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Grant-Merida

Email: grantmm@uab.edu

Title: Assistant Professor

Specialization: Psychologist – adult depression

Academic Appointments with UAB:

  • Primary: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology, UAB

Education:

  • Undergraduate: Temple University

  • Graduate School: Duke University

  • Internship: Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic

  • Postdoctoral Fellow:  Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic   

Licensure: Alabama (In progress)

Patient Populations: Adult depression

Clinical Interests: Depression and Early Life Trauma
Dr. Grant’s clinical specialization is adult patients with major depression.

Research Interests: Mood Disorders
Dr. Grant’s research is on causal and maintenance factors underlying depression. Work in my lab employs a translational approach to evaluate the relationship between stress (via sensitization mediated changes in pathways that underlie the stress response) and depression using multiple methods including, voxel-based morphometry, functional magnetic resonance imagery (fMRI), measures of peripheral physiology (e.g., skin conductance response), endocrine function, cognition and emotion.

 People In The Lab:

  • TBN

 Funded Research:

  • 07/05-07/10. Principal Investigator. MRI studies of cognitive control and stress in MDD (K01). Funded by: National Institute of Mental Health.
  • 08/09-07/10. Principal Investigator. Vanderbilt University Medical Center Equipment Funding Grant. Funded by: Clinical Research Center/Clinical Translational Science Award.
  • 09/01-09/03. Principal Investigator. Modification and upgrade of an MRI/MRS facility: A shared instrumentation grant for hardware and software.  Funded by: University of Nebraska Biomedical Research Enhancement Fund. 

 Selected Publications:

  1. Grant M.M., Cannistraci C., Hollon S.D., Gore J., Shelton R. Childhood trauma history differentiates amygdala response to sad faces within MDD. J Psychiatry Res 45:886-895, 2011.
  2. Treadway M., Grant M.M., Ding Z., Hollon S.D., Gore J., & Shelton R.C.  Early adverse events, HPA activity and anterior cingulate volume in MDD. PLoS ONE, 4:e4887, 2009. doi:10371.
  3. Grant M.M., Stringer E., Treadway M.,  Hollon S., Gore J. & Shelton R. Self-regulation of emotion: Modulation via coordinated dorso-rostral cingulate activity in MDD.  Neuropsychopharmacology, 31:S198-S263, 2006.
  4. Riso L.P., du Toit P.L., Dacey S., Blandino J., Pena S., Duin J., Grant M.M. & Ulmer, C. Cognitive aspects of chronic depression. J Abnorm Psychol, 112:72-80, 2003.
  5. Grant M.M., Thase M.E. & Sweeney J.A. Cognitive disturbance in outpatient depressed younger adults: Evidence of modest impairment. Biol Psychiatry, 50:35-43, 2001. 

Pursuing innovative research, providing state-of-the-art treatment of psychiatric disorders, and training the next-generation of psychiatrists

The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is advancing the understanding of psychiatric disorders through an integrated approach of research, education, and patient care. Collaboration between laboratory research and clinical areas facilitate translational integration of research findings, with the goal of developing innovative and novel clinical interventions.

Research

Advancing knowledge discovery in schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disorder, neurodegenerative disorders, substance abuse, and psychiatric disorders of childhood and the elderly

Education

Developing future academic leaders, researched-focused clinical investigators and clinical psychiatrists through residency and fellowship training programs

Patient Care

 Providing state-of-the-art care through a 90-bed inpatient facilty, community-based clinics, and other patient focused programs

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