Guest Blog: Southern Psychiatric Association’s 2021 Annual Meeting

As part of PRMS’ ongoing efforts to support the behavioral healthcare community and promote the organizations that work towards this mission, we invited Janet Bryan, Executive Director of the Southern Psychiatric Association, to share more about Southern Psychiatric Association’s upcoming Annual Meeting this fall.

The Southern Psychiatric Association was established in 1935 to provide a forum for the exchange of practical medical information.  We are an organization dedicated to furthering the knowledge of the causes, treatment, and prevention of psychiatric disorders and advancing the standards for hospitals, outpatient clinics and all other agencies concerned with treating mental disorders.

Each year, we partner with a district branch of the American Psychiatric Association for an Annual Meeting, which includes scientific sessions focused on current trends and new advancements in psychiatry. You do not need to be a member to attend.  All psychiatrists in the USA, including members-in-training, are welcome to attend and to apply for membership.

This year’s virtual meeting is scheduled for October 7-8 in partnership with the Alabama Psychiatric Physicians Association (APPA). Although we had originally planned for an in-person event in Huntsville, AL, after much consideration we determined that a virtual format was best for the safety of our members.  We are still looking forward to reconnecting with friends and colleagues online!   Please see the below Program Agenda for details. We hope you will consider joining us for SPA’s Annual Meeting with APPA! Go to to register.  If you have any questions or need additional information on the virtual event, please contact Janet Bryan at



Please Note:  All Times Listed Below are Central Standard Time

Thursday, Oct. 7

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Community-based Resilience and Recovery

Jacqueline Maus Feldman, MD, DLFAPA, Professor Emerita, University of Alabama

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Mental Health Equity: Resilience and Recovery

Timothy E. Stone, MD, Psychiatric Director, Wexford Health - Alabama

3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Psychiatric Ethics: Update and Challenges

Rebecca W. Brendel, MD, JD, Associate Director, Center for Bioethics, Harvard Medical School 

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Break

4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Professional Boundaries: Protecting the Doctor/Patient Relationship

Stephen D. Loyd, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Cedar Recovery

4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

New Antidepressants and the Pharmaceutical Pipeline: Where are we Going?

Richard C. Shelton, MD, Professor, University of Alabama - Birmingham

5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

Preventing Violence, Seclusion and Restraints in Psychiatric Hospitals: The State of Affairs

Sylvia Atdjian, MD, DFAPA, Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

6:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

Comparison of the Risk of Psychiatric Disorders Between Bariatric Surgery Patients vs. Obesity Controls: A National Cohort Study

Ari Morgenstern, MD, Resident, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

6:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Virtual Reception


Friday, Oct. 8

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Sandra Adamson Fryhofer, MD, Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine

8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Six Es of Racism: Ensuring Equitable Care

Rahn Kennedy Bailey, MD, DFAPA, Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, Louisiana State University

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Break

9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Mental Health Justice: Strategies to Abolish and Decolonize Carceral, Colonial Psychiatry and Build Collectivist, Global Liberation Psychiatry

Ayesha Khan, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow in Infectious Diseases, Mayo Clinic

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

The Effect of Mass Incarceration and America’s History of Racial Injustice on Mental Health

Charlotte Morrison, JD, Senior Attorney, Equal Justice Initiative

11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Promoting Diversity at UAB School of Medicine - Successes and Challenges

Roger D. Smalligan, MD, MPH, FACP, Regional Dean, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine – Huntsville Regional Campus

11:45 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. Virtual Reception



Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama through the joint providership of the Medical Foundation of Alabama and the Alabama Psychiatric Physicians Association. The Medical Foundation of Alabama is accredited by the Medical Association of the State of Alabama to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


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