Redwine BatesUAB Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology announces the appointment of M. Bates Redwine, M.D., Associate Professor in the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, as Director of Ambulatory Psychiatry for the department. In this role, he will provide leadership and oversight of outpatient clinical operations in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology.

 Dr. Redwine currently serves as Director of Geriatric Psychiatry as well as the Training Director of the department’s Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program. In addition to his leadership roles, Dr. Redwine is an active clinician, providing inpatient and outpatient psychiatric care to adults and geriatric patients at UAB.

 A seasoned clinician-leader and valued member of faculty in the UAB Department of Psychiatry for more than a decade, Dr. Redwine has successfully managed Geriatric psychiatry services across UAB.  “We are very pleased that Dr. Redwine has agreed to serve in this capacity and confident that he will continue to optimize service provision in this vital area of our clinical portfolio,” said Dr. Meador-Woodruff, Heman E. Drummond Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry.

 Dr. Redwine graduated from Medical College of Georgia in 1994. He went on to complete his residency in General Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina, followed by a fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry at Emory University. In 2007, he joined UAB Psychiatry as an Assistant Professor, and in 2013 was promoted to Associate Professor. His clinical interests include geriatric psychiatric conditions, especially dementia and late-life depression, as well as Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) and other somatic treatments.

Fargason RachelThe University Of Alabama System Board Of Trustees appointed Dr. Rachel E. Fargason, Professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Services in the Department of Psychiatry, to the Patrick H. Linton Professorship in Psychiatry.

Dr. Fargason, Professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Services in the Department of Psychiatry, joined UAB in 1993. A dedicated clinician, educator and exceptional leader, she is recognized for her clinical accomplishments across the department, UAB Medicine and throughout the state. Since 2013, she has held multiple clinical leadership roles during which she has been highly instrumental in transforming clinical services within the Department of Psychiatry to meet the ever growing demand at UAB and the community for mental health care.  She serves as Medical Quality Officer for Psychiatric Services for UAB Medicine where she continues to work tirelessly to expand and improve clinical services not only within the department but across UAB Medicine.Dr. Fargason remains an active clinician, treating psychiatric patients across the life-span and is well-known as an expert in adult ADHD. In addition to her clinical work she operates multiple general practice teaching clinics for residents, and overseeing a team of ambulatory nurse practitioners in the spirit of expanding outpatient access.

Dr. Fargason earned her medical degree from the University of Maryland in 1987 before moving to Illinois to begin post graduate training. She subsequently transferred to UAB to complete her psychiatry residency and in 1993 she joined the faculty as Assistant Professor. Her dedication and achievements, both academic and clinical, paved the way for her succession through the academic ranks, first as Associate Professor in 2002 and subsequently her promotion to Professor in 2013.

“Dr. Fargason’s excellence as our departmental clinical leader in her role as Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, and the broader respect that she enjoys throughout the institutional clinical enterprise, makes her an exceptional appointee to the Linton Professorship in the Department of Psychiatry,” said Dr. Meador-Woodruff, Heman E. Drummond Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry.

 The Patrick H. Linton Endowed Professorship was established in honor of Dr. Linton, a longstanding faculty member and chair of the Department of Psychiatry. This Professorship has historically been held by a senior leader in our departmental clinical mission to honor the clinical growth and accomplishments of Dr. Linton during his 20 year tenure as chair of Psychiatry. 

BeaconRecovery

UAB Department of Psychiatry announces the opening of the Beacon Recovery Day Treatment Center and additional evidence-based treatment and recovery support services pivotal to the health and wellbeing of individuals with substance use disorders. The recent opioid epidemic has undeniably intensified the need for expanded treatment services. In response, UAB Beacon Recovery has grown rapidly within the past year to provide a wider range of treatment options to more individuals. Along with a new Day Treatment Program, the expansion includes a walk-in assessment clinic, additional specialty treatment groups, treatment-integrated peer recovery support, school-based adolescent treatment and family services. In addition, physicians from UAB Center for Psychiatric Medicine provide on-site mental health and primary health care as well as medication-assisted treatment (MAT).

Assessment and treatment services are accessible to anyone seeking help, regardless of income or ability to pay. To support the expansion and the need for additional space, Family and Adolescent Programs and the Department’s Administrative Core for the Substance Abuse Division was relocated to the 3rd floor of the Tower Building at 530 Beacon Parkway West near Homewood.

Addiction spans across all age, gender, race, ethnicity and socioeconomic groups from big cities to rural communities. According to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), nearly one in every 10 Americans are addicted to alcohol and drugs yet very few (11%) receive treatment. The surge in opioid use and overdose deaths has heightened community-wide response efforts to identify gaps and develop strategies to reduce barriers to treatment. The new Day Treatment Program and expansion of other Beacon Recovery services supports UAB Department of Psychiatry’s efforts to offer quality, comprehensive outpatient continuum of care for adults and adolescents with substance use needs.

Meet the clinical team and learn more about Beacon Recovery

OPEN HOUSE 
Thursday May 2, 2019
3:30 to 5:00

 For more information about Beacon Recovery, visit www.uabmedicine.org/beaconrecovery or connect via Facebook @ UABMedicineBeacon

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.

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.

The UAB Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology is pleased to announce the 2019 match results for General Psychiatry Residency and Child & Adolescent Fellowship. “We had another outstanding Match this year and look forward to the opportunity to provide an academically diverse and enriching training experience to promote the professional development of our newest group of residents and fellows” said Dr. Meador-Woodruff, Heman E. Drummond Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry. Congratulations to all who matched with us! 

General Psychiatry

Zviadi Aburjania - Tbilisi State Medical University Faculty of Medicine

Ibrahim Askar -  University of South Carolina School of Medicine

Ethan Atwood - University of Arkansas College of Medicine

Branden Benningfield -  University of Alabama School of Medicine

Harrison Hill - University of Alabama School of Medicine

Kristin Lovvorn - Washington University Health and Science- Belize

Christopher Michaelson - Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine- Auburn

Moniqua Tillman - University of Mississippi School of Medicine

Child and Adolescent Fellowship

Luke Chiou - LECOMT/Centerstone of Florida

Kelly Buchanan - University of Louisville

Manasa Enja - Case Western Reserve University

Matt Pixley - University of Alabama at Birmingham


bukelis irenaThe UAB Department of Psychiatry is pleased to announce that Irena Bukelis M.D., Assistant Professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, has been appointed as the new Associate Program Director of the General Psychiatry Residency Program. Since joining the Department in 2015, Dr. Bukelis’ clinical and teaching responsibilities have been primarily at Children's of Alabama.

Dr. Bukelis received her M.D. from Kaunas University of Medicine in Lithuania. She subsequently relocated to Baltimore, Maryland where she served as Center and Research Coordinator at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, an internationally recognized Johns Hopkins Medicine affiliated facility. In 2010 she joined UAB where she completed her residency in General Psychiatry followed by a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, during which she served as Chief Resident in her last year.

Since joining UAB, Dr. Bukelis has distinguished herself academically through her efforts to advance child and adolescent psychiatry by creating a scholastic culture around quality improvement. In addition to her academic commitment, “she has passion for treating patients with autism and looks forward to bringing her expertise to bolster the training that our general psychiatry residents receive in treating patients with autism,” said Dr. Meador-Woodruff, Heman E. Drummond Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry.


Researchers4The UAB Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology is excited to welcome three new research-focused faculty members to add to the existing departmental research programs in depression, addiction, and schizophrenia.

Scott Pruett, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Scott Pruett joined the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry as an Assistant Professor.   Dr. Pruett graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Louisiana Scholars’ College at Northwestern State University before receiving his M.D. and Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Neuroscience from Louisiana State University.  In 2018, he completed a residency in General Adult Psychiatry at Brown University.  Dr. Pruett’s research publications have focused on brainstem mechanisms of movement disorders, but have recently shifted to Christian syndrome.  His plan at UAB is to further his research in molecular psychiatry to focus on schizophrenia, and will lead efforts to develop a translational research program focused on this illness. In addition, Dr. Pruett serves as part of our inpatient attending team in the UAB Center for Psychiatric Medicine.

Minae Niwa, Ph.D.

Dr. Minae Niwa joined the UAB Department of Psychiatry as an Assistant Professor. She received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science from the Tokyo University and her Ph.D. in Neuropsychopharmacology from Nagoya University, Japan. Dr. Niwa pursued a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at Nagoya University, followed by a fellowship in Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University where she eventually joined faculty. Dr. Niwa has published nearly 40 peer reviewed papers, and is a recipient of a prestigious NARSAD Young Investigator Award. Her primary research interests focus on early life stress, and mechanisms by which stress leads to addiction as well as mood and cognitive disorders.

Shin-ichi Kano, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Kano joined the UAB Department of Psychiatry as an Associate Professor. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo followed by a brief postdoctoral fellowship in Immunology. Dr. Kano left the University of Tokyo to pursue additional training as a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University, where he eventually transitioned to a faculty position in Psychiatry.  His research interests focus on neuroinflammation, particularly in relation to mood disorders and social behaviors. He also has an interest in longitudinal studies on first episode psychosis patients.  Dr. Kano is credited with having published 25 peer reviewed papers to date and has been successful in securing NIH funding, recently receiving a major grant to study inflammation and behavior. 

All three of these new faculty members join the Department's Division of Behavioral Neurobiology, which is the primary research unit of the department housing a group of 17 neuroscientists and clinicians who are all focused on studying the neurobiology of major psychiatric disorders, with a goal  mental disorders to translate their research findings into improved diagnosis, treatment, and management of these mental illnesses.


Preston TaylorTaylor Preston M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry, was recently appointed residency program director of the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Preston, a 2013 graduate of the UAB Psychiatry residency program, also serves as the Department’s Director of Ambulatory Psychiatry. 

As a key member of the departmental medical education leadership team, Dr. Preston will oversee all planning, development and operational aspects of the residency training program to ensure the provision of quality didactic and clinical education and excellence in patient care. In collaboration with departmental leaders, Dr. Preston will continue to advance the Psychiatry residency program to ensure the delivery of an academically challenging and diverse training experience within an effective academic learning environment to promote the personal, academic, and career success of all psychiatry interns and residents. 

Dr. Taylor received his M.D. from UAB School of Medicine in 2009. He went on to complete his residency in General Psychiatry at UAB in 2013 before joining the Department. “As Dr. Preston transitions into his new role, he leaves his post as Department’s Medical Student Clerkship Director, a position that he has held with distinction for the past 6 years. Under his leadership our clerkship has moved to be one of the top rated clinical training experiences for medical students across the entire School of Medicine including all of the regional campuses,” said Dr. Meador-Woodruff, Heman E. Drummond Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry.

With the support of his colleagues and the department, Dr. Preston will serve as an exceptional leader to promote the continued success and growth of the UAB Psychiatry Residency Program.

FreemanThe Department of Psychiatry is pleased to announce that Katherin Freeman, M.D., Assistant Professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, has been selected to serve as the new Medical Student Clerkship Director. In this role, Dr. Freeman will be responsible for overseeing and ensuring the operational quality of all aspects of the program including orientation of students and the coordination of clinical and didactic learning experiences.  In addition, Dr. Freeman will provide support and guidance to medical students as needed, coordinate with clerkship directors on the regional campuses and represent the clerkship in the School of Medicine.

“This is a key education leadership position for the Department, as it is the first contact that most medical students have with our Department and Psychiatry as a specialty,” said Dr. Meador-Woodruff, Heman E. Drummond Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry.  Over the last few years interest in Psychiatry as a specialty has been on the rise. A critical element under Dr. Freeman’s leadership will be to continue cultivating overall interest in the field by providing medical students with positive experiences which in turn will serve as an impetus for UAB students taking a greater interest in selecting Psychiatry for their residency training.

Dr. Freeman received her M.D. from Vanderbilt, and completed her residency training at the University of Utah Triple Board Program in Pediatrics, Adult Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Following her training, she served on the Medical Staff of the Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City. After relocating to Nevada, she joined the clinical faculty of the University of Nevada where she also maintained a private practice in child and adolescent psychiatry. In 2017, Dr. Freeman joined the faculty of UAB Psychiatry as Assistant Professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, with clinical and teaching responsibilities on the UAB Adolescent Inpatient Unit in addition to providing outpatient services at Children's of Alabama.