University of South Alabama

Ronald D. Franks, M.D. - Interim Chair, Department of Psychiatry; Professor of Psychiatry;
Vice-President for Health Sciences, University of South Alabama College of Medicine

Dr. Franks earned his medical degree, with distinction, from the University of Michigan, completed his internship at Virginia Mason Hospital, and completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of Colorado. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He was the vice president for health affairs and professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at East Tennessee State University.  He has also served as dean of medicine at East Tennessee State and at the University of Minnesota Duluth School of Medicine. Dr. Franks has served as chair of the Liaison Committee of Medical Education, the governing council of the section on medical schools of the American Medical Association and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. He is a past member of the executive council of the Association of American Medical Colleges and of the Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry of the Health and Resources and Services Administration. He has authored and co-authored numerous articles in professional journals and has received several grants for his research.

Sandra Parker, M.D.  - Vice-Chair, Department of Psychiatry; Associate Professor of Psychiatry; Chief Medical Officer, AltaPointe Health Systems

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 Systems. 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 is the current president of the Mobile Bay Psychiatric Association, a local chapter 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, health care 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. -  Residency Program Director; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry; Deputy Chief Medical Officer, AltaPointe Health Systems

Dr. Engeriser attended medical school at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois where he was the 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 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 and worked as a teacher of English at the Teacher Training College in Torun, Poland.  Dr. Engeriser has served the past five years on the Executive Council of the Alabama Psychiatric Physicians Association.  He is board certified in Adult Psychiatry.  His academic interests include treatment of combat veterans and spiritual/religious issues in Psychiatry.  

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..

 W. Bogan Brooks M.D. - Psychiatry Clerkship Director; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Brooks, a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Tennessee in Memphis where he served on the Honor Council. After the completion of his Psychiatry Residency at the University of Tennessee where he served as Chief Resident, Dr. Brooks joined the faculty of the UT College of Medicine where he served as Medical Director of the University's Psychiatric Emergency Services. After leaving Memphis to enter private practice in Lewiston, Maine, Dr. Brooks served as the President of the Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians and served as Maine's Representative to the Assembly of the American Psychiatric Association. After leaving private practice, Dr. Brooks worked at community mental health centers in Damariscotta, Maine and Portland, Maine before completing his Fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Dr. Brooks is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and he was named Faculty Teacher of the Year in 2012 by the University of South Alabama Department of Psychiatry.

 Julie English - Residency Program Coordinator, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Coordinator, and Medical Student Clerkship Coordinator

Julie English was born and raised in Brewton, Alabama. In 2013, Julie graduated with Honors from University of South Alabama, where she was also a member of the National Leadership Society. Julie earned her degree in Health Sciences with a concentration in Health Informatics. She is currently working on her MBA with a concentration in Healthcare Management at Columbia Southern University in Orange Beach, Alabama.




 Charles L. Rich, M.D. - Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry

Dr. Rich completed medical school and his psychiatry residency training at Washington University in St. Louis. He is certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. After a year of psychoharmacology fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health, he held faculty positions at the University of Pittsburgh, the University of California San Diego, the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and the University of South Alabama where he was Professor and Chairperson of Psychiatry for 16 years. He retired in 2008 and is currently Professor Emeritus at the USA. Dr. Rich was the Founding Editor of the Annals of Clinical Psychiatry and Editor-in-Chief from 1988-2003. He was a Founding Member and past President of the American Academy of Clinical Psychiatrists. His publications span a wide range of interests with his main focus being the study of suicide. Dr. Rich continues to collaborate with international scholars in suicide prevention research. Dr. Rich has also served as an expert in many civil liability cases involving suicides.

 Bayani Alberto Y Abordo, M.D. - Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

 Dr. Abordo obtained his Doctor of Medicine from the University the Philippines College of Medicine. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the State University of New York Health Sciences Center, Kings County Hospital Center and the Brooklyn VA Medical Center. He completed his general psychiatry residency at Saint Vincents Hospital and Medical Center of NY. He went on to complete a Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship at the same institution, graduating with honors. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both General and Geriatric Psychiatry. He participated in a VA Hospital study on the effectiveness of donepezil on the cognitive deficits of chronically psychotic patients. During his residency he was a volunteer psychiatrist for the Project for the Psychiatric Outreach to the Homeless in Manhattan . After graduation, Dr. Abordo moved to North Dakota where he served as staff psychiatrist at the state hospital in Jamestown, working as the unit attending for the geropsychiatry unit and as consultant for the personality disorders and sex offender inpatient programs & the James River Correctional Center mental health clinic. He joined Altapointe Health Systems in June of 2005. He is currently at Mobile Infirmary Medical Center serving as an attending psychiatrist for the adult inpatient and geriatric psychiatry units. Dr. Abordo has received the following Awards from students and residents: University of South Alabama College of Allied Health Professions Department of Physician Assistant Studies Clinical Instructor of the Year Award (2008), the University of South Alabama College of Medicine Honors Convocation Red Sash (2008 and 2011) and the University of South Alabama Department of Psychiatry Supervisor of the Year Award (2009).

 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. Outside work, Dr. Billett is interested in aviation and is a private pilot.


 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.




Florin Ghelmez, M.D. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry 


Dr. Ghelmez received his medical degree from the Carol Davila University in Bucharest, Romania. He trained in Adult Psychiatry at St. Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center of New York.  He is board certified in Adult Psychiatry. He has had extensive child inpatient experience as an attending on a child inpatient service and currently is the attending psychiatrist in the Adult Evaluation Unit. His hobbies include running in marathons.  He is an amateur astronomer and speaks Romanian and German.



 Severin Grenoble, M.D. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry  

Dr. Grenoble attended the University of Washington for his undergraduate education and received honors in graduate level research and publications in physical chemistry.  He graduated summa cum laude and then attended the University of Washington School of Medicine graduating with honors, as well as performing bench-work studies in mesenchymal stem cell research.  He served as Chief Resident of Psychiatry during his PGY 4 year at the University of South Alabama (2011-2012).  Also, he served in the Alabama Psychiatric Society as a Member-In-Training Representative to the American Psychiatric Association (2011-2012).  He is honored to have received Best Resident Teacher’s Awards in both 2010 and 2011.  He has coauthored a chapter in the Clinics of North America Child & Adolescent Psychiatry entitled Pharmacotherapies for Adolescent Substance Use Disorders (2010).  His academic interests include general psychiatry, pain and addiction medicine.


James Hart, D.O. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry  

 Dr. Hart is originally from Ringgold, Georgia and has an undergraduate degree in engineering from Texas A&M University as well as an MBA from Baylor University. After working with General Motors as a Project Manager for several years, he then went on to graduate from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed his psychiatry residency at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. Dr. Hart joined AltaPointe Health Systems in October of 2009, and is currently working on the inpatient psychiatry unit at Mobile Infirmary Medical Center. He and his partner enjoy spending time with their three dogs, Bosco, Mighty Zeus, and Diesel.  From 2011 to 2014, Dr. Hart received the University of South Alabama College of Medicine Honors Convocation Red Sash Award.


 Mark Haygood, D.O. - Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

 Dr. Mark Alan Haygood was born in Decatur, Alabama and has lived most of his life in Gadsden, Alabama. He transitioned to the Mobile area during residency and joined the faculty of AltaPointe Health Systems and the University of South Alabama Department of Psychiatry after residency completion. He graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in 2004 and Master’s degree in 2006 from Jacksonville State University. Dr. Haygood achieved his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) in 2010 and completed psychiatry residency at the University of South Alabama in 2014.  During residency, Dr. Haygood served the American Psychiatric Association  (APA) Assembly for Area 5 as the Resident and Fellow Member (RFM) Deputy Representative and Representative. While engaged in the APA leadership, he was elected as RFM Chair to the APA Assembly Executive Committee. He also served as the RFM Representative for the Alabama Psychiatric Physicians Association during his APA Assembly tenure. Dr. Haygood was recently elected to the APA Assembly for Area 5 as the Early Career Psychiatrist (ECP) Deputy Representative. He was also recently elected to serve on the Alumni Board of VCOM and was invited to serve as a founding faculty member to the VCOM branch campus located in Auburn, Alabama. Dr. Haygood’s professional interests include consultation/liaison psychiatry. When not working, he enjoys traveling, exotic restaurants, attending plays and musicals, going to movies, and spending time with his family.


Eric Leonhardt, D.O.  - Assistant Professor of Psychiatry 

 Dr. Leonhardt earned his osteopathic medical degree from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience.  He completed his general psychiatric training at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan and his Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Fellowship at John A. Burns School of Medicine in Hawaii.  After completing his training, Dr Leonhardt worked for a private regional psychiatric hospital in Fargo, North Dakota where he provided full spectrum psychiatric services for children and adolescents.  He held administrative and teaching positions.  Dr. Leonhardt was a clinical faculty member at the University of North Dakota where he was given the Dean's Award for Excellence and Dedication to teaching medical students and residents.  He is board certified in Adult Psychiatry. Dr. Leonhardt's special interests are in the area of children with developmental disabilities. 

 Praveen Narahari, M.D. - Assistant 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.  Dr. Narahari’s special interests are in the area of biological psychiatry and psychopharmacology.  He speaks English, Hindi , and Telugu.


 Bradley Sadler, M.D. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

 Dr. Sadler graduated from Hope College Cum Laude with a degree in Psychology and Chemistry.  Next he completed a Masters Degree in Basic Medical Science at Wayne State University.   Medical School was completed at the Chicago Medical School where he received an award of distinction from his medical school for graduating first in his class.  He was elected to the AOA honors society in his third year of medical school and elected as President of AOA his senior year.  His internship and residency were completed at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.   During his third year of residency, he was elected to be one of 4 administrative residents which provided him the opportunity to work directly with the administration in the Department of Psychiatry and take a leadership role among his colleagues. He was also elected Co-chair of the residents and fellows committee of the Maryland Psychiatric Society.  After residency, he spent five years working at Sheppard Pratt  where he had a number of clinical responsibilities including working on Sheppard Pratt’s  Dual Diagnosis inpatient unit and in the General and Dual Diagnosis Adult Day Hospital.  He had outpatient responsibilities in the Center for Sexual Medicine where he saw patients for initial evaluations, provided therapy and did forensic evaluations for the court system and also worked seeing Adult and Children patients who were in crisis that either walked into Sheppard Pratt or made scheduled appointments.  During his time at Sheppard Pratt, he was elected to the Medical Executive Committee and served as a member for 2 years. He is board certified in Adult Psychiatry.

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 has a special interest in substance abuse and is the medical director for the methadone clinic at Alta Pointe.                       




 Miriam Sevilla Saez-Benito, M.D. - Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Sevilla completed her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at the University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB) where she was chief resident during her senior year of training.  Prior to her graduation, she worked as a moonlighter at the Department of Mental Health unit at UAB treating severe psychiatric conditions in the adolescent population and the outpatient clinic at Capitol Care South in Irondale, Alabama.  Dr. Sevilla joined the UAB/Children Hospital Faculty after her graduation in July 2010 where she was involved in academic teaching of medical students, adult psychiatry residents and child psychiatry fellows.  Her professional interests include the development of psychiatry resources and education for the Hispanic population.  


 Lalit Singh, M.D., M.P.H. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

 Dr. Singh received his medical degree from Mahatma Gandhi Missions's Medical College, Aurangabad, India. He also obtained a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from Wichita State university, Wichita, KS in 2006. Later on, he worked with veterans in  V. A. Medical Center in Washington, DC before beginning his residency in adult psychiatry at University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL in 2007. He did his child/adolescent psychiatry fellowship at medical College of Wisconsin affiliated Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI. His areas of interest includes ADHD, mood and anxiety disorders in children. He is dual board-certified in Adult and Child/Adolescent psychiatry. He is an attending child psychiatrist at Bay Pointe Hospital Children's unit where he supervises residents, medical and Physician Assistant students.       


 Joshua Stephens, D.O. - Assistant Professor of Psychiatry


 Dr. Stephens graduated from Troy University with a degree in Psychology. He attended the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Georgia campus and received his medical degree in 2009. He completed a traditional rotating internship at Montgomery Regional Hospital in Blacksburg, Virginia. He completed residency training in general psychiatry at the University of South Alabama. As a 4th year psychiatric resident, he was co-creator and co-leader of the first resident-facilitated, outpatient group therapy class. He is currently working in collaboration with APA Distinguished Fellow, Dr. Harold Veits, on research designed to assess the accuracy and validity of the mental status exam, as well as professional practitioner’s opinion of its use.  Dr. Stephen’s special interests include medical education, psychosomatic medicine, and both psychodynamic and group psychotherapies.



Adjunct Faculty


Alvah Clark, Ph.D. Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry 

 clark.jpgDr. 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.

 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 Fellow in the APS in 2007.  He retired in March 2011, and enjoys ham radio, flying RC models, and cycling.  Dr. Veits served as President of the Mobile Bay Psychiatric Society from 2003-2011.

 Paul O'Leary, M.D.  - Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. O'Leary has completed specialized training in general, pediatric and forensic psychiatry.  He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, and completed his medical training at the University of Alabama in Birmingham and Emory University.  Dr. O’Leary is certified in general psychiatry and eligible for certification in child and adolescent psychiatry, as well as forensic psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is an active member of the American Medical Association (AMA), American Psychiatric Association (APA), American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), American Society of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL) and other professional organizations.  He is currently a delegate to the AMA House of Delegates, Alabama Deputy Representative to the APA Assembly, and a member of the AACAP Juvenile Justice Reform Committee, AAPL Ethics Council, and executive council for the Alabama Psychiatric Physician Association.  Dr. O’Leary provides clinical and forensic psychiatric services at Psychiatry Associates, PC and forensic consultation at Emory University’s jail restoration program. He is also a psychiatric consultant at the Jefferson-Blount-St. Clair Counties Mental Health Authority

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.

Jennifer Langhinrichsen-Rohling, Ph.D.   - Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

 Dr. Langhinrichsen-Rohling (L-R) received her Bachelor's Degree with Honors in Psychology from Brown University and her M. S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Oregon. In 1998, Dr. L-R joined the faculty at the University of South Alabama where she currently serves as a Full Professor in the Department of Psychology. Dr. L-R's research foci include relationship and family violence (e.g., stalking, rape, physical abuse), and adolescent risky, unhealthy, and/or suicidal behaviors. She has published over 100 articles and book chapters on these topics. In 2006, Dr. L-R was awarded the honor of "Top Prof" by the USA Mortar Board. In 2007, Dr. L-R received the Dean's Lecture Award for Scholarship in the College of Arts and Sciences. She received the Olivia Rambo McGlothren National Alumni Outstanding Scholar Award that same year. She currently serves as a editor for a peer-reviewed journal and has received a number of grants for her work.

Nagy Youssef, M.D. Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Youssef joined the faculty at University of South Alabama in 2006. He is also a faculty at the Brain Stimulation and Neurophysiology Center and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University.  After a London University high school equivalent degree, Dr. Youssef completed his medical degree at the Cairo University School of Medicine. He completed residencies in Cairo and at University of South Alabama, where he was appointed as the Chief Resident in Psychiatry in 2003, then has been on the faculty in Alabama as an Adjunct, Assistant Professor since 2006. He is board certified in both Psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine (Consultation-Liaison psychiatry). He did C-L training at Yale University in 2007. He also completed research a 3-year Research Fellowship at Durham VA (MIRECC) and Duke University. He serves the scientific community as a member of the Board of Directors, Chairman of the Electronic Communication Committee, and Scientific Meeting Co-Chair for the American Academy of Clinical Psychiatrists. He also serves on the editorial board of several scientific journals. Dr. Youssef was awarded the Who’s Who Distinguished Professionals and the America’s Top Psychiatrists Award for several years.  He has authored or co-authored several scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals. He has participated in several research studies as PI or co-investigator. Dr. Youssef has mentored several medical students, residents and PhD candidates in research projects that resulted in abstract presentations and scientific publications. He participates in research and clinical activities using brain stimulation modalities (such as ECT and TMS). His research and clinical interests include brain stimulation, and treatment-resistant mood disorders, suicide prevention, and treatment-resistant PTSD and resilience.

Cheryl Lynn Holmes, L.P.C., M.A.C.  Adjunct Lecturer of Psychiatry

holmes.jpgMs. Holmes received her B.S. degree in Secondary Education from the University of Maine in 1992 and her M.S. degree in Community Counseling from the University of South Alabama in 1994. She continued her education and supervision requirements to become a Supervising Licensed Professional Counselor and a Master Addiction Counselor She currently supervises the operations of six substance abuse programs and contracts for AltaPointe in her role as Coordinator of Substance Abuse Services. Ms. Holmes has also conducted several trainings locally and at the state level in the areas of Dual Diagnosis, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Substance Abuse Treatment.



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