Over the past year, the UAB Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology has recruited five new clinician-educators to our primary faculty.  These new faculty members bring expertise in areas critical to the many clinical and training missions of the department, including child and adolescent, geriatric, adult, consultation-liaison, and public sector psychiatry.  These new faculty members include:

 Pamela E. Parker, M.D.

Dr. Pamela Parker joined the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology as an Associate Professor. Dr. Parker graduated from Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, and received a Master of Arts from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. She completed pre-medical studies at the University of Rochester and Huntingdon College in Montgomery before attending UAB School of Medicine. Dr. Parker, previously served as the Chief Resident of UAB Department of Psychiatry and Director of Psychiatric Consultation Services at both UAB and University of Arkansas. Dr. Parker serves as a Consultation-Liaison Psychiatrist and leads the department’s first Behavioral Intervention Teams (BIT) focused on early recognition and treatment of comorbid psychiatric and addictive disorders that interfere with medical treatment.

Tiffany Nowell, Ph.D.

Dr. Tiffany Nowell joined the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Nowell graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Keene State College before attending Saint Louis University where she received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2015. She subsequently spent a year at the University of California, Santa Cruz as a postdoctoral fellow in a clinic serving students including the LGBTQ population. Most recently she served as Staff Psychologist at the University of Denver Health and Counseling Center. Dr. Nowell provides outpatient psychotherapy and assessment services and her experience with the LGBTQ population supports expansion of access for those patients as well as partnerships within UAB primary care clinics and select inpatient programs.    

Alison Thomas, Ph.D.

Dr. Alison Thomas joined the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry as an Assistant Professor and Clinical Director of the Community Psychiatry Program (CPP). Dr. Thomas received her Ph.D. from Suffolk University in 2017. She completed her doctoral internship in Clinical Psychology at UAB before joining the Department as a post-doctoral trainee.  Dr. Thomas’ training and knowledge combined with her commitment to patient-centered and recovery-oriented approach to practice is pivotal to her administrative responsibilities as the Public Division’s Clinical Director. As Clinical Director she is responsible for ensuring the provision of quality clinical care and programs at CPP and providing psychotherapy and assessment services to clinic patients with serious mental illness. In addition to her clinical and administrative assignments in the Public Division, Dr. Thomas also participates in the First Episode Clinic at Sparks and provides inpatient testing at Center for Psychiatric Medicine.

Matthew Ehrlich, M.D.

Dr. Matthew Ehrlich joined the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry as an Assistant Professor.  Dr. Ehrlich graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Williams College in Massachusetts before receiving his M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco. He went on to complete his residency in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School followed by a fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry. After completing his training, Dr. Ehrlich served as an Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard and practiced at Cambridge Health Alliance. His clinical service at UAB will focus on inpatient and outpatient care of geriatric patients at Center for Psychiatric Medicine in addition to serving patients with HIV/AIDS in Palliative Care.

Tolulope Peters, M.D.

Dr. Tolulope (Tolu) Peters joined the faculty in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  Dr. Peters completed her medical training at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology College of Health Sciences in Nigeria. After receiving her M.D., she completed training in Psychiatry at MetroHealth Medical Center, an affiliate of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Following her training in Cleveland, Dr. Peters came to UAB where she completed a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Peters’ clinical services will be focused on treating patients at Children’s Hospital of Alabama.