USA Department of Psychiatry Faculty

Academic Faculty

Sandra Parker, M.D.

Sandra Parker, M.D.

Chair, Department of Psychiatry
Professor of Psychiatry
Chief Medical Officer, AltaPointe Health

Dr. Parker graduated from the University of Alabama in 1982 with an Honors degree in Biology. She attended medical school and completed residency training in psychiatry at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham. She completed her fellowship in child/adolescent psychiatry at the University of Arkansas for the Health Sciences in Little Rock. As a second year resident, she was awarded her department's Most Outstanding Resident Award, and as a fellow, she was awarded her department's Most Outstanding Child Fellow Award. She is dual certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in adult psychiatry and child/adolescent psychiatry. In addition to her role as vice-chair for the department of psychiatry, Dr. Parker also serves as chief medical officer for AltaPointe Health. During her tenure, the organization has grown from 300 employees to more than 750 employees. Dr. Parker has received numerous honors and awards throughout her career. She has served as president of the Alabama Psychiatric Physicians Association, a district branch of the American Psychiatric Association. In 2007, she was named an Alabama Health Care Hero by the Alabama Hospital Association. She was appointed by Alabama Governor Bob Riley to serve as a member of the Alabama Interagency Autism Coordinating Council, a position she still holds. She serves as an adjunct faculty member in the USA College of Allied Health Professions, Department of Physician Assistant Studies, and in the USA College of Nursing. She has served as a member of the USA Center for Healthy Communities Advisory Committee. Past appointments include the Mercy Medical Advisory Board, the Mayor's Transitional Task Force on Healthcare, and the Mobile Ballet Board of Directors. Dr. Parker's major psychiatric interests are in the fields of autism related disorders, healthcare disparities and telepsychiatry. She and her family do mission work in Ecuador and participate in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program.

 

J. Luke Engeriser, M.D.

J. Luke Engeriser, M.D.

Psychiatry Residency Program Director
Addiction Medicine Fellowship Director
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Deputy Chief Medical Officer, AltaPointe Health

Dr. Engeriser attended medical school at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois where he was a recipient of an NIH research grant in Molecular Biology and Environmental Pathology. His psychiatry residency training was at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. During his final year of residency, Dr. Engeriser received the Al Glass Award, the military's highest psychiatry resident research award, for his paper exploring the psychological effects of warfare. Dr. Engeriser served an additional three years in the Army at Fort Benning, Georgia, where he held the position of Chief, Department of Behavioral Health. After separating from the Army, Dr. Engeriser was Medical Director of Mid-Coast Mental Health Center/PenBay Psychiatry in Rockland, Maine. Prior to attending medical school, he completed a Master of Arts in Divinity at the University of Chicago in the History of Religions and worked as a teacher of English at the Teacher Training College in Torun, Poland. Dr. Engeriser is a past President of the Alabama Psychiatric Physicians Association and is currently the President-elect of the Alabama Society of Addiction Medicine. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is board certified in Adult Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. Dr. Engeriser received the Red Sash Award from the USA medical student classes of 2013, 2014, and 2016 for making significant contributions to their medical education, and he was awarded the American Psychiatric Association Assembly Resident-Fellow Section Mentor Award in 2014.

 

Edgar W. Finn, M.D.

Edgar W. Finn, M.D.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Director
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Finn graduated from the University of Alabama in Birmingham with a degree in Economics. He attended the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, and received his medical degree in 1988. He completed residency training in general psychiatry at UAB and Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and child/adolescent psychiatry at Vanderbilt. He was selected Chief Fellow during his second year of child/adolescent fellowship. He is board-certified in adult psychiatry and in child/adolescent psychiatry. Following residency training and fellowship, he began his career at the Children's Hospital of Alabama in Birmingham as a staff psychiatrist of the Vaughan Psychiatric Service. He has extensive consultative experience, having worked with the Chilton-Shelby Mental Health Center, the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind, Gateway Mental Health, the Alliance Project, Mitchell's Place, the Shelby County Board of Education, and Glenwood, Inc. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Horizons School and the Children's Policy Council, both on Birmingham, and is currently a member of the Alabama Medicaid Physician's Advisory Committee. In 1998, he became the Associate Medical Director at Glenwood, Inc. in Birmingham, and served as Medical Director there beginning in 2004. His professional experience has led to a primary interest in autism and other developmental disorders. He has three adult children, and two precious grandchildren.

 

Praveen Narahari, M.D.

Praveen Narahari, M.D.

Residency Associate Program Director
Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Narahari, received his medical degree from N.T.R. University of Health Sciences - Kakatiya Medical College, Warangal, India in 2005.  He also obtained a Masters in Community Nutrition (MS) from Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky in 2008. Later on, he volunteered as research assistant at the University of Louisville Department of Psychiatry, Louisville, Kentucky before beginning his residency in adult psychiatry at the University of South Alabama in 2009. He served as Chief Resident of Psychiatry during his PGY 4 year at the University of South Alabama. He also served on the Graduate Medical Education Committee as a Member-In-Training Representative, at the University of South Alabama during his PGY4 year.  He received the Red Sash Award from the USA medical student class of  2015 for making significant contributions to their medical education.  Dr. Narahari’s special interests are in the area of addiction medicine, biological psychiatry, and psychopharmacology. He is board certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine. He speaks English, Hindi and Telugu.

 

Kevin Putinta, M.D.

Kevin Putinta, M.D.

Medical Student Clerkship Director
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Putinta graduated from the University of Alabama in Birmingham Summa Cum Laude with a degree in psychology. Following this, he attended medical school at the University of South Alabama. Dr. Putinta completed residency training at the University of Florida, where he served as both an administrative chief resident and moonlighting chief resident. During his residency training, he received the Outstanding Resident Instructor Award as well as the John E. Adams Memorial Academic Achievement Award for the highest PRITE score all four years of residency. Following completion of his residency training in 2021, Dr. Putinta completed a neuromodulation fellowship at the University of Florida, where he specialized in transcranial magnetic stimulation, intranasal esketamine, and electroconvulsive therapy as well as deep brain stimulation. His interests include electroconvulsive therapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation, esketamine, psychosis, and treatment-resistant depression. Dr. Putinta is board certified in general psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

 

Julie Bernstein, D.O.

Julie Bernstein, D.O.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry  

Dr. Bernstein grew up in Southern Ohio where she earned Bachelor’s degrees in both Biology and Psychology.  She went on to work as a County Behavioral Support Specialist before entering the medical field. She began medical education at the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed in 2011, earning her Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine degree.  Upon completion of medical school, Dr. Bernstein followed her passion for working in the mental health field, entering Psychiatry Residency at the University of South Alabama.   During training, she served as a chief resident to the General Psychiatry program.  After her third year of general psychiatry residency, she began specialty training as a member of University of South Alabama’s first Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship class and completed in 2016.  She took part in policy development as the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program Evaluation Committee resident representative.  As a resident and fellow, she taught and mentored junior residents, medical students, physician assistant students and published and performed professional presentations. Upon completion of training, she became a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Outside of her professional life, Dr. Bernstein enjoys spending time with family, outdoor activities and traveling. 

 

William Billett, M.D.

William Billett, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Billett attended a 6 year combined BS/MD program at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in 1987. Dr. Billett spent one year in General Surgery at SUNY Stony Brook, and then completed Psychiatry Residency at University of Florida where his training emphasized biological psychiatry but was also well rounded. Dr. Billett was Board Certified in General Adult Psychiatry in 1992. Dr. Billett has a strong clinical background and has had 16 years post graduate practice experience. During his career Dr. Billett has treated patients in a variety of settings including private practice, acute care hospital units, consultation and liaison, nursing homes, state hospitals, and community mental health based out patient clinics. Interests currently are focused on anxiety disorders and schizophrenia. He received the Red Sash Award from the USA medical student classes of 2014 and 2015 for making significant contributions to their medical education.  Outside work, Dr. Billett is interested in aviation and is a private pilot.

 

Lucas Boone, M.D.

Lucas Boone, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Boone graduated from the University of South Alabama Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Biomedical Sciences. He attended medical school and completed residency training in psychiatry at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. During his residency training, he received awards for Resident Teacher of the Year and the PRITE Award for top score on the residency’s in-training exam. He served as chief resident in his final year of training. Dr. Boone began working for AltaPointe Health during his residency training and officially joined the medical team full-time in Summer 2021. Dr. Boone is board-certified in adult psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

 

Bradley Brooks, M.D.

Bradley Brooks, D.O.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Brooks graduated summa cum laude from Saint Leo University with a degree in biological sciences. He attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University. His residency training in general psychiatry was completed at the University of South Alabama and was followed by a fellowship in Addiction Medicine. Dr. Brooks earned several accolades during his training, including resident teacher of the year and achieving the highest score on the Psychiatry Resident-In-Training Exam (PRITE). He has published on the topic of opioid prescribing practices. Dr. Brooks served as chief resident and fellow for his respective programs. He is board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

 

Tyler Byrd. D.O.

Tyler Byrd, D.O.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Byrd is a native of Oneonta, Alabama. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in biology from Birmingham Southern College in 2011. He completed his medical training at William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2016 and completed his residency training in general psychiatry at UAB in 2020. Dr. Byrd has a passion for teaching, scoring in the top 2% nationally on the PRITE (Psychiatry Residency In Training Exam). During his residency training, Dr. Byrd moonlighted as a psychiatric consultant and provider for Cullman County jail, Alabama Department of Corrections, and Cullman Regional Medical Center Emergency Department. After graduating residency, Dr. Byrd served as Director of Psychiatric Services for Cullman Regional Medical Center - helping build a successful outpatient clinic and consult service.

 

Mary Cohen-Colson, M.D.

Mary Cohen-Colson, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Colson received her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Delaware and attended medical school at Penn State University.  She completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Virginia.  During residency she received awards for humanitarianism and her research on cancer mortality rates in patients with schizophrenia.  Since completing residency she has worked in a variety of psychiatric settings including adult and geriatric inpatient units, consultation/liaison, nursing homes and outpatient psychiatry.  She remains board certified in both Internal Medicine and Psychiatry.

 

Robert Detrinis, M.D.

Robert Detrinis, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Robert Detrinis, who goes by Dr. D. graduated from the University of Texas Medical School, completed a pediatric internship at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston in the Department of Pediatrics, completed his adult psychiatric residency at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston in the Department of Psychiatry, completed a Child and Adolescent Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, and then completed a postdoctoral year in the Department of Child/Adolescent Psychiatry studying sleep disorders in children and adolescents.  He is board certified in Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry. Throughout his career he has worked in several capacities including being a medical director for two psychiatric facilities, medical director of a child/adolescent residential unit, medical director of a community mental health clinic, consultant to the Louisiana Board of Medical Examiners and the Louisiana Compensation Board. He has been faculty/attending at Johns Hopkins Hospital, the University of Texas Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry, MD Anderson Hospital, and most recently at Tulane School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He has been active in medical student education throughout his career and teaching psychiatric residents while receiving the Educator of the Year four times while teaching at Tulane. His areas of expertise and interests are psychopharmacology and integrating spirituality in the care of his patients. His clinical work includes taking care of the chronically mentally ill and treating outpatients with a particular focus on helping his patients find meaning and purpose in their lives. He continues to attend on the acute psychiatric units at EastPointe, has an active outpatient practice treating patients of all ages, and continues to enjoy teaching staff, medical students, and residents.

 

Clifford Gaddy, M.D.

Clifford Gaddy, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Gaddy was born and raised in Gulfport, MS.  He went to college at Washington and Lee University where he played college tennis and majored in mathematics.  Dr. Gaddy taught English in Spain for a year after college before moving on to do a master’s degree in mathematics at the University of South Carolina. He attended Tulane University School of Medicine and completed residency in Family Medicine at the University of South Alabama.  He has a passion for mental health and the medically and socially underserved populations.

 

Shanthi Gatla, M.D.

Shanthi Gatla, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Gatla attended medical school at Prathima Institute of Medical Sciences, in Telangana, India. She completed a residency in Psychiatry and fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of South Alabama.  Academic interests include first episode psychosis and eating disorders. In her free time, Dr. Gatla enjoys playing with her children, traveling, and reading books. She is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in adult and child and adolescent psychiatry.

 

Brian Gavan, M.D.

Brian Gavan, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Gavan is originally from Phoenix, AZ. He attended Arizona State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in nutrition. Dr. Gavan obtained his medical degree at the University of Medicine and Health Sciences on St. Kitts and Nevis. He moved to Mobile for his Pediatric residency at the University of South Alabama Children’s and Women’s Hospital and spent an extra year at the University of South Alabama as Chief Medical Resident.  

 

Cindy Gipson, Ph.D.

Cindy Gipson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Gipson has a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and a 30-year career in mental health. Dr. Gipson has worked in the Alabama state psychiatric hospital system, and as a first responder in Central Texas doing mobile crisis outreach, assessment for commitment, and forensic evaluations. Dr. Gipson has been with AltaPointe Health for the past ten years, developing crisis and criminal justice diversion services to address the growing disparity in treatment for people living with mental illness and co-occurring disorders. Dr. Gipson has written and implemented grants for Assisted Outpatient Treatment in Mobile and Baldwin Counties and several Bureau of Justice Assistance Police Mental Health Collaborative grants. Dr. Gipson is the associate director of crisis services and heads up the Behavioral Health Crisis Center, located in Mobile, providing, 23-hour and extended observation for individuals in a behavioral health crisis.  Dr. Gipson has received awards from NAMI Mobile, NAMI Baldwin, and NAMI Alabama for advocate of the year and champion for mental health.

 

Rajesh Gujjula, M.D.

Rajesh Gujjula, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Gujjula earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Vikas Junior College in Guntur, India, and a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from Kakatiya Medical College in Warangal, India. Dr. Gujjula completed his residency in Family Medicine at Louisiana State University Health Science Center – Shreveport in Monroe, Louisiana.  He has more than six years of experience in primary care and wound care. He has also worked in both the urgent care and inpatient settings.  He is board-certified in Family Medicine.

 

Maria Hamilton, M.D.

Maria Hamilton, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Maria Hamilton graduated from Spring Hill College Cum Laude with an honors degree in biology. She attended and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of South Alabama, College of Medicine. Hamilton completed her residency training and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry from USA as well. During her residency, she received the Narahari Award, an award given to the student who achieves the top score on the PRITE. She is board-certified in child/adolescent psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She is board-certified in general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  

 

Maridith Hollis, M.D.

Maridith Hollis, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Hollis earned a bachelor’s degree from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, TX with honors in history and psychology. She attended and completed medical school and residency training in psychiatry at University of South Alabama. During residency, Dr. Hollis served as co-chief resident and was honored with the PRITE award for the highest score on the annual residency psychiatry exam. She is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in adult and child and adolescent psychiatry. Her major psychiatric interests include treatment of psychotic and bipolar disorders, advocating for integrated care, and overcoming healthcare inequalities.

 

James LePage, D.O.

James LePage, D.O.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. LePage attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville for his B.S. in Mathematics and M.S. in Math Education, after which he taught math at the college and high school level. He later attended medical school at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine where he was founder of the Neurology/Psychiatry Student Interest Group and served as President of the national Psychiatry Student Interest Group Network. He completed his residency training in Psychiatry and fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of South Alabama. During Residency, he served as the American Psychiatric Association Area 5 Resident-Fellow Member Representative, and as Chair of the Assembly Council of Resident-Fellow Members. He has a special interest in childhood trauma.

 

J. Clint Moore, D.O.

J. Clint Moore, D.O.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Moore attended the University of Alabama for his undergraduate studies where he received a bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology. He then obtained a master’s degree from the University of South Alabama in applied psychology. Dr. Moore attended medical school at the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of Pikeville where he served as class president. His residency training was at the University of South Alabama where he served as chief resident and completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry. He has served on the executive council for the Alabama Psychiatric Physicians Association and served for several years on the Board of Censors for the Medical Association of the State of Alabama while a resident. He is board certified in general psychiatry.

 

Marianne Saitz, D.O., M.P.H.

Marianne Saitz, D.O., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Saitz is originally from Pittsburgh, PA. She received a Master's of Public Health in Epidemiology from Emory University in 1996 and graduated  from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2000. She graduated from her Adult Psychiatry training at East Carolina University in 2004. She is board certified in Adult Psychiatry. She is board certified in adult psychiatry and addiction medicine. She has a special interest in substance abuse and is the medical director for the methadone clinic at Alta Pointe.

 

Christina Talerico, M.D.

Christina Talerico, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Christina Talerico graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of South Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. She continued her studies at the USA College of Medicine, and graduated with her medical degree in 2012. She completed her residency training and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry from USA as well. She is board-certified in general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. 

 

J. Hays Todd, M.D.

J. Hays Todd, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Todd attended Tulane University for his undergraduate studies, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Cell and Molecular Biology and a minor in Public Health. He completed medical school at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in 2017.  Dr. Todd then completed Psychiatry residency training at Tulane University School of Medicine where he was the recipient of the School of Medicine’s annual award for best Psychiatry resident instructor in 2018, as well as the award for the highest PRITE score in the residency program in 2019. He completed a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in 2022, where he served as Chief Fellow. He is board-certified in General Psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

 

W. Caleb Wilson, M.D.

W. Caleb Wilson, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Wilson graduated magna cum laude from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences before attending and completing medical school at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. Dr. Wilson underwent residency training in psychiatry at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, OK, where he received awards for the most outstanding intern, outstanding teaching of medical students, and attaining the highest score on the Psychiatry Resident-In-Training Exam (PRITE). Dr. Wilson treats a broad range of adult mental illness with an extra focus on treatment-resistant and refractory depression. 

 

Adjunct Faculty

David Williamson, Ph.D.

David Williamson, Ph.D.

Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry 

Dr. David Williamson is a graduate of the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL with a Ph.D. specializing in neuropsychology and medical psychology. He completed a clinical neuropsychology fellowship at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK and a neuropsychology/behavioral neurology fellowship at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. Dr. Williamson has also earned an MBA from Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Williamson trains residents on experimental design, evidence-based psychiatry, and neuropsychology. Dr. Williamson is board certified in clinical neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology.

 

Alvah Clark, Ph.D.

Alvah Clark, Ph.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry 

Dr. Al Clark is the director of the University Counseling and Testing Service at the University of South Alabama. He received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Mississippi and has taught courses in human development, psychology, psychotherapy and counseling for over twenty-five years. He has served as a psychotherapy supervisor for graduate students and medical residents. His past employment history includes: three years as an Army Officer, work with juvenile delinquents at Oakley Training School in Raymond, Mississippi, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Dyersburg State University in Dyersburg, Tennessee, Psychological Consultant and Psychotherapist at Western State Psychiatric Hospital in Bolivar, Tennessee and Psychology Instructor at the University of Mississippi. He has served as consultant to numerous community groups and conducted workshops and seminars for business, government, and industry.  Dr. Clark holds memberships in the American Counseling Association, American Psychological Association and the Southeastern Psychological Association.

  

Adrianne Lona, M.D.

Adrianne Lona, M.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Lona completed her undergraduate studies in Biology and Public Policy at the University of Chicago, and completed her degree in medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine.  She completed her Adult Psychiatric residency at The Harvard Longwood Psychiatric Training Program (Brigham and Women's / Beth Israel Deaconess Hospitals).  During her Child and Adolescent fellowship at Stanford University, she focused on Autism and Anxiety Disorders.  Dr. Lona was a fellow at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and greatly enjoys providing direction in psychodynamic therapies to residents and fellows.  Her interests include advanced psychopharmacology for children, and providing training in Cultural Psychiatry and the History of Psychiatry.   She is honored and humbled to work with the incredibly talented and highly skilled Medical Students, Psychiatry Residents and Child and Adolescent Fellows at the University of South Alabama Department of Psychiatry.  She is board-certified in general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She previously had the pleasure of working as an outpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with Altapointe’s Bayview Clinic in Fairhope, and is now acting as a Team Lead Psychiatrist for Lyra Health.  

 

Sean Sinclair, M.D.

Sean Sinclair, M.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Sean Sinclair joined AltaPointe as a child and adolescent psychiatrist in July 2018. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and cell biology from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, and graduated summa cum laude and was named valedictorian. He earned his doctorate from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and received the Excellence in Psychiatry Award, given to one graduating medical student who through scholarship, patient care, motivation and interaction with faculty and house staff, has demonstrated excellence in psychiatry. Sinclair completed residency training and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the USA Department of Psychiatry. He is board-certified in general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  

 

Phillip Smith, Ph.D.

Phillip Smith, Ph.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Smith received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Texas Tech University, including a year-long pre-doctoral internship at the Southwest Consortium (University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and New Mexico VA Hospital). Dr. Smith also completed a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center. His research and clinical interests center on the understanding, assessment, and treatment of suicidal patients.

 

James "Tres" Stefurak, Ph.D.

James "Tres" Stefurak, Ph.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Stefurak received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Georgia and is a licensed psychologist in the state of Alabama. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the University of Virginia Elson Student Health Center. At USA he holds an appointment as an Associate Professor in the Department of Professional Studies, College of Education. Dr. Stefurak serves as the Practicum/Internship Coordinator for the Community Counseling M.S. program and is on core faculty of the Community Counseling M.S. and Combined-Integrated Clinical/Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program at USA. Dr. Stefurak's research and clinical interests are primarily in the area of adolescent mental health and psychological assessment and intervention practices within the juvenile justice system. He is the coordinator of the Mobile County Juvenile Court Collaborative, a research/service/training collaboration with the local juvenile court. He also has research interests in the psychology of religion as it relates to coping and help-seeking behavior. Dr. Stefurak maintains a small caseload of psychotherapy clients at the USA Psychological Clinic, and works from an integrative-prescriptive therapy approach with en emphasis on Cognitive-Behavioral and Interpersonal therapy approaches.

 

Harold Veits, M.D.

Harold Veits, M.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Veits attended college and medical school at the University of Minnesota where he graduated in 1970 with honors (Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Omega Alpha).  He completed a psychiatric residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA in 1974, and then served in the U.S. Navy until 1976 as a Lt. Commander in the Medical Corps.  He was then in full time private practice in Bangor, ME until 1995, when he became an Assistant Professor at a medical school (Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX).  In 2000 he moved to Mobile, AL and began working for Alabama Psychiatric Services.  He was board certified in Psychiatry in 1976, in Psychiatric Administration and Management in 2003, and became a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association in 2012  Dr. Veits served as President of the Mobile Bay Psychiatric Society from 2003-2011.

 

Kim Zlomke, Ph.D.

Kim Zlomke, Ph.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Zlomke obtained her doctorate in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in child/pediatric psychology, from Louisiana State University. She complete her pre-doctoral clinical internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in child/adolescent psychology at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital. Dr. Zlomke is a licensed clinical psychologist and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, with special interests in the areas of children, youth, and families. She has several areas of clinical interest and has expertise in assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorders, childhood anxiety disorders, behavioral treatment of child problems such as sleep, toileting, and habit disorders; treatment of psychosocial concerns related to pediatric chronic illness; individual and family behavioral treatment of disruptive behavior disorders and autism spectrum disorders; cognitive and achievement testing; and behavior analytic treatment and consultation. Her current research program focuses on behavioral family interventions for children with disruptive behavior and autism and investigating the role that parenting plays in young adult stress, anxiety, and loneliness.

 

Tabbata Rivers, MSN, FNP-C

Tabbata Rivers, MSN, FNP-C

Adjunct Lecturer of Psychiatry

Ms. Rivers earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. She worked at the University of South Alabama Medical Center while she earned her masters of science in nursing from the University of South Alabama in Mobile. She is board certified as a family nurse practitioner through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She has nursing inpatient experience in orthopedics, med-surg, oncology and critical care, as well as outpatient asthma, allergy and immunology. She is currently an active member or AANP and Bay Area Nurse Practitioner Association (BANPA). 

 

Staff

Rebecca Hastings Johnson, B.A.

Rebecca Hastings Johnson, B.A.

Residency, Fellowship, and Medical Student Clerkship Coordinator

Ms. Johnson graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Art History. While at Sewanee, she played on the women’s varsity tennis team, she was a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) and the Sewanee Health Professions Society (SHPS), while also donating her time to the Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) Clinic located in Winchester, TN. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, sailing, and traveling.