Anxiety Disorder.”  As a clinical psychology intern at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center in North Carolina, Dr. Hammel provided therapeutic, assessment and consultation services in a medical setting.  Some of those services included mental health, infectious disease, inpatient psychiatry, rehabilitation, and medical consultation. She also has extensive teaching and training experience in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, suicide and self-injury prevention, social psychology, behavior therapy, abnormal psychology, and lifespan development.  Dr. Hammel’s clinical experience includes private practice and working with the Youth Services Institute of the University of Alabama and the State of Alabama Department of Youth Services.  Her duties included working with incarcerated adolescent females, program/policy development, design and oversight of research, and supervision of clinical staff.  Dr. Hammel is currently a co-investigator with the program.  She is a member of professional organizations including the American Psychological Association and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

2010-2011-Chief-Residents-EDITEDThe Department of Psychiatry would like to announce that the following residents have been appointed Chief Residents for the 2010 – 2011 academic years.  They are Dr. Andrea Dickens and Dr. Erin Hanover.

Dr. Dickens is from Morrilton, Arkansas.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Arkansas Tech University and she received her medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.  Her Psychiatry interests are in Geriatric and Forensic Psychiatry.

Kinney-on-Fox-244x200Dr. Cleveland Kinney, from the UAB Department of Psychiatry, appeared on Birmingham’s Fox News to talk about a phase three clinical trial drug that hopes to help patients who are suffering from Alzhiemer Disease.  View a video of his interview on the Fox News web site here.