Falola picture The Department of Psychiatry has announced that Blessing Falola, M.D. and Michael Falola, M.D., M.P.H. will join the department as assistant professors in July 2018. Dr. Blessing Falola will work in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry where her clinical activity will be primarily at Children's of Alabama providing outpatient care. She will also develop an outpatientTransitional Age Clinic at UAB for patients ages 19 to 25 years. Dr. Michael Falola will join UAB Psychiatry spending half of his time in Adult clinical care and the other half of his time developing prediction models to identify risk for depression and suicide and response to treatment using high complexity data.

The Chair of Psychiatry, Dr. James Meador-Woodruff, commented that Dr. and Dr. Falola are industrious individuals who will add greatly to our efforts in clinical care, education, and research. They will be outstanding additions to our faculty and to UAB."

Originally from Nigeria, both doctors received their M.D. from the University of Ibadan. Dr. Blessing Falola came to UAB to enter the Clinical Training Academy in Palliative and Supportive Care. After completeing this program, she started her residency in Psychiatry in 2013 and, in 2016, entered the UAB Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship which she will complete in June 2018. Dr. Meador-Woodruff went on to say that "during her residency training, Blessing completed the UAB Medicine Mini-Quality Academy. She has used this training to further quality improvment projects in our Department. Blessing has also been instrumental in the  development of the UAB Psychiatry Resident Simulation Lab." 

Dr. Michael Falola finished his Masters of Public Health at UAB in 2010 with an emphasis on biostatistics. He entered the Psychiatry residency program in 2014, where according to Dr. Meador-Woodruff, he distinguished himself both as an outstanding clinician and an emerging scientist. Dr. Meador-Woodruff said that "he is conducting original research using large-scale datasets to test associations between clinical and genetic variables and both response to
antidepressant therapy and subtyping and psychiatric illness and suicidal behavior. Michael is approaching data in a unique way, using a machine learning paradigm to identify novel phenotypes within a suicidal population."

Additionally, the department recently received a generous gift designated to support psychiatrists starting their careers as clinician-investigators. Dr. Michael Falola will be the first recipient of funds from this gift and will be designated as Psychiatry's inaugural Engel Scholar in Psychiatry.