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.

AMP-Program-170x200The Jefferson County Family Court Adolescent Mentoring Program (AMP), a grant funded program provided by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, was founded in 2009 in Jefferson County through a partnership with UAB TASC and Jefferson County Family Court. The mission of the Adolescent Mentoring Program is to reduce juvenile delinquency by facilitating the creation of one-on-one relationships between high-risk youth and caring adults that are consistent and lasting, allowing the youth to make positive life choices that enable them to maximize their personal potential.  AMP envisions a community in which every high-risk youthful offender experiences positive one-on-one relationships and community support, which in turn allows each of them to develop into their full potential capable of making informed, responsible decisions as involved members of our community. Mentor eligibility requirements include: must reside in the Birmingham Metro area, must be at least 23 years of age, and never been accused, arrested, charged, or convicted of child abuse or molestation.


To become a mentor with AMP contact Khadidr Jones at 264-8161
or Jamie Furman at 264-8156.  Mentor training begins 
Saturday, January 30th 8am-4pm at the Grace and Truth Church (Kairos Café).