KarenOn February 28, 2019, Dr. Karen Cropsey, Vivian Conatser-Turner Endowed Professor in the UAB Department of Psychiatry, presented testimony before the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services about the devastating opioid epidemic that has blanketed our state and nation. As one of several presenters, Dr. Cropsey highlighted system-wide gaps and policy barriers that impede access to effective treatment interventions and presented strategies to support a system that is comprehensive, accessible, and inclusive. Click HERE to read the transcript.

Karen Cropsey, PsyD, is a Professor and Clinical Psychologist in the UAB Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology. Dr. Cropsey completed her doctoral training at Indiana State University in Terre Haute followed by an internship in Clinical Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and postdoctoral fellowships in forensics and substance abuse at University of Mississippi and Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2007 she joined the faculty of UAB Psychiatry as Associate Professor where she serves as a clinician and researcher focused on addiction treatment. For the past 20 years, Dr. Cropsey has conducted numerous NIH-funded research on addiction and opioid use disorders, particularly among disadvantaged populations such as justice-involved individuals and persons living with HIV/AIDS.