The School of Medicine at UAB is dedicated to supporting faculty in their professional development. Our comprehensive program serves the professional and career development needs of faculty at all levels of the academician lifecycle—new recruit, junior, mid-career, senior and emeritus.

Our office provides confidential counseling, consultation and coaching for medical students, graduate students, residents, fellows and faculty within the School of Medicine/UAB Medicine. Whether you have a personal or professional concern, we are committed to your physical, emotional and professional well-being. Some common reasons people seek us out are for stress management, depression, anxiety, burnout, family and relationship issues, communication difficulties, substance abuse issues, and career/academic concerns.

Make an Appointment

Call us at (205) 731-9799 to make an appointment. You do not need a referral. Generally, we can make an appointment to see you within 7-10 business days. Our services are free to all MDs, PhDs, residents, fellows, and graduate students within the School of Medicine/UAB Medicine.

Services

Comprehensive one-on-one assessments & consultations
Individual counseling & coaching
Group sessions
Ongoing monitoring
Team building
Educational lectures & workshops
CME events
Referral assistance

Professionals

Sam Perna, D.O.

Sam Perna, D.O.

Sam Perna, D.O., is an associate professor in the division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care within the Department of Medicine. He is an Osteopathic Physician whose primary training is Family Medicine. After a period in private practice, Dr. Perna entered fellowship training at UAB in Palliative Medicine. Prior to medical school, he also earned his Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of Alabama. His wellness experience includes both group and individual counseling for adults and children. Congruent with his Family Medicine and Counseling education, Dr. Perna is comfortable helping the full breadth of client needs.

Lauren Nassetta, M.D.

Lauren Nassetta, M.D.

Lauren Nassetta, M.D., is an associate professor in the division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine within the Department of Pediatrics, where she serves as an associate residency program director and Chief Wellness Officer. She moved to Alabama to attend Birmingham-Southern college, and has completed medical school, pediatrics residency and a chief resident year at UAB. Her professional mission is to provide UAB providers and trainees with opportunities to explore and learn skills for maintaining joy in work, as well as guidance in developing a growth-oriented mind-set, centered on acceptance of imperfections in themselves and others.

Megan McMurray, Ph.D.

Megan McMurray, Ph.D.

Megan McMurray, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) and a licensed clinical psychologist. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Florida and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in rehabilitation psychology in the UAB SOM department of PM&R. She is board certified (ABPP) in the specialty of rehabilitation psychology. Dr. McMurray is skilled at providing a variety of wellness services. Her specific training and expertise is evidence-based psychotherapy, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), trauma-focused therapies, and mindfulness-based interventions.

Sandra Frazier, M.D.

Sandra Frazier, M.D.

Sandra Frazier, M.D., is a professor in the Department of Medical Education. After medical school, she completed a pediatric residency and fellowships in Adolescent Medicine and Addiction Medicine. When she came to UAB Medicine in 1994, she founded the Addiction Recovery Program in the Department of Psychiatry. In an effort to assist health care providers in a more proactive and preventive way, she established the Professional Development Office in 2006 and was named UAB’s first Physician Health Officer. The PDO practice since that time has focused on caring for caregivers and other professionals in a confidential setting.

Ashley Hanson, Ph.D.

Ashley Hanson, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and is a licensed clinical psychologist. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Alabama and completed her postdoctoral fellowships in the Department of Psychiatry at UAB. Dr. Hanson is skilled at providing a variety of services, such as evidence based individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, and psychological assessments to adults. She uses cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness interventions, as well as other treatment modalities in her practice.

Our Staff

Alisa Dick Alisa Dick, Administrative Associate

Contact Us

Physical Address:
509 Kirklin Clinic Parking Deck
509 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. South
Birmingham, AL 35233

Mailing Address:
KCPD 509
1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294

Phone: (205) 934-8744