UAB Psychiatry is delighted to welcome two new faculty members to our Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Dr. Jung Kim joined the faculty of the UAB Department of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry on July 1, 2017. Dr. Kim graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science with Highest Honor before attending the Kyungpook National University School of Medicine in Daegu, South Korea. He then completed his general residency at the Harvard South Shore Psychiatry Residency Training Program and his fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Harvard's program at Boston Children's Hospital. Upon graduation Dr. Kim joined the faculty at UAB, with primary clinical and teaching responsibilities with the inpatient service at Children's of Alabama. Dr. Kim's area of interest is Developmental Disorders with particular interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Dr. Katherin Freeman joined the faculty of the UAB Department of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in September, 2017. Dr. Freeman graduated form Wellesley College with a Bachelor of Arts in English before attending the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She subsequently completed her residency at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center Triple Board Program training in Pediatrics, Adult Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Subsequently she joined the medical staff of the Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake. Dr. Freeman then relocated to nevada where she joined the clinical faculty of University of Nevada, Reno. She also was the medical supervisor of the HealTherapy Equine-Facilitated Mental Health Service and served as Pediatric Psychiatry Consultant to the State of Nevada Division of Child and Family Services. In recent years Dr. Freeman also maintained her own private practice in child and adolescent psychiatry in Reno. At UAB Dr. Freeman's clinical and teaching responsibilities will be on the UAB Adolescent Inpatient Unit. She will also be providing outpatient services at Children's of Alabama.


 The Division and the Department are excited by the recent recruitment of these two new members of our faculty, who represent an ongoing commitment to further expand psychiatric care for children statewide through a robust partnership between UAB and Children’s of Alabama.


Soumya SivaramanSoumya Sivaraman, M.D. was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Adult Psychiatry of the UAB Department of Psychiatry on July 1, 2017.  Dr. Sivaraman received her MBBS from the Coimbatore Medical College in India, and pursued Psychiatry training at the prestigious National Institute of Mental health and Neurosciences in Bangalore. She pursued a second US-based residency training program in Psychiatry at UAB as a member of our residency research track, and was successfully recruited to our faculty following completion of her training. Dr. Sivaraman is now a member of the UAB hospital-based Psychiatry Consultation-Liaison program, and also provides care in outpatient clinics at the Community Psychiatry Clinic (CPP) within the Department that serves those with severe mental illness such as schizophrenia.   Dr. Sivaraman has also joined our ECT program, and will significantly expand the Department’s capacity to provide this clinical service.  We are excited to welcome Dr. Sivaraman to the faculty of UAB Psychiatry, and are delighted that she has chosen to remain a part of the Department following her postgraduate training.

Justin ThomasJustin Thomas, Ph.D. joined the faculty of the UAB Department of Psychiatry as an Assistant Professor in July 2017. Dr. Thomas received BS degrees in both Biology and Psychology from UAB, and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Alabama.  After his Ph.D. was awarded, he was a postdoctoral fellow at UAB in the Hypertension Research Center in the Department of Epidemiology.  His clinical and research interests focus on sleep and sleep disorders.  He will have an outpatient psychology practice in UAB Psychiatry primarily focused on sleep related issues, including using CBT for Insomnia (CBT-I) as a treatment modality. His research interests also are related to understanding sleep disorders.  He brings to UAB Psychiatry much needed expertise on sleep disorders, and is a welcome addition to the faculty of the department.
lahti nina UAB Psychiatry faculty members Adrienne Lahti,(left) M.D. and Nina Kraguljac, M.D. (right)received the 2017 Kempf Fund Award for Research Development in Psychobiological Psychiatry at the annual meeting  of the American Psychiatric Association in San Diego in May 2017. This prestigious prize honors research excellence in the physiological, psychological, and/or sociological causes and treatment for schizophrenia. This award recognizes a senior researcher who has made significant contributions to research on the causes and treatment of schizophrenia as both a researcher and a mentor, as well as an outstanding junior research psychiatrist working in a mentor-trainee relationship with the senior recipient of this award.  Dr. Lahti was singled out for her contributions and exceptional achievements in schizophrenia research and mentorship of early career psychiatrists. The award selection committee recognized Dr. Kraguljac’s excellence in schizophrenia research as an early career psychiatrist. This is an important award in schizophrenia research, and a well-deserved honor for these two outstanding members of the UAB Department of Psychiatry.
20141217100400 Karen Cropsey 520websiteThe University of Alabama System Board of Trustees at their most recent meeting approved the appointment of Dr. Karen Cropsey as the inaugural holder of the Vivian Conatser Turner Endowed Professorship in Psychiatry. Dr. Cropsey joined the faculty of UAB Psychiatry nearly ten years ago. She received her Psy.D. from Indiana State, and pursued postdoctoral training at Mississippi State and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She was recruited to UAB from a faculty position at VCU in 2007, and she has been with UAB since, primarily as a researcher but also with meaningful roles in Department of Psychiatry clinics and education activities. Karen's research focuses on addiction and substance abuse in vulnerable population, especially in the criminal justice system and those with HIV/AIDS, and in comorbid psychiatric conditions such as depression. She has studied multiple drugs of abuse, including alcohol, nicotine, and opiates. She has been exceptionally well-funded and extensively published over her career. After an extensive national search for a holder of this newly established Endowed Professorship in the Department of Psychiatry, she emerged as an ideal candidate given her extensive research credentials, passion for understanding and treating substance abuse in these most at risk populations, and her interest in the interface of addiction and depression. 

Dr. Martinez 1 2The UAB Department of Psychiatry is delighted to announce that Dr. Jesse "Tobias" Martinez has accepted the invitation to join the faculty of the UAB Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology effective July, 2016. He will be appointed as Assistant Professor and will hold the title Director of Psychiatric Consultation/Liaison and Emergency Services.

Gamble KarenThe UAB Department of Psychiatry is delighted to announce the appointment of Karen Gamble, Ph.D. to the Tate Jordan Thomas Professorship in Psychiatric Medicine. Dr. Gamble is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, recruited to UAB from Vanderbilt in 2009. She leads an outstanding research program and has been a leader in translational neuroscience, especially as it relates to psychiatric illnesses. Dr. Gamble's research focuses on chronobiology, regulation of which is disrupted in a number of psychiatric disorders including depression, schizophrenia, and ADHD, and is artifically dysregulated in shift-workers. This is a singular honor for Dr. Gamble, and is well-deserved recognition of her outstanding researach.

Ellen Amrock 2The Department of Psychiatry is pleased to announce the appointments of our Cheif Residents for General Program for the 2016-2017 academic year.

We are pleased to announce the following applicants have been matched for General Residency Match 2016 and will begin their training in July.

DoctorsTeaserImages d0829f22UAB Psychiatry is proud to announce that six faculty members were named in the 2015-2016 ‘Best Doctors’ list. The Best Doctors in America list includes the nation’s most respected specialists and primary care physicians. These are the doctors that other doctors recognize as the best in their fields. Choosing from thousands of the nation’s top physicians, six psychiatrists within the Department were included in this latest edition of the Best Doctors in America. Among these were Drs. Lee Ascherman, Jacqueline Feldman, Peter Penherski, Samuel Rubin, F.Cleveland Kinney, and Richard Shelton.