Instructor: Lori Davis
Biography: Lori L. Davis, MD, is Clinical Professor for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology, University of Alabama Health System, in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, AL. In addition, she is Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development Service for the VA Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Dr. Davis received her undergraduate degree in Studio Art from Duke University in 1984, earned her MD in 1988 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and completed a psychiatry residency in 1992 at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Davis has 20-years of consecutive peer-reviewed funding from the VA Merit, VA Rehabilitation R&D, Department of Defense and National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), as well as investigator-initiated grants from pharmaceutical industry sources. For nearly a decade, Dr. Davis was Regional Site Director for the NIMH-funded study "Sequenced Treatment Alternatives to Relieve Depression (STAR*D)" and the subsequent Depression Trials Network. She served as a member of the American Psychiatric Association Mood Disorders Workgroup on DSM-5 Revisions. Her current research interests include the neurobiology, pharmacological and complementary alternative treatments, and vocational rehabilitation of posttraumatic stress disorder. Currently, She is Study Chair for the VA Cooperative Study Program (CSP#589) entitled "Veterans Individual Placement and Support Towards Advancing Recovery" (VIP-STAR), which is a multisite randomized controlled trial evaluating the efficacy of Individual Placement and Support supported employment in the vocational rehabilitation of unemployed Veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In addition, Dr. Davis has recently completed a three-site randomized controlled trial of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) meditation for the treatment of PTSD.

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